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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

The Infinite Monkey Theorem: Stupidity On Steroids?

'Infinite Monkey Theorem'
.... stupidity on steroids? 

(Meet the monkey that does 
not 'evolve') 
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1. INTRODUCTION. The so-called 'Infinite Monkey Theorem' stands as a monument to the level of absurdity to which some atheists, atheist-evolutionists and pagans (secular humanists etc.) in general often can descend; for the atheists, it should be an embarrassing memorial to the fact that great learning, a select university education, academic prowess and erudition and scientific brilliance have nothing to do with true wisdom.
   According to the Bible, a source of information that some atheists dismiss as legend, fable and myth, and others trample underfoot as obsolete and redundant pseudo-historical gibberish, true wisdom begins with the fear of God, i.e. the fear of the one and only (Hebrew) YHWH of Moses, the Exodus and the Commandments from Mt. Sinai. The Bible says:

   [Job 28:28]  And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lordthat is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. 

   Here that indefatigable hero of faith, Job, tells us that the fear of the Lord is wisdom and to depart from evil, understanding; that would include the evil of atheism, paganism and the rejection of the Hands of Friendship, the Forgiveness of SinReconciliation & Justification by the (Blood) Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Redemption and Salvation offered by a loving God.    Here's the secret of life: When we (the human race) were not worth dying for, Jesus Christ came down from the ivory palaces of Heaven to die for us ... to make us worth dying forBe that as it may, Wikipedia describes the Infinite Monkey Theorem as follows: 

   "The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type any given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare. In fact, the monkey would almost surely type every possible finite text an infinite number of times. However, the probability that monkeys filling the observable universe would type a complete work such as Shakespeare's Hamlet is so tiny that the chance of it occurring during a period of time hundreds of thousands of orders of magnitude longer than the age of the universe is extremely low (but technically not zero)."

2. THE 'BANANA' EXAMPLE. Wikipedia submits the example of the odds against an 'infinite monkey' (or some mechanical machine developed for the purpose) producing the simple, six-letter word 'banana' in an 'infinite' environment at random. It writes: 

   "Suppose the typewriter has 50 keys, and the word to be typed is banana. If the keys are pressed randomly and independently, it means that each key has an equal chance of being pressed. Then, the chance that the first letter typed is 'b' is 1/50, and the chance that the second letter typed is a is also 1/50, and so on. Therefore, the chance of the first six letters spelling banana is

(1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) × (1/50) = (1/50)6 = 1/15 625 000 000 ,
less than one in 15 billion, but not zero."

   Imagine then the astronomical odds against the 'infinite monkey' producing the complete works of Shakespeare (or even only 'Hamlet') completely at random, even over an 'infinite period of time'.
   The philosophical significance of the Infinite Monkey Theorem (argument) is that the atheists and atheist-evolutionists etc. (pagans, evolutionists, secular humanists etc.) use this theorem as an argument to try and prove that time, space and matter (and everything else for that matter) could have come into existence (i.e. could have 'evolved') without the existence or help of an Almighty Creator from nothing and by random accident ... provided enough time and opportunities were allowed for it to randomly so happen (hence the evolutionists' trademark mantra of 'billions of years' in all of their rhetoric).

3. REBUTTAL OF 'THE INFINITE MONKEY' THEOREM. As a rational person who, although imperfect, fears God and honours the Son of God, i.e. Jesus Christ, I make the following observations for what it is worth:

3.1 This Universe (Cosmos) is a closed system.  The most serious error of the atheist was to submit the 'Infinite Monkey Theorem' as an argument for atheism-evolutionism in the first place. 
   Do the math: It makes absolutely no sense for the atheists to use examples (i.e. hypothetical scenarios) from the realm of infinity to try and prove the non-existence of infinity (Heaven, Paradise, the Hereafter, the existence of the Almighty etc.); so, on that principle alone I am actually tempted to rest my case and terminate my article right here.  Having said that, however, I nevertheless continue in the interest of debate. 
   The Universe is a closed (i.e. finite) system, so the whole idea of atheists (hyper-materialists and materialistic uniformitarians) invoking examples from the nebulous, imaginary world of infinity in this finite, closed system (e.g. the infinite monkey theorem) is pure conjecture and totally in contradiction of their core beliefs. The atheists should develop examples or formulate theorems subject to the hegemony of a (closed) finite space-time continuum because that is the world in which we live.  
   If anything, only Christians ought to be allowed to invoke examples or parables from the world of infinity because it is the community of Christians who believe in (and preach) the existence of such a remarkable world (e.g. Heaven, Paradise), not the atheists. The Universe is a closed system e.g.: 

(i) SPATIALLY, since the astronomers, astrophysicists etc. often remark on the (observable) 'diameter in light-years' of the Universe, currently given by Wikipedia as follows: 
    
   "The observable universe is thus a sphere with a diameter of about 28.5 gigaparsecs (93 billion light-years or 8.8×1026meters)."

(ii) CHRONOLOGICALLY, since most scientists, whether they believe in God or not,  have conceded that the Universe had a beginning and will have an end.

(iii) MATERIALLY, as matter (as we know it) is not infinite, but actually is 'devolving' in terms of The Second Law of Thermodynamics as manifested by the decay-rates given for the various elements comprising the Periodic Table of the Elements.  
   Even the Bible says that this Universe will, at some point in future, eventually implode and be destroyed by fire:

   But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? [2 Peter 3:7, 10,12].

   For the atheists thus to conjecture about an 'infinite monkey' typing over an 'infinite period' for an 'infinite number of times' on some imaginary ('infinite') typewriter are total hogwash and a laughable philosophical exercise in futility.  The Saviour I have come to know through both the Scriptures and personal experience does not indulge in wild philosophical conjecture over the dynamics of nature and the future of the Cosmos but in the facts of the Bible's messianic and other prophecies continually being validated over time. 
   One would imagine that a group so thoroughly enamoured with the demand and holy cow of 'empirical evidence' and the 'scientific method' (sic) would refrain from such childish, time-wasting conjecture and invention. No wonder the author of the book of Ecclesiastes has remarked: [Ecclesiastes 7:29]  

   Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

3.2 The Infinite Monkey Would Not Know. Even were the 'infinite monkey' able (or lucky enough) to, after (for instance) millions of tries, or millions of years or millennia, after all eventually type the complete works of Shakespeare, a remarkable, earth-shattering feat in anyone's terms,  the feat would be totally immaterial and of academic interest only to perhaps one or two researchers in white, ketchup & mustard-stained overcoats suffering from chronic dandruff and with nothing better to do. 
   The monkey would, (i) in the first place, not be able to recognise it as useful script of any literary or aesthetic value; (ii) in the second place, not be able to realise that he was supposed to announce, utilise or market it as such for profit or fame and (iii) in the third place, not have the capacity to recognise the gravity of the good fortune produced by his infinitely nimble fingers. He probably only would skim over it ignorantly, stupidly and mechanically toward the next set of efforts as if nothing has happened ... ad infinitum. In other words, in the end, nothing would come of it, so what's the use? 
    To make the analogy simpler (do the following math): Suppose the reader's child had to take a paper-aeroplane to school tomorrow, and the reader had the choice of two options, e.g.: Would the reader approach 'Evolution' (even provided with a sheet of paper!) with a request to fold a paper-aeroplane for him, or would the reader rather fold it for himself? (I thought so!). 
   Amazingly, although 'Evolution' cannot as much as fold a little paper-aeroplane today, yet the atheist-evolutionists believe that 'Evolution' is capable of (over time) not only independently and without help folding a paper-aeroplane, but also of producing the paper itself (i.e. the 'raw materials') from which it must be folded independently and without help from nothing in the first place. 
   The kind of miracles the atheist-evolutionists even today (notwithstanding the remarkable strides made by contemporary science) still believe in and doggedly cling to would have stunned the gods of the Egyptians, Greeks, Canaanites and Romans of the Old Testament & New Testament worlds of the time.
   Strange ... in all other examples used by the atheist-evolutionists involving monkeys (primates) to prove the validity of 'Darwinism', such primates usually 'evolve' into something better or biologically 'more advanced' over time, yet, in this 'infinite monkey' example, the monkey does not 'evolve' at all, even after an infinite period of time! Have they forgotten to build 'Darwinian Evolution' into the example, or are they conceding the fact that monkeys (actually) do not 'evolve' (ever) ... not even over an infinite period of time? It is all a matter of expedience ... when the theory suits them, monkeys 'evolve', but when it doesn't suit them, monkeys don't.
   The theorem should be renamed to: 'The Typing Infinite Monkey That Did Nor Evolve Over Billions of Years Theorem!' 

3.3 Mathematical Odds Cannot Be Guaranteed. Whether the odds against winning the modern lottery is 100 to 1 or 25 364 635 463 787 233 878 to 1, mathematical odds (i.e. the Laws of Probability) cannot be guaranteed at will for profit. Theoretically, the monkey may randomly type the complete works of Shakespeare many times during his 'infinite tenure' ... or never ever. There are no guarantees ... so why wait (and hope) for it to happen? Whatever transpires, the poor monkey would anyway never know what to do with the valuable information, or that it was valuable information at all.  Gerald L. Schroeder writes:

   "All the sonnets are the same length. They're by definition fourteen lines long. I picked the one I knew the opening line for, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" I counted the number of letters; there are 488 letters in the sonnet. What's the likelihood of hammering away and getting 488 letters in exact sequence as in, 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' What you end up with is 26 multiplied by itself 488 times - or 26 to the 488th power. Or, in other words, in base 10,10 to the 690th.
   "Now the number of particles in the universe - not grains of sand, I'm talking about protons, electrons, and neutrons - is 10 to the 80th . Ten to the 80th is 1 with 80 zeros after it. Ten to 690th is 1 with 690 zeros after it. There are not enough particles in the universe to write down the trials; you'd be off by a factor of 10 to the 600th.
   "If you took the entire universe and converted it to computer chips - forget the monkeys - each one weighing a millionth of a gram and had each computer chip able to spin out 288 trials at, say, a million times a second; if you turn the entire universe into these microcomputer chips and these chips were spinning a million times a second (producing) random letters, the number of trials you would get since the beginning of time would be 10 to the 90th trials. It would be off again by a factor of 10 to the 600th. You will never get a sonnet by chance. The universe would have to be 10 to the 600th time larger. Yet the world just thinks monkeys can do it every time." (Gerald L. Schroeder in 'Christian Medical Comment', article by Peter Saunders). 

4. CONCLUSION. The Bible says: 

   [Colossians 2:8]  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 

   The atheists have, through the centuries, become masters of ideological distraction, 'philosophy', 'vain deceit' and the 'rudiments of the world', exactly as the Bible warned. The example of the 'Infinite Monkey Theorem' has finally demonstrated what could happen when people decide to forfeit common sense and trample the Creator of the Universe and the God of the Bible underfoot by summarily dismissing Biblical wisdom as dispensable myth, fable and legend: They entangle themselves with silly pseudo-intellectual riddles and games like this one.
   The reader has a choice of choosing between (i) the surreal, science-fiction world of the atheists with their childish, almost infantile little theorems and riddles about life in the Universe and the God of our faith, and (ii) the real world, not driven by the blind biological chance of Dawkins' 'blind watchmaker', but driven by the cast-iron promises and providence of an almighty Creator and loving Heavenly Father as precious as gold.
   On the one hand, we have this beautiful, magnificent creation driven by strict mathematical principles and the laws of physics and gravity; filled with people who can love, cry, serenade a damsel under the moon, appreciate a stunning sunset and compose majestic symphonies. Compared to that, imagine the atheists' 'hypothetical universe' ... a world produced by the cosmic-biological accident of brainless natural selection and random chance; a world of 'infinite monkeys' typing for an 'infinite years' on 'infinite typewriters' ... now what would be the chances for such a world developing ('evolving') by random chance into the beautiful Cosmos we now see unfurling its eyelids every morning at sunrise?  No matter how long they try, but they will never succeed to explain such remarkable phenomena or questions as e.g.:

- the wonder of music, flowers and beautiful sunsets;

- the wonder of the two genders of male and female;

- the wonder of love; for instance, how a man would die for a little person (a newborn baby) he had, only an hour before, not known from Adam;

- the magnificent mathematical order in the Periodic Table of the Elements; the Electromagnetic Spectrum and the mysteries behind universal gravity and the weak & strong nuclear forces in quantum mechanics etc.;

- the questions of: Who am I? Where do I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going (after death)? Is their hope for mankind? What will be the future of the Earth and the Universe? 

   The million-rouble question: Why do atheist-evolutionists refer to the Universe as the 'COSMOS' (i.e. 'An Orderly Harmonious Systematic Universeand 'A Complex Orderly Self-Inclusive System') while they, contrary to mathematical logic,  at the same time, actually believe and teach the ideology of accidental, random, spontaneous and brainless Darwinism (the 'CHAOS') instead?  
   Definition of Cosmos (Merriam-Webster): 'An Orderly Harmonious Systematic Universeand 'A Complex Orderly Self-Inclusive System'.

   cosmos: noun cos·​mos | \ ˈkäz-məs  , senses 1 & 2 also -ˌmōs, -mäs  \ Definition of cosmos 1a: UNIVERSE SENSE 1 b(1): an orderly harmonious systematic universe— compare CHAOS (2): ORDERHARMONY 2: a complex orderly self-inclusive system

The Bible says:

   [Psalm 12:6]  
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earthpurified seven times. 
   [Hebrews 11:6]  But without faith it is impossible to please him [GOD]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is [i.e. EXISTS]., and that he [GOD] is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him
      
   Jesus Christ has, furthermore, reassured those who fear God and honour the Son in no uncertain terms that: [Matthew 24:35]  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away

 DECLARATION OF ACCEPTANCE


   I herewith accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour, and therefore put my trust and my future in the Wisdom of God and the Ministry, Teachings, Sacrifice, Death, Blood, Resurrection and Righteousness of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (as presented to the world in the narratives of the Old & New Testaments of the Bible) for the Forgiveness of my sins, Reconciliation with God and for Eternal Salvation. May the Mercy, Grace and Favour of God follow me all the days of my life.

                                Signed                                                  Date

'And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.' 
                         [Revelation 22:17]                          

"I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy." 
[Exodus 33:19b]

(Copy & Paste the Signed Declaration  into your Bible) 

Recommended Books


Acknowledgements

[Update: 30 Sept 2019].

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Sunday, 27 January 2019

Atheism: Reasons Why Atheists Cannot 'See' God

© Copyright 2018 P.J. Stassen
All Rights Reserved



1. INTRODUCTION. Reasons why atheists cannot see God may include any or all of the following:

1.1 They are not Omnipotent. Atheists are, believe it or not, just like other people not omnipotent, or 'almighty' beings. They are sinful human agents (just like the rest of us) created by God as free moral agents fully responsible for their moral choices and standing in need of prayer, repentance and salvation, without which eternal damnation will be the only option open to them. 
   The habit of atheists, therefore to speak as if they have toured the entire Universe and combed every square inch of it with an electron-microscope (backed-up by investigative journalists and video-clips from the BBC, CNN and RT) is nothing but irresponsible bravado mixed in with conjecture and a lot of silly guesswork.  
   Their endeavour to prove the 'non-existence of God' is, in other words, devoid of any scientific logic or serious academic rationale, and probably may border on some form of (temporary) mental disorder, usually clinical depression; atheists (as a species) often come across as quite cynical, embittered and disingenuously blasé about God, the Bible and Christians.  Many atheists (but not necessarily all) will often also resort to all kinds of virulently profane and blasphemous diatribes during debates, especially on atheist-blogs on the Internet. 
   Furthermore, even were God (for instance) to write a very short one-million-page synopsis  or summary (i.e. about 300 million words) about (i) who He is, (ii) what He is made of, (iii) where He comes from and (iv) how He functions; and, the angels then were to drop it down to the United Nations by angel-messenger, it still would be totally useless (unusable, ineffectual) information, for it would probably be written in technical terminology and concepts totally foreign to the human intellect; in fact, it may not even be written in English, for even the monumental English-vocabulary might prove too woefully inadequate to explain its divine content.  The synopsis may furthermore also be totally unintelligible, non-adaptable and/or untranslatable as far as the most gifted of geniuses on earth are concerned. 
   Allow me to remind the reader what the Apostle Paul had to say about the mysteries of Paradise:

   [2 Corinthians 12:2-4]  I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.  And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable wordswhich it is not lawful for a man to utter

   So, against the toxic 'intellectual' backdrop of pagan atheistic protocols and core beliefs, why would a Holy, Absolute and Infinite God of the caliber of the YHWH ('Jehovah') of Moses & Mt. Sinai) allow Himself to be insulted by being manhandled, observed and studied by such people? 

1.2 They are not Omnipresent. Atheists, believe it or not, are not omnipresent, and the person or being who aspires to prove the non-existence of God will have to be present everywhere in the Universe ... all at the same time, otherwise, God may be 'hiding' (or obscured from view) in places where the person will not in any particular space (or at any particular time) be looking. So, how do they purport to trace and find an omnipotent and infinitely intelligent God (in a vast Universe like ours) like that? 

1.3 They are not Omniscient. Atheists are, believe it or not, not omniscient like God who knows everything there is to know about everything, whether on Earth or in Heaven. So, how do they purport to pit their mediocre knowledge against the perfect knowledge of God, who probably could find all kinds of spaces to hide in or be obscured from sight and scientific observation ... spaces of which the existence will be completely unknown to the atheists? 

1.4 They are Ordinary, Fallible & Sinful Beings. Atheists are, believe it or not, ordinary, fallible and sinful beings, and therefore do not qualify for an access-pass to the Third Heaven (Paradise) from where God reportedly operates and reigns. Not even St. Francis, Florence Nightingale, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa or Nelson Mandela have, during their tenure on Earth, ever had that kind of privilege, so what makes atheists think they will be granted such a privileged and an exclusive (‘accredited’) audience with God? 
   Bear in mind that, according to the Bible, God actually considers atheists as the 'wicked' and the 'ungodly' of society, so it would appear as if He takes a dim view of (unrepentant) atheists ... sorry guys.    

1.5 They are Created Beings. Atheists are, believe it or not, created beings (unlike the timeless, uncreated God who has never been created but just IS) who were born from a mother like the rest of us. 
   There is no way the Absolute and Infinite Creator and the limited, finite and created atheist are going to hang out together like buddies just for the heck of it. The problem with the atheists is that they do not have the remotest idea who and what God is since they have rejected the Bible, the only reliable source-document that refers with authority to matters pertaining to God's character and attributes and to the origins of the Universe, man and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God has reminded us in no uncertain terms that His thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways not our ways:

[Isaiah 55:6-9 KJV]  Seek ye the LORD while he may be foundcall ye upon him while he is near:  Let the wicked [atheist] forsake his wayand the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he [GOD] will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  For my thoughts are not your thoughtsneither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earthso are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts

1.6 They are not Infinite. God is an Absolute & Infinite Spirit-being in whom all possible knowledge, information, power, influence, authority, wisdom, love and holiness ultimately converge ... obviously, no fallible, sinful and finite being (like the atheist) will ever be able to empirically prove the existence or non-existence of God without God's own express permission, support and cooperation; so, how the atheists purport to override this infinite limitation, prohibition or divine 'firewall' against alien intrusion and uninvited guests remains a mystery only the atheists apparently are capable of comprehending.

1.7 They do not have 'Life' in Themselves. Atheists, just like other people, are (believe it or not) not born with 'life' in themselves. Their life is borrowed, temporary or derivative life, i.e. life derived 'second-hand' from the absolute & infinite LIFE of God. Jesus has clearly explained this dilemma as follows:

   [John 5:24, 26, 29, 39, 40 KJV]  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him [GOD THE FATHER]  that sent me [JESUS], hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son [JESUS] to have life in himself; And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evilunto the resurrection of damnation. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye [ATHEISTS; UNBELIEVERS] will not come to me [JESUS], that ye might have life.

   
So, how any mortal being living with (i) derivative life on (ii) borrowed time (so to speak) with no intention to repent and accept the (free & gratis) offer of Eternal Life, purport to prove the existence or non-existence of an Immortal, Absolute & Infinite, Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent (Creator) God remains a mystery ... how exactly do they plan to pit their pathetic I.Q.'s of, let's say anything between 120 to 210, against the assumed I.Q. of God, i.e. infinity to the power of infinity, or INFINITYinfinity?
   Even were all of them, no matter how brilliant and gifted, perchance assembled in a huge stadium, the I.Q.-average calculated from the preponderance of their collected I.Q.s would still, at best, yield an average of anything between 120-210, still a far cry from God's (assumed) infinite I.Q.   

1.8 Their Vision is Impaired. Human vision (including the vision of atheists) is seriously impaired. Visible light in the Electromagnetic Spectrum comprises a minuscule section of the entire Spectrum, a condition that leaves us for all practical intents and purposes Universally blind; that is why scientists concede that they currently know at most about 5% of all there is to know about the Universe.
    Bearing that concession in mind is it not then possible that God could be obscured from the view and research of the atheist in the 95% of that which he (the atheist) still does not yet know of the Universe?
   So, how those atheists plan to overcome this difficulty remains a mystery, bearing in mind that God, should He choose or decide to do so, is able to 'visually' or 'scientifically' scan the full Electromagnetic Spectrum in one mighty sweep, and probably does so all the time.  Whereas lions reportedly have night-vision six times better than humans, God has 'Electromagnetic night-vision' an infinite number of times better than the atheists.
   Always remember that It is wiser (and safer) to presume GOD, the Bible and the Gospel (and perhaps be wrong about it) than to presume ATHEISM (and perhaps be wrong about it). The great French scientist, Blaise Pascal writes:  

   "For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed." (Blaise Pascal, Pensées No. 72)(Ref. Blaise Pascal (Wikipedia)

1.9 They refuse to Repent. Atheists usually will tell you that they will not repent unless they can 'see God' or see 'proof for the existence of God'. 'Seeing is believing' has become their favourite mantra. Now, that is a quite unreasonable philosophical stance for the atheists to assume, for what they are insisting on is not faith in God, but knowledge of God, i.e. they will believe when they actually can see God with their own eyes, i.e. after they have acquired actual, falsifiable hands-on knowledge of God.
   If anyone could see God with his own eyes' (sic), it would not be faith or believing, but knowledge or knowing. Any fool can 'believe' after he had 'seen' ... that would not be faith, it would be knowledge. They should, instead, in good faith repent anyway without seeing because the Bible says so, for in God's (perfect) judgment we (and they) have seen quite enough:

   [John 14:9-11]  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Fatherand how sayest thou thenShew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. 
   [Matthew 4:17]  From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repentfor the kingdom of heaven is at hand
   [Mark 1:15]  And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel
   [Luke 9:26]  For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. 
   [John 20:29]  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

   P.S. Bear in mind that, contrary to what so many people think, the primary aim and objective with repentance is not necessarily to turn over a new leaf, as that would constitute reformation, not repentance; but rather to believe the Gospel (Mark 1:15). People need life-changing personal transformation, not superfluous reformation, and only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can facilitate that.

1.10 They Worship the Tools, not the Toolmaker. Imagine a carpenter walking about on a construction site and with him fitted out with the 'trademark-tools' of the carpenter, e.g. hammer, nails, screws, planer, screwdriver etc. Wouldn't it then be silly for the ants, worms and cockroaches on the site to start worshipping the tools of the carpenter? 
   Here we have the Screwdriver-Institute where cockroaches write all kinds of scientific theses on the wonders of the Screwdriver; there we have the Hammer-Institute with ants writing all kinds of dissertations on the wonders of the Hammer etc. The worm writes all kinds of textbooks on the wonders of the planer etc.... they all 'worship' (admire, revere, honour etc.) the tools instead of the innovative toolmaker or tool manufacturer.
  The atheists do the same: They analyse the Laws of Physics; look at science; make their observations; perform their protocols; draw their conclusions; formulate their theories, hypothesis and premises; write their articles in science journals and publish their theses and dissertations in books etc. ... and then settle for the worshipping of the tools (the laws and protocols of science) instead of the Toolmaker (i.e. God, the Inventor of Science)! 
   For God (and for Christians) science (i.e. the Laws of Physics) is only a tool or a set of protocols for the maintenance and management of an orderly Universe, whereas, for the atheists, science has become a deity to be worshipped i.e. in the religion of Scientism, that is the blind worship of science as the final solution to all of humanity's problems.
   Now, before the reader thinks that this charge is absurd, consider how the atheist has, over the past century or so, developed a system of religion or faith, if you will, where the triumvirate of Father TIMEMother NATURE and their de facto 'messiah', Charles Darwin is for all practical purposes worshipped as minor deities today:

- Father TIME provides the 'billions of years' and 'aeons of time' required in which to work its painstaking and protracted wonders of bio-cosmic 'Evolution';

- Mother NATURE supports Father TIME with the wonders of 'natural selection', 'speciation' and 'adaptation' etc.; and

- Charles Darwin (ever so indirectly and subtly by suggestion, innuendo etc.) spreads the anti-gospel ('bad news') of the absurdity of the Biblical narrative, the Genesis Creation Record and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in favour of the wonderful new, politically the more-correct promise of Godless, Darwinian 'Evolution'.  

   If this was not so, then why do we find that, whereas one may, in the East or the Orient,  criticise Darwin (i.e. Darwinian 'Evolution') but never the Emperor, and, in the West, we may criticise the Emperor (i.e. Prime Minister or President) and even have him or her impeached or jailed, but never Darwin (or Darwinian 'Evolution')?  
   Darwin has become untouchable in the West's elite, mainstream academic establishment ... one can say about Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (in the social media) what one likes, but dare to criticise Darwin and you're 'dead' (metaphorically speaking). 
   
1.11 They are not Humble. The atheists often come across as proud, conceited and intellectually snobbish. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble: The Bible teaches:

   [Psalm 138:6]  Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowlybut the proud he knoweth afar off
   [Proverbs_15:25; 16:5; 16:19; 28:25] The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widowEvery one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunishedBetter it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat
   [Jeremiah 50:31]  Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee. 
   [Isaiah 57:15]  For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy placewith him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones
   [Proverbs 16:19; 29:23]  Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.  A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
   [Romans 1:30]  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 
   [1Timothy 6:4]  He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 
   [2 Timothy 3:2]  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boastersproudblasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 

1.12 They haven't got the Money. NASA could not even put a man on the moon today without almost bankrupting the American economy; how do they then propose to raise the funds for sending a team of research-scientists to every single galaxy, solar system and the planet in the Universe to 'search' for God? 
   Even had they the required ability technically, they simply still would not be able to raise the funds for their research-scientists to be present everywhere in the Universe all at the same time ... that is, while in the meantime exacerbating the problem further by ignoring the fact that God does not necessarily live in this Universe anyway. This Universe of ours is, at best, only His Throne:

   [Isaiah 66:1] So says YAHWEH: Heaven is My throne, and earth the footstool of My feet. Where then is the house that you build for Me? And where then is the place of My rest?

   Do the math: If Heaven is only God's Throne and Earth His footstool, what must the following look like:

- the Throne-room in which His Throne is situated?

- the Palace in which His Throne-room is situated?

- the Palace-precinct in which His Palace is situated?

- the State in which His Palace-precinct is situated?

- the Country in which His State is situated?

- the World in which His Country is situated?

- the Absolute Infinity ('Universe') in which His World is situated? 

   P.S. The sixty-four thousand rouble question today: Where indeed is His place of rest?  Furthermore, taking into consideration that God has, in the beginning, made [created] the Heavens too, where was He before that?

1.13 They do not Honour Jesus Christ. There is no way that the atheists, considering the disdain, contempt and disregard with which they are treating Jesus Christ today, can expect God to want to speak to (or show Himself to) them. It is clear that most atheists do not believe that Jesus of Nazareth ever lived in the first place, or had He historically lived, that He probably was no more than just another great 'teacher', 'avatar, 'guru', 'swami', 'religious ascetic', 'holy man' or 'godman' of some sorts. 
   The Bible admonishes us in no unclear terms to honour Jesus as the Son of God, and that, those who fail to honour Him, are not honouring God the Father:

   [Psalm 2:12]  Kiss the Sonlest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
   [Matthew 11:27]  All things are delivered unto me [JESUS] of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son [JESUS], but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son [JESUS], and he to whomsoever the Son [JESUS] will reveal him. 
   [John 5:23; 8:54; 12:26] That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve mehim will my Father honour
   [MarK 8:38]  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamedwhen he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels
   [John 6:37]  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out
   [John 14:6]  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the lifeno man cometh unto the Fatherbut by me

1.14 The Wrath of God rests on them. The atheists aspire to prove the non-existence of God,  and that while the wrath of God is, as I write, actually resting on them right now:

   [John 3:16-19  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son[JESUS] that whosoever believeth in him [JESUS] should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son [JESUS] into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him [JESUS] might be saved.  He that believeth on him [JESUS] is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God [JESUS]. And this is the condemnation, that light [JESUS] is come into the world, and men loved darkness [SATAN] rather than light [JESUS]because their deeds were evil.

1.15 They will Die when they see God. No one (including the atheists) can see God and live, and this is clear from the conversation God had had with Moses in the Sinai Desert millenniums ago. If not even Moses were capable of seeing God or allowed to see God, how do atheists, a group of people the Bible refers to as the 'wicked' and the 'ungodly', propose to override and bypass that prohibition? God's invisibility actually demonstrates the love God has for His creatures, i.e. He probably doesn't want them to die on the spot at the sight of His appearance. 

   [Exodus 33:20-23]  And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see meand live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:  And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by And I will take away mine handand thou shalt see my back partsbut my face shall not be seen.

   Bear in mind that it would appear as if the issue is more about the inability of man to survive the actual ordeal of seeing God than about the actual ability or inability of man to see God. This sounds like a plausible inference considering the fact that in Eternity man will be able to see the face of Christ after all, and I often wonder what it would be like to one day, at His Second Coming (or at the moment of death) see Jesus Christ for the first time ... it will undoubtedly constitute the ultimate and most wonderful, exciting and electrifying news-event and moment in all of history. The Bible promises:

   [Revelation 22:3-4]  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb [JESUS] shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him [JESUS]: And they shall see his [JESUS'] face; and his [JESUS'] name shall be in their foreheads. 

1.16 They are not Pure in Heart.  The Bible refers to atheists as the 'ungodly', the 'wicked' and as 'evildoers'.   According to any reasonable Biblical definition, 'evildoers', the wicked and the 'ungodly' are not people one would consider in theological terms as 'pure in heart'.  According to Jesus Christ only the 'pure in heart' will ever get to see God: 

        [Matthew 5:8] Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

     
2. CONCLUSION.  The atheists are unbelievably arrogant to surmise that God will ever allow being casually 'observed' or 'seen' (scientifically, empirically) by them. The problem is that the atheists have not the least idea who they are dealing with, and the day they probably will see Him will also be the day when they will, probably for the first time in their life, actually want to pray, but sadly as follows:

  Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.
 [Luke 23:30]. 

DECLARATION OF ACCEPTANCE
   I herewith accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour, and therefore put my trust and my future in the Wisdom of God and the Ministry, Teachings, Sacrifice, Death, Blood, Resurrection and Righteousness of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (as presented to the world in the narratives of the Old & New Testaments of the Bible) for the Forgiveness of my sins, Reconciliation with God and for Eternal Salvation. May the Mercy, Grace and Favour of God follow me all the days of my life.

                                Signed                                                  Date

'And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.' 
[Revelation 22:17]

                           (Copy & Paste the Signed Declaration  into your Bible)


"I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy." 
[Exodus 33:19b] 

Acknowledgements 


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