Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Atheism is a Religion

This post is now published as Chapter 56 in "Reason If You Will - How To Answer Questions Regarding Faith." You can purchase a copy of this book by clicking HERE.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The God Particle?

This post is now published as Chapter 54 in "Reason If You Will - How To Answer Questions Regarding Faith." You can purchase a copy of this book by clicking HERE.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"If a Tree Falls in the Woods..."

“If a tree falls in the woods and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” This is an old and humorous question. And, it is one that I would like to examine because it illustrates an important aspect of the human condition that is commonly overlooked. I will begin the examination with the definition of a “sound.” The dictionary defines a “sound” as “the sensation produced by stimulation of the organs of hearing by vibrations transmitted through the air or other medium.” Accordingly, being heard is required in order for something to be a sound. In other words, a sound is the effect of an ear (or similarly functioning device) receiving vibrations caused by an event, like a tree falling. But, if those “vibrations” never ultimately reach an ear, the “organs of hearing” are never stimulated. Therefore, without being received by an ear, they are just vibrations. If those vibrations are received by something other than an ear (or its equivalent), they don’t make a “sound.” For example, if a tree falls in the woods and nobody (including animals) is around to hear it, how do other things in the woods receive those vibrations? Take a nearby tree for example. It receives the vibrations, but does not have an ear. The vibrations would only cause that nearby tree to vibrate as well, albeit to a lesser extent. But, this would not be a "sound." Rather, this would just be vibrations causing other non-hearing vibrations. In order to be a sound it must be heard.

So, if a tree falls in the woods and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The answer is no. It makes vibrations. But, did you notice the humanistic bias in the question? My response to this question is another question, “Is it even possible for nobody to be around in the woods when that tree falls?” The answer is also no. God is ever present in the woods. Psalm 139:7-10 says, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” This, coupled with other passages, makes clear that God is present throughout His universe. Further, Isaiah 59:1 says, “Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear.” This is one of several verses that refer to the “ear” of God. Whether this is figurative or literal is irrelevant when we recognize the truth that God hears regardless of whether He has a literal ear. Therefore, there is no tree that falls that escapes His hearing and attention. More importantly, there is nothing that happens throughout creation, whose effects escape God’s attention. 

It is our fallen human condition that allows the question to presume God is not present. But, we believe God is present. Or, do we? If we truly believe in God's presence, would we seriously ask the opening question? And, if we truly believe in God's presence, shouldn't that radically transform our words and actions today? Maybe we should first resolve whether we truly believe in God's presence. How we behave is the truest display of how we truly believe.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Transition Announcement

Last week's post was a transition point for this blog. As some of you know, I have been following a call to use this blog as a means to bless others. But, secondarily, it has also been a means to publish my material in book format. I am doing that for my posterity, and for any others who desire to have this information in a printed form. Last week's post was the final post completing my prepared materials for publishing. Now comes the compiling, editing, proofing and ultimate printing. The book will likely have some more material primarily for bridging topics, and it will be more user friendly for those wanting to use it as a reference. When the book is ready, I will let my readers know how they can order a copy if they like. The goal for publishing is primarily for my family. For that reason, I am not seeking to personally profit from that endeavor. In fact, any net proceeds will be donated to Camp Bahamas, a Christian youth camp run by my brother, Richard. And, if you don't need a written copy, I plan to keep this site up as long as I can. So, it is available for free regardless.

While I am working on the publishing effort, I plan on keeping this site active and posting "apologetic" reactions to current events for ongoing benefit to those who stay tuned in. And, if the Lord leads me to change course, I will obey. It has been an honor to be on this journey for the past year. I am honored by the affirmations of my spiritual brothers and sisters on Facebook (where I allow comments to posts). I am also honored by the almost 8,000 page reads that my blog has experienced across the world during this time. I realize that number is small relative to more mainstream blogs. But, I am so blessed by what God has done and will do through this effort. This is part of my life's work. This is my "mustard seed" and my small contribution to the discussion at large. I have Faith that God will use this small act of obedience to accomplish tasks worthy of His glory. It is my prayer and wish that everyone reading my work will realize how amazingly loved they are by God. Be blessed as you follow Him!

P.S. If you wish to email me with questions or comments, please use reasonifyouwill@gmail.com.