The Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and only a few of you will survive among the nations to which the Lord will drive you. There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell. But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey him. For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.
- Deuteronomy 4:27-31
And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.
- 1 Samuel 23:16
Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty
and will lift up your face to God.
- Job 22:26
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
How long will you assault me?
Would all of you throw me down—
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
Surely they intend to topple me
from my lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
- Psalm 62:1-6
”All that is made seems planless to the darkened mind, because there are more plans than he looked for.”
- C. S. Lewis, Perelandra
Right off, God was never lost. When we say that we “find God,” we are really saying that we have found our way back to God, for it is precious us who had been lost.
I thought of this post when a fellow writer suggested that I think harder when it came to the philosophy of Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach, in my post Ostrich Philosophy. Feuerbach had postulated that we believe in a god for the sake of explaining away bad things or unexpected good things. He thought that a “god” was simply something within each human to be used as a crutch.
But I contended that the desire in seeking God, buried within us as Feuerbach admits, is that God created in every human the notion to seek Him, a homing beacon if you will. Will we act on that notion? We seem to only act on that notion when the Holy Spirit shoves us in that direction. Why does the Holy Spirit shove some of us really hard while others only have a notion? God says that He knew us before the dawn of time. The Presbyterians talk of predestination. A few denominations talk of the elect. The Bible speaks of the elect, those chosen by God.
All I know is that when the Holy Spirit talked to me, I resisted, in spite of the crisis that I was experiencing, just like many others. But the Holy Spirit persisted. As depressed and tormented as I was at that time, I think I would have gone insane if it were not that I surrendered to Jesus. I cannot claim any other experience to state that the torment in your youth did not result in such a compelling suffering that God was the only answer. That is not my experience. But having accepted Jesus, the Holy Spirit works within me to show me that everything points to God.
I write a lot about Philosophy, and there are questions within Philosophy that never seem to be fully and satisfactorily answered, about existence. How do we know that we exist? In other words, where does consciousness come from?
God breathed the breath of life into Adam after creating him in God’s image. Maybe Philosophers reject that. But all their answers over the past few millennia cannot answer the question so that a majority would agree.
I am a chemical engineer by education, master’s degree. Chemical engineers deal with thermodynamics a great deal. The second law of Thermodynamics states:
“This is possibly the most famous (among scientists at least) and important laws of all science. It states;
‘The entropy of the universe tends to a maximum.’
In other words Entropy either stays the same or gets bigger, the entropy of the universe can never go down.”
- Physics for Idiots, http://www.physicsforidiots.com
There are a few exceptions to this in that for a brief moment in time, too short to notice, one tiny bit of entropy can go down, but in those cases, it usually goes back up again really quick.
This is what many people call the “clockwork universe argument.” Entropy goes up, thus how did entropy get down in the first place? Or … The clock is ticking down; who wound the clock of time?
I can only see God at work.
Some people argue that the laws of science cannot be violated, but seeing that every “effect” must have a “cause,” what caused the Big Bang? By the laws of Physics, there has to be a cause. No hand waving. No dismissing the argument.
Yes, I have heard that when this argument is raised in Christian vs. Atheist debates, the atheist suddenly invents an alien from a distant planet who lights the match, so to speak, and the Big Bang happens. But what distant planet? Who created that planet or that alien? And on and on if they persist in such irrational thought.
Then we could take the argument to the absurd regarding the alien (the one that does not exist, unless you consider God who is outside time and space) and discuss how Star Trek is impossible (thus, the distant planet that does not exist or the alien). Star Trek is impossible, since jumping into warp drive would kill all the humans on board and probably the other species as well. And if they survived that, the sudden stop at the other end would do them in. That old law about an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion. If you do not buy that argument, place some uncooked eggs in a large glass jug, at least twice the volume of the eggs. Then shake the jug vigorously for a minute. If you wind up with anything other than scrambled eggs and eggshells in a large jug, you have witnessed a miracle. Hey, I still love Star Trek, even though it is impossible. But why bring this up? How did the alien that was invented to obfuscate during a debate escape the explosion of the Big Bang if he could not get his space craft into warp drive and survive? And if he could not do so, why light the match in the first place? So to speak.
I can only see God creating the heavens and the earth.
And what of evolution? Darwin came up with his theory long before science was available to prove him correct or disprove him. True science cannot find any mechanism that the dawn of all life on earth is possible through Darwin’s theories. All life from a single cell? Impossible. Does “evolution” even in a small way exist? As a noun, a mere word, it does, but genetic mutation fits better. Yet, genetic mutation cannot add a new trait; it only replicates more of something or removes something.
For an example, you have a bacteria that attacks the body. You create an anti-bacterium, some type of drug. These drugs are usually a substance that the bacteria will consume and then either die or be left unable to reproduce. The body then gets rid of the bacteria in time. But evolutionists point to anti-bacterium resistant bacteria as proof of evolution. But in careful genetic study, nothing new has been created in the “evolved” bacteria, only a bacteria that has lost the taste for the anti-bacterium, thus it no longer consumes the drug.
And what of the idea that birds evolved from an ancient dinosaur? True, some fossils suggest dinosaurs with feathers. Not sure, but very suggestive. But to get from that to flight, the dinosaur would have to undergo hundreds of mutations all at the same time for that to happen. Why? One or two mutations could happen, but they would have no use for the mutant dinosaur and the mutation would die before other mutations could be added. Note: hundreds of mutations would be required.
The same argument could be made for a sea mammal to crawl up on land and sprout legs and feet. Hundreds of useless mutations until they would be able to live on land. None of those mutations help them while living in the sea. Some of those mutations would cause the death of the sea mammal, as in the temperature regulating system for the sea mammal’s internal organs.
I can only see God creating each kind and then letting genetic mutation do the rest.
But then the argument is that evolution takes millions of years…
If I placed a rock on my kitchen table and watched it for millions of years, it would still be a rock, unless acted upon by an outside force. Impossible remains impossible regardless of time.
I see only God at work and His Creation to explain these questions.
And while we are on that subject of millions of years, Madame Curie postulated that some rocks she was studying were millions of years old due to the amount of lead in the rocks and the absence of uranium. She was a very smart lady, but we’ve learned more about the subject since then. When uranium decays to form lead, alpha particles are released, basically the nucleus of helium. I have worked with helium a great deal. It can diffuse through solid steel, or through rock. About 25 years ago, they experimented with the same type of rocks that Madame Curie had studied, and they found helium. The amount of helium suggested about 6,000-year-old rocks, not millions of years. Hmmm. About 2,000 years from Adam to Abraham, about 2,000 years from Abraham to Jesus, and about 2,000 years from Jesus to now.
I see only God at work. I could go on, but it is my nap time.
What C. S. Lewis stated is true. Some people cannot see how the earth was all part of God’s plan. But there are more plans than a darkened mind can conceive.
Perhaps they should come into the light and find God.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.
I’ve also been contemplating life as an essence in the material world that has no material explanation. Of course Darwin’s theory of evolution was just a revival of Hindu and Greek (esp. Aristotle) theories about an eternal and endlessly changing world in which spirits come and go. Kicking the first mover argument back to an alien race only produces questions about who made them? Once we know that God is the first cause and first mover–that he created the idea of beginnings and therefore has no beginning–do we start to have a logical foundation for contemplating the world and all it contains. J.
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Absolutely, without that foundation all is truly meaningless and as C. S. Lewis said, our search for meaning means there must be meaning, or we would not endeavor the search. All boils down to God’s Creation.
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