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Is the bible scientifically accurate?
Here are but a few citations that show the trustworthiness of God’s word:
- "He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in," reads Isaiah 40:22. Interesting that some ancient barbarians thousands of years afore now knew about the shape of the planet when every other idiot assumed its flatness…
- "He spreads out the northern [skies] over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing," reads Job 26:7. What a coincidence that Job is knowledgeable about our place in space! Especially so considering that other block-heads at this time had no writings depicting the earth as a floating vessel in nothingness (space), but instead denoted it as hanging by strings or sitting on pillars and whatnot…
- "O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! … When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, … You made him [man] ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet … the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas." - Psalm 8:1,3,6,8 - First is noted the cosmological makeup of our galaxy (sublunary sky and other bodies in space); second is noted the earthly kingdom of earth and our terrestrial nature/habitat; third is referenced animals (birds and fish) as being subject to man’s influence; lastly, the currents of the earth’s waters are mentioned ("paths of the seas").
- The full hydrologic cycle is listed: “He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.” - Job 26:8; “He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.” - Job 26:27-28; “The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.” - Ecclesiastes 1:6-7
- Entropy (the Laws of Thermodynamics) are alluded to many times: “In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded.” Psalm 105:22-26
- But greatest of all, is the space/time continuum with matter - what the universe is composed of - that is explicitly used to glorify God: Genesis 1:1 clearly identifies thus, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” “In the beginning…” - time. “Heavens” - space. “Earth” - matter. How is it that some ancient, boorish shepherd, without the discovery of toilet paper or steel, managed to come across that which took the genius of our time, Albert Einstein, his entire life to discover?
Now that you have read this, try not to laugh when atheists denounce the bible’s accuracy or factuality. It is intellectual suicide to think the bible a fairy tail. (And this is only ONE area of evidence in favor of it, folks.)
It is grief inducing that people despise their own loving Creator, granted; and their markings of ludicrous hatred and boorish selfishness is a most tragic topic. However, I am much more melancholy and even further outraged at some of the Christian reaction to such symbolism of the enemy. Although it is most terrible that Satan has greatly caught up humanity with obsession with signs analogous to most ghastly and sinful concepts, it is downright DIGUSTING! the way some Christians have responded. I am referring to those overreactionary fools who take up superstition or blind defeatism for symbolism!
Woe to you, self-proclaimed Christians, who denounce symbols. You are no more morally sound in such denunciation than the Catholics were when they considered certain musical genres and tone qualities evil or scientist condemn faith (an element necessary for any knowledge besides self-existence and absolute truth)! Wake up! God blessed us with symbolism. By regarding them as evil and/or Satanically powerful enchantments, you have (1) negated a blessing of God (inspiration drawing/calligraphy), (2) slandered our faith (because you have made us look superstitious or unwelcoming to others), and (3) you have played yourselves and non-believers into the workmanship of Lucifer.
Oppositely, symbols are neutral in and of themselves. Surely, no Christian becomes stupidly and superficially superstitious over a cross? Good lord, the idiocy God must deal with! Nay, signs and significations are absolute gray area. But here’s an idea:
Satanists think they took the pentagram; Judiazers think they have the star of David; wiccans think they have the tetragram; and many God-haters utilize the upside-down cross. SO LET’S GET THEM BACK! We are the freed ones! Non-believers are intellectual enslaved by sin. Why should they be allowed to corrupt God’s gift of cryptic analogy? We should quit worrying about the Swastika and start using it for good. We should condem the culprits who exploited the Hammer and Sickle and then return their own sign for a valiant cause. We should steal the enemy’s weapons to spit on Satan’s gates whilst armed with them. No more superstition; no more blind negligence; take up the neutral ground and make Lucifer regret his endeavors. Let us collude to rob our enemy, to beat them with their own stick.
That is the nature of Christian warefare: conform to God to rebell against Satan.
Society vs. Actuality
1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
The other day I decided I would entertain myself with the 90s comedy TV show Frasier. Unfortunately, a certain sadness struck me when the episode encroached upon a philosophical query: “What is happiness?” In the show, Frasier (a psychologist for a radio talkshow host helping listeners and callers with their life problems) sits with his brother Niles (a colleague of psychology who works privately) and is asked by Niles whether he is happy. After being mocked by Niles for excogitating the question to death, Frasier interrupts and returns the question to Niles. Of course, Niles philosophizes as well, though to a lesser degree, remarking about how he recently watched a program on TV showing the joy a poverty stricken child (in Africa) elated when that child received new shoes; thence complaining that though his new shoes were incredibly expensive and thus of superior quality, alike his house and other items alluded, they did not bring anywhere near the same amount of jovial celebration the poor youth in African received. Later in the show Frasier and his father end up quarreling about the father’s living quarters in Frasier’s house. Feeling positive after the fight is resolved, Frasier finally feels confident to answer Niles’ query about his life’s status of happiness at the end of the show: he concludes that he is, overall, happy.
This part - this episode, rather, particularly disappointed me because it showed how much of the world believes mankind’s contentedness is merely an unvoluntary reaction to circumstance. It exemplified the common thought that good events or bad events render our emotional status this way or that. Poppycock! Did Ruth or Esther whine when their worlds were so harsh? Did Job dishonor God just because of his horrid position? What was Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego’s reaction when their life was worst, when they were spent and all odds were against them, when they were about to be tossed into a furnace… FOR MERELY REMAINING FAITHFUL TO GOD?! Daniel 3:16-18 reads their reaction to such a threat, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If [we are to worship or burn in the furnace], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” Yes, in the face of being charred to crisp, did they bend their wills? Were they uncontent? Indeed, not! These three men even declared that should God decide not to rescue them (“But if not…”), they would still be faithful to Him.
Ladies and gentlemen, contentedness is a choice. It is the choice to be faithfully obedient and happy to serve God and mourn evil regardless of all costs, not! a simplistic and animalistic reaction to a matter of instance. Wherever you are, however you are, praise God, even if He does not save you form your earthly torment because afterwords, the kingdom of heaven is yours. Afterwards, there shall be no pain.