whatofthenight.com

belong

Help us grow and tell your friends about us.

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.

 

God bless,

Chris

 

 

 

charisma news

These Types of Christians Are at Great Risk of Renouncing Jesus

Are you in one of the groups of Christians who will be quick to renounce Jesus? You might be shocked. Few can argue that we are experiencing a falling away right now. Many are surrendering wholehearted passion for Jesus for other more immediately satisfying, carnal pursuits.........More

faithwire

Former Satanic Priest: Christian Prayers Blocked Me from Carrying Out Evil

A man who used to be a high priest in the Church of Satan has opened up about the power of Christian prayer. Incredibly, he admitted that when followers of Jesus were praying for him, he found it incredibly difficult to engage in satanic activities. John Ramirez, who once worshiped the Devil wholeheartedly, is now a Christian evangelical pastor. .....MORE

barnabas fund

London Christian family catch takeaway driver destroying cross by front door on CCTV

Londoner Georgia Savva complained to police after a curry delivery driver from a local Bangladeshi restaurant was caught on CCTV deliberately removing and destroying a Palm Sunday cross on the wall ..More

the catholic herald

Will Ireland’s Catholic hospitals defy Varadkar?

The prime minister is demanding that Catholic hospitals perform abortions. Will they comply?When Pope Francis visits Ireland this August, he will find a nation changed beyond recognition since Pope John Paul II visited in 1979.......more

Gospel Herald

Christians in Nepal Suspect Hindu Extremists in Sudden Attacks on Churches

Christians in Nepal are alarmed after this month's sudden series of arson and bomb attacks on four church buildings, and church leaders suspect authorities are lax in investigating. At the same time, six Christians were arrested for evangelizing while suspected Hindu extremists.....More

christian today

Trump envoys meet Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss Israeli

-Palestinian peace prospects

US President Donald Trump's senior Middle East envoys met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects, the White House said, after holding separate talks with Arab leaders. Washington has said it has a peace plan.......More

End time headlines

The volcanic unrest continues: Eruptions at Anak-Krakatau and Sinabung in Indonesia, Shinmoedake in Japan and Telica in Nicaragua

The volcanic unrest continues around the world with eruptions at Anak-Krakatau and Sinabung in Indonesia, Shinmoedake in Japan, Telica in Nicaragua and Kilauea in Hawaii in the last 2 days. These new eruptions follow those reported in my previous volcanic update of 5 days ago.....More

crosswalk

8 Lies Parents Believe about Raising Kids

Do you believe lies about parenting? Sometimes, we’re so focused on listening to the advice coming from all corners that we forget to investigate the counsel to see if it’s truth or lies. Many of the lies we believe about parenting sound like good recommendations  ...More

sight

Chinese pastor released after two and a half years in prison

A Chinese pastor was released on Tuesday, after being detained for two and a half years for “illegally possessing state secrets”, reports Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Pastor Yang Hua of Huoshi Church (which means Living Stone), in the south-western province of Guizhou, was arrested in December, 2015. He was sentenced a year later, in January, 2017.......more

world watch monitor

Algerian pastor ‘amazed’ as three churches told they can reopen

Three churches recently closed down by authorities in Algeria’s northern province of Oran have been told they can reopen. The three churches, located in Oran city, Ain Turk (30km west of Oran), and El Ayaida (35km east of Oran), were closed between November 2017 and February 2018. On Sunday, two of the three churches were allowed to reopen ....More

Christian examiner

Should Christians Be Fighting a Culture War?

Have you ever heard the phrase "the culture war?" It's a blanket phrase that describes the various cultural "conflicts" between perhaps more conservative and more liberal beliefs in real world society. Images come to mind of the the battle over Christmas, yard signs that say "Keep Christ in Christmas" ....More

gateway news

Genetic study adds support to biblical creation account

A new gene study presents serious difficulties for the scientific theory of evolution, while bringing science one giant step closer to the Biblical story

of creation. Dr Gerald Schroeder, an Orthodox Jewish physicist with a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology....More