In Awe of God’s Creation – NASA video demonstrates how our earth has a built in shield to protect us form destructive solar winds

Follow a coronal mass ejection as is passes Venus then Earth, and explore how the sun drives Earth’s winds and oceans.

A coronal mass ejection erupts from the Sun. (NASA photo)

Ocean currents of the Gulf Stream. (NASA photo)

The loop current feeds into the Gulf Stream.

We are a privileged generation, indeed, to be able to witness video of such spectacular proportion as to see into the universe! For more photos, go here – http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov

From NASA – Watch Earth’s magnetic shield protect the planet from a pelting by the solar wind. See how the sun’s energy drives a remarkable planetary engine, the climate.

This video, originally created by NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio as part of a full-length planetarium film called „Dynamic Earth,” was awarded first place in the video category in the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored by the journal Science and the National Science Foundation.
While the full movie highlights many aspects of the Earth’s complexity, the contribution from the SVS depicts the vast scale of the sun’s influence on the Earth, from the flowing particles of the solar wind and the fury of coronal mass ejections to the winds and currents driven by the solar heating of the atmosphere and ocean.

The data visualization in this excerpt represents a high point in the Scientific Visualization Studio’s work in recent years to show „flows” – ocean currents, winds, the movement of glaciers. Using data from sophisticated NASA models, the studio’s visualizers have figured out how to illustrate the velocities of these natural phenomena.

Narrated by Liam Neeson, Dynamic Earth, produced and written by Thomas Lucas, has been shown around the world to an estimated viewership of 500,000. VIDEO by NASA Goddard

Transcript:

 Narrator: What safeguards our solar system… is our star. The sun provides a shield, stretching beyond the last planet in its orbit: a force field that deflects these „cosmic rays.” But these „solar winds” can be dangerous too, especially during outbursts called coronal mass ejections. Want a vision of earth gone wrong? Just look at what solar storms do our sister planet, Venus. They strip away lighter elements in its upper atmosphere, hydrogen, oxygen and the molecule they form: water. What’s left is a witch’s brew of noxious chemicals including thick sulfurous clouds. How has Earth avoided the grim fate of Venus? We can see the answer as the solar storm approaches Earth.

Our planet has a protective shield all it’s own– A powerful magnetic field generated deep within its core. In fact, that’s just our first line of defense. Much of the solar energy that gets through is reflected back to space by clouds, ice, and snow. The energy that Earth absorbs is just enough to power a remarkable planetary engine: the climate.

It’s set in motion by the unevenness of solar heating, due in part to the cycles of day and night, and the seasons that cause warm tropical winds to blow toward the poles and cold polar air toward the equator. Wind currents drive surface ocean currents.

This computer simulation shows the Gulf Stream winding its way along the coast of North America.  This great ocean river carries enough heat energy to power the industrial world a hundred times over. It breaks down in massive world pools that spread warm tropical waters over northern seas.

Below the surface they mix with cold deep currents that swirl around under sea ledges and mountains.

Earth’s climate engine has countless moving parts: tides and terrain, cross winds and currents– all working to equalize temperatures around the globe.

Why does the multiverse need a beginning? Why can it not just be eternal? + What is cosmology and the multiverse

William Lane Craig answers:

The reason the multiverse cannot be beginningless… see his answer by watching the video or my transcript below  the video.

But first:

What is Cosmology?

from Wikipedia, read more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmology:

Cosmology is the study of the origins and eventual fate of the universe. Physical cosmology is the scholarly and scientific study of the origin, evolution, structure, dynamics, and ultimate fate of the universe, as well as the natural laws that keep it in order. Religious cosmology (or mythological cosmology) is a body of beliefs based on the historical, mythological, religious, and esoteric literature and traditions of creation and eschatology.

Physical cosmology is studied by scientists, such as astronomers, and theoretical physicists; and academic philosophers, such as metaphysicians, philosophers of physics, and philosophers of space and time. Modern cosmology is dominated by the Big Bang theory, which attempts to bring together observational astronomy and particle physics.[2]

Although the word cosmology is recent (first used in 1730 in Christian Wolff’s Cosmologia Generalis), the study of the universe has a long history involving science, philosophy, esotericism and religion. Related studies include cosmogony, which focuses on the origin of the Universe, and cosmography, which maps the features of the Universe. Cosmology is also connected to astronomy, but while the former is concerned with the Universe as a whole, the latter deals with individual celestial objects.

Modern metaphysical cosmology tries to address questions such as:

  • What is the origin of the Universe? What is its first cause? Is its existence necessary? (see monismpantheismemanationism and creationism)
  • What are the ultimate material components of the Universe? (see mechanismdynamismhylomorphismatomism)
  • What is the ultimate reason for the existence of the Universe? Does the cosmos have a purpose? (see teleology)
  • Does the existence of consciousness have a purpose? How do we know what we know about the totality of the cosmos? Does cosmological reasoning reveal metaphysical truths? (see epistemology)

Photo via Wikipedia

Photo description: The Hubble Extreme Deep Field (XDF) was completed in September 2012 and shows the farthest galaxies ever photographed by humans. Except for the few stars in the foreground (which are bright and easily recognizable because only they have diffraction spikes), every speck of light in the photo is an individual galaxy, some of them as old as 13.2 billion years; the observable universe is estimated to contain more than 200 billion galaxies.

What is the Cosmological Argument?

from Carm.org 

  1. Things exist.
  2. It is possible for those things to not exist.
  3. Whatever has the possibility of non existence, yet exists, has been caused to exist.
    1. Something cannot bring itself into existence, since it must exist to bring itself into existence, which is illogical.
  4. There cannot be an infinite number of causes to bring something into existence.
    1. An infinite regression of causes ultimately has no initial cause, which means there is no cause of existence.
    2. Since the universe exists, it must have a cause.
  5. Therefore, there must be an uncaused cause of all things.
  6. The uncaused cause must be God.

Also see this article on ReasonableFaith.org

What is a multiverse?

Also from Wikipedia, read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiverse

The multiverse (or meta-universe) is the hypothetical set of infinite or finite possible universes (including the historical universe we consistently experience) that together comprise everything that exists and can exist: the entirety of space, time,matter, and energy as well as the physical laws and constants that describe them. The term was coined in 1895 by the American philosopher and psychologist William James.[1] The various universes within the multiverse are sometimes called parallel universes.

The structure of the multiverse, the nature of each universe within it and the relationship between the various constituent universes, depend on the specific multiverse hypothesis considered. Multiple universes have been hypothesized incosmology, physics, astronomy, religion, philosophy, transpersonal psychology and fiction, particularly in science fiction and fantasy. In these contexts, parallel universes are also called „alternative universes”, „quantum universes”, „interpenetrating dimensions”, „parallel dimensions”, „parallel worlds”, „alternative realities”, „alternative timelines”, and „dimensional planes,” among others.

VIDEO by drcraigvideos Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/
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William Lane Craig:

Dr William Lane Craig answered during the 2013 Apologetics Canada Conference question and answer period. (Photo on left via www.faithinterface.com.au)

Any universe that is in a cosmic expansion, on average, over its history cannot be past eternal. And that is true of the multiverse as well, it is true that it is in a state of expansion on average, in its past history. So that can’t be extrapolated to past infinity. And that’s why, remarkably, this amazing theorem shows that even trying to resort to the multiverse to escape the beginning of the universe won’t work. And, by the way, if people are interested, a lecture that Vilenkin gave at the conference in Cambridge last April, celebrating Hawking’s 70th birthday is on youtube. It is very accessible. It is a wonderful lecture that lay people can understand and has power points and in this lecture he surveys contemporary cosmologies, including these multiverse models that try to avert the beginning of the universe, and shows how they fail.

See the Alexander Vilenkin video Dr. William Lane Craig just referred to here:

Did the Universe have a Beginning? Alexander Vilenkin

at the University of Cambridge

VIDEO by firstcauseargument

Alexander Vilenkin (Tufts University) discusses 3 candidate scenarios with ‘no beginnings’ for the universe:

  1. Eternal Inflation
  2. Cyclic evolution
  3. Static seed (emergent universe)

He says, „I’ll tell you my conclusion right away (at the beginning of lecture), that basically, none of these approaches that try to avoid the beginning of the universe work (they are not successful).” Then he discusses the options, one by one:

COPLESIT de CREATIA lui DUMNEZEU – BEST Photos and Videos – In AWE of GOD’S CREATION –

Paul Washer – O chemare la a te minuna

VIDEO by Alex Dorobantu

John 1:3 – All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Hebrews 11:3 – By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

Genesis 2:7 – then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

Romans 1:20 – For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Is it a river or a tree? Click on photo to see
Este un rau sau un pom? Fa click sa vezi

2014 Posts

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2013 posts

Here are more amazing examples of God’s creation:

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2012 posts

  1. The Blue Whale – Sunetul Balenei Alabastre
  2. National Geographic’s Hurricane 101- Uragane
  3. Lakes – Lacuri 
  4. Joshua Tree National Park – California – Pomii Yucca din Parcul National
  5. Lake Moraine, Alberta-Canada
  6. The waterfalls of Iceland – Cascadele Islandei
  7. Blyznytsya mountain range in Ukraine – Munti in Ucraina
  8. Two herons in Hungary – Doi Stârci in Ungaria
  9. Barren, icy, remote Iceland & Antarctica – Ghetari in Islanda si Antarctica
  10. Wisteria Tree in Ashikaga Flower Park Japan – Copacul Wisteria din Japonia
  11. Photo of Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights (What are these mysterious lights?)
  12. Scientists will be able to watch a gas cloud being sucked into a Milky Way black hole in real time (live) in 2013
  13. Bizarre and Beautiful Natural Phenomena – Fenomene naturale si bizare, dar frumoase
  14. Blue-Flame Plasma on the Face of the Sun – Flacara albastra de plasma pe fata soarelui
  15. World’s most beautiful lakes – Cele mai frumoase lacuri din lume
  16. Waves – Valurile Apei
  17. The planet Venus traveling in front of the sun – Planeta Venus traverseaza in fata soarelui
  18. Utah – Statul Utah
  19. The Remote Places of the World – Locuri departe de civilizatie
  20. The planet Venus transits in front of sun – planeta Venus trece in data soarelui
  21. The Danielson crater on planet Mars
  22. An underwater photo – Poza de sub lacul inghetat
  23. The Glasswing Butterfly – Fluturele cu aripi de sticla
  24. Columbia’s River of 5 colors – Riul din 5 culori
  25. March 6th Solar Eruption – Eruptie solara (filmare)
  26. Is it a river or a tree? – Este un rau sau un pom?
  27. Strange Plants – Plante stranii
  28. Beauty in a splash – Apa turnata

2011 posts :

  1. Breathtaking New Images of the MOON – CUM ARATA LUNA (Video)
  2. Video of planet earth – filmare din spatiu a planetei noastre (25 min)
  3. What an Astronaut’s Camera Sees-Ce vede un astronaut
  4.  What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth? Cum se vede pamintul din spatiu?
  5. Filmare – Pamantul din Spatiu – Planet Earth seen from space (20 min)
  6. Dragons of the sea, Levithians, sea monsters in the Bible
  7. Dumnezeul Minunilor (God of Wonders) subtitrare in Limba Romana
  8. 16 New Super-Earths Just discovered – 16 Planete super terra descoperite
  9. Hurricanes ( Irene – Latest Space Station View) – Uraganul Irene din spatiu
  10. Earth Bound Solar Storm Video and Meteor Shower Sounds captured
  11. Jonathan Edwards’ Day is now breaking (3) and Eclipse of the moon
  12. Earth Bound Solar Storm Video and Meteor Shower Sounds captured
  13. Kuroshio Sea – 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world – Cum se vede din adincul marii
  14. Rolling clouds time lapse over Canary Islands (Filmare excelenta din Insulele Canary, Coasta Spaniei)
  15. Auroras (northern and southern lights) Aurora diminetii (video)
  16. Rolling clouds time lapse over Canary Islands (Filmare excelenta din Insulele Canary, Coasta Spaniei)
  17. The spectacular Sun – from NASA – Soarele extraordinar
  18. The size and scale of our world – Marimea unviersului
  19. NASA photos of the earth – Poze cu planeta noastra
  20. EMOTIONAL VIDEO EMOTIONANT:  Rainbow – Curcubeul

Louie Giglio – Indescribable tour & How Great is our God (subtitrare in Limba Romana) Ce Mare e Dumnezeul Nostru (Prezentare a Universului si Galaxiilor)

Louie Giglio travels the country speaking to University students. Read an interview by Christianity Today, featured on Josh Harris’s blog, directly below these two outstanding videos that have been working their way around the world.

Indescribable (English only/fara subtitrare)  Video begins with an awesome 6 minutes of footage of our universe.

Louie Giglio and Passion Church

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From Josh Harris’s blog.                    Today I got a letter in the mail that Louie and Shelley Giglio sent out to friends of Passion. It was a report of all that God has been doing through the Passion World Tour. It sounds like it’s been incredible. But then the letter ended with an announcement that completely shocked me: Louie is planting a church in Atlanta. Here’s what he wrote:

If you haven’t heard by now, Passion is taking a massive turn as we head into the future. At the heart of the shift is a sense of fresh calling that God has made unmistakably clear to Shelley and me over the past eighteen months or so. Though for many reasons it looked like we might never lead a local church, all that has changed as God has placed in our hearts a huge passion to do just that. So in the coming months, by the grace of God, we will be planting a Passion Church in Atlanta as a local expression of the Kingdom of God for our rapidly growing and diverse city as well as a base for our influence throughout the nation and world.

I went online and found a video interview with Louie about his plans. One of the things I’ve always appreciated about Louie is his readiness to listen to the Lord’s leading and do something totally different. Most of the times „totally different” for Louie seems to require bigger faith and bigger risks for God’s glory. But Louie always takes them and never looks back. I pray this new venture will be more God-exalting than anything that has come before. There’s something very cool about the ultimate „conference guy” becoming the pastor of a local church.I’ll be praying for you, Louie.

Louie Giglio Interview: The following is a portion of an interview Louie did with Christianity Today:

Why are you planting a new church in Atlanta?
In my heart something has been changing and turning for about the last five years. Christ died for the local church. While I’ve spoken at many of them, and Passion has influenced them around the world, I want to be able to lay down at the feet of Jesus and say I gave it a shot–I tried to build into the local community of faith that he gave his life for, that he loved, and that he believed is the best agent for change in the world.It’s about a man who wants to be obedient to God. It’s about me, at 50, hearing the voice of God and saying yes, I will follow that.

How have you recruited the staff for your church?
I’ve never recruited one person. Most of the people I know and respect are already involved in local churches. All Shelley and I did was start saying to our friends, „This is what God has done in our hearts. We think we’re crazy, but we feel like we want to pastor a local community of faith with the DNA of Passion.”

Our friends said, „Tell us when and where and we will be there.”

With you as the senior pastor, and Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin leading worship, many have been calling this a „superstar church.” What’s your take on that?
All I say to [criticism] is, well, you’ll have to take that up with God. There is some history on the side of God putting gifted people in the same space at the same time. The purpose is not to congregate ability but to foster a movement that will reach the cities of the nation and the world. History is on our side and Jesus is on our side because he is the one who promised to grow the church. I’m not starting anything. Jesus started the church. This is not going to be Louie’s church. This is Jesus’ church. To the degree that we can let it be his and not ours–then it will be amazing.

What will happen to the Passion conferences? Will they still continue?
Right now we’re going to hold it all together as best we can, by the grace of God. God has given us a platform, a footing with university students that we cannot relinquish. It’s been a gift of God that somehow we have had the favor to gather people and propel them out for God’s kingdom agenda around the world. Passion 2010 will be back in Atlanta. We’re expecting somewhere between 20,000 and 25,000 university students here from around the world.

Right now there isn’t a home, a foundation, for us. We’re excited about a local expression of faith, a local community of believers who have the same DNA as Passion. To be able to go to Stockholm and come home and have home be us is an awesome thought for us. And to be able to launch back to Tokyo and know we have a church community behind us, moving with us–I think it all can happen.

I know you are from Atlanta, but the city has almost 7,000 churches. Did you ever consider another location for your new church?
Atlanta is a city of five million plus people, and it will experience the largest percentage growth of all cities in the United States in the next ten years. To say that Atlanta doesn’t need another church is crazy thinking to me. The church I used to attend (North Point Community Church) has three locations in the city. When they opened Buckhead in its new location, (senior pastor) Andy Stanley said they were getting a lot of flak. But he said the research shows there are 300,000 people who don’t go to anybody’s church on any given Sunday. Andy said that the truth of the matter is, there could be ten more Buckhead churches, and we would still only be scratching the surface.

We said to God, „What do you want to do?” It seemed like God just led us here.

You’ve said Andy Stanley, your pastor, was one of the first to know about your new church. Was he surprised? Was it difficult for him to hear?
He was shocked. Andy was the first person I told, before rumors of this even got to anybody else. I said, „This is what is in my heart.” He looked at me like, „Are you sure you want to do that?”

Andy and I have talked in a lot of detail about what this journey looks like and it’s so amazing. Andy is an incredible leader–the best leader I know. He has been so gracious. I believe North Point will continue to flourish, I believe Passion City Church will flourish, and there will still be hundreds of thousands of people in the city who have not yet encountered the grace of God. We’re going to be friends through the whole process.

Some people ask me, „How could you put a church in Andy’s backyard?” But whose backyard is it? God’s. The church and city don’t belong to Andy or to me or to anybody else.

What would you tell people in Atlanta about attending Passion City Church?
They should go to their own church and serve well in the position that they’re in. I wouldn’t say anything to them about Passion City Church. If they say, „I know about Passion; I’ve been to some of the events and I’ve been waiting for something like this to come along,” then great. How other people find their way to Passion City Church is really about the Holy Spirit.

Will this be a seeker church?
We are not using any kind of descriptive contemporary church adjectives to help us shape what Passion City Church is. When our core team meets, we don’t use the common words that are defining churches. We are looking at the simplicity of the body of Christ and the presence of God.

We’re concerned about whether the presence of God is noticeable and active in our gathering because people don’t need an event, they don’t need a show. People don’t need famous worship leadership. They need a life-changing transaction with their Creator. That’s what people want.

Our church is a church where people have life-changing encounters with God. When you come to Passion City Church, you’ll know that we’re here to exalt God, to paint a picture of him, to be people who are humbled before him, to express him to the city and to the world.

What will be the biggest difference between inspirational conference speaking and preaching on a regular basis?
For me, there’s not a lot of difference. For ten years, in our student ministry at Baylor, I spoke every week. You have to come with something fresh every time. In Atlanta, every Tuesday night I stood in front of young single adults for 11 or 12 years. The speaking is going to be the same, the message is going to be the same. Now I’m back to my 21-year history of getting on my knees, my eyes open, the word of God open.

Passion is geared toward college students, and you’ve said Passion City Church will have the same DNA. Do you expect your parishioners to be largely young adults?
We’re a church for all ages already. Passion isn’t going to be a university church, although there are 160,000 university students in Atlanta and we’d love for them to come.

We’d like to be a church where the people who are 50 always are leaning toward the people who are 18. I know that biblically, it’s our place to lead and their place to respect their elders. But the church grows when we embrace them. I hope it has a youthful vibe.

It seems logical to expect that a church led by a team of Louie Giglio, Matt Redman, and Chris Tomlin will attract a lot of attendees. How will you be sure your congregation is growing spiritually?
The practicality is that it has to be fleshed out in small groups, one-on-one relationships. There isn’t a blueprint yet, but it can absolutely be done. There isn’t a dichotomy between having a big church and a successful community. There are some gigantic churches in the world who are doing an amazing job of fostering community.

It depends on what are you trying to do. Are you are trying to get the most people possible in the church, or trying to get the deepest possible community connection possible? When you read the New Testament, the beginning of the church was explosive. We are all reaching back to the New Testament community. Everybody is talking about Acts 2 church or community as if that wasn’t important five or ten or fifteen years ago, when everybody was talking about how to get the unchurched through the door. We lose the focus when we begin to think first about people.

So we try to first think about God. The Holy Spirit is amazing; he will lead people who are following him to help build community. It’s possible to have an explosive, movement-oriented church that has unbelievable down-deep community. And if I had a blueprint for that right now, I would be writing a book.

We aren’t afraid at Passion City Church of being incredibly large. We’re not intimidated by the thought of, „What if x number of people come?” We’re also not afraid of being incredibly small. We just want to be a place where the presence of God rests and moves out to help this city and the cities of the world.

We have high confidence in God. When you take steps that look a little crazy, he has a way of doing things that blow your mind. We are just trying to position ourselves, to be ready.

Read the full interview.

Posted on the Josh Harris blog August 13, 2008

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