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Why Does Science and Faith Have To Divide? Population Question

I feel like I am well educated. I made good grades through school, graduated college, received post collegiate certifications. I feel I am well rounded in my knowledge in various topics. But if I question scientists theories on some issues, I’m labeled a moron or a simpleton or naive.

One question I have is based on history and our population.

Here are some scientific facts and beliefs

Current world population is 7.8 billion as of May 2020

The world population reached the first billion in 1804

There were approximately 170 million people on the earth at 1 AD

Humans evolved in Modern day Africa 200,000 years ago and then started migrating around the world

The population didn’t start growing until after 10,000 BC and started to show real growth 5,000 BC. The population remained less than 1 million until this time due to lack of education in agriculture

American Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

https://humanorigins.si.edu/human-characteristics/humans-change-world

I have attached these websites and videos if you are interested.

I have a hard time believing that humans were on the planet for almost 200,000 years before they started populating. Sciences defense is a theory that the early humans didn’t know how to grow crops well, and so they never lived very long and if they had children, their children didn’t live for very long. Thus causing the population to never expand. Until dramatically around 5,000 BC.

I have a hard time understanding how a clay pot they find in Africa can be dated 150,000 BC. I understand the concept of carbon dating, but carbon dating doesn’t give detailed dates. It gives a broad range that even science says isn’t fully reliable (see below). I know I was born in 1981, the Eiffel Tower was built in 1889, and Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel, was painted in 1512. There are definitive dates for these items, but science uses 100,000 to millions of years in their dating. And in the fine print, many times it states theory.

So, let’s say they find a clay pot in Africa. Scientist say that civilizations didn’t start to understand agriculture until 5,000 BC. I’m not trying to sound facetious, but whose to say they mastered pottery in 100,000 BC? A clay pot preserved enough to stand the test of time for 100,000 years. They might have been killed off because they didn’t understand cultivation, but they knew how to make a lasting piece of Tupperware? I’m really not trying to poke fun. I’m just looking at it from a different perspective.

Also, I do not mean to sound degrading at this next comment, but there are many tribal communities in Africa and throughout the world that still live like they did thousands of years ago. They make clay pots, they build huts out of straw, they whittle weapons out of sticks. Their products are old age looking. What if the clay pot someone finds is actually just a few years old that got buried by a windstorm? What if the findings are from a family that died from a storm 50 years ago and not 50,000 years?

I’m just saying, what if? What if the complexities of carbon dating are not totally accurate because we can’t ask someone to verify that this piece of pottery is 55,000 years old. All we have is a theory with proven tests. I’m not saying science is manipulating us. I do not think that anyone is doing anything fraudulently. I’m just asking, what if it’s not right?

Time and time again I find reports that say carbon dating isn’t perfect.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/archaeology/radiocarbon-dating-explained/#close

People may think my faith is leaning me. But I’m here to say that as I went to school, I believed in evolution and the timeline of the earth stated by scientists. It probably wasn’t until the last 10 years that I started heavily questioning the reliability of these large estimated timelines and theories. I thought in school, they must be right. I’m just a student and they are much, much smarter than me. But the more I researched, the more I found the word theory in their thesis or published papers.

A theory is not always right. But if you can’t disprove it, then it may be possible.

Scientists go through grueling tests to prove their findings. And if no one can disprove it, it becomes truth.

I do not claim to understand everything. I am someone who asks questions and search for answers. Just because someone tells me the rose is yellow, I usually don’t believe it unless I see the rose. The same with theories. I sometimes have a cynical mind until I find conclusive proof.

Something that I find interesting is that in all my research the Middle East (Mesopotamia) is one of the first areas to always create civilization and it always begins between 10,000 BC to 5,000 BC. If humans evolved on this planet 200,000 years ago why isn’t there civilizations before this. And it’s interesting how these dates coincide with Biblical accounts of history. And the first book in the Bible, Genesis, states the first humans were in the Mesopotamia area.

When the writer of Genesis didn’t know that scientist were going to say that the first civilization was in the Middle East. The writer wrote what happened. The Bible also have detailed accounts of lineage. But they also have segments where they say, and they had other children and do not list each of their names. I feel like the writers would have put something in the Bible that said, “There were other people before Adam and Eve,” or “This does not account for all the people in the lineage.” But it never does, it gives specific names and sometimes ages. I often think, what person would spend a day writing fake names for a book that isn’t true just so they would have a fake lineage? There are multiple places in the Bible that all it is are names and names and more names. Very boring to read…but what if this is to prove this book has some factual importance.

The writers of the Bible didn’t think that people would be dissecting the text for historical relevance. No. They only wrote what they knew.

Many scientists have tried to debunk the Bible’s historical accuracy, only to find out that kings or cities that were unknown by them were later discovered in archeological digs. I’m not going to get into the authentication of the Bible being true as a religious work, but it’s been proven true many times in the historical aspect within its pages. Also, many scientists use religious texts in research and analysis.

So my question goes out.

How can science say that humans have been on the planet for 200,000 years when the only conclusive findings they have occur after 10,000 BC?

I have found documents that show how the biblical account of Genesis gets to our current population.

https://creation.com/biblical-human-population-growth-model

People may call me foolish, but I at least try to look at both sides of the argument.

If anyone has any good resources or thoughts, please let me know. This has always interested me.

Peace

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5 Steps to Help You Lose 10 Lbs

Everyone wants easy steps to achieve their goals, whatever the goal is. So, here are 5 steps to help you lose those pesky 10 lbs.

1. Love yourself

Yes, the first step to lose some weight is you have to figure out the reason you are doing it? If you are losing weight to make someone love you, what are you going to do when your looks fade in the future? Are you going to struggle your entire life to gain love by keeping up a horrendous exercise and diet routine?

No, you need to love yourself as you are right now! Not the reflection you want to see, but the reflection you have this moment in time. Your love handles, your flabby butt, your saggy arms – you are beautiful. If you don’t love yourself now, if results don’t happen quick enough you will relapse into a state of self hate.

Also, if you don’t love yourself now, will you love yourself 10 lbs from now?

If you don’t love yourself, how can you expect someone else to love you? So first step is to love yourself as you are and then you can improve yourself for yourself.

If you start to love yourself, your body will start to release good chemicals that will energize and encourage you. Endorphins are your body’s little helper that gives you a boost when you need it. If you stay locked in your cell of self hatred, nothing good can come out of that. Endorphins will not rush out in that state. They will be too scared. Don’t live in that fear.

Nothing good comes out of fear. Nothing.

2. Decide how you want to look in 20 years

Yes, it may sound crazy, but are you doing this so you can fit into your wedding dress from 10 years ago? Or are you trying to flatten your stomach to get back your college baseball playing physique and reminisce how the ladies would whistle as you strutted in your uniform?

Vain.

In 20 years will you care how tight your buns are?

Or will you care more about other things in your life?

What will be more important to you, superficial outward appearance or your inner character? Are you spending as much time on your emotional and spiritual well-being as you are on your firm backside? Outer beauty will eventually fade, but character will shine as bright on your deathbed as it shines now.

How are you shining?

If you figure out what will be important to you in 20 years, it will alleviate stress that slows down your metabolism. The faster your metabolism, the better for weight loss.

3. Love others

Are you the type that looks enviously at your friends and family and wishes you had what they have?

You need to stop!

Stop comparing yourself to your friend that has a six pack. Stop comparing yourself to your friend with flawless skin and long beautiful hair. Stop comparing yourself, because you will never, ever, be satisfied. Never.

If you start to show love and put love in the limelight, you won’t be able to see that green monster. Push envy aside like an annoying gnat. Swat it away when it starts buzzing in your ear. Swat it away when it starts telling you that you’re not as pretty. Swat it when you feel like you are slipping.

If you start to love others, you will put their needs above yourself. You will see these people as people and not objects to compete with. You will feel better which will give you more energy. More energy to exercise. More energy to show love to others. More energy to change the world for the better.

4. Breathe

Yes, you need to breathe. You need to chill. You need to relax. You need to realize that this weight is not a make or break moment in your life.

Look back at your life. It’s been said that worrying for over 10 seconds on something that isn’t going to have an affect on your life 10 years from now, is meaningless. How many hours or days have you wasted over meaningless worries?

Meaningless!

Is these 10 lbs worth the worry? Really? Is the world going to stop if you can’t lose these nagging pounds?

Give yourself a break.

Science has proven that your body needs 8 hours of sleep to renew itself. This rest rejuvenates your body and helps muscles to heal after a hard workout. This rest gives your body the added energy to continue on your goal the following day.

Yes, in order to lose weight you may need to rest more. Get some good rest. Quit the hours of tossing and turning as you mentally go over your agenda, trying to figure out how you are going to squeeze in an hour spin class in your already full schedule.

Just breathe.

It will all be okay. In the long run, it will all be okay.

You got this.

5. Repeat

Yes, this is a daily battle. You need to wake up with the confidence that you are created in God’s image. If your image is good enough for Him, it’s good enough for you. Feel His love and hopefully you will start to love yourself, bad breath and all.

Start your morning with optimism that you can and will make a difference. Find your priorities that will affect the world and not your self centered ideals. Keep striving to improve the whole you, inside and out.

Greet people with a smile. A real smile. Not a fake one with fangs, ready to attack, but one of compassion. Everyone is going through pains. Show love and love will come back around. Smiles are contagious and so are attitudes. Attitudes can travel faster than the speed of sound. Kind words or hateful words…it’s your choice.

When you wake, hopefully will will feel renewed, refreshed, and reborn. Ready and willing to attack the day. Nothing is to hard for you. Nothing! With a good night sleep, you won’t snap as easily to your loved ones. You won’t stress out and take out your fears on the people who love you the most.

And they do love you!

Then once again, repeat it again.

And again.

Again.

If you follow these steps, watch the weight fall away. Feel your attitude brighten, find your perspective has changed, see that the world is yours for the taken. So take it!

You got it.

And if you struggle, don’t fret. If you fall into an ice cream binge, don’t hate yourself. If you see an ugly reflection, forgive yourself.

And then start at step 1.

You can do this. You can.

Peace

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Cutting Down the Bushes

I’ve had bushes in front of my house since I purchased it about 10 years. I’ve never liked them. I would trim them back and try my best to make them look decent, but I’ve always wanted to get rid of them.

I finally did it yesterday afternoon.

I took my chainsaw and went to town. In a matter of minutes the hedges that grew in front of my dining room window for years were now a thing of the past. All that remained were the roots.

There are many things in life that are like these hedges. We stay in a bad relationship for fear of the loneliness that will follow. The nagging thought that no one else will ever love you, even though you don’t feel love right now. So people stay.

We stay in a glass ceiling job because we are afraid to take a risk that will either bring a nice payday or financial ruin. We stay because we wonder if we can hack the future that is uncertain, while staying in a lifeless job has no unforeseen future. So no fears either.

We stay where we are because it’s comfortable. Comfort is good, but sometimes we confuse comfort for safe. It’s like a 20 year mattress that has lost all its support, but it dips and curves to every part of your body. The mattress isn’t good in the long run, but it works, so why change?

I had a friend who would compare life’s changes like a haircut. She would wrestle with making a change of style. She would get the nerve and allow the beautician to start cutting away the locks that needed to go. She was putty in their hands. Once the hair is cut, it’s no going back. But she would always say, that when she leaves she feels so much better. The change was needed. It was like a fresh breath. She would say, why didn’t I do this sooner?

So, what are you thinking of now? What is something that you wished you had done sooner?

I wish I had cut back the bushes years ago. I wouldn’t have wasted all that time trimming something I didn’t like. But lesson learned.

Life has two views – the future or the past. Philosophically is there ever really a present because the decision you decided a split second ago is already in the past. A missed shot, a swerve of a car, a call of a coin toss…is in the past the moment you decide it.

You can dwell on your past or your future. What are you dwelling on?

It’s good to recollect your past, but when your reminiscing take priority over planning for your future or living your life, then you need to re-evaluate your time.

When you drive you need to watch ahead of you and behind you, but you need to watch what is ahead of you more than looking in your rear view mirror. if you needed to look behind you more, your rear view mirror would bigger than your windshield, but it’s not.

So keep pressing forward!

Do you have any hedges that need removing? Today is a perfect day to bite the bullet.

Peace

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Freedoms…

I feel incredibly blessed. Truly.

I live in a country where I have the freedom to post my thoughts for anyone willing to read. Sometimes I believe people take this privilege to extremes for various self seeking reasons without regards to other people’s feelings. It is nothing to rant and slander someone for their beliefs or opinions and hide behind the veil of Freedom of Speech.

Just because we have this freedom, doesn’t mean we should act on it with words of prejudice and division.

Lately I have been reading various people’s freedom of speech citing their religious freedoms have been fringed upon due to the COVID-19.

And my question is, how?

How has your freedom been taken away?

There has been an increasing debate between the separation of church and state. I have heard people shouting and protesting on both sides saying that prayer should be allowed in school or others saying that someone’s prayer at a graduation discriminated against their unbelief.

Has our freedoms caused us to be intolerant of anyone who doesn’t agree with us?

Many politicians stand on the platform of bringing God back into schools. But God never left. If He did, I wasn’t aware of His absence when I walked through the bullying halls of high school. I never felt His void because a principal wouldn’t pray over the intercom. I didn’t know there was an invisible wall that was so impenetrable that God Himself couldn’t pass over.

I may not have been led by teachers to pray while in school, but I prayed in school. No one can stop that.

We don’t have to make a show out of our prayers.

Jesus said,

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:5-6‬ ‭ESV

I’m not sure Jesus would agree with you if you say your religious rights have been take away. Dare to say, what he would say.

Until we face death for our faith, I’m not sure we should say we are having our rights removed. There are many places in the world where people would die for the rights that we have. Some have been martyred today because of their faith. And sadly, more will be tomorrow.

As I will lay in my bed and have church in the safe confines without fear of anyone barging through my door to sentence me to 10 years of hard labor for reading my Bible.

We may have altered our assembly of worship, but worship is still happening. We may have changed our service of praise, but praise is still happening. We may have a different format of honor, but honoring our God is still happening.

If you feel like your Liberty has been revoked. Whose Liberty are you focusing on? When we focus our worship on ourself, you just made an alter to an idol. An idol of yourself.

During this time may we find what true worship is. Remove the flashy music, take away the beautiful clothes, erase the churchy words of greetings, absolve yourself of going through the motions of Sunday.

Jesus said,

“You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:7-9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Let’s get our hearts right…then everything else will fall into place.

God bless America!

Peace

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Bloom

I went for a jog this evening after I got home from work and as I was running by my house, I noticed these bright pink flowers in my front yard. It seems like these petals blossomed overnight. It’s like one day it was just an ordinary bush and the next day it was showing the fruit of its purpose.

So, are you like an ordinary bush or is your existence full of colors and life? Which would you rather be? A shrub that is often purposeful yet overlooked or a Pollyanna bloom that invites and entices?

Or are you dead?

There are so many people who have never thought about blooming. Blooming in a relationship, a career, a dream, an ambition, a vacation, or a purpose.

It’s as if they are on the brink of something, yet unsure of themselves. Unsure that they will succeed in their blind leap of faith. Unsure that they will be ridiculed in the chance taken. Unsure of their bravery to embark on the unfamiliar journey.

Doubts can lock even the strongest of men in cages of their own devices.

But there is always a key. Always.

I used to be content being a wallflower. I hated attention, still do in most instances, but I have learned that there comes a time when taking the backseat isn’t what God planned for my life.

What if you miss out on a blessing because you didn’t take a step?

Think of Peter and the pinnacle walking on water scene. Would his life had been different if he didn’t take that step? One decision can radically affect the future.

The same can be said for us. You may ask what difference can one action do?

One action can bring an unimaginable difference.

Think of any memory you have. A memory you treasure as if a priceless heirloom. What caused you to hold that memory so dear to your heart? It ultimately can be traced back to one decision. What if that one decision was answered the other way…you would have no memory of that important event.

One life, one dream, one vision, one purpose, one decision, one person can change everything.

Maybe it’s time for a change?

Bloom or not to bloom. The choice is yours. Once again, one decision can greatly impact your future and world.

Peace

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Divided…As Always

Everyone has an opinion. It’s human nature to form an opinion and to stick with it. There has never been a moment in history when everyone in the world agreed in one thing. So why do we think now should be any different?

With the COVID pandemic people are divided between masks or no masks. Everyone has an opinion and in the mind of the opinion holder, they think they are right. It’s human nature to believe you are right.

In a matter of minutes I read two different articles and each one had sound reasons for wearing a mask or not wearing a mask. Both authors were intelligent in their findings. Both had scientific findings for their conclusions. Both believed wholeheartedly that they were right.

But can they both be right?

In a world where white is white and black is black, is there a playground of grey somewhere in the middle?

We live in a world divided over important and not so important issues. Right to lifers shout at pro choicers like they are animals. Evolutionist scoff at creationist as if they are dim witted fable chasers. Environmentalist picket industrialist with signs made with recycled poster boards in hope of a tree hugging conversion. I’ve even seen social posts debating on the proper way to hang your toilet paper, over or under.

We are a civilization divided. We always have and sadly, we always will.

Even the greatest historical figures of our past were not revered by everyone. What do the following people have in common – Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Joan of Arc, Jesus Christ? They are all revered and respected by many today, but they were all assassinated or executed by people who didn’t like them.

We choose sides as if life is a game of middle school dodgeball and we throw slurs at anyone who doesn’t agree with our opinion.

Even if you don’t say it, you definitely think the other side is wrong. Usually with a shaking of your head at the other sides idiotic position and muttering, “Bless your heart.”

We all do it.

We find groups who believe as we do, we all do. We go to church with people who have the same faith, we go to the bars to cheer on the same team, we join PETA or vegan cooking groups to surround ourselves with like minded souls, or what we may call, the right ones.

But why?

You may think you are open minded in your social circles by befriending an atheist, a gun slinger, a naturalist, or God forbid a democrat. But if you search the innermost regions of your heart you will find the same core thought as everyone else, “I’m right and those who don’t agree with me are wrong.”

I wish I could conclude this post with something that would wrap all these thoughts into a nice package with a bow on top, but I can’t. At the end of the day there are once again people who will read this post and some will like it and others won’t. Some will agree and some will think I’m stupid.

Once again, even this meaningless blog post will cause a divide subconsciously.

The only hope I can give is there has always been a divide and there always will. We are no different than the world 2000 years ago. The only change is that we post our thoughts for billions of people to see without a second thought.

In a matter of seconds you can be honored or humiliated by a thousand twitterers.

God help us all, no matter what side of the fence you are on.

Peace.

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Jump, Jump…or Not

Are you feeling the unrelenting claustrophobic pressure of COVID cabin fever? You are not alone.

I am an introvert. I enjoy being at home and basking in the silence…that is until I’m not enjoying it.

A few years ago I tore my ACL and had to have surgery. I thought the two weeks would be great after I got over the grueling and painful hours of rehab. I thought I could recline on the couch with my leg propped up for hours on end and watch all the shows I had been missing. Or so I thought.

After a few days I found out that I missed the world. I missed the feeling of going outside on my own. I have a great family. My parents came over and visited often, spending the night, making sure I was doing my exercises, but when they would leave, I would feel so alone.

I had never felt this sense of uncertainty. Was it the medicine? Could have been. But seeing people’s post these days, I think I was feeling a bad case of cabin fever.

A good way to get over the doom and gloom of this pandemic is to get your blood pumping. As Kris Kross would tell you from the 90s, “Jump, Jump.”

If you can’t jump, find something to get your blood moving. When you exercise, your body releases a neurotransmitter or chemical messenger, endorphins, that help relieve pain and stress. You may not think you are stressed sitting at home all day, but your body could be giving you signs you are stressed.

I went to the doctor a few years ago because I was having breathing issues a year after my lung collapsed and I thought maybe I had asthma. My lungs were fine, but my body was telling me to slow down. “Are you stressed?” the doctor asked.

“No,” I calmly answered, thinking, life is good and I know how to handle stress.

“Sometimes you don’t know you are stressed and your breathing problem is a sign your body is telling you that you are stressed,” the doctor said. He told me a story of when he thought he was okay, handling life, but he started having problems. “I was denying my stress and my body was trying to wake me up to it.”

If you are experiencing strange symptoms that are not normal for you…it could be stress. It could be a sign telling you to wake up.

Don’t consider yourself weak or fragile (I thought it made me less of a person to admit I was stressed) but it doesn’t. It just proves that you are human and you have limits.

Don’t hurdle over those boundaries.

So, if exercising doesn’t help to alleviate your stress. Try doing the opposite and meditate to a relaxing zen state. Listen to some calming music, close your eyes, let your mind drift to a place of utopia and just breathe. Imagine the pressures on your back chipping away. Visualize the weight that you are struggling to lift fading away like sand. Watch the sand trickle away like an hour glass. Just watch the sand fall.

Breathe in for 5 seconds.

Breathe out for five seconds.

It may sound strange, but groan as you breathe out. Feel the vibrations in your chest as it starts to tickle your lips. Then do it again.

And then again.

If getting your blood pumping doesn’t help, calming the boiling blood may be better for you. Deep breathing releases the feel good endorphins as well.

So take a moment and find your place on the spectrum, high octane energy or a peaceful state of bliss. Wherever you lie on the grid, find your spot and settle in.

You are not alone.

Hope you find some comfort in that truth.

Peace