Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Science, moral, spiritual  and biblical skeptics
Part III

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

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

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