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Day 75: Programming Life

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 27, 2014


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Two major problems biological evolutionists cannot overcome is “What is Life” and “How is information injected into the evolutionary process”. 

The laws of chaos, a.k.a. entropy (2nd Law of Thermodynamics) indicates that everything is moving from order to disorder or randomness. In order to move through the evolutionary process, which defies the natural order of things, information has to be injected into a degrading system to move billions upon billions of incremental steps from randomness to order in spite of their natural bent. It also has to be done with purpose or a goal in mind. 

Most areas of science accept the law of entropy until it comes to biology and evolution. This is where they must forsake the rules to that violoate a faith that given time, even entropy can be overcome (as ironic as that might sound).  Biological evolution is a belief system that denies entropy.

Somewhere along the way, inanimate objects jumped the line to adopt life. Of course, this was totally accidental and whose odds are statistically impossible.  (As a side note, if this isn’t controversial enough, the same life they are so desparate to prove happened accidentally, they are willing to kill as long as it is still inside the womb. But I digress).

Life is a whole new Level Life has no measurable substance.  A body that dies weighs the same as it did when alive. Life is dimensionally different than matter.

Not only is life different, but information itself follows the same path. If I took a hard drive and weighed it, and then filled it with all the information on the internet, it would weigh the same.  Information has no mass. Information is not ones and zeros, but an intelligently designed system that defines the structure and purpose of the ones and zeros. Also, the information needs to be addressed differently at different levels. For example, a computer has 7 OSI layers. (Physical, Data link, Network, Transport, Session, Presentation and Application) Information at each layer requires different languages, different programming,different framework.  The human life is millions of times more complex than a rather simple computer.

We are a collection of atoms. There is no information intrinsic to the atom to tell it to reproduce. Yet, when properly aligned, a self-correcting code can be placed inside of every cell of the body that contains all the information necessary to replicate without any erros billions of times in your lifetime. It cannot randomly have complexity added to it. Like a computer, a programmer needs to define the DNA layout, the cell structure, and billions of other variables at billions of different levels in millions of different life forms that are independent of one another. The dirty little secret is that when we make an evolutionary change on the micro level such as how we get toy dogs from big dogs, we lose genetic information; we don’t gain it.

So, which requires greater blind faith? Believing that random acts of chance that had to repeat themselves trillions of times to produced everything you see today or that someone outside our dimension of time/space designed it to be this way.

When you really consider the alternatives, it doesn’t take nearly as much faith to believe in a creator God than you might think.

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Colors of the Rainbow

Posted by undergroundchurch on November 8, 2011


The more colors of light blended together like the colors of a rainbow, the more pure the light shines.

The more colors of this earth blended together, the darker the color turns like pigments in paint.

Remove the pigment and the background grows lighter, but remove the colors of light, and your world turns dimmer.

Fill your heart with all the color of heaven’s Light for a greater perspective on life or fill your heart with what the world offers and risk darkness’ shadow bring fear of the unknown.

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Day 37: Transformation through Spiritual Electrolysis

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 16, 2011


In 1807, Humphry Davy finds that electricity transforms chemicals. He uses an electric pile (an early battery) to separate salts by a process now known as electrolysis. With many batteries he is able to separate elemental potassium and sodium in calcium, strontium, barium and magnesium.

Egyptian Battery used in electrolysis circa 3,000 B.C.

Once again though, modern science is a little slow to the table.  In 3,000 B.C., Egyptians were building batteries and using electrolysis to electroplate gold onto artifacts, but that’s not my point.

Using a free ion medium, a person can use electrolysis to put chrome on a bumper and then bolt that bumper to a 64 VW bug. This technique separates chemicals and then adheres them to a negatively charged item.  Essentially, you transform the look of a material like “steel” into a beautiful chrome or gold plated jewel through the power of electricity.

It is interesting to note that one of the words for “Power” in the Greek is “energēs”, which means “in working” and is the root for our word, “energy”. It’s the word used by the Hebrews writer:

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart – Hebrews 4:12

The Word of God works much like spiritual electrolysis. It takes your ugliness and passes on the beauty of Christ into your life.  If enough Word of God becomes alive in you, you begin a transformation process and take on the image of Christ.

The electricity is the word, but the medium in which it works is through the power of the Holy Spirit. This powerful combination can take your dull, dirty ugly bumper and transform it into a jewel that proudly adorns the crown of the Lord.

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Day 36: Atomic Theory and the Bible

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 12, 2011


You might not find the phrase “atomic theory” in the Bible, but you will find some fascinating correlations.

In 1808, John Dalton theorized that all things are made out of tiny, invisible particles he called “atoms”. Thus a pure element consists of one type of atom – e.g. pure gold has only gold atoms, diamonds consist of only carbon, etc.

The Bible uses some interesting phrases that capture the atomic theory concept.

Creation of Atoms

The creation story contains two words “bara” and “asah”.  Bara pertains to “creation our of nothing” and asah pertains to something being made from something else.

Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning, God “bara” the heavens and the earth.” in other words, God created out of nothing, everything.  This actually supports current “scientific” theories that say “first there was nothing, then it exploded” aptly called the “Big Bang.”

The problem with the Big Bang is that it’s theory defies known laws like entropy and cause and effect, but that is a discussion for another time.  The Bible simply supports all three theories – out of nothing God “bara” everything – big bang, cause and effect, later the entropy law is introduced when man sins.

Creating from Atoms

Later, the Bible tells us that

In him [Jesus] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. – Colossians 1:16

God “bara” everything and then “asah” things from visible and invisible things.  We really see this in a later portion of Scripture

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. – Hebrews 11:3

Atoms are not visible, but everything was made from them.  It took John Dalton faith to really come out with his theory.

It can take billions of atoms to make something that can be seen with the naked eye, which makes sense to us today, but was strange talk when the writer of Hebrews penned these words.

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Day 35: Phlogistonian Theories

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 11, 2011


Fire occurs when three elements exist – heat, fuel and phlogiston.

Well, at least that was the theory in 1667 when Johann Joachim Becher postulated that as an element burned, like wood for example, it was actually dephlogistonating. He proposed that all materials had a substance in it he called phlogiston which produced fire as it left the material it inhabited.  What was left after the material burned out was “calx”, or the true form of the substance.

It wasn’t until the mid 1770s when Joseph Priestley discovers an element called “oxygen” that the world was once again turned upside down.  Fire didn’t let out phlogiston; it essentially let in oxygen.

Our Phlogistonian Theories

We have our own phlogistonian theories today – that is practices in this life that don’t really fit God’s design.

For example, in order to make it to the top of the corporate world, you might need to step on a few toes, break a few rules, burn a few bridges and claw your way up.

Jesus, on the other hand, said that if you wanted to be the greatest, you had to become the least. You had to become a servant of everyone else.

The world says to live life to the fullest, you have to get out there and “go for it”, but Jesus said that if you want to live, you must die to yourself.

In a race, the winner comes first, but in the Kingdom of God, the first will be last and the last will be first.

The question is, “Which way is right?”

If you’re scope is just this world and this life, then logically speaking, the world’s way is best.  The Donald Trumps, Bill Gates and Fidel Castros of the world got to their positions of power, fame and riches by stepping over anything that got in their way. However, the results attained in this world carry over to the next world in reverse order.

Only those believers that lay their lives down for others will be great in the world beyond the grave. Only those that serve others here will be considered worthy in eternity, and only those that consider others before themselves will themselves be put at the front of the line in the next world.

So, if you are fighting for a spot in this world, then go ahead and claw your way to the top.  However, if you are building for a future in a world that never ends, then you just might want to reevaluate your tactics in this life.

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Day 34: The Earth Moves

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 10, 2011


Those things that we take for granted weren’t so obvious only a few years back.  Take the earth for example – it moves.

Yes, for many years,  the world, believed the earth was the center of the universe  – geocentricity as it is called.  It wasn’t until 1543 when Nicolaus Copernicus discovered that the Sun was the center of our solar system, and the earth revolves around it.

The problem with geocentricty is perspective.  When you look at the sun, moon and stars, they seem to travel around the earth. And since you can’t feel the earth move, the fact must be that the earth is at the center and the rest moves around it.

This misguided thinking applies in every part of life.  When you see things moving around you, you begin to adopt a kind of “homocentricity” and believe that the world revolves around you.  We see this a lot in teenagers.

Where it really goes awry is when we begin to think that God plans his day around us.  We act like God is there for our every beck and call and that our lives come first.

  • We pray primarily for our own needs.
  • We pay our bills before we pay our tithe.
  • We make time to watch football at the expense of making time to go and be with the church.

Homocentricity comes when we place our needs, wants and desires above the plan of God.  This cycle only breaks when we realize that the earth moves, not the sun.

God does not move (Mal 3:6).  God is not a man that he should change his mind. We are the element in the relationship that needs to move.  If we are not in God’s plan, we must make the move.  If we sin, we must repent and change.  If we put God on the back burner, it is up to us to move him to the front of our lives.

It is only when we put the world around us in the right perspective and place God at the center of our lives that harmony can begin to come to your universe.

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Day 33: Magnetism and Electricity – Another Thought

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 9, 2011


I’d like to add another thought to my previous article.

I think the relationship between electricity and magnetism is better seen in the essence of the church.

One of the greatest discoveries in science was the relationship between electricity and magnetism.  A magnet is used to create electricity by spinning a specially wound coil of wires inside an alternating magnetic field.

Electricity from a Magnet

 

A magnet is created by wrapping a coil of wires around a piece of metal and running electricity through the wires.

Electromagnet - a magnet from electricity

The two forces are linked and depend on one another.  By switching a couple things around, the whole dynamics change.  Without electricity, you wouldn’t have magnetism, without magnetism, you wouldn’t have electricity.

The Church

This relationship is a perfect illustration of the church.  In 1 Corinthians 12 and many other places like Ephesians 4:16 Paul shows that the Church is a body and that it is made up of many parts.  Each part is essential and dependent on one another.

No member is an island.  The church is not a building, an organization or denomination… it is a powerful organism birthed in the blood of Christ, empowered by the Spirit of God and endowed with an eternal calling.

Each one of us is essential to the life and growth of the church.  The various gifts each of us possess change the dynamics of the church and open up new areas of ministry and influence.

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Day 32: Magnetism and Electricity

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 8, 2011


In 1820, Danish physicist Hans Christian Oersted is speaking to students about the possibility that electricity and magnetism are related. During the lecture, an experiment demonstrates the veracity of his theory in front of the whole class.

This simple discovery led to the Alternating Current (AC) generator which produces power for your house today.  The electricity that powers the computer you are now using starts with a spinning magnet and wires.

This relationship between these two powers allows us to do things that was magic to those in the 19th century.  Man did not create electricity, he just harnessed the power of magnetism  for his own purposes.

Spiritual Application

There are laws of sowing and reaping that are just as real as magnetism and electricity.  Basically, you will reap what you sow.  If you are good to others, you will reap good. If you are wicked, you will reap wickedness.

There are ways to harness this law for just purposes.  One example given in Malachi 3:10

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the LORD of hosts,

“ If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.

We should not give just to receive something in return because our motives will not be pure, but God does tell us to test out this law of sowing and reaping and see if you don’t get back more than you give.

God wants us to harness his perfect laws for our benefit.  We allow the power of the Holy Spirit to invade our lives so that we can become changed people.  We open our heart to forgiveness so that we can also forgive others.  We are loved first so that we can in turn love others with an everlasting love.

So tap into all that God has for you so that it can be reproduced in you 10, 100, or 1000 fold.

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Day 31: The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 7, 2011


In the early to mid 1800s, engineers working with steam-powered vessels discovered three things about heat:

  1. Heat flows from higher to lower temperatures, thus making the steam engine work
  2. Heat cannot be completely converted into other forms of energy, and my favorite
  3. Systems become more disorganized over time (a.k.a. the Law of Entropy)

Opposites: Hot and Cold

From the first point we find that there is no such thing as “cold”, there is only a lack of heat.  Cold is completely relative until you reach absolute zero and then heat no longer exists.

If you think 65 degrees is cold and I think 70 degrees is cold, we are both correct relatively speaking, but we are both incorrect in assuming that anything greater than absolute zero is cold.

Opposites: Light and Dark

Likewise, there is no such think as dark, only the absence or lack of light.  Light that we see falls in a very narrow band in the electromagnetic spectrum; however, light is only energy, and all things put out energy until they reach the absolute zero temperature.

Opposites: Good and Bad

Likewise, there is no such thing as Bad, only a lack of Good.  Bad is a relative term that we tend to slap on things when we see that someone has crossed a line we’ve established in our own minds.

50 years ago, chewing gum in schools was considered “bad”, today we hand out condoms to children in school and tell them to have “safe sex”.

Our line of between “good” and “bad” moves all over the place, and because it is relative to each individual and to society, we have become very desensitized to that thing God considers “bad”.

It really doesn’t matter what you or I think is good or bad.  We are all starting from a frame of reference, which is already evil in God’s eyes (Jeremiah 17:9).

God’s frame of reference on the other hand does not change. Good is good and bad is bad.  His line does not shift with changing tides, societies and cultural phenomenon.

It is our job to align our point of reference with God’s point of reference no matter how society may complain about it.  We should not try to please the world, because friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God (James 4:4).

And as the third point in the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics points out, the world will not get better on its own because it is going to continually spiral into chaos.

 

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Day 30: The Law of Falling Bodies

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 6, 2011


The Law of Falling Bodies has nothing to do with what happens to you as you grow older.  It is a law established in 1604 by Galileo that proved that both heavy and light objects fall at the same rate.

This may not seem like a really great discovery, but it did overturn centuries of Aristotelian thinking.  Basically, gravity has the same effect on all objects causing them to fall at the same rate (when they are in a perfect vacuum).

Logically, it may make sense that “the bigger they are, the harder they fall”; however, they still get to the ground just as fast as smaller objects.

Biblical Application

Romans 3:23 tells us that “All have sinned and fallen  short of God’s glory.”  In other words, nobody is good enough to make it to eternity with God.  It doesn’t matter if you are a mass murderer or a person trying to make a positive impact on the world, the destination is the same apart from Christ.

Nobody really talks about hell anymore; it might be because we don’t want to think that a loving God sends people to an awful hell.  However, God never sent anyone to hell… we did.  It was our sin that separated us from God and destined us to eternal separation from God.

Not all hope is lost though.  God did all the work for us, if we just receive it.  Jesus Christ came from God as a perfect man to die in our sinful place so that if we just receive that through believing in Him, we don’t have to die apart from God but can live with Him for all eternity (John 3:16).

Just like the Law of Falling Bodies, we are all doomed to hit the same hell when we die, but unlike that law, there is a greater law of love from God that keeps us from that place of torment if we only believe.  It doesn’t nullify hell’s existence, it just changes our destination.

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