Wednesday, June 23, 2021

"It is all so dire; so terribly, unfairly, and inexcusably dire", my old and wise friend said...

 ...and he sounded like Shakespeare's character, the Prince of Denmark, in Hamlet. So many things have gone wrong in our time, and any one of them could ruin the world as we've known it. And they are today. 

One more thing we desperately need now is a poet-playwright of epic talent to  give us insight and comfort in these epic times. Words can be excellent armor and weapons for sustaining us in this spiritual war. When Hamlet says, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy" he could be talking to us about our present age.    

Hamlet goes on, "Though this be madness, yet there is method in it... Our wills and fates do so contrary run...  Above all to thine own self be true... When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions... So full of artless jealousy is guilt; it spills itself in fearing to be spilt... To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten-thousand..."   

Though the centuries pass and the costumes and scenery change, the same agonies, struggles, problems, successes and passions play out. If it were not so, the words of Charles Dickens, Henry James, Poe, Fielding, Voltaire, Moliere, Shakespeare, Cervantes, St. Paul, Jesus, Virgil, Isaiah, and Homer would have no meaning for us. Nor would the Bible, which is still the best-selling book in the world. More than five billion copies have been printed and distributed, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. What we call "progress" has little changed our sick hearts in 5,800 years. But each of us - as individuals - can find salvation and eternal life if we stand up to the mobs. Violence is often not required. But a close relationship with the Lord of All Creation is. Honesty is vital; lies are poison. 

The only essential difference between the revolution of Exodus (Moses vs. Pharaoh Ramses, c. 1446 B.C.) and modern Israel vs. the Arab world, is the sophistication of the weapons. Ordinary and healthy people yearn for freedom and liberty so they can build a life of their own that has meaning for them. Freedom of religion is vital. Slavery is anathema. But the Ruling Classes of today believe they're gods, or like gods, and they're jealous of the True God. They don't care about anything except their own power, status, and wealth. From time immemorial it has been thus:

          


Here is Al Pacino as Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare:



Mel Gibson as Hamlet:



Hamlet meets his father's ghost and receives terrifying news. A fateful promise is made: 



Could our ancestors who fought for freedom be pleading with us to awaken and continue the war against the Anti-Christ? You know the answer if you have a good heart. Ask God for a new, healthy heart. 

Monday, June 14, 2021

How Large Is God? Much Larger Than His Universe, Certainly

We humans have always had a tough time imagining God's size and power, largely because we're diminished when we contemplate Him, and it hurts our pride. We would much rather deceive and aggrandize ourselves into thinking we are gods with total control over our lives. 

Ancient people felt the same sense of inferiority even though they never could have dreamed how vast our universe really is; and the truth arrived all at once, in the 1750s. Thomas Wright and Emmanuel Kant shocked the world by proving that our own Milky Way galaxy was a rotating, flattened disc made up of millions of stars; just one of several galaxies nearby which they called "island universes". This was almost as troubling as Copernicus' proof that the earth wasn't the center of the solar system. 

In the 1920s, using a vastly more powerful telescope than anyone had before, Edwin Hubble proved that our galaxy contained over 100 million stars, and there were millions more galaxies in the universe. Also, for some mysterious reason they were expanding and accelerating away from us at fantastic speeds - almost 186,000 miles per second; or 670 million miles per hour; which is the speed of light in a vacuum.                                                                                    Hubble actually was confirming the observations and proofs that Georges Lamaitre - a Belgian Catholic priest, mathematician, and astronomer - had discovered two years before Hubble. 

Now we know that our Milky Way galaxy is well over 100,000 light years in size, and contains over 200 billion stars.  Not only that, there are a trillion galaxies in the observable universe, which likely contain 100 billion stars each, and they're being pushed outward by some mysterious force, labeled Dark Energy.             Our observable universe is 13.8 billion light years in size, and began with the Big Bang, a titanic blast emanating from an atom-fragment-sized oneness.(Link)  These facts are now known as the Hubble-Lamaitre law.

This discovery was nearly unimaginable, even for Albert Einstein who stumbled onto these truths years ahead of Lamaitre and Hubble. But Einstein thought they must be wrong, and that he might be ridiculed, so he fudged his calculations and pretended it wasn't true. When faced with Lamaitre's calculations, Einstein replied, "Your calculations are correct, but your physics is abominable."  Before long, though, he told Lamaitre his proofs were "...the most beautiful... explanation of creation to which I have ever listened." To the end of his days Einstein regretted his timidity. 

We can understand why Einstein doubted himself, and must admit that these truths are impossible to fully grasp. But there's more. Much more.

Nuclear physicists have now proven that the distance between our humdrum, everyday world and the very smallest unit in its subatomic, or quantum, world is almost as vast. The fact is, we're not solid at all. We're mostly space; like steam. This is why x-rays, radio, and television waves pass easily through us. In other words, each of us is an inconceivably huge universe to the particles we're made of. The tiniest measure of all is called the Planck Particle*, an unimaginable nothing, compared to which a single proton - a tiny piece of a single atom - is as big as a galaxy. This video will explain it: 

 

See what the Big Bang really was:



 

Can there be a mind behind this network of laws and orders? Can there be a creator? Obviously there must be. Natural Laws expressed through mathematics and astrophysical observations prove to be universal throughout all creation. Curiously, though, many scientists think these truths argue against the idea of God. "How could a mind be so inconceivably huge?", they ask. "Why couldn't it be?", this author replies. 

Just as everything we do requires thought, planning, effort, and knowledge, so must the cosmos. Knowing this, are there any limits to the Lord of Creation? He is the designer of limits. Limitlessness is clearly a feature of the mind behind all we see and know. 

How powerful is God? It's absurd to imagine there are any limits to His power. Everything is His; time, space, matter, energy, dimensions of time and space and riches we can't conceive of. The revelations of Scripture have been given to us for over three-thousand years, and they've been doubted by many the whole time; today more than ever. But it's massively ironic that many sciences have now proven what Scripture has always said, like God's Creation springing forth out of nothing, and all at once; the Big Bang. Yet more people than ever reject the religious view. Why? Because wars have been fought over religion? Mankind is very good at inventing pretexts for the grand theft of others' nations. The bloodiest century of all by far, the 20th, saw atheistic wars; very few religious wars. 

"The riddles of God are more satisfying than the answers of man."  

G.K. Chesterton

Consider the miracle we're living through right now, being able to search out the universe in each and every detail with ingenious tools we built for ourselves over the last thousand years. No other species on earth has a fraction of our power to do almost everything we can imagine, and gain knowledge nobody ever had before.

*The Planck Particle is named after Max Planck, the Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist who discovered the quanta, or subatomic world of particles; the building blocks of all things in the material universe. 

                        Part  2:  The Purely Material View of the Universe

The 20th Century was the first in human history to largely jettison the spiritual world; that is, the non-material world of God the Creator. The successes of the Industrial Revolution and its genius inventors (Watt, with his steam engine; Edison's lightbulb and phonograph; The Wright's airplane) gradually persuaded people generally to turn away from religion and the spiritual life. Science and Reason effectively replaced and became a sort of god that offered material answers and solutions to genuine needs; and eventually, everything else we might want. 

However the "God is dead... and we have killed him" crowd turned to Communism, Fascism, and Nazism as a replacement. The "superman... scientific man" was seen as the evolution away from religion. Known as the "Left wing" of politics, they flourished. The Fascists and Nazis called themselves anti-communists, but both embraced socialism - Left wing central government control - as the solution to all our problems. Religion was suppressed or even crushed, because our true Creator threatens the legitimacy of any and all dictators and plutocracies. We've had over 120 years to see where these philosophies lead and to assess their outcomes. The evidence is abundant and hideous. Our world is now truly on the brink of annihilation from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons that are now in the hands of the haters of God. 

Remember when (in the 1970s) "ecology" was the buzzword of the smart people?  The Left loved to pose and pretend that they, as certified "environmentalists", had an enlightened understanding of the earth's ecology. The Sierra Club and Greenpeace weren't yet organized crime cartels masquerading as "sensible reform" groups. But, as Eric Hoffer once observed, "Every cause becomes a movement, then a business, and degenerates into a racket."  (Link)

From that seed the whole "global warming... climate change" scam gradually grew, starting with the "population bomb" (over population) and the coming "ice age'' (Link) that splashed all over Time Magazine and the media in 1977; then the coming "global famine". 
But then the exact opposite happened as countries learned how to use fertilizers and western techniques to create abundant crops of grain. Food production technology was a great success in the third world (India, China, Malaysia, etc.) except where the communists rule. Everything they touch turns to rubbish. 
Eventually their predictions, like "peak oil" (the supposed maximum amount of fossil fuel reserves in the earth) all fizzled. Then "sustainability" was all the rage along with global climate change. Good intentions trumped everything, and focusing on results became "racist!" The results have been ruinous to our prosperity, particularly in poor countries. 

Now we see that the ultimate end for the Left is "unsustainability" and the bankruptcy they preached against. They always go for the expedient and lazy answer, casting wisdom aside and becoming total fools. They know their scam has aged way past its shelf life, and that's why every panic-inducing scheme is being used to create endless crises. "Never let a good crisis go to waste", said Rahm Emmanuel (U.S. White House Chief of Staff, 2009 to 2010). 
We're looking at a 21st Century Bolshevik revolution. It will burn itself out and take a lot of casualties with it. Do we see anywhere a charismatic Lenin, Stalin, or Hitler? No, just geriatric and dumb pretenders. 

Their age of Clintonian Camelot and Obama Super-Narcissism is old hat. Isn't it telling that of all American presidents, Barack is the only one utterly without a protégé? He was such an empty suit that nobody could or would be allowed to sit and learn "at his knee" so-to-speak. There was no substance to learn, just falsehood, smoke, and mirrors. 
The best citizens on earth crave genuine freedom, as outlined in the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the United Nations Charter. Freedom to worship our Lord and Creator is the cornerstone of all cornerstones. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Death Is An Aberration; God Wants Us and All His Creations To Live Forever

It's marvelous to see the great temples of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Byzantium. Without mathematics like ours, and using only the most simple tools and lifting equipment, massive and hard stones were intricately cut and lifted into high places. Similarly, the dazzling cathedrals from the 11th and 12th Centuries in Europe couldn't be built as well now.

The hand-built churches and palaces of Renaissance Italy, Germany, France, and Spain are often over four hundred years old. They're beautiful and in good repair because people have always spent fortunes to travel from all over the globe to appreciate their beauty and the cultures that built them. Great craftsmen of genius designed and built for a future they would never see and couldn't have imagined. For them it would be unthinkable to build something great and not plan for it to endure through many centuries, until Christ returned to our world:


The more beautiful, delicate, and wondrous something is, the more its creator will want it to endure forever. God is the ultimate craftsman, and eternal life is the natural state for everything He makes. We men and women are God's highest achievement; for the last act of His creation - after the universe and earth - were Adam and Eve

Death is an aberration to the Lord. Would anyone want their creations to fall apart and die? There is an answer to the riddle of our decay and death. God placed in us a love for adventure and discovery that will lead us to Him if we have a working moral compass that points to the moral True North:


All people alive today have a chance to gain entry to an eternal Paradise of joy, freedom, and pleasure. Will you ask the Creator for guidance?