8) The Space Race Is The Arms Race

The space race was a series of competitive technology demonstrations between the United States and the Soviet Union…the development of rockets and…the advancements made within each national space program were inexorably tied to the development of nuclear weapons.

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I remember being a young child in the early 60’s, caught out in the open in Fort Lauderdale, Florida when the sirens blared out the Cuban nuclear bomb warning. I was terrified as I raced home to get under shelter. I remember being an impressionable teenager in the late 60’s reading about the Viet Nam war on the front page of the newspaper every day. And then we lost to the Communists.

Can you possibly get out of your own mind and life and times and consider how much Communism influenced American emotions in both leadership and civilians desperate to feel safe in the immediate aftermath of the most destructive war in history?

The aftermath of World War II saw much of Europe devastated in a way that is now difficult to envision. Approximately 36.5 million Europeans had died in the conflict, 19 million of them civilians.

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9) Experience vs Revelation

Science cannot answer the question “Does God exist?”science studies the natural world, not the supernatural. No amount of scientific testing or theorizing could prove or disprove the existence of a supernatural creator.

So we are forced to rely on revelation by a supernatural being.

Hundreds of thousands of people died in the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. But as described in these news reports, others saw warning signs, and escaped with their lives…

a 10-year-old British girl saved more than 100 people because she had just studied the killer waves in school. When the sea suddenly began to boil, then pulled away from the resort she was visiting, leaving fish and boats stranded high and dry, Tilly Smith recognized that a tsunami was approaching. Fortunately, her frantic warnings were heeded, and the beach was evacuated just moments before the huge waves crashed ashore…

Many other people in the region were less attuned to nature, and paid with their lives. 

The most important knowledge, guiding our values and behaviors during our lifetime, is what happens after this lifetime.

But there are over 4,000 religions in the world offering hope for a quality of spiritual existence after death of the body. Which one is trustworthy?

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10) Scientific Statistical Evidence For Religion

From the Department of Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health

[I]ntimate relations exist between mathematics and material reality, that counting and categorizing are the currency of durable knowledge, and that empirical study of variegated humanity…can uncover universal truths. The common origins of contemporary epidemiology and social sciences can accordingly be traced to Western Europe in the 14th—16th centuries, when quantification of phenomena…becomes a potent new mode of describing and predicting events of the heavens and earth…

What universal truths on religion are revealed in statistical studies?

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11) Renaissance vs Reformation

To understand how the educated – for real, collectively, the best educated people – elite could use such appalling unscientific grounds to effect such massive changes in entrenched religious views, we need to place their ideas in the context of their time.

The Renaissance is often envisioned in terms of Italy’s resurgence of magnificent art. But the workhorse printing press is what truly resurrected medieval society back to knowing, and emulating Edgar Allan Poe’s poetically succinct summary in To Helen [of Troy]

Until about a 100 years ago, we were quite sure that the Trojan War was purely legend, and that asking when it happened would be like asking when Atlantis sank. But at the close of the 19th century archaeologists led by Heinrich Schliemann found the remains of a great citadel that existed on the Western shore of Asia Minor, the traditional location of Troy, and which appeared to be overrun in a great war around the year 1250 B.C.E., a time which is compatible with the traditional story of the Trojan War.

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12) Humanism’s Hypocrisy

Some Reasons Why Humanists Reject the Bible

He damned the whole human race and cursed the entire creation because of the acts of two people (Genesis 3:16-23; Romans 5:18); he drowned pregnant women and innocent children and animals at the time of the Flood (Genesis 7:20-23); he tormented the Egyptians and their animals with hail and disease because pharaoh refused to let the Israelites leave Egypt (Exodus 9:8-11,25); and he killed Egyptian babies at the time of the Passover (Exodus 12:29-30).

After the Exodus he ordered the Israelites to exterminate the men, women, and children of seven nations and steal their land (Deuteronomy 7:1-2); he killed King David’s baby because of David’s adultery with Bathsheba (II Samuel 12:13-18); he required the torture and murder of his own son (e.g., Romans 3:24-25); and he promised to send non-Christians to eternal torture (e.g., Revelation 21:8).

So why don’t the Humanists reject the Romans? Talk about bloodthirsty!

The elite have never stopped identifying themselves with the “glorious” ancient civilizations whose whose splendor is a tribute to their gods who empowered them to slaughter billions of people in endless wars and amass wealth through pillage, enslavement of the masses, and impoverishment of other peoples through theft of their resources.

This utterly biased propagandist doesn’t share the reasons behind the biblical judgment of people who, with forethought, rebelled against the source of life and wreaked havoc on those who were the innocent.

But Humanists flagrantly judge and condemn those who simply don’t agree with them.

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Section II: In The Beginning

One of the biggest questions that many ask about the creation of the universe is where did it come fromand how did the Big Bang happen. Many scientists believe that the Big Bang came from nothing around 14 billion years ago, but scientists have little or no idea how the Big Bang actually happened. This does beg the obvious question though, “how can something come from nothing”? Surely if there was nothing before the Big Bang, then there would be nothing now…

I make the following argument where one of three propositions must be true regarding how the universe came to be. I can further prove which of the three propositions is true, thus demonstrating with irrefutable logic the origin of the universe. My approach uses a simple process of elimination where the universe came into being either by nothing, something, or someone. These three headings cover every option imaginable and no matter what your view, it will fit into one of these three headings. Atheists can choose to believe in either nothing or something, while Theists believe in someone. So let’s look at each option rationally…

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13) Scientific Evidence For The Oneness Of Being

b655ef92663b61ff10f3f5343ea3f664An atom is the smallest unit of ordinary matter that forms a chemical element. Every solid, liquid, gas, and plasma is composed of neutral or ionized atoms…

Every atom is composed of a nucleus and one or more electrons bound to the nucleus. The nucleus is made of one or more protons and a number of neutrons… The protons have a positive electric charge, the electrons have a negative electric charge, and the neutrons have no electric charge…

The electrons of an atom are attracted to the protons in an atomic nucleus by the electromagnetic force. The protons and neutrons in the nucleus are attracted to each other by the nuclear force. This force is usually stronger than the electromagnetic force that repels the positively charged protons from one another. Under certain circumstances, the repelling electromagnetic force becomes stronger than the nuclear force. In this case, the nucleus splits and leaves behind different elements. This is a form of nuclear decay.

Interestingly, while science describes activity from the smallest to cosmic size masses, even the most advanced scientists of our time can’t explain what those forces are.

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14) The Singularity

About 13.8 billion years ago, the universe sprang into existence in an event known as the big bang.The early universe was…extraordinarily dense. In fact, scientists think that at one point the entire observable universe would have been about the size of a soccer ball.

As the universe expanded, it became vastly larger…

board-exam-memes-8[Dating] methods use the universe’s expansion rate to determine the age. Hubble and the European Space Agency’s Gaia space observatory calculate this rate by…studying the local universe… 

The European Space Agency’s Planck mission uses a different method, mapping the newborn universe…with microwaves…However, those predictions don’t exactly match Hubble’s and Gaia’s measurements of our nearby contemporary universe…

Almost everyone has heard the story of the Big Bang. But if you ask anyone, from a layperson to a cosmologist, to finish the following sentence, “In the beginning, there was…” you’ll get a slew of different answers. One of the most common ones is “a singularity,” which refers to an instant where all the matter and energy in the Universe was concentrated into a single point…

But this picture isn’t just wrong, it’s nearly 40 years out of date! We are absolutely certain there was no singularity associated with the hot Big Bang

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15) Hyper Dimensionality Detailed

According to superstring theory, there are at least 10 dimensions in the universe (M-theory actually suggests that there are 11 dimensions to spacetime; bosonic string theories suggest 26 dimensions).

That’s a bit of a mind-boggler: Most people understand the basic three dimensions, and many know that the fourth dimension is time…

here’s a handy visual guide to orienting yourself to superstring theory and your place in the infinite, neverending mind…

For the purposes of this study, I’ll just limit the number of dimensions to body, soul and spirit so we can reverse engineer to an understanding of the likeness of God in which the Bible says we are made.

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16) Creation: Performance Art

While it may seem a random distraction to learn about the ancient gods in this study, I suggest you bear in mind that these gods have been evoked throughout humanity’s history. Mankind continues to hope that supernatural beings from outer space will come to earth to rescue us from our self-destructive ways.

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The oldest extant (still in existence) physical record of creation is the Sumerian Enuma Elis[h], preserved on clay tablets that are dated to ~2100 BC

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It is generally agreed by archeologists that the Sumerian culture came into existence about 3500 BC.  So, just as with our own history books, we can realistically deduce one of two conditions:

  1. the historical account written was compiled from older eye witness accounts of the occurrence of the events reported,
  2. or that they are fabricated to impose a ruling elite’s world view on a subjugated population.  

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