Sunday, February 08, 2009

How much do you believe in your GOD?

Mrs L's Joke of the day:

Quote of the day: "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."Bertrand Russell
British author, mathematician, & philosopher (1872 - 1970)

Song of the day: "Life in a Northern Town" Sugarland with Little Big Town and Jake Owen. I know this is a remake, but they harmonize great. I can't remember who did the orginal.

February 8
Romance intensifies as communication is enhanced by the energy, enthusiasm and focus of both you and your partner, dear Capricorn. If you aren't already involved, you might meet someone new and exciting who shares your interests - and perhaps doesn't live all that far from you. Expect to make a lot of short trips in your near neighborhood, perhaps visiting friends or neighbors. If you've been thinking of moving, you might do a little house hunting. ~eth?~

OK, Now, Lets Get Lunar:
We have a lunar eclipse coming up. We know about lunar eclipse and solar eclipse through the study of astrology, a science based on fact. Correct? I mention the lunar eclipse because we have one coming up, but I think the best comparison would be with the solar eclipse.

With a lunar eclipse, they happen twice a year on a full moon. Depending on which part of the Earth's Umbra the moon passes through will depend on if there is an actual change in color of the moon. Lunar eclipses last about two hours, give or take.

Now, imagine if you will life without science. You know nothing about moon phases. The news is not gearing everyone up for this phenomenon. Right? Now, you’re out doing something you’re not supposed to be doing. It is a full moon. The moon turns a blood red. You know beyond a shadow of a doubt that GOD has caught you. You know that you are now damned or doomed and this is because you don’t know anything about science.

Now the same thing happens and you do know about the phases of the moon and about natural phenomenon’s and it happens, and you are like, “Oh Cool, I didn’t know this was happening today”

Can you stretch your imagination a little more and think about the times around the Crucifixion of Christ. Can you imagine the Sun suddenly disappearing from the sky in the middle of the day (Full Solar Eclipse)? Can you visualize the sky darkening in a matter of minutes? That must have been sincere chaos. In some cultures today, solar eclipses are still attributed to mythical properties. But what we don’t know is what happens in some third world countries or in small uneducated tribal villages. I wish there was more out there on the topic and what happens now a days.

What I am getting at is that (in regard to the Eclipse’s) through the study of the art and practice of science we know that we are not being crucified for our actions and that the human race as a whole is not damned, we know that this is a phenomenon that occurs under optimal conditions.

Having said this, you are all free to beat up on my convictions on this topic. Please comment on this one. I beg of you.


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Blogger dr sardonicus said...

"Life In A Northern Town" was Dream Academy, 1986.

What you're saying, I think, is that sometimes an eclipse is just an eclipse. No argument here. But look at evolution vs. creationism. Here's a case where much research has been done, most scientists are reasonably certain of how the evolutionary timeline works, the information is out there for anybody wiling to spend five minutes looking for it, and yet half the American population rejects it and clings to their creationist beliefs. Point being, you don't have to be in some Third World country or uneducated tribal village.

2/8/09, 9:29 PM  
Blogger Stellar said...

The problem religious people have with science and the problem scientists have with religion are really quite similar.

The Universe is very serendipitous. A very long time ago a huge amount of energy started condensing into matter. Matter condensed to stars, stars galaxies; stars lived and died and exploded adding necessary material to planetary accretion disks which would someday coalesce into life - life to DNA, DNA to us.

Now if the strong nuclear force were weaker, or gravity were stronger, or the electromagnetic force were weaker or stronger, then matter doesn't occur, stars don't hold together, or don't blow apart scattering the necessary elements out to the cosmos. The four forces don't come from a state of energy. They're not a byproduct, they're constants. Initial conditions for the Big Bang.

What determined the initial conditions? Religion defers to God too soon, Science never does. Personally, I don't accept the statistical premise that everything just worked out by chance. Probability is too low. And the alternative that Physicists put out there is that there are more than just one Universe, there are more than 10^100. Personally, M-theory requires more faith than God.

2/9/09, 2:21 PM  
Blogger Renie Burghardt said...

Hey Jenny,

I don't want to seem smart-alecky here, but astrology is not a science at all, however, astronomy is. (Sorry!) And your horoscope looks good right now, Capricorn. :-)

Hmm, Stellar's theory is more along my way of believing than Dr. Sardanicuses statement! There is a Higher Power!

Hope you're feeling much better!



2/9/09, 5:56 PM  
Blogger Lady Holiday said...

This post reminded me of an experience that a woman shared in church on Sunday. Last year church was at 9 a.m. and she couldn't attend because of her work schedule, so she started praying that she would be able to go to church somehow. New Years came along and suddenly she got a call from a friend telling her that church was now going to start at 12. She took it as divine intervention, that God rearranged life for her personal benefit, not realizing that our congregation shares the building with another group, and that every year we switch meeting times.

So did she lose her faith in God when she found out that it was just a coincidence? No, she just continues to feel blessed, and is maybe even more grateful to know that there are enough people going to our church to make a shared building possible. I don't fully understand, but it seems like even though miracles can and do occur, more often times God will use natural laws and occurrences to help bring about his plan. He is the one who designed, created, and set it all into motion in the first place, after all.

Just my two cents, or three...

2/9/09, 8:48 PM  
Blogger dr sardonicus said...

One can accept the principles of evolution and have faith in a Higher Power. The two are not mutually exclusive. The Genesis creation story tells what happened, but it doesn't describe what's in the toolbox.

2/10/09, 1:05 AM  
Blogger Complaint Department Manager said...

I believe as Doc, add to that, I don't feel that any particular sect or order of the church should tell me how to live my life. This is how fanaticism starts. I'm not crapping on anyone's beliefs, but critical thinking needs to be there, question EVERYTHING.

2/11/09, 4:26 PM  

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