The Daily Walk with Love
By The Daily Walk with Love — a new survey article on probability, what we know about the universe, what other scientific evidence there is, a little math, quite a bit of my thought from meditating and writing about comparative religion, and talks with friends, as to the nature of God, man’s relation to Him and (mostly scientific) reasons why you really might want to have faith.
Thoughts About God
Some Ideas I’ve Been Thinking
About and Meditating About Over the Six Years
I’ve Owned This Site and Over a 40 Years
Study of Comparative Religion
The Daily Walk with Love (Link to Home page and blog), August 4, 2020, by Paul Evans. I was just talking with some of the guys out in the garage when most of this poured out of me, since some of them were lacking in any faith. Maybe here are some facts which might lead you to faith, though even so, it doesn’t matter how much you read, or what your life experiences are, it does seem to me that belief in God always requires an initial commitment of faith by anyone. Really, however, with what what I know now in terms of science and with the experiences I’ve been through in my life, including dying in a hospital and “coming back” maybe two hours later on a different floor of the hospital, I feel that God is very real and I am blessed in my life in many ways. Here are scientific facts, and ideas about God which I have thought about for a long, long time. I want to thank Professor John Pope who taught us cosmology (the origin of the universe and theories about that) in Freshman geology Earth history class (about 1976).
How is it that, generally speaking, the ocean is essentially a 70 percent saline solution?
Why is there a lot of ammonia (from the decay of organic matter) in the atmosphere, when ammonia is unstable in the presence of oxygen, and so, ammonia chemically shouldn’t be there at all. Ammonia was the only explanation science could come up with, until very recently, for why the sky is blue. Now they say it is from some kind of “ion scattering,” but that still doesn’t explain why the ammonia is there in the first place. The Germans have an expression. Gott in Himmelblau, literally, “God in the blue of the sky,” used as a general exclamation of astonishment. Maybe so.
There are about 250 million stars mostly like our sun in the Milky Way galaxy, and about 250 million galaxies in the known universe. Nebulae (regions where stars are forming) and quasars also give out a lot of light, and now we know that, in most cases, while almost all matter is sucked into black holes (they think) and destroyed, light is usually reflected away from black holes (as if nothing perfect could ever be destroyed, you might say if you have faith). The measured number of galaxies in the universe keeps going up, with each new space telescope and measurement we make. OK, scientists say we know it has an edge, and is expanding due to the phenomenon called the “red shift.” I am not so sure, maybe it really is infinite.
If you believe in God, as do 90 percent of astronomers, why do people suffer so, and why must we die. After all, if God is omnipotent and omniscient, why couldn’t he have created a universe where, yes, we have free will, and OK, there is measurable “entropy,” (matter going from a highly ordered and higher energy to a condition of less order and less energy), but if he is omnipotent, why do we have to be so limited, and why do we have to die. That’s a tough one. I am thinking that maybe even God was constrained in His creation in terms of the nature of any life which could exist at all in any universe. Excluding computers, which I do believe to be a new form of life, all known life is made up of hydrocarbons (molecules consisting of H (hydrogen) and O (oxygen), often with nitrogen atoms too. Sadly, any and all hydrocarbon-based life is, by its very nature, biodegradable (molecules of hydrocarbon and life forms composed of it eventually break down and degrade (die). In humans, every cell in your body has to be replaced every seven years. When we hit 25 years old, copies which are made, replication of cells, tends to “make mistakes,” and we age, and eventually die. Doing full-body transfusions with synthetic (artificial) stem cell blood (which cells do not have to be blood-typed, and are basically immortal cells) does offer the possibility in the near future of lives which are several hundred years long, lived in comparative youthfulness, but even so, eventually all hydrocarbon based life does die.
I have read that astrophysicists have calculated that there is a one over 10 to the 28
Finally, let’s look at the Earth and light and darkness phenomena. We know that visible light from the sun is basically made up of the subatomic particles called photons. (Remember Star Trek and its weapons, “photon torpedoes”?) And then we have the darkness at night on Earth, which I guess most science used to describe as the absence of light. I do think it might more accurately be described as “dark matter,” another subatomic particle. They found out at Cern (the super-collider in Europe) that each particle of dark matter consists of about 100 particles of the kind (I think) called a muon, and nicknamed the “God particle,” which underlies almost all matter. I have read that dark matter is 84 or 94 percent (two sources) of the known mass of the universe. But as to photons, they are a very large particle, with a big effect on the environment around them, they have motion and vibrate at certain frequencies, as does all matter, but they have NO mass or “weight” at all! This makes them almost a kind of miraculous sort of particle, if you can really call it a particle at all. So you have the day and the night on Earth. During the day you have a more oxidizing atmosphere with stronger infrared light (with a longer wavelength). At night you have a more reducing atmosphere with more ultraviolet light (with shorter wavelengths). But here is a little-known fact: All of the Earth, daytime or nighttime, is within the outer atmosphere of the sun or “Corona.”
In discussing the origin of life, it is notable that 40 percent of asteroids (the kind called “carbonaceous chondrites”) are made up from matter which includes frozen water and carbon.
Proverbs 13:7 – There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing:
there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
(King James version)
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