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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
I’ve just finished reading “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel – a great read about the scientific evidence that points towards God. For this and the next few posts I’m going to summarise some of the main points made in that book.
The theory that the universe had a beginning, as opposed to just an eternal existence, is now mainstream cosmology. Mathematical models in the 1920s, derived from Einstein’s theories, predicted an expanding universe. Then Edwin Hubble explained that the red shift of light coming to us from other galaxies was caused by those galaxies moving away from us. Then in the 1960s it was discovered that the background temperature of the universe was exactly that which would be explained by a “very early and very dense state of the universe, which was predicted by the Big Bang model.” No less a person than Stephen Hawking says “Almost everyone now believes that the universe, and time itself, had a beginning at the Big Bang.”
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1.
The Big Bang, this immense explosion of energy into matter, included photons – “Let there be light” – Shazam!
The fact that there was a beginning has significant repercussions, because of something called the Kalam Argument. This originated with a Christian philosopher and was then taken up by some Muslim scholars in North Africa at the beginning of the 12th century. The argument has three parts:
1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause.
2. The universe had a beginning.
3. And therefore, the universe had a cause.
The first part of the argument is not the kind of thing that can be proven one way or the other. However, in our observations of how the world works, the premise is constantly confirmed and never falsified, meaning that we have better reason to believe it is true, than to believe that it is false. As explained in the book, if we hear a loud bang and you ask me what made that noise, and I say “Nothing, it just happened,” you’d think I was a raving loony.
And with The Big Bang accepted by most cosmologists as the theory that best fit the evidence as it is known today, it would seem that a cause for the universe is a very plausible theory.
Of course, a cause by itself does not automatically lead to a personal Creator, although apparently the Kalam Argument does argue for one. In my next post, I’ll cover some stuff that does indicate the likelihood of intelligent design.
None of the above constitutes proof of the existence of God. I don’t believe we will ever receive proof in this life, and I don’t want us to. As noted in a previous post, I believe that certain knowledge of the existence of God would give us the same status as Satan – who knew God, still rebelled, and has no way back. As it is, our own rebellion is forgiven through our faith. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith.” Ephesians 2:8.
‘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