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Posted by Oleg
I’d like to ask you a provocative question: what has science really done for us? Are we really happier? I don’t mean just the advent of Internet and seedless grapes. Are we fundamentally happier? Or do the scientists bribe us with toys, with technological trinkets, while they undermine our faith?
The scientists keep their findings to themselves; give us little bits and pieces – enough to keep us quiet. They think we’re too stupid to understand what they do. They give us conclusions without evidence, findings as if they were holy writ and not speculations, theories, hypotheses – what ordinary people would call guesses. They overestimate what they know and underestimate what the Christians know. When we ask for explanations, they tell us it takes years to understand. I know about that, because in religion also there are things that take years to understand. You can spend a lifetime and never come close to understanding the nature of Almighty God. But you don’t see the scientists coming to the Christians to ask them about their years of study and insight and prayer. They never give us a second though, except when they mislead us and deceive us.
Do you truly believe that if the science is left to the scientists, they’ll necessarily solve all the problems, find all the solutions? They teach us something about this world. Maybe what they really believe. Maybe not. And we’ll have to accept it, whatever they tell us. There are some things the scientists know about. There are other things – take my word for it – they know nothing about. Can they be sure the theories they propose aren’t a Golden Calf? I don’t think they’d know one if they saw one. These are the folks who brought us the hydrogen bomb. Forgive me, Lord, for not being more grateful to these kind souls.
The scientists are ready to throw away they ‘truths’ when a new idea comes round. They’re proud of it. Newton overthrew Aristotle. Einstein overthrew Newton. Tomorrow someone else’ll overthrow Einstein. As soon as we get to understand one theory, there’s another one in its place. I wouldn’t mind so much if they had warned us that the old ideas were tentative. Newton’s law of gravitation, they called it. They still call it that. But if it was a law of nature, how could it be wrong? How could it be overthrown? Only God can repeal the laws of nature, not the scientists. They just got it wrong. If Albert Einstein was right, Isaac Newton was an amateur, a bungler.
Remember, the scientists don’t always get it right. They want to take away our faith, our beliefs, and they offer us nothing of spiritual values in return. I do not intend to abandon God because the scientists write a new theory. I will not worship science. I will not defy the First Commandment. I will not bow down before a Golden Calf.
The scientists don’t’ really know that the Earth is 6 billion years old, any more than Archbishop Ussher knew that it was 6,000 years old. Nobody has seen evolution happen; nobody has been marking time since the Creation.
And Einstein’s theory of relativity was also unproved. You couldn’t travel faster than light no matter what, Einstein had said. How could he know? How close to the speed of light had he gone? Relativity was only a way of understanding the world. Einstein couldn’t restrict what mankind could do in the far and not so far future. Now it's been proven that certain particles travel faster than the speed of light. And Einstein sure couldn’t set limits on what God could do. Couldn’t God travel faster than light if He wanted to? Couldn’t God make us travel faster than light if He wanted to? There were excesses in science and there were excesses in religion. A reasonable man wouldn’t be stampeded by either one. There were many interpretations of Scripture and many interpretations of the natural world. Both were created by God, so both must be mutually consistent. Wherever a discrepancy seems to exist, either a scientist or a theologian – maybe both – hasn’t been doing his job.
My Comment: Great article Oleg.
Science has given us many things, we now live longer than in the Middle Ages when 40 was considered a full life. It has taken us from the fields were we had to gather our own food and store it up for the winter months to foods in a super market that appear fresh year round. It has given us boundless amounts of information at the touch of our finger tips. Science has created a generation which their number one priority is to be entertained. The biggest thing that scientists have given us is the illusion of happiness.
We look upon scientist today as the final say upon all things, where as you pointed out, theories are always evolving and changing. But when we honestly think about it, really, what has science given us.
· Evolution, were if there is no God then we do not have a judgement day so every person is now just out for themselves.
· Television and computer games where it has taken the family from being a unit to separate corners of the house.
· More chemicals in one daily meal than all the Apostles combined would have digested or breathed in their entire lifetime.
· Through cars, airplanes, internet and cell phones we have lost the simple pleasure of having something to look forward to when it’s now only a click away.
Science is not all bad if we understand that it is through the minds of fellow human beings and is not the, end all, be all, of our existence.
How many of us have monthly billed ourselves to death for the latest must have gadget. How many of us have sold out our future to the credit card companies trying to live by a worldly standard set forth by modern science and greedy corporations.
When we get right down to it, we need three things in life, faith, love and happiness, everything else is just glitter. If you have true faith in Christ and the love of family and close friends you truly have found happiness. If not, you try and fill the void with glitter that soon losses its appeal for the next thing that comes along and glitters.
There are only two choices in life, the promises of eternal life through faith or the temporal golden calf of the glitter of this world. We can follow the creator of all science or the ones whom attempt to uncover all its secrets.
Psalm 78…Tuesday October 18th, 2011
Biblical history reveals facts about the Jewish nation from the time of slavery in Egypt to David’s reign.
It was told over and over to each generation so they would not forget God and not make the same mistakes as their ancestors
O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth
The people of Israel rebelled and were not faithful to God
They forgot about the wonders God had done
They put God to the test by making demands of him
They lied to him and tried to flatter him
They continued to turn away from him even after he did great works on their behalf
God recorded these painful and shameful truths in the Word so that we can avoid the same errors
In 1 Corinthians 10:5-12 Paul used the classic story of Israel’s unfaithfulness to warn the early Christians to be faithful
HOW OFT DO WE FIND OURSELVES RESPONDING IN THE SAME WAY THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL DID
YET CHRIST REVEALS TO COME TO ME ALL YE WHO LABOR AND ARE HEAVY BURDENED AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST
He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children
God commanded that the stories of his mighty acts in Israel’s history and his laws be passed on from parents to children. This shows the purpose and importance of religious education in helping each generation to obey God and set their hope on him. It is important to keep children from repeating the same mistakes as their ancestors. What are you doing to pass on the history of God’s work to the next generation.
The men of Ephraim though armed with bows turned back on the day of battle. They did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law
Ephraim was the most prominent tribe of Israel from the days of Moses to Saul’s time. The tabernacle was set up in its territory. There is no other biblical record of Ephraim’s soldiers turning back from battle, so this is possibly a metaphor referring to Ephraim’s failure to provide strong leadership during those years. When David became king, the tribe of Judah gained prominence. Because of David’s faith and obedience, God chose Jerusalem in Judah to be the place for the new temple and rejected Ephraim
This caused tension between the two tribes. This psalm was possibly written because of the tension in order to demonstrate once again why God chose Judah. God works through those who are faithful to Him.
But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues; their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant.
Over and over the children of Israel claimed that they would follow God, but then they turned away from him. The problem was that they made commitments to God with their mouths and not with their hearts; thus their repentance was empty and void of true sincerity which truly desires to encounter God. Talk is cheap. God wants our conduct to back up our spiritual claims and promises
He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham
This was the Passover described in Exodus 12:29-30 when all the firstborn of the Egyptians were slain. The tents of Ham refers to Noah’s second son, who was the ancestor of the Egyptians. Ham is sometimes used as a synonym for Egypt.
They angered him with their high places; they aroused his jealousy with their idols
Can God be jealous? According to scripture yes according to Deuteronomy 4:24/ Deuteronomy 5:9/ Nahum 1:2
Like everything else about God his jealousy is perfect. In this case, the offense caused by the ungratefulness and unfaithfulness of his people provoked a just and holy response from God. The shock conveyed in these verses comes not from God’s jealousy but from the fact that God, though justified in passing absolute judgment, persistently seasons his responses with grace and patience. God’s jealous over you represents an honor worthy of your deepest gratitude.
He chose David from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people…and David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them
Although David was occupying the throne of Israel when this psalm was written, he is called a shepherd and not a king. Shepherding, a common profession in biblical times was a highly responsible job. The flocks were completely dependent upon shepherds for guidance, provision and protection. David had spent his early years as a shepherd 1 Samuel 16:10-11. This was a training ground for the future responsibilities God had in store for him. When he was ready, God took him from caring for sheep to caring for Israel, God’s people.
Do not treat your present situation lightly for it my be God’s training ground for your future
Never forget God’s wonderful deeds and the magnitude of His power and the transforming benefits of His Word that so strengthens and transforms us
LET US MAINTAIN TRUST IN GOD WHO IMPARTS TRUE LIFE
Our Heavenly Father guides us as well as leads and shelters us that we might live free of fear
JESUS IS THE DOOR WHEREBY WE ALL CAN ENTER IN AND SO EXPERIENCE THE TRUE FREEDOM GOD HAS INTENDED.
‘TIS THE LOVE OF JESUS THAT PROVIDES ALL
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved
MAY OUR HEARTS BE MELLOW BEFORE THE LORD THEREBY BEING RESPONSIVE AND OPEN THUS SO YIELDING TO THE ONE AVENUE OF HOPE THAT IS AVAILABLE TO SO ENCOUNTER THE FULL BENEFITS OF KNOWING GOD
Study by Charlotte…October 2011
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