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Which Rising?

One rising is a myth masquerading as history. Unimaginable eons ago as the story goes, chaos magically caused life to rise up from inert matter. Instead of the magic wand of other fairy tales, this one uses more fantastically long stretches of time as it continues to spin its yarn.

It waves that wand over a lifeless ball of dust spinning in the big bang begotten cosmos and poof! Microbes rise into mice and men. Though unable to offer one shred of fossilized proof, it would have us accept its arcane interpretation of the fossil record as the true account of the existence of our species, which is no more than the one which has risen to the top of the food chain…for now.

The other rising is of one unique Man. That Man above all men rose from the state of death three days after His execution. Reliable historical records, including the eyewitness testimonies of many, are extant. The easiest means to disprove that He rose would have been to produce His corpse: Christianity quashed.

Though an empire shaking movement was based on the claim of His resurrection, a claim made fearlessly by men who proclaimed it at their personal peril, that corpse was never and has never been produced. Efforts to disprove the rising of Jesus Christ have more than once resulted in the convincing of the would be debunker that indeed He is risen!

Believing one rising over the other has more than mere academic consequences. Put your trust in Darwin’s theory and you have no rational, consistent basis for any kind of ethical system. For instance, perhaps oppression on the basis of ethnicity is the outworking of the law of the jungle…the survival of the fittest. Or why are murder and other forms of violence “wrong?” For billions of years various specimens of the result of inexorable, perpetual evolution have been killing others for their own advantage. How…why…do we try to stop it now?

Put your trust in Christ and you have a sure foundation, and not only for ethics. You have eternal hope for your personal future, and escape from the despair of believing you are merely a meaningless speck, the trivial spawn of chaos doomed to everlasting oblivion. You come to know that although you are desperately in need of redemption from the guilt and corruption of sin, you are a being made in God’s image for whom the divine Messiah lived, died, and rose again.

Which rising? evolution or Easter?

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Geocentrism, the discarded theory that the Earth is the center of the universe, is commonly associated with second century astronomer Ptolemy (Claudius Ptolemaeus), though he built upon the even earlier observations of Hipparchus of Nicaea et. al.

The Ptolemaic model was displaced by that of heliocentrism. It is commonly associated with the Renaissance astronomer Copernicus (Nikolaus Kopernikus, d. A.D. 1543), though Aristarchus of Samos had offered heliocentric postulations before the time of Christ’s earthly life.

That once reigning dogma which held that the sun is the astrophysical center of the cosmos is now dethroned. Today’s scientific establishment views the sun as an unremarkable star located in a minor stellar arm of the swirling Milky Way galaxy. And according to the website LiveScience, “the universe, in fact, has no center.”

So 21st century astronomers are as amazed and baffled as their predecessors, despite their highly sophisticated telescopes and instruments, as they gaze into the Heavens, seeking the score for the music of the spheres.

Should these experts glibly assume that their theories will not be displaced in the future? Should the rest of us believe what LiveScience’s statement would have us believe, any more than their contemporaries should have believed Ptolemy or Copernicus?

Consider that area of scientific pursuit which traffics not in parsecs and light years but in molecules and quarks. The search for something like the ancient Greeks’ proposed ATOMOS (the smallest, indivisible, and indestructible unit of matter) ever reveals greater complexity in the structure of matter as well as its relationship to energy.

Whether by the naked eye or with the help of the Hubble telescope or the Hadron particle collider, we are confronted with the majesty of the God Who reveals Himself both by His world and His word. Both are unfathomable treasure troves of knowledge for mankind – the crown of creation appointed to subdue the Earth and have dominion over it to the Creator’s glory.

We were justly evicted from its divinely planted garden spot millenia ago, but Earth is still man’s home. It was called into being by the word of God’s power before all the heavenly luminaries. It is the theater so to speak upon which the Creator became incarnate as the Man above all men and dwelt among us. Both divine creation and the work of the saving grace of Him Who since has ascended far above the Heavens hallow the Earth with a transcendent centrality.

Again, the ideas of Ptolemy and Copernicus have been surpassed. Who can say how future models, based on keener and more precise observation, might eviscerate the current tenets of astronomical science and other disciplines?

What scientific dogmas now deemed unshakeable will in turn go by the wayside as we continue to investigate the sub-atomic realm, the “…sun, moon, and stars in their courses above,” and everything in between?

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