National Geographic says:
Ok...so, let's use our imaginations now and say that this was true. Where did the cloud of dust and gas come from? You STILL aren't telling us how it began NatGeo. Unless something exists outside the scope of our cosmos - the cloud of dust and gas would not have been here. It had to come from somewhere. Think about it, no matter how far you can see in to space, general physics still apply. There must be a realm outside of this which does not go by the same rules as our cosmos does.
Here's another quote from NatGeo:
"Eventually, a mysterious occurrence—one that even the world’s foremost scientists have yet been unable to determine—created a disturbance in that dust cloud, setting forth a string of events that would lead to the formation of life as we know it."
A mysterious occurrence? Ok, I'm going to let you in on a little secret NG. It's some inside info that only the people in my Kingdom know. I mean, there are rumors amongst others outside my Kingdom...but nothing concrete. Now I'm going to share it with you.
Here's a quote from a book that was discovered thousands of years ago in many languages and copies of it have been found around the world. It was written by 40 different authors and is the best selling book on the planet:
Ok, now let's separate this out and see if we can analyze it.
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." This is the part you left out of your article NG...this is the part that you can't explain. THIS is the part that only the people in my Kingdom know. This is the secret I was telling you about. God is the one outside the scope of our cosmos...outside of our understanding of time and space. He is the one that started it all.
"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep." Without form, and void...hmmm...that sounds kinda like a big ol' cloud of dust. LIke the one that you talked about NG! WOW!
Now at this time there still is no light anywhere. So God had to create the actual thing that we call LIGHT. Then He had to separate it from the DARK, which is where the "gas cloud/unformed, void" of a thing is located. "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night."
Don't jump ahead now...this isn't the sun and stuff. This is just LIGHT. You have to create light before you can cause things to emit or reflect light silly!
So, unfortunately, NatGeo doesn't have an explanation of what created light...so they just skip from the dust cloud to this:
"A distant star collapsed, creating a supernova explosion," Whoa now...wait just a minute! Where did that "distant star" come from? Sorry, I had to jump in there on that one. Their explanation keeps pointing to a Creator and they're not even trying.
"which disrupted the dust cloud and caused it to pull together. This formed a spinning disc of gas and dust, known as a solar nebula. The faster the cloud spun, the more the dust and gas became concentrated at the center, further fueling the speed of the nebula. Over time, the gravity at the center of the cloud became so intense that hydrogen atoms began to move more rapidly and violently. The hydrogen protons began fusing, forming helium and releasing massive amounts of energy. This led to the formation of the star that is the center point of our solar system—the sun—roughly 4.6 billion years ago."
4.6 Billion years ago? We will come back to that later.
Oh, that sounds like this...only a lot more sciency (is that a word?)
"And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good."
You see? Without creating light first, He couldn't have told the sun and moon to "give light upon the earth"
Now NatGeo kind of just starts blubbering about spinning, collisions, and clumps of matter...well, here I'll let you read it:
"The formation of the sun consumed more than 99 percent of the matter in the nebula. The remaining material began to coalesce into various masses. The cloud was still spinning, and clumps of matter continued to collide with others. Eventually, some of those clusters of matter grew large enough to maintain their own gravitational pull, which shaped them into the planets and dwarf planets that make up our solar system today."
Here's what my book says:
"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven."
Still some similarity. Let's see what NG says happened after that:
"Earth’s early atmosphere was most likely composed of hydrogen and helium. As the planet changed, and the crust began to form, volcanic eruptions occurred frequently. These volcanoes pumped water vapor, ammonia, and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere around Earth. Slowly, the oceans began to take shape, and eventually, primitive life evolved in those oceans.
A few hundred million years after this process—around 2.2 billion to 2.7 billion years ago—photosynthesizing bacteria evolved. They released oxygen into the atmosphere via photosynthesis and, in a few hundred million years, were able to change the composition of the atmosphere into what we have today. Our modern atmosphere is comprised of 78 percent nitrogen and 21 percent oxygen, among other gases, which enables it to support the many lives residing within it."
Oh that's neat! Still not convinced on your timeline though NG...4.5 Billion years? Really? I guess planet building is slow unless you have a God.
Good thing we do:
"And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day."
Yep, 3 days NG...Now be truthful, if you could control molecules and atoms and whatever else may exist smaller than that...Would you wait 4.5 Billion years? That's why you need to get you a God NG...you could do so much more in less time!
Now I'm not going to continue to match these two sites up. You can go to each one of them through the links in the text and see it for yourself. My job is done...I just wanted to give you something to think about...
So, in our everyday life we have all sorts of filters around us. We have air, fuel, and oil filters in our vehicles. We have water filters in our homes. Some have language filters on their TVs and computers. Does God have a filter?
In the beginning He made everything perfect. Then sin entered the arena. One third of the angels followed Satan...that's a huge chunk of angels. Of course humans aren't all good either. He put us here in a beautiful garden and made us immortal. We could eat everything except from this one tree...yep, tell us not to do something and BAM we can't wait until we get the chance to do it. Then He sees that we are as bad as the angels so He kicks us out of the garden and seals it up so we are no longer immortal.
So is Earth His way of filtering out all of the bad people? I mean, the Bible says that only the ones that will humble themselves, follow Jesus, and do the will of God will make it to Heaven.
[Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.] - Matthew 7:21 NIV
All of the others will be cast into the lake of fire.
[And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.] - Revelation 20:15 KJV
Isn't that what a filter does? It lets the wanted in while keeping the unwanted out. Maybe this is God's way of making sure that what happened between Him and Satan won't ever happen again. He puts us through trial after trial to test how serious we are about Him. We either break or we get stronger. The broken ones get discarded and the strong ones make it through to the next trial and eventually we die and get resurrected and become immortal. (back to where we started) Sounds like a filter to me.
Something to think about...
Did you act like a true Christian when the lady almost hit you because she was texting and driving?
Or have you rationalized in your mind that it's ok to use vulgar language and your middle finger because someone else does something you deem as wrong?
“In your anger do not sin” Ephesians 4:26 NIV
As Christians we have been instructed to reign back our emotions so we will be set apart from others in the world. You never know who might be looking at you when you spill out a line of vulgarity. Then, when you are in the grocery store trying to lead someone to Christ, what if the person that saw you two days ago during your rant overhears you talking about Jesus? That's where we get the phrase we've all heard: "If THEY can make it to heaven then I KNOW I don't have anything to worry about"....and there goes all of your credibility as a Christian in that person's eyes.
If we do not reign in our emotions and watch ourselves every minute of every day - then we risk losing our credibility as Christians with people that we may be able to lead to Jesus. You can go to church every time it's open and read your bible every night before bed, but you let one person hear you say the F bomb and "boom" (pun intended) there goes your credibility to be able to lead that person to Christ. Because even though we know that all we have to do is ask Jesus to forgive us for saying that stupid word...the lost one listening to you may not understand that yet. But in their mind it could give them a reason to rationalize vulgar language as being ok. Do not be a stumbling block.
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved." - 1 Corinthians 10:31-33 NIV
"Because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires." -James 1:20 NIV
Something to think about...