God and Science?

God n Science

Science, in a nutshell, is a compilation of expectations.  If I were to let go of an object at a height, it would fall and make impact with any surface below; whether a few centimeters or miles away.  If this happens fifty times in a row, the scientific expectation is that on the fifty-first time the object, once let go of, will also plummet and will make impact with the surface below.  This, as we can all tell, is an applied example of gravity at work.

What about God?  Can we really fit Him into a box using science?  There are plenty of common debates on the internet where either Christians attempt to explain God using humankind’s understanding of our world and beyond, or those opposing religion attempt to use science to debunk the existence of God.  However, how effective is such an approach to belief in God’s existence?  That’s what we’ll take a look at in this blog post – God and science.

Okay, let’s be real.  All science exists because of the one who created it, so let’s think about if its fair to use science to try and explain the existence of God to those who oppose it.  My answer is yes, to an extent.  The concept of belief is just that, BELIEF.  Nearly everywhere that God has performed 1-on-1 miracles, He mentions faith.  “Go, for your faith has made you well.”  Not your understanding of quarks, leptons or bosons.  Faith is a passion, a fervor, and a feeling beyond just emotion.  Can we really produce faith from an understanding of God using science.  Not really.  I truly support using science as preacher Louie Giglio who through his narrative strikes awe of Him in the hearts of the people.  It really shows a tangible connection between mortals and the one who created this world.  Using science to prove the existence of a greater power’s work is a not a bad thing.  It’s a way to touch and feel the evidence of a creator, but using science to develop faith is not something supported by the Bible.  Those who believed, just BELIEVED.  They didn’t need science or works, they just needed faith.  And their faith made them well.  Faith built on just a tangible idea like science, is that faith at all?  Not truly.  Science is a great supporting pillar, but science as a foundation for belief in Christ, or in deity is not ideal.  It causes doubts, and causes people to attempt to fit God into the borders of what we believe is real, when in truth there is much about our own home planet that we don’t understand.  We’ll talk more about this in a bit.

What about the more common use for science in the arena of debating on God’s existence?  Using science to debunk the existence of God – Is it really fair to do that,? Can you really use science as a stable form of evidence against God, especially when those that say they don’t believe in religion often do?   What people often call Mother Nature and her path of evolution is what those who believe in a God call God and his creation.  Using science to prove that God isn’t real is like stepping on a sinking ship.  The thought of using science to debunk the existence of a greater being falls apart for one basic reason.  The whole concept of God and his relationship with the world of mortals is one that remains entirely out of the borders of science, because that is precisely what God is.  If God is limited by the space-time continuum, then He is no God.  The idea behind God is that HE is a supreme being who is above, outside of the space-time barrier who can alter things within it.  God is not a God limited by our limitations.

What exactly is the space-time continuum?  Well, to make up our universe we have three basic elements, proven by the very science that people use to destroy the belief in God.  You have space, time, and matter.  You can’t have matter without space because you’d have nowhere to put it.  You can’t have matter without time because you wouldn’t know when to put it.  You can see where this could go from here.  These three things makes up the continuum, the very universe we live in.  Now if we attempt to use science, something limited to our physical space-time continuum, to explain something clearly greater than it (God), then we are defeating the purpose of having a God.

God is real, and He exists beyond our physical universe, for a God restrained by what chains humankind is not a God.  When we humans invent something, we change it, we innovate it.  If humankind were to develop a new computer, we know for a fact that there was a brain and a consciousness behind that invention.  It would be absolutely ridiculous to say that the computer came from a bag of broken rocks that someone stood in an empty room and shook for millions of years.  Anyone would tell you that that’s not possible.  How then, can an entire world of sentient beings come from something like the big bang.  If the big bang had to occur then we have a greater question.  Where did the universe before the big bang come from?  Who created the components for the big bang?  This is why using science to do away with belief in God is an idea that just falls apart.

God is greater than science than what we can ever know.  He is very real, but to attempt to cage His worth using our understanding of the world would be an insult to his existence.  Deep down we can all agree that there has to be a sentient being behind the creation.  There’s no way a car shattered to pieces can just come out of the dump made entirely new without some sentient being behind its restoration.  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  Even though the heavens declare his greatness, and every cell in our bodies shows just how closely we are connected to Christ, using science to put a barrier around God’s value or to prove his lack of existence is something that just can’t be done.  Faith is something that can’t be built out of science.  It’s not something you can learn like biology or chemistry.  Yet, faith as small as a mustard seed can do miracles.  Miracles that we can’t believe in if we attempt to explain God with our limited understanding.  God is not just an idea, He is the driving factor for our very existence.  Each cell, each elementary particle was divinely designed by someone from above.  His name is Jesus Christ.

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An Afternoon to Remember

Here’s a quick little story for you: Last week; June 1, 2019, was an awesome day.  For those of you that don’t know, I was invited to speak at the annual Taste of the World block party, which was an absolute blast.  They had pony rides, a fun bus, more food from different cultures than you could imagine, and more.  Being able to share something with the crowd that was there was a special experience, and I wanted to share some of my experience with you.  (Below is the link to the video.  Check it out!  Like and subscribe!)

Anyway, the day started usually.  Woke up at 7 A.M. on a Saturday, and it was full steam ahead from there.  The whole morning our resources were split up, attending this event and that.  When we finally got to the block party at New Durham Chapel in Piscataway, we were running on fumes.  Dead tired and thirsty, we began another long run of tedious work, setting up for our music set to be played at the event.  My mind was focused on doing many things at that time, as you would expect:  I was mentally preparing to speak, I was setting up, I was testing my sound, warming up my voice, and I was quite pre-occupied with how my message and our songs would go.  (Quick note:  Whenever I reference us I’m referring to our band, the Levitz.  There’ll be a link for that down below, too.  Oh, and yes, I will be getting to my talk soon.)

After a song set which went splendidly, the band unhooked their instruments and busied themselves with a plethora of after-gig necessities.  One of them being staying hydrated, obviously.  Another being doing a maintenance check of our stuff and instruments.  The second we struck our last chord, I grabbed my notes and rushed to the podium, and began.  For details of my talk, watch the video, but this is a quick summary of my points.

June 1, 2019 (Post-talk recap)

I touched upon 3 main ideas during my talk, which was a comedic re-telling of Jesus’ Feeding the Five Thousand.

  • Be prepared to present.  When God needs something from you in order to act on a promise, shying away could result in loss of a miracle
  • Be hungry.  The crowd that gathered to listen to Jesus that day was created accidentally when Jesus was trying to take a break from the people. They stayed there for hours on end in the wilderness, listening to their Savior speak.  Jesus took compassion on them and taught them and healed the sick.  The reward comes to those with passion, with fervor.
  • God will provide.  The obvious takeaway from the story.  God taught those who hungered for him, and not bread and fish, and in return they were satisfied both mentally and physically.

 

I’m happy that the talk was well-received, and I answered some questions from the audience after the talk.  Now, for my comedic retelling and everything that made my talk my talk, take a look at the links.

June 1st Talk

 

Levitz Band (A link you can check out at your leisure)

Youtube: Levitz Band on Youtube

 

A special thanks and shout out to Pastor Rich Sivo and New Durham Chapel for the opportunity to speak at Taste of the World 2019.  It was an absolutely incredible experience!  Thanks a bunch!

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Follow the Leader… but which one?

Do this, do that.  No!  You’re doing it wrong, because you’re doing it right!  That’s my job!  Hey, 8:00 means 8:00, not 7:59!  Who’s the boss?  Who is it?  Common flashes of imagination that flood our minds when we think of bosses, or more broadly, leadership or forced authority in general.  Let’s face the facts, most people – probably you included *cough* –  don’t like authority.  Not many people enjoy the feeling of someone with power constantly over your shoulder, but there is another side to leadership than you witness from day to day.  Today, let’s venture into the field of leadership, and find out what makes the best leader.

Appointed Leaders:  Men who are given the title of leader and are put in charge of a group of people.  These leaders are formally appointed, hence the name, and they hold the authority over their team members.

Expert Leaders:  One of the most influential types of leaders.  This leader is never formally appointed or given the title of team captain.  He is often a member of the team, and works to influence or inspire the team using his expertise.  He competes not to be named a leader, for that would take from him the value of his knowledge.

I ask you, which of these leaders is better?  To explain, a short story:

Deep within the jungle, there lived a nomadic tribe of monkeys.  They were rowdy, unkempt, and lived in constant chaos and anarchy.  One day, the Brown Monkey, one of the wiser of the tribe decided that they needed a leader, someone with official power over the tribe. 

“Here me, monkeys!  I say to you; we need a leader, one appointed to rule us.  We live in the moment, and are often never prepared for anything at all.  We need a formal leader to keep the peace and to keep us in check!  I appoint, given the power that has not been bestowed upon me considering the fact that we have no leader, The Black Monkey!”  The Brown Monkey howled, and his cohorts cheered in approval.  The Black Monkey was put in power, and he saw to it that the tribe prospered.  They settled down, and the quarrels and disputes that often took place quietened.  Squabbles over food or territory ended.  The Black Monkey screeched in excitement one afternoon as he looked over his realm. 

“Oh!  What peace, what prosperity I have brought forth!  By bringing forth appointed rule we have now established a chain of command for these ruffians to follow!”  The Black Monkey grunted and he began to walk away, but just as he was doing so, he overheard the strangest of conversations between two of his close friends.

“Did you hear of the White Monkey?”  The Green Monkey whispered to his companion.

“Oh yes!  While the Black Monkey has created an imperishable system, the rumor goes that the White Monkey holds the true hearts of the tribe!”  The Blue Monkey grinned.

“Of course, but how?  He is no elected leader!”

“No, but he has something else with him.  The love of the tribe.  Somehow, he has managed to influence the hearts and minds of the monkeys.  Some even claim that it was him, not the Black Monkey that solved the squabbles of the land.”

“How interesting,”  the Black Monkey muttered.  “I must find this White Monkey and see exactly how he accomplished all that my companions say he did.”

A few days followed, and the Black Monkey had the White Monkey found and brought to him. 

“Tell me friend, the forest animals say that you have a greater influence than I, the leader do.  Tell me, is this true?”

“Black Monkey, would all due respect, I do agree to all that you have said.  My influence is greater in this forest.  Would you like to know why?”  The White Monkey asked.

“Oh, joy!  Share your divine secrets with me, White one.”  The Black Monkey hooted and scratched an itch in his rear

“Well, Black Monkey, I couldn’t have done all that I have done without you.  You are what I call an appointed leader, one who is set in place for the purpose of bringing in order, but my expert leadership is what ended the squabbles and more.  I inspired the tribe, I brought them to peace and ended their disputes.  I influenced the monkeys with my expert leadership which gave me power among the people.  Power I can use to do even more good.  I couldn’t have done it without you, a formal leader bringing order to the scene, but an expert leader needs no name or fame.  An expert leader doesn’t need to be appointed.  He’s just another of the the tribe, one that leads them without ever raising a command.”  The White Monkey excused himself, and left the palace of Black Monkey, leaving him stunned and awe-struck.

“He’s right. He is absolutely right.”

Which type of leader is more important? Well they both hold an equal amount of importance. Without an ordained leader everything has the chance of falling into anarchy, but without an expert leader you’re just blindly following an appointed leader. Some leaders a hybrid of both, which makes the best type of leader. The point is, never complain because you don’t hold a title or more, for even a member of the team can become the most powerful leading force of all…

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The Greatest Story…

I know Easter weekend just went by, but I couldn’t let that monumental day go without a short poem for you all. The story of the crucifixion wasn’t one mundane event after another, and so the poem you’re about to read is one poem written in different styles to really make releasing it more enjoyable. Take a look!

Verse 1:

He entered the garden in the dead of night

Forsaking violence and all worldly might

His tears were His comfort and His own blood was His sweat

He was taken and in the dark of the dungeons he was kept

Verse 2:

He faced the fury of the multitudes

And the courts of Pilate

He was beaten and bruised, blood flowing colored a deep black and scarlet

Verse 3:

They sent him on his way on a grueling trek

Facing the sweltering heat of mid-day, on His path He kept

They set down his cross on the hill they called the skull

Golgotha was its name, a place where souls were rendered void and null

Verse 4:

They nailed him to the cross

A crown of thorns upon his head

Many believed the battle was lost

But by faith they were not lead

Verse 5:

Then he looked up to the sky

And spoke these words, Jesus Christ, the savior of worlds

“It is…”

F : the FURY and wrath of God had been satiated

I : IN bondage humanity was in no more

N : the NIGHT had passed and the morning of a new age had come

I : IN Christs’s loving embrace we are now found

S : Sin was abolished, stripped of its sting

H : HE bowed his battered Head, yet nobody knew the meaning of the final words he said

E : the ERA of prosperity was at hand, the reign of Christ

D : the pillars of DESTRUCTION and malice were torn down, and love and mercy were given the crown

For there is one who has witnessed death and has lived to tell

Of his return to heaven and his victory over hell

For the grave was but a precursor to glory

Another event in the greatest story…

– Steven George