Category Archives: Apologetics

Reverse Thinking

A beautiful and poetic representation of how our thoughts and lives are transformed by the gospel.

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What is the True Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ?

I love Paul Washer! He is one of the greatest expositors of Scripture of our time. Set aside some time to listen to this sermon on the Gospel!

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The Universe Displays the Glory of God

Psalm 19: 1 (ESV)

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Courtesy: American Museum of Natural History

Some astounding facts to consider:

  • The speed of light is 186,000 miles/second.
  • The universe is so vast that distance is commonly measured in light-years. Since there are 31,556,926 seconds in a standard SI year, the distance light travels in a year is 186,000 miles/second X 31,556,926 seconds/year which is approximately 5.87 trillion miles!
  • According to the most recent estimates by astronomers, the diameter of our galaxy (the Milky Way) is 100,000 light-years. This distance in miles is 587 thousand trillion, which is all but incomprehensible!
  • Our galaxy (the Milky Way) alone contains in excess of 100 billion stars. Some estimates have the total number as 400 billion!
  • Astrophysicists have estimated the total number of galaxies in the observable universe to be 100 to 200 billion, each containing an estimated 100 billion stars. However, a recent study led by Yale University astronomer Pieter van Dokkum concluded that the total number of stars in the known universe may be triple the original estimate. That would be 300 sextillion as opposed to only 100 sextillion (300 sextillion is 3 followed by 23 0’s!).
  • The nearest galaxy to the Milky Way is Andromeda at 2 million light-years.
  • The most distant object (as of 2004) is a galaxy estimated to be 13.23 billion light-years away!

Isaiah 40:25-26 (NIV)

“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these [stars]? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by¬† name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Our God knows 300 sextillion stars by name! The heavens really do declare the glory of God. It is well for us to remind ourselves of facts such as those above from time to time. Our finite minds so often put God in a box that we can understand. But God is infinite, and His universe shouts at us to wake up and exalt in His glory!

I’ve come across the following quote twice within the past couple of months, so it really got my attention. Enough so that it motivated me to do some research and write down my findings in this post. My first encounter with Charles Misner’s words came while listening to a sermon by David Platt in his series Who is God? Then again, while reading John Piper’s latest book Think. Charles Misner was an associate of Albert Einstein, and a specialist in general relativity theory.

“I do see the design of the universe as essentially a religious question. That is, one should have some kind of respect and awe for the whole business . . . It’s very magnificent and shouldn’t be taken for granted. In fact, I believe that is why Einstein had so little use for organized religion, although he strikes me as a basically very religious man. He must have looked at what the preachers said about God and felt that they were blaspheming. He had seen much more majesty than they had ever imagined, and they were just not talking about the real thing. My guess is that he simply felt that religions he’d run across did not have proper respect . . . for the author of the universe.”

Charles Misner, as quoted by John Piper in Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God

With the in-depth knowledge he gained through rigorous research, Albert Einstein had a great appreciation for the maker of such a grand creation. Ironically, it was this same understanding of the physical world that left him disillusioned with the religion of his day. The preachers he had come across just didn’t seem to “get it”. They failed to display the appropriate reverence due such an awesome Creator. May we never make the same mistake.

 

Additional Sources: Dr.Jason Lisle – Answers in Genesis, Louie Giglio – Indescribable


The Orrery

John MacArthur relates the story of Charles Boyle, the fourth Earl of Orrery (1676-1731), in his book The Battle for the Beginning.

“Charles Boyle . . . a devoted Christian and brilliant thinker who was fascinated with Kepler’s and Newton’s discoveries about planetary motion and the intricate design of the universe. Boyle hired a watchmaker to design a working mechanical model of the solar system that demonstrated the motion of the planets around the sun. (Such a model is called an orrery, after its designer.) Boyle was showing the model to an atheistic scientist, who was very impressed with the clockwork model. The atheist said, ‘That’s a very impressive model. Who made it for you?’.

‘No one made it, Boyle wryly replied. ‘It just happened.’

The point was clear. No one really believes such intricate design is the product of happenstance. It reflects the work of an intelligent mind, a Master Designer, who set things in their proper place and started them in motion.”