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What is your life?
For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

James 4:14

 

There are ONLY four possibilities as to how the universe (time, space and matter) came to be.

This is not a logical fallacy of false dilemma. Every other possibility falls under one of these four possibilities.

  1. It is a figment of everyone's collective imagination. You and I and the rest of the world are imagining all of this. Those people are technically called solipsists. If you honestly believe this, how about walking across a busy highway without looking? True solipsists have much shorter life spans.
     
  2. It came from nothing. Nothing - you and I can't even fathom true "nothingness". No time, no space, no matter. You think of nothing as an empty space, but that's not nothing. Empty space is something. How can something come from nothing? If there were nothing, something couldn't exist to create itself.

    The first law of thermodynamics, which states that the energy going into a heat engine must equal the useful work coming out plus the change in internal heat energy, is equivalent to the law of conservation of energy. It is not possible to get something from nothing. No engine can do more useful work than the amount of energy input.


    Here's a joke for you:
     
    One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him.

    The scientist walked up to God and said, "God, we've decided that we no longer need you. We're to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don't you just go on and get lost."

    God listened very patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, "Very well, how about this, let's say we have a man making contest." To which the scientist replied, "OK, great!"

    But God added, "Now, we're going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam."

    The scientist said, "Sure, no problem" and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.

    God just looked at him and said, "No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!"
    [Insert "God sprinkles jerks" cartoon here of The Far Side by Gary Larson. It's a picture of God in the kitchen with the Earth in a skillet. There is a shelf of ingredients in different sized boxes and jars behind him with labels such as: birds, insects, krill, med. skinned people, light skinned people, dark skinned people, plants, reptiles, and amphibians. On the table is a box labeled trees, a measuring cup, and spoon. There is a thought bubble, "And just to make it interesting..." as God with his chefs hat is sprinkling a red jar labeled "jerks" onto the Earth. The cartoon is really funny but Gary Larson has made it explicitly clear that he does not want his cartoons reproduced.]

     

  3. It always existed. Science has proven that space and matter has indeed originated from an absolute position and that the amount of useful work the universe can do is decreasing. Energy is not being lost, it's just being so dispersed that eventually there will be no more useful work. If the universe always existed, we would have already reached the point of no more useful work. You can stick your multiverse theory in here too.

    The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that we would have already reached maximum entropy. Entropy is a measure of the disorder or randomness of a system. The total entropy of the universe can never decrease. The universe is becoming more disordered. To say the universe always existed and does not increase entropy is self refuting.
     
  4. It was created. An intelligent designer - all knowing, all powerful and everywhere present being - independent of time, space and matter - created, not made, everything that we know and more. If you could figure Him out, He wouldn't be and Almighty God, would He?

He has left us a guidebook and though I'm now convinced of the reliability of all Scripture, I'm not one who blindly accepts everything I read. God did not leave His existence without clear and convincing evidence that can be found inside and outside the Bible.

No where does the Bible suggest that God intends for believers to blindly, mindlessly follow without ever questioning. The undeniable proof of His existence and the evidence of His love and power is evident at the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is this single event that is the center of human history and the pivotal moment in the Bible. Once I became one hundred percent convinced that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, all other challenges to faith are minor and inconsequential. The only conclusions that can be reached about Jesus Christ is that He was a legend, a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord. Which conclusion have you reached? If you don't yet trust the Holy Bible as a reliable witness, then please read the evidence that comes from historical extra-biblical sources. The evidence is overwhelming, for those willing to take time to study it. If it's true that Jesus Christ died for our sins, then was resurrected from the dead (as I declare), then our acceptance or rejection of Him will have eternal consequences for us all.



Your brother in Christ,
Gene

 

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