Actually, water “is a supernatural liquid with 74 unique physical/chemical properties,” according to the eminent Brazilian chemist, Dr. Marcos Eberlin, during a video interview published by the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.
“You look at this and you say ‘there is no color, there is no flavor, there is no smell,’ so you tend to believe it’s common liquid, but it’s not,” Eberlin declares. “It has 74 unique properties, some weird properties actually.”
And what about the maxim that when five people see the same car wreck, their individual accounts sound like they saw five different crashes?
There is “an interesting difference between Christianity” and other theistic world-views with claims about God that makes the former radically different from all of the others, according to NBC Dateline cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace.
“Unlike other systems that are really collections of proverbs, and I always refer back to a friend of mine in high school was a Bahai and he introduced me to the writings of Baha’u’llah and these are a set of great beautiful writings, but they are a set of proverbs, there are no claims about history that can be tested,” Wallace said.
Few topics are greeted with greater skepticism than miracles, and no wonder, considering how often we hear of street-corner magicians, faith-healing hucksters and pyramid peddling get-rich-quick scammers.
But miracles of many kinds have happened during the course of human experience and have been subsequently documented to a greater or lesser degree. Even so, skepticism is an ever-present obstacle to acceptance of the possibility of genuine miracles.
That said, if you have an open mind, go read this post by Professor Sean McDowell of Biola University about a recent experience in the class he teaches there on miracles.
It concerns a young man who suffered a horrendous medical condition for the first 16 years of his life. But then a peer-reviewed medical miracle of prayer changed everything, according to the abstract published at ScienceDirect:
“In November 2011, he experienced proximal-intercessory-prayer (PIP) at a church and felt an electric shock starting from his shoulder and going through his stomach.
“After the prayer experience, he was unexpectedly able to tolerate oral feedings. The g- and j-tube were removed four months later and he did not require any further special treatments for his condition as all symptoms had resolved. Over seven years later, he has been free from symptoms.”
Imagine that your life depends upon your finding one particular molecule among all the molecules that make up our galaxy, the Milky Way? Oh, and you are blindfolded. What are the odds?
Well, according to molecular biologist Douglas Axe, who did the calculations, your odds of choosing the right molecule out of all the molecules that make up the Milky Way are actually better than the odds of random genetic changes to produce something new, even something as modest as a new protein function?
Axe, who received his PhD from CalTech in chemical engineering, puts it this way: “We ask how rare or how common functional proteins are within the space of possibilities. Doing experiments and calculations, we found that they are exceedingly rare, like one in 10 to the 74th power rare.”
Ever hear of the “Puddle Argument”? That’s the idea that if there is a puddle in the sidewalk, that just indicates that circumstances developed in the concrete in such a manner that it allowed rain water to accumulate.
Hong Kong’s population includes an estimated 7.5 million people, approximately two million of whom participated at the height of the protests that have grabbed world-wide attention.
At one point earlier this week, something quite amazing happened: The sea of protesters parted to allow an ambulance to get to somebody in distress. As the ambulance passed by, the protesters reformed their ranks.
There are innumerable things we know but they don’t change the way we live on a day-to-day basis. Grass is green. You may appreciate it when you first see it in the Spring, but you don’t plan your days around that fact.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News, is not like that. It can be, something you view as historically true, but if what it means for and about you hasn’t yet registered, you don’t get it. There is a reason, as Paul tells us in Philippians, that the day will come when “every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”
J. Warner Wolf, the NBC Dateline cold-case detective, takes up this topic in the following video with Dr. Sean McDowell. Where are you on this?