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Creationist Wisdom #985: Proof of Miracles

Today’s letter-to-the-editor is actually a column, and it’s one of the strangest we’ve seen in a long time. The title is Science proves God sends a miracle from across the universe

It appears at the website of ABS-CBN Corporation, which describes itself as “the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment organization.” They’re located in Quezon City, the most populous city in the Philippines. It doesn’t look like they have a comments feature.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Robert. They say he spent 22 years in the advertising business, and now he’s a writer for ABS-CBN. Excerpts from his column will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!

Scientists’ account of how life began shows how God can make anything possible. [Right!] Four and a quarter billion years ago, Earth was just a barren rock. No plants, no animals, no human life. Then from so far away in the Universe, a heavenly body out of orbit came crashing into the earth. From this explosive collision, a chunk was thrown into space and became our moon.

Okay, now what? Robert says:

The impact of the smash-up pushed Earth to the sweet spot where life would be possible — the perfect distance from the sun! If our planet was slightly closer, all water would evaporate. If the earth was slightly farther, all water would freeze. If the distance was only 2% different from today, life on Earth would be impossible!

We’ve always thought the Sun’s habitable zone was a bit more forgiving. Anyway, Robert tells us:

The earth is not even supposed to be where it is now. All planets in our solar system are placed on an exponential pattern, every planet twice farther from the sun than the previous one. Except for Earth! Someone flexed the rules!

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He’s talking about the old Titius–Bode law. We can’t remember the last time that was seriously mentioned. Robert’s column is fantastic! He continues:

The collision also resulted in the perfect size for our home planet. If Earth was just slightly bigger, its gravity will be too strong and it would not allow deadly gasses like methane and ammonia to evaporate into space. If the earth was just a bit smaller, its gravity would not be able to keep the life-giving gasses in our atmosphere. If our planet’s size was just slightly different, any form of life would not exist on earth!

Ooooooooooooh! Everything is perfect! Let’s read on:

The rotational axis and speed of our planet were also perfected. [Blah blah.] The size of our moon is perfect, too. [Blah blah.] These facts convince scientists that God played favorites and fine-tuned these conditions in order to make life happen. That’s because the chance of that wayward rock randomly colliding with Earth was statistically impossible! [Blah blah.]

The list of miracles goes on:

He also protected Earth by hiding it behind Jupiter. [Huh?] It is this gigantic planet that shields us from passing comets and asteroids.

You didn’t know that about Jupiter, did you? Well, you can thank Robert for the information. Want another miracle? Here ya go:

All current scientific knowledge considered, scientists estimate that even if there would be 10 billion billion planets in the universe, it is still impossible for one to become like Earth if there was no divine intervention.

Convincing stuff, huh? Here’s another excerpt:

When we think that what we are asking for in prayer is not easy, we can think that our God has done so much more impossible things. If he can send a rock from the other side of the universe to hit Earth, He can send any unexpected opportunity to come into our lives. Maybe it’s the investor we’ve been praying for. Maybe it’s a friend who will solve our problem. Maybe it’s a talent agent looking for the next big star. Maybe it’s a long-lost relative who will leave us a huge fortune. Maybe it’s a long-lost parent or sibling.

Or maybe it’s a column like Robert’s that we can add to our collection. Here’s more:

When we think that God doesn’t even know who we are, we can think that He knows every atom in the universe. Scientists have said that if there was one atom in excess, the whole design would be upset! [Gasp!] “Even the hairs on your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:30, Luke 12:7)

And now we come to the end:

I don’t have statistical proof that God answers every prayer. But my human mind is too limited to comprehend God. I am not qualified to say that He does not perform miracles.

Then he gives a list of books as references. Hey — if Robert uses them, so can you! You gotta admit, he seems to know his stuff.

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ICR Proves the Universe Is Young

The time has come, dear reader, for you to put aside your sinful fantasy about an old universe. You will have no excuse after you read this from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.

The title of their new article is Deep-Space Objects Are Young. It was written by Jake Herbert. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Secular astronomers claim our universe is unimaginably ancient — almost 14 billion years old. Yet the Bible clearly teaches that God created the universe in the relatively recent past, about 6,000 years ago. A previous Impact article described how observations in our own solar system are much more consistent with recent creation than with long ages. [Footnote to an ICR article omitted.] But what about observations beyond our solar system? Are “deep space” observations more consistent with a young universe or an old one?

Great question! What about “deep space” observations? Get ready to be shocked, dear reader. Jake says:

Spiral galaxies are so named because of their beautiful spiraling arms. A spiral galaxy slowly spins around an axis of rotation perpendicular to its disk. Stars, dust, and gases closer to the axis of rotation take less time to complete a revolution than material that is farther out. As a result, the spiral arms “wind up,” and eventually the spiral shape becomes unrecognizable.

He goes on to claim that because they “wind up” as they spin, there shouldn’t be any old spiral galaxies. But Wikipedia’s article, Spiral galaxy, doesn’t mention the rapid winding up of the spiral arms. So who ya gonna believe?

After that, Jake tells us about problems secular scientists have with other things in the universe. You can click over there to enjoy them if you like. We’ll talk about his last item — distant starlight. We’ve written about it many times. This one: ICR: Instant Starlight on the Fourth Day, links to several others. But what do we know? Here’s what Jake says:

Distant galaxies are millions, and even billions, of light-years away from us. Since the speed of light is finite, secular scientists argue that distant starlight must take millions and billions of years to reach us.

Yes, that’s what we hear from “secular scientists,” but they’re all fools! Jake continues:

Creation scientists disagree. The Hebrew text in Genesis demands [Demands!] that the light from stars was emitted on Day 4 of the creation week and that it also arrived that same day. Perhaps this was a bona fide miracle, or perhaps the laws of physics God established allow distant light to naturally reach us in a short time. [Huh?] If the latter, then the solution almost certainly involves Einstein’s theory of relativity, and creation scientists have proposed a number of suggestions as to how God may have done this.

Fascinating! Let’s read on:

It should be noted that the Big Bang model has its own version of this problem [Really?], which is one of the main reasons secular cosmologists added inflation theory to the model. [Not quite the same reason.] But inflation theory has become so strange that even secular scientists have harshly criticized it.

Yeah, we’re just as messed up as the creationists. Jake ends with this:

Despite the dogmatic assertions of secular scientists [Hee hee!], their claim that the universe is billions of years old is not a foregone conclusion. Challenges confront both the creation and secular models, but the preponderance of evidence clearly favors recent creation.

There you are, dear reader. You gotta go with the preponderance of evidence, don’t you? So it’s a young universe after all.

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Self-Published Genius #99: Science in the Bible

We have another addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses. This is where we bring you news of authors with a vanity press book in which the author claims to have made paradigm-shattering discoveries, and announces his work by hiring a press release service.

This book is number 99 in our series. Everyone is wondering: What will be number 100? But let’s deal with this one for now. The title of the press release is Richard A. Langen’s Newly Released “The Real Bible And Science” is a Compelling Discussion that Examines the Bible’s Agreement with Modern Science. Like so many others in our collection, it was issued by Cision PRWeb, which says it’s “the leader in online news distribution and publicity.” Here are some excerpts from the press release, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

“The Real Bible And Science” is the creation of published author Richard A. Langen, a writer who has always questioned things, including religion. Brought up a Catholic, at forty years or so he joined the Worldwide Church of God for a few years where he began to understand the Bible in depth. His interest in the Bible and Christianity, plus his long career as an engineer [Ooooooooooooh! An engineer!] and project manager in the oil and gas industry, provided him with strong critical thinking and organizing skills, which allowed him to analyze many scientific disciplines and compare them to the Bible.

This guy’s book is not only a fine addition to our collection, it’s also another example of the Salem hypothesis that engineering types — and that often includes computer scientists — have a tendency toward the creationist viewpoint. Then the press release quotes the author:

Langen shares, “People have always questioned the authenticity of the Bible. One major negative argument is that the Bible conflicts with science. The author believes [He refers to himself in the third person.] in both the Bible and science. He believes that the Bible is the inspired Word of the Lord and is accurate and truthful. It, therefore, must agree with science. This book compares the Bible to science and shows that the Bible and science agree.”

Wowie — the bible and science agree! This is fantastic! The quote from the author goes on:

“Modern Bibles often present a misleading, if not downright erroneous, translation of the originally written Bible. The book discusses the original Hebrew Bible and shows where modern Bibles diverge from the intended message of the original Bible. Endorsing agreement between science and the Bible is impossible without looking at what the Bible says, at what is originally written.”

Very impressive! The author is obviously an expert in ancient Hebrew. His quote continues:

“The book compares physical science with the Bible. The Bible contains information that relates to the Big Bang, the formation of the Earth, changes to the Earth’s surface, catastrophic events that affected the Earth’s surface, and many other things. The Bible was ahead of its time, preceding science in some areas, such as the newly discovered water-bearing layer deep in the Earth that made the great flood possible. Geological markers allow us to place the book of Genesis accurately in time, providing a huge breakthrough in comparing the Bible to science. The Bible also matches archaeological and historical information. [So does the Iliad.] The book shows how the Lord’s activities on Earth coincide with and are part of the advancement of humanity on Earth, in Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization. This discussion shows how the Lord was instrumental in advancing mankind from a nomadic hunter-gatherer society to the modern society we have today.”

Then we’re given some crucial information:

Published by Christian Faith Publishing [Aha!], Richard A. Langen’s new book is an illuminating read that acts as a starting point in discussions and inspires readers to delve into the Bible.

They say the publisher is Christian Faith Publishing. That’s a name we’ve seen before. Here’s their website: Christian Faith Publishing. It leaves no doubt — they’re a vanity publisher. They even let authors pay their fees on a monthly installment plan. With that, and the press release, we know the book qualifies for our collection. Let’s read on:

View a synopsis of “The Real Bible And Science” on YouTube. [Link omitted.]

We’ll skip the YouTube promotion. Instead, we looked for the book at Amazon. Here it is! It costs only $18.78 in paperback, and it’s got 196 pages. Hey — Amazon has a “Look inside” feature, so go ahead — look inside! There are no reviews yet, and that means you could be the first!

How can you resist this book, dear reader? It proves that the bible is a science book, and that’s what we’ve all been looking for. So go ahead and place your order. When you do, tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya!

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Extra-Solar Planet Update: August 2019

That picture is our representation of the universe described in Genesis, written at the time of the Babylonian empire. Immovable in the center of the universe is the flat Earth, supported by pillars, created as the abode of man. The Sun orbits the Earth, as does the Moon. Above them are the stars, embedded as lights in a presumably solid firmament, which also revolves around the Earth. Above the firmament is heaven, the glorious realm of Yahweh. Below Earth is the lake of fire [described later in scripture]. That’s the universe, and we’re in the center — the focus of divine attention. No other worlds are mentioned in Genesis. There’s no place for them.

News about planets beyond our own solar system really upsets creationists, and that’s why we write these posts. Our last update was less than a month ago — see Extra-Solar Planet Update: July 2019, and this will follow the same format. First, the introductory material, to get the creationists in a frenzy.

Virtually everything learned since around 1,000 BC, when the Genesis text was first written, seems to contradict what was believed back then. Creationists don’t like any of it, but to avoid looking too crazy, they’ve accepted some of it. Most of them are no longer flat-Earthers. Although many passages in the bible say that The Earth Is Flat!, and none say otherwise, most creationists now deny that the bible is a flat-Earth book. And since Galileo, creationists have reluctantly accepted that the Earth is merely one of several planets in our solar system — but that’s where they drew the line.

Until very recently, they insisted that ours was the only planetary system in existence. Why? Because the bible didn’t mention any others. We keep reminding you of this oldie-goldie from the 1970s at the Institute for Creation Research: The Stars of Heaven. It was written by Henry Morris himself, who said:

[T]he earth is unique in the solar system and, for all we know, the solar system is unique in the universe. So far as we can observe, there are not even any planets anywhere else, let alone a planet equipped to sustain biological life.

With a lot of grumbling, most creationists have accepted that there are other planetary systems out there — but no life! That’s important. Although some are now hedging their bets and saying, “Well, okay, maybe primitive life — but no intelligent life!” We haven’t found any life out there yet, but the search has only begun. Just the number of planets is enough to drive creationists crazy — and the number keeps growing!

Our information comes from NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration — see Exoplanet Exploration. For each statistic, we’ll give you the latest figure as well as the figure we reported about 3 weeks ago, which will show you how rapidly things are progressing:

Confirmed planets: 4,043 (old figure: 4,025). 18 more!
Planets awaiting confirmation: 3,983 (old figure: 3,947). 36 more!
Planetary systems beyond our own: 3,004 (old figure: 2,994). 10 more!

Some of the confirmed planets are Earth-sized, rocky, and orbit in the habitable zone of their stars, but we haven’t yet been able to analyze their atmospheres for “biosignature” molecules, which may be a sign of life. Because our observations are of only a small portion of nearby stars, it’s generally accepted that most of the stars in our galaxy have planetary systems — which means that the odds against a life bearing world out there are getting slimmer by the day.

Now we leave the creationists — writhing in both pain and anger. They’ve lost the cozy little universe described in the bible. Science took it away from them! That’s why they don’t like science — and they don’t like you either, dear reader.

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