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Posted by on Oct 20, 2013 in Sunday Science | 0 comments

The Steady State Put to Rest

The Steady State Put to Rest

*Sunday Science* — The efforts to come up with alternatives to the Big Bang have dramatically increased in recent years.  Many scientists are bothered by the fact that the beginning of the universe needs a Creator.  Albert Einstein admitted it “irritated” him, British astronomer Arthur Eddington called it “repugnant”, MIT’s Phillip Morrison said, “I would like to reject it”.   Agnostic Robert Jastrow said it was “distasteful” adding: “There is a kind of religion in science … Every event can be explained in a rational way as the product of a previous event … there is no First Cause … This religious faith of the scientist is violated by the discovery that the world had a beginning under conditions in which the known laws of physics are not valid, and as a product of forces or circumstances we cannot discover.  When that happens, the scientist has lost control.  If he really examined the implications, He would be traumatized.”   This attitude has fueled efforts to avoid the idea of...

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2013 in Sunday Science | 0 comments

Did GOD Create and Go?

Did GOD Create and Go?

*Sunday Science* — If the cause of the universe was a personal being, is there any evidence that this Creator is still living today?  Maybe the Creator put the universe into motion and now doesn’t exist anymore.   Since the Creator transcends the universe and is above the laws of nature, He created, it seems unlikely that anything in the laws of nature could extinguish Him.  Christians believe this Creator has not remained silent but has revealed Himself decisively in the person, ministry and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, which shows that He’s still around and still working in history.   Again, the proof that everything that began to exist has a cause doesn’t prove everything, which is fine, we’re still free to look around for other evidence that the Creator still exists.  Let’s see if He answers prayers, raised Jesus from the dead, if He revealed Himself in prophecy, etc.  The burden of proof should be on the person claiming He did once exist, but no longer...

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Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Sunday Science | 0 comments

Personal Creator

Personal Creator

*Sunday Science* — One of the most amazing features of creation is that it implies a Person Creator.  There are two types of explanations for creation – scientific and personal.  Scientific explanations explain with certain initial conditions and natural laws.  Personal explanations explain by an agent and that agent’s free will.   There cannot be a scientific explanation of the first state of the universe.  Because it’s the *first state*, it can’t explain anything earlier when considering its original conditions and natural laws leading up to it.  It *has* to be a personal explanation – an agent with free will.   Secondly, the cause must go beyond time, space & matter, and so, cannot be a *physical* reality.  It must be nonphysical or immaterial, of which there can only be two types.  One is abstract objects like numbers or mathematical units.  The second kind would be a mind.  It would make most sense that the universe is the product of an unembodied mind.   The cause of the universe...

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Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Sunday Science | 0 comments

An Uncaused First Cause

An Uncaused First Cause

*Sunday Science* — Whatever begins to exist has a cause.  The universe began to exist, there must be some sort of transcendent cause for the origin of the universe.  Right?  Suppose you suddenly hear a loud bang … and you ask, “What made that bang?” and we reply, “Nothing, it just happened.”  You would not accept that.   The cause of space and time must be uncaused, beginningless, timeless, spaceless, immaterial, personal with freedom of will, and of enormous power.   Many atheists look for an inconsistency with a Creator being uncaused.  The usual question is, “If everything must have a cause, who made or caused GOD?”  They claim that saying the First Cause always existed is to deny this very theory.  But they have missed a major point.   Not *everything* that exists has to have a cause, but whatever *begins* to exists must have a cause.  If GOD is beyond time and is eternal, He has no beginning or end and doesn’t need a cause.  And this is...

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Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in Sunday Science | 0 comments

Science Shows a Beginning

Science Shows a Beginning

*Sunday Science* – What discoveries began pointing scientists toward a beginning (the Big Bang)?   When Albert Einstein developed his general theory of relativity in 1915 he was shocked to discover it didn’t allow for an eternal universe (which would have meant GOD was unnecessary).  In the 1920’s mathematicians were able to predict the universe was expanding, meaning if we could go back in time, we could find a single origin and a time before which nothing existed.   In 1929 American Astronomer Edwin Hubble concluded the universe was flying apart at high speeds.  Then, in the 1940’s it was predicted that background temperatures should be found just above absolute zero.  In 1965 two scientists discovered this background radiation and could find no other explanation than the Big Bang.   Another piece of evidence is the origin of light elements with could not have been synthesized in stars (most of which are bigger and hotter than our Sun) because they need an even more power furnace to create them. ...

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Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 in Sunday Science | 0 comments

All the Marbles . . .

All the Marbles . . .

*Sunday Science* — Ever since the ancient Greeks, the assumption has been that the material world is eternal.  The early Christians have denied this based on biblical revelation.  They said it did have a beginning when GOD created it.  How do we know the universe started at some point?  What proof is there?   Early Christian and Muslim scholars used mathematical reasoning to show that an infinite past is impossible.  They pointed out that meaninglessness would result if we have an infinite number of things.  For instance, let’s say I have an infinite number of marbles and I wanted to share an infinite number with you.  I could give you all the marbles and have none for leftover.   Another way to do it would be to give you all the odd numbered marbles.  Then I would still have an infinity left, and you would have infinity too.  We’d each have the same amount – infinity.   Or what if I were to give you the marbles numbered four...

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