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Science in the Bible: God Hides Himself

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Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.  Isaiah 45:15

Playing Hide & Seek (Sun & Clouds)

If you’ve watched the movie Expelled, you will remember that right near the end Stein talks to Richard Dawkins, one of the men that really wants you to not believe in God or at least start to hate Him. Stein asked Dawkins something about what he would say to God if he ever met Him. Dawkins said,

“Bertrand Russell had that point put to him, and he said something like: sir, why did you take such pains to hide yourself?”

Sun Rays

Well, as you can see, Isaiah noticed this same aspect of God’s character. So, what’s going on and what should those of us who love and know God through His Son Jesus do about it?

But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6

If you read the verses around Isaiah 45:15, you will see that the people God was hiding Himself from wanted to worship idols. They didn’t want to know or worship the God who had created them.

Romans chapter 1 seems to contradict the Isaiah passage where it says,

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Romans 1:19,20

But if you keep reading, you will see what is really going on:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own Trusthearts,…Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections:….
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;…Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding,

I’ve taken out all the really disgusting stuff these people get into, but notice what happens to people who knowingly refuse to glorify God or be grateful to Him for all He has given them:

  • Their thinking becomes empty and meaningless
  • Although they claim to have great wisdom, they are actually fools [Greek: Morons]
  • They exchange God’s glory for the image of mankind and animals
  • They follow the disgusting desires that were already in their hearts
  • They exchange the truth for a lie
  • They worship the creation instead of the Creator
  • God gives them over to shameful passions
  • They didn’t want to know God so He turns them over to an unapproved [base metal] mind
  • Their words and actions show that they care only about themselves

Why would God go out of His way to do something miraculous in order to prove He is really there? Even if God spoke to them out loud and made the ground shake, they would find some way to deny the truth. It isn’t evidence they need in order to see God, it is a new, humble heart.

There will come a time when God won’t hide Himself any more, but then it will be too late:

gavelWe shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.  Romans 14:10b-12

Every single being in the universe will bend the knee and admit that God is the Ruler.

Now, what shall we do since all this is true?  Here’s the very next verse:

So we should stop judging each other. Let’s decide not to do anything that will cause a problem for a brother or sister or hurt their faith. Romans 14:13 Easy-to-read Version

and also this verse at the end of a long description of such people:

Help those who have doubts. Rescue those who are living in danger of hell’s fire. here are others you should treat with mercy, but be very careful that their filthy lives don’t rub off on you.  Jude 22,23 EtrV

We also need to take this command very seriously:

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.  II Thessalonians 3:1,2

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.  II Timothy 2:25,26

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:13

For more check out these articles:

Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry: An Atheist Says There Is No Evidence For God

Proof of God Conference 2012

Answers in Genesis: “Does God Exist?”

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Isaiah 41 on Origins

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Photo of the Book of Isaiah page of the Bible (cropped version) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday was the first time I didn’t put up a post with great links to check out, so today is going to be the first Sunday post!  I’ll have to do links later, this Bible study was time consuming (and fun!).

We were so busy that I didn’t even get my Bible reading done until just before bedtime last night, but it was so amazing I want to share some with you.

In this passage God wasn’t addressing Evolutionist people in Isaiah’s day, but idols. However, the same principles apply since idolatry often has elements of Evolution in it.  Continue reading

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The Accuracy of the Bible on Astronomy: Part 1

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Last month I asked Dr. Jason Lisle  if he had done a book that talked about all the Bible references to astronomy.  Sure enough, he had done one called Taking Back Astronomy.  As soon as I could I bought a copy and I’m thrilled with it.  Since Dr. Lisle’s new book, the Stargazer’s Guide to the Night Sky is published by the same group (New Leaf Publishers, the one’s I want to write for someday), it is sure to be beautiful enough to display as a coffee table book.   But, this isn’t a book review post (I’ll do those when this blog is popular enough to get free samples to review), so on to what the Bible has to say!!

My dad showed me a couple of years ago how he had noticed God talking about “stretching the heavens,” which I’ve already posted on.  That alone is enough to prove that the Bible knows what it’s talking about on the nature of the universe. The rest of these are just icing on the cake.

It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: Isaiah 40:22

Doubters like to say that this verse proves that the Bible writers thought the earth was flat like a plate, and they’re right that the word here doesn’t mean sphere or ball.  The word used for circle is the geometric word for compass it just tells you that God drew a circle on the earth.   There are two other verses that use this term, Job 22:14 and Proverbs 8:27, both of them are talking about astronomy too. As we know, people from right after the Flood were sailing the world and well knew that the earth was a sphere. But if you look at the earth from space, it does looks like a plate.  Isaiah was pointing out how big God is.  Notice that this is one of the “stretching the heavens” verses!  It is wonderful how they all fit together.

He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end. The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof. Job 26:10,11

Here we have the verb “to compass” much like in the last verse.  Dr. Lisle takes this to mean that the twilight line dividing the day side of our planet from the night side is always a circle.  I hadn’t realized this verse was talking about astronomy until I read that verse.

Hubble telescope image known as Pillars of Cre...

Hubble telescope image known as Pillars of Creation (I didn’t invent that title)

Verse 11 is not mentioned in Dr. Lisle’s book, but I would guess that doubters like to say this verse means that Job thought there were pillars holding up the heavens.  You might want to try this idea on for size.  The “pillars” of heaven don’t have to be stone columns because the Hebrew word is the same one used for the “pillar of cloud by night” in Exodus. Perhaps Job was talking about Nebulae!

I decided to do a GoodSearch to see what kind of technology it would take to see a Nebula since we know the Ancients had telescopes. This page says what you need is a big aperture.  So then I went to find out what that meant.  Turns out the bigger the glass, the better for this and we know that’s something the Ancients certainly had.

I have no idea if this is what Job was really talking about, but it’s a good possibility.  I also found that the first “modern” astronomer to record having seen nebulae was Charles Messier in 1758. Here’s a list of his telescopes, they don’t seem to have been too powerful, so it is quite likely that ancient telescopes were powerful enough to have seen some of these objects.

Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. Deuteronomy 4:39