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A former teacher of physics and Math, he holds an MA degree in mathematics and the post graduate degree of Rank I in Education. His passion is Astronomy and staying current in Quantum Physics.
Posted 3/28/12 at 11:03 AM | Allen J. Epling
You have to be careful if you are a Christian how you phrase a question concerning the Bible. If you simply ask how the flood of Noah covered the earth, you will quickly get a response that suggests that you doubt the Bible’s accuracy. That is wrong.
Christians should never be discouraged from asking questions about how God works. Yet that is what we do to our youth. We tell them to not question “The Bible”, when what we really mean is “don’t question our interpretation of the Bible”. BIG DIFFERENCE.
Why should young college age adults come to church when we say the world is only 6000 years old or that the earth was completely covered with water 5000 years ago, when they see and hear convincing evidence in their classrooms that those “interpretations”, (there’s that word again), can’t possibly be true.
As a person who has studied and taught science most of my adult life, I have examined the scriptures and adapted my interpretations to where I believe there is NO conflict with what the book of Genesis says and what we now know to be true in science. I could write volumes on how God was right “in the beginning” and how man was wrong in how he read His Word describing it, but that is not the point of this article. FULL POST
Posted 3/25/12 at 11:46 PM | Allen J. Epling
I read this definition of atheism on the internet and it made me start to think about what it is saying.
"Atheism may be defined as the belief that there was nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything, and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself into self-replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs. Makes perfect sense" .
This was credited to an anonymous donor but it raises a serious question about how
The Bible says that the universe began by God calling it into being with a spoken
word. Science describes the process as a result of the "Big Bang" in which an
unimaginable amount of energy was suddenly created from the emptiness of space
and became the "stuff" the universe came from. Who provided the energy?
Scientists today will all agree that matter can be created from nothing in a device that
causes high energy particles to collide into one another. When this happens other particles are created that eventually decay into pure energy. The process can be reversed by injecting pure energy into a system and two particles can be created from the emptiness of space that exist for a short time before re-combining in a burst of energy that destroys both particles. They call this creating matter from nothing. FULL POST
Posted 3/25/12 at 11:03 PM | Allen J. Epling
I once heard a philosopher say,
"The only things that are real are those things that do not change and are eternal". I used to know what "real" meant. It was all that I can see, touch, smell, taste, and hear. Life was simple then.
I read in newspapers and science journals now that "reality" is an illusion. One article even said nothing is real, and that everything we see and experience is a hologram at the edge of the "real" universe, which is actually a black hole.
I find myself searching for reality every time I watch the news on TV. Things that I used to think were true are no longer true, according to news commentators. Religion is no longer the foundation of our country and our beliefs. God is a fantasy, according to
prominent scientists, and the universe really did come into existence without any help or cause. And it is more important to be "politically correct" than to be factually correct or right. You are no longer allowed to speak the "truth" because there are "many truths" and your version may offend someone. FULL POST
Posted 3/17/12 at 11:19 PM | Allen J. Epling
Where is God? That is the question Atheists, and Christians, sometimes ask when it appears that the world is crumbling around us. Anti-religious science will say that He is nowhere to be seen in the universe, as if the artist of a great painting would paint himself into the picture.
Such arguments suggest that God is subject to the very physical laws that He created when He created everything. God doesn't break the very laws He created, except to perform miracles.
That is the old argument of applying Newtonian physics to the problem when it was replaced by Einstein's Relativity Theory and Quantum Mechanics almost a hundred years ago. Most who use that argument against God's existence, desperately hold on to that paradigm even though it is obsolete when applied to matters of cosmic proportions.
If God were in this universe where would He be? We have to go to the frontiers of today's science to get an answer. M-Theory, an offshoot of String Theory says that there is a larger universe of 11 dimensions that encloses our 3 dimensional universe.
If God were in this universe, He have to be as a 3 dimensional entity, greatly restricting Him in His presence. It would be like a 3 dimensional painter entering the 2 dimensional world of one of his paintings. God did just that 2000 years ago when He came to earth as Jesus. FULL POST
Posted 3/16/12 at 2:14 AM | Allen J. Epling
Part 3: The Worldwide Flood, Explained
Any explanation for what caused the catastrophe we call "Noah's Flood" must necessarily take into account other events that were recorded around the world at the same time. There is now no doubt that 5200 years ago, something happened that caused glaciers to instantly freeze in the Andes and Alps, changed the Sahara Desert from wetlands to one of the driest places on earth, and caused civilization all over the world to record that a great flood took place.
There are also the many descriptions in the book of Genesis and the Sumerian "Flood Epic" that the flood was accompanied by torrential rain, earthquakes, dark skies with thunder and lightning, devastation beyond belief, and an after effect that lasted for
months after the waters receded. In both accounts, there was only one survivor.
When I began researching this phenomenon some years ago, one of the first sources that I imagined for something of this magnitude was a direct comet impact with planet earth. My first thoughts were that such an impact would have the effects described above but where would the impact zone be. At the time I was considering the Black Sea Basin as the probably site of the flood because two researchers from Princeton had discovered that it also contained a catastrophic flood around 7000 years ago. FULL POST
Posted 3/14/12 at 11:24 AM | Allen J. Epling
The Location of Noah's Flood
5200 years ago something monumental happened to planet earth that changed climate and mankind forever. That event, I strongly believe, was also responsible for
the great flood in the book of Genesis.
Does this mean that I think God was not responsible? NO.
I believe that all things under Heaven are the work of God, and that He uses any means necessary, including using natural forces, to accomplish His purpose.
If I say, a comet struck the earth and caused the flood, does that mean I do
not believe God moved the comet to cause the disaster. No.
That is just as logical as saying that God did it instantly with a great miracle. The
entire universe is a miracle and under His authority, and it has never made
sense that God would break the very physical laws He created when He can accomplish the same goal through natural means.
But how did this disaster take place?
In the 1990's, two geologists from Princeton University, William Ryan and Walter Pitman, were doing research on the floor of the Black Sea when they saw something that they couldn't explain. They saw "shore lines" on the bottom of the sea, indicating that at some time past there was a lake at that level surrounded by "dry land". Core
drillings confirmed that 6000 - 8000 years ago all the fossils consisted of
fresh water life, and that there was an event that changed it to marine life of
the salt-water variety, almost overnight. FULL POST
Posted 3/12/12 at 12:59 PM | Allen J. Epling
Part 1of a 3 Part Series: What happened 5200 Years Ago?
Glaciologist Lonnie Thompson of Ohio State University, found some plants under the melting glaciers in the Andes that carbon dated to 5200 years ago. According to him, the glacier must have formed almost instantly to trap the plants under it. Most glaciers move slowly and destroy anything caught under them.
In 1991, hikers found a preserved body of a man trapped in a standing position in an Alpine glacier and revealed as the glacier retreated. Again, carbon dating showed the date he was trapped, 5200 years ago.
Tree rings being studied in Ireland and England show that something monumental upset the weather at one specific period in history. 5200 years ago.
A team of scientists taking core drillings in the Sahara Desert discovered that in the recent past, a large part of the Sahara was a lush tropical wetland, until something happened that quickly changed it to the driest place on earth. Carbon dating showed that the event happened 5200 years ago.
Ice cores taken at Antarctica and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa show that oxygen isotopes were at their lowest at one specific time in history, indicating that a major atmospheric cataclysm took place. FULL POST
Posted 10/7/10 at 9:59 AM | Allen J. Epling
Jesus spoke of the “Kingdom of Heaven” and described it in many ways, such as “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a ….”.Where is the Kingdom of Heaven? When we speak of it in churches or in public we usually refer to it as being a place that is not a “physical” place but rather like another ethereal dimension or universe than our own.
We know that other universes are predicted now by theoretical physicists and possibly that is where “Heaven” resides, but, what if it is within our own backyard and in this physical universe? You might ask, “how is it possible”? I would like to offer an argument for that possibility simply for consideration and debate, knowing that my own preference is that it is “outside” physics and this universe.
I do this because the topic came up in an earlier post about what would be the nature of “ET”, and the discussion led to the idea that ET may be so far advanced that hostility would not be a factor if “he” landed on earth. I began to think of the possibilities for the real characteristics of ET, and it occurred to me that there is a level of advancement that would approach the description of “The Kingdom of Heaven” as given in the Bible, but one that could exist here, in this universe. What would the characteristics of a truly advanced extraterrestrial civilization be like? FULL POST
Posted 9/29/10 at 11:56 PM | Allen J. Epling
One of the most ridiculous statements I have heard from the Atheists' camp is that “If an extraterrestrial landed on earth, it would mean the end of religion”. I also remember that statement being made on a documentary on the History Channel on UFO's. I believe the statement results more from wishful thinking than real “logic”.
Why would the existence of extraterrestrials pose a threat to Christianity, God, or religion in general? Does the Bible say anywhere that a scenario like that is not possible? In fact in John 10:16 Jesus said, “Other sheep I have which are not of this fold”.
Is it logical that God, who created the earth as a paradise for mankind, could not, or would not, possibly do the same somewhere else in the vast universe? I like what the leading character in the movie “Contact” said when asked if there could be other planets with life on them. She said “If there isn’t, it would be a tremendous waste of space”. FULL POST
Posted 8/24/10 at 9:27 AM | Allen J. Epling
The book of Revelation is perhaps the most studied book in the Bible because it is such a mystery. Only after decades of contemplation and study have I come to the point that I may have a handle on only about 50% of its message. I do believe I have some constructive suggestions for anyone who wants to try to understand this book. I have studied many different, very methodical, attempts to understand the organization of the book, and this is my own, based on my own enlightenment while studying the text.
Observation number one: The significance of the seals.
A seal is placed on an object to protect a mystery inside until such time as it is meant to be revealed. The seals in Revelation are the most important part of the vision of John, and are so important that only “the lamb” was worthy to break them. A mistake many make is to interpret them as a “succession” of “events”. The entire 7 seals read like a program to a play by introducing the characters of the play to the reader. Each seal, as it is broken, “reveals” something about the last 7 years of the period of the great tribulation. The first four seals are like an introduction to the reader of the principal characters in the play. Each “character” plays an important role in the major events that are to take place after the period begins. The key idea here is that the period has not yet begun, and won’t begin until the last seal is broken and brings on the trumpets, which are heralds that “announce” each event just before it happens. The “tribulation period” begins with the breaking of the 7th seal and the beginning of the “trumpets”. Seals “reveal mysteries” whereas trumpets “announce” events. FULL POST