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I confess, I believe in God. I am not a good christian boy as I suppose I should be, but nonetheless I still believe. Call it years of reading stories in the bible and hearing stories told by my grandparents as well as the occasional priest. Regardless of what denomination the basic principle is the same. There is an all powerful God who created the world in one manner or another and gave us a body and soul.

I had a conversation some time back with a college student and he told me that I should quit believing in fairy tales. The idea of an all powerful God was ridiculous. Science has the answers I was told. So I pressed a bit to find out what these answers were that I had not been made aware of until I found out that I had indeed been given these answers.....Big Bang Theory... Well Duh...The universe was a big sort of primordial soup and depending on what book you read it began a rapid expansion some 13 billion years ago. So I'm thinking this sounds pretty cool, and now I want to know more. I find out that with the expansion this big soup began to gather clusters of materials together and galaxies and all the other cool stuff was formed (those were not the exact words used, but I'm not smart enough to remember all that scientific talk). Suffice to say that the denser areas of matter attracted yet more matter and there ya go the beginning of the universe.

I told my college student friend that I still believed in God. Why couldn't God have done these things that he was talking about? After all nobody was around 13 billion years ago to see it happen, so we don't really know what started all of this. He told me NO! All things required for the universe were already in place just in a different state than we now recognize them as. The dark matter makes up the majority of matter in the universe. So I asked what dark matter was and he became sort of quiet. He told me that it was hard to explain and it was basically unseen matter. It couldn't be measured or detected except by seeing the reaction of other things in the universe and it was responsible for about 80% of the matter in the universe. I told him that didn't sound very scientific to use something that can't be seen or touched. Cant be measured or described and we want to use it to explain the other 80% of the matter in the universe. I was told that is how theories work. OK fair enough.

I told him that my theory involved one being that was responsible for 100% of the matter in the universe. This being couldn't be seen or touched, measured or described either. I could only measure and detect my unseen matter by it's effect on things around me also. Why is his theory good science and mine is a fairytale. Well he got a little ticked and called me something like "redneck" or "hillbilly" and stormed off. So I'm gonna wait for him to give me an answer. Stay tuned for part 2 if he gets back to me anytime soon.

We are just some superstitious folks. Clinging to our guns and our God. Oh well....

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I recently spent two weeks on a safari in Tanzania. Seeing spectacular nature up close...the system of death and rebirth, the magnificance of a leopard, brings you into contact with something greater than dark matter. You certainly see the science, but you also feel the hand of the maker.

November 25, 2010 at 3:34 AM

This post is quite excellent, Ben! I hope you are having a blessed Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Very brilliant post! I believe in fairytales and God as well. Never stop believing. Great writing! Thanks for sharing.

November 28, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Hey Bendigo! It's been a way too long time!

I believe that both physics and religion hold some answers on the mechanisms of our universe, but none hold them all. I'm more of a science-oriented person as to how the world started, but I do believe in God also and like Bruce said, you can see the beauty of God in the nature that surrounds us.

November 30, 2010 at 5:50 PM

I need to send this to my son! Great post, very impressive.

December 4, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Somehow, I don't think you'll be hearing from him again!

December 6, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Great Post! I cant imagine what he could possible say in response to that! I Guess we will just have to wait and see! Thanks for sharing!

Just For Smiles :)

December 6, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Just checking in to see if you are still on the face of the earth.

December 19, 2010 at 11:51 AM

I hope you are doing okay and that you and your family enjoy the holidays...

December 23, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Happy New Year! And get your happy behiny back on the net.Just sayin'.

January 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Hey Bendigo!

I hope you and your family are doing well. I don't mean to be pushy, but it doesn't look like I'm the only one who'd like to get some news from you!!

Anyway, hope to hear from you soon-xxx-

January 26, 2011 at 3:42 PM

thank you guys...The family is doing well and we are all hanging in there just sort of living :)

I appreciate you guys stopping by to check on this tired ol' dad ...

January 26, 2011 at 7:12 PM

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