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"Nothing comes from nothing.... Nothing ever could."
-Julie Andrews (via Paramenides) in "The Sound of Music"

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"The heart is deceitful above all things, and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"
(Jeremiah 17:9)

"It is absurd for the evolutionist to complain it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing, and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything."
-G.K. Chesterton

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"Hadron Collider--Geneva, Switzerland"

Are We Really Next to Nothing?


There has been much in the news lately about the multi-billion dollar Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, a massive, 17-mile long tunnel, a gleaming technological wonder designed to find (….at last!....) the key that will unlock the Mystery of the Universe. We have heard how a dedicated cadre of theoretical physicists, ten thousand strong, has been pouring over and analyzing data from The Collider, until now (Hallelujah!) they seem to be on the very brink of discovering "Higgs boson", an unseeable "particle" that is beyond all manner of matter itself. Higgs boson we are told is the bottom Bottom Line that could explain everything. It is the Ultimate Mindless It by which all things, Space, Time, Matter and Life itself, hold together and have their being. The Holy Grail. The elusive Whatever lurking behind The Theory of Everything.....

The so-called "God Particle".

Hadron Collider, in search of Higgs boson, the elusive "particle god"

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I am convinced that the heart and mind of man longs desperately to know "The Bottom Line". But, at the same time, he wants The Bottom Line to be "particular" but not ...(heaven knows!)...a particular Being or Person. It must be a tangible, inanimate "it" but not an animate spirit Who. 

The Bottom Line? It must be matter.....never Mind.

Consequently, Modern Material-Man has conjured up a particular deity made in his own particular, (ie., material) image. Modern Material-Man has hedged his bet, foolishly stacked the deck and willfully contrived to put all of his soulless, deconstructed reductionist eggs into The Church of Scientism's Basket of Metaphysical Naturalism, a basket that simply must be a matter of matter even if it is not a matter of fact.. ..

Apparently, for Modern Material-Man, no other option is possible and no other explanation may be considered.. And so this popular "Particle God" gets all the attention in Modern Material Man's popular press. Metaphysical Naturalism is his fundamentalist decree. It is his Commandment. It is his Law. It is his unassailable truth dogmatically etched in stone.

And Thou Shalt Not Question or Buck the System.

How and why Material-Man finds himself in this "particular" corner, how and why he has chosen to travel down this particular collision course of his own utterly foolish self-negating prophecy, ...well, that's another question altogether. A question perhaps for another time...

But by reducing everything...including himself...to some theoretical derivative of mere matter born from the apparent Nothing that lies just beyond boson, Modern Material-Man, finds himself peering into the empty-minded abyss of utter meaninglessness. And then he proudly pats himself on the back for his dubious feat of philosophical alchemy, a magical feat by which he imagines life creating itself from essentially Nothing.....

"POOF!" Out of nowhere and nothing the universe(s) appear!"

Being from non-Being.

If one so chooses to come to Nothing, I suppose to Nothing one will come. And if, indeed that will be the fate of fundamentalist Material-Man, I hope that he won't know it when he gets there...his chosen, eternal destination.

One can only pray.

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".... the surprising thing is not that the materialist should meet with such profound resistance. More incredible by far is that a living mind undermining its own sovereign nature in such a dogmatic manner, while declaring it completely reliable in every respect, should expect to be taken seriously at all." --Iain Carstairs

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"Just a Lotta Nada Nowhere"
                        or
(...Beyond the Brink of Boson...)

 

It's dogmatic...fundamental!
And, in order to be clear...
Life appeared right outta Nuthin',
Nuthin' -Nowhere brought us here!

Look, we built The Great Collider
That could take us to the brink
Of The Chasm that we're sensing,
All this Matter's missing link!

Our Collider's brought us closer
To The Emptiness we seek...
On beyond the Brink of Boson;
If you dare, come take a peek!

Yes! We've peeled back all the layers...
And... Good Lord!...we've come to Nought!
Could this be The Truth we're after?
(Or, perchance, The Lie we bought....)

Yes, we're livin' next to Nuthin'...
Zero, Zilch...No, Not-a-Thing!
Just a lotta Nada Nowhere...
That's the modern hymn we sing.

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We seek 'truth'.... (if it's not Holy!)...
That would suit us to a "T".
But we'll have no Holy Other
Who might judge us, ...don't you see!?

Ain't no Itsy-Bitsy Boson
Gonna reign on our parade!
There ain't Nuthin' that can harm us
Or expose this thin Charade!

There's just only this illusion
That there's 'meaning' after all.
There's no up or down or Reason,...
And, of course, no "Sin" or "Fall"!

Only bless'd annihilation
Must await us when we go,
And we pray that this Collider
Will confirm it all,.... ya know?

All of this?....Just false appearance...
Just illusion....just a Scam!
No "Commandments" loom above us,
Here in Next-to-Nuthin'-Land.

We're The Ones who make the rules now!
(Not some "Father" in the sky.)
That I AM is now a has-been,
Nada-Thing sits there "On High"!

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"The Scream " by Edvard Munch

Little ones, now here's the question...
Here's the issue...You decide!
Here's the legacy we leave you....
Children,.....Why not suicide?

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Is there Hope beyond the tunnel?
At the end could there be Light?
Is there Reason in our living?..
Master Mind just out of sight?

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"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
(Hebrews 11: 1)

"Materialism's first deadly legacy is the rejection of reason and objective truth. Nineteenth century materialists depicted our thoughts as the irrational products of environment, heredity or brain chemistry...one possible result of the denial of reason is that people will become so skeptical that they will believe in nothing." -John G. West

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"This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of men, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead." (Ecclesiastes 9:3)

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"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matthew 7:7,8)