As a scientist I’m certain Stephen Hawking is wrong. You can’t explain the universe without God

from Mail Online by PROFESSOR JOHN LENNOX

According to Stephen Hawking, the laws of physics, not the will of God, provide the real explanation as to how life on Earth came into being

According to Stephen Hawking, the laws of physics, not the will of God, provide the real explanation as to how life on Earth came into being

There’s no denying that Stephen Hawking is intellectually bold as well as physically heroic. And in his latest book, the renowned physicist mounts an audacious challenge to the traditional religious belief in the divine creation of the universe.

According to Hawking, the laws of physics, not the will of God, provide the real explanation as to how life on Earth came into being. The Big Bang, he argues, was the inevitable consequence of these laws ‘because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.’

Unfortunately, while Hawking’s argument is being hailed as controversial and ground-breaking, it is hardly new.

For years, other scientists have made similar claims, maintaining that the awesome, sophisticated creativity of the world around us can be interpreted solely by reference to physical laws such as gravity.

It is a simplistic approach, yet in our secular age it is one that seems to have resonance with a sceptical public.

But, as both a scientist and a Christian, I would say that Hawking’s claim is misguided. He asks us to choose between God and the laws of physics, as if they were necessarily in mutual conflict.

But contrary to what Hawking claims, physical laws can never provide a complete explanation of the universe. Laws themselves do not create anything, they are merely a description of what happens under certain conditions.

What Hawking appears to have done is to confuse law with agency. His call on us to choose between God and physics is a bit like someone demanding that we choose between aeronautical engineer Sir Frank Whittle and the laws of physics to explain the jet engine.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1308599/Stephen-Hawking-wrong-You-explain-universe-God.html#ixzz39BcTDvOH

Seek to Show Hospitality

I so agree with 

“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” – Romans 12:13

It’s unfortunate that so many members of the body of Christ fail so greatly when it comes to showing hospitality.

We don’t mind spending time together at a church event or even out to lunch after a church service. We’ll meet for coffee or grab a beer, we’ll have Bible studies, and maybe the occasional dinner party or cookout.

But what about real hospitality?

Why is it extraordinary when a believer invites you to crash their lives?

Why don’t you invite your brothers and sisters to crash yours?

We are members one to another. We are family, Christ’s family. So why don’t we act like it?

It doesn’t matter that your house is messy and that toys are thrown everywhere.

It doesn’t matter that your kids – or dogs – are crazy and want to play or that they’re fussy and need a nap.

It doesn’t matter that your home is small and that your friends might have to sit on the floor.

It doesn’t matter that you might be doing laundry or working in the yard.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re serving nice wine or water from the tap to drink.

Open your home. Not just when it’s in “order”.

Slow down. Change your schedule or allow it to be crashed.

Show hospitality. Invite others to share life with you. Not your portrayal of a perfect, neat life. Your real, messy life.

This is where true community around Christ happens. This is where discipleship happens. This is where we learn from one another how to lean on Christ everyday in the extraordinary and in the mundane.

The Sin of Prayerlessness

from Andrew Murray’s book, Living a Prayerful Life

If conscience is to do its work and the contrite heart is to feel its proper remorse, it is necessary for each individual to confess his sin by name. The confession must be intensely personal. In a meeting of ministers, probably no single sin should be acknowledged with deeper shame than the sin of prayerlessness. Each one of us needs to confess that we are guilty of this. Why is prayerlessness such a serious sin? At first it would seem to be merely a weakness. So much is said about lack of time and all sorts of distractions that the deep guilt of the situation is not recognized. From now on, let us acknowledge prayerlessness as the sin that it is. 1. It is a reproach to God.

The reality is that a heart desire for prayer is lacking . Many do not know how to spend half an hour with God! It is not that they absolutely do not pray; they may pray every day— but they have no joy in prayer. Joy is the sign that God is everything to you.

 

Living like we’re really awake

ROMANS 13:8-14 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For this, “You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

GRACIOUS FATHER, even Your law is an expression of your love.

Not only does love perfectly fulfill the law’s moral demands; it also powerfully testifies about the truth of the gospel.1

Our love for You and our love for one another furthermore demonstrate that we are spiritually awake to the soon return of Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior.

All the truths about You unveiled in Scripture, all the great doctrines, all aspects of the unfolding story of redemption come down to this:

that we might know You,

the only true God, through Jesus Christ,

and walk in obedience to Him for our own eternal joy

as a loving community of believers,

bringing glory to Your holy name forever.1

Anyone who does not love does not truly know You, because You are a God of love.2

The sum of Your commandments is love.

All that you require of us is that we love You with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love others as ourselves.3

And yet, Lord, we fall far short of loving You as we should.

Love for self too often overwhelms our love for one another.

Even the best of our love is but a faint glimmer of what it ought to be.

We stand in desperate need of daily grace and forgiveness, and we confess that apart from Your mercy to us we would be utterly without hope.

But when we were lost, You found us.

You called us and drew us to Christ.

You brought us up out of a horrible pit— out of the miry clay—and set our feet upon a rock.4

We want to be spiritually awakened.

Help us to realize and bear in mind that our final salvation, the eternal glory of heaven, is nearer to us than when we believed.

The day will soon dawn when we enter the glory of Your presence.

Until that dawning, while we remain in this world before Your Son’s glorious return, we yearn to live in holy, not sinful, ways.

Empower us unto holiness as we seek to walk in a way that is consistent with Your wonderful love and Your perfect righteousness.

Give us humility to know that no matter how we resolve to live to Your honor, we have no strength of our own to accomplish that end.

So we walk by faith from day to day, depending on our heavenly Father to meet our needs.

Grant us more of the faith that overcomes the world.1

It is our blessed privilege as Your children to come boldly to the throne of grace again and again, where we always receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.2

Christ paid an infinite price to cover our sins, and therefore the wellspring of Your mercy is free and inexhaustible.

Such is the great love You bestowed on us, even when we were dead in our trespasses.3

We come therefore to worship You as those who live by Your love.

May Your love be the mold that shapes our actions, our words, our character, and our very lives.

May love be the rule by which we live, the principle that governs our dealings with others, and a signboard for the whole world to see and honor Christ.

We pray in His precious name. Amen.

1. John 13:35

1. John 17:3-26

2. 1 John 4:8

3. Matthew 22:36-40

I have really been blessed and challenged by the prayers of John MacArthur in his At the Throne of Grace. I am sure you will be too. Get this book. You can read and re-read the prayers for personal benefit.

A Harvard University student explains how evidence changed her mind about God

from Wintery Knight

Here’s a must-read article  about the effectiveness of apologetics on college campuses in Christianity Today. (H/T Sanjay M.)

Read excerpt and his comments at http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/a-harvard-university-student-explains-how-evidence-changed-her-mind-about-god-2/

Prof Says: If God Is Dead, So Is Science

from The Pearchey Report by Angus Menuge, Ph.D.

Can we get outside our own minds and contact the world as it really is? If science is the project of knowing what is really going on in nature, the answer had better be yes. Otherwise science is merely a game that connects our subjective experiences — if I have this experience, then I will have that experience, nobody knows why. While a few philosophers have embraced this view, most working scientists are driven by the conviction that they can get beyond appearances and discover reality.

Indeed, in advanced democracies, science is usually regarded as the preeminent source of objective knowledge; other disciplines, like literature and theology, have to limp along as comforting reservoirs of emotion. So it is not surprising that many embrace scientism — the view that the scientific attitude just is the rational attitude. Equally common is the assumption that the scientific attitude involves commitment to naturalism.

More at http://www.pearceyreport.com/archives/2014/02/prof_says_if_god_is_dead_so_is_science.php

Don’t Get Mad – Get Righteousness

from Think by Jennie Pollock

Ah, Facebook, the ultimate voice of the voiceless, the land where ranters can rant to their hearts’ content, railing at the stupidity of our leaders, the incompetence of our footballers and the injustices of planned railway maintenance on Sundays leaving you stranded in the countryside for hours longer than any human being should be expected to endure.

There’s a lot of anger out there in the world of social media – and some of it far more serious and threatening than these examples. People like to sound-off, and nowadays they can reach a far wider audience with their venomous rage than the few friends that they previously had to be satisfied with.

As I was reading in James this week, I came across this passage:

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19-20)

It is right that we get angry with sin and angry when we see injustice and immorality running rampant – Jesus himself got angry in the Temple courts, to the point where he turned over tables and chased people out with a whip! There is a time and a place for righteous anger. Throughout the Old Testament we see God’s anger burning against sin, idolatry and injustice.

Continue http://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/dont_get_mad_get_righteousness

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