Light was created before the sun (Gen. 1:3; Gen. 1:14-16). Skeptics have long ridiculed the biblical story of creation over this point. How could there be light bathing the earth before the sun was created? Actually, there is nothing that is logically incoherent about light being created before the sun. God is not only Light (1 John 1:5), He is its source. An omnipotent, omniscient God is not limited by the absence of the sun to call forth light. The word used for “lights” created on Day Four is best translated “light bearers.” The sun became the dispenser of diurnal light and the moon shines at night. Light reveals the dangers lurking in the shadows. The more impenetrable and brooding the darkness, the more brilliantly the light shines; attracting all forms of life, both good and bad. But the light shines on, unwaveringly, until it is extinguished. “Ye are the light of the world,” (Matt. 5:13) to dispense the light of His glory.
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Almost everybody has some sort of understanding about the deleterious effects of smoking. Public health professionals continue running campaigns to reduce smoking rates, and lobbying for laws that restrict cigarette smoking, particularly among the young. The battle seems to be an uphill one. In the United States young people smoke more than any other demographic and we know what the repercussions are, in the long run. Apart from ravaging the physical the body, smoking has psychological effects as well although these are rarely addressed. Once smoking has been established in an individual they tend to feel that it is necessary for them to continue smoking in order to feel ‘normal’ again. This leads to psychological dependence. The nicotine in the tobacco is not only addictive but it is also a psychomotor stimulant. Some smokers claim that they gain emotional benefits from smoking, which reinforces the habit.
Research findings have in the past revealed brain differences between adults who smoke and their nonsmoking counterparts (Engelking, 2014). However, very little research has been conducted to assess the effect of cigarette smoking on the developing brains of young people. A recent study led by Edythe London focused on the youngest demographic of smokers (adolescents). In this study, structural MRI was used to compare the brains of 18 young smokers with 24 young nonsmokers. The findings indicated that the insula which is a part of the cerebral cortex tended to be thinner in young people who smoked in comparison to that of their counterparts who did not smoke. These results may not necessarily demonstrate causation but they certainly affirm the adverse effects of cigarette smoking on the brain of young smokers. It is also possible that protracted smoking could lead to more extensive structural alterations of the brain. The insula plays a significant role in autonomic control; in controlling the brain’s distress response, and a thin insula might not perform this function very well. Public health professionals and other health professionals are likely to incorporate these results in their educational campaigns against smoking.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well (Psalm 139:14, KJV).
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Carl Engelking. 2014. Smoking Could Alter Teens’ Brain Structure. Discover Magazine
Nihilism is the belief that life is meaningless and that all societal values and norms are baseless. It asserts that mankind is basically an animated speck of dust in a hostile and sometimes indifferent universe and that life itself is purposeless. There is no justice to take the sting out of evil. You are born; you grow up and make a living and die off with no hope for the future or an afterlife. Nihilism is the epitome of pessimism and skepticism. It insists on cosmic purposelessness and epistemological failure. One vociferous advocate of nihilism was a German philosopher named Friedrich Nietzsche, a son of a Lutheran pastor, who coined the phrase “God is dead,” and touted ethical nihilism as is portrayed in his chillingly ominous parable depicted below. The parable was published in the April 8, 1966 issue of Time Magazine (1966):
“Have you not heard of that madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning hours, ran to the market-place, and cried incessantly: “I am looking for God! I am looking for God!”…. Where has God gone?” he cried. “I shall tell you. We have killed him – you and I. We are his murderers. But how have we done this? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What did we do when we unchained the earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving now? Away from all suns? Are we not perpetually falling? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there any up or down left? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing?…. Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is it not more and more night coming on all the time? Must not lanterns be lit in the morning?… How shall we, murderers of all murderers, console ourselves? That which was the holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet possessed has bled to death under our knives. Who will wipe this blood off us? With what water could we purify ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we need to invent?”
This parable underscores the fact that the catastrophic and terrifying consequences of nihilistic beliefs and loss of faith were not lost to Nietzsche himself even as he promulgated the so-called death of God. The irrefutably disastrous consequences of his philosophy are as ghastly as they are destructive. A society that has lost its spiritual moorings has nothing to anchor itself on. Who would atone for such defiant rebellion? Without an objective standard of moral values human life becomes worthless and can be taken on a whim; after all it is meaningless, right? Such teaching attempts to propel humanity toward and anti-divine and anti-human precipice. It creates a defiant world wrought with contempt for its laws leaving the door wide open for objective meaninglessness and making life unbearable (Kimball, 2014). Nietzsche himself predicted that because “God had died” the twentieth century would be the bloodiest and most destructive of all centuries so far, and that a universal madness would grip individuals and societies alike; turning them upside down. Nietzsche called for a race composed of people with the qualities of Superman and this idea fed into the rhetoric of Nazism particularly after Hitler took to studying the literary work of Nietzsche!!!Don’t the Rwandan genocide, the Bosnia-Herzegovina and Syria’s ethnic cleansing …all attest to this as well? He further asserted that truth would become lie and vice versa, and that the unholy would become holy…
Sadly, Nietzsche, led the way in the madness he prophesied, and spent the last eleven years of his life in an institution for the insane…silently staring blankly at the wall.
Do we truly want a God-less society, a God-less world???
Time Magazine. April 8, 1966. Is God Dead? http://www.age-of-the-sage.org/philosophy/friedrich_nietzsche_quotes.html
Linda Kimball.2013.Nietzsche’s Dire Visions: Universal Madness and Genocide. http://patriotsandliberty.com/lindas-latest/2013/3/21/nietzsches-dire-visions-universal-madness-and-genocide
The Golden Ratio also known as the Golden Mean and Divine Proportion has been a topic of fascination and debate for millennia. The Golden ratio is approximately 1.618. Its influence goes all the way back to 500 BC when it is reported that a Greek Sculptor adopted it in designing the Parthenon. Plato discussed it in his “Timaeus” and postulated that it was “the most binding of all mathematical relationships and the key to the physics of the cosmos.” Euclid’s definition of it gave it the term the Golden Mean. The Egyptians are said to have constructed the dimensions of their pyramids using the Golden Ratio and Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings are said to exhibit the Golden Ratio. Ancient Pythagoreans believed that the Golden Ratio expressed an underlying truth about all creation; animate and inanimate. Leonardo Fibonacci, discovered the unusual numerical values and series that bear his name and were eerily connected to the Golden Ratio.
So what is the big deal about the Golden Ratio? Well some believe that it is the Creator’s signature throughout His creation; His insignia. It is a ratio that seems to be intricately woven in all creation in one way or other. This ratio is observed in creation by examining the special numerical sequence known as the Fibonacci numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 etc. In this sequence, each new number is a sum total of the previous two numbers. The ratio between most of the numbers in the above sequence reflects the Golden Mean.
Fred Wilson, writing for The Institute for Creation Research, makes very interesting observations about the spiral characteristic of common shells, particularly the chambered nauticulus. The shell retains its identical form even as it gets larger. The body of the organism grows in the equiangular and logarithmic path of the spiral which remains the same. This beautiful structure is often known as the ‘golden spiral.’ This spiral is not limited to shells. It can also be observed in myriad other phenomena. For example, it characterizes hurricanes, the cochlea of the human eye, the DNA molecule, tornadoes, galaxies, the human ear, sunflower patterns, daisies, and the shape of the ears of other mammals…etc. This spiral follows an amazing mathematical pattern. A typical illustration of the same can be observed in the sunflower plant. A typical sunflower plant has rows of florets and seeds. When the rows of these florets and seeds are counted in each direction the numbers representing their sum total reveal a Fibonacci sequence indicated above; whether the plant is small or large. In small sunflower plants the sum totals are 34 and 55. In medium plants the sum totals are 55 and 89 and in large plants the totals are 89 and 144. Dividing the smaller number into the larger number that is adjacent to it often yields the Golden Ratio: 1.618. Furthermore, physicists tell us that four fundamental asymmetries appear in the world of atoms. These are the structure of the nucleus of the atom, the distribution of the fission fragments, the distribution of the numbers of the isotopes, and the distribution of the particles emitted. What is significantly stunning about all this is the claim made by Wlodarski that “the numerical values of all of these asymmetries are equal approximately to the `golden ratio,’ and that the numbers forming these values are sometimes Fibonacci or `near’ Fibonacci numbers.” When we remember that all physical things are made of atoms….and other elements, this becomes even more astonishing. God indeed seems to have His signature on all His creation.
Each human being’s sleep requirements are varied; ranging from 6 to 10 ½ hours although infants tend to require longer sleep periods than adults. But we each need adequate sleep in order to function effectively. Among the elderly deep sleep is often rare and sometimes it disappears completely. Causal factors for sleep-wake disorder include obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea syndrome, circadian rhythm disruption, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome and many others.
A 2010 cross-sectional study by Adeoti and Akang revealed that the prevalence of sleep-wake disorders among the blind is significantly high and that there is a strong association between visual loss and the sleep-wake cycle in human beings. In these individuals, the alterations of the intensity of the light reaching the pineal gland through the visual pathway contributes significantly to disruptions in the sleep-wake cycle. A 1999 longitudinal study by Leger and associates conducted among visually impaired individuals and their matched control group revealed that sleep-wake disorder was statistically higher among the blind or almost blind participants than it was among controls. Further, nocturnal disruption of sleep and daytime somnolence were found to be more common among blind participants than among the controls.
Since exposure to ocular light remains the most important environmental synchronizer of the circadian rhythm, it follows that visual impairment with no conscious perception of light increases susceptibility to circadian rhythm misalignment. Lack of light sensitivity which is necessary for resetting and regulating the circadian clock is lacking in people who are totally blind. Eyes are necessary for circadian photoreception to take place. As such, people who are blind are usually not able to entrain their circadian clock to the 24-hour light and dark cycle. However, most individuals who are legally blind but are still able to retain some level of light reception normally have entrained circadian rhythm. The adverse effects of loss of light reception due to blindness, followed by circadian rhythm misalignment resulting in sleep-wake disorder has not been adequately recognized by clinicians, families and employers of blind people. This has made it difficult for blind people with this disorder to seek treatment and/or support services to help them manage the condition. Merely focusing on therapies of sleep-wake disorder such as daytime stimulants and night-time hypnotics is limited to addressing the symptoms only, and neglects the underlying causal factors. The prevalence of sleep-wake disorder is alarming. In the United States alone, of approximately 1.3 million people who are legally blind 10% of them have no photoreception ability. This means that between 65,000 and 95,000 of these people have sleep-wake disorder. The statistics should be even more staggering at global level. This is what prompted the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) to declare March 14th as World Sleep Day (WSD). Its slogan is “Sleep well, stay healthy.” More research is being conducted in this area. More prayers should also ascend to seek wisdom to counter this encroachment on humanity. God is interested not only in our spiritual health but our physical heath as well, (3 John 1:2).
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