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Science Cries Out For God

Science Apologetics God's Power

Source: “The antimatter mystery: Annihilation and a universe that shouldn't exist,” ABC Science By Bernie Hobbs, 6/23/2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-16

Scripture: Luke 19:40

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Bernie Hobbs, with ABC Science reports:

Antimatter isn't just a great plot device for sci-fi stories. It's at the heart of one of the great mysteries in modern physics — why our universe has stuff in it.

Every particle that makes up matter — the electron, proton, neutron and their more-obscure cousins — has an almost-identical twin: its antiparticle.

They were both made together from cooling energy in really high-energy environments like the big bang.

Antiparticles are exactly the same as their particle "siblings," except they have the opposite charge.

So here's where it gets interesting ...

... whenever matching matter and antimatter particles get together — they annihilate each other, converting back to the energy they came from.

Which brings us to a fundamental problem with our understanding of the universe: we shouldn't be here. 

The Standard Model of particle physics — which accurately describes all the particles and interactions that make up our universe — says our universe shouldn't exist.

Or at least, the matter that makes up all the stuff in existence shouldn't be here. It should have been wiped out by the matching antimatter that was created with it in the first second after the Big Bang.

APPLICATION

There are fundamental questions about the origin of our universe that science has failed to answer:  Questions like How could order come from chaos? Or, How could life come from non-living matter? Add to these an even greater mystery: How does anything exist at all? 

According to the rules that govern our universe, nothing should exist. Yet, here we are!  When an impossibility overcomes the impossible to become a reality, it is, by definition, a miracle.

This seems like the logical place to inject the idea of a supreme force, a divine being with the power to explain the otherwise unexplainable, operating beyond observable laws.  Science, however, is steadfastly committed to the idea of a universe that is self-sufficient and self-explanatory. But what we actually find is a universe filled with wonders that can’t be explained by any of the current, observable laws. 

The bottom line is that we live in a universe with too few operating principles to explain its mysteries. This, of course, is exactly what one would expect to find If divine power, and not the existing laws, were responsible for creating our universe. 

Science hasn’t killed God, it cries out for God.  

“I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40).

God's Paralympics

Humility Weakness God's Power

Source: “Four Paralympians Just Ran The 1500m Faster Than Anyone At The Rio Olympics Final,” Maxwell Strachan, Senior Editor, The Huffington Post, 09/12/2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-22

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9

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Maxwell Strachan, with The Huffington Post, reports:

Fouad Baka of Algeria finished a 1500-meter race in just 3 minutes and 49.59 seconds at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

That’s fast, so fast that if Baka had finished with that time at that exact stadium in August, he would have beat out Matthew Centrowitz Jr. of the U.S. for the Olympic gold medal. Centrowitz Jr. finished the final in 3 minutes and 50 seconds.

Unfortunately for Baka, he wasn’t racing in the Olympics. He was racing in the Paralympics, where not one or two runners finished ahead of him, but three.

Baka ended up placing fourth in the men’s 1500m - T12/13 Final, a race for the visually impaired. In front of him was bronze medalist Henry Kirwa of Kenya (3:49.59), silver medalist Tamiru Demisse of Ethiopia (3:48.59) and gold medalist Abdellatif Baka, who is the brother of the fourth-place Fouad (3:48.29).

APPLICATION

What if instead of being handicapped by a handicap, you became better, faster, stronger? Would it change the way you looked at your handicap?  That's what happened to the Apostle Paul after he was afflicted with what he called, a “thorn in the flesh.” After repeatedly praying for deliverance, Paul was told, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  

Once Paul realized that God intended his disadvantage to work out to his spiritual advantage, he proclaimed, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

Paul became an enthusiastic member of God's paralympic team. How about you? Are you choosing to embrace the disadvantages in your life, seeing them as opportunities to allow the power of Christ to flow through you?

Equal and Opposite Pressure

Cynicism Endurance God's Power

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-30

Scripture: 1 John 4:4

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Bathyspheres are special deep water chambers which are designed to cope with the extreme pressure at the ocean's depths.  Encased in extra thick cast steel, they hold at bay the pressure that bears against them.  The fish that swim just outside the portals of these vessels are not steel plated, yet they swim about carefree, completely at ease in their pressure filled environment.  How do they do it?  Their anatomy is fashioned to apply equal and opposite pressure from within!  Their exteriors are soft and pliable, but their inward parts are tough as steel. 

APPLICATION

When life begins bearing down on us, it's easy to put on a hard exterior in order to hold the pressures and stresses at bay. But the Christian needn't become cynical or "hard" to cope with the world.  Like the fish of the deep, we possess a power from within, which is able to match and equalize the opposing pressures from without.  

The Apostle John put it this way, ". . . greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world" (1John 4:4).  In other words, whatever the pressures maybe on the outside, the believer has a greater power residing within.  

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Prayer Can Do Anything God Can Do

Prayer God's Power Sin

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-17

Scripture: Ephesians 3:20

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The Barrier Between You And Nothingness

Jesus' Authority Word of God God's Power

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-08

Scripture: Colossians 1:17

Author: John Piper
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My Swing, God's Power

God's Power Servanthood Dependence on God

Contributed By: Robby Brown | Date Posted: 2015-01-22

Scripture: Philippians 2:13

Author: Robby Brown
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Not All Leaven Is Bad

Heaven Influence God's Power

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-16

Scripture: Matthew 13:33

Author: John MacArthur
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God Is Bigger Than Your Troubles

God's Power God's Care Anxiety

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-08

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6

Author: Raymond McHenry / Illustration Exchange
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Santa, Bring Batteries

Christmas God's Power Salvation

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2013-12-18

Scripture: John 1:12 ; John 3:16

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Silly Putty Christians

Dependence on God Object Lessons God's Power

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-05-27

Scripture: Philippians 4:13 ; 2 Corinthians 12:10

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