Saturday, November 29, 2008

God vs. Science..... (author unknown)

This one will keep your attention to the end.......It really makes you think........

A science professor begins his school year with a lecture to the students,
"Let me explain the problem science has with religion." The atheist
professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new
students to stand.

"You're a Christian, aren't you, son?"

"Yes sir," the student says.

"So you believe in God?"

"Absolutely."

"Is God good?"

"Sure! God's good."

"Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?"

"Yes."

"Are you good or evil?"

"The Bible says I'm evil."

The professor grins knowingly. "Aha! The Bible!" He considers for a moment.
"Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can
cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?"

"Yes sir, I would."

"So you're good...!"

"I wouldn't say that."

"But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if you could.
Most of us would if we could. But God doesn't."

The student does not answer, so the professor continues. "He doesn't, does
he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to
Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?"

The student remains silent.

"No, you can't, can you?" the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a
glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.

"Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?"

"Er...yes," the student says.

"Is Satan good?"

The student doesn't hesitate on this one. "No."

"Then where does Satan come from?"

The student falters. "From God"

"That's right. God made Satan, didn't he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in
this world?"

"Yes, sir."

"Evil's everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything, correct?"

"Yes."

"So who created evil?" The professor continued, "If God created everything,
then God created evil, since evil exists, and ac cording to the principle
that our works define who we are, then God is evil."

Again, the student h as no answer.

"Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things,
do they exist in this world?"

The student squirms on his feet. "Yes."

"So who created them?"

The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question.

"Who created them?" There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks
away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized.

"Tell me," he continues onto another student. "Do you believe in Jesus
Christ, son?"

The student's voice betrays him and cracks. "Yes, professor, I do."

The old man stops pacing. "Science says you have five senses you use to
identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?"

"No sir. I've never seen Him."

"Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?"

"No, sir, I have not."

"Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your
Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God
for that matter?"

"No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't."

"Yet you still believe in him?"

"Yes."

"According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol,
science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?"

"Nothing," the student replies. "I only have my faith."

"Yes, faith," the professor repeats. "And that is the problem science has
with God. There is no evidence, only faith."

The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His
own. "Professor, is there such thing as heat?"

"Yes," the professor replies. "There's heat."

"And is there such a thing as cold?"

"Yes, son, there's cold too."

"No sir, there isn't."

The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room
suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. "You can have
lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white
heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't have anything called 'cold'. We
can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no
heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as
cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees."

"Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits
energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.
Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is
only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold.
Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy Cold is not the
opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it."

Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding
like a hammer.

"What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?"

"Yes," the professor replies without hesitation. "What is night if it isn't
darkness?"

"You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of
something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing
light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's called
darkness, isn't it?

That's the meaning we use to define the word. "In reality, darkness isn't.
If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?"

The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This w ill be
a good semester. "So what point are you making, young man?"

"Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start
with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed."

The professor's f ace cannot hide his surprise this time. "Flawed? Can you
explain how?"

"You are working on the premise of duality," the student explains. "You
argue that there is life and then there's death; a good God and a bad God.
You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can
measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought."

"It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully
understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be
ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.

Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it."

"Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a
monkey?"

"If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes,
of course I do."

"Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?"

The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where
the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.

"Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot
even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching
your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?"

The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has
subsided.

"To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me
give you an example of what I mean."

The student looks around the room. "Is there anyone in the class who has
ever seen the professor's brain?" The class breaks out into laughter.

"Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt the
professor's brain, touched or smelt the professor's brain? No one appears to
have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable,
demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due
respect, sir."

"So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?"

Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face
unreadable.

Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. "I guess you'll
have to take them on faith."

"Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,"
the student continues. "Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?"

Now uncertain, the professor responds, "Of course, there is. We see it e
everyday. It is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man. It is in
the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These
manifestations are nothing else but evil."

To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does
not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like
darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of
God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man
does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes
when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light."

The professor sat down.


Thursday, November 27, 2008

So much to give thanks for!

I think I have the greatest husband!! First of all, he worked so hard to build me a great rabbit hutch (will post pics in another post later) and get it done before the weather got to cold. He finished it this last weekend! Then this morning he went to the store for me to get the oven bags I forgot to buy for the turkey........and came home with these :)
So I began arranging my table around them as a beautiful center piece ...


 and I realized I didn't even have a full matching set of silverware :( So I told him to add that to my Christmas wish list and he said, "Why wait till Christmas, I'll go to the store right now and get you some. " Now is that not just an awesome husband or what? So I'll have to come back and add some pics when he gets back ;) 

He emailed it to me from the store to make sure I like it :)


Making progress :)

Micah has made sooo much progress in PT and OT. His skill levels are almost all on target, even some above!! We are really just working on building the muscle strength at this point. In his trunk and some in his arms are the main focus. Here he is hard at work in OT.

Although sometimes I get frustrated by him Ethan is such an encourager for Micah......


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Branson fun!

So I've been needing to post this for awhile but I guess I was sulking at the fact that somehow several of our pictures got deleted :( None the less, we had lots of fun and I need to share ;) We left on Friday and stayed till Sunday. 

The older 2 rode with my parents as the  younger 2 needed naps (we left at naptime on Friday) so here they are sleeping peacefully :)
Our plan was to get to Branson in time to eat dinner at Branson landing and watch the laser light show. Saturday we were going to swim at the resort in the morning, which ended up being spent buying coats as it was sooooo cold! Old Navy had hats and scarves for $1 each!! And their coats were 50% off :) So we went back to the condo to eat lunch and put Micah down for his nap. David stayed with him and the rest of us headed out to Silver Dollar City (to be joined by David and Micah later).  So we hit the shops and things Micah wouldn't have attention for first and saved the cave and rides (Davie wanted to ride them with Ethan) for later. 

Don't they look cute. 

My mom and Brianna. 
Ethan wanted to check out the map with Grandpa to make sure we didn't miss anything and to know what rides they had ;) 
One of the first things we did was ride a horse and carriage.....can you tell it was freezing there?!?
The gang in front of the Blacksmith's shop. 
This ended up being the only photo from Marvel Cave that didn't get erased.... I don't remember which "room" we were in, but I think it was the Cathedral room. (See, David and Micah did make it :)


After dinner and the cave however Micah was getting bored so he and David (isn't he an AWESOME dad, and loving husband!) headed back to the condo while we went to see the Christmas tree and parade. I think Micah would have like them, but he's not good at holding our hands to walk yet and was tired of being in the stroller :(

Sorry it's sideways, but this was so cool that I had to at least post a partial clip of this neat Christmas tree display!




Here's everyone bundled and waiting for the parade.
Grandpa gave Ethan a piggy back ride back up to the front of the park.
After our busy afternoon we all headed back to the condo, showered and had a bedtime snack! LOL

Micah was sleepy and enjoyed some cuddle time with Grandpa :)

Here's Micah enjoying his breakfast on Sunday morning, poptarts :)
After checking out of the condo we went to eat lunch at a place called "The Hard Luck Diner". The food was very good and all the servers sing...........well except ours :( Even one of the cooks came out and sang! We all had fun!
Caleb was in another one of his "I don't want you to take a picture of me." moods....
Ethan was waiting for Daddy and Grandpa to decide what they wanted so they could play the games with him! LOL

Micah was having fun playing with the people out the window who were waiting in line to eat here. Brianna enjoyed playing the games on the kids menu too.
It was to cute to watch Micah dancing to the songs the servers were singing :)




Thursday, November 13, 2008

The vote is in.....

Brianna took a TRU (teachers R us, meaning us moms take turns teaching in pairs) class called Electing America's Leaders this semester. She had fun and I was STRETCHED!! LOL David is the government guru in our family however I'm quickly learning ;) In any case, they've been learning about the setup of our government, many of the offices within our government, and of course the processes of an election. We also ran an election of our own so they could get a feel for how an election works. It came down to 2 Emilys for class president, one of which was a pretty close friend of Brianna's. They even got to participate in a phone bank and call friends/family members to ask for their votes in the election! They had a great time. Below is a picture of Brianna "signing in" so she can vote.
And here she is in the "voting booth" filling out her ballot :)
Placing her vote in the box to be counted!!

And she even got an I voted sticker :)


So, if you had ANY doubts she was still learning this year........I hope this cancels those :)


science project ?

Upon cleaning out the refridgerator from leftovers we found this.....

Now earlier this year we TRIED to grow mold for a science project to no avail.... guess we tried to hard cause we got this interesting mold without even trying!! As Christine would say, "Just keeping it real." :)


Monday, November 10, 2008

Tough Day....

So I'm having an unusually tough day and was reminded by this:

Thanks That Stands Out
It has taken me many years to understand the admonishment in
Scripture to be thankful in all circumstances. (1Thes 5:18) Sadly,
there were many years I even wrestled with a resentful heart at the
suggestion. It did not make sense to me to praise God when things in my life
were a struggle. My immature heart questioned how I could praise Him when
everything wasn’t “right”. I frequently wondered if He was aware of our finances,
loss, or fear. Miserably, it was with gritted teeth and reluctant obedience that I
praised our Savior.
Over the last few decades, as my relationship with Christ has grown more
intimate, my focus has completely changed. I have learned to trust Him explicitly
in every detail of my life. And it has become apparent that one of the reasons
God requires me to be thankful is to protect my heart. Thanksgiving is fabulous
insulation from discouragement and despair. In fact, one of the powerful secrets
of a thankful heart is that nothing can crush it; not disappointment or illness or
loss or any other overwhelming circumstance. A thankful heart is powerful. Isn’t it
just like God to make thanksgiving for our benefit as well?
And thankfulness has yet another dimension that I did not recognize until three
years ago. One day, in my effort to help us walk out Laura’s illness with
thanksgiving, I pulled out an old quilt top. For months, we discussed and
practiced being thankful by adding a Hot Pink embroidery stitch each time we
found something to be thankful for-new medication, a kind nurse, time together,
or a word of encouragement. Before our eyes those Hot Pink stitches
transformed the ordinary cream and navy patches into a real conversation piece
that could not be overlooked. We watched in wonder as giving thanks
transformed Laura’s heart in such a way that she began dramatically impacting
everyone around her. That’s when it dawned on us. A thankful heart cannot be
overlooked! Like a Hot Pink stitch in an ordinary quilt, so is a thankful heart in an
ordinary life.
Hot Pink moments of thanks come more often than we realize. Immediately I
think of my friend, Jannette. Just last week, I was talking to her about her
daughter’s terrible accident and near fatal head injury. We were talking about
trusting God with our children. As she shared her response after receiving the call
about the accident she said, “I hung up the phone and remembered to be
thankful. I started thanking God that I had a car and that I could drive to the site,
that her father was already with Eleora, that we could get her to a hospitalGand
now, of course, I am so thankful she is recovering well.” My eyes welled up with
tears as I heard her story. Jannette’s response was not ordinary; it was Hot Pink!
Her thankful heart cannot be overlooked and makes me want to know our Savior,
who so lovingly cared for her, all the more.
Lord, please transform my heart. I want to always give you Hot Pink praise!
ERIN
“Give thank to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has
done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:4-5

that I needed to remember to thank the Lord even in the midst of our roughest times. So here are some of the things I'm thankful for today.

1. A Savior who loves me even when I'm unlovable.
2. That I have 4 healthy children
3. Our "farm" animals
4. Food in the kitchen

So even though I've focused more on the negative things most of the day today I'm now going to choose to thank the Lord for these things and try harder to find things to be thankful for even in the midst of days that don't *seem* to have things to be thankful for!

PS. I went to our homeschool support meeting Tue after I wrote this and here's a picture I thought I'd share of the quilt top she was talking about :)


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

He's still in control..........

I don't know what His plan is, or why Obama won this election, but I just have to lean strong and hard on my faith and KNOW that God is in control no matter how it appears. How many times did God show Himself to the children of Isreal while they were in the desert? Sooo many. So I'm just going to have to do my part to continue praying for our government and leaders and trust that God has a plan and I can trust His plan better than my own..............but boy does it also remind me how much closer we ARE getting to the end!


Saturday, November 1, 2008

More new additions!

Well, the monthly aution was today! We knew we were going to be adding chickens, but David also surprised us with 2 bunnies since we'd lost Fluffy :) He's so thoughful! The really nice part is that they are smaller so they are much easier to handle. I'm not sure yet if they are a dwarf breed or if they are still just very young. Brownie (the brown one) was also either not well cared for or housed with other rabbits that hurt her, or recently had babies, as she's a little boney and missing lots of her lower fur.........like when they pull it out to make a "nest" for the babies. The other bunny we aren't sure yet if it's male or female as it has sooooo much fur I couldn't get a good look. David had to leave as soon as he dropped them off so I'll have to wait till he gets back home and have him help me check it out ;) I'm hoping they are both girls as I'm not quite ready to deal with babies given the season changing and all the new animals we've added! LOL 

This is our unamed, sex unknown rabbit :)
And this would be Brownie ;) Although since not EVERYONE was involved in the naming, it IS subject to change :) LOL

And this is part of the new hutch David is building for them :) I say he's doing a pretty great job especially considering he had no plans/pattern to look at!