Why Can’t We Understand God?

Humor a deist, intelligent design advocate, Christian, creationist as he fumbles through an explanation of why physicists and other scientists should not be closed-minded.  Criticism is (as always) welcome.

  • We can’t quite get our heads around the nature of creation of the universe and time
  • We can’t quite get our heads around the bending of physics
  • Because we are limited.

Allow me to introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Flat.  They are two-dimensional stick-figure line drawings on a plane sheet of paper.  They were drawn by a human.  They live their lives in two dimensions, X and Y.  They are wicked-smart physicist line drawing people, and have done quite a lot of thinking about the nature of the universe.  They have concluded:

  • There are two dimensions where we exist.
  • There is a third dimension that extends at an angle from the other two, and we call this “Z”.  We think that things could have shapes in three dimensions.  This is not very controversial.
  • Some radicals think there might be a fourth dimension, in which we travel while still part of the first three.  This is possibly crazy talk.

One day, you decide to poke your finger through their piece of paper.  They perceive a disturbance, and a place where there are XY coordinates in a rough circle that are the shape of something not-paper.  They see the different shapes your finger makes as it goes through the plane, and realize that here is a three-dimensional object.  They can’t see you because they are 2D and you are 3D.  But they can perceive you, and contemplate you.

If you were to put yourself in your line drawing and explain to them all about our for-sure known four dimensions, plus all the things that go on in 3D just all the time like nothing, they would have a hard time with it, but maybe believe you.  If you told them YOU had drawn them with your own hand, they would maybe believe you, but raise all sorts of objections about being able to affect their 2D world through use of an obviously-different set of physical rules.  Their minds boggle, but they are physicists and super good at theoretical maths.  They crunch the numbers and conclude that it looks like you must be a nutter, just another 2D line drawing with cockamamie ideas about the origins of their existence.

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  • You exist in three dimensions, XY and Z
  • You travel through time as a fourth dimension, T
  • There are probably some other dimensions, according to some wicked-hard maths that I can’t figure out but some scientists seem pretty convinced so . . .
  • Some people say there is a God who created the whole universe. This is possibly crazy talk.

It should be obvious that, to make something, you have to be outside of and/or apart from it in some way.  You can’t 3D-print your 3D printer while using it to 3D print itself, right?  That’s silliness!  But you can use your tools to make a 3D printer which will then be able to 3D print other cool stuff.  So can God.

“In the Beginning, God…”

We have an indeterminate period of possibly-infinite time where the world existed, but was basically a blank slate.  We have an external entity of capabilities beyond what can be found inside our universe.  This entity MUST be outside of our known universe, because

…created the heavens and the earth.

What? you say, this is impossible!  The universe is infinite according to the 4 dimensions we are really, really sure exist.  There is no way you could just CREATE the whole Universe.  This is possibly crazy talk!

All things were made by him…

No.  We have done the maths and we are really quite sure it looks like there was nothing, then Big Bang and there was everything, which settled down a bit over the last 13.8 billion years and ta-da! here we are.  Nobody did any MAKING of this universe.  That makes no sense at all, according to the physics we can theorize.

Right.  That’s the point.  The rules of the system were created by a being not of the system.  You can’t expect a 2D stick figure to MAKE a sheet of paper and then draw stick people on it.  And you can’t expect that something which conforms to the physics of the known universe could possibly MAKE the known universe.  It’s unpossible!  That leaves two choices:

  1. The universe was created
  2. The universe sprang forth from nothing

This leaves a conundrum for all sentients in the known universe to ponder:  Do I find it to be more likely that nothing suddenly turned into everything?  Or do I find it more likely that we don’t know 100% of all there is to know, and there can exist something outside the known physical system of our universe, which created it?

That something is God.  You may choose to believe that nothing can turn into something, and you will have my sincere pity.  I chose long ago to believe that we haven’t quite got the numbers in on 100% of everything, and the universe was created by a (?) outside of it.

This “creator” must necessarily NOT be limited to our four dimensions.  This “creator” could be capable of manipulating our dimensions and physical laws at whim.  You could say that this would be a very “powerful” being.  That it could, in fact, possibly create “by wisdom” and one could theorize that everything in our known universe was created by it.

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To admit you do not know everything is the essence of scientific curiosity.  Do not be ashamed to stand with the giants of history, and think that there can be “a God.”

Even, do not shy away from being afraid of It.  This has been described as “…the beginning of knowledge!

Smile, Nod, and Wait, They’ll Get There Eventually

Honestly, it’s like waiting for children who are just learning the fundaments of addition, when they figure out there is more to life than mere consciousness.  Some for-real scientists decided to whip out some alternate geometry and look at old theories about the universe, and have arrived at the possibility that the universe has neither a beginning nor end, and there are no Big Bangs or Crunches involved*.

The maths are, I am sure, very far over my head.  The point is, when actual Scientists** look at what most people consider to be settled science, sometimes they come up with ideas that are radically different.  Paradigms can and do shift from time to time.  This may be a shifty event – it may not – but it reminds me:

They are still a mile off the mark.  Maybe they are Christians and believe their Bibles 100% but you can hardly prove “In the Beginning, God…” with theory and maths.  However, I have noted that a lot of for-real scientists tend more along the lines of “willingly ignorant” and discard the notion of God entirely.  For them, the notion of a big bang-type singularity 13.8 billion years ago is a comfort.  Expect the not-quite-scientists out there to get their hackles up over this new “no singularities” theory.  Expect terrible “science reporting” to say this “PROVES THERE WAS NO BIG BANG!!!1!” and “WERE CREATIONISTS RIGHT ALL ALONG?!”

Eventually, a child figures out how to do 1+1=2 without even thinking about it.  Eventually, everyone will realize this whole business of big bangs and dark ages is a bunch of humbug, and that “In the beginning, God…” is the actual reality bygod true history of what happened.

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*whew!  I hate crunches.  I don’t have an exercise mat, so they always make my back hurt!

**as distinct from Climate Scientists, who only want to murder you for saying their sweet, sweet grant money may have been badly spent by criticizing their religion of anthropogenic global warming

Stop and Smell The . . . Filler?

I surprised myself with the result of a technical challenge. Trying out a new piece of equipment, I took a picture with a normal lens and the result was as expected. These little white flowers are often put in as filler amongst the roses you intended to buy. They don’t look horrible anyway, and they don’t charge extra for them so no harm done, right?

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Then I tried a new macro adapter on them, with the same lens.  Click this one, it’s worth it.

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I don’t know why they look like they’re made of sugar crystals or some other granular substance, but they do.  These things are like 3-6mm across in full bloom, but look at the detail.  You know who delights in doing stuff like this?  God does.  And statistically nobody notices, or cares.  Next time you see a nice floral arrangement and it has those silly little white flowers in the middle to take up space, remember they are a genuinely beautiful thing in their own right, and it was no accident of Evolution they are the way they are.

Skin Is Amazing

. . . and shows how smart God is.

Today at work I was moving something around and slid my hand over a sharp spot. It stung and I was sure I would look down and see at least a scratch if not blood.

Nothing. Not even a pink line. Tell me, if you were creating a new organism from scratch and nothing like it had been made before, you would have done this. Cover the entire exterior with a tough, flexible, self-healing membrane that lets waste out and keeps the good juices in. Just wow, God. Good work; you nailed it first try.

Evolutionists Shocked To Find "Vestigial" Appendix is Functional.

From Yahoo! News.

For a long time, nobody really knew what the human appendix was good for. So, according typical evolutionist thinking, it’s good for nothing.

Hold on there.

Somebody went and took another look, and it seems the appendix is a valuable organ after all! Who knew?! Turns out, if you live in too clean an environment, it may give you trouble, but otherwise it’s actually pretty helpful.

I found the linked Yahoo! article to be both amusing and sad. My favorite lowlight: ” No less than Charles Darwin first suggested that the appendix was a vestigial organ” Really? The same Darwin who was too stupid to get a real job, so his daddy told him to go be a priest? Wow.

The general tone of the article is somewhat-stunned confusion at the discover of function in a bodily organ. A creationist just smiles and nods, realizing that God placed the appendix in the body for a reason that was too advanced for us to figure it out until now. Christians to evolutionists: welcome to having a clue. Now if you’d just believe in Jesus . . .

Meteor Craters: Fountains of the Deep?

I was considering the Barringer Meteor Crater the other day, when a thought came to mind that I had never had before. It has pretty obviously occurred to other people because there is some interesting debate on the topic online. You can google up your own information as well as I can, and most of the people with forums dedicated to the discussion are very anti- everything I believe in so I won’t drive traffic to them on purpose. Suffice it to say, there is a LOT of thought that has been put into a LOT of words in some pretty interesting conversations out there.

Anywho, here’s the thought I had, based on one of my first principles (the Bible is true, which has a corollary principle: the Earth is young): Are the huge meteor craters out there actually mislabeled? The Bible says

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

To me, that says there was some water somewhere underground, and it came out via multiple fountains. There would have to be a lot of water to cover the face of the whole earth, and the fountains would have to be pretty big. Could this have been one of them?

image from thelivingmoon.com

There would have been water flowing out in every direction, so one would not find evidence of rivers originating from the fountains. There seems to be a general lack of meteorites found in the craters which would make sense if they were fountains.

There are plenty of people who won’t (will not, on purpose) believe in the flood. The changes on the face of the planet that could be from the events described in the Bible as happening at that time won’t fit into their worldview. They may be expected to expend great amounts of time, energy, and money to prove the Bible false. They have failed so far, but may be expected to keep trying.

One thing you will find true regardless of what you think made the craters: there are some astonishing <a HREF="http://www.unb.ca/passc/ImpactDatabase/images/vredefort.htm
“>photographs of them available online.

Global Warming Will KILL ALL THE TREES!!!!1!

News, apparently, to some people who have never paid attention to coal mines (not news to the miners who don’t count because they’re not doctors or reporters):

from the Times Online

Boogity boogity magic BOOM and all of a sudden, there was an earthquake and the sea rushed in and filled the area with sediment, and perfectly preserved 10,000 hectares of forest by fossilization. To call that a bit of a stretch is an understatement.

They are ignoring a more plausible theorem because it doesn’t fit into the humanist/evolutionist worldview.

Try this: before the Flood, the trees (and everything else) had a much broader range of the earth to grow on, because the global environment was healthier (maybe I’ll talk about this in another post, later). So there was a forest in this place. Then the world was inundated, and this forest was covered with silt, and fossilized. Makes sense to someone not unwilling to believe what the Bible says is true. If the Bible can’t be true, you come up with a whole forest subsumed in an earthquake and yet still standing, due -since this is the current bogeyman- to global warming.

Not.

Once again, science agrees with the Bible, if you will look at it from the proper perspective.

However, since the “experts” say different and nobody currently alive was there to see what happened to this forest, we will never know, and both sides will likely continue to believe what they did before, except for the soft-headed who will be persuaded due to the “experts” having Said So.

Of course, to present both theories in school for children to consider, would be a Bad Thing, right? I mean, right?

So, You Say Oil Comes From Dinosaurs?

. . . and that we are running out of it?

From WorldNetDaily, In 5 minutes I find more evidence that not only does oil NOT come from dead stuff, we have more of it than we will ever need.

After recent oil strikes that double our US territory proven reserves

we find it is not required and shouldn’t be hard to replicate similar finds of large quantities of oil!

Soon to be released for anyone to do it: bacteria modified from the cow-fart-methane producing kind turn waste biomass into fuels. To be producing gasoline and diesel in the US in a couple of years if possible.

A new discovery about the Lost City vents under the ocean is increasing evidence for the abiotic origin of “fossil fuels”

More on abiotic hydrocarbon fuels

But somehow, you are unconvinced. Okay, we’ll still welcome you to the SUV party when you join it.

Now here is the religious aside that makes you think I am a kook:

This is further proof of creationism from the Biblical and Young Earth perspectives. IF the dinosaurs didn’t live gozillions of years ago, then there is no way for the oil to take gozillions of years to form.

I suppose you also didn’t know that the oil is sometimes found under high pressure (think: Spindletop) that would normally have crumbled the surrounding rock and bled off, given millions of years. If it was only there for a (geologically) short period, then the rocks wouldn’t have cracked and let the pressure out.

Huh. How do you like that?