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(Robert writes defending the Sceptic Society)

Hi Robert [He was reading this]

You wrote,


>>I am jewish. So don't get off calling me atheist. But do you agree that there is a line between science and religion?<<

I think "
a line between science and religion" is not really the question. But, is there "a line between science" and the Bible? When it comes to the origins of life scientists will find belief in the God of Scripture so much more intellectually satisfying than evolution. In fact there are scientists who take the Bible literally without a fear of scientific incompatibility. I have a book in front of me (as I write) with 50 chapters. Each chapter written by a Ph.D in a particular field of science [ie. Biology, Geology, Physics, Botany, Zoology, Genetics, Nuclear Physics, Chemistry, Meteorology, Mathematics, etc]. They are professionals and insist their scientific knowledge confirms what they read in the Bible ['In Six Days' (Ed. J.F.Ashton) New Holland 1999]. You wrote,

>>If not, then ou are the one practicing poor scientific method, not the "sceptics."<<

Science can only deal with things that can be observed or measured. It depends on measuring or watching something happen, and checking it by doing it again. The boundaries of real science are not based on speculative theories that are neither tangible nor tested scientifically as evolution. Prof. L Bounoure [President Biological Society Strasbourg] wrote - "...evolution is a fairy tale for grown-ups. This theory has helped nothing in the progress of science. It is useless" [The Advocate thur,8 March 1984 p.17].


>>And you say that there are no universal negatives. What about universal positives? How many of those can you provide for me? And to say that god exists and prove it, the positive must be proven, not the negative unproven: you must prove the existence of god, which you cannot, and not the other way around.<<

You appear confused. One moment you are insisting that you are "jewish" and not an "atheist." The next moment you are asking me "prove....god" exists. Strange? You are Jewish, but don't believe in God? Are you telling the truth? How can I answer your letter if you are not honest with me? God's Word says -

"The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse". [Rom 1:18-20]

I don't need to prove anything; you are suggesting there's no God, so you must -
1. Prove there is no God.
2. Refute all the evidence for the existence of God.
3. Explain away the reality of Christ.

If you can't, how can I believe -
1. Matter is eternal.
2. Matter without life created life.
3. Matter without mind created mind.
4. Matter without intelligence created intelligence.
5. Matter without morals created morals.
6. Matter without conscience created conscience.
7. Matter without purpose created purpose and order

You wrote,


>>To take the word of the bible as the absolute and literal truth is unreasonable: it is a religious work, not a scientific one. The bible was not written as a textbook regarding creation and so on, and this interpretation of it is erroneous.<<

'Science' means 'knowledge' and true science has always confirmed the Bible. It is not science but scientism [that is, the extension of scientific theories to a supposedly complete philosophy of life and meaning] that has attacked the Bible.

Belief in God's existence is in harmony with history, mans mental and moral nature, as well as the nature of the material universe. Its the most logically and feasible world view there is. Atheism solves no problems and answers no questions, whereas God's existence is like a magical key that fits the facts of Scripture, knowledge and science. Men who ignore or reject God do so not because science or reason requires them to, but purely and simply because they want to. "They did not like to retain God in their knowledge" Rom 1:28.


>>And by the way, the name allah refers to the same god that the word god in english refers to, in case you were unaware; buddha however refers to a different entity.<<

"Allah" of the Islamic world, is certainly not the "God" of the Bible. If you were "Jewish" you would know that. And Buddha was a man, who never claimed to be a God as Jesus did. I suspect you are not honest.

Regards
Mark


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