Cry for deliverance

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I am vile in mine own sight, O LORD; Thy holiness hath wounded mine heart. My wounds stink and run in the night; my flesh is contemptible unto me. I have seen Thee in Thine own righteousness, and mine own is but filthy rags. I am a worm and no man; my sin is ever before me, and I have no deliverer.
Yea, my righteousnesses are abominable; how much more the sin that so easily besets me? Who will deliver me from the body of this death? Who will deliver me from all my transgressions? Will I suffer the reproach of the foolish? Is there one who will deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink? Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: there is a sword in my bones, at my home there is as death.
Shall I drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation? Shall I be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels? Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer Thee when Thou judgest me? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. I hatch cockatrice eggs, and weave the spider’s web. And I find myself yet more vile than thus, and base in mine own sight.
In my flesh dwelleth no good thing. How to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would do, I do not: but the evil which I loathe, that I do. O wretched man that I am!

A fifth fundamental force

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The four fundamental forces of nature are beginning to be seen as not the complete picture.

// There are 4 fundamental forces that have been identified. In our present Universe they have rather different properties.

Properties of the Fundamental Forces

  • The strong interaction is very strong, but very short-ranged. It acts only over ranges of order 10-13 centimeters and is responsible for holding the nuclei of atoms together. It is basically attractive, but can be effectively repulsive in some circumstances.
  • The electromagnetic force causes electric and magnetic effects such as the repulsion between like electrical charges or the interaction of bar magnets. It is long-ranged, but much weaker than the strong force. It can be attractive or repulsive, and acts only between pieces of matter carrying electrical charge.
  • The weak force is responsible for radioactive decay and neutrino interactions. It has a very short range and, as its name indicates, it is very weak.
  • The gravitational force is weak, but very long ranged. Furthermore, it is always attractive, and acts between any two pieces of matter in the Universe since mass is its source. //

See the below link for the new evidence.

The flat earth concept is useful

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“What the deuce is it to me?” he interrupted impatiently; “you say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work.” –Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

I think it is misusing science to use it to “learn about the universe.” It is not that what we perceive is fake; it is that our knowledge is derivative, not absolute. We cannot know anything in a final way, and must be sure our basis for knowledge is sound philosophically. We must be aware in scientific investigation that our knowledge is most likely false, and remain open to better paradigms and new data. Dogmatic science is bad science and even worse as religion.That is not the case with the Bible. We have a sound basis for knowledge, philosophically, if we stick with what it actually says, and we have faith that it is the word of God. There is no parallel to that in science.

“Experience by itself proves nothing. If a man doubts whether he is dreaming or waking, no experiment can solve his doubt, since every experiment may itself be part of the dream. Experience proves this, or that, or nothing, according to the preconceptions we bring to it.”
–C. S. Lewis

This is why science cannot answer anything in a final way, like where we came from or the age of the earth. Science can only be as accurate as the presuppositions it uses, and it cannot evaluate those presuppositions because they are the basis of its knowledge.

Models only work to some extent, and finally get to a point where they break down. For instance, the flat earth model even works to a limit of about six miles. Here is a URL for an experiment that showed the limit of the usefulness of the flat earth paradigm.

Yet, surveyors still use the flat earth model because it works in the limited range of their instuments. There is no need to make the instruments able to bend their line of sight along a curved path; the surveyor simply corrects for the errors that creep in over long distances, as if the earth were flat.

We cannot get overcommitted to a paradigm. The job of the scientist, as I see it, is to challenge the current paradigms and expand them, although he can use them like surveyors use the old flat earth paradigm to survey sections and even townships, even though it is known to not work on large scales, and needs correction.

The Geocentric Model works for all practical operations of humanity on earth, but it has been displaced by a heliocentric model for exploration of the solar system. It is a brilliant trick of the superincumbent nonhuman entities which the Bible warns us about, for it to have been generally accepted as a philosophy, sometimes stated as the “Copernican Principle” or “The Principle of Mediocrity.” This is stated as “There is nothing special about the earth.” This is an abandonment of science and acceptance of an atheistic religion.


Smoke out of the ground

My wife brought my attention to this phenomenon this morning as rain began. The drops of rain occasionally made puffs of smoke. I assume it was some kind of tiny puffball fungi being broken by the raindrops, making the spores disperse looking like smoke. More research is needed.

I also thought of the possibility that it was some kind of ionization of dust particles, or plasma induced steaming, since there was a nearby lightning stike that cut power to the house shortly after. Any information would be welcome.

Atheist Howard Storm meets strange beings during his NDE

He was waiting for treatment for hours in an emergency room in severe pain. He had a sensation of leaving his body. Then…
//… I knew that it wasn’t a dream. I became aware that strangely I felt more alert, more aware, more alive than I had ever felt in my entire life. All my senses were extremely acute. Everything felt tingly and alive. The floor was cool and my bare feet felt moist and clammy. This had to be real. I squeezed my fists and was amazed at how much I was feeling in my hands just by making a fist. Then I heard my name. I heard, “Howard, Howard – come here.”Wondering, at first, where it was coming from, I discovered that it was originating in the doorway. There were different voices calling me. I asked who they were, and they said, “We are here to take care of you. We will fix you up. Come with us.”//

This is a link to a full account of the experience.

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R. C. Sproul thinks Christianity can learn from science

R. C. Sproul seems to be a good guy, but there are certain problems. In this article he confuses the methods of science with religion. He thinks that one should not throw out the Bible because there are some things that seem to be contradictory, since a scientist does not throw out a scientific paradigm because some things don’t fit it. He seems to be confused about the difference between having faith in God and using the limited powers of science to interact with the material world.


Arkansas Dinosaur Tracks

P1050927A concrete block lying undocumented by any words in the Nashville, Arkansas city park contains two badly eroded sauropod dinosaur tracks found in 1983 in a quarry north of town on the land of the Certainteed corporation. A fiberglass cast of the trackway is said to be in storage at the park.

More tracks, this time of the more exciting three-toed dinosaurs, were uncovered in 2011, and were investigated by the University of Arkansas, but no information about them seems to be available to the public. This is a photo of the site from 2011, which seems to have been destroyed later by mining operations.