Which god? God or god?
“Thou shalt have no other god before me.” (Exodus 20:3 KJV)
September 5, 2012
You can maybe guess from the title -
I'm putting this article under Things from the news -
If you're a regular reader of this site -
The opening paragraph of the sciencemag.org article talks about the progress made in the field of learning more about extinct creatures. It includes this sentence -
But something even more revolutionary has been afoot: a new kind of analysis capable of revealing anatomical adaptations that skeletal evidence can't provide, such as the color of a dinosaur's feathers or how woolly mammoths withstood the cold.
If you went to school when I did -
So they go on to talk about collagen and DNA.
<for more about collagen, see wikipedia -
Collagen is a group of naturally occurring proteins. In nature, it is found exclusively in animals, especially in the flesh and connective tissues of mammals. It is the main component of connective tissue, and is the most abundant protein in mammals, making up about 25% to 35% of the whole-
Back in 1997, the field was just getting started. In 2010, the DNA model for Neanderthals was published -
The article goes on to highlight the amazing discoveries that have been made in the field. It's pretty much summed up by the line -
Over the past decade, these molecules have painted the past in living color...
Not that all of this research is even accepted by all scientists. One little line towards the end of the article says -
Some scientists suspect that the collagen comes from bacteria rather than dinosaurs, but others are investigating collagen as a way to bar-
While some doubt that the material being investigated is genuine and intact -
In July 2010, I wrote an article called Truth -
It was based on a line from The Chronicles of Narnia, The Last Battle, by C. S. Lewis -
"And then she understood the devilish cunning of the enemies' plan.By mixing a little truth with it they had made their lie far stronger."
Then the question becomes -
For those who think it's all true -
For those who think that none of it is true -
How can I say the things above? It's a verse I've often written about before -
Ro 1:18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
If God is making Himself plain to us -
The problem with both of these assumptions -
And that's where we get back to C. S. Lewis. Part truth -
Before going into that -
Back in Genesis 3:1-
The Fall of Man
Ge 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
Ge 3:2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”
Ge 3:4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
What God first told Adam & Eve was True.
What Satan asked put a little doubt, by twisting the Truth.
In answering Satan, Eve didn't quite get God's original command correct -
In responding to that -
Ending up in a lie.
And that's why it's important for us to know The Truth -
For those of you that like puzzles -
This is really interesting and exciting stuff!
It's the ultimate exploring experience. Trying to figure out God's truth and Satan's lies.
And it's high stakes too. Life or death -
And we're all playing.
News flash -
"All the world's a stage" is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare's As You Like It, spoken by the melancholy Jaques. The speech compares the world to a stage and life to a play, and catalogues the seven stages of a man's life, sometimes referred to as the seven ages of man: infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloon, and second childhood, "sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything". It is one of Shakespeare's most frequently-
All the world is a stage -
So let's play the "Ancient Collagen and DNA" game.
Let's say there's some truth in it.
For those who remember back in 1997 when that first DNA strand was released to the world -
Now we have DNA that has 10 million times as much. How much more amazing is that?
Maybe it's intact ancient DNA -
Can one really think it was totally random?
And then consider that each living thing has it's own DNA -
Can one really think that it's all random -
Or is this the Truth that exists -
What if the Truth is that God created the world -
Just given the statistical odds against all of that randomness turning out what we are learning the world to be -
I mentioned earlier that this article could be under Who gets the credit. In the battle between good and evil -
I also mentioned that I could make a section from God's point of view asking why don't we see Him? The twisting of the Truth -
We won't know the whole truth -
So if you're not already, get out there -
We all like to play games.
This one is for keeps.