Friday, September 30, 2011

How Firm The Foundation?

Often supporters for science make statements that are later disproved.  Scientists at one time stated that the sun and moon revolved around the earth.  Another scientist not only stated that was incorrect, but was vilified for proving it.  I like the way NASA gave a little wiggle room in one of their answers:
Q: Why is it that nothing may go faster than the speed of light? I have also heard that they once got an electron to travel faster than the speed of light in a particle accelerator. Can you confirm or deny this?
A: Our current understanding [emphasis mine] of the laws of physics say that nothing can go faster than the speed of light, and that objects with mass cannot even get up to the speed of light (it requires an infinite amount of energy). They have never gotten an electron to go faster than the speed of light (see above). The fastest electrons from an accelerator go about .999999 times the speed of light.
This is being challenged by the results of an experiment at CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research.  A New York Times article gives a bit of the controversy, since so much in physics is based on the speed of light:
Einstein himself — the author of modern physics, whose theory of relativity established the speed of light as the ultimate limit — said that if you could send a message faster than light, “You could send a telegram to the past.”
Alvaro DeRejula, a theorist at CERN, called the claim “flabbergasting.”
“If it is true, then we truly haven’t understood anything about anything,” he said, adding: “It looks too big to be true. The correct attitude is to ask oneself what went wrong.”
So, the experiments will continue, with the goal of verifying – or disproving – these results. 

Actually, that’s basically what I’ve been advocating about Bible reading and God, isn’t it?  Asking that my readers pick up a Bible, take time to get acquainted with what it says, then keep an open mind and run some experiments.  The Bible says – and I believe it to be true – that He can be found:

… if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. (1 Chronicles 28:9b KJV)

Isaiah indicates that He might not always be available:

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: (Isaiah 55:6 KJV)

Those who seek and find Him are offered mercy:

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. (Psalms 86:5 KJV)

The Bible says:

Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:12-13 KJV)

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