The Earth was a Formless Void!

“In the beginning God created heaven and earth. Now the earth was a formless void…” – Genesis 

‘In the beginning, the Earth was a formless void.’ This amazingly accurate statement was written down 4000-6000 years ago. We know that when our star was born the left over gas and particles orbiting it in space clumped togeer to form bigger and bigger chunks of matter, snowballing until we were left with the set of planets, moons and asteroids that make up our solar system today.

It is safe to say that in the beginning the Earth was indeed a formless void made up of gas and particles, which make the words in Genesis incredible given that the people of the time knew very little if anything about the nature of stars and planets. The wonderful accuracies of Genesis do not end there however. Following is the order of creation as set out by Genesis:

  1. Light – The basic laws of the universe, electromagnetic radiation, gravity, inertia, time… E=mc^2
  2. Water and Land – Before any life came to be on planet Earth, water and land formed
  3. Vegetation – First form of observable (with the human eye) life, presumably on land and under water.
  4. Solar and lunar cycle – We know at some point in time the moon was created from the Earth, possibly down to a asteroid collision. Because of this event the Earth has become a very stable place for life to form. The moon helps keep the Earth warm and gives it a steady wobble and rotation giving us the seasons and regular day and night.
  5. Creatures: Fish, Birds and Land creatures
  6. Man

Given the fact that the people of the time did not know anything about fossil research or carbon dating techniques it is again quite remarkable that they could know these things.

The picture painted by the six days of Genesis is an accurate synopsis of the story of evolution.

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The One True Faith

“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”

– Steven Weinberg, The New York Times, April 20, 1999

Having been brought up Catholic, I have wrestled with faith for the 33 years that I am alive. I have never struggled with the core message of religion i.e. ‘love your neighbour as yourself,’ as I believe this to be the ultimate good teaching, what I do struggle with, however, is how this fundamental tenet can be overridden so that conflicts, caused by nuances in the interpretation of faith, can occur.

We live in a world where tiny differences of opinion cause mighty rifts between peoples. For example, in my own country of Ireland, the conflict between Protestants and Roman Catholics is a perfect example of how things can go terribly wrong.  The two religions differ on some minor points such as: Mary’s eternal virginity; whether or not Priests can forgive sins or not; and whether you are saved based on good works, which demonstrate faith, or faith, which is demonstrated by good works. Yet based on such minor differences, these two peoples, who believe in the core tenet of ‘love thy enemy,’ decided to ignore that rule when it suited them and treated each other with the utmost contempt for centuries.  It is nothing short of tragic madness and hypocrisy of the highest order.

I am not trying to pick on any particular religion or belief system; that is not what this blog is about; rather, it is simply about the merits of exploring the truth by investigating everything and believing absolutely nothing, without solid evidence. So if I could ask you to open your mind whilst reading the blog and try to blank out what society has taught you.

Consider the following statement:

THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUTH

This is true, however this is also the major failing of all religions as most believe that they are the one true way, therefore from their perspective everyone else is absolutely wrong. This is the root problem of all religious conflict.

However, it is also true that there are an infinite set of possible belief systems… at the moment there are several thousand variations of Christianity alone and with the help of individual discernment one could argue that there are 6 billion+ variations currently in existence.

With this in mind from a very basic understanding of algebra it can be shown that the chances of any one of these religions being the right one is practically zero!

For example,

1/1000 = 0.001

Therefore, even if there were only 1000 religions on Earth, it is very likely that YOU ARE WRONG about what you currently believe. I am not saying that you are wrong, but it is very possible that you are, and everyone with an IQ above 0 should acknowledge this!

Would you wager your house on a horse at odds of 1000/1?  If not, then why do most of us bet our lives on something that has much worse odds?

The point I am trying to make here is that believing you are 100% right without 100% evidence is very unwise.

The truly enlightened are those that know that they don’t know.

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