101 Reasons why I trust the God of the Bible
19th January 2022, hej
This Article: (10 Pages)
- 1. The evidence for trusting the Bible
- 2. 10. Israel: Motion, Mechanics &... Energy
- 3. 20: Holocaust, Persecution &... Design Creation
- 4. 30 Miracles and History
- 5. 40. Israel Miracles of the Six day... war
- 6. 50 Continuity and Grace
- 7. 60 Brutal honesty to Good Health
- 8. 70: Israel Unique preservation of... the Tanakh
- 9. 80: Blessing, Design and Purpose
- 10. 90: Israel: fruitfulnness in... modern world
2) 10. Israel: Motion, Mechanics & Energy
10: Israel Balfour Declaration
The Balfour declaration is a miracle on a number of levels. Firstly it was by Providence that Chaim Weizmann was in Britain at all. To this day nobody really understands why. Once in Britain that a way was opened to him to be so connected to government. It seemed by chance that Weizmann met Balfour in 1906, but yet that meeting fell into a pattern that led to the Declaration.
Balfour had been out of the government from 1906 was raised by miracle to a position of power, and the small window and timing occured just as Commwealth forces won Beersheva from the Ottoman Turks- by miracle.
That miracle was itself overlaid on the stramge fact that Britain went to war against Turkey at all- having historically been allies! Yet a very charming German Ambassador Hans von Wangenheim lived long enough to take away the Ottoman heart from Britain.
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.(Proverbs 21:1)
There is a postscript in that in 2017, one hundred years nearly to the day, some Turks chanted "Jerusalem is ours", when, if, they had not gone to war against Britain, they would have still possibly been in posession of it.. It is not chance, but part of a pattern, of the work of a Creator who loves patterns.
The comprehesion of infinity (its use in caculations) and negative and irrational numbers, is an essential fact that allows humans to understand the God of the Bible.
Imagining ?infinity? in our minds is certainly no simple task, but it can?t be deemed as impossible since there are many different ways of thinking about it and envisioning it..As LiveScience reports, ancient Indian philosophers grasped it as something from which parts could be removed or added, but the entity would remain the same. The ancient Greeks thought of it as the endless set of prime numbers. thescienceexplorer
Hebrew has from the beginning the concept of infinity and it is related to our understanding of life and death itself.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Gen 2:16-17)
In Hebrew 'surely die' is muth ha-muth מות תמות This may also be translated dying unto death. Contrasted to the finite life is the infinite life,
The LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: (Gen 3:22)
The Hebrew 'Olam' is thought from 'alam' a word meaning 'conceal', and it best understood 'to the vanishing point' or point where things are concealed (practically) by distance. Thus we can observe someone walking away from us further and further until they vanish from vision. The point is that it may be experienced and understood.
John Locke observes that,
Every one that has any idea of any stated lengths of space, as a foot, finds that he can repeat that idea; and joining it to the former, make the idea of two feet; and by the addition of a third, three feet; and so on, without ever coming to an end of his additions.. johnLocke
It seems an innate thing that we can, with thought, consider infinity,
He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work. (Job 37:7)
One of the great pointers to the existince of the God of the Bible called 'He who will be' (Exodus 3:14) and Creator is the existence of purposfully directed energy. The Bible says
The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of (the) Mighty Ones (plural) moved upon the face of the waters.(Gen 1:2)
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)
The orgin of Energy, which is everywhere moving things, is unknown. In addtion there is constant energy input, as the law of conservation and the evidence of conservation, indicates that the universe should have wound down to be cold dead even in the distribution of heat, yet clearly there are ordered energy areas of great heat such as the sun.
If we ask the question what powers the sun, we find it is atmoic reations, the next question is what allows the movement of the sub-atomic to exist. The energy for the mechanics is a mystery motivation. This need not be a mystery if we listen to the direct claims
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (Mat 5:45)
Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. (Job 9:7-8)
As the God of the Bible commands the sun's circuit, there would be no issue with his command of the atomic cicuits. This is my confident conclusion, which I lean on in my day to day life. He can turn water to wine, or blood.
13. Movement in the Universe :not a big bang
The movement observed in the universe today connot be explained, as it MUST obey the currently observed Laws of Nature.
Fred Hoyle explains, "The notion that galaxies form, to be followed by an active astronomical history, is an illusion. Nothing forms, the thing is as dead as a door nail.. the punch line is that even though outward speeds are maintained in a free explosion, internal motions are not. Internal motions die away adiabatically, and the expanding system becomes inert, which is why the big-bang cosmologies lead to a universe that is dead-and-done-with almost from its beginning." We can see the result of explosions in the same space, and it doesn't result in never-ending motions. There is no known observed physics that can explain either the current expanding motion, or the mechamsim of the huge concentation of energy theorised in a singularity, let alone why it might have occured, or where the energy came from.
14: Circular motion of the sun and planets
Thanks to Isaac Newton for pointing out this to me.
There is a huge force, an invisible line of resistence to pulling apart, stonger than the chord of any truss ever made could resist, between the sun and the earth and planets, and the earth and the moon, and any other circling masses in the universe.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them (the line) hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. (Psalm 19:1-7)
The line of force through the earth to make a metaphorical 'tent' is a 'law', but it is a huge day- to-day, moment-to-moment, current active force! it convinced Isaac Newton the God of the Bible exists, It convinces me.
15: The presence of Mass
The presence of creative energy today out there, which is itself a peculiar thing, cannot explain the presence of mass.
Mass can be turned into energy, but nowhere is it observed that energy becomes mass. Even if there was a huge burst of energy, it should have just cooled, it would never condense into mass / mattter (let alone the variety of matter there is). Peter Higgs proposed in 1964 that there was a field mechanism that made the conversion of energy into mass possible. As yet it has not been found. And in any case why the mechanism is there at all also has to be explained, as well as why the energy was there.
Now faith is.. the evidence of things not seen. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.(Heb 11:1,3)
16. Atomic energy & structure
If the motion of the planets is impossible, that of atoms is also - impossible.
There are extraordinary forces at work that keep electrons circling the core of the atom, so that the majority of an atom is space. A space in which forces act.
The mechanics are well understood now, but nobody can answer how in the world such specific forces came into existence, or indeed why they continue to exist!
Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it. Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone. He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death. The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men. As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire. The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold. There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen: The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it. He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots. He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing. (Job 28:1-10)
17. Delicate balance of the laws of Nature
There is a fine tuning of the universe which is staggering. If something was changed by a small amount, life simply would not exist. The physical constraints, which now number a stagging 260, are so precisly calibrated that many scientists now argue they are evidence for intelligent design.
There are many examples.
A beryllium isotope having a half life of 0.0000000000000001 seconds must find and absorb a helium nucleaus in that time before decaying. It occurs because of an energy match between the two nuclei. If it didn't occur there would be no heavier elements, such as carbon, and the entire universe would be composed of lifeless hydorgen and helium.
The Stong Nuclear Force that binds together protons and neutrons in an atom, if it were only 2% weaker it would not allow atoms with multiple protons, and hydrogen woudl be the only atoms that existed. Whereeas if it was 1% stronger hydrogen and atoms heavier than iron would be rare.
Electromagnetic force maintains electrons in orbit about the nucleus. If it was stronger atoms would not share their electrons with other atoms, and there would not be any electricty, let alone molecules for life. If it was weaker it would not hold electons about the nucleaus, and again there would be no molcules for life: a precise balance.
Coulomb's law of electromagentism states that the Force (F) between 2 electric charges (Q1 and Q2) is equal to a Constant (C) tiems the product of the charges divided by the distance (r) between them squared. When the distance is squared it gives a precise number r2.0000000000000000. It cannot be changed even by the smallest amount from precisely 2 those if not it will be unstable. Electomagnetic forces hold all atoms together.
At the other end of the scale is the universe. The universe's stablity, ie that it doesn't implode or explode, is precise. The inequality limits that determine the stablity of stars is accurate to the 38th decimal place. Even a small difference in the last decimal place would ensure the sun didn't exist, or any star like the sun.
The forces of gravity and electromagnetism are so perfectly tuned as to allow stars to exist, including our sun. Astrophysicist Brandon Carter has studied the stellar battleground in detail, and he (shows) the delicacy in the balance between gravity and electromagnetism within a star. Calculations show that chnages in force by only one part in 1040 would spell catastrophe for stars like the sun. Paul Davies, Superforce, 1985 p. 242
If the earth was closer to the sun the heat radiation from Coronal Mass Ejections would make life impossible on earth.
18. Material Science
If we think of all the materials of modernity, that allow life as it is, all have unique properties.
Plain clay can be moulded and when fired at temperatures, easily obtained in primative furnaces, becomes very useful ceramic. Is this chance, or is it, as the Bible shows, to teach us about our relationship with our Creator?
But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. (Isaiah 64:8)
Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding? (Isaiah 29:16)
Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? (Romans 9:20-21)
Glass is actaully, in atomic structure, liquid sand, which at normal temperatures is so stiff as to appear solid, like cold honey. Over time the bottom a sheet of plate glass will become thicker as atoms migrate due to gravity. The atomic structure of the responds to heat in such a way that makes use of the substance possible. If this semi-solid state wasn't possible at temperatrues found on earth, if it could not be worked as a liquid at noraml blast furance temperatures, or indeed melt in a fire to allow it to be blowm to form bottles, then humans would be much constrainsed.
the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. (Revelations 21:21)
19. Laws of Thermodynamics
The First Law of Thermodynamics is about
conservation of energy, adapted for thermodynamic systems. The law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system is constant; energy can be transformed from one form to another, but can be neither created nor destroyed. The first law is often formulated
Δ U = Q - W
It states that the change in the internal energy ?U of a closed system is equal to the amount of heat Q supplied to the system, minus the amount of work W done by the system on its surroundings. An equivalent statement is that perpetual motion machines of the first kind are impossible. Wikipedia
Therefore as we look at the amazing systems of the Universe where all thinsg are moving, the question has to be asked, where is the energy input comming from? WE have an answer in that the universe is not a closesd system a we are told in the Bible there is an input action
Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: (Psalm 102:25-26)
The God of the Bible actively changes the worn out, or inputs energy, to 'renew' as the Hebrew also implies.
The Second law of Thermodynamics, follows from the first, and is also based on repeatable observations,
the total entropy can only increase over time for an isolated system, meaning a system which neither energy nor matter can enter or leave. The total entropy can remain constant in ideal cases where the system is in a steady state (equilibrium) or undergoing a reversible process. The increase in entropy accounts for the irreversibility of natural processes, and the asymmetry between future and past. Wikipedia
We can look everywhere and objectivly observe, without exception, the state of the world and uinverse excatly as described by the God of the Bible.
Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.? Isa 51:5? My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.? Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. Isaiah 51:4-5?
And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. (Hebrews 1:10-12)