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Friday, May 27, 2011
In the beginning the Earth was created formless and empty, how do you explain that?
In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth!
Fri, May 27, 2011 | link
One of those stars (light
spots) is the size of our sun so you get the idea of huge! A planetary nebula, NGC 7293, The Helix Nebula Credit:
NASA, ESA, and C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University)
“When the Big Bang occurred, matter, energy space and time were all formed and the universe was
infinitely dense and incredibly hot. The often asked question “what
came before the Big Bang” is outside the realm of science because it can’t be answered by scientific means. In
fact science says little about how the universe behaved until some 10-41 second after the Big Bang,”
In Astronomy Magazine – Mysteries
of the Universe –Aug 21, 2007;
like this magazine because it is honest! It says “’What came before the Big Bang?’ is outside the realm
of science because it can’t be answered by scientific means!”
Take a look at this...
“Nebula” comes from Latin for “cloud”.
One example of this was the "Pillars of Creation" from the Eagle Nebulae as photographed by the Hubble
Space telescope. Take a look at it above!
Honesty! Who created and why is the realm of religion, not science! I wish some scientists would
The bible talks about God being there before the Big Bang!
can apparently get to 10-43 of a second in their information currently, but before that, our science just
doesn’t help us!
Okay, so let’s take a look
at what Genesis 1: 1-2 says: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was
formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
The key words are formless, empty
and deep! For those of us that like logic, we ask ourselves how something we know is
very solid (the Earth) and wet (the oceans) is formless, empty and deep at the same time. How can that be?
Can you explain it? Most people who don’t believe God used ‘what science explains’
as part of his creation cannot explain this! It just doesn’t make sense!
Now let’s consider how the earth formed according to science!
Let’s investigate something mention earlier and called a Nebula.
No, that’s not a big pimple! It’s a huge dust cloud in space! Probably bigger than we can possibly
imagine! We actually can see some of these with the sophisticated telescopes of today. Amazing and beautiful, they give us
glimpses into our own past (we think).
“Nebula” comes from Latin for “cloud”. One example of this was the "Pillars
of Creation" from the Eagle Nebulae as photographed by the Hubble Space telescope. Take a look at it at the top of this
One of those stars is the size of our
sun so you get the idea of huge!
These nebula are considered the birth material of planets like our Earth. In
the initial stages, they form clouds of dust, gases, and moisture that spin around a central sun that has come together by
gravity in the center of the dust cloud, initially hidden from view, but as time goes on becoming visible by blowing away
the dust due to its solar radiation.
The dust grains clump together due to gravity
and finally make up asteroid like planetesimals. The whole cloud tends to start to spin a bit as this happens. These
collide randomly and slowly the clump gathers more and more and a planet grows into being. When it gets big enough, the pressure
of gravity moulds it into a spherical shape.
That original cloud is basically
empty. We would call it part of the vacuum of space! Lots of emptiness! It also doesn’t really have
edges, or a form. Like a fog bank doesn’t have a form. It is sort of there! Hard to say where the edges are right?
Then inside the cloud is water and the components of water. They have detected
that in nebula. That’s where the oceans supposedly came from after all! So we could say that if you could move over
the formless surface, you would be moving over the deep as well!
That’s probably as far as I want to go right now! So, here we have the dust clouds, having all the
building blocks of our atmospheres and oceans distributed in huge clouds of dust and gas in space.
Please consider this however…If you had to explain this to a child, you couldn’t explain it the way
I just have, could you?
of this! Simple man had a similar problem of being less complex in thinking and more like a child in thought.
God also wanted simple ancient man to remember his message and be able to faithfully write about it for future generations.
Now my explanation has no hope in that regard! Far too complex! Difficult for even clever us to understand! God was smart,
he wrote it down as: Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was
hovering over the waters.
that a simple but clear explanation of this creation event we discussed?
to the point and memorable as well!
Trust God to speak truth with simplicity so that
we can all get it (even though it would take men almost 4000years and lots of copying of those words before they
could really understand them).
Can you think of any other creation story that explains Earths creation as simply and elegantly as this, without
making up stories! One that fits our scientific known theories! This bible is magnificent!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Should we pay tax? Do authorities really have authority?
Thu, May 26, 2011 | link
Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of
membership in an organized society. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
The taxpayer - that's
someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination. ~Ronald
Don’t we all dislike
Most of us squirm and start thinking evasion techniques as
soon as the time comes around where we have to fill in our tax forms and
give the government some of that hard earned money.
The question is whether they really have authority to take it or if they
have simply given themselves that authority? Why do we allow it?
For Christians the answer differs than that for non-Christians.
Everyone pays the tax or faces the consequences since the tax system is the way our money is collected, pooled,
and used to serve our society.
I guess what makes us most unhappy is that we don’t always agree
on HOW it is is used. We all have our own ideas and when this gets into arguments political parties somehow arise
to fight for these differences.
Christians get told the following in Romans 13:6 onwards
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.
7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect;
if honor, then honor. We are told the tax people are God’s servants (not just the governments. So, if you
are a tax official, they are doing God’s business.
understand!” I can hear many saying!
In the days these words were spoken, the tax system was tough and the people hated tax collectors more than most.
Definitely more than we do today!
In those days the
tax job was offered by the government of the day to private people. They invented the term tax farming. People bid on the
job by indicating what they could gather in tax. They then went out and demanded it under Roman law and anything extra they
got they kept for themselves. You can imagine the abuse!
It is under those conditions that Paul
says to the Roman citizens
6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s
servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue,
then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Not only were they to
pay, but he encourages respect and honor.
Why? Why not simply rebel!
he says earlier in that same chapter “1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities,
for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will
bring judgment on themselves.”
Authorities are subject to God’s authority and it is from God’s
authority theirs arises.
Paul is under no illusions and while he believes there is corruption, he warns against doing wrong saying
hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority?
Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you
do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring
punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment
but also as a matter of conscience. “
Take the course that is
right even if others do wrong and your conscience will be clear!
Isn’t this true? When
we step into doing things that could be understood to be wrongful we immediately bring into our lives the tendrils of fear
that start to entwine our souls and hurt our sleep. God want’s our hearts pure, clean and ready to face all evil in purity and
truth. Sometimes we need to pay a bit more tax than we think good, but only as much us our elected government demands. It
keeps our conscience clear! That’s what my objective is today, to keep my conscience clear!
What is yours?
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Did early Christians believe the earth was created in 6 x 24 hour days?
Wed, May 25, 2011 | link
We also know the early Jews and Christians didn’t believe the earth was created in seven days.
They probably had more reason to believe in physical days than we do, since they had no scientific preconceptions. However,
they just didn’t believe it was an actual week!
They took it to be huge periods
of time and believed they were in the last days described by that biblical text. The sixth day was the day they believed
the messiah would come! That’s why they were waiting for a “messiah!” If these early Christians, 2000 years
ago, believed they were in the sixth day, then they didn’t believe in creation in six 24 hour days did they?
It was the English translation that gave us a level of confidence that that text in
Genesis was talking of a 24hour day. So, let us just go to where the first translation into common English occurred.
This was started in 1604, and it was finished in 1611 by 47 people working for King
Henry of England. (There was an earlier Wycliff bible in English, but this King James version was the most popular
and appears to have stayed that way.)
You can understand that in those years the translators
would have fully believed that God constructed the earth in a day.
The word for “day”
that was translated from Hebrew, was “yom” which can mean “day” or it can mean “period”.
In the first century when Jesus walked the Earth, both Christians and Jews understood this to be period and not
a physical day. They also knew the word meaning was structured to allow this!
However, our King James translators
selected the 24hour day option and rejected the “period” meaning of the word as they did their work in the 1600’s.
Once selected, this became embedded in our culture and we have never wanted to go back on this again.
not? Perhaps we should? It is after all the same word as used in the phrase “Day of the Lord” which is
generally agreed to be interpreted nowadays to mean a period of time, and not a 24 hour period.
Another aspect that actually ties together science and the bible quite effectively is the first sentence in the first
writing of the Bible. It says “In the beginning God created the heavens
and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving
over the surface of the waters.”
This firstly shows a beginning to time and space that
Secondly, take a look at the words “The earth was formless and void, and darkness
was over the surface of the deep”
Try explaining those words which were written
before science existed without resorting to our modern knowledge and you are lost.
a mystery for thousands of years. Christians believed it, but didn’t understand it. Faith based belief is not all wrong!
Today with the help of science we know that the earth, in its early days of creation, was part
of a huge dust cloud in space with vast distances between dust particles.
A bit like a dust smog, with water,
ice, as well light gases such as hydrogen and helium in it. The best description of this nebula and the swirling dust cloud
that became our earth would be “formless and void”.
scientists now believe the nebula had large amounts of ice it as well. This could be the reference to the waters and surface
of the deep. Science helps us understand the Bible (if we take this interpretation approach that is).
Let’s get it straight, you don’t need to believe the explanation given
previously, only please understand that science and the Bible are quite compatible and it is acceptable for
us to believe both and not be crazy, sub-intelligent, or out of our mind.
In fact, to reject
the Bible on the grounds of science is perhaps more crazy, sub-intelligent, and mindless than to accept it!
We should perhaps move away from classifying others by their acceptance or rejection of science
in relation to the Bible.
Those bible texts are
written to show us the way to live successfully, and to develop a soft heart. They are not there to cause arguments
on scientific principles.
God is outside and above these arguments of science!
Rather, lets understanding how God can help us live successfully on this earth and
afterwards once we die. That’s what the bible is really about!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Candid Christianity: Answering those difficult questions!
Tue, May 24, 2011 | link
You know the type!
You are sitting at Tim Hortons when a person you know slightly comes over and asks if they can
join you. You say “yes” and after a little they amazingly start to talk about the bible. Happy for a point to
talk about you ask if they think it’s a book of God’s words.
They answer that the bible read
by Christians of today differs by many chapters and thousand of paragraphs from the original. Sarcastically they then ask
“Which one is the word of god and why does man edit it?”
do you take the conversation on from there? We often get faced with questions like this don’t
I welcome them as I like having new things introduced into my worldview.
I want to be extended and challenged and facing new and interesting things. Unfortunately I have been told
I am a little strange in that way.
Many tell me they find these questions uncomfortable, they don’t
know how to answer and they get upset, sometimes even thinking the person is trying to corner them (I guess in that
case the person has achieved their aim).
As a Christian, my own approach is focused on the
persons well being. Instead of getting sweaty palms and madly looking for the fancy and exactly correct answer
I trust that my life with God this far is solidly based on truth and his love and that in this circumstance it will be no
Instead of directly answering the question I consider if I know the person well enough
to understand the context within which they are asking the questions.
we communicate we are part of every communication aren’t we?
The pitch of our voice, our
body language, facial expressions and attitudes are conveying as much as the words are, aren’t they?
to properly answer I need to know the context so that’s where I start. Probably with a question like. . .”wow,
I didn’t realize you knew so much about the bible, where did you get to understand all this?”
The question is not to get facts to take the person down, but rather to understand and connect with them.
People who ask questions like this very often have a hurt past that has led to a distorted worldview
and answering without understanding their pain can be inadequate and unproductive.
times in the past would it have helped us if when we asked a question, the person we asked had taken time to understand why
we were asking it and the particular importance of the question to our lives?
need to see others as friends to be exposed to the most important thing we know in our lives rather than
opponents in some gladiatorial fight!
Then we start to answer the question the right way. A way
that helps and not hinders.
As Bruxy Cavey says, we need to understand that if either of us in a discussion
of this type gets angry we both loose!
Love must be central to our lives at times like these.
Also, don’t be sickly sweet with a fake love. Keep it open honest and true. People spot a
fake miles away. They also spot a self deluded person easily. Let’s make sure we are neither.
also not try to convince them of everything in one conversation. If we answer their question it is enough!
God has other people that can open their path to him as well. Remember it is not us to convince, our job is to simply expose
truth and let them decide on what they will do!
Lastly, let’s not manipulate!
That’s an attribute of witchcraft not true Christianity. Pushing people around is not our job. All we do is help and
provide truth where we think it is to be found.
Okay so what about the answer
to the question.
My belief is only the original document as written by the original author
in the original environment is the inspired word of God. Our copies are attempts to reveal this original truth in
the best ways we know how. So reading different versions just helps us get back closer to the truth.
the academic answer! The one I give may end up being along those lines, but I want to get to know the person and
their pain first.
Truth is sometimes too bright and stark for a person who has lived
in darkness to see clearly at first glance. Sometimes we need to give them time to adapt to the light.
The person who lovingly allows this is the person I consider a true friend and one I would appreciate!
What about you?
Monday, May 23, 2011
Natural and man made disasters
Mon, May 23, 2011 | link
Over the last few days we have
heard a number of negative news items. Things like “Tornado kills at least 89 in Joplin,
Missouri”, “Alberta wildfire evacuees in limbo” and the floods in Manitoba and on the Mississippi, as well as that nut who predicted
the end of the world would be May 21st causing many to follow him and loose their living.
Disasters abound and we watch, hopefully we help if we are close enough and for those of us who are Christians,
we pray for those impacted by these disasters.
Hopefully if we are close enough we step in
I think that’s the sign of a real Christian, one who when things get tough gets going
one way or another to help in what little ways they can. The Japan disaster was terrible, but it made me real happy
to know a young couple I know went there to help and allowed many of us to contribute directly to that effort. In the flood
swept provinces and states I know Christians will be extending their hands and hearts to others.
Through these natural disasters, the true power of human love can be shown and experienced.
I am proud of all who help! I trust you are too!
Then we get these man made disasters like this prediction of the end of the world
that caused so many followers to get themselves into dire situations. Today they will be wondering how they will survive.
trust those nearby and close will help. Man made disasters like those caused by this bible creep
are not really different to the tornado or the flood, but for some reason I hear more anger and some
of it directed at those who made the mistake of following this lunatic.
They are survivors of a man
made disaster and they need our help and prayers too. We may not think they were too smart or wise, but that
does not reduce our part in this. We need to love help and help heal these people. They need to know God is real, but that
sometimes people try to be God instead of worship him.
Let’s pray for these and if we know
anyone, let's help them.
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