Archive for March, 2010

Design Falsifiable

I’m preparing some different science posts today, since I have nothing to do, which I’m finding boring in a sick sort of way. Why would I want to be doing school work? I really don’t know. But anyway, as I was going through my notes, I discovered this page amidst my fifty others, and found it rather interesting.

I don’t know about you, but my science teacher has explained that science cannot justify a Creator because it cannot be tested, and is therefore not falsifiable. It’s purely a moral conviction. But is this true?

Ironically, it’s being called unfalsifiable by the people falsifying it. Miller proposed a test that would falsify the claim that intelligence is needed to produce an irreducibly complex system (IRC). To understand what this means, you have to understand what irreducibly complex means. Darwin wrote in his Origin of Species, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” Now, a system or device is irreducibly copmlex if it has a number of different components all working together to accomplish the task of the system, and if you were to remove a component, the system would be unable to function. An IRC is unlikely to come about through Darwin’s process, piece by piece, as the system must be fully present in order to function.

So what was being proposed by Miller was a test that he said could falsify the claim that has been made saying that only God can produce an IRC. For example, I claim that there is no unitelligent process to produce flagellum. To falsify this claim, I’d have to find one unintelligent process that could produce said system. Darwinists claim that some unintelligent process could indeed produce the flagellum. To falsify that, you’d have to show that the process couldn’t have been created by any potentially infinite number of possible unintelligent processes. Which is impossible to do.

So which claim is falsifiable? Design.


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Riniel’s Musings

Since my blog isn’t necessarily for my writing endeavors, I decided to create different blog for my books and random musings or personal posts. The new site is http://rinielsmusings.wordpress.com. There I will post my book and works in progress and other posts mentioned above. GalvanizingTruth will now be solely dedicated to apologetics in history and science, and Bible studies. While I’d like to keep everything on one blog, everything is irrelated, so I figured it would be best to separate the two subjects. rinielsmusings is currently ‘under construction’, as the internet likes to call it, so while you can access it, right now it is currently a little bit sketchy. But it will be fine in a day or two, if all goes well.

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Some Cosmology and Plans

So I said I would have one last post on cosmological evidence for Creation and life on other planets. But as I was looking over my notes, I realized that there is really just a lot more about how fine-tuned and perfect the Earth’s position is, some stuff about our sun’s flares and red dwarfs, our moon, other phenomena and plate tectonics. And while that’s all very interesting (not really, unless you like cosmology, unlike me), it really doesn’t disprove evolution in any way or affect the debate. So…I’m going to skip past it. If you want to know what my notes say, comment or something and I will write about it. However, there just really isn’t anything. Well, there is one more comment on cosmology that I’d like to make, so here goes.

The first substance typically required for life to exist is something that most would expect to hear: good ol’ dihydrogen monoxide. Or simply put, water. If water stays liquid long enough on a planet, supposedly life will evolve like it did on Earth (according to evolutionary scientists, the first cells were birthed in water, and then worked their way up to multicellular organisms, then plants, which eventually made their way to dry ground).  However, there are twenty-six elements necessary for a human to survive, and sixteen for bacteria. Intermediate life forms sit somewhere between the two. That’s a lot of elements, even though it may not sound like it. The basic building block for living organisms is typically carbon. We are carbon-based life forms.

Is it possible, though, that maybe a different-based life form could exist? Couldn’t life forms exist with a different element for a base? Well, as interesting a concept it is, it simply wouldn’t work. Chemistry is one of the better understood fields of science, and scientists know that you can’t get certain atoms to stick together in sufficient number and complexity to give you large molecules the same way carbon is able. And you can’t get liquids to dissolve as many chemicals as you can with water, so the water is necessary as well.

So that’s it for cosmology (yay!). There will continue to be science posts, but they will be shorter. I plan to mix science posts, some historical posts (which I will get to eventually), Bible studies, and personal and random posts all together on this blog. If you have any suggestions of things to write about, please let me know. I’m also considering posting my story I wrote online, because I am actually thinking about writing a sequel to it. I have no storyline for it yet, and I’m somewhat terrified of posting my story online because I’m not a very confident writer, but maybe somebody will critique me, which would be fantastic. And mildly depressing because I hate seeing how bad I am at writing, but I guess it’s part of learning how to write, so I will just have to be confident that I shall improve. I’m also planning to figure out the language of Quenya, so if random phrases that look weird start popping up, I’ll try to remind myself to translate, or you can go look it up yourself if you’re curious enough.

Now I just have to figure out how to learn Quenya…

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My friend got this from one of his friends and shared it on his blog, so I’m going to share it on mine, because I find it very valuable and sweet. ^_^

In other randomness, I am re-editing a book I wrote a while ago. Only one other person has read it, and after he had finished reading it, he said he was exactly like on of the main characters. At that point in time, I didn’t necessarily see the correlation. However, as I finish rereading the story, I realize that he is exactly like the main character. But the creepy part is that I met him after I created said character. Really, really weird…

I took the SAT on Saturday, and I believe that went well. I now just have to wait a couple weeks to get my scores back, which I am sure will drive me insane. I also performed for the first time with a mix of our church band, the High School band, and our church band’s leader’s band (making sense?) at a small youth gathering where we did some worship and had a message. It was truly an amazing and fun night, and I felt so honored to be able to help with something like that.

I have a Calc 2 test Thursday that I’m terrified about. Integration is certainly not an easy topic. Other than that, life seems to be going pretty well. I’m finally back in my piano mood, which I haven’t been in for months, and am working on a song somebody suggested I learn many months ago. It’s somewhat difficult, but fun to play, so I can’t wait to put it all together and record it.

And I think that’s about all that’s going on in my life thus far. We shall see what the future holds!

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The Still Voice

I’m in an extremely good mood today. I had probably the best dream I’ve ever had in my life this morning, taking place not at Barnes and Noble but at my church with people important to me. It was truly amazingly wonderful, and I woke up with the the lyrics of “Never Gone” playing in my head. There are few things that could have made this morning any better.

I feel like I haven’t written about science for forever. Oh wait, it has been forever. I will have to write my last cosmology post soon…However, right now I am on a Bible study kick, so I’m going to say what I feel God wants me to.

I often hear Christians speaking of how they haven’t ‘heard’ God lately. And I’m one of them. But I can’t help but think that it’s my fault.

Mat 13:12-17 (NIV) “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.’ In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become callused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

Ever feel like that? Like you’re trying to see and hear what God is trying to say but losing the battle? You set aside time to read your Bible, you pray to Him, you glorify Him in what you do, but you feel like you’re doing it for no reason, like you’re getting no reply? This goes back to my post about being in sync with God.

The teen generation spends an average of sixty hours on technology per week. That’s over eight hours a day! Texting, listening to your iPod, browsing the internet, updating Facebook, tweeting…whatever. You’re constantly bombarding your mind with more more more! There is always something going on, always something making noise.

My church did something one day that had everybody squirming. And what they did was a powerful way to set up for the sermon. We did worship, and usually after worship one of the pastors comes onto the stage to pray and give the announcements. It’s an almost immediate thing. Band stops, pastor prays. But they did it different one Sunday. The band stopped playing…and there was silence. Everybody was staring at the stage, looking around, wondering what was wrong. The silence was deafening. It went on for just a couple minutes, yet it seemed like many. When the pastor finally came on the stage, he explained that they did that for a reason.

We are always being fed noise and busy-ness everywhere we go. We don’t stop for a moment. Every moment is filled with a task that must be done, or music that must be blasted or a status that must be updated. When we come home, we spend maybe a couple minutes talking to our Father, and then, feeling as though we filled our ‘religion quota’ for the day, go to bed so that we can wake up oh so early to start the grind all over again. We don’t leave time for what really matters in life, our relationship with God. We’re so busy, so distracted, that we can’t seem to find the time to speak to Him. No wonder we haven’t heard Him! It’s so noisy around here that it’s almost impossible to hear Him!

Rom. 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

We need to ‘renew our minds’ in Him. We can’t be like the rest of the world, letting life take over. We don’t even belong to this world. “If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.” (from John 15). He chose us out of the world. We are to be different, because we choose to follow Him. But how can we follow Him if we can’t hear Him?  Mark 8:33 (NIV)  says “But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. ‘Get behind me, Satan!’ he said. ‘You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.'”  Obvoiusly God does not want us to be of the world. We are different. We are supposed to be an example. But we need to know how to be an example. We need to hear God tell us what we need to be doing, and we can’t do that if we aren’t listening.

John 10:2-5 (NIV) “The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

I think sometimes we are running from Him. We’re afraid of what He’s going to ask us to do, afraid of our future, afraid that we’ll get something we can’t handle.

Afraid that we’ll be powerless.

Because of that, we don’t truly know God. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God will not leave us on our own. His plans should be ours. If we are truly living to serve Him, our own plans should be discarded and we should be seeking His plan for us. Does that mean we won’t get hurt along the way? Goodness no. Pain and trial is how we learn and how He strengthens us. But in the end, it will work out how He wanted it to. But we have to be listening for His plan. We have to be taking the time to give Him our ears. We can say we’re listening, but are we really? Are we really seeking what God wants?

He’s always talking. We have to listen.

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Musings #1

I felt like doing a more personal post. Maybe because of my age, maybe because of circumstances. Regardless, my life has been very, shall we say, emotional this past year. Ups and downs abounded. Quite literally the most thrilling and scary roller coaster I’ve ever been on, and trust me, I’ve been on more than anybody I know, and I mean that quite literally (Son of the Beast rocks!!! I’m still waiting impatiently to ride The Kingda Ka, though…Imagine, 128 mph in 3.5 seconds!).

But honestly, this year of my life has been the worst and best at the same time. I had some of the best months of my life, and definitely some of the worst. Actually, all of the worst. But my birthday is coming up at the end of this month, and I am eager to start a new year and leave the bad memories of this past year in the past. I will take the good memories with me, I will take the reconciliation and happiness, and I will most certainly take the love. But I was thinking back on this year, and I realized some things that I’ve learned. Some are absolutely ridiculous and absurd, others are serious, yet each is very important to me in its own way.

1) I’ve learned that there are gentlemen in the world.

2) I’ve learned that people can truly be angels in our lives.

3) I’ve learned that people really do live on in our hearts, even if we don’t realize it.

4) I’ve learned that some songs never lose their value, and music can truly be the key to somebody’s heart.

5) I’ve learned that you can’t believe dreams because they often show you your darkest fears.

6) I’ve learned that God’s voice may be quiet, but He’s always talking. Are we listening?

7) I’ve learned that the hardships in life are painful but useful, strengthening us in the Lord.

8 ) I’ve learned that tears are a healing gift from God.

9) I’ve learned that chess is a lot more fun than it looks, even if you only lose unless your opponent lets you win.

10) I’ve learned that Lucky Charms are just as healthy as the ‘healthy’ cereals your mom lets you eat, yet doesn’t let you eat Lucky Charms (love ya, Mom!)

11) I’ve learned that snowball fights with a bunch of hyper high schoolers are by far probably the funniest thing ever seen.

12) I’ve determined Hershey Kisses are my favorite candy.

13) I’ve learned that ‘love’ is not a word to be used lightly.

14) I’ve learned that time is precious.

15) I’ve learned that I am horrible at cards.

16) I’ve learned that the Backstreet Boys’ lyrics are so beyond true, if cliche. “Never Gone” is currently my theme song.

17) I’ve learned that I can’t leave questions unanswered.

18) I’ve learned that friends can be found, and once you have them, the thought of letting go rips your heart.

19) I’ve learned that worship isn’t in the music, it’s in your heart.

20) This is my favorite, and I only realized this one today. You know, the saying that “God closes one door and opens another” is an interesting saying. One that I think people just take at face value. But I realized something I don’t think people typically see…

It says nothing about God locking the doors…

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Synced with God

So I’d like to take a break from all the mind-boggling science and do a little bit of a spiritual post. Okay, a major spiritual post.

Lately in my church, it has been stressed a lot about putting our priorities straight and becoming in tune with God. Now, most people look at their life and go, “Well, I could probably play video games less…but you know, it’s not like I’m worshipping them or something.” The question isn’t necessarily are you worshipping something, but rather what you are allowing to control your life.

Look at the amount of time you spend on video games, sports, watching TV, browsing the internet…whatever it is that you spend your time doing. Now look at the amount of time you spend reading your Bible, talking to God, glorifying God through your actions. Is it anywhere near the time you spend on other things (and yes, I realize that school doesn’t count here, so look at things beyond school)?

Here’s how you should look at this. What you give your mind to controls you. For example, if you spend hours on video games, and if you don’t get to spend hours on it and you become anxious or even irritated with life, then video games are controlling you. As soon as you let something take over your life, you are no longer in control of your body and mind. Is that really how you want to live your life, with a controller in your hand? Or would you rather be living for something more worth-while?

When we put God first, He controls our thoughts, actions, an everything in our life. That’s how it should be. It should all be for His glory to further His kingdom. He’s not a crutch to get into Heaven on. He is the person we commit our lives to, to serve with all diligence. We are to serve Him with heart, mind, and soul.

When we put God first, we are in tune with Him. This is how life should be lived. Christian means ‘little Christ’, and to be that little Christ, we need to be tuned in on who He is.  A lot of the time, Christians get so focused on knowing all the little details, following every rule, doing what God wants us to do, trying to be perfect, that we miss the big picture. We lose sight of what being a child of God is. We forget that He is our Father who loves us more than we can ever realize and that He wants to spend time with us. He’s happy when we do loving things, but He wants us to become one with Him. He wants us to be so tuned to Him that every moment we live we are living for Him and with Him.

One thing that amazes me is how somebody who is new to Christianity can have something so beautiful that the rest of us who have been Christians for years don’t understand most of the time. Something that is so simple, yet wonderful. Something we lack. That’s pure, simple, joy and faith in the One who saved them. A young man began to attend my youth group at church in October. In January, on a ski trip with our group, he formally accepted God into his life after taking his first communion. When I look at him now, I see the raw emotions that he feels toward his Father. He sees the simple side of things, but he sees it for how deeply important it is. When I listen to him speak and pray, he understands it in a way that I, a Christian of over twelve years, can’t begin to comprehend it. Because he understands it in a different way and doesn’t get hung up on the details. And He is more in tune with who God is than I am. He gets it. Does he have Christianity ‘perfected’, or has he gotten rid of ‘bad habits’? No. But think about it; often Christians get caught up on somebody swearing or being crude and the sins of somebody, and we aren’t rejoicing that somebody has found their Savior. We are out of tune with God at that point. I am not condoning those things that are wrong, but simply saying that we need to see a miracle for what it is and not get stuck on the technicalities of situations.

To be in tune with God is not a complicated thing. We need to be wrapped in His love and wisdom before we can be in tune with Him. Once we are with Him spiritually and mentally, then we can truly begin to understand what He is calling us to do. We can truly begin to see the way He works and what He wants for us to do.

We can truly begin to see His magnificent grace and love.

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