QUOTE(popogeejo @ Apr 14 2006, 06:14 PM) [snapback]380759[/snapback]
How can you be so sure you have the right religion?
How can you even be sure religion has the right answers?
I haven't posted in a while about religous beliefs, mostly because of my father's birthday but I'm looking forward to yet another argument on religion, and I'll try to be more thorough of what I say. And I'll try to help Lonewolf so she won't be outnumbered...
Yeah, there are so many religions, but I'll tell you why I think Christianity it so great. The way the Bible describes things in detial are amazingly accurate. My father has a tape of a guy talking about the Bible from about 20-30 years ago when people were afraid of China and Russia, but the guy on this tape was amazing. He said that the Bible did not say anything about those countries, that those are the countries not to fear or have concern towards, but countries of the middle-east in Asia. And guess what? It's happened! China and Russia were not to fear, but you can see things happening in the middle-eastern areas, Iraq, Iran, and all those countries. And the Bible talks about Israel, and how countries will want to destroy Israel, and it's happening! And all this and much more
is in the Bible, which was written thousands of years ago. And all the scientific things that can be brought up against the Bible the Bible has an answer for. I look for the religion with the fewest holes in it, and it has no big holes, and you can argue about something that the Bible says but there's still an answer for it, but whether or not events in the Bible happened is up to you to believe in. And, if it has little holes, and the prophecies come true, then what the book contains is more than likely to be true! Which is why I believe in Jesus and all of that. But, I don't believe in religions like Catholic and such because (no offense to any Catholics) they make stuff up that is not in the Bible. They talk about things like Mary being the mother of God, but the Bible never says that! I believe in the Bible and what it contains, and that is what true Christianity believes in. I don't think it to be a book full of fairytales. And of course, you guys will probably believe it's still just a bunch of crap...
The Bible has many things dealing with Science in it.
The Bible frequently refers to the great number of stars in the heavens. Here are two examples.
Blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.
“As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.”
Even today, scientists admit that they do not know how many stars there are. Only about 3,000 can be seen with the naked eye. We have seen estimates of 10^21 stars—which is a lot of stars. (The number of grains of sand on the earth’s seashores is estimated to be 10^25. As scientists discover more stars, wouldn’t it be interesting to discover that these two numbers match?)
The Bible also says that each star is unique.
1 Corinthians 15:41
There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
All stars look alike to the naked eye.* Even when seen through a telescope, they seem to be just points of light. However, analysis of their light spectra reveals that each is unique and different from all others. (*Note: We understand that people can perceive some slight difference in color and apparent brightness when looking at stars with the naked eye, but we would not expect a person living in the first century A.D. to claim they differ from one another.)
The Bible describes the precision of movement in the universe.
Thus says the LORD,
Who gives the sun for a light by day,
The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night,
Who disturbs the sea,
And its waves roar
(The LORD of hosts is His name):
“If those ordinances depart
From before Me, says the LORD,
Then the seed of Israel shall also cease
From being a nation before Me forever.”
The Bible describes the suspension of the Earth in space.
He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.
The Bible describes the circulation of the atmosphere.
The wind goes toward the south,
And turns around to the north;
The wind whirls about continually,
And comes again on its circuit.
The Bible includes some principles of fluid dynamics.
To establish a weight for the wind,
And apportion the waters by measure.
The fact that air has weight was proven scientifically only about 300 years ago. The relative weights of air and water are needed for the efficient functioning of the world’s hydrologic cycle, which in turn sustains life on the earth.
The book of Leviticus (written prior to 1400 BC) describes the value of blood.
‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’
The blood carries water and nourishment to every cell, maintains the body’s temperature, and removes the waste material of the body’s cells. The blood also carries oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. In 1616, William Harvey discovered that blood circulation is the key factor in physical life—confirming what the Bible revealed 3,000 years earlier.
The Bible describes biogenesis (the development of living organisms from other living organisms) and the stability of each kind of living organism.
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
The phrase “according to its kind” occurs repeatedly, stressing the reproductive integrity of each kind of animal and plant. Today we know this occurs because all of these reproductive systems are programmed by their genetic codes.
The Bible describes the chemical nature of flesh.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.
It is a proven fact that a person’s mental and spiritual health is strongly correlated with physical health. The Bible revealed this to us with these statements (and others) written by King Solomon about 950 BC.
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
A sound heart is life to the body,
But envy is rottenness to the bones.
The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
And a good report makes the bones healthy.
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
We have cave paintings and other evidence that people inhabited caves. The Bible also describes cave men.
They were driven out from among men,
They shouted at them as at a thief.
They had to live in the clefts of the valleys,
In caves of the earth and the rocks.
Note that these were not ape-men, but descendants of those who scattered from Babel. They were driven from the community by those tribes who competed successfully for the more desirable regions of the earth. Then for some reason they deteriorated mentally, physically, and spiritually.
The bible includes reasonably complete descriptions of the hydrologic cycle.
He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain;
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.
When He utters His voice,
There is a multitude of waters in the heavens:
“And He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.”
In these verses you can see several phases of the hydrologic cycle—the worldwide processes of evaporation, translation aloft by atmospheric circulation, condensation with electrical discharges, and precipitation.
For He draws up drops of water,
Which distill as rain from the mist,
Which the clouds drop down
And pour abundantly on man.
Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds,
The thunder from His canopy?
This simple verse has remarkable scientific insight. The drops of water which eventually pour down as rain first become vapor and then condense to tiny liquid water droplets in the clouds. These finally coalesce into drops large enough to overcome the updrafts that suspend them in the air.
The Bible describes the recirculation of water.
All the rivers run into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full;
To the place from which the rivers come,
There they return again.
For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
The Bible refers to the surprising amount of water that can be held as condensation in clouds.
He binds up the water in His thick clouds,
Yet the clouds are not broken under it.
Also with moisture He saturates the thick clouds;
He scatters His bright clouds.
Hydrothermal vents are described in two books of the Bible written before 1400BC—more than 3,000 years before their discovery by science.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Have you entered the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in search of the depths?
The Bible describes the Earth’s crust (along with a comment on astronomy).
Thus says the LORD:
“If heaven above can be measured,
And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,
I will also cast off all the seed of Israel
For all that they have done, says the LORD.”
Although some scientists claim that they have now measured the size of the universe, it is interesting to note that every human attempt to drill through the earth’s crust to the plastic mantle beneath has, thus far, ended in failure.
The Bible described the shape of the earth centuries before people thought that the earth was spherical.
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
The word translated “circle” here is the Hebrew word chuwg which is also translated “circuit,” or “compass” (depending on the context). That is, it indicates something spherical, rounded, or arched—not something that is flat or square.
The book of Isaiah was written sometime between 740 and 680 BC. This is at least 300 years before Aristotle suggested that the earth might be a sphere in this book On the Heavens.
This brings up an important historical note related to this topic. Many people are aware of the conflict between Galileo and the Roman Catholic Pope, Paul V. After publishing A Dialogue on the Two Principal Systems of the World, Galileo was summoned to Rome, where he was forced to renounce his findings. (At that time, “theologians” of the Roman Catholic Church maintained that the Earth was the center of the universe, and to assert otherwise was deemed heretical.)
We could not find any place in the Bible that claims that the Earth is flat, or that it is the center of the universe. History shows that this conflict, which took place at the time of the Inquisition, was part of a power struggle. As a result, scientific and biblical knowledge became casualties—an effect we still feel to this day.
I have more I can post up later, until then post your complaints and stuff about how this is BS and why.