Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

General • The Miracle of The Big Bang!  Readers Respond

The existence of this earth with its vegetation, people and animals along with the extraordinary function of the universe with its billions of planets, stars, moons and sun as they criscross and circle each other in the vast sky with perfect timing and without crashing into one another, represents incredible planning that is amazing to try and comprehend.

    What a miracle to think that it all came into place by the existence of a precise moment when gasses came together and exploded, resulting in the Creation of the earth and all living things. Even those gasses must be considered miraculous since nobody knows how they came into being.
   
    In the beginning, living creatures were all animals that over a period of billions of years, evolved into…us.  According to the expert scientists and anthropolgists of the day, our ancestors are gorillas, fish and the planets themselves—three separate learned opinions to explain our origins.

    And those three different origin stories came from..one scientist…Carl Sagan,  who obviously had a tough time making up his mind. So we can take our choice as to which ancestors we want to call our own even though Charles Darwin seems to favor the apes as our closest kin.  Could be.
   
    Beyond scientific knowledge, I checked the ultimate authority, The Bible, and found this in Psalm 139:14; “I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well.”
 
    We humans are indeed, fearfully and wonderfully made. Humans are walking miracles. On the 18th day after conception.. a baby is 1/10th of an inch. The first parts to be developed are the ears and eyes.
 
    On the 25th day, when the baby is 1/4th of an inch, its heart and tongue are developed.  As the baby grows, her eyes (like ours) will have 100 million receptors. She will then have 50,000 touch receptors. Her ears will have 24,000 fibers…she will have 500 muscles…200 bones…7 miles of nerve fiber…60,000 miles of blood vessels…her heart will pump 1,600 gallons of blood every day and her mind will think 800 words per minutes. Little boys no doubt think and speak less words per minute (when there are girls present).
   
    The birth of a baby is a miracle as is all human life. For two people to become parents is a Divine miracle and sacred trust from God. A baby is the combination of the mother’s and father’s flesh and both an equal part of this new life. And that is what the Bible means about marriage, and a man and a woman, “becoming one flesh.”
   
    While this is indeed a miracle, the biggest miracle of all is the revelation of scientists that a spontaneous combustion of gasses, with origins nobody can trace, resulted in life. To grasp this fully requires ‘unbelievable’  faith.
(Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in America’s Good News paper in Northern California.)
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Reader Responses

To Reverend Austin Miles, or whom it may concern,
Yesterday, I walked outside to get the mail. In it, I discovered America’s Good News and proceeded to browse it immediately and even read a couple articles. The one that surprised me the most was “The Miracle of the Big Bang!” by Reverend Austin Miles, and I’m using “surprised” in a negative way here.

I expected the article to explain creation and at least, in some way, attempt to logically disprove the theory of the Big Bang. Instead. I got some kind of disorganized rant about planets, gases, and…babies? That’s right, three paragraphs of this article, whose title is devoted to the Big Bang, is about the development of babies in the womb. I half thought I was reading an anti-abortion piece for a few moments, but luckily that wasn’t the case. Mr. Miles even manages to sneak in an anti-gay marriage jab at the end of one of his paragraphs, well done sir.

Concerning the portions that do actually discuss the Big Bang, they seem hardly factual and even exaggerated at times. The idea of a MIRACLE is brought up many times. The idea of the universe being so perfect “with its billions of planets, stars, moons, and sun as they crisscross and circle each other in the vast night sky with perfect timing without crashing into one another.” This statement is absurdly untrue on many levels. First thing is that “sun” is not pluralized; is there but one sun in this massive universe? This statement also suggests collisions never take place, what about asteroids, comets, and the like, which crash into other space matter constantly? And what about the fact that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is in fact on a crash course with the Andromeda Galaxy, which will swallow and destroy us when the time comes. Also, our universe is constantly expanding, a direct result of the big bang. It is possible that one day, the opposite will happen and we will implode. The universe, my friend, is far from perfect. Only the man who believes in miracles can also believe that perfection is possible.

Throughout the article, it it mentioned that the gasses and such involved in the Big Bang simply came out of nowhere, thus making it preposterous, and that the universe MUST have been created by a God, which is exactly the same as the gasses in this case. As to say, WHERE DID GOD COME FROM????

The article is closed by suggesting it takes far more faith to believe in the Big Bang than to believe in the Christian God of a book written thousands of years ago. I think not. The faith lies in the one who fails to question. An independent mind is the best thing in society.
Yours Truly,
Shane Winters Hunt
Northern California
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Carl Sagan Responds From The Grave.
In his book, “The Violent Universe,” Mr. Sagan clears up the confusion of the origin of the gasses which Mr. Hunt addresses and questions.Here are Mr. Sagan’s exact words from that book;
“Scientists have narrowed down the mystery of creation. All that seems to be necessary is some hydrogen gas at the beginning. We understand how the hydrogen condenses into a first generation of stars, how these stars cook heavier elements in their interiors, how these heavy elements are spewed out in supernova and other explosions to enrich the interstellar medium, and how subsequent generations of stars and planets form from the hydrogen and heavier elements…And yet there’s this beguiling problem: Where did the original hydrogen come from?”
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