Light On in LifeWritten by Terry Dashner
Light On in Life
Terry Dashner………………Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013
When Thomas A. Edison died on October 18, 1931, President Herbert Hoover suggested that all lights in America be turned off for one minute in honor of noted inventor. It was when he was only thirty-two that youthful inventor, after thirteen months of repeated failure, had developed first incandescent light. It was, in his words, “most difficult” of all his inventions.
But President Hoover’s proposal was never carried out, because responsible leaders decided that too much risk would be involved if all lights were suddenly extinguished at same time.
Edison designed a product that proved indispensable. Even at his death, world could not do without it for a single minute. A good test of any man’s (or woman’s) life is whether he makes even a small contribution which just one person cannot do without.
What about you? Are you making a difference?
Rick Warren in his book entitled, The Purpose Driven Life (Zondervan 2002), states following. “The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.”
Rick continues, “You are not an accident. Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, he expected it. Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in mind of God. He thought of you first. It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment. You are alive because God wanted to create you! The Bible says, ‘The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.’”
Start here...first principles (D)Written by Terry Dashner
Start here…first principles (D)
Terry Dashner……………Faith Fellowship Church, PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013
What’s foremost law of science? Norman Geisler and Peter Bocchino raise this question in their book entitled, Unshakable Foundations (Bethany House 2001). I think you might be interested in knowing how they answer it.
“Everyone—and everything—is growing older and becoming more and more deteriorated; we see this to be a universal truth. Consequently, people die, cars corrode, buildings fall, landscapes erode, and our natural resources gradually deplete. No matter how hard we try, we will never be able to reverse this process and get things back to their original highly ordered and uncorrupted state. Things and systems are constantly breaking down and moving in direction of higher states of disorder. We can keep fixing car, painting house, and repaving driveway, and yet some counterforce seems to be at work—persistently undoing what we do. This bent toward deterioration is result of universal law of physics known as second law of thermodynamics.”
If we apply this second law of thermodynamics to universe, then universe is slowly running out of steam. Okay you say, “What’s big deal?” Many scientists, including former Carl Sagan, state that universe has always existed. When you believe that a Creator does not exist, you must say that “something” created itself (or has always been) out of “nothing.” The problem with this, besides obvious—“nothing” cannot become “something” without a Creator—is that laws of thermodynamics demand an origin and an ending.
Would you agree with this statement? God is an uncaused Being. An uncaused Being has always existed and does not need a cause. I believe that God is First Cause of every finite thing that comes into existence, and there is nothing prior to God as Cause of all finite things because God has always existed.
Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, two physicists at Bell Telephone Laboratories, discovered that earth is bathed in a faint glow of radiation. [Ibid, p.95] For this they were awarded Nobel Prize in 1978. Their measurements determined that earth could not be source of this radiation glow. It was determined that radiation glow was left over after “Big Bang.” In other words, earth has not always been around. It had an origin. And if it had an origin, then laws of thermodynamics are at work in universe to bring it to a conclusion some day.