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Friday, July 16, 2010

Is intelligent design unscientific?


 
People try to say intelligent design is unscientific, but when they do say this they shoot down their own arguments!

So why do people do this?


 
I explained Intelligent design and BioLogos, Evolution in a previous blog.  

Intelligent design is the statement of belief that "certain things in the universe are best explained by an intelligent cause and not by an undirected process. 

Intelligent Design doesn’t actually say God exists, but it is a short step from there to saying that God exists!

Sothis gets many (narrow minded) scientific types rather annoyed!


Rather than consider this as an option to be proved or not (the open minded approach), they try and disprove it!

Now you and I would probably consider this gut reaction as not very logical or an open approach to life!  Well people hold to traditions tightly and scientists are people not God.

Some scientists like to be close minded! Good scientists are less likely to be, but unfortunately many scientists just propound what is pushed into their minds at places of learning without checking it out or considering it deeply.

So these types of scientists can say that scientific design is “unscientific” but when they do, they have to say why!


Unfortunately every argument they come out with just disproves some part of science that is already accepted.

So the scientists have come up with a solution. They say ALL science works with a principle of “Methodological Naturalism”.

You see what they do, they create words no-one can understand to define something!

So what does
“Methodological Naturalism” actual mean?

It means using practical methods for acquiring knowledge, irrespective of one's metaphysical or religious views. It requires that hypotheses be explained and tested only by reference to natural causes and events. i.e. it says science cannot accept a influence by god or its not science!

So they have created a “scientific” principle that basically says no god cannot exist and now argue it is against science to argue that god may exist!

Is this an honest approach? What do you think?

If this is the only “scientific” argument that can be put against Intelligent design not being scientific, then I think it’s not worth considering if I am an open minded person!
 
So next time someone says science disproves Intelligent design, you can explain that it really doesn’t. We have a wonderful God who guides our ongoing creation and makes our lives rich and wonderful. 


So having helped you understand this I wish you a happy day!

 
PS: If you want to see a rather fancy language argument you could look at this video http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/stephen-meyer-on-ids-scientific-bona-fides/
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Commandment or Suggestion 10, don’t want others possessions, relationships or items if they don’t belong to you!
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Ever been greedy or envious?


 

Are you attracted by that new item that someone has just got? That iPad or iPhone, that new piece of designer clothing, that car, that CD, that movie, etc.


 

Switch on your television and watch it for 30minutes and count the number of times you get urged to want something you may not have! Greed is promoted like nothing else in our culture. We are told to want and buy and have at all costs. Even if we do not have money to get the item we are told “no problem” get it now pay later!


 

How can that last of the 10 commandments or guidelines of God’s word in the ancient world make any sense today? It’s crazy to think of limiting our desires isn’t it?


 

Well that word says "Do not long for anything that belongs to your neighbor. Do not long for your neighbor's house, wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey."(Exodus 20:17NIRV)


 

It focuses on looking at others and how we start to want what they have!


 

Think about it! Doesn’t contentment come from feeling adequate and complete? If you had never seen an iPad, would you really need it? Could it be that our “needs” are manipulated but taking a contented person and showing them something to make them discontent?


 

This way we can be kept discontent all our lives! We can never have everything material or in relationships with others (particularly with the opposite sex) and if we continually strive to get a better model of what we already have we will set ourselves up for becoming a pawn in an economic treadmill for which our notorious enemy provides the evil motor of greed.


 

So, although it is counter-cultural, we must respect that this 10th commandment is really sensible. Jesus when asked to judge over things inherited between brothers had this to say:

(Luke 12:15 NIRV) "Watch out! Be on your guard against wanting to have more and more things. Life is not made up of how much a person has."


 

Here’s a story that may help understand this:


 

A certain CEO’s who owned his own company was having great success and his products were going viral worldwide with everyone wanting them. He thought to himself, “what should I do? I don’t have enough capacity to produce and store the products for market.”


 

Then he said to himself, “this is what I will do. I will replace my outdated manufacturing plants with new ones that are bigger and better and build warehouses to hold triple the amount of product that we produce today! This will keep us going for many years! Then I will take life easy, party and have a good time!”


 

But God said to him, “you foolish man! This very night I will take your life away from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?”


 

That is how it will be for anyone who stores the things of life away for himself, but is not rich in God’s eyes!


 
 

In who’s eyes are you rich?

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Commandment or Suggestion 9, spinning stories about someone doesn’t hurt, or does it?
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Have you ever been in an organization where someone used true words said in one context and the twisted them to mean something else, until they damage someone?

 The 9th commandment is “You shall not give false testimony!”

 

Wow! I wish the television reporters would subscribe to that law. I wish they would report truth not apparent truth. We would all appreciate that! How many times to they directly or indirectly misuse truth to increase ratings. How many times are they misused to deliver untruths?


 
A true story…

 

It was a bright African day and a group of men and women waited patiently at a boardroom table for a group of Catholic nun’s to arrive. The agenda was focussed on how to provide education for under privileged children. The nun’s were to attend as advisors to a corporation who wanted to help these children.

The nun was late! Real late! Hours late! People waited until the peripheral conversations died away as boredom and silence reigned.  The heat built up, the insects buzzed outside and the sun slowly moved in an arc across the sky but still she did not arrive.


 

Finally the door swung open! Instead of that wonderfully happy smiling black face framed by the white habit, we saw a nun that was that nasty grey color that only a black person in huge shock can depict. No white toothed smiles! Deep pain filled those eyes and sorrow sagged the shoulders.


 

Gently we asked what happened. One nun explained someone had mislead a national television crew into believing they could film an antiapartheid demonstration on a specific street corner at a specific time. Then these young rebels had stopped all passers by half an hour before the crew was to show up. This was to build up a crowd, and when the television arrived, they picked an old man and accused him of being a traitor. They then beat him up in front of the camera’s. Finally they put a car tire filled with gasoline over his head while he was still alive and lit it, burning him alive infront of the television camera and the crowd. The crowd was forced to watch and had to cheer or face similar circumstances! The nun watched until the mans screams stopped and he died. This was to get a story on television! An innocent man died horribly to support others lies!


 

I know! I knew that nun and I was sitting in that boardroom!


 

We don’t tell lies damaging others like this, or do we?


 

Often our false words spoken in selfish manipulation kill reputations!

I have watched it happening in numerous churches where this should never happen. I am in one where this is happening right now. It happens in companies, in homes, in families, in friendship groups! False words(maybe even with good intent), followed by denial and then unforgiveness and anger, destroy not only individuals but whole groups of people!


 

Why?


 

God hates lies! He hates truth taken out of context (that is telling lies)!


 

It is said “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18)


 

We need wise tongues! This is difficult isn’t it! James pointed out just how difficult “but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:8)


We need to be careful with our words. We need to ask God to help us!


 

 Our good book says “The tongues of wise people use knowledge well.   But the mouths of foolish people pour out foolish words.” (Proverbs 15:2 NIRV)


 

We need to be careful of speaking toxic words. We need to avoid toxic environments!


 

An article that I agree with says;


 
If you have been surrounding yourself with people who belittle you and use words to attack you, consider how toxic this is for your health. Just as you wouldn't stay in an environment where you were breathing toxic chemicals--things that could make you sick or kill you--you shouldn't stay around people who use words in toxic ways.

 

As much as possible, avoid being around people who are negative toward you. No matter what their excuse is for it, it isn't good for you. If you can't avoid them completely, limit your time around them, and take steps to counteract the messages they send you by thinking positive thoughts and saying affirmations. Choose to spend time and be in relationships with people who support you and help you realize your wonderful potential. You'll live a much more joyful, healthy life.”


 

Not only do we need to avoid these environments, we smust not create them! We need to be gentle with our words. Maybe we could try to use healing words not hurting ones. Praise, thankfulness and forgiveness go a long way to building a great environment!


 

“Yes, you have a point, have you considered…”

“I’m sorry you see ‘X’ as having done ‘Y’ but we all make mistakes, can we perhaps find a way to help ‘X’….”

“I’m sorry…”
“let me consider what you have pointed out…”


 

Are some positive responses in negative situations, I expect you know many more!


 

As a Christian we are called to build up truthfully!


 

That is the direction of our calling, if you aren’t a Christian, this is a great life principle anyhow.


 

Let’s build others up today and stay away from spinning truth and telling lies!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Commandment or Suggestion 8, Long term borrowing…or stealing?

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Have you ever had a friend borrow something and years later it has never come back? Sometimes it’s “borrowed” by someone who isn’t our friend, then we call it stealing! What’s the difference?

 
The 8th commandment is “You must not steal!” and in our civilized society we don’t consider ourselves as stealing, but when we look at this closely we do have some very grey areas to consider.

 
Each year I go on a mission trip with a whole lot of young people. I am going again in a weeks time. When we get to the destination they always lay out the rules and one of them is “No long term borrowing!”

 
They have found in the past that when they confront young people who have stolen something from another they say “I was not stealing I was borrowing it”. Well borrowing something without letting the person know is stealing! Now people borrow something for a minute or two sometimes, but when it is longer than that the intent is not clear as to whether they intend to keep it or not! That’s the reason for the rule!

 
It’s interesting that in the working environment the “borrowing” takes different forms. I had my own company for a while and I was amazed how people who I knew well and loved would help themselves to stationary supplies just prior to the start of the new school year. That was “stealing”. Using work time to do social work on the internet is another form of stealing company time.

 
One modern form of stealing that I often see among teenagers is stealing affection of someone that has promised themselves to another. This relationship hijacking could also be considered a form of stealing.

 
Copying items that are copyrighted is another common form of stealing. I am amazed by how much on youtube comes from commercial television materials. I guess the people copying these are not aware they are stealing?

 
So when the bible says do not steal, it’s probably trying to point out to us that this behaviour is anti social and not very loving.

 
I am sure the injured parties of these incidents would agree.

God is wise and wants the best for us. Let us continually as ourselves if we are being as honest as possible in the circumstances we find ourselves.

Oh! And if you have some stuff that has been borrowed long term, take it back please!

Have a great day!

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Commandment 7, You shall not commit adultery!
Commandment 7, You shall not commit adultery!

 
Been to the movies, how many scenes of people having sex with someone other than their spouse have you seen? This stuff is pushed at us all the time isn’t it?


 
How about Jesus’ update to that law when he said

“You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery. 'But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”[1]

 
Hmmm! That is a real tough one! But, until we see a broader set of bible discussions on this, we cannot really decide what the Christian bible is saying about this.

 It also says Luke 16:18"Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. 

Wow! This is getting a bit much right?
 

Then Jesus goes and gets provided with a woman who was CAUGHT doing it and this is what happens
. . .John 8:3-11
 

The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman. She had been caught in adultery. They made her stand in front of the group. They said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught having sex with a man who was not her husband. In the Law, Moses commanded us to kill such women by throwing stones at them. Now what do you say?" They were trying to trap Jesus with that question. They wanted to have a reason to bring charges against him. 
   

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.
  They kept asking him questions. So he stood up and said to them, "Has any one of you not sinned? Then you be the first to throw a stone at her."   

He bent down again and wrote on the ground.
 Those who heard what he had said began to go away. They left one at a time, the older ones first.

Soon only Jesus was left. The woman was still standing there. 
  

Jesus stood up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Hasn't anyone found you guilty?" 

 
 "No one, sir," she said.    

"Then I don't find you guilty either," Jesus said. "Go now and leave your life of sin."
  

This shows that when it comes to applying the law to people Jesus had compassion and love.


All he wanted was that a person be sorry for the selfish, stupid things they have done and decide to stop doing it.
 

Adultery hurts those who do it as much as the party that has been
cheated. Sex is only really good in a loving trusting relationship. Otherwise it’s just a physical release that can be compared to a good sneeze! The fact that it’s done with someone else means that it is the intertwining of emotions, thoughts and trust that really makes it good.

If you cannot build a future with that person it becomes a way of reducing the ability of being able to build that future with someone at a later date.[See my blog
Marriage or just living together ]
 

God wants the best for us so that’s what he prescribes!


We can decide to ignore this as much of our western world is doing, but the divorce rates and unhappy children with split families proves we are screwing it up big time! Tell me of a kid that would prefer not to live with both parents in one home?
 

Adultery is a problem of the mind, not of the emotions!

It starts with decisions to think incorrectly about another person.
This is the point we can stop the train before it picks up speed and get it onto the right track. Once we pass this junction, it is difficult to find a way back to right destination. Think right and the rest is easy! To think right we need to be careful of what we put into our memory.
 

Porn movies and pictures will not put the right things in our memory
, yet statistics say a huge number of men are porn addicts. This leads to lust and abnormal desires which often the spouse will not want to submit to and then this leads to adultery!
 

By sticking to God’s guidelines, we can build a beautiful intimate relationship with our spouse and have a fulfilled sexual life with a person we love more than life itself.
 

That’s God’s wish for us! Let’s not screw it up! Right?


[1] Matthew 5:27 NIV

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dealing with conflicts the Jesus way!
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100 years before Christ was born the Jewish people expected a person would be coming that would save their nation!


 
They called this guy the Messiah! And the biblical texts said in Zechariah 9:9 he would come in riding on a donkey! Malachi 3:1-12 said “Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple;  the messenger of the covenant”

 
So they were all expecting this Savior to come in and go to the temple. The text continues and says he would be like a “refiners fire” or a “launderers soap”. Both references are talking of a cleaning and purifying process. The Jewish people mis-interpreted this to mean he would clear their enemies from the country but he was to do far more.

 
The only aggressive action he took is recorded in the gospels as happening at the time of the Passover when he overturned merchants tables in the outer court of the temple. This was called the “court of the Gentiles” which was the closest any Gentile could get to the central worship area of the temple without being killed!

 
So why overturn the tables? Why discard his “gentle” behavior for these moments? Was he conforming or confrontational in his actions? What do the four books recording this say?

 
The important information on this is found at John 2:13-25, John 4:21-24Luke 19:41-48, Mark 11:15-19, Mark  11:27-33, and Matthew 21:12-17.

 
Three put the incident at the end of Jesus work and these are the books written earlier in the 1st century. John written last puts it first, but we must understand that John was writing a theme based story not a time based story. These four accounts show different sides of the story.

 
All show it was Passover (a very important Jewish festival) and Jesus road in on the Monday that is the day the Jews chose the sacrificial animal and cleared their houses of all yeast as part of the rituals. The sacrifice was the animal that would pay for the selfish, nasty and and ignorant things (sins) done, and the yeast clearing represented getting rid of all sinful things in their lives.

 
Jesus comes into the temple and finds “men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, "Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market!"

 
Why?

 
The people had to exchange Roman money with the emblazoned images of people for temple money since God said he didn’t want and “graven images” (i.e. stuff representing other authority) in his temple. They were doing what God asked!

 
The people had to get sacrificial animals because not all were farmers so they had to buy them. Why did Jesus throw them out? He also chased out the “buyers”, even the buyers of “doves”. Doves were the lowest cost sacrificial animal!

 
He was stopping the sacrificial system. The comfortable system from the past was interrupted by his presence. Perhaps he was angered because the gentiles(non-jews) were not being allowed to worship correctly!

 
God wants all people of all persuasions to be able to worship him in the way he establishes for them. The leaders of the temple allowed selfish needs for temple money (probably to pay for the temple reconstruction) to overwhelm God’s purpose. How often do we allow our selfish deeds to overwhelm God’s purpose.

 
Jesus wanted us to reform our ways and worship him correctly. We need to reform our ways and actions to ensure he is central not our traditions. The Pharisees and Sadducees were right in their practices but wrong in their heart. They were selfish instead of selfless. So much so that we see Jesus angry! A Holy anger! Not focused on HIS needs, but on enabling others need for God to be met.

 
Next he allowed blind and disabled to enter the temple and he healed them there. No blind or disabled person was allowed into the temple. (Matthew 21:12-17) Can you see he was saying we need to love those who are outside our social groups enough to allow them to have their needs met and meet God.

 
How well do we do this today?

How well do we deny self to ensure others meet Christ?
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