Why I Believe – Heavenly Easter Eggs

Video game easter egg

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In video games and movies, an easter egg is a message/feature/etc that’s hidden in the main work for geeks to find.  Game developers hide their names in the game, things from one franchise mysteriously appear in another, and private jokes hide in the most inaccessible places in the virtual world.  There’s at least one easter egg in the Bible.

If there was only one verse like this, it could be merely an interesting coincidence.  They’re in poems and prophecies, which make heavy use of rhetoric and symbolism.  But at least 17 places in the Bible mention it, so they’re clearly not a coincidence.  Here are a few of them:

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Why I Believe – The Conscience

The conscience is a built-in compass

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Have you ever been in a store and felt like stealing something?  The food/toy/whatever looks so good, and maybe it really is as good as it looks.  You look around, and you don’t see anyone nearby.  The door isn’t far away.  You know that you could take it and never get caught.

But you (hopefully) don’t.  Why?  What is this unseen hand that keeps you from taking what you want?  It’s your conscience.  And its very existence is irrefutable evidence that there is a god, that he is your creator, and that he is holy.

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Why I Believe – The Mirror to the Soul

Man looking in the mirror

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When I was a teenager, I took a world history course.  It was very eye-opening.  A lot of things that happen today made a lot more sense.  I also found out how true the Bible is when it says that the human heart is “desperately wicked“, and “the most deceitful of all things“.  This 2000-year-old book explains and predicts human behavior better than many of the most popular philosophies today.

I found that time and again, kings and countries steal land whenever they get the chance.  And their people very often applaud the crime.  I found that slavery is normal, and racism is normal.  Ironically, the people who are deepest in sin are among the most sure that they are in the right.

You never hear a racist say, “I’m evil, so I hate the Jews or the Arabs, or Whites or Blacks”.  Instead, they say, “race X is evil, so they deserve all the evil things I want to do to them”.  The evil that they see in others is actually the darkness in their own hearts.

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Testing Evolution – What My Results Mean

The elephant in the room

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I wrote a simulator to test evolution, so I could see who was right – my parents, or most scientists.  My parents were right.  Not only is evolution totally incapable of creating a man from an amoeba, but the very process that most scientists think causes evolution mostly causes devolution.  Given enough time and chance, we will devolve to extinction.  Even the research of evolutionary biologists shows very clearly that this is true.

How can this be?  Are my parents smarter than the many great scientists who believe in evolution?  Am I smarter, or do I have some hidden knowledge that they don’t?  No.  My parents aren’t idiots, but they’re not geniuses either.  And the things they know are far from secret – they’re published in the beginning of the best-selling book of all time.

While most scientists believe what their professors taught them about evolution, my parents believe the Bible.  The Bible says that God created the universe and life in 6 days, and then it was finished.  The Bible also says that all creation is “in bondage to corruption“.  It makes no exception for life.

The Bible says that those who willfully refuse to honor the living God – their maker – will, while “claiming to be wise”, become fools.  It even says that God supernaturally enhances this human tendency, by sending on such people a “strong delusion” as punishment.

And this is exactly what happens in real life.

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Testing Evolution – Why I Did It

Stages of Mitosis

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As a child, I loved to read about science and technology.  I couldn’t get enough.  I distinctly remember going turkey hunting with my dad, and I brought a book along – part of a 13-volume series on aviation history.  He says that I was so focused on the book that when he eventually shot a turkey, I was quite startled by the noise.

My parents are both devout Christians who do a good job of living out their faith.  They’re far from perfect, but the more I learn about other peoples’ marriages and families, the more grateful I am for a stable family, with loving parents who know how to raise kids well.  Their success in marriage and parenting is a living testament to the fact that the OEM really knows how to make families work.

My parents are also Young-Earth Creationists.  Of course, they raised me to believe that, too.  Inevitably, I had to choose between what they taught me, and what most scientists believe.  When I started looking for answers, I was probably 15 or 16 years old.  My parents weren’t able to help much – neither of them knew much about science.  It’s just not their thing.  Their main reasons for being Young-Earth Creationists were and are:

  1. The Bible says so
  2. To them, the Atheists’ explanation for the appearance of life sounds too far-fetched

Normally, when I read of people who were raised Creationists, and started doubting, the story goes something like this:

  • They were taught by their parents, friends, family, etc. to believe that God created the universe and life, by his own absolute power, possibly only several thousand years ago
  • They were taught in school that life appeared by natural processes, and evolved into its present form over billions of years
  • Over time, they believed their parents less and less, and believed their science teachers more and more
  • They eventually rejected their parents’ beliefs, and adopted their teachers’ beliefs

I’m a rather unusual person, so I did things very different:

  • I was taught by my parents, friends, family, etc. to believe that God created the universe and life, by his own absolute power, several thousand years ago
  • I read in many science books that life appeared by natural processes, and evolved into its present form over billions of years
    (I was homeschooled for most of my childhood, but I went to the local high school for the last couple of years, and got a dual diploma)
  • I read up on the Creation/Evolution controversy.  I went out of my way to find well-written, well-reasoned defenses of each of the 2 main sides
  • I tested the thing I was considering believing – Agnosticism bordering on Atheism.
    I did this by testing evolution
  • I found that the Evolutionists were wrong
  • At about the same time, I started testing the thing I currently believed – Christianity, including Divine Creation
    How?  I tested whether God really hears and answers prayer, in a way that can be clearly distinguished from chance, and a dead god not answering
  • I found that the Bible is right

In this post series, I’m focusing on my test of Atheism.  I may eventually write a series on my test of Christianity.

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Photo credit:
Daniel Williamson – OpenStax CNX (online biology textbook)

Why I Believe – The Fall of Evolution

Aging Face

This is part of two series:

  1. Testing Evolution
  2. Why I Believe
Summary:
  1. Evolution is the best explanation that atheists have ever had for life, and it’s probably the best they’ll ever have
  2. I figured out a way to test evolution
  3. Its mechanism mainly causes devolution and eventually extinction
  4. Evolutionary biologists have known about this phenomenon for awhile
  5. Their reason why this isn’t the death of evolution doesn’t hold water
  6. Thus, it’s unreasonable to believe that there is no creator god, and it is reasonable to believe that there is a creator god
  7. The only question left is who this god is, and that’s pretty easy to answer

Here’s my evolution simulator.  It’s a web app, but I haven’t yet put it on a regular web server.  To run it, download it as a .zip file, extract it, and open “Muller’s Foundry.html”.  It’ll open in your web browser, like a web page, but the URL will be on your local machine, in the form file:///…/Muller’s Foundry.html

Screenshot of Muller's Foundry

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Why I Believe – The Rebuilding of Israel

This series I’ll probably post to occasionally, rather than all in 1 string.

In this series, I’ll list some of the reasons why I believe in the god of the Jews and Christians.  The list is by no means exhaustive.  The first one I’ll bring up is a prophecy.

“Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ but ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers.”
Jeremiah 16:14-15 (context)

This prophecy is coming true as we speak, despite the best efforts of filthy anti-Semites through the Middle East.  In particular, the way in which Israel was established makes it pretty obvious that God made it happen, because without divine intervention, it couldn’t have.  Here’s what happened:

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