Contemplation of Thoughts – Science, God and Allah

  1. Science continues to recognize that the chance of life on earth just happening, really needed someone to set it in motion. The real odds of even simple life happening by chance greatly defies the laws of probability.
  2. There are 2.2 billion Christians living today in this world that believe in God (the God of The Bible) as the creator.
  3. There are 1.6 billion Muslims living today in this world that believe in Allah (the God of the Koran) as the creator.

I have friends that are Muslim, Christian and Atheist and I enjoy their friendship and respect all of them. However, who has it figured out correctly? Without getting to deep into the science or the theology behind each belief, there is one thing we should all be able to recognize and agree to. There is good and also evil in this world and I find no evidence that evolution created it. If we say the evil spirits caused the evil, then we must agree that there is something super natural out there. If we say we evolved, then aren’t we saying that man does evil on his own, and we support the natural evolution of evil as well as good. If life on earth was created and did not evolve, then it would take some supper natural someone to have started it and over 52% of the people living today believe it was God who did this.

The question is, which God created life.

  1. The God of Christianity, the God who send his Son Jesus to earth to teach love your God and love your neighbor as yourself (see the actual words of New Testament of the Bible and not someone’s interpretation).
  2. The God of Islam, the God who teaches that if anyone outside of the Islamic faith does not accept Me, those people are irrelevant and not worthy of their life (my wording – see Kuran for actual words and not someone’s interpretation).
  3. The Christian God and the Islamic God Allah appear to be in contradiction of each other.

This is a tough question to ponder. The three points made here are in the written documents of each belief if you dig for answers. They are core positions of each faith. We should all desire a solid foundation to our faith because it does take faith to believe in any of the the three positions.

So if it took a God to create life, which God do we want to follow? Or should we close our minds and our hearts and accept the impossible odds that everything has just happened by chance and evolved from nothing. Continue reading

No God? – God? – Allah? – What God?

I’m not a Theologian, Pastor, Rabi, Priest, an Iman or any form of religious leader including any form of leader in this world that believes there is no God. I’m just a regular person that does not let skin color, race or anything else enter into my ability to ask questions and think for myself.

The asking of challenging question can be a difficult task especially when we are asking ourselves. Many time we do not wish to hear anything outside of what we believe to be true. To truly understand we must open our minds if we truly desire the truth.

Please read on, give this some thought and you draw your own conclusions.

Is the God of the Muslim belief, is the God of Islam and the God of Christianity the God of the Bible the same God? There are many debates on this, but for just this instant let’s say they are.

If God is who He said He is and God sent or enlightened his Prophets to inform each of us how to live our life, then He cared for everything he created which includes all men, women, and children around the world. If Jesus said to love your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself and Muhammad said to kill everyone that does not believe as I do, then who do you want to believe?

Remember it takes “Faith” to believe either way.

So who do you want to believe? Where do you place your faith?

Do I believe the One that teaches love everything I have created including all men, women, and children – or – do I believe the one that teaches kill men, women, and children that don’t believe as I do?

This is a hard question for some to answer because of the abuse so many have encountered in their lives. However, does it makes any difference who you are, what country you live in, what color your skin is, or how you were raised. All abuse has been handed down by the “hand of man.” If you are a Christian or a Muslim, if you hand down cruelty and hatred, you are not doing what God wants you to do.

Only “WE” can make a difference. It starts as an individual then to our family then to our friends then to the rest of the world.

Breaking it Down – “Evolution” or “God”

Did we Evolve? Who is God? Is He Real?

Great questions and worthy of investigation by everyone even if one doesn’t believe there is a God of any type. It’s always positive to explore open-mindedly something just for the sake of knowing if you’re right in the beliefs and understandings you currently hold.

Breaking it Down

  • If the world and everything we see, feel, hear, and smell happened by way of evolution then it all start “somehow” at “some time” in the past.
  • Something cannot be made out of absolutely nothing? I expect that human knowledge will tell us that we need something to start with.
  • If the evolutionary theory is actually how everything started, it needed something to begin with just to get started regardless of what took place that began the formation of everything.
  • Where did this come from? Just who or what could have provided these things?
  • To find out who or what could have done these things we should, I would think, go back as far in time as humanly possible.

Food for Thought

When the sciences are exploring and working to find the origin of time, when and how things originated, or how old things are, they go back as far as they can to identify the age and origination. With no documentation available that is dated millions or billions of years ago, it leads one to speculate. Experiments and testing must be done based on the assumption of what we believe things were like when it all began. However, something must have been in existence if we believe something cannot come from nothing. If we have any documentation, we should utilize it and prove or disprove its truth and not just say yes it is or no it isn’t.

Breaking it Down a Little More

  • The oldest book that ever was written was/is the Bible.
  • Who wrote it? It was written by man as all books are written by some man or woman. So human desires and human error can come into play.
  • If the oldest book that was ever written tells us that God created everything from the very beginning of time, then how do we know that the Bible is an authentic book inspired by God?

Food for Thought

If you were to read a novel or some story that has several books that tell the complete story, like a trilogy, would you read only the first book or first couple books and make up your own ending? Most of all, would you know the real outcome of the story? No, it would be your version of the ending.

Breaking it Down Again

  • If one should be of some faith that believes in God (i.e., Muslim, Jewish, Christian, etc.), or even an atheist who believe in no god, then wouldn’t it be a good idea to read the entire book to see if there are truths written in it? Shouldn’t we want to check out every reference noted in the book exploring to see if it has the possibility to be factual? If we place our lives outcome in what we choose to put our faith in, and it does take faith to believe in God, some god or no god, then we should desire to know the truth and there is only one way to find it.

A little more Food for Thought

If one was to write a scientific paper on any topic in the science world, would you read only part of a book and complete your paper? Would you read the entire book and finish your paper? Would you research other writings on the subject and complete your paper? If your desire is to convince people from all walks of life to take what you have written as factual, then you need to address all possibilities showing that you have done research on each area.

So what is this all about?

If God is real and he started everything regardless of how it started, then there is only one God, the God that started it all regardless of what you call Him. If the Bible is truthful and it states, “In the Beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth,” then science should always take this into consideration. If the Bible is real, regardless of the fact that it was written by the hands of humans, then one should utilize and research the complete story. We should look at everything that was written in the Bible hundreds and even thousands of years before it actually took place. One should not stop at the end of some chapter and write conclusions based on one’s own desired outcome.

My Conclusions

I believe that science works very hard and has so much to offer. I also believe that God is real and that there is only one God. I believe that if science would utilize what is written in the Bible as a possible foundation for how everything started, using all available technologies and findings, they will find that it offers an explanation that can be proven scientifically. I believe that man, religious man, and scientific man, has made many rules and regulations just to satisfy their desired outcome. The only reason I can comprehend is that they crave power and control over people. Maybe it’s just to add some level of comfort to themselves based on something that someone else has told them they were wrong about or something someone has told them they had to do, someone’s rules and regulation.

While I will not tell you what you should believe, I can tell you what I believe.

I believe that God is real, that there is only one God, that He created everything and that He made a very excellent place for each of us to live. I believe He created man and woman with a mind and gave us the ability to make decisions for ourselves. I believe that He never planned or wanted to be a dictator of how or where we place our faith. I believe that what is written in the Bible is truthful, factual, and it can be proven when one seriously looks at all of it. Everything that was predicted within the Bible, excluding the single last prediction, has been proven to have taken place including the story of Jesus. I believe that man has taken it upon himself to mess up this world for his own reasoning when it was so very simple right from the beginning. We were told to love God and to love our neighbor as ourself. If we would just do this, we would not kill because we love our neighbor as ourself, regardless of where our neighbor lives. We would have no need for additional man-made rules because the ones we have been given are enough to make the world live in harmony with each other.

Breaking it Down: if we could just…

If we would allow ourselves to step outside our current life, dropping for a moment our inner thoughts, forgetting what we have been taught in our schools, our homes and step back from any religious beliefs we have, opening our mind to all we see, what would we like the world to be like?

With everything that is happening around this world, many times in the name of God, or some god, or Allah, or in the name of progressive evolution, one should wonder why. Why does man take something so simple to grasp, add his desires and then drive his agenda?  What is it that makes man’s desire to do evil, to hate, to murder?

If you are a Christian, you say you believe in God. Why do those that kill in the name of this belief, kill at all, when to be a Christian you are to love one another.

If you a Muslim, you say you believe in God. Why do those that kill in the name of this belief, kill at all, when to be a Muslim you are to love one another.

If you acknowledge that God exist, then you should show love to everyone.

What makes man behave as he does? What makes humans make up their own rules just to satisfy man’s own desires?

One of the most basic needs in life is to be loved by a mother or father, a brother or sister, a son or a daughter, a friend or a foe. Yes, even our enemy. If we loved our enemies and we were loved by our enemies, we would no longer have enemies. It makes no difference where in this world you live or what your beliefs are. Love enables each of us to grasp our desired happiness and defeat evil, to stop doing evil, to stop being evil.

Coming back full circle, we step back into our world realizing that love is drastically missing in so many places. We recognize that some force is driving man away from this simple principle of life. Is it intellect and a belief man has evolved and that some levels of man are greater than others? Is it the man-made rules in some religious belief that pits one against another? Is it a form of arrogance, conceit, pride or superiority that separates one from another? Is it aggressiveness versus laziness? Is it an evil force driving the wedge of hate and deceit into our lives?

This is a question we should ask ourselves?

To be loved one must show love remembering that real love is unconditional and real love expects nothing in return. If your religious belief, which includes all religions, (i.e. Christian, Muslim/Islam, Atheist, Buddhism, etc.) includes evil, hate, murder, then maybe you should rethink your religious belief and take a stand for “Love your neighbor” and bring this world back to what it was designed to be from the beginning.

Walking the “Middle of the Road”

The CENTER  –  The LEFT  –  The RIGHT

Where should we walk, talk and live?

What happens when one try’s to walk down the middle of the road? Have you ever tried to stay neutral? Do you believe in live and let live, don’t rock the boat, or to each their own? Everyone generally has an opinion, a belief or an understanding on many of todays issues of life, but do you feel that it is sometimes more healthy to keep it to yourself?

What happens when we are forced into a corner and are required to take one side or the other, when we are confronted by something bigger than we are and the center lane of life is taken away? Your desires, understanding or position may be on the right or the left or maybe you consider yourself in the center when it comes to politics, but what about your health or someone else’s health or what about religion? What will we do when we are forced to make a choice?

For some people living today, this question is faced everyday. We could be forced to make a decision based on “how will this impact my life” or “how will this impact my family” or “how will this impact my job”. It could truly be a matter of life or death. Will we go with the majority, side with the ones forcing the decision, enabling a temporary feeling of safeness? Will we tell the questioner what they want to hear even if we don’t believe it? Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were confronted by someone that would do you harm if you didn’t side with them? Would you stand by your beliefs or cave to the pressure?

When we look around the world we see countries and regions that beat, mam, and kill, the men, women and children who stand up for their beliefs. In many countries including mine, this generally does not exist today, but what would we do if it did?

Question: What would you do?

Being prepared, knowing what to do or say is one of life’s challenges. To prepare, one first must acknowledge the need and then step out and ask themselves those critical questions.  

47 – Searching for Answers – Epilog: The Day After

Joe woke up feeling refreshed. Tom was already scurrying around getting ready to leave for Ann’s place. Their wedding date was creeping up on them and the need to finalize everything was taking on a bit of importance before the big day arrived. Sarah picked up her phone after hearing it ring and seeing Joe’s name on the screen. A sweet sounding “good morning” were the words that hit Joe’s ear as Sarah added; and how did you sleep after you got home last night? I slept great, how about you, replied Joe as Sarah could hear him yawning. Sarah caught herself following suite with Joe with a yawn of her own as she forced out; well it took me a little while to settle in but once I fell asleep it was great. I think it was because of the excitement of last night and how everybody reacted to what we told them. I felt really good about it and Carol; well I hope she calls me. I am sure she will Sarah. She was pretty serious last night. I think we told her more than she thought she would hear. So are you ready to head to Denver to see Dr. Bob? When do you think we should leave? Let’s leave early enough, replied Sarah. We’re going to meet him at 2:30, so we need an hour, plus traffic and maybe we could catch lunch on the way. Sounds good, replied an energetic Joe. I’ll pick you up around 11:30. Does that work for you? Yup, I’ll be ready was the reply that sent Joe’s mind reeling as he thought about spending most of the day with Sarah.

As Joe and Sarah sat in Joe car outside of Sarah’s house, they looked at each other with expressions on their faces that told a story that neither had to put into words. What is the meaning of all this? What is the importance of what Dr. Bob wants to tell them? How will they handle the intimacy of their relationship while holding true to their personal commitments to each other and God? How do the experiences of Tom and Ann fit into everything? How is Carol connected and will she and Pete and the rest of the gang be part of God’s plan as it becomes revealed to them? Both Joe and Sarah sat silently looking out the windshield as the wind moved the leaves of the tree in Sarah’s front yard back and forth. A gentle breeze was filtering through Sarah’s window moving gently across towards Joe carrying the soft scent of Sarah’s perfume that Joe had come to love as it made its way past him and return back into the outside air. Joe slid his hand across the seat until it found Sarah’s as they sat silently not wanting to break the beautifully intense feelings that filled the car. Sarah silently unsnapped her seatbelt and slid over towards Joe. Joe raised his arm as Sarah nudged under it. Still not a word was spoke as they embraced each other settling into a passionate kiss. Time finally stood still as Joe and Sarah let their minds stop and allow the silence to once again take over. Only time will allow the story behind Joe and Sarah’s life to unfold. Just what will be the next discoveries on their journey? Will the dreams that brought them together continue to drive their future?

46 – Searching for Answers – Sharing the Dreams

Joe and Sarah were walking back to Joe’s car when he carefully spun her around and looked her directly in the eyes with a very concerned look. Are you sure you’re alright. I’m fine. It really was nothing physical Joe. Everything is ok. But your body just went limp and you were not responding to anything we said and you didn’t even flinch when I slapped your cheek trying to get a response out of you. Really, you slapped my cheek, responded Sarah. Joe quickly responded saying, well not very hard. Sarah started to open her car door when she looked back at Joe and said; I really am happy that you worry about me but really I’m ok. Ok, I believe you Sarah. Hey, if you’re up to it, how about I come over and pick you up around six and we can go out and have some something to eat at the pub, suggested Joe. That really sounds great, Sarah replied with a big smile and feeling like she had found the most wonderful guy in the world.

It wasn’t long and Joe and Sarah were sitting at the pub when Carol walked up to take their order. The Pub wasn’t too busy so Carol sat down for a couple minutes asking about Tom and Ann. After they gave Carol an update, Carol looked at Sarah and Joe with a slight smile saying; you two look exceptionally happy today. Sarah held up her beautiful opal ring for Carol to see and then announced that they were engaged. Joe was smiling from ear to ear when Carol offered up her congratulations, adding you two are made for each other and I’m very happy for both of you. You take good care of this girl Joe. She is really special. I know, replied Joe. It’s crazy how we met and even crazier how everything has unfolded in our lives. It’s quite a story. You’re going to have to give me details sometime, Carol replied with an inquiring smile. We will Carol, replied Sarah. You’ve been a good friend and I have a feeling we are going to see more of each other in the future. Carol smiled as she walked away not knowing exactly what Sarah meant, but knew she was happy to have her as a friend.

Carol had walked behind the bar and over to the computer to place their order when Sarah turned to Joe saying; we should find a time to tell Carol that she was included in our dreams. I am not sure how she will… Just then Joe phone rang stopping the conversation as he checked to see who was calling him. Its Dr. Bob was the comment coming from Joe’s mouth as he hit the answer key on his phone. Hi Dr. Bob. What’s happening? Hi Joe, I only have a couple minutes to talk right now, but I took a chance you might pick up. I was wondering if we could find a time to get together. I have a couple things that I think you will find interesting. For some reason I feel like I need to share these with you. Is there any chance you could meet me down here in Denver next Saturday afternoon, let’s say around 2:30? You should bring Sarah with you and maybe we can go out to dinner after we meet at the University. I think we can, but I need to ask Sarah. Hold on for a couple seconds. Sarah, Dr. Bob wants to have us come down to his place Saturday afternoon. Do you think you can go? As far as I know, replied Sarah. Ok Dr. Bob, we will be there. Should we come to your office? That would be great, replied Dr. Bob. I will send you the direction via text. It’s been great talking to you were his last words as Joe heard the phone go silent. Dr. Bob was gone before Joe had a chance to ask what he wanted to show him.

Sarah looked at Joe and Joe’s expression was a state of excited confusion. What do you think he wants, inquired Sarah? I have no idea. He sounded excited but reserved. It didn’t sound like he wanted to go into any details on the phone. Maybe he was just really busy Joe. I guess we’ll find out Saturday.

It wasn’t long and Carol arrived with their meals asking if there was anything else she could get them. Joe and Sarah replied in unison; I think we’re good. As they sat eating their food they exchanged ideas about the talk they had with Pastor Dan and then the impromptu call from Dr. Bob. Sometimes I feel like things are moving too fast Sarah. So much has happened and I or maybe I should say we have so many loose ends and things we don’t understand hanging around our necks. Tom is getting better and it won’t be long and they will be married. I will tell you one thing Sarah; I wouldn’t want to be going through this with anybody but you. I just wish we could fast forward a little and that we were already married and some of this was behind us. Sarah reached across the table and took Joe hand and smiled as she told him she was having the same feelings. I love you Joe and we are going to spend the rest of our lives together. I have this feeling that it is going to be quite an adventure and I am looking forward to it. Joe leaned over giving Sarah a kiss and added; I love you Sarah.

After they had finished their meal and the table was cleared, Sarah looked over at Joe and said; I have an idea. What would you think about getting the whole gang together and have a bonfire Friday night and we could tell them all about what has been happening? It might be nice to update everyone and Ann and Tom should be able to join us now. That might be a great idea, replied Joe. With everything that has been going on, we haven’t had a chance to see some of them for a long time now. We could tell everyone about us, Tom and Ann can update them on what happening in their lives and we could tell them about… Yes we can tell them Joe, interjected Sarah. I think they should know. They are our friends. Ok, let’s talk to Tom and Ann and see if Friday will work.

After a quick call to Tom, Joe fired out a text to everybody letting them know that Friday night they were going to meet at the old camp site just after dark for a bonfire. Before long they had a response from everyone confirming they would be there.

Joe and Sarah arrived a little earlier and had the fire looking good before the rest of the gang arrived. Ann and Tom arrived shortly after dark and Joe, Sarah and Tom cracked open a beer and Ann opened a Coke as they sat staring into the flames. Joe let his mind flash back to his dreams about the fire pit as he pulled Sarah close and they sat silently. Sarah looked up and could see all the stars in the sky as they sparkled and winked at her making her smile as she gripped Joes arm a little tighter. Joe leaned over and picked up his guitar and just as he was about to start into a song the rest of the gang arrived. Before long everyone was talking and laughing and having a good time. Joe was playing one of Sarah’s favorite songs and Ann and Sarah were singing along as all the rest started to join in. After a couple of songs, Tom and Ann updated everyone on the events in their life including about the baby. Paul had just added a couple logs to the fire when Carol asked if Joe and Sarah could tell them the rest of the story they started back at the restaurant.

Well it’s kind of a long story, replied Joe. Are you sure you want to hear it all? Well maybe you better just give us the Readers Digest version came a quick response from Tom. You know how long winded you are and we only have so many logs. Everyone started laughing as Tom was getting gently ribbed by Ann. Ok Tom, we will try to give the short version, replied Joe as he looked over at Tom and grinned.

Well first of all I think you all know by now that Sarah and I are engaged. Sarah held up her ring for everybody to see as the gang hooted and hollered for them. Tom quickly added; I tried to talk to Sarah about this but she just won’t listen. Laughter erupted as Ann put her hand over Tom’s mouth. Randy spoke up quickly saying; well one thing is for sure, Tom is just about back to his old self. Amen was a quick response from Sarah as the gang continued to laugh and have a good time. Ok Joe, let’s hear the story came a shout from the other side of the fire. Joe started by reminding everyone about how he had met Sarah and how he felt about the church which led him into his story about his first dreams. Before long everyone was silent as Joe continued telling his story. Joe finished telling about the story about how he had seen the fire and how people just disappeared into it but left out the part about Carol being in the dream. Sarah looked at Joe and could tell he wasn’t sure if he should tell that part. Well interjected Sarah. There is a little more to the dream but… Joe stepped back in adding; Sarah had something happen to her the other day. We were sitting talking to Pastor Dan about these dreams when she fainted or something. We called 911 but before they arrived she came too and started telling us a story of her own. So what happened Sarah, inquired Carol. Are you ok? What did the paramedics tell you? I’m fine replied Sarah, but it was really weird. All I remember is that this lady came up to me and started talking to me and Joe and Pastor Dan acted like she wasn’t there. Come to find out, she really wasn’t there. I had some type of a dream or vision or something myself. And Carol, it included you. What! came a quick response from Carol. I can only tell you that for some reason that I don’t understand, you are going to be a part of something that I also don’t understand, continued Sarah. Joe looked over at Carol whose mouth was open but no words were coming out. Carol its true and you have been in both of our dreams. Silence overtook the gang as they tried to comprehend what Joe and Sarah were telling them. After what seemed like forever came a question from the other side of the fire. Ok, so where was I in your dreams Joe, asked a cautious Carol. Joe tried to tell her about how she had walked out of the trees and how she had talked to Jesus who was talking to this group of people. How he was looking up her name but Joe left out the part about how her name was not in the book. What book are you talking about Joe, inquired Carol as her anxieties continued to grow? Well, it was the “Book of Life” Carol. The one we read about in the Bible. Well was my name in it Joe? Well, not really Carol. That is why he didn’t know your name when you walked up. That can’t be true Joe. I believe in Jesus and I try to do things the right way and help people. So if that doesn’t work just how does one get their name in this “Book of Life”? What does it mean if it is not, inquired Paul as he gently rubbed Carols back while she was sitting in surprise at what she was hearing? It is easy Paul, replied Sarah. It’s all about if you believe in Jesus, but you have to confess your wrong doings and ask for forgiveness and accept him into your life. If you do, then you go to Heaven and will be with Him forever when you die and if you don’t you go to… Sarah stopped short of saying Hell. Tom quickly interrupted saying; I have been there. It is real. Heaven is real. I saw it when I died. What are you talking about Tom, inquired Pete? When I died, I went there and I met my Grandfather who talked to me and then I met someone that told me I had to go back but not before he told me about our baby and that it was a boy. That is how we know that our baby is a boy. He told me I had things to do down here and that it wasn’t my time yet. Ann spoke up telling everyone that she hadn’t told Tom about being pregnant. Only Sarah knew about it. But when he woke up he knew the whole story. I don’t know how to explain it except that it happened just like we are telling you.

The entire gang was silent as they soaked in everything they had just heard. After what seemed like forever, Sarah spoke up and added that she could only explain this as if God was taking control and was leading them down a path that they still didn’t understand. This is what we wanted to tell everyone about. It’s pretty scary and also exciting all at the same time.

Joe picked up his guitar again and started to play it as everyone sat staring at the fire. Carol was deep in thought as Paul sat still lightly rubbing her back. Cal and Connie along with Pete and Nancy sat to the side talking about this “Book of Life” while Randy and Mary continued to stare into the fire as if it had them in a trans. Sarah leaned over and put her head on Joe’s shoulder while Ann and Tom were cuddling off to the side. After Joe had finished playing a couple songs the fire was dying down as everyone relaxed allowing each of them to drift deep in their own thoughts. So Sarah, I want my name in the “Book of Life”. Can you help me, inquired Carol? Anytime, replied Sarah. Carol leaned her head over on Paul’s shoulder as she looked across the fire at Joe and Sarah still deep in thought about what she had heard.