“To judge faith by vulgar caricatures of religious faith that would make a first year theology student wince is like judging science by eugenics, nuclear warheads and chemical pollutants.”
Let’s take the biggest star we know of – Canis Majoris – and compare it to earth. Remember – this is JUST one star and ONLY the biggest one we know of.
– It is 7 quadrillion times larger than earth – a quadrillion is 1000 million million.
– If we replaced our sun with Canis Majoris the surface of the star would reach Saturns orbit (Saturn being a planet further out from the Sun than earth – past Jupiter)
– Light takes more than 8 hours to travel around the star’s circumference – it only takes 8 minutes for our sun’s light to reach Earth.
Assuming a speed of 3 miles per hour for 8 hours a day – how big is it:
– it would take 2 years 11 months to walk around the earth
– it would take 310 years 7 months on the Sun
– it would take 665,000 years to walk around Canis Majoris
Remember – this is only 1 star.
Here’s a video on how big it (and God is).
Laminin is a base protein that holds us together. From Wikipedia: “the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue”.
The Jesus in-joke is what it looks like – click here.
Science can’t cure what ails us. We can already feed the world’s population – we just don’t. Science cannot cure selfishness, greed and the darkness in a man’s soul… but faith can and does.
The verdict is in…
Science – valuable
Faith – priceless
THERE is the story of a man who died and arrived at the gates of eternity for a guided tour by a guardian angel.
The angel took him to Hell, which was a large banquet room with a huge table loaded with food. Surrounding the table were emaciated, groaning people.
The man asked why Hell’s residents were starving when they had so much food in front of them.
The angel told him the only requirement in Hell was that the food be eaten with forks that were a metre long.
The forks were far too long to turn and insert into the mouths.
In the next room—Heaven—the table was equally loaded and the forks equally long, but the people were well-fed and laughing.
“The same restrictions apply here,’’ said the angel,’’ but the people solved the problem by feeding each other and allowing themselves to be fed.’’
At a British conference on comparative religions in the 1950s, experts from around the globe were discussing whether any one belief was unique to the Christian faith.
Other religions had versions of God appearing in human form. As for resurrection, some had accounts of people returning from death.
The debate was stalemated when C.S. Lewis walked into the room and was asked what he thought was Christianity’s unique contribution.
“Oh that’s easy,’’ he said. “It’s grace.’’
After some discussion, the conference delegates agreed.
The doctrine of karma, the Islamic Code of Law, the Jewish covenant and the Buddhist eightfold path offered ways to earn approval and eventual eternal happiness. Only Christianity offered a no strings attached view of salvation with God’s unconditional love—a way through karma.