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Two Awards in One…“Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award”

I was nominated for this award twice in the same day, and within moments of each other.  Thank you to Diane at… http://hometogo232.wordpress.com/ and Terry from… http://terry1954.wordpress.com/ !  What is funny is that both of these wonderful women said the same thing to me when they nominated me for it…that I would love the name for the award, and that it was perfect for me…lol.  I wasn’t sure whether they meant the Mrs. Sparkly part or the Ten Commandment part…lol.  I remember saying the same thing to both, that I found the name funny because it was the first time I had heard the word Sparkly used in the same sentence as the words Ten Commandment!  I took it upon myself to add the title of this award, “Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award” to the picture that was posted for the award.  So that those receiving it will always get a smile when they see the name.

The rules for this award are that you must answer the following ten questions and nominate ten blogs that you think deserve the award.  So here are the 10 questions…

1. Describe yourself in seven words… Sinner Saved By Grace, A Vessel of God

2. What keeps you up at night?  Insomnia from Fibromyalgia…well it did until a friend suggested Melatonin to me because it helped her sleep through the symptoms of insomnia that accompanies fibromyalgia.  It Works…Praise God!

3. Whom would you like to be?  Well, the Bible says that God made me quite unique (I’m fearfully and wonderfully made by him.)  So I wouldn’t want to be anyone but who God made me to be…however I would like to be more like Jesus.

4. What are you wearing now?  My favorite pajamas…the comfortable red ones!

5. What scares you?  Now this is funny, because everything I’ve ever had a fear of I’ve had to face and get over.  For example…I have never been afraid of dieing because I know where my eternity will be, but I always feared living with pain.  Now with Fibromyalgia I don’t fear it anymore because I live with pain daily.  I was afraid of heights and tight places, and working in theater I had to deal with both.  God has a way of teaching me that the only fear I need to have in my life is the fear of God.

6. What are the best and worst things about blogging?  Best is writing and sharing with other bloggers, the worse thing is there is never enough time in a day to do all the blogging and reading of other blogs that I would love to do.

7. What was the last website you looked at?  Does this mean blogsite or website?  I would have to say my blogsite since that is what I’m writing on right now. But I would have to say not counting blog sites, and other than WordPress it would be MSNBC homepage for about 10 seconds until I started blogging on here…lol.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?  No more pain, so I could do all the things with my youngest daughter that I was able to do with my oldest daughters.

9. Slankets, yes or no?   Slankets?  Are we talking Snuggies, because I have a bright red one and it is the most comfortable thing on my bed, which I use every single day, and my daughter, Jk, keeps trying to take from me…lol.

10. Tell us something about the person who nominated you. Well, I was nominated by two very unique, loving, caring, and compassionate women that I’m proud to call friends and sisters-in-Christ.

I am nominating five other bloggers to receive this award, since I’m not sure how many I’m suppose to actually nominate.  Those I nominate will either fit the Mrs. Sparkly part of the award name or the Ten Commandment part, so either they will be creative in a sparkly kind of way, or they will be really grounded in their Christian faith.  Here are my five…

1.  http://e1aine.wordpress.com/ …This blogger is definately one of the Mrs. Sparkly bloggers, and a wonderful crafter to prove it.  I love her posts on the jewelry she creates.

2. http://creationscience4kids.com/ …If dinosaurs and science could be considered sparkly this blogger could prove it.  Also grounded in their Christian faith, I find this blogger a great candidate for both parts of the awards name.

3. http://allinthelifeofjk.wordpress.com/ …I don’t know anyone as sparkly as this blogger, and I know she has been grounded in her faith in Jesus Christ, because she is my youngest daughter and I live with her and her sparkliness ever day!

4.  http://futureflyingsaucers.wordpress.com/ …This blogger would get the award for being the sparkliest homeschool site… that is if there was an award for that.  Since there isn’t I’m giving her this award!

5.http://originalapplejunkie.wordpress.com/  …Now this award is perfectly named for this blogger!  She is spunky, sparkly, and grounded in her Christian faith.  Hmm…no wonder I keep thinking she reminds me of one of my daughters!

Okay I may have to add one or two more nominations, because I see a couple more blogs that fit my idea of ones that deserve the “Mrs. Sparkly Ten Commandments Award.”  So here goes…

6. http://katescreativespace.com/ …This is definately a creative sparkly site.  Usually when I check it out I’m either thing…Yum or That is so cool!

7. http://jelillie.wordpress.com/ …This is a site that shares their heart for God and is creative both!  You can look at a blog post of a craft or such and before you know it this blogger has related it to something from God’s Word, or a thought about the Lord.

Alright! Two more award posts finished!  Congratulations to all those I have nominated, and thank you to Terry and Diane for giving me this award!

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Does quake reveal when Jesus died? – Science reaffirms the Bible

And 1849 Currier & Ives lithograph showing the tumult surrounding the Crucifixion of Jesus. Note the crack in the ground before the cross, showing the earth releasing those who were dead because of the earthquake.

Most people don’t know that I took geology in college, not only did I take it though but tutored other students through the course.  I’ve always had a love for rocks, but desired to understand what caused natural disasters like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.  I have always easily believed the Bible, and that strong belief was like a thorn under my skin when it came to studying science of any kind.  It seemed so many in the science world were trying hard to get us to doubt the Bible and I was just stubborn enough to be the last man down if need be.  So when I was told that I would have to take a science course with a lab, I wasn’t happy.  I looked through the courses and read everything that was available on what the course entailed.

I knew I couldn’t do biology because I can’t stand the sight of blood, morally I don’t believe we should kill animals just so school students can cut them up.  I believe animals should be killed only with two reasons in mind…protection from them, or for food.    Last I faint the minute that any type of needle or knife goes into skin.

I just didn’t want to attempt chemistry.  I had 4 kids at home and didn’t think I could even get the study time needed for chemistry, plus there was the problem that I would need to bring the 3 younger ones to class with me at times when my oldest daughter’s classes fell at the same time as mine.  I could not see bringing my 3 rambunctious adopted daughters into a chemistry lab at all!

After much consideration it came down to geology.  I spoke to the professor and he was actually excited to see my 3 daughter learning geology right along with me.  He even offered to give them assignments and worksheets to count as homeschooling for them.  Yes, I was going to college, working as a tutor and theater at night, and homeschooling 3 girls during the day.  It took a lot of scheduling, and the help of my oldest daughter who was in college at the time too.  In fact I went back to college at her request, so she wouldn’t feel so nervous about it, and so I could tutor through her hardest subjects.   The only one who didn’t seem to be involved in this family educational venture was my husband (now ex husband).  He didn’t mind how it worked for the rest of us, as long as he didn’t have to give up sports after work to help out with watching the girls.  But that is a story for another day, for now we will return to geology.

The class was amazing, and not only because we studied rocks, but I found that my professor was a Christian and one of the few in the school that was willing to share his faith and how science proved the Bible over and over.  He had a unique way of using visual lessons to teach about different things.  That is probably what helped him keep the attention of the 182 students and my 3 daughters during classtime.  He wrapped the whole class in a roll of toilet paper to show the expanse of known time according to scientific “theory”, and yes reminded us that he did not agree with this theory.  He took every chance to share his faith and how science had actually proved it right over and over.  He explained techtonic movement and the make up of the earth with a large watch, letting us know that how the continents were formed and how the makeup and movement of the Earth were more like a clock made by a master watchmaker.  He explained how certain movements of the earth caused certain processes like volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, which reacted much like the alarm on a clock when the inside mechanisms reached a certain time and released the piercing sound of a bell.  When asked how he believed the earth was made, my professor went back to the clock and to a poster on the wall which showed the layers of the earth, the earth’s movements, and the creation of earthquakes and volcanoes.  He went through each of the theories on how the earth developed.  He made it clear that if you look at a watch you know that it just didn’t evolve into such a marvel of technology without the hand of a master watchmaker.  He directed our attention to the poster and told us to think of how the earth works, and then how it and other planets orbit the sun without crashing into each other, and how their were millions of galaxies that had the same thing happening in them.  He said do you think if gases formed and crashed into each other that  what was formed from it would be able to just fall into such control and timing.  I can tell you, there was never such silence in a classroom as there was that day…even my 3 daughters sat there quietly pondering what he was saying.  That is when he said…”I believe that just like this clock had a master watchmaker who created it to work perfectly, there is a master creator who made the universe and the earth to work perfectly as well.  He stated that he believed that geological science proves this…all branches of sciences in fact.

Near the end of our time in his class, my professor took us on a field trip to the San Andreas Fault, to show us how they study the movement of it, and are able to date when earthquakes have happened throughout history.  He told us that they could take native lore and use core samples from the earth to date when geological events happened in any area of the world to show that the native lore was not just a tale but a story of an actual event in history.  This article is just that, where geological science gives us more proof of an event mentioned in the Bible, once again proving the Bible historically accurate.  They have been able to use core samples to put a date to the Biblical events surrounding the crucifixion of Christ, and the earthquake that happened at the moment when he died.  Here is the link…enjoy!

Does quake reveal when Jesus died? – Technology & science – Science – DiscoveryNews.com – msnbc.com.

 

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God’s Blessings on My Little Porch Garden!

  A few weeks ago, on a beautiful Spring day when God had blessed me with an abundance of energy and a day with little pain, my youngest daughter, Jk, and I decided it was a perfect time to put in our annual porch herb garden.  As usual, we cleared out the old soil from all the pots and with fresh, new seeds, and brand new potting soil, we filled the pots and planted all afternoon long.  We had pots for our coriander, dill, sage, oregano, parsley, chives, basil, jalepeno peppers, green peppers, cilantro and tomatoes (which I still haven’t gotten a fresh seedling for).   My husband also added a potted aloe vera plant to my garden when he gave it to me for Valentine’s Day.   We watered each pot after they were planted and set them around the porch where we felt they would be the safest and get the sunlight they needed to grow.  That was the beginning of this year’s porch garden.

Sounds like a fairly simple thing to just watch the miracle of creation happen, but we never expected that here weeks later we would see more of a miracle of God’s love happening instead.  You see, a couple of years back, my stepson, Zach and his new wife, Lauren came to visit and brought me a beautiful gift.  It was a wrought iron cross to set in the yard in a place of my choosing.  Zach knows that I love things from the Bible, that remind me of the Lord Jesus, and that speak of my faith to all those around.   Althought I’m not Jewish, I’ve always wanted something on my porch near my door that reminded me of one of my favorite verses.  It didn’t have to literally say the verse…just remind me and all who entered of the verse.  That verse is Joshua 24:15, and says “As for me and my house, We will serve the Lord.”   When they gave me the gift, that was the very verse that ran through my head, and I knew that this would set on my front porch from that moment on.  I took it outside and set it on a table I had made from an old bulletin board, an old piano bench and tiles, where it has resided since greeting all who step on our porch and enter our home. 

The day we planted,  we decided not to put any plants on the lower shelves of the bookshelf that I usually keep the plants on, instead deciding to place some on the table with the iron cross to allow them to get more sunshine.  Every day my daughter checks the plants and waters them when they need it, but having been relegated to bed by my health issues for the last 2 weeks I hadn’t seen much of them.  I didn’t know if she was taking care of them the right way, and knowing she is yet a child I’m sure there were days she missed.  This morning I went with my husband to pick up my granddaughter, and was dreading seeing my poor neglected porch garden for the first time in a while, because I had not been able to oversee it like I usually do.  Oh, but I had prayed over my porch garden, always telling the Lord that I knew he was watching it for me.  So as we closed the front door and stepping out onto the porch, I was pleasantly surprised to see sprigs of greenery everywhere…almost.  But in that almost was the story of God’s love and how our lives will be when he is allowed to take care of us.  I could tell you what I found happening, but I could never describe to you what I saw better than if I show you the pictures I’ve been taking throughout the last month and the ones of what I saw this morning.  So join me as I lead you through My Porch Garden Picture Journal.  

Week 1…New soil, new seeds, Planted and Watered.

Week 2…Waiting for Sprouts, Plants Watered and Plenty of Sunshine.

Week 3…Stuck in Bed, and Jk has to take care of the plants.  Not as much sunshine but lots of rain this week. 

Week 4…Sprouts begin to show.

Week 5…More growth showing for most plants.

Week 6…God’s lesson from the Porch Garden.  Notice the plants closest to the cross?  That’s right they are growing better than the ones farther from the cross.  My poor oregano plant is the farthest from the cross and we haven’t seen but a few weak plants that began to pop through then died out.  But my aloe vera plant, dill, and parsley are the closest to the cross and look at how rich and full these plants are!

God’s lesson from my porch garden…When we stay close to our Savior, living in the light of His love and grace then we like these plants will grow in wisdom, stature and in favor with God.  I learned a special lesson, that even in my weakness, God answered my prayers for even just something as small as my poor little Porch Herb Garden.  When we turn things over to him, the Lord is able to do immeasureably more than we can even imagine.

John 14:11-14…” Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

All I had to do was ask for God’s help with any thing, even this simple little garden and He indeed heard my prayer and did what I asked him to…to care for the plants I could not get down to.  But there is a lesson also in the fact that those plants nearest the cross flourished the best.

Proverbs 8:32-35… “Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.  Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.  Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.  For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.”

You see, my pots that were nearest the cross seemed to be blessed, and grew lusher and fuller than those that were farther way…in fact, each step away from that cross that a plant sat seemed to show its distance from the cross by how little it grew, until we finally look upon my poor oregano plant that is the fartherst away and just doesn’t seem to be able to thrive and grow at all.  Maybe it is time to introduce my poor, suffering oregano plant to the cross of Calvary, and give him to the Lord for a time, so that he may thrive and grow in the care of God as well.

 

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Why I Love Homeschooling…A Field Trip to the Zoo

Jklyn with her dad at the beginning of the zoo.

There are many reasons I love homeschooling my daughter, among them the safety issues at Public Schools from bullying and other violence aren’t an issue for my daughter.  Another is that I am wholly responsible for her education, and for helping her deal with her dyslexia.  Having been a Substitute Teacher and a Tutor, I tutored teens with learning disabilities at a Public Junior High, I was trained specifically to help them overcome their learning issues, thanks to a special program funded by one single district in Central California.  Since then I’ve not seen another Public School with a program like that.  Instead, teachers who are untrained tend to see children with learning disabilities as trouble makers, or unfocused and they often send them from the room instead of helping them.  That is what happened with my youngest daughter.

I also love homeschooling because I can teach my daughter at her exact level of

Jklyn, camara in hand, taking pictures in the Ocean exhibit.

learning.  In subjects she excels in my daughter is able to move forward.  In those she is struggling in we are able to move slower until she is proficient at them.  I am not tied to a certain curriculem or way of teaching her at all, and that gives me the freedom to introduce new ways of teaching, more hands on learning, and things like field trips to help her learn.  It makes learning less of a chore and more of an experience for her that can be fun.

One of my favorite things about homeschooling is

Jk at one of the hands on learning exhibits, learning the parts of a snakes body.

something that most parents never get to see from their child.  It is that moment that a light goes off in their head and you know they finally got it!  I’ve been blessed to see that many times with my daughter, like the moment she understood the process of multiplication.  I didn’t have trouble in learning.  I could memorize facts just from reading them, but my daughter is not the same way.  Dyslexia messes with the way a child sees words, numbers and even how they process those things, so just reading and memorizing things is hard for them.  My daughter, instead, learns from hands on

Jklyn actually reaching in and petting a shark!

memories.  She learns from using her senses of touch, smell, hearing, taste, and these all aid in helping her visual learning experience.  When she grasps a concept, she will lean her head back thoughtfully a moment, then lift it with the biggest grin upon her face punctuated by her adorable dimples.  After another moment she will excitedly tell me that she understands.  Often this is while she is dancing around saying…”I got it, Mom!  I got it!”  Then she will explain what it is that she finally understands.  It

Jklyn comparing her hand to the exhibit about snake scales. Notice she is video taping it with her camara at the same time.

becomes a celebration of learning, instead of how it is in most Public Schools where moment like these are stifled by structure in classrooms.

Whenever Jk has one of these moments we know it is time to reward her efforts with a field trip where she will learn more, or can put what she has learned to sight.  That is what we did recently by taking a Field Trip to the local Zoo.  I loved that our zoo, had hands on learning experiences for the children a long with the actual visual experience of seening animals.  Jk was able to pet a real shark, compare her own skin to the scales on the skin of a snake, and more.

Jklyn got to experience art at the zoo as well. Here she is with a wire sculpture of a bison. They had wood carvings of animals and things like this throughout the zoo.

A long the pathway she could also learn about different flowers from different environments, whether desert cactus or the daffodils that grow so prevalent in our own state.  Being able to go on field trips and offer her a variety of learning experience is one of the things that Public Schools can not offer because of budget restraints.  Where they can only take one or two local fieldtrips a year, the world is an open field trip for us whenever we want to make it one.  For instance, our next science unit will be learning about plants, berries and mushrooms.  We will be making a survival booklet on what is safe, what is poisonous, what can be eaten, and which can

Jklyn setting on a wall across from the Lemur exhibit watching the ducks swimming around the water, as the lemurs hop from their den to the trees and back again. Poor thing, this is near the end of the day and she looks tired out. She slept all the way home.

be used for medical purposes.  We’ve already put in an herb garden on our front porch and even have an Aloe Vera plant there as well.  As we learn we will be able to go mushrooming in the forests here, and maybe even pick wild berries that are edible.  We will be able to make more than one field trip to local state parks, orchards, and more.  As we go Jk will use her writing skills to take notes, the camara to take pictures, math skills to mark our trail and to measure things.  She will use geography to know where plants are more prominent for us to find.  Schooling is more than just set there read the book, answer the questions, and take a test.  For homeschoolers like Jklyn homeschool is movement, use of senses, hands on learning,

A seal surfacing from an underwater swim.

and most of all  an adventure daily.  This is why I love homeschooling my daughter.  By the way don’t worry about socialization.  She attends Homeschool Choir once a week, and during that time they also do physical education in the gym at our church.  She is involved with many of the Children’s programs at church, so she is around other children 3 to 4 days a week usually, and sometimes more since we have neighbors only a couple of blocks away who also homeschool and have 4 daughters, three of whom are close to Jklyn’s age, so she has friends to play with, walk

with and talk with when she wants to.

A tank full of unusual sea creatures. The fish swimming together in the front of the tank are "Unicorn Fish".

All that said, I also want to share pictures from our field trip.  I took over 350 pictures, but I won’t post them all here.  I will post some of them for you to enjoy and see what our field trip was like.

That bright green creature sticking out of the rocks is a Moray Eel.

A couple of the sharks that were swimming in the Touch Tank that Jklyn was able to pet.

The Penguin exhibit. It looks more like a painting of them, but they were quite real and very much alive. Jklyn had all types of stories for what some of them were doing, including one she said was doing a scene from The Titanic. The penquins were quite active and funny.

Polar Bear through the glass. He was just laying right there and the only think that let you know he was alive was the movement of his head every once in a while.

One of the markers at the zoo, letting you know about the flowers or plants grown in that area.

A big, old walrus swimming and entertaining the crowds with his antics.

A Meerkat standing and watching the people watching it. It seemed to like to have its picture taken.

One of the many lizards we saw in the Desert exhibit.

Jk involved in one of the hands on learning exhibits in the Snake exhibit.

A Giraffe family.

A rattlesnake in the Snake Exhibit. One of many snakes from around the world that we saw up close.

An Ostrich.

Another snake from the exhibit wrapped around the tree like a cocoon.

A rhino up close.

A family of Baboons who were really active on the day we were there. They were playing tag, and the babies were climbing all over the adult baboons.

One of the beautiful types of flowers we saw blooming in the Plains Exhibit.

This zebra seemed to love the limelight, and showed up and posed everytime I took a picture in the exhibit he was in. He wasn't afraid to come up close to where people were at all.

Although the fastest animal on earth, this cheetah seemed more into sunbathing rather than running.

One of the elephants at the zoo.

One of the Mallards that swam around the Lemur Exhibit, and seemed to like to walk among the legs of the flamingos.

A very playful, yet dangerous bear.

Flying foxes.

A tiger playing ball.

The tiger up close.

Last, more beautiful flowers from the African plains exhibit. I loved the color and structure of these the most.

 

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This is a great read, and for those who believe science over faith maybe it is time to rethink your arguments for not believing in God.  You can’t see the wind, but you can see its effects on the leaves of the trees, its effects on you when it cools you on a hot day, its effects on the sails of a boat as it pushes it across the water, and even see its destructive power.  In the same way, you can’t see God, but I can tell you I have seen his effect on lives, from the change he has made in alcoholics and drug addicts when they give their lives to him, to the healing he gave two of my adopted daughters that the doctors had given up on, to the 3 extra years he gave my mother to live when the doctors said she would die before the end of the night, to even many events in my own life (which are many) that he has brought me from the brink of death after prayer to the change in my own heart and life that had been hardened by hurt.   Here is the post I am asking you to read.  You will be surprised at who the student is!

This is good regardless of what religion anyone may or may not be, it is not about religion but about God vs science; wait till you see who the student is (was).

“Let me explain the problem science has with religion.” The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand. ‘You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?’

‘Yes sir,’ the student says.

‘So you believe in God?’

‘Absolutely ‘

‘Is God good?’

‘Sure! God’s good.’

‘Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?’

‘Yes’

‘Are you good or evil?’

‘The Bible says I’m evil.’

The professor grins knowingly. ‘Aha! The Bible! He considers for a moment. ‘Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?’

‘Yes sir, I would.’

‘So you’re good…!’

‘I wouldn’t say that.’

‘But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.’

The student does not answer, so the professor continues. ‘He doesn’t, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Can you answer that one?’

The student remains silent..

‘No, you can’t, can you?’ the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax. ‘Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?’

‘Er..yes,’ the student says.

‘Is Satan good?’

The student doesn’t hesitate on this one.. ‘No.’

‘Then where does Satan come from?’

The student falters. ‘From God’

‘That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?’

‘Yes, sir.’

‘Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything, correct?’

‘Yes’

‘So who created evil?’ The professor continued, ‘If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.’

Again, the student has no answer.

‘Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?’

The student squirms on his feet. ‘Yes..’

‘So who created them ?’

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. ‘Who created them?’

There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized.

‘Tell me,’  he continues onto another student. ‘Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?’

The student’s voice betrays him and cracks. ‘Yes, professor, I do.’

The old man stops pacing. ‘Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?’

‘No sir. I’ve never seen Him.’

‘Then tell us if you’ve ever heard your Jesus?’

‘No, sir, I have not.’

‘Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?’

‘No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.’

‘Yet you still believe in him?’

‘Yes’

‘According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn’t exist… What do you say to that, son?’

‘Nothing,’ the student replies.. ‘I only have my faith.’

‘Yes, faith,’ the professor repeats. ‘And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.’

The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His own. ‘Professor, is there such thing as heat? ‘

‘ Yes.’

‘And is there such a thing as cold?’

‘Yes, son, there’s cold too.’

‘No sir, there isn’t.’

The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet.

The student begins to explain. ‘You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’. We can hit down to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.’

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.

‘What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?’

‘Yes,’ the professor replies without hesitation. ‘What is night if it isn’t darkness?’

‘You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to define the word. In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?’

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. ‘So what point are you making, young man?’

‘Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.’

The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this time. ‘Flawed? Can you explain how?’

‘You are working on the premise of duality,’ the student explains.. ‘You argue that there is life and then there’s death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought.’ ‘It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.’ ‘Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

‘ ‘If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.’

‘Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?’

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.

‘Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?’

The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided.

‘To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.’ The student looks around the room. ‘Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor’s brain?’

The class breaks out into laughter.

‘Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the professor’s brain, touched or smelt the professor’s brain? No one appears to have done so… So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.’

‘So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?’

Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable.

Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. ‘I Guess you’ll have to take them on faith.’

‘Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,’ the student continues. ‘Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?’

Now uncertain, the professor responds, ‘Of course, there is. We see it Everyday. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in The multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world.. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.’

To this the student replied, ‘Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God.. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.’

The professor sat down.

The student was Albert Einstein . Albert Einstein wrote a book titled ‘ God vs. Science ‘ in 1921…..

Whether this account is true or not, the premise of which it teaches is true.  Whether Einstein truly came to realize how wrong he was about God’s existence only he and God know right now.  If he never accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior before he died then I know that he is indeed finding the existence of Hell a real thing.  If even on his deathbed, Einstein turned to Christ, then he indeed is finding how real Heaven is.  I know also that one day, Judgement Day, all will be laid open before God and it will be known  by all as to which place he is going to dwell for eternity.  My purpose for posting this story is not to judge Einstein, but to state that even Science cannot disprove the existence of God because it cannot disprove the existence of faith.  For me science hasn’t explained so many things about creation without a doubt that what is left is to admit that there is a God who set the planets into space, directed the course of their orbits, and decided the chemical makeup of each.  Science will never be able to make me doubt my belief in God, nor my faith in my Savior, Jesus Christ.  In fact, to date I have more doubt in science than I do in God.

Now before you try to pull the Snopes link on me, I’ve seen it.  This internet entity that is supposes to be impartial in trying to cast doubt on the above conversation goes into a tyraid against the existence of faith, thus showing it anti-Christian roots.  It has come out in the past few years that Snopes is indeed ran by people who are left-leaning socialists.  In reading their comments on the article it was clear to me that they also were stating lies to make their point.  First of all, Einstein came from a family of non-practicing Jews.  Yes, he was Jewish, and even  the non-practicing Jews I know may not hold to the religious practices in the Jewish faith, but often still hold a strong belief in God.  Einstein also went to a Catholic school when he was young, so it is very likely he did consider himself  somewhat religious, and in fact in the following quote by Einstein he admits to such until the age of 12.  Einstein believed there was something religious in him connected to his awe for the universe, but thought of himself as an agnostic.  He didn’t think well of athiests at all.

“. . . I came—though the child of entirely irreligious (Jewish) parents—to a deep religiousness, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of twelve. “

God Vs. Science

 
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