Monday, July 28, 2014

The Creation of Evolution - Guest Post

Was the universe and everything in it created in six days? 


Among the bible-based religions of the world, this is accepted as truth as a matter of faith.  For my fellow scientific minds of the world, a six day creation offends their intelligence.  A large portion of the general population sweepingly accepts modern-day scientific knowledge as proof that God does not exist.  A curious conclusion indeed, coming from those who are not scientific or spiritual.

I boldly propose they are all wrong.  God does exist, The Creation as depicted in Genesis is accurate, and science proves it.  Genesis was recorded in 1450 - 1410 B.C.  It had to be understood throughout the generations, which alone is miraculous.  The story had to be clear enough to be understood by our pre-scientific ancestors, and still hold true when tested by the rigors of our current scientific knowledge.  The contention between the religious and scientific communities is rooted in the six day creation concept.

But that is not what Genesis says.

Day one of The Creation is grossly misinterpreted; an interpretation ingrained so deeply in the collective sub-conscious, even those studying the Bible read it as a six day creation.

But that is not what Genesis says.

What is does say, precisely, is that the heavens and earth were created sometime before Day One.  Perhaps millions, billions or trillions of years before Day One, but the point is – it does not say they were created on Day One.

I will detail my hypothesis in the proceeding pages, showing how Genesis and Science are not at odds with each other, but in perfect harmony.  God is just a lot less verbose about it.

Chapter One:  The Beginning

Genesis 1 1-5:
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

2  The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.

 3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.

 4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.

5  God called the light day, and the darkness He called night.  And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

Genesis 1 1-5 tells us God created the heavens and earth, then He was moving over Earth, He allowed light, then separated light from darkness “In the beginning.”  Think carefully about this.  How can this be Day One of Creation, when “a day” didn’t even exist until God called the light “day” in verse 5?  One Day was not established as one day until His work of creating the heavens and earth, allowing light and then separating light from darkness occurred, which He plainly tells us took place “in the beginning.”   The last line of verse 5 “And there was evening and there was morning, one day” tells us one day must have an evening and a morning; neither of which exist at the point He was creating the heavens and earth.

What does science say about this?   According to NASA:

The Big Bang Model is a broadly accepted theory for the origin and evolution of our universe. Scientists believe our solar system formed from a giant, rotating cloud of gas and dust known as the solar nebula.  Most of the material in the solar nebula was pulled toward the center and formed the sun.  The rest of the material stuck together to form asteroid-sized objects called planetesimals. Some of these planetesimals then combined to become the nine large planets. 
Scientists theorize that Earth began as a waterless mass of rock surrounded by a cloud of gas. Radioactive materials in the rock and increasing pressure in Earth's interior produced enough heat to melt the interior of Earth. The heat of the interior caused other chemicals inside Earth to rise to the surface. Some of these chemicals formed water, and others became the gases of the atmosphere. The heavy materials, such as iron, sank. The light silicate rocks rose to Earth's surface and formed the earliest crust.
I am fascinated by the qualifiers used in these statements “scientists believe…”, “scientists theorize…”  In other words, scientists don’t know what happened.  Even more fascinating, their theories and beliefs are little more than science-speak for what was detailed in Genesis over 3500 years ago.  If scientists of today do not know what happened, surely the people that lived 3500 years ago had no possible way of knowing what happened – but guess who did, The Creator.  Moreover, God The Creator knew the exact words to choose that could be understood through thousands of generations with an ever-increasing understanding of the universe and our place in it.

Let’s examine each point line by line.

Genesis 1 1:  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

NASA:  The Big Bang Model is a broadly accepted theory for the origin and evolution of our universe.
The Big Bang Model blew the Bible right out of the ballgame.  How can The Creation in Genesis be true?  We now know a “big bang” originated the universe and all that is in it.  The Big Bang Model was the tipping point.  Armed with the Big Bang theory, people leaned toward science and away from God.  We didn’t need God anymore, we had science.  God must be some romantic notion people created to fill in the blanks.   Our science now fills in those blanks, which renders God obsolete.

Who fired that “big bang” gun, no one knows.   It seems painfully obvious to me.  The Big Bang Model does not negate God’s existence; it is nothing more than the point in time when God created the heavens and the earth.  Bang!  There is was.

Genesis 1 2:  The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep…

NASA:  Scientists theorize that Earth began as a waterless mass of rock surrounded by a cloud of gas.
This is just different phrasing meaning the same thing.  Scientists describe Earth’s beginning as a waterless mass of rock.  God told us the Earth was formless and void.  A waterless mass of rock certainly is formless and void. 
Genesis 1 2:  The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep…
NASA:  Scientists theorize that Earth began as a waterless mass of rock surrounded by a cloud of gas.

Scientists say the newborn Earth was surrounded by a cloud of gas.  Scientists disagree on what exactly that gas was comprised of; some “believe” the gas enveloping Earth contained hydrogen; helium, methane, and ammonia, where other scientists contend it contained a large amount of carbon dioxide.  They all agree Earth’s earliest atmosphere contained little oxygen.

No matter which side of the scientific fence you are on regarding the contents of those gases, the resulting soup would not allow sunlight to penetrate down to planet Earth itself.  Connect that with Astronomers believing that the sun was about 30 percent fainter when Earth first formed than it is today, and what do you get? 

Thick envelope of gas + faint sun = darkness over the surface of the deep.

Fascinating. In the 3500 years that have transpired between the recording of Genesis and today, our most brilliant minds with their most complex mathematical equations cannot offer their beloved “scientific proof.”  The best they can do is theorizing established beliefs about what may have happened.  They use lots and lots of fancy scientific words attempting to describe their theories, when God told us the same thing in just 15 simple words thousands of years ago.

Genesis 1 3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.

NASA:  Most of the material in the solar nebula was pulled toward the center and formed the sun. According to the theory, the pressure at the center became great enough to trigger the nuclear reactions that power the sun. Eventually, solar eruptions occurred, producing a solar wind. In the inner solar system, the wind was so powerful that it swept away most of the lighter elements. 

Huh. Perhaps the theoretical ancient solar winds blew the thick envelope of gas away from planet earth, allowing sunlight to reach the surface.  Perhaps it is just spooky coincidence this occurred in the same sequence as presented in Genesis 1.  Scientists say the solar wind did it.  God said “Let there be light.”

To recap, the summary of events thus far have God and science in lockstep with each other:
Creating a Universe:  Sequence of Events
1st Event
2nd Event
3rd Event
4th Event
Create the heavens and earth
Earth is formless and void
Darkness is over the surface
Let there be light
Big Bang!
Earth is a waterless mass of rock
Earth is surrounded by a cloud of thick gas
Solar winds blew elements out of Earth’s atmosphere

In other words, there is nothing new under the sun.  Of our entire advanced, analytical, scientific prowess - we can’t produce an Origin of The Universe story that differs from The Creation story in Genesis.

By Brooke Jones, Contributor 

Monday, July 07, 2014

Running on Empty - Don't Empty Your Reserves

Taking care of yourself is very important. Taking care of yourself when you have chronic health issues and various mental health issues is EXTREMELY important. This is something I learned over the last few weeks.

I've been super busy working on betting my new company, WRITECOVERY, Inc. off the ground. I've been working with a company in Canada as they create the website and help with the marketing plans.

I also got very sick with a super stomach bug that was making the rounds in my area. Not fun. I ended up in the ER twice, getting hooked up for fluids due to dehydration and loss of potassium.

Again not fun. I was not the picture of fun relaxing in a bath with a book and a smile. That was definitely not me before my trip or after my trip.

Then, I had travel plans to Arizona to visit with my three children and four grandchildren. Number four was born in November. I was originally planning to make the trip in December, but my doctor nixed the idea and said no traveling until my TMJ was healed. It took many months and an arthrocentesis procedure to get the doctor's okay for travel. Once I did, I made my arrangements.

However, I spread myself a little too thin. I worked too hard before leaving on my trip and with it being clear across the country I didn't make any accommodations for the time change, either there or back.

I was a total wreck. I am a poster child for everything NOT TO DO when you have the disorders and chronic illnesses I have and you don't take care of yourself.

I returned home from my trip and instead of taking a few days to ease back into my routine I jumped in with both feet. It took three days, but on the  third day, my body finally ran out of reserves and I collapsed from exhaustion.

I finally got the hint. Take it easy on yourself.  See this happy little piggy? I got the message and became as happy as a pig in a shower.

So, that's what I did for the weekend. My husband took me to the movies, we watched movies at home. I truly enjoyed Malificent at the theater and The Lego Movie at home. Both had the perfect distraction opportunities for me to just relax and enjoy the show.

We worked in the yard, I planted some new plants, rearranged some that were getting out of control, and I walked my dog every day. Boy, did he enjoy that. I'd been sadly lacking in the walking department but he was very forgiving. I haven't given that up, either. We are still walking every day.

But, I have to tell you for the sake of your health, don't do what I did. Take care of yourself first. Your work and other tasks will be there later. They're not going anywhere.

Give yourself leeway to adjust to the time change. I traveled 2,000 miles there and back. Three time zones. I am one who really needs consistent sleep to help me maintain a stable healthy mentality. I should have known. I'm telling you know, don't do what I did.

I didn't have to hear my husband say, "I told you so," to get the "I told you so," part. I was telling myself how much I should have taken care of myself first when I got home instead of working full blast.

What did it really accomplish anyway? I don't think I'm anywhere different than I would have been if I had taken those days off to recover.

So, please. Don't do what I did. I was running on empty, literally. I had no reserves left.

Take care of yourself.

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