The scientifically minded Christian

I created this article as a place to find helpful links for the scientifically minded Christian. Being a Christian in academia is not easy and sometimes even frowned upon or worse. There is definitely a bias to exclude science that points to a Creator. I do however think there is lots of information out there that points to Intelligent Design. Below are a few links:

Healthiest Foods

Here’s a list I’ve compiled of the healthiest foods. In the columns I identify what area the food helps. Some foods may fall in to more columns that I have them listed, but just my research so far. You can scroll to the right to see more columns-sorry it didn’t fit on one page, but it’s just how my website formatted things.

FoodFlexBlood Lung Brain Fat BurnAnti-InflammatoryAnti-CancerAnti-Depression
Almondsxxxxx
Apple Cider Vinegarx
Applesxx
Avacadosxxxx
Beetsx
Blackberriesxxxxx
Blueberriesxxxxxx
Beef (Prime Rib, Ribs, New York Strip, Ribeye, ground)
Bone Brothxxxxx
Brazil Nutsx
Brocclixxxxxx
Brussle Sproutsx
Calciumx
Cale (Kale)xxx
Carrotsxxx
Cashewsx
Cauliflowerxxx
Cayenne Pepperxx
Cheriesxx
Chicken (dark meat)
Chili Peppersxx
Cinnamonxx
Coconut Oilx
Coffeex
Dark Chocolatexxx
Eggsxx
Fish (Salmon)xxxxxxx
Garlicxxxxx
Gingerxxxx
Grapesxxxxxx
Grape Juicex
Green Teaxxxxxx
Kalexx
Lamb Chops
MTC Oilx
Olive Oilxxx
Onionsxx
Oolong teax
Orangesxx
Peachesxx
Peanuts (butter)
Pomegranatexxx
Pork (ribs, shoulder)
Portobello mushrooms
Pumpkin Seedsxx
Raspberries
Red Winex
Salmonx
Sardinesx
Spinachxxx
Strawberriesxx
Sweet Potatoesxx
Tomatoesxxxx
Tumericxxxxx
Turkeyx
Tunaxx
Vitimin Cx
Vitimin Dxx
Walnutsxxxxxx
waterxx
Yellow & Red Peppersxxx

Nanite Revenge

Image borrowed from the internet

297, AJJAJON, ODER, 2—SOLNET BROADCAST—MARS LOCAL NEWS CHANNEL 3912

Mike Smith was temporarily suspended from the University of Neopolis pending the investigation of missing nanites from the school’s science lab. What turned out to be a harmless prank could have been much, much worse. Now here’s Jackson with the story:

The first of his roommates to awaken was Sam. It started with a light scratching under his covers, and then more determined movements until he finally sat up in bed. “What is that”, his voice echoed through the room. He reached for the lamp, but Jose had already beaten him to it.

The light came on.

“Ahhhhhh!”, both men screamed. A solid grey mass that had covered Sam’s body from the waist down was working its way up his body. He jumped to his feet, kicking and screaming and brushing his legs, but nothing could slow their march up the body.

By this time everyone in the room was awake. Sam and Jose were dancing about the room, arms flailing and grasping for an unseen foe, and Erok was writhing under his sheets. Mike’s heart pounded within his chest—partly out of fear for his friends, and partly out of the excitement of seeing them get what they deserved. He didn’t want to seem unaffected by this mysterious invader, so he let out a few screams of his own, and flailed his arms and legs beneath his blankets.

A few moments later all was silent. Sam sat in the far corner of the room, his shorts twisted and his hair a mess. Erok lay on the floor beside his bed still scratching at his legs; Jose stood in the center of the room staring at the large wet spot that had formed on the front of his pajama pants. For the longest time, nobody said anything and eventually all the guys made it back to their beds.

“University officials say they won’t expel Mike, but they don’t want the incident to go undisciplined, and he will receive a time off.

The weather is up next. Low solar activity is expected for the Sol System this next kilocycle, and Sun spots are the lowest in gigacycles—stay tuned for your local forecast.”

Unlikely Fisherman

Image borrowed from the Internet

Omof’s face winced as he glanced through the list of ingredients: “Eye of blackorb, bakkar berry, petal of dream flower, Tayark bark! Tayark bark! I knew I’d forgot somethin’”, he snarled as he turned and put the list next to the large handcrafted wooden bowl on the workbench behind him.

His lab was small and compact; with cupboards filled with little clay pots and glass bottles. Each one was meticulously labeled with its contents, and date obtained. Some contained powders. Some contained leaves. A few contained dried dead bugs. All the containers were sorted by color, content, and age, and declared his obsessive compulsiveness.

“Omof! Time to eat!” came a little quaint voice from the doorway at the end of the room. His wife poked her head around the corner of the doorframe, “You’ve been working all afternoon. Now put that stuff down, and come get a bite.” He was a very intelligent man. Kind of short, plump, with a round pudgy nose. “I’m comin’. Just give me three minutes to clean up.” They both knew that his three minutes would be more like thirty, but she said nothing as she made her way back to the kitchen.

As he turned to grab the wooden bowl from the workbench behind him his arm bumped a rack of dry chemicals, and a dark purple powder poured into his half prepared mixture. “Ah, Brall”, he mumbled under his breath, “Just what I needed”. He quickly grabbed the jar of powder and set it upright on the table. “Well, that wasted about—whoa, would you look at that,” he said to himself as the contents of the bowl began to foam violently. His amazement quickly turned to anger as he realized how unorganized this made his workshop look.

He cleaned up the spilt powder, put it nicely back on the rack, and quickly headed outside with the wooden bowl, as if to hide his failure from his wife.

The Dryson family’s modest little home was just a stone’s throw from the Mirros Sea and about three miles from Corgrande. Close enough to come under the protective umbrella of the town’s volunteer militia, but far enough away to have some privacy. He made his way quickly to the water’s edge, because there was only about a half-hour of sunlight left, and he didn’t want to be outside after dark. Most folks in Ferimond locked their homes up pretty tight when the sun went down.

Omof dumped his purple mixture into the sea, and bent down to rinse the residue from the bowl. He was careful not to touch the clingmoss just under the surface of the water. There were clingmoss beds peppered all around this part of the sea, and swimmers, fishers, and anyone else who wondered into the beach waters had to be extremely careful not to become entangled in their tendrils. As he stood and began to turn back toward his home, he noticed little silver patches bobbing on the surface of the water. “Flitterfish”, he said as he reached and picked up one of the fish that had floated to the surface.

He had discovered a way to catch the prized Flitterfish. They were a very tasty fish, but almost near impossible to catch because they lived only among the clingmoss.

Omof quickly made his way back to the shop. He walked back over to the workbench and picked up the jar of purple powder and read its label …

Well if I told you what the purple powder was then it wouldn’t be a family secret would it?

Skinmoss

Here’s a short I wrote several years back about a plant based illness that was transferred to humans when they made first-contact with an alien race. Enjoy!

EARTH YEAR 2333, ALPHA CENTAURI A SYSTEM, PLANET FIORA, SOUTHERN CONTINENT

Jerome Sax stood at the door to a new world. This was it! His team had been chosen to make first contact with the only other known intelligent species in the universe, and a million thoughts flooded his mind. Would they be friendly? Aggressive? Would they be able to communicate? He finished loading his pack then turned and faced the others. “You guys ready?”

“Ready as I’ll ever be.” Sam smiled as she spoke.

“Let’s do it,” Jeff said, his hand on the door switch.

They’d done their homework while in route to the planet. Fiora was just slightly larger than Earth making its gravity a little stronger. The atmosphere was similar, so no breathing device was needed. They’d spent the last week on immune boosters to prevent any foreign infections from starting. It was important to meet the aliens face to face; they didn’t want a space suit to hinder communication. The benefits of meeting them in their own environment far outweighed the risks of bio contamination…at least that’s what they’d been told.

Jerome turned in time to see the door slide to the left, and a blast of air whisked past his face. The wind was warm, and carried with it the sweet smells of this new world. All three stepped out into the clearing where their ship had landed. The world looked much like the jungles found on Earth. The trees and plants were definitely different, but they were green and leafy.

There were a few simple structures about a hundred meters directly in front of the ship, and several bipedal creatures had stepped out of the buildings to investigate the commotion. The next few minutes seemed like hours, but the team eventually stood face to face with the beings. They were a little larger than humans, and appeared to be a bit stronger too. The creature that stood in front made a few clicks and glottal sounds then offered a basket filled with a yellowish food, possibly a fruit of some type.

Jerome accepted the basket, and then offered a gift in return. Some of the creatures in the distance were able to change their skin color to blend in with their backgrounds; they were hard to see until they moved. The group that had come forward was brownish in color, very similar to human skin. It seemed they were imitating human colors to make the meeting more comfortable.

The leader, however, was different. His right arm from the elbow to the tips of his fingers were green, perhaps a mark of authority. Customs in any society were important, and now was as good of time as any to introduce a human gesture. Jerome reached out to grab the alien hand…nothing quite like a good firm handshake to seal a friendship. At first he seemed to hesitate, but eventually responded. His grip was firm. His hands felt strange though, soft, yet prickly. It wasn’t till later when he realize he’d been infected

DESCRIPTION

Skinmoss is a plant that grows within flesh. The plant starts as a needle like seed that breaks the surface of the persons skin. Once inside, the needle develops slowly, sending out a root system centimeters in all directions. After about a month, the plant pushes up through the skin in several places. The tops of the plants can be pulled off, but they grow back quickly, and will continue until the root system is removed. The tops are made of small green leaves about 2 millimeters in diameter, and tube-like shoots. These tubes send out seeds to others when the plant tops are brushed or bumped, so pulling them often infects other parts of the body. There are no practical purposes for the plant, and it’s usually just a minor irritant. There have been a few extreme cases where root systems have invaded vital organs and have caused death.

The plant uses photo synthesis like other plants, but retrieves its water supply from the body of its host. Darkness can slow the spread and growth of the infection, but will not remove it. Initial signs of infection are dry skin, and slight thirst. Other symptoms include a burning or itching beneath the skin that doesn’t go away with scratching.

Treatment is by pill, and usually takes 2-3 weeks. One method used to keep the plant from spreading is to tightly wrap the infected areas. If left untreated, skinmoss can infect the person’s entire body. As the plant spreads it absorbs more water from its host, and will cause dehydration, and ultimately death. Those infected are encouraged to double their water intake for the duration of treatment.

Terry’s Rules of Life

Over the past several years, I’ve created a list of things I find valuable. This list has grown and changed over the years, but it has become a guiding document for how I live my life. These are not items I’m perfect at, and I can’t say I’ve mastered any of them completely. I try to do them daily, but sometimes I fail at that too. It’s just my rules for a vibrant life. I hope you find these ideas helpful

  1. Follow a daily list. This is perhaps the most crucial of all items. If you are unable to regularly do a set of tasks, you will struggle in all areas of life. Create a list of activities that will cause growth in body, mind, and spirit, and do them regularly.
  2. Read the Bible daily.
  3. Pray daily.
  4. Learn to calm the mind. Control the flow of noise into your mind, and calm your thoughts. Biblical meditation is a powerful tool. It is about filling the mind with the correct things, and controlling the mind when negative thoughts happen.
    1. Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2 – meditate on God’s Word
    2. Rom 12:1-2 – be transformed by renewing the mind
    3. Ps. 63:6 – Meditate on God
    4. Phil 4:8 – Think on these things
    5. Phil 2:5 – Develop the mind of Christ
    6. Ps. 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God.
  5. Control your state. Your thoughts are not you. Make them behave and put them where they belong. Identify quickly thought cycles that take you to a negative plac. Think about what you’re thinking about. You’ll always have low spots in life, but you don’t have to stay there. You can choose to be in a good mood.
  6. Do not assume you are strong because you succeed. All strength and power comes from God. Use the abilities and talents God has given you, but there is no room for boasting, and there is always room for growth.
  7. Don’t bring the pains of yesterday into today.
  8. Love your life… you only have one.
  9. Be a lifelong learner. Take the opportunity to read and study different things.
  10. Work hard at your current assignment until you receive the next one.
  11. Make the jobs of those you work with easier, including your boss, your peers and those you manage.
  12. Focus teaching core biblical values, not fringe doctrines, and allow others to create their own personal convictions.
  13. Allow people to be angry with you. It’s OK if people do not like you or your actions. The same is true for Jesus.  
  14. Don’t own the emotions of others.
  15. Don’t own the attitudes of others.
  16. Don’t transfer the negative feelings of others.
  17. Speak against issues not people.
  18. Avoid stereotyping. Not all Christians, piercings, Atheists, Muslims, Liberals, Conservatives, blonde, tall, etc people are the same.  People are very different.
  19. Stretch your muscles every day
  20. Maintain a regular workout.

5 Tips for a 30 year marriage

Marriages that Last are built on a relationship with God

Some of the best marriage advice I received as a young man came from my pastor.  He said if you want a marriage that lasts, then find someone who’s been married a long time and watch them.  At the time the “Old People” in my life seemed really strange and I thought they’d have no clue how to face the current issues of my day, but I was wrong.  These older couples may not have been experts in my culture or changing technology, but they did understand relationships and how to strengthen them. Today (July 2nd) was my 30th wedding anniversary, and now that I’m walking on the other side of the fence I’d like to offer a few tips of my own.  Below are five tips for a thirty year marriage.  

The first tip is to never say the “D” word. Divorce–doesn’t even sound good does it.  My wife and I decided very early in our marriage that we would never say the word divorce.  No matter how mad we got or how tired we were, we would not mention that word in an argument.  It was difficult at times and the word often popped into our minds, but it was never spoken.

It’s too easy to say things you don’t mean when you’re angry, and when you begin to throw the “D” word around you begin to think about it.  You begin to believe it. Before long it seems like the only solution to your problem. Instead of looking for reasons to stop being together, you should look for reasons to build your marriage.

The next tip is: don’t go to bed mad at each other.  I would be lying if I said I never went to bed mad at my wife, but I can say we made it a priority to resolve our issues before the day ended.  There are times when couples need a little distance, and some time to work through hard feelings, but when its all said and done we need to learn to set our emotions aside and communicate openly and honestly.  

We still have fights after 30 years of marriage, but they look a lot different than when we were first married.  Arguments these days often last about 2 minutes. I say what’s bothering me, she says what’s bothering her and we drop it.  I’ve learned to hear what she’s upset about and try to make changes and she does the same. We don’t have very many “BIG” fights any more.

Always make sure to kiss each other goodby.  You never know when your last kiss will be, and we’re not guaranteed of tomorrow.  And I’ll also add, on occasion throw in the 10 second kiss. I won’t say much more on that….just try it.

Tell your spouse, “I love you” everyday.  One of the most basic needs of every human is to be loved, and it’s important you tell your spouse that you love them.  Try and think of the kind words you use as building blocks to your marriage. The more nice words you use, the stronger your marriage will be, and probably the nicest thing you can say is, “I Love You.”

There are certain roles only a spouse can fill, and don’t allow others to fill them.  When we think if intimacy often times sex comes to mind, and that’s part of it, but only a small part.  Sex is one of those things that only your spouse fulfills. That may seem obvious, but infidelity happens, so maybe it’s not as obvious as you would think.  

Beyond sexual intimacy there are places in the heart that should only belong to a spouse.  I consider my wife as my best friend. She listens to me when I talk. She laughs at my jokes.  She makes corny comments, and just hearing her say them makes me smile. If I were ever to allow another woman that place in my heart it would be wrong.  That place belongs only to her.

If you were to ask a hundred people what makes a marriage last you’d probably get 100 different answers, but these are a few of my top tips.  I’ll leave you with one final thought. A marriage relationship is never complete. You’re always pruning it, watering it, and working on it.

 

The Death of Science Fiction

My fascination with science fiction started when I was six—I’ll never forget the excitement I felt as I watched X-wings and TIE fighters scream across the screen, followed by the roar of engines and blaster bolts exploding against metal.  I wish I still had my Luke Skywalker and Momaw Nadon action figures. They would probably be worth a lot today, but I think they gave me my money’s worth.

I’ve noticed a trend away from science fiction over the past 20 years, and a decline in quality movies for the genre.  I’ve been disappointed far too many times by poor quality stories.

On one occasion as I walked through the sci-fi isle of my local video store, a new movie cover caught my attention.  It had an image of an earth-like planet completely enveloped with jungle vines, and it was titled Savage Planet. Sounds pretty cool huh?  I was excited. I rented the movie, made some popcorn, put my feet up, and got ready for a nice movie. You’ve heard it said, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”  Well I say, you can’t judge a movie by its cover either.

This was one of the cheesiest movies I’ve ever seen.  It was about a group of people who discovered a way to transport to another earth-like planet.  When they arrived, they were all systematically hunted and killed by gigantic mutated bears. Yes, you heard me right…bears.

I’m not sure what was worse, the horrible storyline or the cheaply filmed video.  With movies like that it’s no wonder some don’t enjoy sci-fi.

Science fiction is hard to define.  It has several sub-genres, and it covers a variety of topics like time travel, space exploration, cybernetics, alternate histories, etc.  I’ve heard it said that sci-fi is like pornography, it’s hard to describe, but you’ll know it when you see it. My simple and broad definition of science fiction is this:  The stories built on or around undiscovered advanced technologies. .

Good science fiction will always be based on good stories.  The Star Wars saga is not about lightsabers, star destroyers, aliens, or the Death Star.  It’s a story about one man’s fall and his son’s struggle to save him. Don’t mistake the setting as the story.  World-building is an important part of writing—create a separate document describing the world your story takes place in, and fill it with all kinds of detail.  Be specific. I like to use a three ring binder with tabs for different topics like species, planets, history, cities, characters, etc. This document is for you, and it’s not your story.  Use it to set the scene, but make sure the story never gets lost in the details. Reveal only enough to make it believable, and let your story do the rest.

Another factor that makes writing sci-fi difficult is the rate of scientific discovery.  What we grok about our world has grown exponentially over the last hundred years. There is only one constant…things will change.

Isaac Asimov, one of the twentieth century’s greatest contributors to the genre, was not exempt from this problem.  Several of the short stories in his book Robot Dreams are built around a super intelligent computer called multivac that filled an entire room, and used punch cards.  It was state of the art at one time, but who knew in 50 years a computer that powerful would fit on your wrist. Things are changing much faster today, which makes it more difficult to predict the technologies of the future.

No…this is not the death of a genre…sci-fi will not disappear.  As long as we have children fly their imaginary rockets to the stars, as long as we have creative individuals willing to share their imaginations, and as long as we have people who can dream the impossible, science fiction will flourish. I love this genre and challenge you to be creative.  The possibilities are endless, and a canvas as broad as the night-sky awaits the aspiring galactic calligrapher.

Christianity, Politics, and the Great Divide

There are many things the Church has faced throughout history that have threatened its existence. The great persecutions of the past were harsh and caused many disciples to flee far and fast. Nobody likes to face hardships, but often times persecution brings people together and the Gospel spreads. When we are pressed from the outside, we ban together under a common cause. People seek God. 

Christianity has also had its fair share of internal threats. Squabbles on the inside often center around doctrinal issues. Many of these are small and relatively insignificant, but some have led to  church splits and caused the many denominations we see today. Even though we are divided in what we believe, we’re still been able to overcome our personal convictions and work together. I have many Christian family members and friends outside of my fellowship, and wholeheartedly expect to see them when I get to heaven.

In recent years, I’ve seen a new #threat burrowing its way into the foundation of the #Church, a threat cemented in #politics and connectedness. Click To Tweet Part of this new threat is about the left-right divide that has gripped our our planet. Politics has been around almost as long as religion, so what’s new in this generation? We’ve entered a time period like no other in humanity’s past. We are connected both instantly and constantly. Personal connection with others is a good thing, and I would even say that we were created to be connected, but the connection we experience through the internet is different. We act differently online than we would face-to-face.  It’s a bit like road rage. We post and say things without thought, or care of how it might affect others. It’s not a give and take relationship we experience online – it’s about throwing out an opinion. It’s about grouping ourselves with others of similar belief so that we will feel good about “being right.”

Politics has always been divisive, but having a different opinion isn’t bad. Our political system was created to keep itself in check, so some disagreement is unavoidable. But when you take politics, and couple with it an incomplete method of communication you get a recipe for disaster.

The political divide has now begun to permeate all areas of life–even our faith. Our atmosphere of “being right” is preventing some from carrying out the true behaviors of Christianity–loving others and treating them with patience, respect, and kindness.  Both left and right are using Christianity for their own benefit. That’s nothing new; Charlemagne, Constantine, and many others mixed religion with politics to gain followers and drive them to action. There is a political force today that is trying to pull every single person to one side or the other, and it doesn’t want you to stand in the middle.

As you read this article I want you to stop and think.  Set aside the talking points for just a little bit. Think Biblically for a moment.

How does this behavior follow the Apostle Paul’s instructions? “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others

How does it follow Jesus Golden Rule? “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

How does it follow the Apostle Peter’s words? “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”

Christianity is not Republican, nor is it Democrat. Do not allow yourself to be pulled to a political side.  I can guarantee you, political motives are not biblical motives.

I don’t think it’s wrong to be politically active. We can look at Paul’s example in the New Testament, where he spoke often about his Roman citizenship. He definitely used it to further the purpose of the Gospel. I just think, as we participate in the political process that we should always apply Biblical principles in our communication. Our biggest mandate is to spread the Truth. Stand up for what is right, and speak against issues that are immoral.

Stop the name calling. Stop spreading #lies. Be respectful when speaking with others about #politics or anything else. Click To Tweet 

If we become indistinguishable from the world, then we lose, but if we hold up the values of Christ, then we win.

Will you let #politics control your #faith? Click To Tweet 

Why I Believe

I’ve always tried to take a balanced view of life.  I think every person, whether Christian, Muslim, atheist, agnostic, or someone of any other belief system needs these three things…. reason, emotion, and faith.

Reason is important and without it we could not live.  We need it to get up in the morning, to drive to work, to live our daily lives, to build things, to invent things, but our reason can fail.  A few years ago, I was driving to a nearby city and I heard my brakes dragging all the way there. Once I got to my destination, I decided to get out of the car and reach my finger in behind the tire and touch the brake pads. What was I thinking?  Well, I wasn’t! They were hot and it singed my fingertips—I wasn’t using much reason at that time.

How much knowledge does human society have? Do we know 50% of everything there is to know? 20%?  Of everything in the entire universe I bet we know less than .0001% of all knowledge that exists, and maybe even a lot less than that.  It is not probable that our society will ever know all there is to know.

If we take a look at black holes, the mathematics that describe them breaks down at the singularity.  How can something become infinitely dense? Some would say they aren’t, but we won’t go there. General relativity does not work well with quantum mechanics.  And just how many dimensions are there in our universe? Three? Four? Eleven? We just don’t understand how things work. Again, I’m not saying we will never understand these things, we are making great strides in formulating a theory of everything, but I am saying that logic alone is is fleeting, and not the only thing we need in life.

Let’s say you’re in a room full of people.  Some of them old, some young, but the only other person you know is your spouse.   Then someone lights a bomb in the room, and you only have a second to save one person. Who would that be?  Logic say’s you should pick a young person. You should pick someone with a longer life span because they have the most to loose, but your emotions say it should be your spouse.  Logic without emotion is a bit empty.

The second thing we need is emotion.  As mentioned above, a life without emotion means nothing.   Our emotions can help us make good decisions, and there’s nothing quite like a good intuition.  But emotions can fail you. I remember watching a TV series the other day about phobias. There was a stronger macho-looking guy that was really fearful of dogs.  It was difficult watching this full grown man being terrified of even touching a dog. His emotions were leading him in the wrong direction. He needed to use more logic and less emotion, and he knew it—it was just difficult for him to do. Emotion and logic work better when used together.

The third thing we all need is faith.  You may say the atheist needs no faith, but I would disagree.  Life makes assumptions (faith).

There are things that we don’t understand that others do, and we accept them by faith.  For example, some people may not know how electricity works. You turn the switch on the wall and the light turns on.  That’s all they need to know. They have faith that someone else has it figured out, and they can just use it. Maybe for you that might be the process of nuclear fusion, or how a combustion engine works, or what code makes a web browser work … the point being we take those things by faith they will work.  We just understand that someone else understands.

There are also other things in life that have no proof that we take by faith.  I’m going to use for an example the topic of our beginnings. When it comes to beginnings, we can narrow it down to two possibilities.  It was created or it just happened. When it comes to the science of beginnings it is all speculation, and has little or nothing to do with the scientific method.  The scientific method requires a hypothesis to be formed and then tested. We cannot create a universe nor can we know the exact conditions that existed at the beginning. We can form all the hypotheses we want, but without the test it’s not science, just a guess.

I can look at the very same data an evolutionist does and come to a different conclusion.  The evolutionist looks at rock strata and sees millions of years, and I see deposit from a grand flood. Neither can be tested by the scientific method. Check out this article from the Institute for Creation Science on how rock strata can be laid down fairly quickly. They form an opinion based upon observation of data.  It takes faith to say life began on its own because it cannot be proven.  It also takes faith to say there was a creator because it cannot be proven.  In my life, I try to employ a lot of logic, some emotion, and a little faith.  For me it’s easier to believe that a creator made what we see than it is to believe it just happened. 

So why do I believe the Bible?

Literary Consistency and Longevity.  The Bible is an incredible document.  It contains 66 books written by 40 different authors over a time span of 1600 years and in three different languages.  Despite all of these differences it holds an astounding unity within its pages. You can pick any book of the bible and after doing a solid investigation you get a feel for what it’s about. Its basic message is that God created man, man is imperfect and needs the help of a creator who has willingly offered help.  There is no other book that has been read as much as the Bible, or has had as many copies over the years as the bible. With the number of original works we can be assured that what we read today is very close to the original version. Even despite the attempts of many down through the ages to destroy it, the Bible has lasted.

Its claims.  The bible makes bold claims that it is the only inspired Word of God.   2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is inspired by God.” Jesus quoted the Old Testament, and approved of the writers of the New Testament.  Jesus claimed to be the one and only way to God. John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Historically accurate document.  The bible has never been proven wrong through archaeology.  They’ve discovered a number of things mentioned in the bible: Jericho and its walls that were actually fallen.  The five cities of the plain mentioned in Genesis were thought to have been nonexistent, but they were recently found.  We also see the histories of the bible matching up with other historians comments and historical documents. The first century historian Josephus speaks about Jesus in some of his writings.

Prophetically accurate document.  There were many prophecies made in the Old Testament that have already been fulfilled.  Daniel chapter 2 predicts the next three world kingdoms very accurately…the Medo-Persian, the Greek, and the Roman empires.  The prophet Isaiah predicted in Isaiah 44:28 that a king by the name of Cyrus would come and help in the restoration of the Jewish people.  He made this prediction about 150 years before it happened. 700 years before it happened the prophet Micah predicted the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.  Zechariah predicted about 400 years in advance that the Messiah would be betrayed with 30 pieces of silver. He also predicted that none of His bones would be broken and He would be pierced in His side.  There are many more prophecies that have been fulfilled. I challenge you to look them up, but to keep this article short I’ll stop here. These Messianic prophesies are not ones that Jesus could have fulfilled by choice.

It works.  My last reason is that I can see that the principles laid forth in the Bible really work.  Millions of lives have been changed by the words in this book. I’ve applied many of the principles to my own life and I’ve never been disappointed.  Can the Bible be proven to be the Word of God or to be absolute truth? No, but for me it is a reasonable option. It does take faith to believe in God, but it is not blind faith.  It is faith built upon good observations.

The alternative for me seems less probable, and beyond that has little hope.  When I think of a world without God, I find no hope. There’s none in politics.  All I see there is bickering and fighting, and a group of people just jockeying for power.  I’m reminded of the statement that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I find little hope in fame;  I see little hope in money. A little money is needed, but beyond our basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing, money does not give you happiness. I supposed there’s some hope in family, friends, and society. But honestly, society changes.  In Africa, we see the morals of the head-hunter society that are pretty different from ours; in our prisons we see an entirely different set of values, and the values of today are vastly different than they were in the 1920s. I don’t think society is the foundation we can put our hope in.  And in the end, we die and everything we’ve learned, valued, and loved disappears. Maybe we’ve impacted others in this life and have passed on things of value, but eventually they pass on too and all we’ve done, valued, loved is gone. And maybe we’re one of the very lucky ones who has impacted society in a way that we get our name in some book and it lasts generations.  Eventually that disappears too, and in the end life has passed and nothing we have done remains.

I choose God because it’s a logically plausible choice that I feel with my emotions and believe with my faith.  I do not chose my faith in God because it gives me hope…but I can say there is an amazing hope in my faith in God and the Bible.  I believe there is life after death, and what I do in this life affects the next. I have a hope that in the next life, I will see some of those I knew in this life. I have a hope that by passing on this hope to others that they too will enter the next life.  With my faith in God I feel that I have a purpose. And that purpose is to help others find this hope. And that purpose will affect the lives of others for eternity.

The implications of this choice are huge.  Because without God life is all about me and what makes me happy.  Whether that means a life of hedonism seeking all the pleasures possible to man, or a life dedicated to working my way up in society and becoming popular and important–really it’s all about me. But if God is real, then His Word is truth and I should do my best to live by it and up hold it.  Suddenly, my life is no longer about me, but about God. I am not perfect, nor will I ever be; I’m just trying to do my best.

Many think the Bible is just a book of rules, but really you can narrow its heart to just two.  The first says this: Love the Lord God with all your heart, body, mind and soul. And the second says: Love your neighbor as yourself.