101 Reasons why I trust the God of the Bible
13th September 2017, hej
This Article: (6 Pages)
1) The evidence for trusting the Bible
For those who may doubt, I share why I don't doubt. More than not doubting, I share why I have trust and confidence. Believe now means "accept that (something) is true, especially without proof." This is not the Belief required by the God of the Bible, no, that Belief required is a deep conviction based on irrefutable objective evidence: testable truth.
We use the same standards as used to convict a criminal, or establish beyond doubt a historical fact.
Firstly I would like to introduce the God of the Bible,
Let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:24)
This great Power of the universe that loves justice, also loves giving us evidence, and he gave us a mind to think,
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.(Hebrews 11:1)
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end! (Deut 32:29)
That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it. Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come. (Isaiah 41:20-22)
Let us also destroy a myth: it is not modern or progressive to doubt the existence of God or be an athiest - no c. 1000BC (the latest compilaton 300BC , Gordon edu) it was written,
A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that does good. (Psalm 53:1)
1. Israel in the news
The most powerful evidence for the God of the Bible's existence, is Israel in the news. In the last 200 years, thousands of years of historical evidence has been emerging from the sands, but no evidence tops the amount of newspaper print devoted to Israel and their dramatic emergence as a world leader in everything from grapes to hi-tech in a formerly desolate land. (Ok prove me wrong on this one, give Israel as much newspaper print as Estonia, Iceland, Denmark, Lebanon or Jordan!)
Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. (Isaiah 43:9-11)
The Big Picture: 7 points of Life
2. Breathe - now explain that!
Breathe in and out. This is the most mysterious phenomena on earth. Why does breathing stop and death occur? The Bible gets it right. Loss of blood, which carries oxygen, causes death, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev 17:11). What is the energy that sustains that complex process? The Bible has an answer for a question there is no answer for. The God of the Bible each day, hour to hour, minute to minute sustains all life by his spirit-energy-power.
“Thou hide thy face, they are troubled: thou take away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.” (Psalm 104:29-30) also,
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. (Acts 17:28)
3. Consciousness and Memory
The inexplicable location of consiousness and its interplay with memory: why humans are uniquely good at recognising themselves in a mirror and capable of complex abstract thought and sense the passing of time. Yet so fragile that damage of any sort can lead to strange behaviours.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:26-27)
The comprehesion of infinity (its use in caculations) and negative and irrational numbers.
He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work. (Job 37:7)
5. Sucess of objective observation in Science
There has been huge success of objective observation, or truth seeking, in science. More than that from truth seeking comes our motivation to search things out and ponder it. We are uniquly made having been made with consciousness of the world about us, so from a child we have questions about our world.
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. (Ecc 3:11)
6. law of Biogenesis
It is a scientific law the 'law of biogenesis', attributed to Louis Pasteur, that life must only come from life. Carbon, complex carbons, water and whatever substance remains that. This is observation, this is fact. So much is it fact that it is seriously suggested that life came to earth from space. No matter where the teeming varieties of life of earth came from, there had to be a form of life to give them life.
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that has life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:20-21)
7. Species and DNA
It is observation that there are species, which, despite significant evolving variation still remain unpassable from one to the next. The more that is found, especially regarding DNA the more it is known how impassible the species barrier is.
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind (species) , and cattle after their kind (species), and every thing that creeps upon the earth after his kind (species): and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:25)
8. Mutation of the species
Objective science has found some mutations are useful, many are not. Most variation in species arises with lossof information. There is much evidence of adaption of species to their environment, with evidence of human lifestyle affecting their DNA, but it has never, even in rapidily, reproducing insects resulted in a new species. The more that is understood about DNA the more that it establishes that everything was created 'good' but there have been mutations, damage and copy errors. Whereas it was once genetically acceptable for cousins to marry now it is not wise due to the faults, mutation and copy errors. In the same way 'pure-breed' (in-bred) dogs have more genetic faults that lead to serious health problems than mongrels.
History not Empirical Science
The problem with theories about origins now being science is the fact that any possible evidence for it happened in the past - any theory about orgins should be in the history department, as it can't be tested now empirically or objectively.
Honest Evolutionists agreed with this as early as 1967 when it was admitted, "Our theory of Evolution has become as Popper described, one which cannot be refuted by any possible observations.. It is thus 'outside of empirical science'" (L.C. Birch, P R Ehrlich, Nature, 214, 1967 pp349-52).
I have completed a Masters thesis where I tested a hypothesis by asking a question which I then answered, in all using the empirical scientific method. I used modelling tools, I used loggers to measure things. I collected data. I made tentative conclusions based on the models (which didn't match the measured data), the measured data and the collected data. Now when it comes to origins, as it is so far back in history it relies on assumptions made about what is dug up. Nothing dug up comes with dates, unless humans wrote something that can be dated, and even that has to be fitted into a theories of how all human history fits together.
The only test of the hypothesis of the possibly of species changing within the scientific method is to observe and test very short lived things. Some studies of the DNA of short lived things have ocurred, where the short lived things remained genetically the same short lived things, or very, very short lived things dying before their expected life span, the empirical study of evolving species has found as yet only strong evidence for degeneration from either bacteria or fruit flies.
Michigan State University evolutionary biologists Richard Lenski and his colleagues searched for signs of evolution in bacteria for 20 years, tracking 40,000 generations. In the end, the species that they started with was hobbled by accumulated mutations, and the only changes that had occurred were degenerative.
Molly Burke led research into the genetic changes that occurred over the course of 600 fruit fly generations. The UCI lab had been breeding fruit flies since 1991, separating fast growers with short life spans from slow growers with longer life spans. The UCI scientists compared the DNA sequences affecting fruit fly growth and longevity between the two groups. After the equivalent of 12,000 years of human evolution, the fruit flies showed surprisingly few differences.
These findings can be tested, independently, again and again. They found they could not, by selection and direct intervention, make a change. This is science. This is truth. The finding of degeneration is a point I will return to.
9. Codes in Trees and Flowers
The trees that shed leaves all year and those who shed leaves seasonally, and right on time each year shoot forth having seemed dead. How do they know?
The flower's function
BBC "The flower is so hard to define that even scientists are still discussing it."
"To be successful, a flower needs to produce pollen, as well as a reward such as nectar, and it must be attractive to the right animals. The diversity of size, shape, colour and smell across flowering plants reflects the many ways to attract an animal pollinator." "An entire flower can be produced from just three genes. "A" proteins alone produce a sepal cell, while A and "B" together make petal cells. "C" proteins control the carpels and the stamen: C alone produces carpel cells, while C and B together form stamen cells.
There is one flower that does not follow the classic ABC layout. It bewildered botanists for decades, but it turns out to be the exception that proves the rule... "
It has a Genetic mutation.. There are over 350,000 known species of flowering plant! All different, but (nearly) all formed by 3 genes! So who coded the flowers- and the variety of animals that are required to pollinate them, which if they aren't pollinated mean that other animals / birds don't live... and mean in many cases the plant itself is not reproduced.
The flower's beauty
lovely flowers he gives us- more than just for function! - for glorious beauty- because Yahweh Elohim the God of Israel loves beautiful smells and the glory of colour.