Defoe Reveals Vegan Diet Key To Comeback

Jermain Defoe (born 7 October 1982) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Sunderland and the England national team.

Defoe has revealed that adopting a vegan diet to remain young in body and mind is a key to his come back to make England’s World Cup squad. He said, “Years later I’m back in the squad at 34 and scoring goals for my country again. I’m just delighted.”

He has never touched alcohol, will not eat chocolate and drinks daily spinach, kale and nettle smoothies, and he is now trying to cut meat, fish and dairy out of his diet.

It’s certainly not uncommon for competitive athletes to try a vegan diet. He said, “Everyone wants to feel fresh in the game – there’s no better feeling – so I just make sure I’m doing the right things and trying to tick every box: cryotherapy, massage, eating the right things … I’m trying to turn vegan,” Defoe said. “That’s a funny one because, when I go to my mum’s, she’s got every kind of meat you can imagine out on the table… I eat a lot of fish, so it’s not easy but I’m trying and I feel good so I’ll continue to do it.”

“I think I’ve managed [to adopt veganism] successfully…I don’t find anything hard to give up, as such, because I know the feeling scoring goals gives me. So, while getting in an ice bath isn’t nice, I just think: ‘You know what? I’m going to do this and be rewarded.’ It’s hard but in another way it’s easy because all I want to do is play well and score goals.”

“It’s just the way football has gone. The demands on the players are so high with the intensity of the games these days. But with the sports science, if you do things right and look after yourself you can keep going.

“The key thing for me is recovery and how you look after yourself after the games to give yourself the best opportunity to perform in the next game. I seem to have got that to a tee. There’s a lot of things I do away from training and playing that help me to perform on match day.”

Best wishes Defoe!

 

 

The Universe Whispers

The universe contains heavenly bodies of incredible size and mass spaced at distances which the human brain cannot fully grasp or conceptualize.

If we travel away from our small blue planet, we find that the moon, the nearest heavenly body (2,100 miles in diameter) orbits from earth at an average distance of 240,000 miles. And if we go further towards the Sun, we learn that it is about 400 times more distant than the moon and is 400 times larger. This is why the moon and sun appear to humans at about the same size. The Sun is over 100 times the diameter of the earth and it could hold over 1 million earths if it was hollow.

And if we continue in our journey beyond the moon and the sun and into our Milky way galaxy, we find that it contains over 100 billion stars.  Some of these stars come in binary, multiple star systems, or combine to form huge clusters. And the Milky Way contains more than just stars. It contains nebulas which are like stars but spread out over a much larger region of space. For example, the Rosette Nebula is more massive than 10,000 suns. Staggering distances…

When we consider the immensity of the Milky Way, with its 100 billion stars, the countless nebulae, star clusters, and how God calls them all by their names (Psalms 147:4; Isaiah 40:26), we become amazed at the mighty power of our Creator. And we join the Psalmist in song, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1).

But that’s just the beginning of the Universe. God created innumerable other galaxies with a wide range of shapes and sizes. Some galaxies are spiral, others are elliptical in shape. And some galaxies form clusters like the Virgo cluster which contains about 2,000 galaxies. It is estimated that there are at least as many galaxies in the universe as there are stars in the Milky Way (100 billion). And this is only what we can figure out!

Gazing at the vastness, the mystery and the glory of the heavens at night, we get a glimpse of the infinity of space and the countlessness of the heavenly bodies. At that moment, we can realize that man is an insignificantly small dot in the universe. Yet, and most amazingly, GOD IS MINDFUL OF HIM!

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3–4)

 

 

 

 

 

Will the Second Coming of Christ occur 6,000 years after the creation?

Most Christians are familiar with the idea that God has a 7,000 year plan that corresponds to the original creation week of seven days. This belief claims that human history will continue for 6,000 years and then will enjoy Sabbath for 1,000 years (the millennial kingdom). The seventh millennium is actually called the Sabbath Millennium, in which Jesus will rest the earth and His children (Hebrews 4). Just as God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day and commanded man to work six days and rest on the seventh day (Exodus 20:8-11), likewise, our planet will labor six thousand years and rest on the seventh millennium.

This view takes the stance that each millennium is actually a day according to God (as found in Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8). God’s number is the perfect number seven, a number that occurs well over four hundred times in the Bible and is found fifty-four times in the book of Revelation alone, mainly because Revelation is the book that ushers in God’s seventh day Sabbath rest for the earth and its inhabitants. From creation to Christ there are 4000 years and from Christ to this day there are around 2000 years. So, there have been approximately 6,000 years since creation.

The Hebrew under the law would till his land and grow his crops for six years, but then allow the land to rest during the seventh year. So, just as the Jews would work their land for 6 years and let it rest the 7th year (Leviticus 26:34), there is an indication that Christ’s coming will come after about 6,000 years. Obviously, this foreshadows the coming millennial Sabbath of Isaiah 14:7:  “The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.”  After the thousand years Jesus will offer up the kingdom to the Father and Satan will be released out of his prison to deceive the world one last time. Satan will then be cast into the Lake of Fire and a new heaven and earth without sin, death or the curse will be created for man to dwell in for eternity.

The idea that God has a 7,000 year plan is not new.  In the first century AD, the Epistle of Barnabas taught that “in six days, that is, in six thousand years, all things will be finished . . . This meaneth: when His Son, coming [again], shall destroy the time of the wicked man, and judge the ungodly, and change the-sun, and the moon, and the stars, then shall He truly rest on the seventh day.”  (Epistle of Barnabas, XV verses 4-6). Irenaeus taught it in the second century, Commodianus in the third century, and in the fourth century Lactantius wrote that “the world must continue in its present state through six ages, that is, six thousand years . . . at the end of the six thousandth year all wickedness must be abolished from the earth, and righteousness reign for a thousand years…” (The Epitome of the Divine Institutes, Chapter 70)

Although the six thousand years of man’s self-rule appears to be a biblically sound teaching and gives a useful insight into the plan of God for getting ready for the second coming of Christ, it should not be used to set an exact date for the second coming because no one knows the exact year for “The Fall of Man,” and hence, “no man knows the day or hour” to the Second coming (Matthew 24:36). Those who are tempted to estimate exactly how many years remain to the coming of the Lord should heed the counsel in Matthew 24:36, and also that of Acts 1:7. And it should be noted that the duty of all believers to be alert at all times while watching for the signs of His coming (Matthew 24:33).

Having about six thousand years behind us, this indicates that we are standing at the threshold of the seventh millennial day, which will be Christ’s Sabbath kingdom rest for earth.  With the new world order being set up and the signs of times taking place around the world (earthquakes, famines, pestilences, etc.),  this makes the 7,000 year plan to be more believable than ever. Therefore, we need to pay attention to the Lord’s warning:  “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not” (Luke 12:40).

 

 

 

Archaeology: New Discovery Confirms Bible History

A new recent discovery in archaeology has again proved the authenticity of Bible characters and events. Archaeologists documenting Isil’s destruction of the ruins of the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah stated that they have made an unexpected discovery. This discovery supports Bible history.

Local archaeologists in Iraq unearthed a previously untouched palace from 600 BC belonging to the Assyrian king Sennacherib. Professor Eleanor Robson, chair of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, announced, “Isil’s destruction has actually led us to a fantastic find.”

This palace was built for Sennacherib, renovated and expanded by Esarhaddon (681-669 BC), and renovated again by Ashurbanipal (669-627).

King Sennacherib is mentioned in the Bible in 2 Kings 19:1-36. Sennacherib was a strong king that conquered forty-six Judean cities during the reign of Hezekiah. And in the process, he took two hundred thousand captives and besieged Jerusalem for a time, but he did not take the city because he had to leave temporarily. When Sannacherib came back, he sent a blasphemous and fearful message to king Hezekiah with terrible threats to what might happen to the land of Judah if the king didn’t surrender. King Hezekiah prayed earnestly to the Lord for help.

The Lord answered Hezekiah by sending a message of protection. And an “angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses—all dead” (2 Kings 19:35). Further, when Sennacherib returned to Nineveh, he was killed by his own sons (2 Kings 19:36).

Many times in the past the Bible has been vindicated by archaeology against critics. Skeptics once claimed that the Assyrian king Sargon of Isaiah 20:1 never existed, but archaeology has unearthed his entire palace. For years skeptics said the Bible was unreliable because it mentioned the Hittite nation (Deuteronomy 7:1) and cities like Nineveh (Jonah 1:1, 2) and Sodom (Genesis 19:1), which they denied ever existed. But now modern archaeology has confirmed that all three did, indeed, exist.

For more on archaeological discoveries that authenticate the Bible, check the following link: https://proof.directory/does-archeology-confirm-the-bible/

A Dualist Equivalent to Physics-Based Idealist Apologetics

Quantum idealist apologetics has several unique features that provide a significant advantage when arguing with atheists. However some have also raised theological issues with it. While I think these issues are soluble, might it be possible to translate some of the advantages of associated with physics-based idealist apologetics into a dualist framework for those who prefer dualism for theological reasons? Recently, I have come up with just such an idea, and I think it can be given good theological support too.
This idea relates to the strongest edge idealist apologetics has, namely all of the experimental and theoretical physics. The philosophical issues with dualism still remain such as the interaction problem, the problem of explanatory continuity (the problem of explaining material effects and creations from immaterial causes and creators) and parsimony. However atheists are not prone to focusing on philosophy they consider dry and abstract anyway. Plus the hard-and-fast physics that forces people to face the immediate reality of it, is what really gives it the edge. So how can physics that appears to support idealism be useful for dualists to make apologetic arguments as well?  First, it may be helpful to briefly review exactly what this physics is.

  • Quantum Non-Realism: Recent astonishing experiments in quantum mechanics, such as the tests of the Leggett inequality or the Kochen-Specker theorem have continued to pile up falsifying what is known as realism in quantum mechanics, the idea that objects exist prior to us looking at them.
  • Digital Physics and Emergent Spacetime: Quantum entanglement, the phenomenon where two particles can affect each other at vast distances provides evidence that space is not fundamental. Further research into quantum gravity explains this in terms of spacetime being a construct generated by quantum information. This research in turn reveals numerous uncanny parallels between the weirdnesses of modern physics and the information processing artifacts seen in computer games.
  • Quantum Cognition: Cognitive science is now revealing that the so-called fuzzy logic that we use when we hesitate in decision making, or in making up our minds, bears a precise mathematical correlation to quantum superpositioning, the superpositioning of multiple possible states of a particle before it is measured and collapsed into a single distinct object with distinct properties. If this is to be taken literally and not just as an uncanny mathematical coincidence, when combined with emergent spacetime research this state exists beneath spacetime rather than inside it. Thus it would tell us that mentality exists beneath spacetime and that physical reality depends on it.

All of this seems to paint a very idealistic picture: Matter doesn’t exist before we look, physical reality behaves like a simulation, and that simulation is the product of a mind. However if we look at it closely, all of this same physics can be used to support a dualistic picture of reality as well, just so long as that dualism also happens to be theistic in nature. Let me explain.
According to theism, God not only exists and created the universe, but also currently upholds the universe as well. Hebrews 1:3 states that God “upholds all things by the word of His power.” Meaning God actively sustains the universe in existence as well. If God were to cease this activity the universe would suddenly cease to exist.
However when we realize what God is, this act of sustaining the universe suddenly takes on new meaning. God is a mind, and minds process information. Thus even if the universe is not a grand simulation in God’s mind, the universe is being upheld by thoughts in God’s mind even if said universe is material as dualism would posit rather than being mental. This is further corroborated by “the word of His power” being what God upholds the world with. Words are of course information, or if you will, a “program.” If there is some part of creation that does not correspond to these “words,” then that part will not exist since it is not being sustained by God. Thus there must be an exact 1-to-1 correspondence between all of the parts of creation and God’s “words” or “information.” Furthermore, this will remain true even if the parts of creation corresponding to God’s words are of a separate material substance.
This gives us a brand new way to look at the physics that could be used to support theism on dualism as well. The matter is being upheld in an exact 1-to-1 correspondence to the thoughts in God’s mind. Thus though it need not be an immaterial “program” itself, it perfect maps to such a program, and thus would necessarily behave as though it were a program, even if it is not. This would explain why digital physics and quantum gravity support the idea that the world looks like it is an information construct, even if it is material.
Furthermore, this would provide a nice explanation for non-realism. The moment some aspect of the world is not upheld by God’s mind, it suddenly disappears. Thus if God sustains the material world, it would behave as though it were an informational projection. Why? Because in a sense it still would be a “projection,” only God’s “projection” of matter rather than a matrix-like construct. The moment He stops projecting it, is the moment it would disappear.
When it comes to quantum cognition, wherein mental states exist within the wavefunction, this could also fit nicely within a dualistic framework so long as certain distinctions are made. The wavefunction is non-local and thus beneath space. However matter requires space to exist within. Matter without spatial extension is a contradiction in terms. Thus the wavefunction would necessarily be immaterial. So if ideas being processed in quantum cognition are identical with the quantum information in the wavefunction, the ideas, and thus any mind processing them, would be immaterial as well.
God’s mind would then be an immaterial mind existing outside spacetime and yet would uphold a separate material creation within spacetime, thereby creating a dualistic division between material and immaterial. Thus the same physics that could be used to argue for idealism could also be used to argue for God on a dualistic metaphysics wherein God upholds a material world with His words/thoughts.

New Research: When Does Life Begin?

There has been much debate as to when does life begin?  Some don’t accept the embryo as a living organism and they claim “it’s just a living organism.” These add that for this reason abortion is justified. And they continue if the embryo is really just a clump of cells, then those cells must rely on external guidance in order to survive because these cells have no control and no autonomy.

But New research shows that the cells of the embryo can actually divide without any external control. A recent study published online May 4, 2016 by Marta N. Shahbazi and colleagues from the UK demonstrated that the newly formed cell knows what to do post-conception regardless of whether or not it receives signals from a host uterus. Shahbazi and colleagues showed in their study that a fertilized egg is an autonomous living being. This one little cell, with its complete genetic content, can and does begin to divide and to grow, even in an experimental dish in an incubator in the closet space of some lab.

Shahbazi and colleagues thawed out frozen embryos that were donated to their research group from an IVF clinic. The embryos had been frozen after fertilization, and they were at various stages of first-week (pre-implantation) development when they were thawed. Shahbazi and colleagues, then, grew these embryos past the point at which they would normally implant themselves into the uterine lining, using an in vitro culture system that they made. The authors stated in the paper that their culture system “allows human embryos to undergo the pre- to post-implantation transition in vitro, in the absence of any maternal tissues.”

The result was that these cells were able to successfully organize themselves despite not being implanted in a uterus. This means that embryos knew what they’re supposed to do to survive and continue on living whether they’re in their mother or not. The Shahbazi research showed that the cells were programmed for survival from day one. The embryos grown in this experiment were not manipulated or forced to keep on going. They grew on their own.

A newly fertilized embryo goes on living regardless if the mom is around. The authors of the Research refer to the “critical remodeling events” of these embryos as “embryo-autonomous.” The Research data shows that these embryos are autonomous human beings who are simply in an early stage of development. In the past, scientists who studied cells could say that a dividing cell is not alive. But today no scientist can say that a growing embryo lacks organismal autonomy.

For this reason, we should value the human species because of their intrinsic value. And we should value them at all stages of development equally. Human beings don’t acquire person-hood at some developmental milestone. And they don’t magically become alive when they pass from the mother’s womb to the outer world.

An embryo is a separate body and entity, and not a growth in the female body. After fertilization, the packets of DNA from male and female merge to form the first new human genome which is distinct genetically from the mother.  If the unborn child was actually a part of the mother’s body, the unborn’s cells would have the same genetic code as the mother. But this is not so. Also, the blood type of the unborn child is different than the blood type of the mother.

So, the slogan, “My Body, My Choice,” is a sad misunderstanding of what is taking place inside the womb of a mother. Biologically, at no stage can we say that the fetus is simply a part of the mother’s body.

 

 

 

 

Atheist Group Filed Complaint Against School When Pastor Prayed For Injured Player

OneNewsNow.com reported that an Atheist group filed complaint against a school in Tennessee where a player was severely injured by a blow to the neck that made him unable to move his legs.  So, another student asked the youth pastor Eric Dill of Bayside Baptist Church to pray for the injured player. Pastor Dill prayed with the student and some teachers and coaches bowed their heads in prayer. But the atheist group alleged that “coaches cannot participate in prayer in school, and even that student-led prayer at football games is unconstitutional,” according to the FFRF’s complaint.

The pastor, however, responded that he could not turn down a request to pray for a person in need: “If I believe in a God who answers prayers, how bad [do] I have to hate the kid who’s injured or the player who asked or the players who are hurting not to pray?” Dill asked. “I’m going to be respectful and I’m going to be considerate. I’m not going to force my myself or my faith. God doesn’t force Himself on people, but if a student asks me, ‘Eric pray for this’ – especially in something like this – I’m going to pray.”

The school district has apparently investigated the complaint and, according to Natalie Potts of WRCB-TV, “School officials say they understand that they are not to endorse any particular religious practice – including student led prayer – and they do not believe that any boundaries were violated in this situation, but additional training will be provided to school employees.”

Can the state forbid Christians to pray when they are in need?

The framers of the Constitution were God-fearing men. They made a serious endeavor to institute a new nation on biblical principles, including equity, justice, and liberty. One of the liberties they recognized as “inalienable and sacred” was the freedom of religion. The first amendment of the U. S. Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

The story of Daniel reminds us of the importance of exercising our religious rights even when the state forbids it. The king of Babylon made a law forbidding prayer to anyone but himself and if anyone would violate his law he would be thrown into the lions’ den. “When Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days” (Daniel 6:10). As a result, Daniel was thrown into a lions’ den.

But the Lord saw the injustice of the king’s law and sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths that they could not hurt Daniel. God in heaven is watching with extreme interest the affairs of men and He will administer justice, at His appointed time, on those that fight the freedom of religion. For the Bible teaches that, “We must obey God rather than human beings!” (Acts 5:29).

While Christians should not go out of their way to offend those biased against prayer or God, they should not be ashamed of their faith. For Jesus clearly teaches that: “Whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32, 33).

 

Smashing the False Gods of Political Correctness

Whenever a country moves away from God, it begins to seek out new gods. In the days of ancient Israel these took the form of actual false gods such as Baal, Asherah, and Molech. However in today’s world these “false gods” can take on more subtle forms. Money, fame, or ambition can all be personal idols.
In recent years though, we as a nation have taken to other idols. False gods of tolerance and diversity to which we are made to genuflect, even if doing so makes us violate our consciences. These gods even have their own high priests in the form of media figures, politicians, and celebrities. Sadly this idol worship has not been without its victims either. Anyone who won’t bow is shamed into silence and attacked. Sometimes even people I know have been subjected to horrific abuse on social media for daring to contradict political correctness. In recent years, many examples have come to mind.

• Hillary stated that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” in order to make room for abortion “rights.” Are you pro-life and intolerant of child murder? Well too bad for you. Your thoughts and beliefs are “incorrect” and must be changed because they disagree with “women’s rights (to murder children).”

• Being pro-life is being treated as grounds for being called “sexist” or “misogynistic.” “Researchers” are attempting to argue that being pro-life makes one “sexist.” This notion has been promoted heavily by the Democratic party in its “War in Women” rhetoric in recent years. And of course this is the basis for the recent “women’s rights” march accusing Trump of being “sexist.”

• In Oregon, Sweet Cakes, a bakery owned by bakers Aaron and Melisa Klein were targeted because they refused to help enable a gay wedding by selling a cake to a lesbian couple, due to their religious beliefs. Despite having done business with the same couple in the past and only refusing to participate in their actions, the Klein’s were fined $135,000 for “discrimination.” They were branded as “homophobes,” and their bakery was shut down, despite the fact that they have a family of mouths to feed.

• The disastrous consequences of political correctness are not merely things that happen in isolated news reports either, but things I have witnessed first hand. In one such incident a kind-hearted young women who I had known from YouTube made a video wherein she expressed disagreement with homosexuality. Despite the fact that the video was polite and quite the opposite of hateful, a vile mob of leftist social justice warriors attacked her with rape and murder threats, and sadly bullied her off social media.

• In California, the bill SB 1146 was proposed in an effort to attack my own school, Biola. The reason was Biola’s code of conduct, which promoted traditional marriage and values for its students, and prevented people from going in the wrong gendered bathroom. As a result, radical left-wing extremists in the legislature attempted to shut down student loans to the college by intentionally equivocating the schools restrictions on various same-sex behaviors with discrimination against those engaging in them. Fortunately, it failed, but had it succeeded, Biola would have financially collapsed as an institution.

Of course, numerous other examples exist with people being labeled “misogynistic,” “sexist,” “racist,” “homophobic,” “transphobic,” “xenophobic” “bigoted” etc. People who dare to espouse different views are then socially or economically targeted, even if they are just peaceably living out their beliefs. A complete list would be much too long for this article of course. However, as can be seen from this short list, the national idolatry of political correctness has gone way out of hand and the consequences of this have begun to damage our nation.
Fortunately though, God always has a way to dethrone idols, whether they be at a personal level or a national level. Recently just such a thing has begun to happen with the current election and subsequent inauguration. God also sometimes picks the most unlikely of people to do His work. Sometimes they are even the last people we would expect.
During the presidential primaries, I had waffled between Rubio, and then Carson, and then Cruz, but there was one candidate, who at the time, I wasn’t too sure of. Sure I liked his bashing of political correctness, but I felt he had dubious political credentials. He also seemed to be a bit of a maniac.
However, God has used “maniacs” in the past to accomplish things “nice” people wouldn’t do. To illustrate, let me point out one such “maniac.” 2 Kings 9 recounts the story of a certain military officer who “drives like a maniac” named Jehu. Elisha was told by God to anoint him as king over Israel.
At the time, Ahab had just died and Ahab’s house was still in charge of Israel. Ahab’s widow Jezebel, who perhaps may be reminiscent of another presidential candidate, was presiding over this house. Ahab and Jezebel had of course introduced much idolatry into Israel and there was no peace as a result.
However God decided to use a “maniac” to change all of that. Jehu had Jezebel literally “overthrown” from an upper story window, before getting rid of the rest of Ahab’s house. After Jehu was made king, 2 Kings 10:20-27 tells us that he set about to rid idolatry from the land, by setting up the priests of Baal with a little “surprise:”

And Jehu said, “Sanctify a solemn assembly for Baal.” And they proclaimed it. Then Jehu sent throughout Israel and all the worshipers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left who did not come. And when they went into the house of Baal, the house of Baal was filled from one end to the other. He said to the one who was in charge of the wardrobe, “Bring out garments for all the worshipers of Baal.” So he brought out garments for them. Jehu went into the house of Baal with Jehonadab the son of Rechab; and he said to the worshipers of Baal, “Search and see that there is here with you none of the servants of the LORD, but only the worshipers of Baal.” Then they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings.
Now Jehu had stationed for himself eighty men outside, and he had said, “The one who permits any of the men whom I bring into your hands to escape shall give up his life in exchange.”
Then it came about, as soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the royal officers, “Go in, kill them; let none come out.” And they killed them with the edge of the sword; and the guard and the royal officers threw them out, and went to the inner room of the house of Baal. They brought out the sacred pillars of the house of Baal and burned them. They also broke down the sacred pillar of Baal and broke down the house of Baal, and made it a latrine to this day.

Like Jehu, this candidate went on to become president, and we know the rest of the story, as Trump was inaugurated a little over a week ago. Of course there are no literal “priests of Baal” to kill today, but our modern day Jehu, despite all of his flaws, appears to be doing a good job turning these sacred cows of political correctness into hamburgers. Once these idols are gone, and all of the delicious hamburgers are eaten, America will then have a choice of coming back to God. Hopefully, our nation will make the right one.

One of Darwin’s Dilemmas

Charles Darwin, when studying the amazing complexity of the human eye,  admitted, “To suppose, that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances … could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree” (On the Origin of Species, 1909, p. 190).

And commenting on Darwin’s statement, Scientist Francis Hitching said, “Now it is quite evident that if the slightest thing goes wrong en route—if the cornea is fuzzy, or the pupil fails to dilate, or the lens becomes opaque, or the focusing goes wrong—then a recognizable image is not formed. The eye either functions as a whole, or not at all.”

“So how did it come to evolve by slow, steady, infinitesimally small Darwinian improvements? Is it really possible that thousands upon thousands of lucky chance mutations happened coincidentally so that the lens and the retina, which cannot work without each other, evolved in synchrony? What survival value can there be in an eye that doesn’t see?

“Small wonder that it troubled Darwin. ‘To this day the eye makes me shudder,’ [Darwin] wrote to his botanist friend Asa Gray in February, 1860” (The Neck of the Giraffe, 1982, p. 86).

So, the major challenge for the evolutionists is how many complicated mechanisms could have evolved to work in perfect unison when, if a single part failed to function perfectly in the eye, the rest would surely fail to work completely. This is because the eye either works as a whole, or not at all.

Although the eye is just one fourth-thousandth of an adult’s weight, it processes some 80% of the data coming from the outside world. The human eye holds 130 million light-sensitive rods and cones that sends light into chemical impulses to the visual cortex of the brain through one million nerve fibers. And amazingly, the eyes can handle 500,00 messages at the same time.

The most incredible part of the human eye, however, is the “film,” which is the retina. This light-sensitive layer is thinner than a sheet of plastic wrap and is more sensitive to light than any camera film. The best camera film can handle a ratio of 1000-to-1 photons in relation to light intensity. But if we compare the it to human retinal cells, we find that it can can handle a ratio of 10 billion-to-1 over the dynamic range of light wavelengths of 380 to 750 nanometers.

The truth is that behind this incredible design, there is a designer. “He who planted the ear, shall he not hear? He who formed the eye, shall he not see?” (Psalm 94:9). And the eye is just one small part of the highly complex human body. Thus, it actually takes more faith to believe that the complex eye just evolved by chance than to believe that God created this incredible organ for a specific purpose.

 

 

Alone, But Not Alone

It was finally here. I had made it, yet the fear of an insurmountable precipice was before me. I sat in my dorm room with only my laptop staring back at me. I realized that despite my childhood which lacked any and all discipline and skills in knowing how to study and do homework, I had somehow made it to my top pick university.

I mean, it didn’t bother me that I never graduated 8th grade, I graduated high school… with a 1.6 GPA. But so what.  It didn’t bother me that my GPA in community college was so-so at best, I was student body president… that only a handful of staff and students knew about.  I didn’t care, this opened up a world of opportunities, as well as favors, recommendations and grades which landed me here. But I realized in the dorm that day after my first class that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing or how to move forward.  It was at that moment I sent up a silent prayer and heard a still, small voice whisper, “now I will teach you how to be a student.”

It was only by the grace of God I survived these four years at my university. But day by day, I asked God for new strength and He answered with a presence that felt like it was right there with me. Like an  unseen person guiding my hands and pointing to things on the page. I slowly wrote notes and made tools to memorize material with a sense that while I was alone, I was not alone.

In these years it took to obtain my masters degree, I learned a dependence on God that had built in me a faith and trust in God and His Word that is not easily shaken. There were so many times I felt hopeless and helpless, yet when I brought it to God in prayer, it would always be resolved in ways that were nothing short of miraculous.

I was impressed when I read this story about king David when he was old and in battle in 2 Samuel 21. David meets Ishbibenob, a son of the giant. I infer this to be the son of Goliath whom David had killed in his youth. This strong young man was after revenge.

Vs 16 “ And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.”

David was not strong enough for what he was up against, yet a force intervened.

Vs 17  “But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.”

The word “succour” is an interesting word. It means to help, but in a way that is very present. It’s not someone who sends you something from a distance, but someone who is in the battle with you.

This is interesting because there is a verse that describes Jesus in Hebrews 2 with this word:

Vs 18 “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”

Jesus is not distant. He is with us in the battle, in the trials, in the temptations. He isn’t far away in heaven, sometimes sending us a bit of mercy, but is a present help in trouble.

I don’t know about you, but I thank God He is with us. Jesus is called Immanuel, God with us. Even when we are abandoned by family, forsaken by friends, isolated by circumstances and even separated from loved ones by death, we are never, ever alone.