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STEPHEN HAWKING AND EVIL

STEPHEN HAWKING AND EVIL

Stephen William Hawking: an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist at the University of Cambridge, who scored one of the highest possible score — 160 — on his Mensa IQ test, died recently on March 14, 2018.

 Hawking said he didn’t believe in a personal God and that God did not create the universe. He claimed that the laws of physics themselves brought the Universe into being, rather than God:

The science-religion debate has been going on since science was born, centuries ago. Until relatively recently, it seemed to have quietened down, but now Hawking and others have brought it back into the limelight.

We need to stop thinking therefore that science is the fount of all knowledge. It’s simply not. Science does not tell us how we ought to live—science isn’t ethics. Scientists and religious believers should keep out of each other’s territory. But this is naive. The science-religion relationship is a sure-fire source of publicity, which is always welcome when one has a book to sell.

No religion has ever been set out in terms of scientific statements. This is why scientists are able to mock the claims of religions but have never been able to deal a knock-out blow: in the end, a religious believer can always fall back on a faith that does not depend on verification.

Einstein claimed that the greatest mystery of the universe was that its most fundamental laws can be expressed in terms of beautiful mathematical equations. Einstein followed closely the views of the concept of God as an expression of the underlying unity of the universe, something so wondrous that it can command a spiritual awe.

Hawking’s view appears to be that the belief in a God-created universe can be supplanted by a belief in M-theory (a form of string theory). One problem with the theory is that it looks as though it will be extremely difficult to test, unless physicists can build a particle accelerator the size of a galaxy. Even if the experimenters find a way round this and M-theory passes all their tests, the reasons for the mathematical order at the heart of the universe’s order would still remain an unsolvable mystery.

NONSENSE REMAINS NONSENSE

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INTELLIGENT DESIGN

INTELLIGENT DESIGN

How can natural selection even start without an original design? When you look at all of the knowledge that we have taken from scientific pursuits, and you look at it with no expectations, what you see is breathtaking. The universe is an amazing place.

So how can natural selection even start without an Original Design? Your living organism must have come to existence at some point. They reproduce now that they are complete and existent, but for them to come in existence they must have been created. Tell me anything you have ever known that came to existence from nothing — without a cause. Which came first the chicken or the egg? You can’t have one without the other, unless there is a Divine Creator. I’ll let you think on that for a while.

A person needs to study the probabilities to determine if intelligent design is involved. The chances of finding a functional protein by chance is 1/10 to the 164th power… Now to understand this gigantic number just knows that there is only 1/10 to the 80th power particles in the known universe.

INTELLIGENT DESIGN

A car that could reproduce itself would be way ahead of our technological abilities. The base idea of the argument is the complexity of organic life, is far more complex than a car or a watch, of anything man can make. It has several parts that are required to be all present at once in order to function. The idea of a car randomly coming together over time is preposterous and even more so for something that is more complex in nature.

INTELLIGENT DESIGN

Natural selection is based on emotional ideas which, even if by some wild chance turned out to be correct, are still illogical given the state of our knowledge: the First Cause. There was an entire planet to start with – a planet with at least the simplest form of pre-biotic “life” that evolution began with. Evolution did not start with nothing.

Evolution only explains the diversity of species. Mutations of organisms slowly change within their environment to be able to survive as efficiently as possible. Evolution doesn’t attempt to explain mutation and the First Cause or the Master Biological Programmer

THE LOGICAL and ILLOGICAL SCIENTIST

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SIX PATHS TO GOD

PATH TO GODSO HOW DO I FIND GOD?

Some books assume you already believe in God, that you have already found God, which is not always the case. Let’s look at the various ways people seek God through six broad paths.

THE PATH OF BELIEF

For people on this first path, belief in God has always been part of their lives. They were born into religious families or were introduced to religion at an early age. Their Christian faith also holds out the promise of life beyond this earthly one.

PATH TO GOD

Ultimately, faith is a gift from God. But faith isn’t something that you just have. Perhaps a better metaphor is that faith is like a garden: while you may already have the basics— soil, seeds, water—you have to cultivate and nourish it. Like a garden, faith takes patience, persistence, and even work.

One pitfall for those on the path of belief is an inability to understand people on other Paths. Their arrogance turns them into the “frozen chosen,” consciously or unconsciously excluding others from their cozy, believing world. This is the crabbed, joyless, and ungenerous religiosity that Jesus spoke against: spiritual blindness.

These people often expect the religious instruction they had in grammar school to sustain them in the adult world. An adult life requires an adult faith.

THE PATH OF INDEPENDENCE

PATH TO GOD

Those on the path of independence have made a conscious decision to separate themselves from organized religion, but they still believe in God. Maybe they find church services meaningless, offensive, dull, or all three. Maybe they’ve been hurt by a church.

Maybe they’ve been insulted (or abused) by a priest, pastor, rabbi, minister, or imam. Or they feel offended by certain dogmas of organized religion. Or they find religious leaders hypocritical. Or maybe they’re just bored.

Christians may be turned off by the church’s teachings on a particular moral question like birth control, or by the scandal of clergy sex abuse. They are sometimes called “lapsed,” “fallen away” or “recovering” Christians

Though they keep their distance from churches, synagogues, or mosques, many people in this group are still firm believers. Often they find solace in the religious practices that they learned as children.

THE PATH OF DISBELIEF

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WHY IS GOD HIDING?

IS GOD HIDING?

Most people learn their morality from their environment, from their parents, or from their peers. We are good people because it makes us feel good. We all are confronted with the desire to be a good person and do good things even without religion. But why is God Hiding?

You usually learn a basic understanding that hurting others and not helping where you can is a self-defeating proposition that discourages other people from helping you and isolates you from your social groups. 

Atheism

“Atheism started to ruin my life.”

Patrick Meagher, the author of Why God Is Hiding writes: “I made the biggest blunder of my life … I gave up; I stopped looking; I stopped asking. It was a mistake I would pay for, for 10 years.”

“It was the turning away from God: it was a terrible mistake that turned my life story into a tragedy. I eventually stopped talking to God. That was replaced by painfully over-analyzing. I withdrew from my friends, wasted a lot of time, pondered atheism and became pathetically self-centered, unhappy and suicidal. In the end, my life was completely and utterly meaningless.”

You too may feel that God doesn’t care about you: that you have fallen through the cracks.

Let’s begin with God.

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I HAVE A RIGHT TO MY OPINION!

IT’S MY  OPINION!

I have a right to my opinion,’ says the modernist or relativist, meaning, ‘I have a right to expect you to treat my opinion as valid.’ Ironically, in a world where one person’s opinion is as good as another’s, those who insist that their opinion is the correct one are seen as rude, judgmental and hating.

 We can believe what we choose. Unfortunately we are answerable for what we choose to believe.

MY OPINION

RIGHT TO MY OPINION

There will always be an unconscious search for the meaning of life. God has built this propensity into His creation. It can be likened to a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip imbedded into our brain. This yearning is not unlike thirty-something women anxious to find husbands and have children. Ironically, the hole, which we try to fill in life, keeps on getting bigger no matter what success you experience. There is really no way to fill this spiritual hole in the material world. Continue reading I HAVE A RIGHT TO MY OPINION!

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