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Supreme Court blocks Louisiana law regulating abortionists
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked Louisiana from implementing an abortion clinic regulation that was enacted four years ago but has been mired in a court battle since. In a 5-4 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts as the swing vote, the justices granted the appeal....... More
Controversy surrounds first Synod meeting of Ukrainian nationalist church
The first meeting of the “Holy Synod” of the Ukrainian schismatic-nationalist church on Tuesday did not pass without serious conflicts and discrepancies, thanks, in part, to the personality of Philaret Denisenko. According to the Ukrainian site Glavcom, several bishops of the so-called . ........More
GOD AND SCIENCE ARE NOT ENEMIES - PART II
A bit more from the book I read recently – “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel. In my last post, I quoted some of the scientific evidence contained in the book for the universe being caused by something.
In the arena of physics, something called the Anthropic Principle points to not only a cause, but to intelligent design of the universe. The book says “all the seemingly arbitrary and unrelated constants in physics have one strange thing in common – these are precisely the values you would need if you want to have a universe capable of producing life.” The probability of all these values occurring by chance are so huge that they boggle the mind.
For example, the force of gravity is precisely set to allow life – a breathtaking image given in the book, is that of a massive ruler that is the length of the whole universe, and is marked out in inches. The length of the ruler represents the range of force strengths existing in nature. Gravity is quite weak, while the strong nuclear force is 10 thousand billion billion billion billion times stronger. Increase the force of gravity by just one of those gazillions of inches on the intergalactic ruler, and life would not be supportable.
The cosmological constant, or the energy density of empty space, has to be fine-tuned – too strong, and matter would be repulsed so strongly that galaxies, stars, planets could not be formed – too weak, and the big bang would have been quickly reversed as all matter became subject to an immense attractive force. The fine tuning is estimated to be 1 part in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!!!
In physics, a phase space is a space in which all possible states of a system are represented, with each possible state of the system corresponding to one unique point in the phase space. The original phase space is the phase space for the properties of the universe immediately after The Big Bang. Eminent physicist Roger Penrose estimates that the accuracy required to fine tune the original phase space to the conditions that actually existed (and which went on to support life) is 1 part in 10,000,000,000^123. He goes on to say you can’t even write that number out in full – there are more zeroes in it than there are particles in the universe!
There are many more constants that need to be precisely tuned to an accuracy that, even taken in isolation, seriously challenge the idea of our universe being created by random chance.
As I said last time, there is no proof of the existence of God. Personally, having read this book and others by both Christian and atheist authors, neither do I see any proof of the non-existence of God. I am fascinated by the wonder of our universe and the beauty of our planet, and reading about all these conditions that need to be set just so, strengthens my faith. The apostle Paul wrote: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20.
‘Their God Is Not My God’: ISIS Brutality Leads Syrian
Muslims to Seek Christianity
A group of Muslims who were under ISIS rule near the Syrian-Turkish border explained why they decided to convert to Christianity
instead. Farhad Jasim, 23, who is one of many residents of Kobani, a strategic Syrian city, attending the first Christian place of worship
in the area for decades, .....MORE
Unprecedented gathering of 130,000 Christians in officially Islamic UAE
An event held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 5 February was attended by over 130,000 Christians; a startling occurrence in a region where Christian worship is tightly restricted and Christian converts from Islam risk imprisonment for apostasy. The UAE has one of the fastest growing Christian populations in the world,......More
Family Demands Answers after Chinese Christian Woman
Suddenly Dies in Detention
The grieving family of a Chinese Christian woman is demanding answers after she suddenly died while in detention for her faith. Bitter Winter, a magazine documenting persecution in China, reports that Xiao Li, a believer from The Church of Almighty God (CAG), was arrested at 10 a.m. on December 19, 2018, at an apartment she rented in Xingyang city in Central China's Henan Province.......More
In the third and final debate of the 2016 Presidential election, held on October 19 between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the question
of late-term abortion was brought up by the moderator, Chris Wallace. Clinton attempted to justify late-term abortion with the usual
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Will Iran Force Israel's Hand? The Iranians Have Yet To Be Deterred
Israel's now overt war against Iran has moved to the airwaves as well. At the Cybertech2019 conference held last week in Tel Aviv, Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Iran threatens us in many other ways. They issued ... threats that say they'll destroy us. ... We're
not oblivious to these threats.....More
Palestinians Slam US for "Conspiring" to Broker Peace Against Their Will
The Palestinian Authority on Thursday slammed the Trump Administration for "conspiring" to broker a Middle East peace deal that doesn't meet each and every one of the Palestinians' demands. For the very same reason, most Israelis are thrilled to now have the likes of Donald Trump steering the Israeli-Arab peace process....More
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From China to sub-Saharan Africa, Christians experience high levels of persecution in 73 countries
In its latest annual survey of 150 countries monitoring how difficult it is to live as a Christian, out today, the overall trend in the 2019 World Watch List is that almost half (73) showed extreme, very high or high levels of persecution. A year earlier, it was 58 countries.......More
University can't ban Christian group for requiring that its leaders be Christian, court rules
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the University of Iowa can't selectively enforce its non-discrimination policy on a Christian student group that requires that its leaders abide by a Christian statement of faith. U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose issued an injunction barring ..More
Asia Bibi expected to leave Pakistan after court upholds her acquittal
Asia Bibi, the Christian woman at the centre of a blasphemy row which has ignited violent protests, been linked to two assassinations and spotlighted
religious extremism in Pakistan, is expected to leave the country after its top court on Tuesday upheld her acquittal of the inflammatory charge.
When she will leave and where she will go remain.....More