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   Recently we mentioned the extravagant promise that Jesus made to the thief on the cross who repented. “Today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

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   Now either this was true…and happened…or it didn’t.

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   One thing that’s certain, however…and it’s not even mentioned:

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   The thief’s body, or what was left of it, ended up in the garbage dump.

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   Christians don’t believe that happened to Jesus, however. (For our discussion here, we’ll assume these were the two destinies for the bodies.)

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   If so, what happened to the “real part” of the thief?

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   A massless, weightless part of the thief–the part that hopes, loves, fears, expects, desires, recognizes, and remembers that is commonly called¹ the

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   SOUL,

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met up with Jesus’ soul–perhaps in a recognizable body, perhaps not since His physical body was still in the grave for three days (followed by a physical, bodily resurrection later)–for some happy, rewardable connection beyond this world².

   And the Bible in many places supports the reality of the soul.

   Now if you’re deep into science and you walk away from such words, shaking your head and smiling, how do you explain to your children or grandchildren what we really know about such things? What then does science tell us?

   There’s “The Big Bang Theory” that is nearly universally accepted by scientists who have thought about such things (and, with certain qualifications, I have no problem with that) and takes natural science to its limits–and beyond. Here’s a piece of one of the hundred or so explanations of why we’re here that can be found on the Internet:

Origin of the Universe – The Big Bang Theory
…The original Big Bang Theory seeks to explain the sudden appearance of everything from nothing, while Darwinian Evolution seeks to explain the origin of complex life forms from their supposed simpler ancestors. The premise of the Big Bang is that the entire universe was compacted into a teeny tiny little ball, which, after randomly coming into existence for no apparent reason in the first place, exploded into all space, time, matter and energy in an instant. Yes, that’s the theory. No Ph.D. required. [More in Footnote #3]

   Now the unspoken assumption here is twofold: (1) The “teeny tiny little ball” through a series of random accidents reassembled itself into larger and larger pieces resulting in something we call “life” somewhere that on its own became the person typing these words–and the person reading them. (2) And if there’s a designer, organizer, director out there somewhere, science can tell us nothing about this person or force. For such information, one has to go elsewhere.

   Not easy things to think about, but with a little broadmindedness and humility, a it can lead to a very rewarding experience.

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   ¹ The soul, a human feature, or factor, recognized and used by Jesus, is the subject of much discussion, more than what’s sketched here. It merits much more thinking, meditating, and praying about for better understanding.

   ² Paradise and what happened there and what Jesus “did” during His three days in the grave is another area where human knowledge is limited.

   ³ Origin of the Universe – The Inflation Universe Theories. The Big Bang Theory provided an atheistic explanation for the origin of the universe, but its obvious simplicity was subject to multiple attacks. As a result, the original theory is no longer the dominant scientific explanation for the atheistic origin of the universe. While the original Big Bang Theory is now “dead,” from its ashes have emerged the various Inflationary Universe Theories (IUTs). Starting with Alan Guth in the late 1990’s (The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins), the scientific community has now proposed roughly 50 different IUT variants. Scientists hope that one of the current IUTs will sire an accurate reconstruction of the birth of our universe, though it is universally acknowledged that all of the current IUTs have their problems. It seems the only way to get realistic calculations to match an IUT model is to make assumptions that are poorly justified. [For much, much more check out the Internet. Check out various “articles of faith” of humanist organizations, and “publicly accepted” statements from various educational organizations. The information here is from

www.allaboutcreation.org/origin-of-the-universe.htm.]

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