The first Moon rocket launched by NASA since 1973 is expected to take off as early as August 29 from the Kennedy Space Center on Florida's coast. NASA is preparing the launch of the unmanned Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule as part of the agency's Artemis I mission which plans to put American astronauts back on the surface of the moon. This mission is a testing ground for the technologies that could eventually lead to a landing on Mars. At the center of Artemis I is the Space Launch System aka SLS, NASA's biggest rocket project since Saturn V. The SLS launch is scheduled to take place at 8.33am Eastern time on August 29 from launchpad 39B. The launch has a two-hour window. Should weather delay the launch passed the window, the other possible dates for take-off are September 2 and 5. If everything goes to plan, NASA expects to launch Artemis II in 2023, a manned flyby of the Moon's surface before landing American astronauts on the surface in 2025 as part of Artemis III.
Here Comes a Rare and Wonderful Astronomical Event in the Night Sky of December 7th ~ The Occultation of Mars (Live Link to Watch)
The moon will pass directly in front of Mars, blocking it from view. This event, called an occultation —from a Latin word meaning “hidden”—happens once or twice per year somewhere on Earth.
The moon will turn full as Mars arrives at opposition to the sun, resulting in an almost perfect alignment in space of the sun, Earth, moon and Mars.
(Image credit: Sky Safari Astronomy)
Mars at opposition will meet up with the full moon next week (Dec. 7). Here's how to see it
Every once in a while, something will appear in the sky that will attract the attention of even those who normally don't bother looking up.
It's likely to be that way in the evening hours of Wednesday (Dec. 7) when the full moon will appear in very close proximity to the now-brilliant planet Mars. In fact, the moon will turn full at 11:08 p.m. EST (0408 GMT on Dec. 8) followed by Mars arriving at opposition to the sun just 87 minutes later. This will result in an almost perfect alignment in space of the sun, Earth, moon and Mars.
People, who are unaware or have no advance notice, will almost certainly wonder, as they cast a casual glance toward our nearest neighbor in space on this first Wednesday in December, just what is that "bright orange-yellow light"? Sometimes, such occasions bring with them a sudden rash of phone calls to radio and television stations, local planetariums, weather offices and police precincts. Not a few of these calls excitedly inquire about "the mysterious UFO" that's closely hovering in the vicinity of our natural satellite!
If you don't live in any of the locations listed below that will provide a good chance to see the event in person, you're in luck: The Virtual Telescope Project will be hosting a livestream of Mars at opposition(opens in new tab) beginning at 11:00 p.m. EST on Dec. 7 (0400 GMT on Dec. 8).
A water vapor loop capture between May 6 and May 8 showing the genesis of a powerful area of low pressure off the east coast that would later become Subtropical Storm Andrea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Bob Barney: Do you believe in a creator God? Did the universe arise from chaos? Are there clues that prove that a DIVINE FORCE was behind the creation of the universe and if so, what are such clues? Most atheists' arguments come from a deep Ignorance of Natural Law! Here is a small lesson on the Divine design behind water! Most of our planet is covered with water. The oceans and seas make up three fourths of the earth's surface while the land itself contains countless numbers of rivers and lakes. The snow and ice on the planet are water in its frozen form. A substantial part of the earth's water is in the sky, just as the Bible claims in Genesis chapter 1.
You see, every cloud contains millions–of tons of water in the form of vapor. From time to time, some of this water vapor turns into drops of liquid and falls to the ground; in other words, it rains. Even the air you're breathing now contains water vapor. Life can exist without water - everyone admits that, but are you aware that water itself has miraculous properties that without those properties, life could not exist on earth? The most comprehensive analysis of the suitability of water for life was to come from Lawrence Henderson, a professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry of Harvard University. In his book, "The Fitness of the Environment", which some were later to call "the most important scientific work of the first quarter of the 20th century", Henderson makes these observations about water:1) Except for water, all other known solids decrease in size as they grow colder. This is true of all known liquids as well: 2) as their temperatures decrease, they lose volume. As volume decreases, density increases and thus the colder parts of the liquid become heavier.
An ominous looking celestial eclipse will be rising not too long before the polls open on Tuesday, November 8.
According to NASA, a total lunar eclipse — also referred to as a ‘Blood Moon’ — is set to occur on Tuesday when the sun, earth, and moon align so that the moon moves into earth’s shadow.
“In a total lunar eclipse, the entire Moon falls within the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra. When the Moon is within the umbra, it will turn a reddish hue,” NASA writes. The nearly three-hour event is set to begin at 3:02 a.m. Eastern and 12:02 a.m. Pacific, when the eclipse will start to be visible. The total eclipse will occur at 5:17 a.m. Eastern and 2:17 a.m. Pacific.
The eclipse will end at 5:50 a.m. Pacific, but by then, the moon will have already set for those in the Eastern and Midwest regions of the country.
The U.S. regions that will have the best viewing conditions of the ‘Blood Moon’ will be “from Maine through Mississippi and most of the Intermountain West,” according to a meteorologist with AccuWeather.
“Clouds will be a higher concern for stargazers across most of the Midwest and into the Plains, across the West Coast and parts of the Atlantic coast in the southeastern United States,” Lada added.
Stargazers can view the entirety of the eclipse in Alaska and Hawaii, according to NASA.
Elsewhere in the world, the eclipse will be visible to observers in Central America, the northern regions of South America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
NASA recommends being in a dark environment, away from lights, with a clear sky for the most optimal eclipse viewing.
After Tuesday’s event, the next total lunar eclipse is set to occur on March 14, 2025.
The idea of sunlight reflection first appeared prominently in a 1965 report to President Lyndon B. Johnson, entitled “Restoring the Quality of Our Environment,”
(CNBC) – The White House is coordinating a five-year research plan to study ways of modifying the amount of sunlight that reaches the earth to temper the effects of global warming, a process sometimes called solar geoengineering or sunlight reflection.
The research plan will assess climate interventions, including spraying aerosols into the stratosphere to reflect sunlight back into space, and should include goals for research, what’s necessary to analyze the atmosphere, and what impact these kinds of climate interventions may have on Earth, according to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Congress directed the research plan be produced in its spending plan for 2022, which President Joe Biden signed in March.
Some of the techniques, such as spraying sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, are known to have harmful effects on the environment and human health. But scientists and climate leaders who are concerned that humanity will overshoot its emissions targets say research is important to figure out how best to balance these risks against a possibly catastrophic rise in the Earth’s temperature.
Getting ready to research a topic is a very preliminary step, but it’s notable the White House is formally engaging with what has largely been seen as the stuff of dystopian fantasy. In Kim Stanley Robinson’s science fiction novel, “The Ministry for the Future,” a heat wave in India kills 20 million people and out of desperation, India decides to implement its own strategy of limiting the sunlight that gets to Earth.
Chris Sacca, the founder of climate tech investment fund Lowercarbon Capital, said it’s prudent for the White House to be spearheading the research effort.
“Sunlight reflection has the potential to safeguard the livelihoods of billions of people, and it’s a sign of the White House’s leadership that they’re advancing the research so that any future decisions can be rooted in science not geopolitical brinkmanship,”
Hailed as 'dream discovery'
(THE BLAZE) – Archaeologists excavating an ancient cemetery near Cairo have unearthed a 3,200-year-old sarcophagus belonging to a high-ranking official under Ramses II, reports Smithsonian Magazine.
Archaeologists describe the sarcophagus as a “dream discovery,” since finding a complete sarcophagus in its original tomb is incredibly rare, reports The Guardian.
Ola El Aguizy, emeritus professor of the faculty of archaeology at Cairo University, discovered the sarcophagus in the Saqqara necropolis. The Guardian reports that the sarcophagus is covered in inscriptions dedicated Ptah-em-wia, who headed the treasury of King Ramses II, one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs.
It took a week just to remove all the sand leading to the burial chamber. El Aguizy’s team used a bucket attached to a hand-operated rope winch. El Aguizy “then squeezed herself into that bucket and made a dangerous, slow descent down the shaft,” the Guardian details.
Ptah-M-Wia’s mummy was not in the sarcophagus. The coffin’s lid was broken; Smithsonian Magazine explains that this suggests grave robbers removed the remains, likely in antiquity. Traces of resin in the sarcophagus indicate that it contained a mummified body at some point, writes Live Science.
Neptune, a cold, unexplored world farthest from the sun, is getting its time in the light after the James Webb Space Telescope captured new images of the planet for the first time in decades.
Last visited by NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989, it was time for Neptune to get some new headshots.
On Wednesday, at the International Astronautical Congress in Paris, the European Space Agency released half a dozen processed images of Neptune and its moons taken by the powerful telescope in July.
While Neptune’s methane gas makes the planet appear blue in Hubble Space Telescope and Voyager 2 images, the James Webb Space Telescope uses infrared light that can’t be seen by the human eye.
While images of Neptune through Voyager 2 and the Hubble Space Telescope appear blue, the James Webb Space Telescope used infrared light to shine on the planet
Another Near-Infrared Camera image from a wider angle shows Neptune in the center being photobombed by hundreds of galaxies. According to the ESA, the bottom left of the image shows a barred spiral galaxy about 1,200 million light-years away. After launching on Christmas morning, 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope began its first scientific observations in July.
Moons on Display
Webb was also able to capture all 14 of Neptune’s known moons.
The largest and brightest is Triton in the upper left of the image above. According to ESA, Triton appears much brighter than Neptune because it reflects about 70% of the sunlight that hits the moon.
It’s believed that Triton was once a Kuiper belt object that Neptune’s gravity ensnared. The donut-shaped Kuiper belt lays just beyond Neptune’s orbit and includes icy bodies like Pluto.
NASA ready to launch Artemis 1 - its most powerful rocket EVER - as it prepares to return Americans to the surface of the Moon
Prepare for liftoff! NASA ready to launch Artemis 1 - its most powerful rocket EVER - as it prepares to return Americans to the surface of the Moon
A man in Italy tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, monkeypox and HIV all at once in July after having unprotected sex during a trip to Spain, becoming the first recorded patient to have these three viruses in conjunction, according to a new case report published in the Journal of Infection last week.
By TZVI JOFFRE - The Jerusalem Post
Monkeypox is spread through close contact with infectious material from skin lesions, objects contaminated with the virus, seminal fluids and secretions from the throat. Most of the cases recorded in the most recent wave of infection have been reported among men who had sex with men.
The patient in the case report, an Italian 36-year-old male, spent five days in Spain in June. Nine days after returning home from his trip, he developed a fever, sore throat, fatigue, headache and inflammation in his groin area. Shortly afterward, he tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and within a day he developed a rash on his left arm. The day after, small, painful blisters appeared on his torso, lower limbs, face and rear.
Due to the spread of the blisters that began to evolve into pustules with a depression in the middle of them, he decided to go to the emergency room of the Policlinico “G. Rodolico - San Marco” University Hospital in Catania, Italy and was transferred to the Infectious Diseases unit at the hospital.
After being admitted, the patient reported that he had unprotected sex with men during his stay in Spain. He was tested for monkeypox and tested positive for the West African variant of the virus, which has been found to be responsible for the outbreak in Spain. Even after 20 days, monkeypox tests continued to return positive, with the physicians stressing that this could mean that patient may remain contagious for several days after clinical remission.
The images also show Jupiter's Great Red Spot, a storm big enough to swallow Earth, moving across the planet alongside countless smaller storms.
Tom Gillespie ~ Sky News
The world's most powerful telescope has captured images of Jupiter showing faint rings around the planet and two tiny moons against a glittering background of galaxies.
The images taken by the James Webb Telescope also captured unprecedented views of Jupiter's northern and southern lights.
The photos also show Jupiter's Great Red Spot, a storm big enough to swallow Earth, moving across the planet alongside countless smaller storms.
One wide-field picture shows faint rings around the solar system's biggest planet as well as two tiny moons.
"We've never seen Jupiter like this. It's all quite incredible," planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, of the University of California, Berkeley, said in a statement.
The Plain Truth is we are on the verge of a cataclysmic celestial event within the next two years! The western world and life as we know it may be altered and this is not a Chicken Little type of a warning; it is in fact a warning from NASA and many of the top scientists of the world! This warning fulfills God's prophecies concerning the destruction of our nation by both natural and man-made events.
This recent video by Ben Davidson of Suspicious 0bservers proves how we are in an age where we can monitor solar storms and developing and earth facing CME's to predict many events. This stellar igniting data is being used to predict earthquakes and so much more! Watch and learn whilst you see the amazing footage of our star and how the suns outbursts translate into geomagnetic effects here on earth in the last few days! Also, don't miss Bob Barney's commentary on The Plain Truth: Is life for you about to change forever?
By Bob Barney
When the Earth was formed, the year had twelve 30-day months and was exactly 360 days long. Today the Earth's year is 365 and a 1/4 days long. The Plain Truth is that God's year is still comprised of twelve 30-day months. Will the Earth's year mysteriously slow back down to 360 days?
The Earth is moving faster than it ever has in the last 50 years scientists have discovered and could result in a ‘negative leap second’ being added to the year.
The speed of the Earth’s rotation is affected by a number of factors; that includes the motion of its molten core, oceans, and atmosphere.
June 29 was 1.59 milliseconds shorter than the average day according to EarthSky. The shortened day is the "latest in a series of record-breaking speed records for our home planet since around 2020", the outlet noted.
The earth year used to be shorter, in fact only 360 days, and The Plain Truth believes that possibly the flood of Noah's time was the cause of the earth slowing down. We can see potential evidence of this in all of the calendars from different cultures around the world as they had switched from 360 days to 365 days around the same time.
Abraham used the 360-day year which was known in Ur, the city he came from. The Genesis account of the flood in the days of Noah illustrated this 360-day year by recording the 150-day interval till the waters abated from the earth. In other words, it indicates a 5-month period as being exactly 150 days in length, or five 30-day months.
The fact that the prophets understood a year as 360 days is well attested. God created the sun to mark the seasons and years and He made the moon to mark the days. There are 354.37 days in a lunar year (of 12 moons/months), and 365.24 days in a solar year; together they average 360 days.
So, are we seeing evidence that the earth will again have a 360-day year? I personally think so - in fact it may be even before Christ's return (See Revelation 11). It appears that the last 42 months, or 3 1/2 years will comprise of only 1260 days... that is forty-two 30-day months...
Just something to ponder from The Plain Truth.
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The Plain Truth does not claim any date, but the position of the greatest scientist since Abraham is one to pay attention to.
Expert explains Sir Isaac Newton's 'end of the world' prediction
The godfather of physics wrote, in his findings from 1704, the world is set to end on 2060 – exactly 1,260 years after the foundation of the Holy Roman Empire.
The famous scientist reached his apocalyptic conclusion by analysing the Bible’s Book of Daniel according to his note, but how he reached the conclusion exactly is still a mystery more than 300 years later.
His work on the matter, which was kept in a trunk in the house of the Earl of Portsmouth for 250 years, read: "It may end later, but I see no reason for its ending sooner.
“This I mention not to assert when the time of the end shall be, but to put a stop to the rash conjectures of fanciful men who are frequently predicting the time of the end, and by doing so bring the sacred prophesies into discredit as often as their predictions fail.”
Sir Isaac Newton predicted the world will end in 2060 Read the rest of the story here
Given that 1.59 milliseconds actually takes just a blink of the eye to pass, it's not surprising that average folk didn't notice that one recent day was shorter – by that much – than usual.
But scientists who watch those numbers closely sure did.
A report at Phys.org confirmed scientists at the National Physical Laboratory in England recorded the shortest day ever on June 29 and another shortened day on July 26.
Citing documentation from Popular Mechanics, the report said, "On both of these days, the Earth completed its usual 24-hour rotation in less than 24 hours … June 29 was 1.59 milliseconds shorter than usual—the shortest day since the 1960s when scientists began using atomic clocks to measure time."
On July 26, the day was nearly 1.5 milliseconds shorter than usual.
‘The Holes Look Human Made’: Eerie Discovery on the Ocean Floor Leaves Scientists Scratching Their Heads
Science has much to learn about the world as it was before the Great Flood, when the oceans were a tenth of the size they are today, and mankind (maybe even a billion strong) had knowledge still hidden today that we still do not know. The Ark itself was beyond what we could build today. It is a fallacy to assume that these pre-flood individuals were simple-minded people. They had advanced knowledge, given to them by God Himself and were able to have a very advanced civilization.... This world is where the mythology of the highly advanced Atlantis came from.
(Daily Mail) Explorers discovered strange holes on the Atlantic Ocean floor during a dive July 23, leaving some scientists stumped. The holes were a mile or deeper, and were arranged in tracks along the floor, The New York Times reported Thursday. Scientists believe the holes may be an example of “lebensspuren,” a German word for “life traces,” meaning the tracks could be the work of living organisms.
“The origin of the holes has scientists stumped,” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Exploration wrote on Twitter. “The holes look human made, but the little piles of sediment around them suggest they were excavated by…something.”
Twenty-seven miles away, explorers spotted similar holes 20 years ago, The New York Times reported. Scientists didn’t have an answer concerning their origin, either. The recent discovery was mysterious, said Michael Vecchione, an NOAA deep-sea biologist who was a part of the exploration. (RELATED: ‘Only Go Waist Deep’: Officials Sound Alarm After Several People Get Attacked By Sharks)..
“There is something important going on there and we don’t know what it is,” Vecchione said, according to The New York Times. “This highlights the fact that there are still mysteries out there.”
Explorations such as these — many of them into underwater volcanoes — can help scientists determine whether, and how, life can exist on other planets, Derek Sowers, an expedition coordinator aboard the NOAA ship, told The New York Times.
Tamco Paint has been working on our version now for almost a year, mainly for marine use.
Corrosion protection mechanism of the intact, damaged, and healed self-healing coatings (SHCs). Image courtesy of Zhifeng Lin and Weihua Li.
A scientific research team from Sun Yat-sen University (SYU) (Guangzhou, Guandong, China) has developed an epoxy-based coating with a thickness of about 200 microns (7.9 mils) with iron oxide black (Fe3O4) nanoparticles and tetradecanol that exhibited self-healing properties under solar irradiation. This self-healing coating (SHC) is able to protect underlying carbon steel substates from erosion and solves a key problem common to organic coatings: microcracks that form under different natural conditions, thus allowing water and other corrosive media to penetrate.
The study was recently published in Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering.
Metal materials directly exposed to air, water, or other corrosive media are prone to damage due to various physical and chemical changes, resulting in resource waste and environmental problems. A protective layer can effectively slow down the corrosion of the matrix material by isolating the metal from the environmental medium, and its compactness and corrosion resistance are two key factors for the final protective effect.
SHC is a new type of coating system with an extended life expectancy that repairs microcracks or damage to form a repairable physical barrier. Although such coatings can be applied in several ways, including external repair, adding corrosion inhibitors, or using polymer resin and thermoplastic materials, UV irradiation and high-temperature conditions are needed to include the necessary chemical reactions. Thus, SYU researchers looked to develop a SHC that could activate under milder conditions.
They found that their SHC could be heated to 70 °C (158 °F) under simulated solar irradiation due to the photothermal effect of Fe3O4 nanoparticles, which greatly exceed the melting point of tetradecanol at 37.6 °C (99.7 °F). Perforations and scratches caused by scalpels scraping the coating surface were repaired after being irradiated for three minutes. The coating’s wettability was also shown to increase with the addition of tetradecanol. To further confirm the performance of the SHC, the researchers conducted the scratch-heal experiment in a natural outdoor environment and achieved ideal results.
The efficiency of the SHC’s corrosion protection properties on metal substrates can be maintained above 99 percent regardless of repair. It can effectively prevent the infiltration of oxygen, water, and chloride, and shows good stability and protective performance even after immersion in a 3.5 wt% sodium chloride solution for 168 hours.
Source: EurekAlert!, www.eurekalert.org.
From a dying star cloaked by dust to a hot puffy exoplanet: DailyMail.com's step-by-step guide reveals exactly what we see in the first science images from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
MailOnline has taken a closer look at some of the easily-missed details in the images, which are just the first of many to be captured by the James Webb Space Telescope. The incredible selection, revealed to the world after much anticipation on Tuesday, includes a planetary nebula caused by a dying star - a fate that awaits our sun some time in the distant future. Another image shows the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 as it appeared 4.6 billion years ago, with thousands of galaxies in a tiny sliver of vast universe, some appearing warped by light from other galaxies.
Like many, there was a time in my life when I thought I had proven scientifically that God did not exist. I started out as a child believing in God, and my Mom was devoted to God, but years of schooling and my science classes taught me that God was a myth and that science was what was really the only “intellectual way to explain how everything came to be in the universe. This happened at an early age for me, so by the time I was 12, I did not think God was real.
So in short, my journey to find the real God during these past 46 years went from being an atheist, whose “religion” was science, which to my amazement was just that – a religion. I admit I was somewhat lost when I first realized back in 1975 at the rope old age of only 20, that science was a religion too! Modern science, especially evolution was often devoid of truth, and promoting any idea that would prove that God didn't exist! Yes, I realized that science's only objective was to prove to all the world that God did not exist!
Did God use green slime, or brown scum, or algae, or amoeba, or viruses and bacteria, or polka-dotted air bubbles in the sea, or cracks in rocks, or extreme heat, or extreme cold, or a chance strike of lightning in a primordial soup of methane and ammonia to create life on earth? Well I came to learn that the answer is no, and science proves that fact.
I came up with these 7 problems with evolution that I could not explain.
Lack of a viable mechanism for producing high levels of complex and specified information. Related to this are problems with the Darwinian mechanism producing irreducibly complex features, and the problems of non-functional or deleterious intermediate stages.
The failure of the fossil record to provide support for Darwinian evolution. And the failure of molecular biology to provide evidence for a grand “tree of life.”
Evolutionary scientists date the earth at approximately 4.5 to 5 billion years old. I then learned that the Bible implies that the earth actually be that old, and maybe older! It could also have been created the first time thousands or maybe millions of years ago, and not billions.
Most folks are not aware that there is really no incontrovertible scientific proof to establish these fantastic dates given to us by evolutionist. They are grounded in a series of assumptions that are based upon evolutionary premises, not sound facts. In other words, the “clock” is rigged to provide the “long ages” of earth’s history. Why is this the case? Because, as everyone concedes, time is an absolutely essential ingredient in the Darwinian scheme. Dr. George Wald of Harvard called it the “hero of the plot.” Evolutionists need vast amounts of time for the millions of evolutionary changes to occur which would produce the amoebae-to-man phenomenon.
It has been demonstrated many times, however, that the “evolutionary clocks” are flawed....
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The Plain Truth is that we are not producing enough electricity to charge cars! We need 100 Nuke Plants or more to do that!
Bob Barney: (quotes from WND.COM)
Tesla being "refueled" mainly with coal powered power plants
Electric cars have been called a moral virtue as well as the solution to record-high gas prices.
It's a lie!
In a column highlighted by Powerline blogger John Hinderaker, engineer and energy expert Ronald Stein examines the source of the power and the materials in batteries. He concludes EVs are bad for the environment, and serious ethical questions are raised by the conditions under which the materials are mined.
Stein argues in a column titled "Is it ethical to purchase a lithium battery powered EV?" that entire mountains are eliminated by just one lithium supply mine.
"Each mine usually consists of thirty-five to forty humongous 797 Caterpillar haul trucks along with hundreds of other large equipment," he writes. "Each 797 uses around half a million gallons of diesel a year. So, with an inventory of just thirty-five the haul trucks alone are using 17.5 million gallons of fuel a year for just one lithium site."
A typical EV battery, Stein notes, weighs 1,000 pounds, contains 25 pounds of lithium, 60 pounds of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds of cobalt, 200 pounds of copper and 400 pounds of aluminum, steel and plastic. Inside are over 6,000 individual lithium-ion cells.
"It should concern you that all those toxic components come from mining," he writes. "For instance, to manufacture each EV auto battery, you must process 25,000 pounds of brine for the lithium, 30,000 pounds of ore for the cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for the nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for copper. All told, you dig up 500,000 pounds of the earth’s crust for just one battery."
Stein is the author of the 2021 book "Clean Energy Exploitations: Helping Citizens Understand the Environmental and Humanity Abuses That Support Clean Energy."
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By Bob Barney
I have had several people over the years ask me how I came to what I believe. I wrote this too a young lady that emailed me questioning God. This was written in 2009.
That family God gave me some 38 years later (now 40)
Thanks for your interest in The Plain Truth and what brought me to believe in God. Cathy like you there was a time in my life when I thought I had proven scientifically that God did not exists. I started out as a child believing in God, but years of schooling and my science classes taught me that God was a myth and that science was what was real. This happened at an early age for me, so by the time I was 12, I did not think God was real. When I was 7, I was a strong believer and prayed every night to a God I later realized never seemed to hear my prayers.
Evolution made the most sense to me, and it was something I could see with my own eyes – or so I thought for quite a few years.
I started college in 1973. I went thru high school as an atheist and a strong believer in modern science. In my second year at college I took a biology course taught by a professor that I became close friends with. It was 1975. That also happened to be the year I first heard a broadcast from Garner Ted Armstrong. Ted was unlike any person I have ever heard before, and if you haven't watched any of the videos I have posted of him, you will not understand my description. He was bright, informed, educated and knew science as good as anyone. I listened to him for a week before I even knew he was an evangelist! Really! When I realized he was, I turned him off. Like a modern day liberal, or scientists (they are the same) I didn't want to hear from any “religious” nut. A week went by, and I began to listen to him again. I was intrigued, because he made so much sense.
He did a show called, “A theory for the birds” (it is also a booklet's title) in which he stated, “Did the miracle of flight come from frayed. loosely hanging fish scales? Did the myriads of birds evolve from ungainly, hulking caymans and crocodiles? Evolutionists say they did. Reason, logic, common sense, true science and the Great Creator God say they didn't! Here's the proof presented from the kingdom of our fine feathered friends.”
He went on: “Did God use green slime, or brown scum, or algae, or amoeba, or viruses and bacteria, or polka-dotted air bubbles in the sea, or cracks in rocks, or extreme heat, or extreme cold, or a chance strike of lightning in a primordial soup of methane and ammonia to create life on earth? The answer is no, and you can prove it scientifically!”
I thought to myself, “scientifically?” I needed to hear more.... I came up with these 7 problems with evolution.
Lack of a viable mechanism for producing high levels of complex and specified information. Related to this are problems with the Darwinian mechanism producing irreducibly complex features, and the problems of non-functional or deleterious intermediate stages. (For details see: “The NCSE, Judge Jones, and Bluffs About the Origin of New Functional Genetic Information,” “Do Car Engines Run on Lugnuts? A Response to Ken Miller & Judge Jones’s Straw Tests of Irreducible Complexity for the Bacterial Flagellum,” “Opening Darwin’s Black Box,” or “Can Random Mutations Create New Complex Features? A Response to TalkOrigins“)
The failure of the fossil record to provide support for Darwinian evolution. And the failure of molecular biology to provide evidence for a grand “tree of life.”
Evolutionary scientists date the earth at approximately 4.5 to 5 billion years old. Most folks are not aware that there is really no incontrovertible scientific proof to establish these fantastic dates. They are grounded in a series of assumptions that are based upon evolutionary premises. In other words, the “clock” is rigged to provide the “long ages” of earth’s history. Why is this the case? Because, as everyone concedes, time is an absolutely essential ingredient in the Darwinian scheme. Dr. George Wald of Harvard called it the “hero of the plot.” Evolutionists need vast amounts of time for the millions of evolutionary changes to occur which would produce the amoebae-to-man phenomenon.
It has been demonstrated many times, however, that the “evolutionary clocks” are terribly flawed (see Jackson 2003). Here is a somewhat recent example.
Law on entropy:There is a universal tendency for all systems to go from order to disorder, as stated in the Second Law, and this tendency can only be arrested and reversed under very special circumstances. We have already seen, in Chapter I, that disorder can never produce order through any kind of random process. There must be present some form of code or program, to direct the ordering process, and this code must contain at least as much "information" as is needed to provide this direction. Furthermore, there must be present some kind of mechanism for converting the environmental energy into the energy required to produce the higher organization of the system involved. ... Thus, any system that experiences even a temporary growth in order and complexity must not only be "open" to the sun's energy but must also contain a "program" to direct the growth and a "mechanism" to energize the growth.
The failure of chemistry to explain the origin of the genetic code. (For details, see “The origin of life remains a mystery” or “Problems with the Natural Chemical ‘Origin of Life’“);
Where did the hydrogen atom come from?
The last one, number six is my idea. After listening and reading up on the flaws of evolution, I went to my great friend and professor of biology and asked him how I could discredited this information. To my surprise, he just got angry, like an Obama liberal does today when you question details about socialism.
I was stunned by his reaction. I assumed he had the answers, but he did not! He called it all BS and walked away from me. I was his friend, so I cornered him the next day and asked again. He replied, “If you want to believe in fairy tales, go ahead, but leave me out of it! Where did your God come from Bob? Everything has to have a beginning!”
I replied, “They say he has always existed.”
“Exactly,” he replied. “Are you going to believe that nonsense?”
I replied, “if everything was started by a hydrogen atom exploding, where did that atom come from? Who, what or why was it made?”
His answer? “IT HAS ALWAYS EXISTED!”
I was dumbfounded... “So,” I replied, “you don't want to believe a God always existed, but the hydrogen atom did?” He walked away, mad at me, and we never were friends again.
Cathy, I did not become a believer over night. For the next three years I tried to disprove God, and especially the God of the Bible, and each time I did, all I did was disprove a religion! Man's god, not the true God!
By 1978 I knew not only God existed, but that God was the one found in the Bible. Not the Catholic or Protestant churches, but the one found in the pages of the Bible. The God I DID NOT WANT TO FOLLOW! I did not want to ditch Christmas. I did not want to do a Saturday for Sunday thing, and I did not want to admit their were laws I needed to obey- but I knew I had too. God was real.
For the next few years, after going to God one night telling Him to leave me alone, I surrendered. Like Jacob of the Bible, I fought with God for my first 20 years.
1979 I did my first Passover. With very little help, and by myself, after years of struggling whether if Good really existed, I came to know God was real, calling me and I made sure I would do whatever I could as best as I could.
Nobody in my family did any holidays, except Christmas and Easter. Mom had stopped going to church by 1973, and I had no place really to do my first Passover. So I asked Grandma Brandt in doing it up there, and she agreed. I bought Riunite and Matzo’s- and had my first Passover by myself there. Honestly, I don’t remember if I did Matzos or just plain old Italian Bread-with the yeast! I was new to everything and I really had nobody to help me. It was an education by trial and error, and hopefully forgiveness from God.
I went thru some hard times at first, but God also quickly answered prayers in those days for me. The more you believe, the slower the answers. It's a test. I remember Ted telling me once, “If you think God is calling you, expect nothing but trouble! GOD IS HARDEST ON THOSE HE CALLS and LOVES!” I found this to be true.
All I can say is pray to God, read the Bible without preconceived notions in what you will find, and read the words on the page! Test God and make God prove to you that GOD IS REAL. Also test science, as I did. Don't believe someone because you think they are smarter than you. Most likely they are not- just more snowballed.
God is not looking for vegetables! He gave us a mind to think, reason and to understand the truth of life! Most religions want you to be zombies. God does not.
Remember these words:
Ephesians 6:10-18 New International Version (NIV)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.
Give God a chance to Prove all things, and I think you will find eventually God will! I know one thing, when you are resurrected from the dead (either the 1st or second) you will know for sure!
It is well known that oil can form from buried animal matter, and that coal (which is buried vegetation) is in some instances being turned into oil underground. For some time now, a number of researchers have speculated that oil can also form from non-living sources, such as methane from deep in the earth. E.g. Cornell University’s Dr Thomas Gold (1920–2004) argued that oil is a “renewable primordial soup continually manufactured by the earth under ultrahot conditions and tremendous pressures. As this substance migrates toward the surface, it is attacked by bacteria, making it appear to have an organic origin dating back to the dinosaurs.”1
Vladimir Kutcherov, of Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology, says that his research team has now conclusively demonstrated that “crude oil and natural gas are generated without the involvement of fossils.”2 The researchers simulated the environment deep underground in order to show how such organic substances would be generated from non-organic minerals by heat and pressure.3
The controversial research has huge potential implications. For one thing, it neutralizes the challenge from the Bible’s critics that there could not have been enough creatures alive on Earth at the time of Noah’s Flood to explain all the oil and gas…. Continue Reading on creation.com