Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Perfect Sense, Science and Genesis

This post was originally a comment-response posted by myself on my blog post, Perfect Sense. This post has been edited compared to my original comment, but if you want to see the full unedited version of my response; plus the whole comment discussion, check out the comments in my Perfect Sense post--FYI: for the comments on Perfect Sense--before I changed to Forward Thought, I was Anthony Mason.

I am not closing out science altogether. I understand and believe that science helps to explain what most of us cannot explain. I understand that because of science great things like hospitals and medicine derived, but what I am saying is science cannot explain everything and never will--there are some things that even science cannot touch, so why do we just stop at the point where some state that science is something that cannot be completely unfalsified because eventually you have to get to there with science, but by then the meaning of science would no longer exist. So what then, what is there to accept?--Theories that have no scientific relevance? I believe we were created to be intelligent beings. So, what ever spectrum you come from, creation or evolution, it is hard for me to accept that as intelligent creatures we must accept everything up to the point of nothing or “in flux,” as some say; which are all theories with no scientific relevance. I guess then the Creation theory is one of those “lack of science” theories as well, but it is the one I choose to believe in and put my faith in.

A person asked me one time, “What if you are wrong about the whole God thing?” My response to that person was, “Well, what if I am right?” I get a kick out of that question because you might as well ask a fish, why does it swim. I have faith in God because I just do, the belief is so deep and strong it can be hard to explain, but to believers it is as simple as 2+2=4.

The Concise Bible Commentary by Don Fleming is a great book that splices historical accounts with Biblical accounts book by book in The Bible. In the first chapter, Genesis, the author writes:

Science may investigate the physical world and suggest how something happened, but it cannot say who made it happen. Believers may therefore hesitate to dismiss a scientific theory simply by saying “God did it”, because the theory may have been the way God has done it. When scientist tell us how rain falls or how the grass grows, we do not contradict him by saying, “God makes the rain and the grass grow.” We accept both.

It is interesting that some state The Bible should not be considered a factual based book to teach science and should only be considered a book of allegorical value, I agree, but not completely. Though The Bible does not explain in detail everything about accepted scientific principles--that was not God‘s intention for The Bible; though, it does explain some accepted scientific principles used today.For example, in Isaiah 40:22 (written 2800 years ago) it says, “It is He that sits upon the circle of the earth.” During the time that the book of Isaiah was written, the accepted philosophy was that the world was flat. It was not until Christopher Columbus (2300 years later), whose voyage was inspired by this verse, set out to falsify the “world is flat” theory, sounds like a scientific experiment to me and guess what, it was falsified. If you want to see more examples, hit link.

Genesis is an account of how God made the formless to the formed, and with His almighty power made everything out of nothing, not in flux, not by chemicals reaction--NOTHING and as a believer I can easily believe that, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God‘s command, that what we see did not come from anything that can be seen.” Hebrews 11:3

“All scripture is inspired by God…” II Timothy 3:16, that even includes Genesis.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

"Simple Truth"

So many truths,
So many beliefs.
The many differences, each one unique.
What is all the problem?
Why make confusion?
When faith, love, and trust is all that we need.

One simple message,
One simple way.
Faith, love, and trust,
Is all that He wants.
And that simple truth has always been-
Right in front of us.

What’s in religion, but only a name?
Created by man to give his debate.
For spiritual understanding in his own way.
So stop the confusion, and stop the debate.
When faith, love and trust has always been His way.

Is it so hard to see?
The simple truth that we need.
So that one day we will see Him in time,
And He will say to us, “That simple truth has always been yours and Mine.”

No matter what the debate is and when all the smoke clears, all believers are in the same body of Christ and it all comes down to three basic principles Jesus wants from us: Faith, Love, and Trust. And I think every believer can agree on that. Though, it concerns me that there are people, in recent news the funeral protesters, who claim to be in the body, but weaken His most important principle of the three: Love. “God help them.”

I Corinthians 12:27: “Together you are the body of Christ. Each one of you is part of His body.” [CEV]

I Corinthians 13:13: “For now there are faith, hope, and love. But of these three the greatest is love.” [CEV]

If you want to see my inspiration for writing this song read my blog, Seeking The Truth. And please, be respectful and do not copy and paste this blog or song. Thank you

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Perfect Sense

I was thinking the other day, How can any mindful person find it easier to believe in the Evolutionary theory than Creationism? I believe in Creationism, but just in general thinking, wouldn’t it be easier to believe or conceive that an ALL POWERFUL, ALL KNOWING, SUPER NATURAL BEING (i.e. God) created all the galaxies, the earth, and everything in-between; in addition, this type of thinking has been around since the beginning of man: seems like practical thinking to me. But for some odd reason it is more practical to believe, think and teach the Evolutionary theory, which has never be proven, but our society teaches this theory in schools and colleges as though it is actual fact. Everything came from nothing which spawned evolution: Yes, of course, that makes perfect sense.

I asked my anthropology teacher one time, “If Evolution is a theory, which cannot be proven and Creation, in the same regards, is a theory as well, why do most schools and colleges teach Evolution?” His answer was, “Good question, but that is what is in the book and that is what I teach.” In another class I asked my biology teacher, “Where did Evolution come from or how did it start?” And she said, “Well, it was a series of chemical reactions and matter.” Then I replied, “Well, where did the chemical reactions and matter come from.” She replied, “I don’t know, but maybe a physics professor can answer that.”

What was wrong and the same about both of these situations? What was wrong was that in both situations I received no clear cut answer; moreover, what was the same is that these professors were teaching something as fact when they did not clearly know or understand, themselves. Webster’s dictionary definition of theory is: speculation; proposed explanation. So, why does our society rely, pick and teach a theory, which apparently shows us how we all got here, but can never really explain absolute origin without going into another theory. Yes, you can say the same thing about Creationism, but isn’t it easier to think that GOD created the heavens and the earth than to think that NOTHING created the heavens and the earth? In my thinking, God seems the more rational answer.