Messages From Sir Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, Darwin, Einstein, and others.

The following seekers after truth; Sir Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, Galileo, Copernicus, Sir Robert Boyle, Michael Faraday, Blaise Pascal, and James Clerk Maxwell to name a few (biographies on last page) shared one key understanding that we all need.

This understanding enabled them to unlock many of the secrets of the universe and to usher in the scientific revolution. Said Albert Einstein: "Let no one suppose, however, that the mighty work of Newton can really be superceded by relativity or any other theory. His great and lucid ideas will retain their unique significance for all time as the foundation of our whole modern conceptual structure in the sphere of natural philosophy" (Science). (The Times of London 11/28/19). Einstein felt that Newton's genius had effected scientific thought, research and practice "... to an extent that nobody before or since his time can touch." Three portraits of scientists adorned the walls of Einstein's study—Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell.

All three of these men, as well as the others mentioned above (except Darwin) were able to unlock the basic laws of the physical universe. All firmly believed that the universe was constructed in a reasonable (logical and "lawful")way, since a reasonable God who created man in His image, would only create a reasonable (logical) universe.

The Greeks, Chinese and Egyptians, however, all eventually failed because they either believed in a "random" universe where things happened entirely by chance (as do the followers of Darwin), or that things happened by the whim of unknowable gods or forces.

The eight scientists mentioned in the first paragraph were men of facts They understood reality more clearly than most of us ever will. They were not naive, superstitious men, nor were they seeking to escape from the hard facts of reality by blind faith in a "fantasy" of religion. Higher mathematics requires the most logical thinking. It would be nearly impossible to find eight other men who have effected the world as they have, and who also have their reasoning capabilities.

Yet each of these eight scientific geniuses understood that Jesus is the only Messiah of the world, and that He would physically return someday on the clouds, and judge the living and raise the dead for judgment.

Consider Their Own Words.

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

"... the motions which the planets now have could not spring from any natural cause alone, but were impressed by an intelligent Agent." "... the diurnal rotations of the planets could not be derived from gravity.""... and though gravity might give the planets a motion of descent toward the sun, either directly or with some little obliquity, yet the transverse motions by which they revolve in their several orbs required the divine arm to impress them according to the tangents of their orbs." "I would now add that the hypothesis of matter being at first evenly spread through the heavens, is, in my opinion, inconsistent with the hypothesis of innate gravity (today a scientific law) without a supernatural power to reconcile them, and therefore it infers a Deity." "For while comets move in very eccentric orbs, in all manner of positions. blind fate (chance) could never make all the planets move one and the same way in orbs concentric." "Did blind chance know that there was light and what was its refraction, and fit the eyes of all creatures after the most curious manner to make use of it?" "Was the eye contrived without skill in optics and the ear without knowledge of sounds?"

"We know Him (God) only by his most wise and excellent contrivances of things and final causes; we admire him for his perfections but we reverence and adore him as his servants; and a god without dominion, providence and final causes is nothing else but Fate and Nature. Blind metaphysical necessity, which is certainly the same always and everywhere, could produce no variety of things. All that diversity of natural things which we find suited to different times and places could arise from nothing but the ideas and will of a Being necessarily existing." "And no doubt if the worship of false gods had not blinded the heathen, their moral philosophy would have gone farther than to the four cardinal virtues; and instead of teaching the transmigration of souls and to worship the sun and moon and dead heroes, they would have taught us to worship our true Author and Benefactor, as their ancestors did under the government of Noah and his sons before they corrupted themselves. All sound and true philosophy is founded on the appearance of things; and if these phenomena inevitably draws us against our wills, to such principles as most dearly manifest to us the most excellent counsel and supreme dominion of the All-wise and Almighty Being, they are not therefore to be laid aside because some men may perhaps dislike them."

"God made and governs the world invisibly and has commanded us to love and worship him, and no other God; to honor our parents and masters, and love our neighbors as ourselves, to be temperate, just and peaceable; and to be merciful even to brute beasts. And by the same power by which he gave life at first to every species of animal he is able to revive the dead and has received Messiah Jesus our Redeemer, who has gone into the heavens to receive a Kingdom and prepare a place for us. and is next in dignity to God and may be worshipped as the Lamb of God, and has sent the Holy Ghost to comfort us in his absence, and will at length return and reign over us, invisibly to mortals, till he has raised up and judged all the dead."

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)

I strive to publish them (his discoveries)in God's honor who wishes to be recognized from the book of nature. This I pledged to God, this is my decision. I had the intention of becoming a theologian. For a long time, I was restless, but now see how God is by my endeavors, also glorified in astronomy." The Catholic Church expelled Kepler from his home country where he saw their false teachings for what they were and are. He wrote his friend Galileo, "All this is rather hard. But I should not have believed that in the communion of brethren it is so sweet to suffer loss or insult for our faith and Messiah's honor, and to abandon home, fields, friends and country. IF it is the same with real martyrdom and the sacrifice of life, if the joy is the greater, the greater the loss, then it must also be an easy thing to die for faith." "I am in earnest with my religion, I don't play with it."

Sir Robert Boyle (1627-1691)

When Robert Boyle died, he left a will providing the sum of 50 pounds a year to found a lectureship for the general purpose of showing that science and scientific discoveries constitute the best evidence and provide the truest defence of a Divine Providence and the Christian religion. He wrote, "when with bold telescopes I survey the old and newly discovered stars and planets that adorn the upper region of the world, and when with excellent microscopes I discern, in otherwise invisible objects, the unimitable subtility of nature's curious workmanship; and when in a word, by the help of anatomical knives, and the light of chemical furnaces, I study the book of nature, and consult the glosses of Aristotle, Epicurus, Paracelsus. Harvey. Helmont and other learned expositors of that instructive volume, I find myself oftentimes reduced to exclaim with the Psalmist, 'How manifold are thy works. 0 Lord! in wisdom has Thou made them all!"

Michael Faraday (1791 -1867)

In 1861 he wrote "I am, I hope, very thankful that in the withdrawal of the power and things of this life the good hope is left within me, which makes the contemplation of death a comfort not a fear. Such peace is alone in the gift of God, and as it is he who gives it, why shall we be afraid? His unspeakable gift in his beloved son is the ground of no doubtful hope; and there is the rest for those who like you and me are drawing near the latter end of our terms here below."

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Pascal died when he was 39 years old. He had become a believer at the age of 31, These words, written in his own hand, were found sewn into his clothing at the time of his death: "Certainty, certainty, emotion, joy. peace, God of Jesus Christ. Thy God shall be my God. Oblivion of the world and of everything except God. Joy, Joy, Joy, tears of Joy!" He wrote, "Since men are unable to cure death, misery, and ignorance they imagine they can find happiness by not thinking about such things.

Instead of Descarte's "I think, therefore I am," Pascal said "I look for God, therefore I have found Him.

Wrote Pascal, "It is the nature of self esteem and of the human self to love only oneself alone. But what can a man do? He wants to be great and finds that he is small; he wants to be happy and finds that he is unhappy, he wants to be perfect and finds that he is riddled with imperfections, he wants to be the object of men's affections and esteem and sees that his faults deserve only their dislike and contempt. The embarrasing position in which he finds himself produces in him the most unjust and criminal passion that can possibly be imagined; he conceives a mortal hatred of the truth which brings him down to earth and convinces him of his faults. He would like to be able to annihilate it, and, not being able to destroy it in himself, he destroys it in the minds of other people. That is to say, he concentrates all his efforts on concealing his faults both from others and from himself, and cannot stand being made to see them or their being seen by other people."

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Charles Darwin, however, wrote in a letter to Asa Gray (May 22, 1860) at the age of 51, "I am inclined to look at everything as resulting from designed laws, with the details whether good or bad, left to the working out of what we may call chance. Not that this notion at all satisfies me. I feel most deeply that the whole subject is too profound for the human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton. Let each man hope and believe what he can. Certainly I agree with you that my views are not at all necessarily atheistical... A child (who may turn out an idiot) is born by the action of even more complex laws, and I can see no reason why a man, or other animal, may not have been aboriginally produced by other laws, and that all these laws may have been expressly designed by an omniscient Creator, who foresaw every future event and consequence. But the more I think the more bewildered I become, as indeed I have probably shown by this letter."

Darwin's own confusion as to the existence of a personal God is clearly shown above. Interestingly, Darwin uses Isaac Newton's name as an example of the highest human intellect, yet Newton had no problem, after much thought, seeing that Jesus Christ Is the Truth.

Darwin readily admits in his own autobiography (p. 18) that his ability to think clearly could not rival a man like Newton's, or even a much lesser capable scientist, when he says "During the three years which I spent at Cambridge my time was wasted, as far as the academical studies were concerned... The work was repugnant to me chiefly from my not being able to see any meaning in the early steps in algebra. This impatience was very foolish, and in after years I have deeply regretted that I did not proceed far enough at least to understand something of the great principles of mathematics, for men thus endowed seem to have an extra sense, but I do not believe that I should ever have succeeded beyond a very low grade."

And not only did Darwin not think his mind on par with "men thus endowed," he never even really considered a personal God. At the age of 61 he wrote to a Dr. Abbott on 11 /16/1871, "Now I have never systematically thought much on religion in relation to science or on morals in relation to society; and without steadily keeping my mind on such subjects for a long period, I am really incapable of writing anything worth sending to the Index."

Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is currently under attack from many quarters. Information on the many inconsistencies and contradictions within his theory will be discussed in a separate paper. Suffice it to say that there is currently much more scientific evidence supporting the theory of Creation than there is to support the theory of Evolution.

Albert Einstein said however, "God does not play dice with the cosmos." Thus Einstein also ruled out blind "chance" as the origin of the universe. Said Einstein. "I believe in Spinoza's God, who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings." "It seems to me that he idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously. I feel also not able to imagine some will or goal outside Ihe human sphere. My views are near those of Spinoza: admiration for the beauty of and belief in the logical simplicity of the order and harmony which we can grasp humbly and only imperfectly. I believe that we have to content ourselves with our imperfect knowledge and understanding and treat values and moral obligations as a purely human problem —the most important of all human problems.

And, "As a child I received instructions both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene (Jesus).""... No man can deny the fact that Jesus existed, nor that his sayings are beautiful. Even if some of them have been said before, no one expressed them so divinely as he." (Saturday Evening Post, Oct. 26. 1919).

And later in his life "after all, haven't the differences between Jew and Christian been overexaggerated by fanatics on both sides? Real religion is above petty dogmas, catechisms, solemn prayers, and antagonisms. True religion is real living—living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness. We Jews should appreciate the profundity of a fellow Jew, the man Jesus."

And said Einstein, "... if one purges the Judaism of the Prophets, and Christianity as Jesus Christ taught it, of all subsequent additions especially those of the priests, one is left with a teaching which is capable of curing all the social ills of humanity."

Einstein said that if we followed "Christianity" (which is the Greek equivalent for Messianic "movement") as Jesus Christ (Messiah) taught it, our "ills" would be "cured." It is doubtful that Einstein took his own advice, for if he did, he would have accepted Jesus as his Messiah or he would have called Jesus a liar—for there are no other alternatives. For Jesus said, when asked, "Art thou the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed?", "I am, and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of heaven. (Mark 14:61,62)." And to leave no doubt that he (Jesus) was the only path to God, Jesus said, "I am the door, by me if any man enter he shall be saved.... Truly, truly I say unto you, he that enters not by the door (by Jesus), but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." (John 10:9,1)

Like most of us, as logical as he was in some areas, Mr. Einstein could be completely illogical in others. Yet it is more than wrong logic, it's pride or conceit which yields to no one, not even the Creator of the Universe. For, said Einstein, "... To punish me for my contempt for authority, Fate made me an authority myself." Unlike Pascal, Einstein (like Darwin) refused to search for God. Said Einstein,"... that an individual should survive his physical death is also beyond my comprehension, nor do I wish it otherwise, such notions are for the fears or absurd egoisms of feeble souls." (like Isaac Newton's? Kepler's? Faraday's?) What incredible pride that Mr. Einstein could suggest that God could not be and work "beyond my comprehension." Yet Einstein reveals his true root problem, when he says "nor do I wish it otherwise." As he said before, he wanted no authority over him. So naturally he would refuse to look for that which he did not "wish" to find. For if you look for God, you get Authority.

As Blaise Pascal said, "I look for God. therefore I have found Him. The opposite of Jesus' "seek and ye shall find" is "don't seek and you won't find." This is what Einstein chose, and which most of our world also chooses. For most of us don't want anyone, even God, to tell us how to live. "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." (Old Testament—700 B.C.—Isaiah 53:6).

Thus, Mr. Einstein separates himself from the scientists he most respected, from Sir Isaac Newton, from Faraday, Maxwell and Kepler. His inconsistency carries so far, to even call the men he most respected "feeble souls with absurd egoisms." They sought God, and Mr. Einstein didn't. It appears he was too busy getting off on the brain God gave him, for he himself said "ideas come from God" and readily admitted that he always approached problems with the question of how would God have done it?

Mr. Einstein wanted no God who would interfere with his life (except to give him answers to problems), he simply did not "wish" it. How many of us are like that? If one substitutes the word "God" for the word "authority" Mr. Einstein's quote becomes "To punish me for my contempt for God, Fate has made me a God myself.

Mr. Einstein wanted no God, and if he died thinking that way, he will probably get none but himself for eternity. He will probably get something like Solitary confinement for eternity, or worse, if that's possible. How many of us will choose the same?

"And ye shall seek Me and find Me when you shall search for Me with all your heart." (Old Testament—Jeremiah 29:13)

Have you searched with all of your heart?

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