Monday, June 20, 2016

One of the modern age's beloved scientists has an announcement

Speaking of science, if I'm reading the article correctly, it seems like Dr. Michio Kaku has concluded that the universe had to have been created by an intelligent being.  Don't even wait for me to unpack the science.  I get String Theory about as much as I get women.  And let me tell you, that's not much.  I won't jump up and down or think this changes anything.  For all I know, he could run more experiments down the road and conclude something else.  This is just basic sciencing, inside science baseball stuff.  While there is room to look out on creation and conclude there is a God, it can't stop there.  We'll see what happens down the road.  At least it's a positive step for him.

As for atheists whose belief about God necessitates the absence of God, this will be a minor speed bump.  They can conclude he's just musing, or it's a theory, or just a guess, or any one of a million different objections.  If you are sure you're right, you're not going to let a little thing like evidence or testimonies from those you respect make a difference.

Hence the punchline of the parable of Lazarus and the rich man.  The point of that parable wasn't that Hell is a bad place with fire and brimstone.  It wasn't even about the wicked rich man stepping over the miserable Lazarus, though that literary canvas on which the punchline was painted should not be ignored.  No, the punchline is the rich man's cries to Abraham to rescue his living brothers from his own fate.  Do something!, he pleads, send Lazarus!  Abraham, unmoved, says they have all the testimony they need in Moses and the Prophets.  Well that hasn't done the trick!  So the rich man responds that seeing a dead man, they might be saved.  Not so fast, says Abraham.  If they don't believe Moses and the Prophets, then let's face it, they won't believe a dead man talking either.

A lesson for atheists, scientists, religious, political advocates and social activists.  If you have looked at a tremendous amount of evidence and disregarded it, then there's little to suggest any more evidence will make a difference.  And that, folks, is a place none of us should want to be.

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