Proof and Truth

More thoughts on Science, Religion and Creation

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This article will be largely based on an excellent book that I have just read, but will also include some of my own thoughts and reactions to it. More about the book after my introductory comments:

Imagine what it might be like if you were suddenly presented with the absolute truth about God, the Creation of the universe, our own Souls, and our role in the system. What if some of your religious beliefs turned out be wrong? What if some of the science you learned (and believe) turned out to be inaccurate? What if you have misunderstood your relationship with God? What if the very foundations of your concept of reality were shown to be in error? What if the majority of popular opinion was shown to be way off base? Are you open-minded enough to accept and understand the real truth?

Many experts in the academic, religious and scientific communities are not open-minded enough to accept the truth, even if it is proven by overwhelming evidence. If new discoveries are contrary to the popular narrative, or not politically correct among their peers, the “experts” will dismiss, rule out, or just ignore the discovery, no matter how well-founded it is. That is the situation we find ourselves in, relative to recent scientific discoveries about the creation of the universe which prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that there was an intelligent Creator involved.

Wow! I just made quite a statement! Can I back it up? Yes, I can! My quest for knowledge of these subjects has led me (with God’s help) to a very interesting book, God and Soul – The Truth and the Proof by Jim Denney. This 2012 book pulls together information from many sources that shows that there is convincing and overwhelming evidence that God exists, that the soul is real, and that the universe was designed with you and me in mind. Everything the author presents is sourced, footnoted and verified. He presents both sides of every argument and urges the reader to fact check him.

I will list some of the major points of this book here:

  • The universe was designed to bring forth intelligent life forms (us and perhaps others). This is known as the Anthropic Principle. Many of the parameters that govern physics, from the smallest particles, and the forces governing them, to the “Big Bang,” had to be set just right in order for the universe to form the elements needed for life, and to create our well balanced and regulated Solar System and Earth. The odds against these things happening by accident or coincidence are discussed in the book, and are beyond our capability to comprehend. The only explanations for this, other than a Creator, are variations of a “many worlds” or “multiverse” theory that says that all possible universes exist at once. For reasons discussed in the book, the multiverse theory is less rational than the concept of a Creator.
  • We need BOTH Natural Selection and the Anthropic Principle. These concepts have been misunderstood by some, which has led to a false either/or choice. The New Atheists, especially, cling to their denial of any kind of Intelligent Design or Cosmic Designer.
  • Physicists, in the study of quantum mechanics have discovered what seems like a very strange principle – in order for something to be real, it has to be observed by a conscious being. Electrons, photons, or other quantum entities, exist in a range of possible states until they are observed. The act of observation collapses the wave function to a discrete state. That’s when they become a physical particle. Physicist John Wheeler said we live in a “participatory universe.” We participate with the quantum world in making reality real.
    Given this principle of quantum mechanics, along with the fact there were no human beings in the universe for most of its 13.7 billion year existence, the author suggests that the Cosmic Designer was also the Cosmic Observer, “who collapsed the wave function of everything that is, creating objective reality out of quantum potentiality. … When we arrived on the scene, the Cosmic Designer gave us the ability to collapse the wave function of our own little corner of reality.”
    The book goes into a discussion of why the author maintains that this is a more viable solution than the MWI (Many Worlds Interpretation) or multiverse theory that is espoused by scientists and academics who refuse to acknowledge the possibility of a Creator.
  • “You don’t HAVE a soul. You ARE a soul. You HAVE a body, temporarily.” (quoted from a novel, cited in the book.) Most of the argument for the reality of the soul is made by citing NDE’s (Near Death Experiences). In one of those, the patient said that she could move herself around the hospital, while outside of her body. She described seeing a blue tennis shoe on a 3rd or 4th floor window ledge, scuffed in the little-toe part, with the lace tucked under the shoe. A nurse, who previously had her own NDE, checked it out. She searched for, and found the shoe. It was not visible from the ground, and was exactly as the patient described. In another case, a woman was visited by a friend who had just died moments before the visit. The author ends the section on souls with this: “To those who insist that ‘there must be a rational explanation,’ I say, Of course there is. The soul is real.’ And that’s the most rational explanation of all.”
  • “Our very existence is a miracle. In a purely scientific sense, we should not exist.” The book goes on to discuss experiments that have been made to prove the concept of spontaneous generation of life in a primordial soup. These experiments failed. Scientists have calculated the odds and found that such an occurrence is hopelessly improbable. Evolution must have had help.
  • Earth, the planet we inhabit, is the result of a convergence of incredibly unlikely conditions. The book goes on to describe many of these conditions that make life possible here. The author states that “the ordinary works of the Cosmic Designer are the most spectacular miracles of all. Nature is God’s objet d’art, the tangible expression of the intellect, imagination, and soul of the Cosmic Designer.”
  • “Everything we think of as ‘solid matter’ is mostly nothing. Matter is composed of atoms. Atoms are composed of electrons, neutrons, protons and lots of empty space. What are electrons, neutrons and protons? They are not hard little objects, like tiny marbles. No, they are probabilities, they are tendencies to exist. … In short, they are bits of information.” The book goes on to explain that matter and energy are digital. Even our perception of reality is digital.

The above are not all the points made in the book, but I think I have summarized the major ones. Each of them is thoroughly explained, with references citing where the information comes from. While it might be deep reading for a lot of folks, I think this book is one of the best I have encountered at explaining how the pieces of the puzzle fit together.

I’m not the least bit worried about the fact that this book doesn’t match the account in Genesis. Some parts of the Genesis account, and some other Bible passages, take on a fuller meaning when reviewed in light of the principles discussed in this book. The biggest conflict with Genesis is in the timing. I believe that God has a whole different way of dealing with time and space than we do, because he has access to dimensions that we don’t. When, and if, we get to understand how God can be in all places and all times at once, the timing will become an insignificant problem.

The author closes the book with “I have never heard God speak in an audible voice… Most of us never will. But for all of us, there is a still, small voice that whispers to us. It tells us who we are and where we belong – if we are listening. And if we follow that voice – if we go where it leads us – we will one day understand the meaning of this journey called Life.”

Science, Religion and Creation

There should be no conflict

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Science and Religion need not be at odds. If we mortals had, and understood, God’s full truth, they would fit together perfectly. Science tries to explain the mechanisms (What and How) of the physical realm. There is a spiritual realm that is every bit as real as the physical realm. Mankind knows 3 spatial dimensions plus 1 time dimension. God’s universe includes other dimensions that man is not equipped to comprehend. Religion, if we knew and understood the full truth, would explain the Who and the Why of the spiritual realm and the connection between the spiritual and the physical. When you imagine Creation from God’s timeless point of view, the When becomes less important.

I think we agree that our wonderful universe was not created by a series of accidents and random mutations. Our Creator, and his assistant, Mother Nature (a figurative character representing the laws of the physical realm), used the materials, tools and methods at their disposal to achieve this marvelous work.

To even begin to elaborate on how Creation and Science really do fit together, I would need to write a very long article. There are books and websites out there that do that. Instead, I will let the above two paragraphs stand on their own, for now. I hope they will get you thinking, if you haven’t started already, about how far away mankind is from discerning the real truths of the universe. It amazes me, how unwilling most people are to consider, explore and discuss the important questions of life.

One of the resources that I am now exploring is the website: There is a lot of material there to sift through.

Subsequent to writing this article, I have read a very interesting book on this topic.  See my article Proof and Truth for details.

I thank God for our creation, and I look forward to learning much more of God’s truths in the afterlife.

A Quiet Christian Speaks – Part Four

Jesus will make things right

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What is the answer to all of the issues and problems that I have listed in the first three parts of this series? In the long term, God is the ultimate answer! World events show that we are getting closer to the conditions that will let the End Times prophecies in the Bible come true. When Christ returns, he will end this madness and straighten things out, but good!

The Bible does not tell us when Jesus will come again. In fact, Jesus said “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” (Matthew 24:36 ESV). However there are events and signs that will tell us when the time is near. I recently read Antichrist Before the Day of the Lord, by Alan Kurschner. This book ties the prophecies together and lays out the sequence of events in the Last Days. Be warned, though. Kurschner is not one of those who makes it easier on us by saying that the Rapture will occur before the Tribulation. He gives reasons and quotes from the Scripture why he believes that the Rapture doesn’t happen first. He says that, if we live until those days, we must endure the Tribulation before we can be Raptured out of here. As I see it, his reasons make sense and have the “ring of truth”.

There are many other books available, some of which make different interpretations. If you are serious about studying eschatology (last things), you may want to read other books as well, especially some that predict that the Rapture comes before the Tribulation. I have read one or two of those books a while ago. The sequence laid out in Kurschner’s book makes more sense to me, even though it is not as popular.

According to the Kurschner book, there is an important biblical distinction between the Antichrist’s great tribulation and the day of the Lord’s wrath. The great tribulation comes from the Antichrist and is directed against the church. Here is a very condensed overview of the End Times:

The Antichrist may not be easy to recognize at first. He will come to power in a rebellion, and will deceive many people, likely the majority. After he is established in power, his true evil nature will be revealed. He “takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thess 2:3-4 ESV) At this time, all religions other than the worship of the Antichrist will be banned. Lawlessness will increase. Christians will be persecuted. Many will abandon their faith. These events are called the “abomination of desolation.” When they see these things happening, believers will know for sure that they are in the great tribulation.

After the abomination of desolation, Jesus will come and take His people to be with Him (the rapture). When Christ appears, there will be no mistaking it. First, there will be a cluster of celestial disturbances and a blackout. Christ will appear “with power and great glory.” (From Luke 21) “For just like the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be.” (Matthew 24:27)

Immediately after the rapture, the day of the Lord’s wrath begins. This is when the ungodly will receive the seven Trumpet Judgments described in Revelation. Following the seventh and most severe Trumpet Judgment, the Bowl Judgments and the Battle of Armageddon will occur in rapid succession. At the conclusion of the Battle of Armageddon, the Beast and the Antichrist will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. Satan is then bound and sealed in a bottomless pit for 1,000 years.

After the ungodly people, Satan and the Antichrist are out of the way, God will renew the Earth and establish the New Jerusalem. There will be a thousand year reign of God and Christ before Satan is released for a final battle. Satan is defeated for good this time, and is thrown into the Lake of Fire. This is followed by the Great White Throne Judgment of the dead, where “if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15 ESV)

Now, the judgments are all finished and the full restoration of Heaven and Earth begins. The New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem will be beautiful and glorious beyond our capability to imagine. There will be no more Satan, no more evil spirits and no more evil people for ever and ever!

Didn’t I tell you that God was going to put things right some day?

We have not yet reached the End Times and I’ve had about enough of the bull crap that’s now going on in the world. How about you? Part of me is looking forward to God’s intervention!

We’ve just examined the End Times and we find that the ultimate ending of the story is great. But there sure seems to be a lot of heavy-duty misery in store before that comes. How are we going to live through all that? Since we don’t know when the End Times will really begin, let’s talk about two eras  – Before the Tribulation and During the Tribulation.

Before the Tribulation
Many aspects of life on Earth will continue to get worse, especially those problems that I talked about in my previous articles. We must always be preparing ourselves for either of two possibilities 1) We die our earthly death before the End Times, or 2) The End Times begin while we are still alive on Earth. Either way, we must do the following:

  • If you haven’t already, get to know God and commit your life to Him. [See my article How do you get to know God?]
  • Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37 ESV) If you do this, you will love the things that God loves.
  • Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:39 ESV) [See my articles The Secret to Happiness and What Does It Mean to Love God?]
  • Grow in your faith. Read the Bible. Go to a church. Join a fellowship group or a Bible study group. Read books that will build your knowledge and your faith.
  • Avoid bad influences. I’m not saying you have to be an absolutely perfect saint, but I am saying you should choose entertainment and activities that will build you up, rather than tear you down.
  • Avoid bad habits, such as taking drugs, drinking to excess, gambling to excess, improper sexual behavior, etc.
  • Be honest, truthful and fair in all that you do.
  • PRAY Ask God for forgiveness. Thank God for your blessings. Ask God for help, strength and courage. Ask God’s blessing on family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, our Country’s leaders, etc. Ask God for guidance.
  • Follow your conscience. If you have received Christ, a part of the Holy Spirit dwells in you. He will guide your conscience to steer you right.
  • Participate in community organizations or activities that do good works. Yes, I know. You are not saved by good works – certainly not by good works alone. Even so, James, Chapter 2 speaks to me, especially where James says “…I will show you my faith by my works.” and “faith apart from works is useless.” In other words, don’t just believe it, LIVE it.
  • GIVE some share of your earnings to churches or to good causes. I’m not saying any certain percentage. That’s up to you. I have been pretty stingy for most of my life, but I am giving more now to a few causes that seem worthy.
  • After Jesus (and God), your family and friends come next. Love them, support them, be loyal to them.
  • Try very hard not to be a hypocrite. Try not to project a “holier than thou” attitude. Be humble. None of us are perfect. That’s why God has given us His grace and forgiveness. That said, we still should strive to be the best example that we can for our family and for our community.
  • Do not be discouraged by all the negative things that are going on in our world. Remember that God will win in the end. Be a part of His Victory Team!

I’m sure there are many more bullets that could be added to the above list. Let me sum it up by saying “Live in a way that will please God.” If you do that, know that God will look after you. God will give you the strength to get through whatever the difficulty is, no matter how severe. Even if you are persecuted, even if you are killed in some horrible way, the pain is only temporary. Your eternal reward awaits.

By the way, I don’t take the above advice as well as I should. Like most of us Christians, I am a work in progress. I am trying to do better as my life goes on.

During the Tribulation
If the Pretribulationists are right, and the Rapture happens before the Tribulation, and if you are already among Jesus’ church, you will not have to worry about this era. However, if the Rapture doesn’t take place until the Tribulation is under way, and if those events happen during your lifetime on Earth, you may well have to deal with it. Remember that Jesus said that no one knows the day or the hour. (Matthew 24:36)

You must do all of the things I have listed above (subject to the conditions at the time), but you must be even stronger. It is time to “put on the whole armor of God.”  Read Ephesians 6:10-18 to see what that means.

Your faith will be tested like never before. The Antichrist and his followers will both tempt and coerce you to give in and give up. You may have to endure unbelievable hardship. You may be tortured or even killed.

God will provide help and relief to those who hang in there and stand with him. The help may not be what you expect, though. It may be that he guides you through your earthly death, so that your soul is spared the remainder of the Tribulation. Remember, If you truly believe in the Everlasting Life that God has promised us, your mortal death is just a passage to something far better. Death is not to be feared. When you no longer fear death, Satan just lost the biggest hold he had on you. Think about it. Pray about it.

Go to my Messages From the Music article for a link to Jake Hess performing “Death Ain’t No Big Deal”. I love that message and I believe it to be true.

While building your faith and preparing for whatever fate awaits you, don’t be afraid to speak God’s Truth. It drives the godless folks crazy!

May God’s light illuminate your life!