An interesting thread of comment came up on Facebook about how we trust that the future will be like the past, known as the ”Uniformity of Nature.” How can we know that the future will be like the past? If we could not ”know“ this very simple concept, then we would not perform experiments in science. For example, if we were to do an experiment and see that water boils at 212 degrees, but do not expect the future to be like the past, then why do the experiment? For all we know when we do the experiment again tomorrow under the same conditions it might be different. The question is, ”HOW do we KNOW that the future will be like the past?” Here was my response on Facebook:
Today is the start of early voting for those of us in Florida. So, I started thinking: Have you ever experienced one of those times when something happens and it’s not funny, but you laugh hysterically? At the birthday party I attended on Saturday a little two-year-old boy named Sean walked right in front of a nine-year-old boy swinging on a swing. The swing was at just the right height to perform a clothesline style move better than WWF fans have ever seen. Let’s just say little Sean was not a happy camper after that experience, but surprisingly it wasn’t one minute later that he was laughing and having fun again, ready to run back in front of the same swing. Thankfully his mother was there to make sure that didn’t happen.
Today I participated in my very first archery competition. I have only been shooting for a couple of months, but I was anxious to get out there and see what I could accomplish against guys that had been shooting much longer than I have. The target was a steel buck, literally a steel buck silhouette and a four-inch by four-inch square cut-away where a “kill” shot would be on a real deer. A target is placed behind the hole to stop any arrows that go through that little square. If you miss the square, you never get to shoot that arrow again because it hits the steel buck and destroys your arrow. (Great incentive to be accurate and for the sporting good store that sponsors the competition!) I experienced my first miss in round two at 35 yards. OUCH!! When you hear your own arrow hit that steel and you realize that you have missed the mark, your stomach sinks, your heartbeat escalates and you feel more pressure in the next shot. It is interesting that we get the term “sin” from archery. It literally means to miss the mark. I experienced that three times before finishing third place in that competition.
I have been thinking a lot about our Government and the economy from watching “Godonomics” with Chad Hovind. Godonomics is about more than just economics, party lines and where we as a nation are headed. It makes a strong case for incentive as well. Why do we work? Why do we do anything, for that matter? It all comes down to incentive. Some people have asked me: “Why do you travel and preach?” Well, even in God’s spiritual economy, it comes down to incentive. I look forward to the day when the Master Himself says, “Well done, good and faithful servant! Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21)
At lunch today the topic of “Contradictions in the Bible” came up. It was so tempting to get into each and every one of the supposed contradictions and defend them one by one, but there was a deeper issue at stake. The real issue was, “Is God’s word our Authority?” I was amazed as the conversation kept coming back to that very issue. What is even more interesting is that EVERY conversation will keep coming back to that one issue! Whether you are speaking with someone about radioactive dating or the moon landing, the fundamental question we must examine first is, “Is God’s word our Authority?” Sounds strange, doesn’t it. What would that question have to do with radioactive dating? The short end of it is that our thoughts themselves, our senses that observe our world, and our very ability to reason prove that the Christian God of the Bible exists!
“Study says Neanderthals may have mated with humans.” —New York Times. 1
“Creationism Dishonesty and Immorality” is a YouTube video by Don Exodus that I have been watching.
Presuppositional Apologetics: It’s an area of thought I’ve been studying and am thinking of calling it uncommon sense from now on. The more I study it, the more I realize that it is just that—uncommon sense!
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