Defining Science

When people talk about science, they infer and imply many things. They may be referring to scientists, the scientific method, the popularly accepted ideas of the day, or any number of perceptions about what constitutes “science” these days. Many times, I talk about science in the context of the act of scientific inquiry, that is, the act of applying our five natural senses, taste, touch, smell, sight and sound, or technological extensions of those senses, in order to inquire about world around us. These are the only tools acceptable to science and there are inherent limits in their application which prohibit them from tackling some very important questions.

When people talk about science, they infer and imply many things. They may be referring to scientists, the scientific method, the popularly accepted ideas of the day, or any number of perceptions about what constitutes “science” these days. Many times, I talk about science in the context of the act of scientific inquiry, that is, the act of applying our five natural senses, taste, touch, smell, sight and sound, or technological extensions of those senses, in order to inquire about world around us. These are the only tools acceptable to science and there are inherent limits in their application which prohibit them from tackling some very important questions.

The tools, our senses, were granted us and operate according to the laws of the environment in which they exist. That is, your eyes see the visible light of energy. You can touch matter. You can smell the product of chemical reactions. Tying all these things together is the environment in which they exist. For God to have created our reality, he must have existed outside of it. Or, you might think of it as one bubble, the universe, existing inside another, bigger bubble, God’s universe. Either way, it still holds that the tools of science can not be assumed to apply to observing or experimenting on that which is outside of our bubble.

This is what I often allude to in discussions about origins. This is, also, what should cause you to reconsider what you are told by popular science. There is no empirical way to prove the non-existence of God, though, it seems, people like Hawking and Dawkins try hard to do so.

The next step in this argument is to debate whether it is more or less illogical to believe in an omni-present God or an omni-present material reality (universe; multi-verse; big bang repeating cycle; etc). I say “illogical” because, according to the laws of this existence, all effects have a cause, and an ever-existing God and an ever-existing reality have no initial cause hence they appear illogical.

Notice, also, that you are now no longer debating in the realm of logic but in the realm of the illogical: Whose premise is less illogical than whose? This should prompt you to pause and think a little bit. What you will discover is that the former must cease to reason according to the laws of his reality and begin to reason under a new set of conditions. The latter, however, still reasons according to the laws of his reality.

There comes a point in all of this when one needs to reconsider starting assumptions. The one who finds the limit of his own tools and reaches beyond discovers new insights while the one who refuses to acknowledge these limits spins around and around in his own concentric series of smaller and smaller circles of reasoning.

Review: The Rise and Fall of Five Iron Frenzy

Five Iron Frenzy was a Christian ska/punk band in the 90s/00s who broke up in 2003. Now, they’ve finally released a DVD of the members’ time in the band. The DVD includes footage of shows, music videos, shorts, miscellaneous things, and a full length documentary on the band.

Five Iron Frenzy was a Christian ska/punk band in the 90s/00s who broke up in 2003. Now, they’ve finally released a DVD of the members’ time in the band. The DVD includes footage of shows, music videos, shorts, miscellaneous things, and a full length documentary on the band.

I just got done watching the documentary over the weekend and it is well worth the watch for any fan. It is also a fascinating look, if not captivating, into the lives of a Christian band for those who weren’t fans.

Roper, et al., do a good and pleasantly extensive job of reviewing what remains of the known history of the band during each year of their career. Many of your questions will be answered while watching and I know FIF fans have many.

Every fan should get this DVD set. It’s a great, satisfying look at one of our favourite bands.

Six Evidences of a Young Earth

Here’s a quick and enlightening read: Six Evidences of a Young Earth

Here’s a quick and enlightening read: Six Evidences of a Young Earth

For more information on creation, some of the best, most well researched and most well written, ares being published by these folks:

Hoover Dam Dwarfed by Beavers

Check out this article about a Northern Alberta, Canada, group of beavers that have created their own dam twice as wide as the Hoover Dam and visible from space.

Check out this article about a Northern Alberta, Canada, group of beavers that have created their own dam twice as wide as the Hoover Dam and visible from space:

World’s Biggest Beaver Dam Visible From Space

All I can think of is how awesome God is to create wildlife that can outdo our best technology in this day and age.

Daniel didn’t Know

In the Book of Daniel, in the second chapter, is told the story of King Nebuchadnezzar, of his dream which his wise men and magicians could not tell him, and of Daniel, a captive from conquered Judah, whose God was a revealer of secrets.

In the Book of Daniel, in the second chapter, is told the story of King Nebuchadnezzar, of his dream which his wise men and magicians could not tell him, and of Daniel, a captive from conquered Judah, whose God was a revealer of secrets.

In the story, the king wanted his wise men to tell him his dream and its interpretation. They replied they could tell the interpretation of the dream if he would tell them the dream itself. As happens to many, when you wake up you may be troubled by a dream but sometimes you can’t remember specifics about the dream. Such was the case of the king. He couldn’t tell him his dream and he knew if he told his wise men anything they would also make up anything.

So, the king commands all the wise men and magicians of the land to be killed because they can’t tell him his dream.

Daniel hears this, however, and asks the king for some time. The time he asks for is to wait and trust that God will deliver him, his friends, and the wise men, by revealing the dream and its interpretation.

Daniel didn’t know.

Daniel didn’t even have a clue that God wanted him to be the one to find out the dream and its interpretation but Daniel had faith in his God.

Only later, in a vision, perhaps while sleeping, was Daniel shown the dream and its interpretation.

That is faith. Selah.

Nebuchadnezzar

The Prophecy against Tyre

In Ezekiel 26, God declares the coming destruction of Tyre because its king was excessively proud, taking glory away from the only one due it, God, himself.. Initially, Nebuchadnezzar destroys the mainland city of Tyre. However, the king and the people had already moved to an island about half a mile offshore. So, the prophecy of the cities destruction was fulfilled but not completely.

In Ezekiel 26, God declares the coming destruction of Tyre because its king was excessively proud, taking glory away from the only one due it, God, himself. Initially, Nebuchadnezzar destroys the mainland city of Tyre. However, the king and the people had already moved to an island about half a mile offshore. So, the prophecy of the cities destruction was fulfilled but not completely.

The prophecy speaks of the island itself, though, so God’s prophecy must have included the destruction of the island stronghold.

Lo and behold, Alexander the Great comes along around two hundred years later and obliterates the island city.

When God said, “I will make you a bare rock, and you will become a place to spread fishnets,” that’s exactly what happened. It is now an archaeological spot showcasing the ancient city.

There are many, many more prophecies from the Old Testament of the Christian bible that were literally and wholly fulfilled.

Reading God’s Word is an amazing adventure, filling me with awe and surprise at every turn.

When you really consider God’s message as a whole, you have to admit to yourself, this is not something we would make up. This really is inspired. It could have only come from the one, true, living God, the God who is able to deliver you and I from all distress.

The foundations of the Building are only as strong as the foundations of the Builders

My mother past away last month and since then we’ve had a number of occasions to reflect on her passion for creation – the literal intepretation of the Book of Genesis as it relates the six-day creation of the heavens and the earth.

My mother past away last month and since then we’ve had a number of occasions to reflect on her passion for creation – the literal intepretation of the Book of Genesis as it relates to the six-day creation of the heavens and the earth.

All her stuff in the basement which she’d gather together to put on exhibits at churches or in classes. At her funeral where we setup these things so that visitors could know about her passion. And a creation seminar weekend at Cannington Baptist Church where gifted speaker Calvin Smith taught us many fascinating truths of science regarding the history of the earth. The weekend was lovingly dedicated to Donna in light of her passion for creation. We wholeheartedly thank them for their thoughtfulness and kindness towards us.

Because of all this exposure, though, I’ve really been hit a number of times just how serious it is for believers to doubt the creation account in Genesis. Doubt and skepticism are healthy but only when they lead to uncovering the truth.

Each creation organization that I’m aware of has the same reason for doing what they do: They believe that to contradict Genesis, being the inspired Word of God, is to erode the very foundation of the totality of the faith. Creation Ministries International, for example, entitle their writing on this issue “Genesis—the seedbed of all Christian doctrine.”

According to stats, most Christian youth who go to secular post-secondary institutions will lose their faith because of the onslaught of ideas contradictory to their faith. If their faith can’t stand against apparent flaws, then what good is the faith? Who can blame them for leaving their faith behind. At best, who can blame them for compartmentalizing or halfheartedly living out their faith.

But there are answers. Answers In Genesis is another organization dedicated to teaching the truths of the creation account. Their article regarding the need for teaching creation is entitled “Creation: Why it matters.

Creation absolutely matters. God has Genesis right. He really did create the heavens and the earth in six days. If he said so and he really didn’t, then what else is really true in the bible? Your entire faith’s foundation begins at Genesis 1:1:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

An Observation on Justice in the Aftermath of Atrocities

When one really thinks about the things that ordinary, average citizens went along with during the Nazi period of Germany, we begin to realize that we are lucky that we were not German at that point in time. We know we would most likely have fared no more ethically than those accused and convicted. And, yet, even knowing our own guilt, avoided only chance, we understand we must forge ahead and and prosecute these people to the full extent of the law, even to death.

When one really thinks about the things that ordinary, average citizens went along with during the Nazi period of Germany, we begin to realize that we are lucky that we were not German at that point in time. We know we would most likely have fared no more ethically than those accused and convicted. And, yet, even knowing our own guilt, escaped only by chance, we understand we must forge ahead and prosecute these people to the full extent of the law, even to death.

That’s the rub. How can one man convict, imprison and even execute another man knowing that, if in the exact same situation, he is just as guilty as the other.

We know, innately, however that the crime, committed by ourselves or others, must be punished regardless of circumstances. There is no mercy for those who, by frailty of mind, succumbed to terrible acts. We do not recognize the defense that, having swapped places, would we have done what the accused had done? We know we mostly likely would have but we understand that can have no bearing on the judgement delivered.

We judge ourselves in judging others; but escape the punishment delivered to the convicted.

Therefore, consider again the justice of God whose perfection can not abide imperfection as we can not abide atrocity.

Consider again the mercy given to us in Jesus Christ which forgives all atrocities.

And consider again what we know to be right in dealing with human atrocities – in the light of what we think we know to be right understanding our own sin.

The Mire of Miracles

Third Day’s song Carry My Cross has an interesting lyric: I’ve come here with a mission \ And soon I’ll give my life for this world \ I’m praying in the garden \ And I’m looking for a miracle.

Third Day‘s song Carry My Cross has an interesting lyric:

I’ve come here with a mission
And soon I’ll give my life for this world
I’m praying in the garden
And I’m looking for a miracle

A reference to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane the night he was arrested. He would be put on trial and condemned to crucifixion. Jesus’s words,

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39)

Jesus was asking God for a miracle. I never considered that verse in such a profound light until the moment I heard that song. Jesus was asking for a miracle, one that would not be granted.

Not even Jesus, God’s own Son, was saved by a miracle although none but Him has ever been worthy of it.

When tragedy strikes, pray with all your heart for a miracle.

When it arrives, praise God.

When it doesn’t arrive, praise God all the more, for a miracle withheld once saved your soul.

Selah.