Open Your Eyes to See Wonderful Design, Part 2

The debate over a fundamentalist view of creation and the anti-theological evolution view has become so stagnant and stale that people now pay no attention to the facts. So blinded to agendas, they close their minds and eyes to actually see truth; they seem to all miss the actual physical evidence. Can we stop with all the emotion? I honestly am trying to break the blindness and the unthinking-rigidness of each side’s deadened concrete argument. One only has to look at the beauty, design and coloring of a “Wood Duck” or the “Mandarin Duck” to know that what I say is true…these creatures did not evolve from slime to  become ducks of such unbelievable indescribable beauty? Take a look at the detail, the coloring, the rhythms, and the mathematical order in these beautiful creatures. These “works of art” just didn’t evolve one step at a time, from one specie to another to another; no, the “Wood Duck” and the “Mandarin Duck” are exquisite examples of God’s poetry! There is not one single reason you can give me to “explain away” why the coloration, the shapes, the design details of these two magnificent creatures. God is the Creator and perfect Designer…period!

God created each individual animal species and called it good. As an architect who understands form, design, composition, symmetry, color and aesthetics; it is impossible to look at the wonderful designs in nature and believe they evolved from something else as simple happenstance. The sooner scientists look through the eyes of a Christian at God’s creation, the sooner the great evolution debate will disappear. The “Wood Duck” male’s beautiful coloring may provide attraction to the dull-looking female Wood Duck, but pattern, delicate detail, symmetry, shape and rhythm are not necessary for sexual attraction. A simple mass of color for the male would attract the dull female in most bird species; design would have nothing to do with it. If design details had anything to do with sexual attraction, then the “Mandarin Duck” would have all the female ducks, for no duck can out class it’s design and coloration. The beautifully designed feather patterns have nothing to do with the duck’s survival; it is all about God smiling, having fun creating a wonderful composition, and saying “it is good”. Our Creator God loves to create! Forget your preconceived notions about the ordinary and start looking much much deeper.

Each work of creation must reflect a part of the Creator; It is the nature of creation, whether it is an artist, a sculptor, an architect, a musician, filmmaker, writer, or God. Part of the creator is found within the creation, within the created item. When you look at the beauty on this planet, be it a person, a sunset, a flower or a “Mandarin Duck”, what do you see? Do you see something that has evolved from something else lower than itself, while the creator sits on the sidelines with nothing to do? Or do you see a planned work of art, an individual creation from the Great Creator God? The sooner you see each part, created by God, “individually” one at a time, as an important part of the whole masterpiece, the sooner you will respect other life found in the people and animals of this planet.

[For more discussion on God’s Designs, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

Open your eyes to see God’s wonderful design, Part 1

Butterflies! Do you take these insects for granted? How close have you ever looked at one? Do you see only flying insects from worms, or beautiful works of art? There are 140 different kinds just in Minnesota; why? Why the variety? The evolutionist would say there is “mimicry’; that is, the reason the “Monarch” and the “Viceroy” look so close to each other is because they wanted to confuse the birds. Can’t you just hear that Viceroy’s conversation? I imagine it this way: “Let’s see, I have a choice in my evolution, I can be like the “Tiger Swallowtail”…no, I saw those birds eating one of those guys the other day, but I did notice they didn’t eat that “Monarch”…that’s it, I’ll be like the “Monarch” so I’ll have a long life.” How insane the evolution argument is!

It is the design and coloring of most butterflies that impresses me; as an architect, this is available visual proof of a wonderful God designed creature. Look close, notice how accurate the mathematical designs of butterflies are; there is no serendipity here, a Masterful Designer plans these wonderful flying works of art. Why would evolution have symmetrical wing colorings? Symmetry of design is not needed for flight or survival or mate attraction. The evolutionist would have you think that coloring is for hiding, blending into your surroundings; this is true in some cases, some moths look just like tree bark, but this argument certainly does not apply with most butterflies. These same evolutionists would also have you think that brightly colored bodies are for mate attraction. I could go with that reasoning if it weren’t for the intricate details and the symmetry. Google a photo of this Black Swallowtail. Note the symmetrical faded shading toward the body and note how black the outer forward wings are, absolutely no shading at all. Note the small yellow patch (some have orange spots) in the alignment with the body axis, and how the white arcs are of equal number, size and all pointing toward the head. Can you really tell me with a straight face these “works of art” evolve over time from some lesser species? Nonsense! I invite you to look up a photo and study the detail within the circles of the “7 Circle” Butterfly, note the color shading within the wing and how the edges are detailed. Then study the “Eastern Tailed Blue” which has an outrageously wonderful blue wing that is outlined in black and then in light blue with a few balanced black and orange dots along the back edge. An evolutionary process would never add the dots to the outline. Now, study the “Buckeye” Butterfly’s wings, the coloring, the balance, the symmetry. First study the six circles, the outlining of each, the blue and the symmetry of size. On the lower wings, look for the red arcs highlighting the large circles and angled toward the insect’s head. Note the scalloped play of color banding along the trailing edge of the lower wings. Study the way the white coloring is distributed and the little dash of yellow under the upper wing’s circle. Check out the two orange black-edged bars at either side of this magnificent creature’s head. All showing a wonderful balance and symmetry; you never hear the evolutionists deal with symmetry because they can’t, and so goes their one-sided agenda. None of these design details is necessary to attract a mate, camouflage itself from predators, or otherwise help the creature to survive. So you think this is simply happenstance? Does a design of this wonderful detail just happen on its own, or is this the wonderful creation “hand-crafted” by some Master Architect? If you have been able to set aside your bias and your built-in agendas on the ridiculous blinding evolution argument to actually study these works of art, you can only arrive at one conclusion…there is no evolution going on here, only a Great Creator God at work and having unbelievable fun doing it. Yes, God definitely has fun creating; He did it and said it was good. There are numerous other designed masterpieces we can point to; I invite you to open your eyes up and look closer, much closer, closer than you normally view such things and see a wonderful world unfold. Then, why don’t you sing praises to the Author of our creation?

[For more discussion on God’s Designs, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

Open your eyes to see God's wonderful design, Part 1

Butterflies! Do you take these insects for granted? How close have you ever looked at one? Do you see only flying insects from worms, or beautiful works of art? There are 140 different kinds just in Minnesota; why? Why the variety? The evolutionist would say there is “mimicry’; that is, the reason the “Monarch” and the “Viceroy” look so close to each other is because they wanted to confuse the birds. Can’t you just hear that Viceroy’s conversation? I imagine it this way: “Let’s see, I have a choice in my evolution, I can be like the “Tiger Swallowtail”…no, I saw those birds eating one of those guys the other day, but I did notice they didn’t eat that “Monarch”…that’s it, I’ll be like the “Monarch” so I’ll have a long life.” How insane the evolution argument is!

It is the design and coloring of most butterflies that impresses me; as an architect, this is available visual proof of a wonderful God designed creature. Look close, notice how accurate the mathematical designs of butterflies are; there is no serendipity here, a Masterful Designer plans these wonderful flying works of art. Why would evolution have symmetrical wing colorings? Symmetry of design is not needed for flight or survival or mate attraction. The evolutionist would have you think that coloring is for hiding, blending into your surroundings; this is true in some cases, some moths look just like tree bark, but this argument certainly does not apply with most butterflies. These same evolutionists would also have you think that brightly colored bodies are for mate attraction. I could go with that reasoning if it weren’t for the intricate details and the symmetry. Google a photo of this Black Swallowtail. Note the symmetrical faded shading toward the body and note how black the outer forward wings are, absolutely no shading at all. Note the small yellow patch (some have orange spots) in the alignment with the body axis, and how the white arcs are of equal number, size and all pointing toward the head. Can you really tell me with a straight face these “works of art” evolve over time from some lesser species? Nonsense! I invite you to look up a photo and study the detail within the circles of the “7 Circle” Butterfly, note the color shading within the wing and how the edges are detailed. Then study the “Eastern Tailed Blue” which has an outrageously wonderful blue wing that is outlined in black and then in light blue with a few balanced black and orange dots along the back edge. An evolutionary process would never add the dots to the outline. Now, study the “Buckeye” Butterfly’s wings, the coloring, the balance, the symmetry. First study the six circles, the outlining of each, the blue and the symmetry of size. On the lower wings, look for the red arcs highlighting the large circles and angled toward the insect’s head. Note the scalloped play of color banding along the trailing edge of the lower wings. Study the way the white coloring is distributed and the little dash of yellow under the upper wing’s circle. Check out the two orange black-edged bars at either side of this magnificent creature’s head. All showing a wonderful balance and symmetry; you never hear the evolutionists deal with symmetry because they can’t, and so goes their one-sided agenda. None of these design details is necessary to attract a mate, camouflage itself from predators, or otherwise help the creature to survive. So you think this is simply happenstance? Does a design of this wonderful detail just happen on its own, or is this the wonderful creation “hand-crafted” by some Master Architect? If you have been able to set aside your bias and your built-in agendas on the ridiculous blinding evolution argument to actually study these works of art, you can only arrive at one conclusion…there is no evolution going on here, only a Great Creator God at work and having unbelievable fun doing it. Yes, God definitely has fun creating; He did it and said it was good. There are numerous other designed masterpieces we can point to; I invite you to open your eyes up and look closer, much closer, closer than you normally view such things and see a wonderful world unfold. Then, why don’t you sing praises to the Author of our creation?

[For more discussion on God’s Designs, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

Pray for George Will and all the other Atheists

Jesus Christ redeemed all through His blood and death on the cross; He paid the price. Now, salvation comes through a person accepting this great gift of grace and forgiveness, making Jesus Christ Lord of their life, and repenting of the old ways to become a new creation…thus trying to live a more pure life of thanksgiving for what you have already received. I respect George Will’s intellect. Newsmax published (Sept. 22, 2014) a quote from Mr. Will in a “Real Clear Religion” interview writing, “I’m an atheist. An agnostic is someone who is not sure. I’m pretty sure.
I see no evidence of God.” George Will said he majored in religion in college…what did they [the college professors] do to him? Was the very life sucked out of him? Where did his vision, his passion go? Newsmax goes on to provide the “Real Clear Religion” quote, “The basic question in life is not, ‘Is there a God,’ but ‘Why does anything exist?’ St. Thomas Aquinas said that there must be a first cause for everything, and we call the first cause ‘God.’ Fine, but it just has no hold on me.”

How sad! We Christians need to pray for the eyes of the atheists to be opened to see God! The evidence is all around us if you know how to look, how to open your eyes, your heart and your mind to God. Don’t they see that the walls they build blind them from seeing the very God they claim doesn’t exist? The book, “I Am, the Great Creator God” (available for review at www.muskratbooks.com) was written just for this purpose. To show people how to “see”; how to open their eyes to the evidence of God all around them. They need to forget the nonsense of evolution and look at creation as being God created. As with a painter or architect, you will see the Creator in the creation. Start looking at the small things…Examine a Wood Duck, a Mandarin Duck, a Buckeye Butterfly, and a 7-Circle Butterfly to see God’s creative poetry! These (and many other examples) reflect delicate coloring and design symmetry, not needed for mate attraction or survival, symmetry is simply not possible as happenstance out-growth from some lower/lesser species. The people against God like to generate great intellectual debates sounding so learned so to scare off their opponents. They like to change definitions to suit their own arguments, as they do with the definition of entropy, which by the way scientifically does away with their scientific arguments on evolution. This is why we need to drop the self-defense walls, open our eyes, hearts and minds to at least the possibility of the presence of God, and become like little children to allow the Holy Spirit to convict you to the reality of a wonderful world of peace, grace, forgiveness and thanksgiving…God is waiting for you with open arms! Of course there is evil in the world. Of course bad things happen to good people. But there is so much more to the whole story of God’s plan for His creation; we know in part…we look through a glass darkly.

Mr. Will, the evidence you claim to seek is there. The culture has a way of blinding people, even more so now than a mere 10 years ago. I fear it is getting much worse. I pray for those with closed eyes and closed minds to have God’s Light of grace and forgiveness open up to them. If we Christians have placed a basket over God’s Light, then shame on us! We are charged with a task! We are to carry God’s Light into the world, not bury it to those that need to see it.

Entropy, yes it is still a proper argument!

If you have studied the arguments of the creationists and the evolutionists, then you have heard the word, entropy. I claim that many scientists like to redefine entropy. They discount its importance in the argument of evolution because they don’t like what “this science” does to their other scientific beliefs. While it is possible to see new definitions arise from new discovery, I say one should not spin arguments and create justifications just to make you look good. You should also not ignore truths that just so happen to not support your current position. Where is the honesty in that? Two Merriam-Webster definitions for entropy go like this, tell me which one you prefer, the broad definition or the detailed one:

“the degree of disorder or uncertainty in a system” [a broad definition] and “a measure of the unavailable energy in a closed thermodynamic system that is also usually considered to be a measure of the system’s disorder, that is a property of the system’s state, and that varies directly with any reversible change in heat in the system and inversely with the temperature of the system” [a detailed definition]

In recent years, many Christians have started jumping on the “entropy bandwagon” in their drive to argue against evolution. This creates a large target and a need for the opponents in the argument to fight back. They now claim that entropy has noting to do with systems simply moving toward disorder. Rather they “muddy the water” by branching off into discussions on macro verses micro; or “closed” systems (ones that don’t interact with anything external to it, no heat flow in or out of it) verses “open” systems (all living organisms) verses “isolated” systems (no loss or gain of heat). Their argument branches off to how the levels of sunlight striking the earth make the whole Christian argument false. To make matters worse, the various science disciplines involved in thermodynamics, namely biology, physics, and the physical sciences, often fight among themselves accepting and rejecting definitions that suit their sectional arguments. Frankly, definitions are what is believed or known at the time. In the arguments I have studied involving “closed” verses “open” systems, and “reversible” verses “irreversible”, it is said that the earth is not a closed system because solar heat comes into it and some re-radiates out; but the universe is a closed system. I never see any discussion involving “scale”. At what scale is a system closed or open? Looking at entropy as a measure of disorder, we can view “macroscopic” (an environmental level) or “microscopic” (a system level). Doesn’t the scale, the extent of the boundary of the open system qualify it to be a closed system after all?

So why is entropy so important? I hope, I haven’t lost you yet. Hang in there with me and you’ll see my Christian brothers and sisters. Soon you’ll realize the importance of entropy to your theology. I’m afraid some of you will not wish to follow these scientific discussions, so I must repeat myself and tell you: This will help you and your theology if you’ll grasp this short little science lesson. This is good stuff; I’ll try to keep it light enough to be interesting, yet not heavy enough that you’ll feel ready to duke-it-out with an astrophysicists.

The 1917 Moscow born Dr. Ilya Prigogine won the Noble Prize in Chemistry for his work in irreversible thermodynamics. He was the first to apply thermodynamics to the study of irreversible processes. Dr. Prigogine, who died in 2003, said that physical systems tend to slide spontaneously and irreversibly toward a state of disorder, an increase in entropy. The Second Law of Thermodynamics tells us that with real irreversible processes, entropy is always greater; and an example of real irreversible processes would be plants, animals, humans, in fact, all living things.

The Third Law of Thermodynamics tells us that entropy, as a measure of disorder, increases with increasing temperature. In 1878, Marcellin Berthelot, a French Thermodynamicist, and Julius Thomsen, a Danish Thermodynamicist, stated that every chemical change proceeds in a direction that will produce the most heat. Therefore, entropy or disorder increases as chemical change and heat increase. These thermodynamic “laws” are not just some opinion from a scientist, but are “rules of the universe” that have stood the test of time over many decades of scientific scrutiny and by which the whole universe obeys.

So…there you have it! Science tells us that all living things are systems of real irreversible processes, involving chemical changes and heat increase, that move along toward disorder over time. Please, read that last bold sentence again… This is exactly the opposite of what the evolutionists preach. The theory of evolution would have us believe that the world has been evolving for millions or billions of years. Moving from a beginning state of disorder and chaos (with a great deal of chemical process and solar heat I might add) and move toward a state of order, the perfect design of a human being. There is no way the marvelous machine we call the human body, this marvelous machine has evolved over millions of years from some simple one-celled organism.

Why do I care? Why push my belief the theory of evolution is false? Why not just sit back and believe what I want to, and let others believe what they want to? Simple, God’s creation is most beautiful and perfect; it is mankind that messes it up. Maybe if more people saw the love God has for each of us, and that we are wonderfully and marvelously created to be in relationship with our Creator; then maybe, just maybe we wouldn’t work so hard to destroy one another.

[For more discussion on the Universe, please refer to the book, “I Am, the Great Creator God” by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

The Ultimate Simple & Wonderful Grand Design

Today, there are hundreds of elementary particles that scientists have discovered; it is a building system providing different arrangements of the family of fundamental particles called fermions. For you nonscientist folks out there, stay with me on this, there is a point to gaining a simple sense of God’s infinitely small world.

It all started in 1805; the talk of atoms that is. English chemist John Dalton published his theory that matter was made of atoms. Through the 1930’s the atomic view was simply that all matter was made of 3 particles within the atom. These “elementary particles” (as they were thought to be at the time) were the proton (a particle with a positive electrical charge), the neutron (a particle with no electrical charge), and the electron (a particle with a negative electrical charge). The atom structure was one of a nucleus made up of protons and neutrons, and electrons circling in defined orbits. This view of the atom did not last long. By the 1950’s, scientists were discovering all kinds of smaller particles. Soon the “Standard Model” or “quantum field theory” was formulated between 1970 and 1973 to describe the fundamental interactions within particle physics with respect to 3 out of 4 fundamental forces in nature. The Standard Model remains in favor by many scientists as of this writing.

I am only scratching the surface on this subject of elementary particles. The point for my shallow treatment is only to open the eyes of the nonscientist to see that a whole grand “small world” is everywhere around us. Everything that is, has these exciting elementary particles. It is important to understand this “small world” structure to the best of our abilities if we want to appreciate God’s creation. Why, you ask? A person is not just flesh and bones, but a highly complex collection of very sophisticated systems that can love, think and reason. A flower is not just pedals, leaves, and a stem, but a highly complex collection of very sophisticated systems that can react to environment. Matter is not just a “thing” to be used or wasted, but a highly complex collection of very sophisticated systems made up of a very beautiful structure of mathematics and organization. So what do these examples point to?

The more you know about God’s creation, the more wonderful it becomes; it is far more beautiful, far more complex, far more exact, far more mathematical, and far more perfectly designed than we can ever possibly realize. That is why I can say with complete assurance that God created the Universe all the way down to these quarks! There is no evolution in nature! With the design set before us, there has to be a Creator! You don’t get a sophisticated perfect design as we have by happenstance! You don’t have to be a particle physicist to see the wonder of all creation and its awesome building blocks.

What is the “glue” that holds the different particles together and forms these building blocks? And what is going on when we see the particles becoming “unglued”? First, there are four forces in the Universe; gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force, and the weak force. We are all familiar with gravity; it holds things and people to the surface of the Earth and the planets in their orbits. The force of electromagnetism is found in magnets and the electrical charges. The strong force holds the nucleus of atoms together (the quarks into hadrons, and hadrons into nuclei). The weak force is involved in radioactive decay. The fact that the Universe is “glued” together and governed by only four forces is amazing in itself, but what if it could be even simpler? A Universe ruled by a single force would be the ultimate simple grand design! Scientists are trying to discover this grand design so they can try to understand it. Christians should be excited about this possibility because an ultimate simple grand design does not “just happen”, it does not evolve, and it hasn’t always existed in time. You have heard it said the simplest design is the hardest to achieve; like poetry, perfect words in a perfect order, perfect simplicity can never “just happen”. It is always masterfully designed down to the smallest details; and so it is with the Universe…masterfully designed down to the simplest elementary particles. This is why my Christian brothers and sisters would do well to absorb my superficial presentation of elementary particles to more fully appreciate its beauty and majesty. Such an ultimate simple grand design can only be God created and as only God can do…it would be beautifully created out of nothing! Ex nihilo baby!

[For more discussion on Elementary Particles, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

The Ultimate Simple & Wonderful Grand Design

Today, there are hundreds of elementary particles that scientists have discovered; it is a building system providing different arrangements of the family of fundamental particles called fermions. For you nonscientist folks out there, stay with me on this, there is a point to gaining a simple sense of God’s infinitely small world.

It all started in 1805; the talk of atoms that is. English chemist John Dalton published his theory that matter was made of atoms. Through the 1930’s the atomic view was simply that all matter was made of 3 particles within the atom. These “elementary particles” (as they were thought to be at the time) were the proton (a particle with a positive electrical charge), the neutron (a particle with no electrical charge), and the electron (a particle with a negative electrical charge). The atom structure was one of a nucleus made up of protons and neutrons, and electrons circling in defined orbits. This view of the atom did not last long. By the 1950’s, scientists were discovering all kinds of smaller particles. Soon the “Standard Model” or “quantum field theory” was formulated between 1970 and 1973 to describe the fundamental interactions within particle physics with respect to 3 out of 4 fundamental forces in nature. The Standard Model remains in favor by many scientists as of this writing.

I am only scratching the surface on this subject of elementary particles. The point for my shallow treatment is only to open the eyes of the nonscientist to see that a whole grand “small world” is everywhere around us. Everything that is, has these exciting elementary particles. It is important to understand this “small world” structure to the best of our abilities if we want to appreciate God’s creation. Why, you ask? A person is not just flesh and bones, but a highly complex collection of very sophisticated systems that can love, think and reason. A flower is not just pedals, leaves, and a stem, but a highly complex collection of very sophisticated systems that can react to environment. Matter is not just a “thing” to be used or wasted, but a highly complex collection of very sophisticated systems made up of a very beautiful structure of mathematics and organization. So what do these examples point to?

The more you know about God’s creation, the more wonderful it becomes; it is far more beautiful, far more complex, far more exact, far more mathematical, and far more perfectly designed than we can ever possibly realize. That is why I can say with complete assurance that God created the Universe all the way down to these quarks! There is no evolution in nature! With the design set before us, there has to be a Creator! You don’t get a sophisticated perfect design as we have by happenstance! You don’t have to be a particle physicist to see the wonder of all creation and its awesome building blocks.

What is the “glue” that holds the different particles together and forms these building blocks? And what is going on when we see the particles becoming “unglued”? First, there are four forces in the Universe; gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force, and the weak force. We are all familiar with gravity; it holds things and people to the surface of the Earth and the planets in their orbits. The force of electromagnetism is found in magnets and the electrical charges. The strong force holds the nucleus of atoms together (the quarks into hadrons, and hadrons into nuclei). The weak force is involved in radioactive decay. The fact that the Universe is “glued” together and governed by only four forces is amazing in itself, but what if it could be even simpler? A Universe ruled by a single force would be the ultimate simple grand design! Scientists are trying to discover this grand design so they can try to understand it. Christians should be excited about this possibility because an ultimate simple grand design does not “just happen”, it does not evolve, and it hasn’t always existed in time. You have heard it said the simplest design is the hardest to achieve; like poetry, perfect words in a perfect order, perfect simplicity can never “just happen”. It is always masterfully designed down to the smallest details; and so it is with the Universe…masterfully designed down to the simplest elementary particles. This is why my Christian brothers and sisters would do well to absorb my superficial presentation of elementary particles to more fully appreciate its beauty and majesty. Such an ultimate simple grand design can only be God created and as only God can do…it would be beautifully created out of nothing! Ex nihilo baby!

[For more discussion on Elementary Particles, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

In the vastness of the Universe, YOU are a special gift

Mankind has always driven to ask the questions of why we exist, what else is going on out there in the heavens, are we the only life in the Universe, will we exist after this life? I have heard people say that with the Universe so large that mathematically, the odds are there just has to be life on some other planet. They deem life to be simply one big search! I see it differently, understanding the age and the bigness is very important to the Christian.

We will be using a term, “light-year”; which is the distance light travels in one year. Light travels at a set speed, God gave us a wonderful fact of the Universe, in that the speed of light is set at a constant 186,000 miles per second. Andrew Fraknoi gives a neat way of understanding the distance of a light-year: A piece of string 1 light-year long would wrap around the equator of the earth 236 million times. We look at our Sun and think that it is far away, yet light takes only 8 minutes to reach Earth. The next nearest star beyond our sun is a little over 4 light-years away (the length of a piece of string that would wrap around the equator of the earth 944 million times).

With tools such as the Spitzer Space Telescope at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, helping us to find galaxies as deep as 11 billion light-years from earth, we know there are millions of galaxies in the Universe. Our Milky Way galaxy is part of a group of about 24 galaxies that we call the Local Group. Light that just now left the Great Galaxy in Andromeda, in our Local Group, will not reach us for another 2 million years. But please realize, we see that galaxy today; therefore, the light we see must have left the galaxy over 2 million years ago. We also know the Universe is much older than 2 million years because we see light from stars and galaxies much farther away than our Local Group.

Before you get all turned-off with a bunch of “boring numbers”, let me tell you why it is important for you to get a sense of the size of the Universe. The Christians that automatically reject scientific facts because they come from “science” and therefore must go against the Biblical Scriptures are missing a grand experience in the glory and wonderment of God’s Creation. If you are one of those Christians that believe the age of the Universe is 4 or 5 thousand years old as they claim the Bible purports (and I believe the Bible as Truth), let me say that you are uninformed based on our earthly view and our existence in time and space, yet you would be correct if you live outside our 3-dimensional world and in a multi-dimensional world. Simply look into the heavens at those tiny specks of light; we can see the proof of a much older Universe. It is real so don’t blindly turn your back on the facts just because you think it goes against your beliefs. Your beliefs are right and true, but not from your limited three-dimensional earthly view of the Universe. “Time” is a created dimension; a gift from God. From God’s view beyond “time” itself, the Universe is just now forming and just now ending (and everything between), all at this same moment. When there is no movement of time at all, we call that “now”; no past and no future, the beginning and the end are the same moment. Therefore, we can say that both the Biblical Creation of 6 days is correct and our earthly view that the Universe is millions and millions of years old is correct…both correct at the same time.

When asked if he was a man of faith in God as our Creator, Dr. William Blair, an astrophysicist and research professor at Johns Hopkins University, said yes and noted that he believed God created the heavens and the earth. The reason this is important is that Dr. Blair, who heads a NASA project looking into deep space, has written about the vastness of the universe, the Hubble Deep Field project, and noted the universe could hold upwards of 40 billion galaxies. Our Milky Way galaxy is but one of these 40 billion and Dr. Blair sees the hand of God in it. This is awesome my friends; here we find an astrophysicist and researcher who physically knows so much more than I, who sees it all as God created just as I do. My Christian brethren, don’t put all scientists down, we could all learn a lot about God from a man like this.

And here is the point, there is nothing in the Bible that would even suggest life on some other planet. God has created life only on Earth. Understanding the vastness and the grand design of the Universe points us toward an understanding of how loved we are by our Creator. In the vastness of the Universe, God knows you as a single individual and God is calling you to come to Him. Won’t you? God created you and loves you; what is going to be your response to that special gift?

[For more discussion on the Universe, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

The Relationship between Creator and Creation

It is a God given wish of all humans to create, yes, I mean each and every one of us. Why? Because it is a reflection of you; we all wish to leave a mark, part of you ends inside that creation.

There is an inner spirit in each of us, yes each of us, created by God and in His image and character. Besides the Holy Spirit, this other inner spirit is the creative “juice” that will move to do creative things. I like to call it “juice” because it (whatever “it” is) this creative essence in each of us, “flows”. You can feel it when it is moving and you know when it dries up. Haven’t you heard an artist say things like, “I don’t have it anymore” or “nothing was coming to me”? Every artist has a dry period; a period when the “juice” is not flowing. The juice hasn’t dried up forever, gone and never to be experienced again. No, the juice is still within you; it has only ceased to flow at that given time. It is best to just get up and do something else for a time. When the juice is flowing, you can do amazing things. Michelangelo’s statue of David can be carved out of a rough block of marble. Frank Lloyd Wright’s house, called “Fallingwater” in Bear Run, Pennsylvania can be designed. Leonardo Da Vinci’s 16th Century painting of the “Mona Lisa” and Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” can all be created out of nothing, ex nihilo baby!

Every time you read a novel, a poem, a sonnet, a play, any literary work, you have revealed something of whom the writer is and about their life. You can see that Michelangelo understands human anatomy when you view his drawings, such as the portion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling called the “Creation of Man”. Most architects display “their style” to the point that a person can view a set of buildings and place the architect’s name beside each one. In the created object, there is indeed part of the creator.

When we view God’s creation, we see part of God. Our Creator, the Lord God Almighty, will move His creation toward higher order through relationship. This is why He created us. He loves us! He wants to see us grow toward completeness, just as we delight in seeing our own children grow toward completeness, and become fine adults. How many parents have looked out from the audience at the school awards ceremony, to see a child receiving an award, and think “I had something to do with that…I sure am proud!”

A sense of completeness and relationship, we each seek this “reward of living”, much more important than money. So it is with God, and this is why He created you and I. He seeks out relationship with us; God desires to look at us and say “well done my good and faithful child, I am proud of you and I love you so very much”.

Some would say that God has no need of us. I think just the opposite. Why? As an architect, I know about the feelings between a creator and his creation. I know there is a “relationship” with the created object; after all, as discussed earlier, the created object is actually a part of the creator. God delights in creating; we are all created in His image. You don’t create and then destroy a masterpiece. Oh, you may experiment, realize it isn’t working, and then start over, drawing on your newly acquired knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. But you don’t destroy your final masterpiece; you work to save it. God is reaching out to you now; salvation can be yours.

[For more discussion on Creating, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

God Creates Still…What will you notice in 2013?

Yes, it is true…many don’t believe in God, many more don’t believe in Jesus Christ. They work to condemn those that DO believe; what is in it for them to do so? Do their attacks on Christianity make the world a better place? No! Why not keep quiet and let those of us “who falsely believe” (their words not mine) just keep going in the wrong direction? Is there something about Jesus Lord and Savior that scares them? Yes, I think so! If God is dead, they should not be afraid, but those “anti-God, anti-Jesus” zealots ARE indeed afraid of something! The heavens and earth cry out the good news of the Great Creator God, you only need eyes to see (Ps. 19:1 and Romans 1:18-20). God, the Great I Am, is active in the world today…will you notice His activity in 2013? You must believe that you are loved (John 3:16-18)! The Holy Spirit will make your burdens light, just believe in Jesus; a firm belief in this promise will change your 2013, why not start today on this first day of the new year? Change your direction, open your eyes and your heart, and let The Creator into your life today!

Will Your Tree be Different in 2013?

We Christians often will say that Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and rightly so, for He is! But in addition to this truth, I would like for you to try something this new year. A saying you probably have repeated before, but I wish to challenge you to say it everyday this year and mean it; don’t just repeat empty words but concentrate on each simple word: “This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” What if you started everyday with this statement before you got out of bed, and then lived the day in rejoicing God’s creation and creatures? What a difference your outlook would be! How much different would your speech be knowing you are talking to one of God’s creations? Whether they know or believe in God doesn’t matter; the Creator still loves them and so should you. Would your morning commute be more friendly? How much better could you cope with life’s problems knowing that YOU are a blessing from God? We all have problems, but knowing that the day was a gift to YOU from God should make a huge difference to you! Know that you are loved by God (John 3:16-18)! Sing out everyday inspite of those nay-sayers all around you, “This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

Guns are not the problem, it is the heart that is!

What have we learned from Newtown’s tragedy? …and from the many other attacks such as the recent attacks on volunteer firemen and police officers that put their lives on the line for us? Many have learned nothing! NOTHING!! We currently have the diversional debate of gun control which will only bring much more death! The national media doesn’t have a clue or they simply chose to ignore the facts. Most of all the school shootings have been in gun free zones while so-called assault rifles were banned. In 2011, rifles accounted for less deaths than hands & feet! Worldwide and in the USA, the facts are that murders actually rise when guns are removed from law abiding citzens; the proof is available, look beyond emotions for truth. Don’t you fall for the trap of gun control; it is NOT about guns but about control over the people. The whole mess is a diversion over the real problem; it is a problem of the heart. Why would all these evil people (yes, I said evil people) why would they take innocent lives and then kill themselves? Why not just go kill themselves if they hate this world so much? They don’t kill themselves over their remorse for killing the innocent…they have no remorse! Their hearts are hardened. Satan drives hate and creates evil; it is the evil within that kills the innocent. These killers have only hate and their easiest mark is upon the innocent. It is a darkness over the land. Hitler took out the churches, removed the guns, and then took over the people in mindless hate. I fear we are on the same path! We are busy to bring down the Christian, to remove our only Savior Jesus Christ, to remove the law-abiding guns to protect us from evil man and government, and then to teach all to hate various societial groups in a stew of class-envy. It is all sinful and very ugly! We will be doomed if we don’t turn back to Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, the Life and the Light of the world! At Christmas time we should be about welcoming the Chist child who came into the world as Savior to show us the way back to God; He, a sinless man, who took our sins and made them His own that we might become righteaous to come back to God. Any deviation from this very path is THE REAL PROBLEM.

Understanding Newtown, Connecticut…don’t blame God

Often with these senseless tragedies, people will ask why did God let this happen, or worse…why did God do this? God is not the author of hate, evil, sadness and the tragic death of children. God loves, but there is evil in the world, uncreated by God. Mankind messed up God plan by following fallen angels rather than God. Today, we seem to kick out God and desire to follow the god of the culture. It will always fail. The hate and destruction this one boy dumped on 26 sets of loving families, on a town, and on a nation was not created by God. Though sought out, there is no closure of a loss such as this. Yes, this was already a gun-free zone, yes the school had just upgraded their security, yes there was already a ban on so-called assault weapons; the only thing that will work to save our children, our loved ones, our nation is to turn back to God and learn how to love one another…again.

Understanding Newtown, Connecticut…don't blame God

Often with these senseless tragedies, people will ask why did God let this happen, or worse…why did God do this? God is not the author of hate, evil, sadness and the tragic death of children. God loves, but there is evil in the world, uncreated by God. Mankind messed up God plan by following fallen angels rather than God. Today, we seem to kick out God and desire to follow the god of the culture. It will always fail. The hate and destruction this one boy dumped on 26 sets of loving families, on a town, and on a nation was not created by God. Though sought out, there is no closure of a loss such as this. Yes, this was already a gun-free zone, yes the school had just upgraded their security, yes there was already a ban on so-called assault weapons; the only thing that will work to save our children, our loved ones, our nation is to turn back to God and learn how to love one another…again.

Newtown, Connecticut’s Bad Tree

The book, “A Different Kind of Tree”, is about growth, where you find nourishment, and what kind of fruit you bear. The destroyer of Newtown, Connecticut’s innocent was “a tree” with roots deep into rocky desert ground. Ground that will generally only form dry twisted dead trees. No one can kill 20  six to seven year old children without being completely dead inside. All the so-called experts will be giving us all the societal reasons for this mental illness, but I contend an evil “tree” as this boy, was grown. Grown in a land that has rejected Jesus Christ, a land that is selfish and unloving, a land of relativity where no absolutes exist…no right and no wrong. We have created a dry “land”, devoid of the nourishment of civility, of humility, of decency, of sensitivity, and of consideration of others. We now experience the most ugly vile words normalized in our everyday speech. Ugly words, ugly dress, ugly music, ugly video games, ugly thought…they all add up to ugly actions. It all adds up to a haze of disbelief of what life is, and an awful “reverse arrogance”…the evil in Newtown probably thought that no one loved him, no one understood him, nobody cared for him, and that the whole world was against him. We have seen these tragic events before. There is only one way out…better nourishment can be found…instead of kicking Jesus Christ out of our culture, we need to turn back toward Him. Then and only then will we learn how to properly love others again.

Newtown, Connecticut's Bad Tree

The book, “A Different Kind of Tree”, is about growth, where you find nourishment, and what kind of fruit you bear. The destroyer of Newtown, Connecticut’s innocent was “a tree” with roots deep into rocky desert ground. Ground that will generally only form dry twisted dead trees. No one can kill 20  six to seven year old children without being completely dead inside. All the so-called experts will be giving us all the societal reasons for this mental illness, but I contend an evil “tree” as this boy, was grown. Grown in a land that has rejected Jesus Christ, a land that is selfish and unloving, a land of relativity where no absolutes exist…no right and no wrong. We have created a dry “land”, devoid of the nourishment of civility, of humility, of decency, of sensitivity, and of consideration of others. We now experience the most ugly vile words normalized in our everyday speech. Ugly words, ugly dress, ugly music, ugly video games, ugly thought…they all add up to ugly actions. It all adds up to a haze of disbelief of what life is, and an awful “reverse arrogance”…the evil in Newtown probably thought that no one loved him, no one understood him, nobody cared for him, and that the whole world was against him. We have seen these tragic events before. There is only one way out…better nourishment can be found…instead of kicking Jesus Christ out of our culture, we need to turn back toward Him. Then and only then will we learn how to properly love others again.

It is a growth story, a life-changing story!

I have a growth story; it is a “changing” story, from selfish sinner to a child of God. It could also be a pathway for you as well  as you struggle through the obstacles of life to come to know the One that has already given you a precious gift if you will but receive Him in your heart. Only the peace of God that passes all understanding can remove your obstacles; this is done by changing your heart and mind in Christ (Philippians 4:7).

Many criticize the church for not being like the culture; that it is “behind the times”. That’s the point, the church is NOT supposed to be like the culture. The culture is corrupt and doomed! How can a doomed institution save you from doom? The more you fight against Jesus, reject God and worship at the altar of “earthly stuff god”, the more you will desire and strive for what the world is selling, and the more obstacles will be in your path and in your life. There is a better way, a way different from the culture. Turn to your only Savior Jesus Christ and become “A Different Kind of Tree”.

Mystery is Good

Most people want to understand and be fully informed on all topics. It is good to be detailed and be sure of things that involve your life, but do you really want a God that can be fully understood? Wouldn’t that be the same as putting God in a box; that is, putting limits on God? Could a God that is limited to your limited understanding actually become your Savior & conquerer over the evils of Satan and over your moral & tragic sins? No! God is much greater than your understanding or even your imagination! So, why are there people who think they have “the God thing” all figured out? Haven’t you run across people who believe they have the answer to all the major issues surrounding God?

The Apostle Paul himself said that he knew in part, but one day he would fully know about God when he would come into His Glory. If it is okay for Paul to keep some things a mystery, then why is it not okay for you and me? Mystery is good; it shows that God is much bigger, much more grand & powerful than we could ever imagine. You’ve got to love a God like that!

What is this "Different Kind of Tree"?

“A Different Kind of Tree” is a book about life. It is a book about how and where you get nourishment; a book about where you have planted your roots and what fruit you bear. Everybody bears fruit; the only question is: Is your fruit good or bad? Is what you do of a positive impact on others or is it of negative impact? This book is about growing in the LORD, if you love the world and it’s evil, you are not in the LORD (1 John 2:15-17); it is about the decisions you make in life. Each Chapter starts out with a portion of my true life story because this book is also about “the journey”, my journey through the bad, the ugly and the good. It is about my journey out of darkness toward Christianity and becoming a true Child of God.

What is this “Different Kind of Tree”?

“A Different Kind of Tree” is a book about life. It is a book about how and where you get nourishment; a book about where you have planted your roots and what fruit you bear. Everybody bears fruit; the only question is: Is your fruit good or bad? Is what you do of a positive impact on others or is it of negative impact? This book is about growing in the LORD, if you love the world and it’s evil, you are not in the LORD (1 John 2:15-17); it is about the decisions you make in life. Each Chapter starts out with a portion of my true life story because this book is also about “the journey”, my journey through the bad, the ugly and the good. It is about my journey out of darkness toward Christianity and becoming a true Child of God.

We are Counter-Culture!

By now, everyone has heard of and probably taken a position on the Chick-fil-A v. gay marriage issue. Have you noticed that the attacks seem to be coming from only one side. Mr. Cathy is a private person and his business is a private business. As long as he follows the laws of the land, no one should be able to tell him what to do. Government should not be able to tell him when to be open for business and when to be closed. If you don’t like his personal opinion on a matter, don’t go to his establishment. Mr. Cathy simply spoke what his personal feelings were…something we have a right to do in this country…so far. Those demanding tolerance instantly became the most intolerant people on the planet.

Read Romans 12 again…to be a Christian is to be “counter-culture”! To be a Christian is to do and be what is pleasing to God, not to do what makes your neighbor happy! We are to love our persecutors and not wish them ill. The fact is simply this (like it or not) marriage is God-ordained and God-created, both physically and emotionally, to be between a man and a woman. The Bible tells us, “The two shall become one flesh.” As the Christian is to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, he is to also pray for those who persecute him, as I am sure Mr. Cathy does. Those non-Christians wanting love seem to be the most hateful. I pray for you, as I also pray for the Christians going against the flow, against destructive raging current of a mighty out-of-control cultural river. 

Young people – death is real, it is not a video game!

Dear Lord please comfort those hurt and suffering loss in Colorado this day! 14 innocent have been killed and many hurt while attending the new Batman movie! The youthful killer, decked out in body-armor like in some violent movie, acted for 20 minutes dropping tear gas and shooting the innocent, like he was racking up points in some bloody video game. To blend in, it started during a shooting scene in the movie. At first attendees thought it was part of the show…they expected the violence…but certainly not all real…and this was VERY REAL! Life and death is real; this is not some electronic game…push a few buttons and it is over! Memories of these events are NEVER over! Murdered people have families that love them and have dreams for thier lives. What are we becoming as a society? The ugly insane coarseness of our language! The sloppy way of dressing! The destruction of the body through piercings, tatoos, huffing, and drugs! Violent music! Violent video games! The ugly actions of  6 to 30 year olds upon their peers! The bullying! It is all related together! With the break down of the family, our morals, our integrity, our honesty, we have created generations crusted-over with a shell of deadness! …all the while, our society continues its work to remove God at break-neck speed! Oh, and it will break us alright…is that what you want? Pray and work to change our direction for the sake of the children…and my grandchildren!

Where do you stand?

Jesus tells us the “Parable of the Sower” in the Synoptic Gospels:

“Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away (Mark 4:5-6 ESV).

Fire is coming from those haters of Christianity, seeds not in the good soil of the Bible will be scorched and perish. Where are you? Are you standing on rocky ground? If the answer is yes, then turn toward Jesus, the Great Creator God.

The "I Am, the Great Creator God" book video trailer

Why not take 4 minutes out of your busy day to check out the attached book trailer video? I think you will find it interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asziNFF0j3U&feature=plcp&context=C32ee8e6UDOEgsToPDskKHBSAdOnFAnwab4RJeuOYd

The “I Am, the Great Creator God” book video trailer

Why not take 4 minutes out of your busy day to check out the attached book trailer video? I think you will find it interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asziNFF0j3U&feature=plcp&context=C32ee8e6UDOEgsToPDskKHBSAdOnFAnwab4RJeuOYd

The "I Am, the Great Creator God" book video trailer

Why not take 4 minutes out of your busy day to check out the attached book trailer video? I think you will find it interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asziNFF0j3U&feature=plcp&context=C32ee8e6UDOEgsToPDskKHBSAdOnFAnwab4RJeuOYd

Yes, Mr. Todd, the Bible is the Word of God!

How appropriate for the day to be April Fools Day 2011. For the foolish TV show, “Hardball”, normally with Chris Matthews as host on MSNBC, that we would have Chuck Todd filling in as host. Mr. Todd’s foolish guest, Bobby Ghosh in commenting on the foolish actions of Rev. Terry Jones over a Qu’ran burning which has unfortunatly resulted in over 20 senseless deaths and 80 injuries, claimed that burning the Qu’ran was worse than burning the Bible. Ghosh’s foolish argument, agreed to by Todd, was that the Bible was written by man and the Qu’ran was written by God. Ghosh said that this “fact” was acknowledged by Christains. WRONG!

No, Mr. Ghosh and Mr. Todd, I am a Christian; I say and believe beyond a shadow of doubt that the Bible is in fact the Logos! The VERY sacred word of God! It is not just “the story of Jesus” as you are quoted as saying; it is about the eternal salvation of anyone that will turn to God and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Just because the “real Christians” (not Christians in name only) are peaceful and don’t kill others over the burning of the Bible, does NOT make it any less painful than the Muslims being upset over the regrettable burning of “their book”.

The Book's Video is now Online

I have just completed and made available a video about the book, “I Am, the Great Creator God”. It is on You Tube at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVrA3EtQTAA

Why not check it out and share with others that might be searching for Truth, with a capital “T”.

The Book’s Video is now Online

I have just completed and made available a video about the book, “I Am, the Great Creator God”. It is on You Tube at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVrA3EtQTAA

Why not check it out and share with others that might be searching for Truth, with a capital “T”.

The Relationship between Creator and Creation

It is a God given wish of all humans to create, yes, I mean each and every one of us. Why? Because it is a reflection of you; we all wish to leave a mark, part of you ends inside that creation.

There is an inner spirit in each of us, yes each of us, created by God and in His image and character. Besides the Holy Spirit, this other inner spirit is the creative “juice” that will move to do creative things. I like to call it “juice” because it (whatever “it” is) this creative essence in each of us, “flows”. You can feel it when it is moving and you know when it dries up. Haven’t you heard an artist say things like, “I don’t have it anymore” or “nothing was coming to me”? Every artist has a dry period; a period when the “juice” is not flowing. The juice hasn’t dried up forever, gone and never to be experienced again. No, the juice is still within you; it has only ceased to flow at that given time. It is best to just get up and do something else for a time. When the juice is flowing, you can do amazing things. Michelangelo’s statue of David can be carved out of a rough block of marble. Frank Lloyd Wright’s house, called “Fallingwater” in Bear Run, Pennsylvania can be designed. Leonardo Da Vinci’s 16th Century painting of the “Mona Lisa” and Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” can all be created out of nothing, ex nihilo baby!

Every time you read a novel, a poem, a sonnet, a play, any literary work, you have revealed something of whom the writer is and about their life. You can see that Michelangelo understands human anatomy when you view his drawings, such as the portion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling called the “Creation of Man”. Most architects display “their style” to the point that a person can view a set of buildings and place the architect’s name beside each one. In the created object, there is indeed part of the creator.

When we view God’s creation, we see part of God. Our Creator, the Lord God Almighty, will move His creation toward higher order through relationship. This is why He created us. He loves us! He wants to see us grow toward completeness, just as we delight in seeing our own children grow toward completeness, and become fine adults. How many parents have looked out from the audience at the school awards ceremony, to see a child receiving an award, and think “I had something to do with that…I sure am proud!”

A sense of completeness and relationship, we each seek this “reward of living”, much more important than money. So it is with God, and this is why He created you and I. He seeks out relationship with us; God desires to look at us and say “well done my good and faithful child, I am proud of you and I love you so very much”.

Some would say that God has no need of us. I think just the opposite. Why? As an architect, I know about the feelings between a creator and his creation. I know there is a “relationship” with the created object; after all, as discussed earlier, the created object is actually a part of the creator. God delights in creating; we are all created in His image. You don’t create and then destroy a masterpiece. Oh, you may experiment, realize it isn’t working, and then start over, drawing on your newly acquired knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. But you don’t destroy your final masterpiece; you work to save it.  God is reaching out to you now; salvation can be yours.

[For more discussion on Creating, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]