Wednesday, April 23, 2014

science, evolutionist, bible, mutation, natural selection, the big bang, cosmos, information, evolution, millions of years, young earth, cosmos, complex, simple

Science, Moral, Spiritual  and Biblical Skeptics
Part III
Science

Hello everyone!  How was this last week for you all? Were you able to spend resurrection Sunday with friends and family reflecting (at least at some point) the incredible act of love our Lord Jesus did for us? We did here in the Dressel family and it was wonderful. I am forever grateful to the Lord. Thank you Jesus for loving us and setting us free!

I just wanted to wrap up our discussion on the science skeptic. Which, by the way, the movie “God is Not Dead” does a very nice job on. I recommend for all of you to go see it. On the other hand the movie “Noah” blasphemes against God and I wouldn’t give even one penny to them.
If you remember, we have gone over the common theme to the science objection (the natural world is all there is) and the probing question we can ask (how much faith is required for that belief?) and have unveiled the belief of scientists that they believe in the absurd, that is that nature can do supernatural things going against many natural laws that scientists adhere to. Hence that brings out the biggest problem of the science skeptic--that they tend to divorce reason from faith. We are going to look at a few red flag word and their meanings so you will get a better understanding of how the science skeptic thinks.

The Big Bang. What the skeptic means when he/she refers to this concept is that the uncaused beginning of the universe happened suddenly based on the idea that the cosmos (stars, galaxies, etc.) is still expanding which suggests that they were once together in a single location. Don’t be intimidated by this. They are avoiding the real issue which is: What started the big bang to begin with. And were did everything inside of this ‘exploding dot come from. And were did the space that the floating dot come from?

Evolution. The skeptic can mean one of two things: 1) change over time.  Or  2) the ability of life forms (and even non-life forms) to transform into entirely different species. There are also two different types of evolution. “Microevolution--over a few generations, a mosquito population becomes resistant to insecticide (the resistant genes were present to begin with). And Macroevolution--over a few million years, a type of lizard gradually becomes a bird (new genetic information is developed or created from mutation and natural selection. Information, mutation and natural selection are red flag words as well so lets define them too.
evolutionists believe the variety seen within these galapagos tortoises
is eventually going to change the tortoise into something else.

Information. When the skeptic speaks of the word information, he means that is how humans describe the order we see in living things that only look designed. Clarify that information is both complex and specified and can not happen at random. For example, if you dump out a cupful of scrabble letters, there is a chance it might produce the word C-A-T. But there is no chance that it would produce the Gettysburg Address (a short speech) or even one sentence of it. If you saw the Gettysburg address spelled out on the floor you would come to the correct conclusion that it was intentional (designed). “We know it is designed because we instinctively know that words are systems of letters; sentences are systems of words; paragraphs are systems of sentences; and speeches are systems of paragraphs. Such systems cannot form without foresight, planning, and intention. In other words, a system--not an independent part--is the most basic unit of any complex, meaningful structure...But evolutionists would like us to believe that complex systems such as those found in living things arose part-by-part….Don’t let an evolutionist off the hook who suggests that life evolved from ‘simple beginnings’--there is no such thing. The beginnings would have to be complex also. The most primitive, single-celled bacteria that evolutionists say began life on earth would have needed working systems including some form of digestive system and reproductive system from the very beginning. Such systems are immensely complex.”1 
Darwin’s finches are still finches!
Information is non-physical and does not arise out of material. Materials such as ink, paper, pens, pencils, discs, computer chips and DNA molecules are only carriers of information. “For example, the information in the Gettysburg Address exists outside of the paper and ink Lincoln used to write it. It could exist just as well on an audio CD, on the internet, or engraved in stone….but it did not begin in these materials; it began in Abraham Lincoln’s mind.
“An evolutionist might say, ‘But Lincoln’s mind is merely reactions of brain chemicals.’ In other words, Lincoln’s mind was the result of random, material (chemical) causes. But this would mean that the Gettysburg Address is the result of random, material causes too because it came from Lincoln’s mind. But as we have discussed, complex systems such as speeches (not to mention human brains) don’t arise out of randomness; they are the product of intention and planning (design). This means that Lincoln’s mind and ours are something more than just chemicals. Our minds have the power of intentionality; our brains are the medium for communicating it.
“Just as the Gettysburg Address is not the product of paper and ink, DNA, the blueprint for living things, is not the product of a random soup of chemicals compounds. By all accounts, it is a code or language so complex that no material causes could have created it; it demands an author. Only mind, not matter, can generate meaningful information.”2

Even though it is evident that there is a difference between information and material, evolutionists truly believe that the natural world only looks designed. “They maintain that mutation and natural selection are able to generate the DNA (even though its a highly complex system) required to create new species.”Emphasis mine.

Next week we will look into those two red flag words; mutation and natural selection. Until then, get out there and enjoy God’s intricately design world!

God bless and take care,
Willow Dressel

This week in the night skies: in the northern hemisphere; “Thursday, April 24 During dawn morning (the 25th), look below the waning crescent Moon for Venus...Think photo opportunity!”4
For the southern hemisphere; “The New Moon is Tuesday April 29.  There is a partial solar eclipse visible on the afternoon of the 29th. This will be visible from all of Australia, although the best views will be from Southern Australia. The eclipse occurs in the late afternoon, with the sun setting at maximum eclipse in places like Brisbane and Sydney. Eclipse timings and viewing guides can be found at my eclipse site.”5


References:
Foster, Bill. “Meet the Skeptic, A Field Guide to Faith Conversations.” Master Books, Green Forest, AR, 2012. Pp 97-107.     1pg. 102.   2pg 104.   3pg 107


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Science, moral, spiritual  and biblical skeptics
Part III
Science

Hello everyone!  How was this last week for you all? Were you able to spend resurrection Sunday with friends and family reflecting (at least at some point) the incredible act of love our Lord Jesus did for us? We did here in the Dressel family and it was wonderful. I am forever grateful to the Lord. Thank you Jesus for loving us and setting us free!

I just wanted to wrap up our discussion on the science skeptic. Which, by the way, the movie “God is Not Dead” does a very nice job on. I recommend for all of you to go see it. On the other hand the movie “Noah” blasphemes against God and I wouldn’t give even one penny to them.
If you remember, we have gone over the common theme to the science objection (the natural world is all there is) and the probing question we can ask (how much faith is required for that belief?) and have unveiled the belief of scientists that they believe in the absurd, that is that nature can do supernatural things going against many natural laws that scientists adhere to. Hence that brings out the biggest problem of the science skeptic--that they tend to divorce reason from faith. We are going to look at a few red flag word and their meanings so you will get a better understanding of how the science skeptic thinks.

The Big Bang. The skeptic means that the uncaused beginning of the universe happened suddenly based on the idea that the cosmos (stars, galaxies, etc.) is still expanding which suggests that they were once together in a single location. Don’t be intimidated by this. They are avoiding the real issue which is: What started the big bang to begin with. And were did everything inside of this ‘exploding dot come from. And were did the space that the floating dot come from?

Evolution. The skeptic can mean one of two things: 1) change over time.  Or  2) the ability of life forms (and even non-life forms) to transform into entirely different species. There are also two different types of evolution. “Microevolution--over a few generations, a mosquito population becomes resistant to insecticide (the resistant genes were present to begin with). And Macroevolution--over a few million years, a type of lizard gradually becomes a bird (new genetic information is developed or created from mutation and natural selection. Information, mutation and natural selection are red flag words as well so lets define them too.

Information. When the skeptic speaks of the word information, he means that is how humans describe the order we see in living things that only look designed. Clarify that information is both complex and specified and can not happen at random. For example, if you dump out a cupful of scrabble letters, there is a chance it might produce the word C-A-T. But there is no chance that it would produce the Gettysburg Address (a short speech) or even one sentence of it. If you saw the Gettysburg address spelled out on the floor you would come to the correct conclusion that it was intentional (designed). “We know it is designed because we instinctively know that words are systems of letters; sentences are systems of words; paragraphs are systems of sentences; and speeches are systems of paragraphs. Such systems cannot form without foresight, planning, and intention. In other words, a system--not an independent part--is the most basic unit of any complex, meaningful structure...But evolutionists would like us to believe that complex systems such as those found in living things arose part-by-part….Don’t let an evolutionist off the hook who suggests that life evolved from ‘simple beginnings’--there is no such thing. The beginnings would have to be complex also. The most primitive, single-celled bacteria that evolutionists say began life on earth would have needed working systems including some form of digestive system and reproductive system from the very beginning. Such systems are immensely complex.”1 
Information is non-physical and does not arise out of material. Materials such as ink, paper, pens, pencils, discs, computer chips and DNA molecules are only carriers of information. “For example, the information in the Gettysburg Address exists outside of the paper and ink Lincoln used to write it. It could exist just as well on an audio CD, on the internet, or engraved in stone….but it did not begin in these materials; it began in Abraham Lincoln’s mind.
“An evolutionist might say, ‘But Lincoln’s mind is merely reactions of brain chemicals.’ In other words, Lincoln’s mind was the result of random, material (chemical) causes. But this would mean that the Gettysburg Address is the result of random, material causes too because it came from Lincoln’s mind. But as we have discussed, complex systems such as speeches (not to mention human brains) don’t arise out of randomness; they are the product of intention and planning (design). This means that Lincoln’s mind and ours are something more than just chemicals. Our minds have the power of intentionality; our brains are the medium for communicating it.
“Just as the Gettysburg Address is not the product of paper and ink, DNA, the blueprint for living things, is not the product of a random soup of chemicals compounds. By all accounts, it is a code or language so complex that no material causes could have created it; it demands an author. Only mind, not matter, can generate meaningful information.”2

Even though it is evident that there is a difference between information and material, evolutionists truly believe that the natural world only looks designed. “They maintain that mutation and natural selection are able to generate the DNA (even though its a highly complex system) required to create new species.”Emphasis mine.

Next week we will look into those two red flag words; mutation and natural selection. Until then, get out there and enjoy God’s intricately design world!

God bless and take care,
Willow Dressel

This week in the night skies: in the northern hemisphere; “Thursday, April 24 During dawn morning (the 25th), look below the waning crescent Moon for Venus...Think photo opportunity!”4
For the southern hemisphere; “The New Moon is Tuesday April 29.  There is a partial solar eclipse visible on the afternoon of the 29th. This will be visible from all of Australia, although the best views will be from Southern Australia. The eclipse occurs in the late afternoon, with the sun setting at maximum eclipse in places like Brisbane and Sydney. Eclipse timings and viewing guides can be found at my eclipse site.”5


References:
Foster, Bill. “Meet the Skeptic, A Field Guide to Faith Conversations.” Master Books, Green Forest, AR, 2012. Pp 97-107.     1pg. 102.   2pg 104.   3pg 107


Monday, April 14, 2014

BLOOD MOON, LUNAR ECLIPSE, PROPHECY, HEBREW FEASTS, PASSOVER, SHUKKOTH, 2014, 2015, SOLAR ECLIPSE BLOOD MOON TIMES

BLOOD MOON

Good day all you fine folks out there! First my apologies for not getting a new blog out last week. Hopefully this week will make up for it and all your kind hearts will forgive me! So what is happening all around the world with you all? Here is has been a busy week getting my nephew moved in and monitoring bat behavior. Interesting work, but I always have trouble switching to the night hours!

Speaking of all around the world….tonight is a natural phenomenon everyone should make a point to take a look at. It is the first of four blood moons over the next two years. So what exactly is a blood moon? Does it have anything to do with Hebrew prophecy? Let’s take a closer look…

First, let’s see what a blood moon is. It is actually a lunar eclipse. “A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth’s shadow (the umbra) falls on the moon. If the earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, it is a total eclipse. But a partial lunar eclipse happens if the earth’s umbra only partially covers the moon. Because the earth has an atmosphere that bends light around its edge, the earth’s umbra is not completely dark. So, the totally eclipsed moon will reflect the color of the light contained in the earth’s shadow. The earth’s atmosphere scatters out shorter-wavelength light (green through violet) leaving mostly longer-wavelength light (red, orange, and yellow) in the earth’s umbra. This is why sunsets and sunrises generally are red, and why most lunar eclipses are red. However, a wide range of color and brightness can be found in lunar eclipses. This is based on atmospheric conditions at the time including dust and humidity levels. While the color of some total lunar eclipses could be compared to blood, others are more orange, similar to a pumpkin. Still other eclipses look yellow, and some are very dark—virtually black. 
“Normally a full moon is above or below the earth’s umbra because it orbits on an elliptical angle and no eclipse occurs. Each month the moon’s orbit crosses the plane of the earth’s orbit around the sun in two places, points that we call the lunar nodes. If a full moon occurs when the moon is near a node, then there is a lunar eclipse. (Conversely, a new moon at this time results in a solar eclipse.)”1

Twice a year (and six months apart) the conditions are right for the nodes to line up with a full moon. Due to shifts in the eclipse seasons (which last about a month), total lunar eclipses occur on average every 18 years. However some years  they are only 10 years apart (this seems to happen about every 65 years). Interestingly enough, years where a lunar eclipse happens two times a year for two years is a row happens about every 65 years as well. 
So now that we understand where the color for a blood moon comes from and the conditions/time that produces this, let’s look at the Hebrew end-time prophecies and the Lord’s return. Much emphasis has been placed on the significance of the four lunar eclipses which coincide with the dates of Passover and Sukkoth this year and also in 2015. In the past, blood moons have been linked with Passover and Sukkoths and major events. For example, the sky turning dark at Jesus’s Crucifixion (Passover), and Israel becoming its own nation again (Passover). Mark Hiltz, the founder of El Shaddai Ministries a Hebrew roots resource and teaching ministry located near Tacoma, Washington, believes that the Second Coming of Christ must happen at Sukkoth since Jesus was crucified at Passover. Hiltz also believes that the total lunar eclipses fulfill the prophecy in Joel 2:31 which speaks of the sun being darkened and the moon turning to blood. Could this be true?

Well, if you take in all the facts, lunar eclipses really aren’t that rare. For example, there will be 85 total lunar eclipses in the twenty-first century. But since only slightly more than half the earth’s surface can witness at least a portion of any particular eclipse it makes it a little more uncommon. And as far as the lunar eclipses happening on the same day as Passover or Sukkoth, its really not that unusual. Using the Hebrew calendar, the full moon always coincides with the fourteenth or fifteenth of their month. And then, geologically speaking, where will the eclipse take place? “One might think that Jerusalem would be a key site, but the first three total lunar eclipses in 2014–2015 won’t be visible from there, and only the beginning of the final eclipse will be. One must ask whether a sign that few people notice is much of a sign.”2
Another example is the first eclipse of 2015, to occur on March 20th. “The eclipse path is in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. The only landfalls that the eclipse path will make are the Faroe Islands and Svalbard. The population of the former is 50,000 and the latter less than 3,000. The eclipse is of short duration, and the weather can be overcast much of the time at that latitude. There is a good chance that few people, if any, will actually see this eclipse.”3

“The second solar eclipse (September 13, 2015) is partial and falls on Rosh Hashanah. Though many people have experienced a partial solar eclipse, most of them had no idea that anything was going on. This is because unless a partial eclipse is very close to being total, the sun is not appreciably dimmed.”A total solar eclipse would most likely be interpreted as a great sign to those who witness it. But if very few are around to see it...how great is that?

Though Blitz and others point out serendipity of these blood moon eclipses, especially four happening within two years, and even though such factors are rare, they are not distinctive and there are no other suggestions that these eclipses are otherwise unique. “The biblical passages that refer to the dimming of the sun (Matthew 24:29; Joel 2:31) and the moon turning to blood (Joel 2:31) speak in very apocalyptic terms, emphasizing frightening things that men experience. The timing of the eclipses that Biltz draws attention to, while interesting, falls far short of the sort of signs that will cause the heavens to shake (Matthew 24:29).”5

Answers In Genesis has a great, more detailed article on this subject. Just google the ministry and type in ‘blood moon’ in their search box and it will take you right to it.

Nevertheless, the total eclipses, of which one is to happen tonight, are phenomenal! I suggest you do your best to not miss this spectacular sighting. Here are some times to look for:

Excellent viewing prospects can be found all across North and South America. 
Total eclipse of the Moon, April 14-15, 2014* (US and Canada times & comparable to South America)
Eclipse event
UT 
EDT
CDT
MDT
PDT
Penumbra first
 visible?
5:20
1:20 a.m.
12:20 a.m
11:20 p.m.
10:20 p.m.
Partial eclipse 
begins
5:58
1:58 a.m.
12:58 a.m.
11:58 p.m.
10:58 p.m.
Total eclipse 
begins
7:07
3:07 a.m.
2:07 a.m.
1:07 a.m.
12:07 a.m.
Mid-eclipse
7:46
3:46 a.m.
2:46 a.m
1:46 a.m.
12:46 a.m.
Total eclipse 
ends
8:25
4:25 a.m.
3:25 a.m.
2:25 a.m.
1:25 a.m.
Partial eclipse 
ends
9:33
5:33 a.m.
4:33 a.m.
3:33 a.m.
2:33 a.m.
Penumbra last
 visible?
10:10
5:10 a.m.
4:10 a.m.
3:10 a.m.

“In Australia, the April 15 Total Lunar Eclipse occurs mostly during twilight, with the Full Moon rising fully eclipsed, while the Sun is setting.”Anyone at that latitude should also be able to see this blood moon too.  Australia and New Zealand will surely have prime time seats for this event.

Until next week, take care and God bless,
Willow Dressel

References: 
6http://astroblogger.blogspot.com






Monday, March 31, 2014

Science, moral, spiritual and biblical skeptics, gaia, mother earth, adaptation, natural selection, the unseen, supernatural, faith, biogenetic, thermodynamics, mutation, speciation, spontaneous generation,

Science, moral, spiritual  and biblical skeptics
Part II
Science

Good-day friends! What a beautiful, though windy day it is here! I always love the sunshine, well and the rain too! As a matter of fact, we could really use some rain!
Speaking of rain, don’t you just hate it when someone ‘rains’ on your day? That’s how I used to feel before I learned some techniques to combat attacks on my faith. Let’s continue to look into not only defending our faith, but helping to lead others to the truth.



So if you remember from last week, we discovered the root idea behind most scientific objections is “The natural world is all there is.” And the probing question is “How much faith is required for that belief?” “It is important to point out to the skeptic that his naturalistic view invokes supernatural power as much as yours (God) does. The big difference is that naturalism puts faith in the absurd-nature doing supernatural things-while a theistic worldview merely puts faith in the unseen-a cause beyond nature that has left evidence in nature of its presence.”1
Science has already proved that nature is unable to create matter, space or time--for nature to do so, it would have to go against the First Law of Thermodynamics (matter can neither be created nor destroyed but it can change form), Second Laws of Thermodynamics (everything goes from a state of order to disorder, i.e. decay, etc) the Law of Biogenetic (life cannot come from non-life; no spontaneous generation), Mathematical probability (shows evolution NEVER could have occurred), The fossil record ( it holds no transitional forms), just to name a few facts. In other words, nature would have to have supernatural powers, like God. I have even run into those people who believe in a powerful “Mother Nature” or “Gaia”, in other words nature can do godlike things. Yet they are adamantly against even the thought of an Intelligent Designer⎯the Creator God. It is a far more logical explanation to believe in the unseen (God) than what has already been proven cannot happen. 
As you can see one of the biggest problems with the science skeptic is that they tend to divorce reason from faith. Another great example of this is their emphasis that natural selection and mutation can create different forms of life (evolution).  So when a scientist claims there is evidence that a life form has evolved from one species into another, what you can point out is that both of these process create nothing new. These processes only remove or rearrange what is already present (in the genes). Speciation--the changing of one species into another, and adaptation which is changes within a species, are two vastly different processes. Speciation is found only in the textbooks. Adaptation is found everywhere. What the scientific skeptic has really done is exchange one source of faith for another.

Here are just a few examples of the extreme faith some secular scientists have:
In regards to life originating from non-life (spontaneous generation);
“One has only to contemplate the magnitude of this task to concede that the spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet here we are⎯as a result, I believe, of spontaneous generation.” -Harvard biochemist, NobelLaureate, and evolutionist Georg Wald. The Design Inference. Cambridge University Press, 1998, pg. 55. Google Book Search. 27 Aug. 2008. Note the words impossible and believe. Both determine that this is a statement of faith, not science.
In regards to evolution;
“Imaginations run riot in conjuring up an image of our most ancient ancestor--the creature that gave rise to both apes and humans. This ancestor is not apparent in ape or human anatomy nor in the fossil record. Anatomy and the fossil record cannot be relied upon for evolutionary lineages. Yet paleontologists persist in doing just this.” -Anthropologists and evolutionists, J. Lowenstein and Adrienne Zihlman, Ph.D. “The Invisible Ape.” New Scientist/ 120(1641) 1988:56,57. Look at all the highlight words in this statement….easy to see this is a belief and not science.
Yet sad to say statements like these are found in many “scientific” journals and conferences. Next week we will look into some specific questions and red flag words.

Until then, may our Lord Jesus find favor with you all!
Willow Dressel 

This week in the night skies: In the northern latitudes; “Tuesday, April , The biggest and brightest asteroids, 1 Ceres and 4 Vesta respectively, are only about 2° apart in eastern Virgo, some 12° northeast of Mars. They've brightened to magnitudes 7.1 and 5.9, respectively. They'll be at opposition in mid-April. Thursday, April 3, with binoculars or a telescope, North Americans can watch the waxing crescent Moon crossing the Hyades star cluster. The Moon's dark, earthlit limb will occult three 4th- and 5th-magnitude stars depending on where you are…”2

For the southern hemisphere; “Two bright asteroids are now visible in binoculars in the evening sky. 2 Pallas and 4 Vesta. By the end of the week Vesta will become bright enough to be just visible to the unaided eye in dark sky locations.While Vesta is easily seen in binoculars, you will need to watch the same patch of sky in binoculars for a couple of nights to identify it by its movement. Thursday morning is also a good time to see Venus in the daytime. Venus can be readily visible during the day if you know where to look. Using the Moon as a handy guide will help you find it. Make sure the Sun is hidden behind something solid like a building or a wall when you are looking for Venus, not trees or your hand. Exposing your eyes directly to the glare of the Sun can be very dangerous and you could potentially lose your sight. Look for the crescent Moon, and Venus should be visible as a bright dot about a hand-span (the distance covered by your fingers when you hand is help up at arms length in at "stop" gesture, about 6 degrees) below and a little to the right of the Moon.  It's best to look just after Sunrise when the Sun is still low and the sky is less bright. You may need to look carefully for a while before Venus ‘pops’ out at you. Sometimes locating Venus in binoculars will help with locating it with the unaided eye.”3

References;
Foster, Bill. “Meet the Skeptic, A Field Guide to Faith Conversations.” Master Books, Green Forest, AR, 2012. Pp 87-92.     1pg. 87.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Science, moral, spiritual and biblical skeptics, evolution, religions, paths to heaven, afterlife, supernatural, heaven, karma, enlightened, universe, big bang, creation, apes, humans, information, mutation, natural selection

Science, moral, spiritual  and biblical skeptics
Part I
Hi all you fine people out there! How have you been this week? I have been under the weather, ill with a sinus and bronchia congestion infection. I still have a ways to recover but I am determined to get this blog out to you all!

How many of you have come across people that want to challenge your faith in Jesus and or the Bible or the science/history of the Bible? It happens every now and then with me...and I have learned some great tools I’d like to share some of them because they can help tremendously to defend and share the faith of Christ. 

First of all there are a few things that need to be clarified. When a skeptic tries to dissuade you from defending the Bible/your faith, there are four basic positions of ‘attack’; spiritual, moral, scientific, and biblical. And behind each of these positions is a root idea. Each root idea can be brought into the light by a probing question. Then you will have a good sense of where the skeptic is coming from and what he is really asking. Let’s take a deeper look…



When a person states objections like: And uses red flags words like:
  • Many paths lead to God.                                                      *basically good
  •                                    * People can get to heave by many ways.                               *enlightened
  •                                    *What you believe creates your destiny.                                *heaven
  •                                    *Imagine your future and it will create your destiny.             *karma
  •                                    *Meditation brings you closer to enlightenment.          *organized religion
  •                                    *The afterlife                                                                           * holy
  •                                    *The supernatural                                                                    * meditation
  •                                    *Other religions/cults
  •                                    *Questions about God

You have encountered a spiritual skeptic. “The root idea behind most spiritual objections is: ‘Good works get you to heaven.’1
So the “Probing Question to ask is: ‘How good is good enough (to get you to heaven)?’2 From there you can answer other questions they may have. Keep in mind the root idea and if the person just rephrases the question, lead them back to the probing questions.

When a person states objections like: And uses red flags words like:
  • The universe (Big Bang, etc.)                                                          *The Big Bang
  • Evolution                                                                                          *information
  • Keeping reason and faith separate                                                    *evolution
  • God is a crutch you use to explain things you don’t understand      *mutation
  • Creation in six days is a nice story                                                    *natural selection
  • There are so many similarities between apes and humans
  • It’s plain to see we evolved from apes
You have encountered a scientific skeptic. “The Root Idea behind most scientific objections is: ‘The natural world is all that there is.’3
So the Probing Question to ask is: ‘How much faith is required for that belief?’4
Scientific skeptics are usually highly educated and can ask probing questions themselves. An example is “What scientific basis do we have that indicates an intelligence may have created or caused life to arise.” The answer lies in reason, something the scientific skeptic doesn’t believe can be connected to faith. But “complex, meaningful information does not arise by chance, and it cannot be reduced to physical causes. Therefore, it is no blind leap of faith to conclude that living things containing the voluminous code of DNA demand an intelligent cause.”5 All of our answers lie in information.
Facing the scientific skeptic is one area were we may have to brush up on facts. If the answers don’t come to you right away it is fine to let them know you will get back to them with an answer. Next week we will look into more ways to identify and counter the scientific skeptic’s  objections.
Keep in mind speaking with skeptics is not a one time ordeal. Often it is the building of a relationship and earning their trust with the facts.

Until next week, God bless and take care,
Willow Dressel 

This week in the night skies; for the northern hemisphere, “Thursday, March 27, On the traditional divide between the winter and spring sky is the dim constellation Cancer. It's between Gemini to its west and Leo to its east. Cancer holds a unique object: the Beehive Star Cluster, M44, in its middle. The Beehive shows to the naked eye as a dim, cloudy glow if your sky is fairly dark. Look for it a little less than halfway from Pollux to Regulus. With binoculars it's a snap even in a polluted sky.”6

For the southern hemisphere; “The Last Quarter Moon is Monday March 24. Earth is at Autumnal equinox on the 21st. Jupiter is the brightest object in the evening sky, visible all evening. Mars is prominent in the late evening sky. Saturn rises higher in the evening sky. The Moon is near Saturn on the 20th and 21st. Bright Venus is at its furthest distance from the Sun in the morning sky. The Moon is near Venus on the 27th.  Mercury is bright in the morning sky.  The asteroids Vesta and Pallas are visible in binoculars.”7

References:

1-5, and in general Foster, Bill. Meet the Skeptic, A Field Guide to Faith Conversations. Master Books, Green Forest, AR, 2012. Pp 34, 35, 49, 89, 90.
7http://astroblogger.blogspot.com






Monday, March 17, 2014

DEBATE BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY VS. KEN HAM CREATION SCIENTIST PART III, distant light, billions of years, first and second law of thermodynamics, mathematical chance, natural science, prayer in public school, bible in public school

Hello once again!

And how are all you fine people out there this week? I am well, a little stuffy in the nose from allergies but otherwise, I’m just fine. It is so interesting to me that so many people just can’t wrap their brains around how scientific the Bible is. Let’s take one more look at the Ham/Nye science debate. 

During the debate, Nye made a factual statement that there are billions of stars in the heavens, but was confused at how the light from the distant stars get here in 6,000 years? If you recall from earlier posts, creationist physicist Dr. Russel Humphreys developed a new cosmology theory that states the universe is not infinite (as the ‘big bang’ theory states) but rather has boundaries. This means that there would be an across-the-board gravitational pull toward the center, with earth being in the center. So clocks on earth would run at a different time than clocks at the edge of the cosmos (just as clocks at the top of a tall skyscraper run faster than those on the ground floor), being effected by gravity where the pull is stronger toward its center.
This also means that at one point the universe was ‘gathered’ closer together (scripture backs this up too). So when the “edges” of the bounded universe “touched” the earth, an observer on earth would see light moving toward them from outer space appearing to travel much faster than the speed of light and galaxies would even appear to rotate faster.  But if the observer were in deep space, the light would appear to be traveling at the speed we know today – the speed of light. The differences would be in the different gravitational effects happening either closer or farther away from the center of the bounded universe.
As the universe spread out, the stars took their events with them. So the light bringing information from the distant stars astronomers see today, did happen, and is recorded in the light beams traveling at light speed. As you can see, this discover-this new cosmology, goes along with God being a God of order. It show His intelligence in His design, and His wisdom. 
“The end times prophecy found in 2 Peter 3 also tells us scoffers will deny God made the heavens mature, and Nye provides a case in point here. The fact is scientists in labs have been able to bring light to a dead stop then release it; other researchers have sped light impulses to 300 times the speed of light. I think if man can alter the speed of light so can the Creator of that light. Also, at a time when only 1,500 stars could be seen with the human eye, God compared the numbers of stars in the heavens to the numbers of grains of sand on the beaches. Today, with powerful telescopes, real science finds that the numbers of stars in the heavens to the numbers of grains of sand on the beaches. And God’s Word is true, word for word and cover to cover.”1

Nye stated that the secular scientific community will throw out any idea that is not defensible or doesn’t work. So lets take a look at Darwinism vs. real science:
The real science of the Law of Biogenesis states that life can only come from life, it cannot come from non-living material….thus, evolution (which is all about life coming from non-life) could never have begun.
The First & Second Laws of Thermodynamics makes evolution and impossibility. The first law states neither matter nor energy can be created or destroyed though it can change form, the total amount of matter/energy in the universe remains constant. The second law states quality [not quantity] of matter/energy deteriorates gradually over time--everything goes from a state of order to disorder unless energy is added. This is completely opposite of what evolution states making it a scientific impossibility.

Mathematical probability shows Darwinism NEVER could have occurred. This is because Darwin said evolution happened by chance. However chance is a mathematical equation. And there comes a point in time in the mathematical equation when chance can no longer happen. It is like finding the winning lottery ticket on the ground….there is a very small chance that it could happen. However there is NO chance that you could find the winning lottery ticket on the ground every day for the next thousand years. That equation no longer becomes viable. It is not an option because there is no chance that could happen. The chance of evolution happening is equivalent to the latter--finding the winning ticket on the ground everyday for the next thousand years. No chance.
These are just a few ideas the secular scientific community has come up with that are not defendable nor do they work. There are many more. So why are they still around? Why hasn’t the secular scientific community thrown them out? Is Bill Nye a liar?
 
Nye claimed what keeps the USA ahead is to embrace natural science (meaning ‘billions of years’ leading to Darwinism). FACTS: In 1962 America’s public schools rated in the top 10% worldwide in science, math & overall education. Then, in 1963, we removed prayer & creation & began teaching kids they evolved without God. Today, America’s schools rank in the bottom 20%. The Bible Word warns us to avoid false science and today we’re reaping the fruit for not doing so.”2


Scripture cannot fail, it is the Word of God, Who is a supernatural, intelligent Designer, Who created this universe and therefore understands it better than anybody. And He left us explanations and instructions. Take the very first sentence of the Bible, Genesis 1:1...In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Do you realize how profound this statement is? Put it into modern scientific terminology and you will get a clue: God created time (the beginning), space (the heavens), and matter (the earth); God created time, space, and matter.

 Something to ponder.
Until next time, take care and enjoy God’s creations!

Willow Dressel

This week in the night skies; “Thursday, March 20 Spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere, and fall in the Southern Hemisphere, at the equinox: 12:57 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (16:57 UT). This is when the Sun crosses the equator heading north for the year.
March 14 through the 23rd. For skywatchers in the New York City region and certain areas northward, the faint asteroid 163 Erigone (eh-RIG-uh-nee) will black out 1st-magnitude Regulus for up to 14 seconds a little after 2 a.m. EDT Thursday morning. This is the best asteroid occultation ever predicted to cross such a heavily populated area. And, anywhere from the Carolinas to Nova Scotia to Manitoba, it's also worth watching to see if Regulus might be occulted by a yet-unknown satellite of Erigone!”3
In the southern skies; “A new, potentially bright comet has been discovered by a team in Brazil.Currently only visible from the Southern Hemisphere. C/2014 E2 (Jacques) is currently somewhere between magnitude 11.5 and 13 (the predicted ephemeris values are around 14.5, but this is incorrect). It may get to be as bright as magnitude 8, or even a bit more. At the very least it will be an easy object in small telescopes, if not binoculars.
It is just outside the orbit of Mars at the moment, and is already showing a nice little tail and a decent coma, despite substantial interference from Moonlight. For the next few nights viewing will be difficult with the nearly full Moon close to the comet, but after Tuesday the comet rises before the Moon and will be better to see.
C/2014 E2 is moving rapidly, it is currently skimming between Hydra and the Milky way, and there should be some nice imaging opportunities. From now to approximately 25 May the comet will be well placed for imaging. After this it is too low in the evening twilight.”4

References:

4http://astroblogger.blogspot.com