This Too, Will Pass ~ QUANTUM LEAP
"UNTIL ABOUT 500 YEARS AGO, had nothing but myths,
untested speculations, and other products of imagination,
which amounted to ignorance, with which to answer
many human questions about life, birth and death,
sickness, disease, weather, seasons, and how best
to survive all sorts of dangers and hazards.
"For the past 500 years we have been
perfecting the Scientific Method which is the first
and only reliable method we have ever found for finding
answers to questions about the natural, physical universe,
and for being certain that we really know what we
think we know. Perhaps it should surprise no-one that
when scientifically-collected knowledge and understanding
of some of the measurable aspects of nature were first
announced, vigorous rejection and condemnation was
immediately voiced by the entire Christian community
because the findings, derived from direct observation,
differed greatly from what the religion had taught
as religious ‘truth’" (Clyde Davis).
Let me ask a pointed question: From which
have you benefited more: Religion, or Science? There’s
no need to answer, is there? Science has brought us
immeasurable benefits in the past 5 centuries, and
enhanced our lives tremendously, but only in the face
of great opposition from the established religion
of Europe, which opposed change and progress every
inch of the way. To survive as a viable force into
the 21st century, and stand on its own feet, without
the traditional use of fear and ignorance to maintain
itself, it must change and adapt to the reality of
the times. It must be based upon reality, not upon
exposed myths and tired fairy-tales. Nor must it use
Science as a Trojan horse to perpetuate itself. Not
long ago, I came across an example of such Trojan
horse subterfuge. It begins fairly well, but soon
makes a quantum leap from what Science has revealed
to the realm of fancy. It was a little pamphlet entitled:
"Why am I here? Where am I going?" by an
Evangelist named Robert E. Surgenor; I will quote
it in full.
"Have you ever
considered the greatness of the universe? The more
you examine the scientific findings, the more befogged
your mind will become! Astronomers tell us that the
Milky Way galaxy, which includes our earth, contains
some 100 billion stars. Only 5,776 are visible to
the naked eye. Traveling at the speed of light (over
186,282 miles per second), it would take over 4 years
to reach the nearest star and about 75,000 years to
reach the most distant star in our galaxy. To travel
across the Milky Way at the speed of light (700 million
mph) would take 100,000 years! Astronomers also claim
that there are almost one trillion other galaxies
detected in the universe! Traveling at 700 million
mph, it would take you 8 billion years to reach the
most distant galaxy ever seen! This tremendous galaxy
is 10 times larger than our own Milky Way! These numbers
make us feel rather small, don't they? Is it any wonder
the psalmist said, "The heavens declare the glory
of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork"
(Psalm 19:1). Yet, God "tells the number of the
stars; He calls them all by their names" (Psalm
147:4). In contrast, man (with all his scientific
equipment) has to confess, "the host of heaven
cannot be numbered" (Jeremiah 33:22). God sees
more with his naked eye than man ever can through
his 80-million-dollar telescopes!
Another amazing thing
is that, out of all the vast universe, there is only
one planet that God has chosen to be inhabited. "For
thus says the Lord that created the heavens; God himself
that formed the earth and made it; He hath established
it; He created it not in vain, He formed it to be
inhabited (Isaiah 45:18). Having a diameter of 7,926
miles, a circumference of 24,901 miles, and a surface-area
of 196,937,600 square miles (of which 28% is land),
this earth houses over 5 billion humans. Suspended
in space, it rotates on its own axis at 1,000 miles
per hour; at the same time, it travels through empty
space at the rate of 20,936,400,000 miles yearly!
Its highest point is Mt. Everest, 29,028 feet above
sea-level, and its lowest point the Mariana Trench,
35,760 feet below the waves of the Pacific Ocean.
Yet in spite of its greatness, the earth is not so
big after all. You could put 1,300,000 earths inside
the sun, 64 million suns inside the star Antares,
and several hundred million Antares inside Epsilon!
So here we are, orbiting
through the vastness of space on our temporary abode
called 'Earth.' Every hour, 17,150 souls are born
to take up residence here, while 6,850 bid good-bye
forever to earth's surface, to take up residence elsewhere.
Consequently, every day Mother Earth has an increase
in pop-ulation of 247,200 souls. Now just what is
the reason for all of this movement? Have you ever
asked yourself: Why am I here? What is the purpose
of it all? Where am I going? These questions are good
thoughts to consider, don't you agree? To answer such
questions, the only reliable source is the Holy Scriptures.
Herein are the Creator's answers to a bewildered and
WHERE AM I GOING?
God's original plan
for man was that he glorify God and serve Him forever.
However, man ruined himself and his lofty position
before God through sin. Sad indeed, "by one man
(Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin;
and so death passed upon all men, for that all have
sinned" (Romans 5:12). Consequently, the human
race, instead of being able to glorify God, is alienated
from God, spiritually "dead in trespasses and
sins" (Ephesians 2:1). "For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
Consequently, mankind is doomed to "hell fire"
(Mark 9:43-48), "everlasting punishment"
(Matthew 26:46), and torment for ever and ever in
"the lake which burns with fire and brimstone"
(Revelation 14:11; 21:8), "where their worm dies
not, and the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:44).
These Scriptures answer the question, "Where
am I going?' as far as God is concerned, don't they?
WHY AM I HERE?
But wait! Please read
on and find God's answer to "Why am I here?"
Even though the devil would like to have you in hell,
God desires that you be in heaven with Him when you
leave this old planet earth. When we consider the
magnitude of God's greatness, what grace it is on
His part that He ever considers us at all! David exclaimed:
"What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or
the son of man, that thou visitest him?" (Hebrews
2:9). Because of sin, we no longer see all things
as when God originally created man; "but we see
Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels
for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and
honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death
for every man (Hebrews 2:9). On this earth, the Lord
Jesus "appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice
of Himself." At Calvary, He "offered one
sacrifice for sins for ever" (Hebrews 9:26; 10:12).
Every soul that accepts the Lord Jesus as the only
sacrifice for his sins immediately comes into the
good of that sacrifice, and is saved from hell and
fitted for heaven. God proclaims, "Their sins
and iniquities will I remember no more" (Hebrews
10:17). Why am I here? You are here for a short lifetime
that you might take the opportunity to obtain God's
wonderful salvation. Then you will be able to glorify
Him and serve Him, not only on earth, but in heaven
throughout eternity. That's God' desire! Are you willing?"
Do you see the quantum-leap made in the above tract,
the point where the writer departs from science into
fancy? The evangelist certainly has a hypothesis,
but it is not a theory, as it is based upon belief
and wishful thinking, and is not supported by reality.
In contrast, I would like to reproduce here another
tract by Clyde Davis, entitled:
ESSAY ON THEORIES
MANY INTELLECTUALS decry the alleged advances
made during the past several hundred years in our
understanding of nature and natural phenomena. Science
and scientists are criticized for erecting a structure
of reality that is at best merely an embodiment of
current prejudices and currently fashionable opinions,
and that in future a whole new structure may become
fashionable. Science is thus dismissed as no more
than an aggregation of theories that may someday be
replaced by new theories.
Every science does indeed consist of theories,
but the word THEORY has quite a different meaning
within science than outside. A scientific THEORY is
a statement of what is established beyond reasonable
doubt [italics Beachcomber's], is accepted as a statement
of fact by knowledgeable workers in the field, and
can no longer be seriously challenged. This is true,
for example, of the Atomic Theory, the Theory of Electricity,
the Quantum Theory, the Tectonic Plate Theory, the
Theory of Evolution, etc. Research work in all fields
of science will nevertheless continue because many
areas remain that need further study. Thus the detailed
process by which a new species evolves remains to
be observed. And the bridge between Newtonian and
Quantum Mechanics is not yet built.
A THEORY is reached by starting with a collection
of hypotheses or best guesses and amassing evidence
through experiment and other data-gathering that gradually
eliminates all hypotheses but one, or combines or
modifies hypotheses until a THEORY begins to take
A THEORY must not only account for all phenomena
observed in the area of interest, but must correctly
predict phenomena not yet observed. Moreover, it must
be consistent with all other THEORIES and all other
knowledge that is known about the physical universe.
Long before the discovery of the scientific
method there was great curiosity about the nature
and causes of natural phenomena. Every one was free
to offer conjectures and guesses about almost anything
so that a primitive kind of folk-science developed
in many places. My grandfather, for example, once
told me that water in a stream becomes safely drinkable
after it has flowed across 4 stones. A farmer I once
worked for believed that shrubs and bushes cut from
a fence-line or pasture on August 2 would not grow
again from the roots.
The conjectures and guesses that gained
wide credibility were those offered by wise men, or
men who gained reputation as thinkers and seers. Among
such men were Abraham, Moses, Plato, Aristotle, the
Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tsu, et al., all of whom were noted
chiefly for their hypotheses about human behavior,
but whose views on any subject merited close attention.
If several seers promulgated different hypotheses
about anything there was no way to decide which seer
was correct (we must avoid saying which one was TRUE
because TRUTH itself is believed by some of the anti-science
folk to have no reality, that TRUTH has about the
same life-expectancy as a THEORY).
The scientific method has made it possible
to find out which hypothesis, if any, deserves to
be called a THEORY, or might be the basis of a THEORY
or at least might justify the additional work needed
to establish a THEORY. Human behavior is of course
the most interesting and also the most difficult one
about which to guess accurately.
Inanimate nature has been the easiest to
study and is now blanketed with THEORIES. But much
remains to be learned. The most serious impediment
to further advances may be our limited sources of
information. Initially, we were limited to the information
that our senses could gather. We greatly increased
this with telescopes and microscopes and mathematics
and have since moved far into the vast electromagnetic
domain of information. There may be other kinds of
information about the physical universe of which our
senses and devices are unaware.
Unfortunately, the scientific method to
date is applicable only to reproducible phenomena
that can be weighed or measured or quantified in some
fashion; it is unlikely that the method can ever be
applied to purely mental concepts such as are encountered
in all religions and some philosophies. And even if
a scientific study of a religious concept such as
reincarnation could be imagined it is doubtful if
anyone with the temerity to undertake such a study
could be found. The same is true of most other religious
A THEORY developed by the scientific method
is a really remarkable and glorious achievement among
contentious humans because it is accepted among scientists
throughout the world; the same THEORY is held by all
scientists in every country and every language. Unlike
religions and philosophies which are still at the
stage of hypotheses and best guesses, scientific THEORIES
enjoy a universal acceptance with a high level of
Science can be viewed as the first and only
human accomplishment that justifies the evolution
of the remarkable human brain."