Monday, January 8, 2007

Evidence is the Tip of the Iceberg

Have you ever seen an ice berg? If you have you've only seen the tip of the iceberg. About 1/8th of it sits above the water and 7/8ths remains under water yet every mariner knows this and hopefully steers well clear of it. That 12% which is visible is positive evidence of the 88% that is invisible. Below I look at the proverbial "tip of the iceberg" for the evidence of the existence of God. When I see a post written on a blog, that is proof to me that a 'blogger' exists. When I see the wonders and intricacies in creation, that is sufficient proof to me that a creator exists. Or perhaps it was better stated by Sir Isaac Newton: 'Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system. I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.'
Have you ever thought about God? After considering the sun, moon, stars, as Sir Isaac Newton mentioned, here are some facts: The earth revolves once every twenty four hours. The speed at the equator of this rotation is about 1,040 mph or roughly half a kilometer per second and goes to practically zero at the poles. As the earth rotates, its moon also rotates with such absolute perfect timing that man has only observed one side of its surface from any point on earth. We see the same side of the moon as Moses and the ancient Pharaohs of Egypt. Our earth orbits the star in our solar system, our sun, once a year at an average speed of 18.5 miles per second (or 30km/ second). Our solar system, which is about 26,000 light years from the center of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, makes one revolution of the Galaxy about every 200-250 million years at an average speed of 155 miles per second (250 km/sec.) The Milky Way Galaxy is just one galaxy in a group of galaxies called the Local Group. Within the Local Group, the Milky Way Galaxy is moving about 185 miles/sec (300 km/sec). It couldn't happen without universal laws. An atheist will look at that and say, 'it's all coincidence!' As a believer I look at it and say with King David of old, 'When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?'
What about Universal Law?
When I see universal law, I see evidence of a universal law giver. In my world view, God exists and I see His love and plan working continually. An unbeliever sees in their world view, dumb luck and blind chance without a first cause to account for everything. It has become popular to explain historic events by natural cause rather than divine intervention. This is permeating the educational channels of late.For example, there is no question that a series of plagues hit Egypt preceding the Exodus. Scientists are now putting forward a theory for these plagues. The theory is that a Mediterranean Volcanic Island exploded and caused the plagues.With a detectable sense of pride atheists tend to brag they believe in nothing. "Theirs," they claim, "is simply a non-belief." I find this intellectually dishonest since many atheists express extreme ‘faith’ in evolution, claiming it as proven fact (which it is not). From faith in the 'cosmic egg' from which everything hatched to the rise of modern man billions of years later, they rely on some really questionable evidence. There is far more evidence, both historic and scientific as to the accuracy of the Bible than there is for Darwin’s, The Origin of Species. As far as Biblical criticism is concerned it has been my experience that many non-believers parrot things written by critics of the Bible and they often refer to compilations written by other non-believers who are themselves devoid of any theological education whatever. I did this myself when I claimed to be an atheist. I assumed that I knew the contents of the Bible from the few stories I was familiar with; Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, the plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, Jonah and the Whale etc. I concluded that there was no scientific accuracy in the Bible whatever!In the book of Job (probably the oldest book of the Bible) it states that God "hangs the earth on nothing;" - Job 26:7. A truly insightful statement for the time in which it was written. Hmmm, how did Job know? Atheists and Christians are alike in that we all face challenges, joys and mortality. The difference is that a believer contemplates a merciful God who paved the way to salvation and follow their savior, helping others. Atheists go through life without such a high purpose. Mutation and natural selection determine their coming and passing beyond which there is simply non-existence. After all is said and done I’d rather be a Christian than an atheist.

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