" Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hat you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." Matthew 5:44
In his book, Christ in the Communist Prisons, Richard Wurmbrand tells of the time his wife met the man who had murdered her family in Nazi Germany. She put her arms around him and she wept she told him she had forgiven him. Such true and divinely given love can come only from a heart that knows it has been forgiven.
It is easy to show love to those we like or those of our families. The real test of our relationship with Christ comes, however, when we move beyond our natural feelings to loving those whose actions have shown them to be our enemies. Some talk of "easy Christianity". There is no such thing. To be wholly like Christ is to be wholly unlike ourselves.
Circumstances, Personailty conflicts, tensions, or jealousies often bring us in conflict with our fellowmen. Some may show they do not like us, some may even determine to destroy us or our influence. In such situations we must call upon that divine love that lives in us to help us in our reactions. Then we will love not only the lovely, but also that one who is filled with hate.
Why is forgiveness such a big deal? God paid a high price for us to be forgiven...Jesus Christ dying on the cross! How can one deny forgiveness for others, when God, despite of your iniquitities, forgave you? This would be like spitting on the cross and what Christ has sacrificed for us! Matthew 6:12 "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" There is a condition to receiving forgiveness...forgiving others. Only God can forgive man, but we can forgive the actions of someone against us!
Truth: "I will permit no man to reduce my soul to the level of hatred" Booker T Washington
Dear Father in heaven, in the Name of Jesus please forgive me of my sins. Please forgive me for not forgiving others. Holy Spirit please instill a heart of forgiveness within me, and help me to forgive others. Thank you, Father for your forgiveness. Amen!
1John1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Sunday, November 22, 2009
SCIENCE FALSELY SO CALLED • O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:1 Timothy 6:20 Our scientific exploration of hell begins with a brief history of the past and present theories of volcanoes. Let us carefully weigh the shifting sand of science against the solid rock of the Word of God. Science has changed and revised and rewritten its theories through the years. But the Bible never wavered. It never changed. Its gospel of both hope and horror has been preached and printed far more than any other message. Its scientific accuracy has been fiercely challenged and mocked through the years. And yet, even with the keen knowledge of twenty-first century science, every verifiable scientific discovery loudly testifies to the truthfulness of the Word of God. And hell forms perhaps the Bible’s greatest verifiable scientific witness. Let me address my readers who instinctively break out with scientific-itis. In other words, you find science boring, worthless and just flat out weird. Please keep reading and be patient. We’ll get you through the fog of science shortly. Let us travel through the halls of science and briefly inspect their myth, monsters and madness from yesteryear explaining the fearsome volcano. The renowned Roman poet Virgil, who lived around 70 B.C. – 19 B.C. (near the time of Jesus), taught an unusual but popular theory about volcanoes: The Roman poet Virgil (70 B.C.–19 B.C.) attribute the eruptions of Etna to the desperate efforts of the rebellious Titan Enceladus to free himself from the underground prison to which Jupiter had consigned him. The trembling of the earth stemmed from his writhing, the eruption from his burning breath, and the rumbling from his plaintive voice.(Kraft, Katia and Maurice, Volcanoes: Earth’s Awakening. Hammond Incorporated, Maplewood, 1980. p. 5) Many preposterous and ridiculous delusions about volcanoes permeated the time of Jesus Christ. Moreover, the Greeks believe that their fire god, Hephastus, frequented this vicinity. The Romans placed his dwelling in the crater of Vulcan. This unruly child of Jupiter and Juno, they said, had set up a forge beneath the crater, and there, amid flames and smoke, he hammered out the bronze arrows of Apollo. . .(Kraft, Katia and Maurice, Volcanoes: Earth’s Awakening. Hammond Incorporated, Maplewood, 1980. p. 5) The Roman mythical god Vulcan was so attributed to the volcano, the name "volcano" comes courtesy of the god of Vulcan. National Geographic writes, "In ancient times the natural phenomenon merged with myth, drawing its name from a Roman god, Vulcan, ruler of fire, forge, and hearth."(Volcanoes: Crucibles of Creation, National Geographic, Dec. 1992, p. 13) It is worth noting that the Lord Jesus (and even the much older, Old Testament writers) never spoke such superstitious, mythical gibberish. Every single statement where the Bible describes the "heart of the earth" it aligns 100% with today’s authenticated science. Not one statement, among 31,102 verses; 788,258 words, ever contradict true science. Not one. The following silly superstitions and volcanic monsters were popular teachings during the time of the Lord Jesus. The primitive people of Chile, for example, believed that a monstrous whale lived inside volcanoes, while inhabitants of India saw the monster as a gigantic mole or ferocious boar. The ancient Japanese thought a huge and horrifying spider lay inside. The Indonesians believed there was snake, Hontobogo by name, which held up the whole world wit its body. . . Innumerable superstitions and rites connected with volcanoes have now come to light; and in more advanced civilizations too, the imaginary inhabitants of volcanoes were closely related to myths of gods and devils.(Rittmann, A. and L. Volcanoes. Insituto Geografico de Agostini S.p.A., Novara 1976. p. 7) The Greek philosopher Plato (427 – 347 B.C.) is championed among our universities and institutes of higher learning. Plato’s words and wisdom are considered almost the divine words of a god. Plato was among the first to seriously study volcanoes with a scientific discipline. The following are Plato’s teachings concerning the heart of the earth: One of the earliest scientific approaches to the question of volcanoes was that of Plato. He claimed that earthquakes were caused by hot winds imprisoned and under pressure in immense subterranean caverns. They caught fire from contact with the great burning river, the Pyrriphlegathon, and then gave birth to a volcano.(Kraft, Katia and Maurice, Volcanoes: Earth’s Awakening. Hammond Incorporated, Maplewood, 1980. p. 12) Another giant amongst the academic elite is Aristotle (384–322 B.C. and one of Plato’s students). Aristotle’s "pneumatic" folly for the volcanic fire also arose from "winds trapped within the earth." In his Meteorics, the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) suggested that volcanoes and earthquakes were caused by winds trapped within the earth. . . (Clayton, Keith, The Crust of the Earth, The Story of Geology, The Natural History Press, Garden City, NY, 1967. p. 10-12) He [Aristotle] thought that waves breaking on the sea-shore compressed the air in caves along the coast, forcing it into the earth. Then, when it came into contact with sulphur and bitumen, the air would set them alight. Flames, smoke, scoria (lava fragments) and ashes then escaped through the vents of volcanoes. This "pneumatic" theory dominated scientific thinking for more than 2,000 years, and terms like scoria and ash are still used in scientific language. . . This "combustion" theory which seemed, in effect, to be the only possible explanation, was accepted without reservation by philosophers and by most naturalists until the end of about the eighteenth century.(Rittmann, A. and L. Volcanoes. Insituto Geografico de Agostini S.p.A., Novara 1976. pp. 8, 10) Until the last hundred years, Aristotle’s "combustion" concoction became the best theory the scientific community could "dream up." The fact that inside this earth contained a lake of fire, hotter than the surface of the sun, never entered their naturalistic dulled minds. To the scientific world, such a place did not seem possible. Needless to say, the scientific knowledge about volcanoes was late coming. In fact, (as we'll see) the scientific community only discovered any serious truth about volcanoes within the last hundred years. As one writer conveyed science's limited knowledge of volcanoes: In early times our knowledge of volcanoes was limited. People could see the smoke and lava that spewed forth from the volcanoes but didn’t understand what caused it. Many cultures explained these powerful forces by telling stories about the gods that lived in the volcano. Greek mythology, for example, was full of references to volcanoes. In their legends, Typhon, a hideous monster with many heads, drooled lava and spat out fiery rocks. To put a stop to this menace, Zeus imprisoned Typhon under Mt. Etna, the world's tallest active volcano. According to legend this is the source of all the mountain's volcanic activity. In addition, the Greeks credited the god Hephaestus for eruptions. He was generally a peaceful craftsman and the master of the forge, but if provoked, he could vent his wrath on the people in a storm of volcanic ash. Hephaestus later became the Roman god Vulcan.(http://www.algebralab.org/passage/passage.aspx?file=EarthSpace_Volcanoes.xml) In 1665 German scholar Athanasius Kircher drew an early cross section of the earth. In his view, winds fan subterranean reservoirs of fire, inflaming volcanoes around the globe. (Center of the Earth, National Geographic, Jan. 1996, p. 104) The 1700s heralded the lofty "Age of Enlightenment." This famed time period bears juicy accolades such as the "Age of Rationalism" or "Age of Idealism," trumpeting its intellectual and scientific progress. Their "enlightenment" regarding the heart of the earth remained in the dark. The following include a few "Age of Enlightenment" delusions: Sometime around 1700 the French chemist Lemery noticed that a mixture of iron filings and flowers of sulphur, dampened by water, spontaneously heats up to the point of incandescence and gives off steam and other projected matter. . .This idea took root that volcanoes are produced by the combustion and fermentation of certain matter in contact with air and water. The famous French naturalist Buffon enthusiastically adopted this theory in his Natural History, written in the middle of the eighteenth century. . . (Kraft, Katia and Maurice, Volcanoes: Earth’s Awakening. Hammond Incorporated, Maplewood, 1980. p. 12-13) Published in 1770, Count de Buffon’s Natural History, stands high among scientists and naturalists. The following excerpts from Buffon’s Natural History, illustrates his famous theory of the volcanic fire: A volcano is an immense cannon whose barrel may be a mile in diameter. Its mouth vomits torrents of smoke and flames, rivers of bitumen, sulphur and molten metal, clouds of ash and stones. . . The noise, fire and smoke are caused by the fact that in the burning mountains there are accumulations of sulphur, bitumen and other flammable matter, as well as minerals and pyrites which ferment when exposed to air and dampness. When they catch fire there is an explosion proportional to the quantity of flammable matter. . . The center of volcanic activity is not deep down in the earth but near the surface; only for this reason does wind fan the combustion. . . (Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc Comte de, Natural History qtd. Kraft, Katia and Maurice, Volcanoes: Earth’s Awakening. Hammond Incorporated, Maplewood, 1980. p. 12-13) The following are more recent "grasping for straws" scientific clunkers explaining the "fire" in the earth: In the eighteenth century it was thought that electricity, which had only just been discovered, might be the source of volcanic energy, and this idea was thoroughly examined.(Rittmann, A. and L. Volcanoes. Insituto Geografico de Agostini S.p.A., Novara 1976. p. 11) Sir Humphry Davy ascribed volcanic heat to the oxidation of material in the deep interior of the Earth. An alternative idea was put forward by the engineer Robert Mallet, who was one of the founders of seismology. He believed that the heat of the volcanic action was derived from the work of crushing rocks beneath the surface.(Bruce A. Bolt, Inside the Earth, p. 6) Finally, in the twentieth century, the discovery of radioactivity gave new scope to hypothesis about the origin of volcanoes. According to one theory, the rocks inside the earth were melted by heat resulting from radioactivity produced by uranium, thorium and potassium. Finally, there have been hypothesis concerning atomic ‘bombs’ (nuclear reactions occurring naturally).(Rittmann, A. and L.. Volcanoes. Insituto Geografico de Agostini S.p.A., Novara 1976. p. 11) But as research by scientists and naturalists progressed, their study of volcanic phenomena was concentrated on a single problem: to discover the source of the heat which fed volcanoes-in other words, to find the origin of volcanic energy.(Rittmann, A. and L. Volcanoes. Insituto Geografico de Agostini S.p.A., Novara 1976. p. 10) The source of the heat that melts rocks was once a subject of lively debate. The leading contenders were the Earth’s original heat from the time of formation; heat from the breakdown of the radioactive isotopes of uranium, thorium, and potassium; heat from the gravitative energy of redistributing heavy elements toward the center of the Earth; and heat from the tidal friction of slowing the Earth’s rotation. Most geologists now agree that the decay of radioactive isotopes is the principal heat source.(Decker, Robert and Barbara, Volcanoes, W.H. Freeman and Company: San Francisco, 1997 p. 186) We could quickly stock a good size library with the preposterous theories and delusions science plagued history with attempting to explain volcanic fire. Suffice to say, until 150 short years ago, the scientific community remained in the dark illuminating the fire inside the earth. Their best theories were myth, monsters and madness. The Crust of the Earth, acknowledges earth science’s abscess of "myth, guesswork, and vague philosophical speculation" littering history all those years. The key to the growing body of knowledge is the geologist’s ability to collect masses of indirect evidence and to interpret it by physical and chemical laws. Until about 150 years ago, however, this kind of scientific rigor was rarely applied to man’s inquiries into the nature and history of our planet. Before then, the path toward knowledge was littered with myth, guesswork, and vague philosophical speculation.(Clayton, Keith, The Crust of the Earth, The Story of Geology, The Natural History Press, Garden City, NY, 1967, p. 10) But that would soon change. . .
VOLCANOES AND THE DEVIL • Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:Matthew 25:41 Throughout history, volcanoes possessed a bizarre attraction to the paranormal and cults. From the mythological Vulcan to the thousands of human sacrifices tossed in the mouth of the volcano to appease the "gods", a devilish enticement follows the fire-breathing volcano. The book, The Edge of Fire by Robert Wenkam devotes a complete chapter titled "Volcanoes and the Devil." The medium of the volcano inspire many new age and esoteric disciples. Popular New Age teacher and author Alice Bailey writes in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, ". . . Earth is changed through the medium of volcanic action. . ." Bailey claims a people called Agnichaitans live in volcanoes and ". . . they are the alchemists of the lower regions. . ." The unearthly appeal and tug coming from the hellish volcano defies human logic. Many cults and bizarre sects receive their inspiration and instruction from the volcano. The volcano Mt. Shasta in California was the birthplace of the occult group I AM. The "Ascended Master" St. Germain miraculously descended from the sky to hiker Guy Ballard. From Mt. Shasta, the "Ascended Master" communicated the esoteric teachings of the I AM. In the book, "Unveiled Mysteries," Ballard describes his mystical encounter with the satanic Germain as, ". . . He stood there before me -- A Magnificent God-like figure - in a white jeweled robe, a Light and Love sparkling in his eyes that revealed and proved the Dominion and Majesty that are his." Mt. Shasta provides otherworld revelation for the Rosicrucians. They believe the mystic people of Lemuris or Mu inhabit Mt. Shasta. Wenkem reports the Lemurians appearance as "garbed in pure white and in sandals, with long curly hair, tall and majestic in appearance" (Wenkam, Robert. The Edge of Fire. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco. 1987. p. 131) The Rosicrucians also teach volcanic eruptions provide mystic atonement for the materialistic greed of humanity. James Hilton received a supernatural vision at the volcanic Mt. Shasta that spawned the cultic book, Lost Horizon, which unfolded the new age land of Shangri-La. New age guru and founder of the satanic Theosophical Society, Helena Blavatsky traveled to Mount Shasta and claimed the Sanskrit word Sishta [Shasta] was an enlightened sect from a previous age. Occult disciple and writer, John P. Scott (On the Occult Path, Occult Interpretations, Four Gospels Esoterically Interpreted, et. al.) says "‘earthbound spirits from an old civilization" live at Mt. Shasta. The inspiration from volcanoes created the "Dianetic" revelation for L. Ron Hubbard’s trendy Scientology. Hubbard’s perverted path claims that earthlings began when inhabitants from 76 planets, called the "Galactic Federation", left their mother planet, traveled to Earth and settled specifically at volcanoes. Hubbards’ Dianetic symbol is the fire spewing volcano. Popular New Age teacher Nola Van Vale received esoteric messages from "Ascended Masters" at Mt. Shasta. Her occult books, The Tramp At My Door, My Meeting with the Masters on Mount Shasta and Mt. Shasta Ascended Master Teaching provide the basis of the new age Radiant School of Seekers and Servers. Wenkam records 40 to 50 cults receive spiritual influence just from Mt. Shasta: An estimated 40 to 50 cult groups attach spiritual significance to Mt. Shasta. They describe 15 to 20 kinds if strange beings living inside or somewhere on the mountain. Some believe a race of drawfs similar to Hawaiian menehunes or Irish leprechauns inhabit Shasta.(Wenkam, Robert. The Edge of Fire. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco. 1987. pp. 131, 132) Wenkam also records ordinary travelers commonly see bizarre beings at the volcanic Mt. Shasta: In past years, reports by travelers in the region of Shasta have mentioned seeing odd-looking persons who ran back into hiding when seen, people ‘distinctive in features and complexion. . . have the appearance of being quite old and yet exceedingly agile.(Wenkam, Robert. The Edge of Fire. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco. 1987. pp. 131, 132) The Connected Traveler writes the occult world bountifully inhabit Mt. Shasta: Channelers, astrologers and shops that sell healing crystals, tarot cards, wands and other spiritual needs are as common as 7-Elevens. They'll sell you maps plotting Shasta's lines of energy, vortexes and other places with spirits and forces that one does not find in Anaheim or the Bronx.(Mt. Shasta, The Connected Traveler,
Many more accounts exist linking Mt. Shasta to the occult. Several books such as Mt. Shasta: History, Legend & Lore, Mt. Shasta: California's Mystic Mountain, and Secrets from Mt. Shasta detail the mystic history of Mt. Shasta.
Volcano Mt. Saint Helens in Washington provides cosmic connections to frequent cult activity. Weird lights, unearthly sounds, UFO sightings and unusual beings are commonly reported at Mt. St. Helens. Sightings of the legendary Sasquatch, named "Bigfoot," commonly occur at Mt. St. Helens. Many volcanic cults such as The Children of the Great Firey One reside at Mt. St. Helens.
In 1998, a UFO sect of thirty-two Germans and one Spanish woman traveled to the volcano Mt. Teide in Spain. Led by German psychologist, Fittkau-Garthe, they designed a mass suicide to enable their souls transported away in a UFO at the volcano.
The strange clone-cult known as the "Raelians" was born at the volcano. Cult leader Claude Vorilhon supposedly met alien beings at the volcano "Le Puy de Lassalas." There the mysterious beings presented Vorilhon with the "Raelian" gospel. Vorilhon claims to have met with Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha and Moses while flying to other planets. Vorilhon’s deluded followers number in the thousands, and own the cloning company Clonaid. Vorilhon says Jesus Christ was resurrected using cloning.
Clearly, the fire-breathing dragon called a volcano possesses a curious and diabolical appeal to the cults and occult.
A WINDOW INTO HELL • For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed. . .Matthew 13:15 The Lord gave mankind an unmistakable window into the "heart of the earth." A window so powerful and so impressive, its presence is breathtaking. A window so thunderous and so terrifying, its hellish power is nature’s deadliest force. . . An erupting, fire-breathing volcano is earth’s most fearsome sight. Many cities, countries, and people have been violently buried under the volcano’s wrath. Carsten Peter is among the world’s most devoted volcano researchers. Peter has studied and photographed volcanoes for many years. Peter tells National Geographic magazine: "The size and power of a volcano is like nothing else on earth."("Inside the Volcano", National Geographic, Nov. 2000, p. 55) The book Volcanoes and the Earth’s Interior by Scientific American has a section titled, "Volcanic Windows into the Earth’s Interior." The section begins with these words: Some geologists say, without envy, that we know less about the Earth’s interior than we know about outer space. . . However, we have a great deal of indirect knowledge about the Earth’s interior, and volcanoes provide some of the best free samples.(Decker, Robert and Barbara, Volcanoes and the Earth’s Interior, Scientific American, Inc., W.H. Freeman and Company: San Francisco, 1982, p. 83) Volcano scientists, Robert and Barbara Decker, describe volcanoes as ". . . dark windows to the Earth’s interior. . ." Volcanoes are dark windows to the Earth’s interior. Because their products are the only direct samples of the composition of the Earth’s deeper levels, the aspect of volcanology that studies these materials has received considerable attention.(Decker, Robert and Barbara, Volcanoes, W.H. Freeman and Company: San Francisco, 1997, p. 128) Before we proceed, let the reader understand one important fact: the vast majority (if not all) of the scientific material in this study comes from individuals who do not believe the Bible. At best, they consider the Bible nothing but superstitious fantasy or folk-lore. Nonetheless, the evidence is so overwhelming, the obvious conclusion is humanly impossible to disregard. Let me also add, the scientific material for the next few pages may technically confound some readers, but please continue reading. You may not comprehend everything, but you should easily understand enough to grasp the truth. The mammoth lake of fire exploding from the mouth of an erupting volcano unmistakably echoes the fires of hell. The similarity is impossible to ignore. Robert Wenkam in The Edge of Fire acknowledges the Bible’s depiction of hell and a "volcanic lake of fire below the earth" are one and the same. St. John the Divine wrote of these retributions in Chapter 20 of Revelations, where he warns of a "Fiery lake of burning brimstone" and how "the fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who led them astray was flung into the fiery, sulphurous lake, where the animal and the false prophet were, there to be tortured day and night forever and ever" St. John could have only been thinking of a volcanic lake of fire below the earth, . . ."(Wenkam, Robert. The Edge of Fire. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco. 1987. p. 132) Mr. Wenkam’s statement contains a glaring fallacy — John probably knew nothing of a volcano, much less ever seen one. Israel holds very little volcano activity. And John had no National Geographic magazines or Discovery channel to inform him of volcanoes. Wenkam later ridicules the Lord Jesus’ message of hell as "the most sadistic fantasy ever conceived," yet the fiery spectacle of an erupting volcano provokes from even the most atheistic scientist — the thought of hell. They may rationally ridicule the place of hell, but their words "of hell" betray them. "a new religion, Christianity was getting organized in Palestine with a Bible telling of an underworld filled with molten lava, a lake of fire they called Hell. . .Hell is perhaps the most sadistic fantasy ever conceived. It is described, painted, and contemplated with incredibly perverse relish as a perpetual lake of fire where inextinguishable flames burn forever. To a Christian and a geologist, it is a reasonable description of the earth below, and it is understandable how. . . [volcanoes] has come to be associated with the ultimate punishment of sinners and unbelievers.(Wenkam, Robert. The Edge of Fire. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco. 1987. p. 132) The devil and sulfurous lakes of fire are like Hades and Hell, Christian liturgical symbols that have become American folklore. . . But even the most sophistic explorer will often describe awesome vistas in terms of the nether world, as Jacques Cousteau did on his television segment describing the summit crater on Deception Island in Antarctica" ‘It is satanic, like Hell frozen over’.(Wenkam, Robert. The Edge of Fire. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco. 1987. p. 133) Deuteronomy 32:22, plainly states that the fire from the foundations of the mountains (a volcano) come from the lowest hell.For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.Deuteronomy 32:22
The handiwork of an omnipotent God shines throughout our physical world. His design resonates within the complexity of the microscopic DNA code; to the vastness of the telescopic universe. King David writes in Psalms 19:1, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork." Romans chapter 1 describes a generation that has completely destroyed any and all hope. Much as today, the judgement of a Holy God looms near. Romans 1 with their blatant sexual perversion, nature worship, abortion, evolution and vile wickedness bears the mark of this generation. Romans 1:19-20 unfurls a warning thread weaving throughout Romans 1: Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them.For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:Romans 1:19-20 The message of Romans 1:19-20 is plain and simple. Open your eyes and see. What you see will reveal the visible and the invisible hand of God. As someone once said, "There are none so blind as those who will not see." The prophet Jeremiah put it like this: Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:Jeremiah 5:21 Romans 1:20 ends with these somber words, ". . . so that they are without excuse. . ." The Lord floods us with so much visible evidence of His handiwork, its vastness muffles our awareness. Our carnal nature blindly searches for some hint of God, all the while His work shines so bright, it nearly blinds us. The evidence of God appears so obvious, and so great, we tightly close our eyes to the truth, while we seek for some hidden nugget. The apostle Paul admonishes the skeptics at Mars Hill in Acts 17:27: "That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:" How true today! We spend billions and billions traveling into space or trying to decode the DNA looking for a hint of God. And all the while, ". . . he be not far from every one of us:" When we encounter the supernatural revelation of the Word of God, we quickly scurry under the rock of science. In 1 Timothy 6:20, the Bible warns of the ". . . oppositions of science falsely so called." The definitian of "science" means "a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths. . ." (www.infoplease.com "science"). True science testifies and verifies the truth — nothing but the truth. True science will always agree with the Word of God. John 17:17 says of the scriptures: ". . . thy word is truth." Despite the "oppositions of science. . ." every verifiable truth discovered by science echoes the truth of God’s Word. And hell is no exception. . . Let us never fear the Goliath of science in the battle for truth. The young man, David, armed with only a sling and "five smooth stones," boldly confronted the colossal giant of Goliath. The Bible says in 1 Samuel, 17: 48, "And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine." David "ran toward" Goliath. He understood, the battle was the Lord’s. 1 Samuel, 17: 45 says, "Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied." It is ironic, that David used Goliath’s own sword to cut his head off: 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.1 Samuel 17:50-51 As David used Goliath's own sword to behead him, in this article, we'll also use today's "sword" of the Goliath of science to view into the place of hell. Bible Believing Christians should never fear the ". . . oppositions of science falsely so called." Let us never cower from true science. And the truth is, every true study of science, geology, and geophysics verifies the place of hell. If hell is true – science must confirm it – it has no choice. The scientific data confirming hell is so great, and so visible, it is hard to believe — but impossible to ignore. Hell is among the most verifiable proofs of the Word of God. That statement may surprise some, and shock others. Many reading this will immediately discount it as blind religious dogma. Keep reading, and for the next few pages, divorce your skepticism and carefully examine the facts. Romans 1:20 gives us the "key" to "see" the invisible things of God. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:Romans 1:20 The Lord opens for us a clear window into the "invisible things of him" by simply observing the "things we can see." Our inherent obstacle is our carnal, logical, sensual nature. Although we can clearly see "the invisible things of him," our problem is believing. After doubting Thomas "saw" the risen Lord Jesus, the Lord told Thomas, "Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." (John 20:29) As we "clearly see" the invisible place of hell by seeing "the things that are made", may we not merely "see" the place of hell, but may we "see" and "believe."