In Defence of Faith

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  1. John Gilday says:

    Very well done, Darrell, an interesting read. And I’m grateful that, unlike everyone else seems to have done, you have not elected to misrepresent my case as one against Christianity as a whole.
    However, you issued a minor challenge. I should relish the opportunity to meet it. You asked “Were you there when I laid the earths foundation? Tell me if you understand.” Quoting from Job, 38:4
    Well, I wasn’t there. Neither were you. Nor in fact was anyone, because according to your own scripture, nobody but God was there to see, and according to most scientific explanations and theories, nobody at all was there to see. So any scriptural account is immediately to be considered hear say. I cannot speculate myself. I am neither a believer, nor am I a physicist. However, I must refer you again to my own analysis in my own essay. It reads in black and white for all to see in Genesis 1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” 1-3 On this, we can agree.
    One of the simplest facts in all of science is that water is a molecule consisting of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. Now one may learn in science classes at the age of twelve that most of the heavy elements, from oxygen up through iron, are thought to be produced in stars that contain at least ten times as much matter as our Sun. Our Sun is currently burning, or fusing, hydrogen to helium, to create the aforementioned heavier elements.
    In order to be a biblical chemist, as it were, one must rule out the simplest fact in chemistry – the molecular structure of water.
    Does this render the positive aspects of the Christian faith obsolete? No sir. My own favourite verses are Proverbs 17:21 and Revelations 21:6 Does it disprove the existence of a higher power? Not at all. What it does do, beyond all reasonable doubt, is discount the creation story as told in Genesis. And I should hope, in doing so, render the need for any kind of fanaticism based on the Judeo-Christian ideology even more ridiculous than it already is.

    • Darrell Goodliffe says:

      Hiya John, thank you for your kind words and I am glad you enjoyed the read. No none of us were but I will say this. Firstly a tenant of faith is suspension of disbelief – is it anymore improbable that the Lord broke the rules of physics in the act of Creation than Jesus rose from the dead or any other of the many other things science says are impossible occurred? I say not. This is where we differ I feel. I am prepared to make that leap of faith and you don’t want too and that is fine. However, I have to say in conclusion and in light of the above, nothing is disproved, as our Lord Jesus Christ says “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26 – however, I think having talked we are practically agreed that politically we want the same things

  2. John Gilday says:

    I’m afraid that on the issue of scripture, yes, we shall have to agree to disagree. I require some degree of evidence to believe a thing. However in the long run, such disagreement is purely academic. We are indeed more or less of one mind where politics is concerned, and the need for a secular state, with faith as a separate entity. This, I feel, is the part that matters.

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