Posts tagged ‘scientific theory’

October 29, 2011

Passion with Purpose

A Peek Into Your Passion at ylcf.org

Earlier this month, I read the first post on ylcf.org about Passion. I wondered what my “passion with a purpose” was as I hurried out the door. It wasn’t that I didn’t think I was passionate – I often use that word to describe myself. I just wasn’t sure what my purpose was.

It turns out I simply couldn’t see the forest for the trees, for when I arrived at my destination a wave of anticipation hit me, and with it, realization. I was on the University campus for a pro-life outreach.

Ever since going through Justice For All‘s Abortion: From Debate to Dialogue training for the first time, I have found a passion for meaningful dialogue, not just about abortion, but other things like creation science or man’s relationship to God. The training (which I have been through 4 times) taught me key techniques, like humbly asking questions, to gently reason with people so as to find Truth.

17 Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Rebuke the oppressor;
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Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow.
18 “ Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD

 

If you’d like to read more about meaningful conversations I have had, click on the “God Stories” tab in the sidebar.

February 25, 2011

Conversation with a scientist

It wasn’t long after I went through the JFA ambassadorship training the first time that I went on a field trip to Agua Caliente park with our homeschool group. A man from the park service, Mr. R, led the group of Jr. and Sr. high school students in learning about and observing the local ecosystem. In order to describe an ecosystem, he used the analogy of a watch. It is only a working watch, if all the pieces are there and working together in just the right way. It’s the same with an ecosystem. You don’t just need all the right pieces, they need to be working together.

This watch analogy got me thinking, after all, in order to have a working watch, some sort of intelligence is necessary to make it work. By the end of the field trip I decided to ask Mr. R some more questions.

I began by asking him about how ecosystems start, since we had only learned about how they work. He explained that if, say, a section of African savanna burns, there is no ecosystem. Then seeds blow in and grasses begin to grow. A zebra wanders in, then lions follow the prey and so on until the ecosystem is rebuilt. I wasn’t satisfied, though. I gently clarified that I hadn’t asked how the ecosystem moved, but how it began. He then tried to explain that historically, ecosystems (like everything else) were much simpler and it took time for them to develop to the point of complexity that we see now. He still hadn’t answered my question about how they began, though. I continued in this way, moving him backwards using carefully formed questions. By this time, I had decided that the “one question” that I needed to get him to was “how did it all begin?”.

When I finally got him to the origins of the universe, he essentially said “it just happened”. I commented that I simply didn’t have enough faith to believe that. I later found out that that simple comment really made him think. You see, he grew up in a Christian home, and when he came home from college classes with questions about the godless evolution that he was learning, his mother had told him, you just need to have more faith.

I went on to have a total of four separate conversations with him, and throughout my goal was to show him that I have a reasonable faith. I don’t know exactly what kind of impact I had on him, but I do know that he respects me, and recognizes that I don’t make decisions lightly. I pray that I also showed him a glimpse of Christ as well.

February 24, 2011

Only One Question

In the JFA ambassadorship training, it is stressed that there is truly only one question that needs to be answered in order to know whether or not abortion is ok. The question is, “what is it?”

The unborn fetus, whether you view it as a mass of tissue or a human being, is biologically alive (it is growing, metabolizing and reacting to stimuli). So then, before we can answer the question of whether or not we can terminate that life, we need to figure out exactly what it is.

If it’s a part of the woman (my body, my choice) then it’s her decision.

If it’s a separate human entity, it’s not the woman’s decision.

See how important this question is? This is the way that I see the answer (and by the way, if you don’t agree, feel free to leave a comment. If you don’t want it published, just let me know. I have to hand-publish all comments)

If it’s growing, isn’t it alive? (as we have already discussed)
If it has human parents, isn’t it human?
And isn’t human life, like you and me, valuable?

Having “one question” also helps to focus the conversation, so that we don’t go off on tangents. The abortion debate especially tends to have a lot of rabbit trails (What if the mother is only 13? What if she’s poor? What if…?).

I think that all hot topics have “one question” of their own that must be answered. For example, in the intelligent design/evolution debate, the one question is “how did it all begin?”. I’m trying to boil down other topics to “one question” as well.

What do you think?

September 3, 2010

The Whirl of Atoms~an old poem on the theory of an infinite universe

The Whirl of Atoms

For blindly, blindly, and without design,
Did these first atoms their first meeting try;
No ordering Thought was there, no Will divine
To guide them; but through infinite time gone by,
Tossed and tormented, they essayed to join,
And clashed through the void space tempestuously,
Until at last that certain whirl began,
Which slowly formed the Earth and Heaven and Man.
~De Rerum Natura, Book I, Lucretius b. 95 B.C. d. 52 B.C.

I was amazed at the direct attack on God in this poem. I had heard that the concept of an infinite universe was an old one, but I didn’t realize it was this old! Of course, mathematics has proven time and again that the universe had a beginning, yet people still cling to their atheistic theories of millions of years. I think this poem makes clear the reason behind these theories – the human desire to be without the authority of a Creator.

And where do these theories take those who trust in them? Lucretius is supposed to have taken his own life. He believed that the body, soul and mind were one, that one could not survive without the other, and that all grow old and feeble together. As a philosopher, it makes sense that he would take his own life before his mind became too weak, especially because he believed that his consciousness would end then, too.