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Why do I belief? As a person of science, I am asked on occasion this question. How do you belief in something strictly on faith? Don't you want some proof?
The answer is not so simple. I guess all of us want some sort of assurance. We want to have some confidence that our belief is not based on some cult or delusion. That the underlying principles are sound and that God is real.
Finally, if we are to follow in the teachings and practices of a religion, the expectation is that we will not be disappointed at the end.
- Oct. 2020
What is Convincing Evidence?
For people who deals with science and facts and math, a convincing evidence might me a formula or an experiment that is repeatable, or a physical proof.
Just like the apostle Thomas, who said he would only belief in the resurrection of Jesus if he could put his finger through his wounds hence the term "doubting Thomas" originated.
Remember Jesus who told Thomas -
"Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
For the majority of us, we would not have first hand evidence of the existence of God or experience a miraculous event. For me, it takes the form of nature and of art and of music. Seeing the majesty of the Grand Canyon, or seeing the painting of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, or hearing Mozart's concerto, I could not help but belief these were inspired by someone as great as God.
I suppose another explanation is quite possible.
However, in my mind, very unlikely. Here is why I believe otherwise. We now have visited the moon and our probes have been sent to many of our neighboring planets. They have sent back photos of these places. They all have a common characteristic and that is one of isolation and desolation and devoid of life.
The very existence of our planet and the state it is now points to evidence of a creator. One that has to make sure the air and water and life and the Sun and moon all works together in perfect harmony. There is a balance that must exist on so many levels in order for life to exist and to adapt and to survive down through the ages. If any one factor that is altered in the slightest, we may not exist for long. For example, scientists have estimated that the tilt of the earth's axis of 23.5 degrees is crucial to the stability of our orbit and the four seasons.
The God Equation
Euler's Formula (aka Euler's Identity) is traditionally regarded as the most beautiful equation in all of mathematics. Yet it's so much more than that. It's the equation that governs the whole universe and even defines the human soul!
The Grand Canyon
The Sistine Chapel
"Our seasons change due to our planet’s angle of tilt – 23.5 degrees – relative to our orbit around the sun. If Earth did not tilt at all, but instead orbited exactly upright with respect to our orbit around the sun, there would be minor variations in temperature throughout each year as Earth moved slightly closer to the sun and then slightly farther away. And there would be temperature differences from Earth’s equatorial region to the poles. But, without Earth’s tilt, we’d lack Earth’s wonderful seasonal changes and our association of them with the various times of year – associating a freshfeeling in the air with springtime, for example."
Range of Temperatures...
The Sun is measured at 4778 degrees Kelvin. Absolute zero is -273 degrees Celsius.
The Sun is 8140 F. And 0 degree K is -459 F?
Water freezes at 32 degrees F and boils at 212 degrees F.
According to the World Meteorological Organization, the coldest place on Earth is Vostok Station in Antarctica, where it reached minus 128.6 F (minus 89.2 C) on July 21, 1983. The coldest inhabited place is Oymyakon, Russia, a small village in Siberia, where it dips down to an average of minus 49 F (minus 45 C) and once hit a low of minus 96.16 F (minus 71 C).
Which location holds the record as the hottest place on Earth is a matter of some contention. El Azizia, Libya, held the top hot spot for 90 years. Temperatures allegedly climbed to 136.4 F (58 C) on Sept. 13, 1922.
Therefore, our earthly environment sits at a sliver of the total range of possible temperatures. A mere 3% of the total range and human existence is even a smaller portion of that range.
How is that a circumstance of chance?
As an engineer and a scientists, I am acutely aware of the amazing things around us. Every discipline we study, from mathematics to physics, to biology, to botany, to chemistry to astronomy to electromagnetic...we encounter the beauty and complexity of the system. Even the simple tree, has an amazing structure and usage. Without wood, where would humanity be?
Wood has been a source of heat, energy, shelter and tools and art...down through the ages. Think of all the products we have made from wood...paper, construction material, furniture and tools.
To this day, man has not been able to invent or duplicate a material as flexible as wood.
Finally, the human conscience. Everything God created cannot be appreciated without a human with a brain that can comprehend and ask questions and think. Therefore, the final conclusion and justification for God's existence must be the human mind.
It was the philosopher Descartes who said " I think; therefore I am."
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Chain of Life...
God create the heaven and the earth
God created the environment hospitable to life
God created the tree which depends on the seasons to grow
God created the mechanism of the Carbon cycle which allows plants and animals to live together in harmony
God created man to be good steward of the earth, and allow the use of natural resources for his advancement
God gave man the human conscience to comprehend and know Him and to worship Him
Without God, the rest makes no sense.
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- Axial tilt - Wikipedia
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Jack Lee
Jack Lee (author) from Yorktown NY on October 21, 2020:
Thanks for checking in. There are plenty of engineers and scientists who believe in God and who have no problem combining the physical world with the spiritual world. These two are not mutually exclusive and overlap. The earth is an amazing place and there is no other place like it. We should cherish it.
Jack Jenn from Nelson Bay NSW Australia. on October 20, 2020:
It's not often you hear of someone with an engineering background question the validity of creation and I was glad to read what you believe.
Some years ago now I used to wonder and think, why didn't God leave something here on earth that couldn't be unproven and left no doubt that God is - and then I realised, He did leave something here and I was standing on it!
And then, sometime later, when I was teaching leadlighting (stained glass work) a young girl asked me a similar question. I can't remember how it came up but I simply recounted my own story but I could see it wasn't enough, so I asked her - Think about the distance the earth is from the sun, what would happen if the earth was twice that distance away? We'd freeze was her answer.
And what if the earth was just 1/4 of that distance closer? Straight away - we'd fry was her answer. I then said, I think you've answered your own question.
I know it's a simplistic answer but that's all it needs to be, if only others would come to this realisation.
My best regards Jack.