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My Hope And Prayer For Nonbelievers, The Universe And Natural World Did Not Come Into Existence Of Their Own Accord, Wrist Watch As An Example, God: Intelligent Guiding Force Designer And Creator Behind The Universe, Humanity's Arrogance, God Created All Things, Definition Of Mazzaroth, Big Bang Theory, Cause And Effect: Solid Scientific Principle Proves God Was Behind Creation Of The Universe, King David Calls Atheists Fools, Dangers Of Carnal Thinking, Natural Man Versus The Spiritual Man, Modern Atheist Scientists: Doubting Thomases On Steroids, Atheist Foolishness Of Stephen Hawking, "Know The Mind Of God" And Theory Of Everything, Many Modern Fools Praising And Following Britain's Fool, Not Ignorant Of The Truth, Unfathomable Unknowable Depth Of God's Ways And Word, No Room For Faith In Hardcore Science, Why Science And Faith Are Often Diametrical Opposites, Walk By Faith Not By Sight
To you, and to anyone else who -- because of their faith in modern science -- has hardened their heart against the truth of God's Word, particularly the truth concerning the Birth, Life, Mission, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, my prayer for you can be summarized with the following verse that was written by King David, after he had gravely sinned against the Lord, by committing both adultery and murder:
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
Psalms 51:10, KJV
Returning to our discussion concerning the Creation and all things which pertain to the natural world, as I explained in part one, it is evident to me that these things did not just happen by accident. They did not just come together, evolve, or in some "magical" way arrive at their current states on their own, without the direct intervention of some external force, which I believe to be God. In my view, logic dictates that the many intricate biological systems, astronomical systems, Earth systems, and the perfectly balanced nature and harmony of all parts concerned had to be guided into existence. To believe otherwise, in my humble opinion, is simply ludicrous, and defies the logic of which I speak.
Let me give you a very simple example which anyone can surely understand. Just look at that watch you wear on your wrist. It is a rather complicated, marvellous, miniaturized piece of machinery, isn't it? It did not create itself. You can lay all of its various parts on the table, and then wait a million years -- that is, if it were even humanly possible -- and those parts are still never going to come together on their own in order to form a complete watch. They will just sit on that table, collecting dust, for as long as they and the table continue to exist. The answer regarding why this will never happen is rather obvious: They're dead, inanimate objects which possess no intelligence of their own. As such, an external force -- a human, or perhaps a robotic unit -- is required in order to make the finished product which you wear on your wrist.
Look at that fancy computer that is sitting on your desktop. It likewise had to be created by some intelligent being, or group of human beings, more than likely with assistance from automated machines, which were also designed and built by intelligent humans. Your body, the Earth, the Solar System, our Milky Way galaxy, and in fact, the entire Universe, all had a guiding Intelligent Force behind their creation. Just as all artificial, manufactured things on this Earth had to have a designer and creator -- that being human beings -- so too, all of the things which are found in the natural world, both on the Earth, and in the heavens above, likewise had to have an Intelligent Designer and Creator, that being God.
This is an inescapable truth, in my view. We cannot accept what man has obviously accomplished in his limited sphere of existence, and then turn around and simply deny what God has likewise done in the entire Universe. This attitude amounts to arrogance at its highest level. Sadly, humanity has long been known for its arrogance and attitude of self-importance, and its willingness to ignore and reject certain truths which are staring it in the face.
As we learned in part one, the belief that God is the Supreme Creator is likewise exactly what the writers of the Bible believed as well. This basic truth is found in many verses which cover the entire expanse of the Bible. Over and over again we are told that God created all things through His Son, Jesus Christ. Let me share some more of them with you. Even some of the modern, translated names of stars and star systems are mentioned in a few of these verses. We are told how the Earth hangs on nothing in the void of Outer Space in the Book of Job. Likewise in the Book of Job, we are given a brief picture of how God created the basic granite building blocks of the Earth, as well as in the Books of Psalms and Proverbs. We are informed of how the Sun runs the course of its orbit in Psalm 19. Likewise, the Book of Isaiah describes how God stretched out the stars in the heavens like a vast celestial curtain. And so much more:
"The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil."
Proverbs 16:4, KJV
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth . . . And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good."
Genesis 1:1, 14-18, KJV
"All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."
John 1:3, KJV
"And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:"
Acts 14:15, KJV
"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands . . . For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring."
Acts 17:24, 28, KJV
"For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen."
Romans 11:36, KJV
"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him."
1 Corinthians 8:6, KJV
"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:"
Ephesians 3:9, KJV
"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."
Colossians 1:16-17, KJV
"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;"
Hebrews 1:1-3, KJV
"For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."
Hebrews 2:10, KJV
"For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God."
Hebrews 3:4, KJV
"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."
Hebrews 11:3, KJV
"For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:"
2 Peter 3:5, KJV
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
Revelation 4:11, KJV
"They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera."
Judges 5:20, KJV
"Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars. Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south."
Job 9:7-9, KJV
"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? . . . Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?"
Job 38:4-11, 31-33, KJV
As I more fully explain in the article entitled "Birth of Jesus and the Star of Bethlehem", the word "mazzaroth" -- which is mentioned in Job 38:31-33 above -- refers to the twelve signs of the Zodiac, along with the thirty-six constellations which are associated with them. The Brown, Driver, Briggs, Gesenius Hebrew Aramaic English Lexicon notes that the word "Mazzaroth" is derived from the Hebrew "mazzarah". You will notice that when the Lord is rebuking Job, He says "Mazzaroth in his season". As you will already know, the constellations are seasonal. Different ones appear in the night sky at different times of the year. So it is rather clear that the word "Mazzaroth" is referring to the seasonal march of the constellations.
Following are some additional verses which describe how the great Creator God created all things through Jesus Christ, both on the Earth, as well as in the heavens above:
"[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.] The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof."
Psalms 19:1-6, KJV
"Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them. Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth."
Psalms 104:5-9, KJV
"To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever: The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever: The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever."
Psalms 136:5-9, KJV
"He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names."
Psalms 147:4, KJV
"Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created."
Psalms 148:1-5, KJV
"The LORD possessed me [Wisdom] in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men."
Proverbs 8:22-31, KJV
"Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:"
Isaiah 40:21-22, KJV
"Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;"
Isaiah 44:24, KJV
"I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor? The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The LORD of hosts is his name. And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people."
Isaiah 51:12-16, KJV
"Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:"
Jeremiah 31:35, KJV
"Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:"
Amos 5:8, KJV
What a preponderance of Scriptural evidence! As I mentioned in part one, sometimes "blind faith" is required to accept certain scientific theories. Such is the case with the Big Bang theory, as well as the theory of Evolution. I believe that it requires more faith to believe in them, than it does to believe in the Bible, and simply accept God's Word for what it says regarding the creation of all things. While I may not fully understand exactly how God created this world and the entire Universe, nevertheless, I accept that He did. Honestly-speaking, I don't know whether or not a so-called Big Bang was involved in the story of Creation. However, if it was, then God was most definitely behind it. Why? Well, even all scientists believe in the basic principle of cause and effect. If the Big Bang was the effect, then what was the cause, if not God? If such is the case, I don't believe that it occurred over four billion years ago, as scientists like to claim. To believe that is to contradict the Biblical record.
Now, as a logical, thinking, intelligent person, which I believe you to be, you [meaning my Internet friend ] must have considered at least once, the tremendous odds of things coming together on their own, and evolving in such a unique and complicated way. In my opinion, to take God completely out of the picture, as some scientists do, is utter madness and foolishness. It is for this very reason that in the Scriptures, nonbelievers are described by King David in the following not-so-diplomatic manner:
"[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.] The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good."
Psalms 14:1, KJV
The Bible likewise informs us that the carnal mind -- that is, thinking in a fleshly manner, depending upon only human wisdom, and being primarily concerned with the things and desires of the flesh, instead of the things of the Spirit -- is the enemy of God, as we see by the following verses:
"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his."
Romans 8:6-9, KJV
As we learned in part one, this is because the natural man who relies solely upon human wisdom -- due to the absence of God's Spirit working in his life -- rejects anything which he cannot understand -- particularly those things pertaining to the Spirit -- or those things which he in fact fears. Let me share that verse with you again:
"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
1 Corinthians 2:14, KJV
This is precisely the problem with many modern scientists. It seems to me that they have been so given over to human thought and human wisdom, and what they can figure out and understand with their own minds, that they have basically destroyed any degree of faith in their lives, if it even ever existed for them to begin with. With some of the more adamant ones, there is simply no room for God or the Bible. They are like Doubting Thomases on steroids. They want God's existence to be proven by way of an equation. However, this is never going to happen, and to even suggest that God can be reduced to a mathematical equation, is again the epitome of human arrogance.
Along these same lines, I am reminded of the foolishness of well-known English theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking. If I recall correctly, at one time, Hawking seemed to be trying to explain God's existence by way of an equation, which in his 1988 book, "A Brief History of Time", he called a "theory of everything". I remember reading most or all of the book many years ago. Some of it was obviously beyond my comprehension. However, in more recent years, Hawking has made it plain that he is a full-fledged atheist who rejects any notion of Heaven, a spiritual world, or an afterlife. For example, in a May 15, 2011 interview which appeared in Britain's "The Guardian" newspaper, he stated the following:
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"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."
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Hawking's previous comments came on the heels of his 2010 book entitled "The Grand Design", in which he discussed his continuing quest to discover a "theory of everything"; that is, a unifying set of scientific principles which would, in Hawking's words, supposedly enable scientists to "know the mind of God". In that book, he proposed that there is really no need for a Divine Creator to explain the existence of our Universe. That same year, while narrating the first episode of Curiosity -- an American television series which aired on the Discovery Channel for two seasons -- in that episode, which was titled "Did God Create the Universe?", Mr. Hawking again cemented his position as a confirmed atheist when he stated the following:
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"We are each free to believe what we want, and it is my view that the simplest explanation is there is no God. No one created the universe, and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization. There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful."
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In September of 2014, while serving as the keynote speaker at an international gathering which is known as the Starmus International Festival -- it celebrates astronomy, space exploration, music, art, and allied sciences such as biology and chemistry -- which took place at Tenerife in the Canary Islands off of the western coast of Spain, Hawking again declared himself an atheist. In an exclusive interview which he gave for the Spanish language newspaper "El Mundo", he stated the following, as a way of clarifying comments he had first made in 1988 in "A Brief History of Time":
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"Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation. What I meant by 'we would know the mind of God' is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn't. I'm an atheist."
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Mr. Hawking died at the age of seventy-six just two days ago on March 16 2018. It is indeed rather sad that based on all the things which he publicly stated, this so-called "great mind" died without ever repenting of his unbelief, and never accepted the Salvation which was so freely offered to him through faith in Jesus Christ. To be honest, I must truly wonder how a man could continue to resist the Spirit of God trying to get through to him, as long as Stephen Hawking did. I can only conclude that his heart must have been seriously hardened against the Lord. Not only that, but what was in his darkened heart, clearly came out on the surface through the things which he said. Consider what Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew. Note in particular the words which I have placed in uppercase letters:
"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed EVIL THOUGHTS, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, FALSE WITNESS, BLASPHEMIES: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man."
Matthew 15:18-20, KJV
Stephen Hawking was clearly guilty of all three of the following things when it came to the contents of his publicly stated beliefs:
1. Evil thoughts
2. False witness
What Stephen Hawking said about God, Heaven and the Afterlife was indeed evil. They were in fact devilish lies. Concerning blasphemies, Jesus likewise said the following in the Gospel of Mark:
"Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit."
Mark 3:28-30, KJV
Stephen Hawking repeatedly blasphemed against God through the evil thoughts which proceeded from his mouth. He was a false witness, who declared that God was not real, and that Heaven was a just a fairy tale for weak-minded people. He indirectly called God a liar, and His holy Word a lie. As Jesus so plainly stated, such an individual "hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation".
Equally tragic is the fact that while Mr. Hawking is greatly esteemed and admired within many academic circles, the Bible plainly declares him a fool; and many other modern fools only lavish praise upon Hawking, and blindly follow him in their spiritual ignorance. However, I should also add that it is not really ignorance, because it is not as if these people do not know the truth. They know it alright, they just reject it, because it does not agree with what they want to believe. Again, it comes down to human pride, rebellion and arrogance.
While Mr. Hawking once expressed a desire to "know the mind of [a] God" in which he does not even believe, even as a long-time Bible-believing Christian, I fully realize that none of us can possibly ever understand all of the things of God, no matter how long and how hard we try to do so. I have been reading and studying the Bible for more than forty-five years now, and there are still many things which I do not fully comprehend. I am not ashamed to admit this. Thus, in March of 2012 I wrote the article entitled "Humility in Our Understanding of God's Word". If anything, this point serves to emphasize the unfathomable depth of God, His ways, and His Word. I am reminded of the following verses:
"Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable."
Psalms 145:3, KJV
"As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all."
Ecclesiastes 11:5, KJV
"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding."
Isaiah 40:28, KJV
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:8-9, KJV
"Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number."
Job 9:10, KJV
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!"
Romans 11:33, KJV
As it should be clear to you by now, faith is on the extreme opposite end of the spectrum from only believing in what we can see with our eyes, hear with our ears, touch with our hands, smell through our noses, or prove through controlled experimentation. Faith says that we need to believe with our hearts even before we can understand with our minds. We need to listen to that still small voice within our hearts, and not ignore it. This is why science and faith are often so diametrically opposed to each other. Faiths says that if we want to please God, we must believe without seeing, while science requires and demands that we must first experiment, prove and see repeatable, verifiable results before we will believe. There is no room in hardcore science for true faith to exist. But God's Word says quite the opposite, as we see by the following verses:
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen . . . But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
Hebrews 11:1, 6, KJV
"(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)"
2 Corinthians 5:7, KJV
"Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."
John 20:29, KJV
"Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith."
Habakkuk 2:4, KJV
"For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith."
Romans 1:17, KJV
"But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith."
Galatians 3:11, KJV
"Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him."
Hebrews 10:38, KJV
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