Friday, December 22, 2023


The Milky Way arching at a high inclination across the night sky.

Leonard V. Johnson

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From a child, I had a great passion for understanding. Always wanting to know the “why” about things. At the age of 12, I suddenly became fired up with great excitement to learn what God’s living word – the Holy Bible – actually says. In those young years of my life I came face to face with an important question – and a question I hope that you had – Does God exist? I thought I knew. Also, I desired to know the truth – one way or the other – concerning the theory of evolution. In truth, wanting to know beyond a shadow of a doubt the existence of God is the very starting point for the acquisition of knowledge. I have come to understand that it is the FOUNDATION FOR UNDERSTANDING.

In 1992 I was told by a friend that I had been conformed to Armstrongism. Always an inquisitor, I desired to know whether he was right! He questioned everything I had learned – i.e. the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, angels, life, death, God’s Law, the Sabbath, etc. All the foundational doctrines that I had come to understand in my 3 ½ years of learning. Therefore, I accepted the challenge of a multi-month intense Bible study. Breaking down and methodically going through each doctrine of God’s living word – I truly wanted to understand and to know biblical truth and knowledge and to properly distinguish, differentiate, and discern between biblical truth and biblical error. I needed to erase the chalkboard – but not forget – everything I was taught for those 3 ½ years. I started with the elementary principles of Christ – cf. Hebrews 6:1-2, and began to learn the truth of God as shown to me through God the Father and Jesus Christ as I read, studied, and prayed in connection with God’s living word – Them being my Teacher. Not what some Armstrong said – but through Them!

There are two possibilities of origin – it’s either like what Professor Stephen Hawking hawked, he concluded that the Big Bang was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics. In his work, The Grand Design, he wrote, “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.” Or it’s a special creation by a Creator God. Of course, the former is much more popular. And it has won popular acceptance in science and in higher education.

We Must Know!

I have come to see and understand that the majority of this world’s so-called religious people are only assuming that God exists! Why? Well, it’s simply because they were taught it since childhood – without proving it to themselves. Also, in the circles in which they have lived. In my home, too, growing up, it was unquestionably taught – God exists. I came to understand that I was only assuming that God exists. Very few have actually looked for proof!

How do you look for proof that God exists? Is it the physical things we see all around us – is this proof!? Is it Darwin’s theory of evolution, of which any elementary or junior high school textbook alleged or proposed, theorized, or assumed, of which I was told to accept every bit of it without question!?

This morning I saw a female Lutheran preacher who was proudly proclaiming to be an LGBTQ “identified and affirmed” person at one of their rallies. And when she was confronted by a young man questioning her, she shuts him down! And this struck a chord with me – because we know well that people in general believe only what they are willing to believe. And only what they are willing to accept. In the majority of cases, people feel no compulsion or desire to refuse what is accepted in their social or geographical environment. Most dyed-in-the-wool homosexuals or lesbians will not accept the living truth of God – because of their reluctance or willingness to be corrected. She invited the young man to her church – surely so that she would have a Legion behind her  -  all with the same general belief! The old idiom - there's strength in numbers.

The worldwide Book that is professing to be the very living word of the Creator of the universe – the very One who created all things, “and without Him nothing was made that was made” says unequivocally, “the carnal mind is enmity [hostile] against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” – Romans 8:7. No facts, positive evidence, rational reasonings, or proof, will induce such a person (a person like that female Lutheran preacher who shuts you down even before listening to you) to accept that against which they are prejudiced. As I’ve said before - prejudism is a strong barrier to growth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I Personally Found Proof of God’s Existence!

I desired to examine the facts. I restudied the very question of “evolution” rereading large portions of The Origins of Species by Charles Darwin and still was impressed by his command of contemporary studies in geology, botany, and zoology. He was blessed with an insatiable and unbounded appetite to test all kinds of things using science. Though much makes one scratch their head and appears seemingly convincing, when examined under the microscope of God’s living word – his hypothesis, theories, and explanations fall dead.

With the creation and launch of the James Webb telescope, some of the early images received are now questioning the theory of the Big Bang! Yet, some dyed-in-the-wool physicists are insisting, “No, the Big Bang theory is not ‘broken.’”

I recently watched the"Astrum" channel on YouTube (I really like this channel, because he doesn’t try and sell the theory of evolution or the Big Bang theory), in which the James Webb telescope is aiding in studying the recently found massive groups of rogue planets without a star – some are binary planets. In one October 2023 article in Science Alert, “JWST observations of the star-forming heart of the Orion nebula have given us something we've never seen before. There, in the Trapezium cluster, scientists have found dozens of planet-like objects roughly the mass of Jupiter untethered to any star, drifting through the galaxy in gravitationally bound pairs like it's a perfectly normal thing to do. But it isn't. There is no known formation mechanism that can lead to these binary masses – never mind 42 of them.” 1 European Space Agency scientist Samuel Pearson adds, “The main thing that we learn from this is that there is something fundamentally wrong with either our understanding of planet formation, star formation, or both.” 2

There is a vital issue that is unexplained in the standard model of the Big Bang theory. The model does not even address the very moment of creation at all – except for Stephen Hawking's erroneous statement, “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.” But like Clara Peller asking, “Where’s the Beef?” – I ask, “Where’s the Proof?” The standard model only begins with the growth of the universe from a preexisting source of energy and matter. This standard model then makes you have to believe that something was created out of nothing!

Even to their chagrin, several scientists agree that there had to be a source of energy and matter before the Big Bang. But, what laws of physics can explain this phenomenon? There are none. To be fair – Hawking’s did not claim to have proven the non-existence of God.

Well, have you thought of this question – with all the energy, matter, and space itself initially concentrated in such a tiny volume, what held everything in place before it was supposedly released in a “Big Bang”!? What force would be strong enough to constrict the entire known universe other than a Creator!? The scientific community just states, “It is entirely possible that there was no previous era. Assuming this is true, it means that matter, energy, space, and time just began abruptly.” 3

Also, there is the question of the four fundamental forces of the universe.

● Gravity. A universal attraction between all forms of mass and energy.
● Strong Forces. In which is needed to hold the nucleus of atoms together.
● Weak Forces. As in acting inside particles of an atom and responsible for some particle reactions along with certain kinds of radioactivity.
● Electromagnetic Forces. A force acting between any charged particles such as electrons and protons within atoms.

Returning again to the quoted article “The science behind the Big Bang theory,” it mentions the fact that scientists believe these fundamental forces did emerge during the first seconds of the supposed “Big Bang.” But, they can’t explain how these forces emerged. Are we also to believe that such fundamental forces just came into being from nothing?

As Einstein’s theory of relativity postulated that time is a part of the physical universe, what existed before?

Well, the LORD God of the Holy Bible claims responsibility for the creation of the universe.

Which God?

Back in April 2022, someone asked me which God I worshiped. “Which God? The God of the Catholics or the God of the Hindus, etc.?”

That’s certainly a fair question. It deserves an answer.

Yes, my friend, I have a God!

Sadly, over the centuries mankind has separated the LORD God of the Bible into a separate God, whom they call “the God of the Hebrews.” I think this gets back to the question I was asked in 2022. “Which God?”

We are told in the living word of God – that the Word brought everything that exists into existence – including all that is falsely called “God.” It was He – the very One we know of as JESUS CHRIST – who created all matter, the fundamental forces and energy! He created LIFE and even endowed some of it with great intelligence.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” – John 1:1.


God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ is God [the Hebrew word Elohim, plural in meaning – more than one – the family of God].


Now according to James Frazer, the whole world “progressed from a belief in magic [and I might add, darkness, ignorance, and superstitions] as a means of controlling his environment to religious beliefs, which propitiated” their gods, goddesses, and spirits. The gods of nations have been carved by men’s hands out of wood, gold, or silver. The gods of this world’s false religions have been carved out of human imaginations and faulty human reasonings. There are others who continue to worship the Sun, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, angels, and even the American singer Beyoncé! All these “gods” and “goddesses” are merely the created.

Creation is one PROOF OF GOD!

A Time When Matter DID NOT Exist

The Uranium in existence today has not been in existence long enough to have run its course and changed into lead. For a fairly accurate age of the Earth, we use Uranium. A radioactive element that decays into many sequential daughter isotopes before finally arriving at lead. This means that the proportions of Uranium and lead isotopes can give highly accurate age readings for a given sample of up to 4.5 billion years.

God’s living word does not describe the Earth as ever being a hot molten mass – to the contrary, His word states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” And, according to His word – “But this fact is hidden from them – they themselves choosing to ignore it – that by the Word of God the heavens existed of old, and the earth came forth out of water and amid water” – 2 Peter 3:5, NET. It was not created as a result of the “Big Bang” theory! Even Reasoanable-Bath-4963 has the common sense to ask, “Uranium turns into lead, but there's still uranium. Why?” Especially since we have been told over and over that the Earth is some 4.50 billion years old! The uranium series from 238 U has a half-life of 4.47 billion years! According to scientific consensus, Uranium formed 6.6 billion years ago. Therefore, there was a definite time of starting. Since radioactive elements such as Uranium, Radium, and Thorium have not existed ALWAYS, there was a time BEFORE when these elements DID NOT EXIST!

What About LIFE?

Where did LIFE come from?

Did life originate from what the likes of Carl Sagan had argued? “That the early atmosphere of the Earth was hydrogen-rich, and that the origin of life occurred before the hydrogen was lost, and that such gases sparked, creating life. That life began in the ocean with temperatures that began to fall and the amino-acids, and the proteins and the nucleotides – and how these different chemicals and the different aspects of this old earth – which condensed out of interstellar gas and dust some 4.5 billion years ago – and how they came together to form the earliest stages of life – a kind of organic soup!?”


The late great French microbiologist Louis Pasteur in 1862, tested the validity of a widely held belief in spontaneous generation. For centuries, the general population and naturalists alike believed that a variety of organisms could arise spontaneously. Sound familiar? “The universe can and will create itself from nothing.” Pasteur’s experiments showed that microbes CANNOT arise from nonliving materials. Now, there are those who argue that eons ago conditions on Earth and in the atmosphere were vastly different than they were in Pasteur’s lifetime. Pasteur proved that microorganisms come from the multiplication of parent microorganisms of their own kind. Advocates of this spontaneous generation doctrine continue to argue that some form of the doctrine is true – in the sense that if life did not always exist on Earth it must have been spontaneously generated at some point. And, without even realizing it – turning 360° back to a CREATOR!

Now Darwin was quite clever not to promote this spontaneous generation of life in his work The Origin of Species, but his followers knew all too well what he meant. Especially Thomas Huxley who boldly proclaimed the ability that life can come from non-life.

Now, there’s a plethora of debate and speculation about life arising in many places throughout the universe. But, what does established scientific observations and experiments tell us? We NEVER see evidence of anything remotely looking like some “kind of organic soup”!? Nor any life arising spontaneously! What do we see? We only see living things reproducing “according to its kind” – Genesis 1:20-27. The LORD God – THE LIVING CREATORS – who is LIFE, who has imparted life to all that have it.

A person cannot rationally deny the existence of our God – unless he can successfully demonstrate that life can come from non-life.

Also, there are scientific laws, based on repeated experiments or observations, that describe or predict a range of natural phenomena. Such as the Laws of Physics, Laws of classical mechanics, Laws of gravitation and relativity, Laws of chemistry, Laws of biology, and Laws of Earth Sciences.

Do You Believe That There Is Anything Superior To You?

Find a mirror. Look into that mirror. What do you see? You see you. Do you know of anything that is superior to your mind!? Look at the planets in this solar system. Behold, in all its glorious splendor, the entirety of the known universe, with its galaxies, stars, and black holes – they are inanimate. They have no mind, they have no intelligence. They cannot do what you can do!

Your mind can know, think, reason, plan, and carry out its plans. Your mind can invent, produce, and acquire knowledge of the known observable universe. Certainly, a mind can create spaceships and computers. And, man can now send astronauts to the International Space Station – and beyond that, eventually, certainly, to Mars!

In our home, we have an Amazon Alexa – a virtual assistant. Now, there are times when “she” might appear intelligent – but the intelligence and power required to invent and produce “her” is far superior!

However, what one thing you cannot do? You cannot build, create, or produce anything superior to you!

Supreme Intelligence!

There are many companies and organizations that are building robots. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, unveiled a humanoid robot called Optimus. For someone to suggest to you that they could invent, create, build, and bring into being anything far superior in intelligence to you and your mind – would that not certainly insult you!?

Let me ask you straight forward – do you honestly believe that any power or force of less intelligence than you and your mind – brought you about!?

If you do not believe in my God – the very One whom the apostle Paul proclaimed on the Areopagus, “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth” – then you only have the alternative. That something less intelligent than you and your mind produced YOU! A dumb, UNINTELLIGENCE brought you and your intelligence into being. Surely, you don’t believe that – do you!?

What If YOU Were Creator?

I recall when I was a young boy, lying in bed, fantasizing that I could spontaneously create real-life Hot Wheels cars. I had a collection of some two hundred of those scale model cars! I was too young to drive – but I thought creating real-life cars would be so kool! Suppose you could add to your powers of reasoning, planning, design, and creativity!? – so that you could project your will anywhere to create and produce and bring into being whatever your mind can plan and desire!?

Then suppose that you undertook and designed, fashioned, created, shaped, and set in motion a physical three-dimensional universe – with physical planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae – in all its splendor and glory!

Then suppose, in 2/3 of the way out from the galactic center of a solar system in a relatively large galaxy you reason, plan, design, and create all the physical forms of life that exist in this universe. And like in the Dr. Seuss book “Horton Hears A Who!” – there are worlds within worlds, down to the minutest infinitesimal particles of matter that we cannot see without the aid of the most powerful of microscopes.

Are you still looking at yourself in the mirror? Do you think your mind could invent, create, build, and bring into being this planet we call EARTH!? Be honest.

Because, if you can’t – then it stands to reason that the CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE AND ALL MATTER is revealed as the SUPREME INTELLIGENCE! THE ARCHITECT OF THE VAST KNOWN UNIVERSE!

Mankind’s Intelligence vs. the CREATOR

Let’s compare the wisdom and intelligence of man with that of our CREATOR who brought all the marvels into being on this planet and keeps them functioning.

I found it fascinating to have learned that not all of Earth’s oxygen comes from trees. About 80 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere comes from the ocean - from marine plants and plant-like organisms. The main marine organisms that produce oxygen are oceanic plankton. And I found it equally fascinating that the atmospheric oxygen level stays relatively constant! It is constantly being replenished by photosynthetic organisms, mainly in the oceans.

Here’s where the intelligence comes in. What has mankind been doing to the oceans – where marine plants and plant-like organisms live!? I’ll give you a guess. Mankind is having a very negative effect on Earth’s oceans! From habitat destruction via drilling, mining, dredging, destructive anchoring, the removal of priceless corals, carbon emissions, chemical pollution, oil spills, noise pollution, plastic pollution, and overfishing. As of 2018, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch covers 620,000 square miles - consisting of 45,000–129,000 metric tons of garbage!

What about mankind’s direct attack on the atmosphere itself? The three countries with the highest CO2 emissions are China (with 9.9 billion tons), the United States (with 4.4 billion tons), and India (with 2.3 billion tons). In 2020, global carbon emissions reached 32 billion tons! 4

What about mankind’s direct attack on Earth’s creatures? Animals are dying in droves all around the world! More than 3,400 sea lions sickened and died of the H5N1 variant of avian influenza in Peru this winter and spring. And, as the New Republic reported just this year –

“In the last decade or so, mass mortality events worldwide have included the loss of 450-plus elephants in Botswana, 18,000-plus migratory birds in India’s Sambhar Lake, 350 Magellanic penguins in Argentina, hundreds of emaciated gray whales along the Pacific coast, and 99.9 percent of Spain’s fan mussels. Five thousand dead red-wing blackbirds rained down in Arkansas, and 45,000 flying foxes hung from trees and piled on the ground in Australia. Lightning struck down a huddle of 300 Norwegian reindeer. Billions of starfish melted into goop.” 5

Sadly, like all perfect and beautiful gifts from THE CREATOR, mankind fails to value the priceless perfection of the all-wise LORD God.

Not only is mankind polluting this planet – but mankind is now reaching out and polluting other locations and planets in the solar system! It is estimated that there are 500,000 pounds of trash on the Moon. Some 15,694 pounds of trash on Mars. And circling the Earth – as of November 2022, the US Space Surveillance Network reported 25,857 artificial objects in orbit above the Earth! 6 And it’s only getting worse!

Foods That Are Alive!

Step away from the mirror a moment, and look about you – here on this planet are human beings, composed of certain and specific elements of matter – living and organic matter! In a sense, we are what we eat! Because these elements of life must be supplied and replenished through food, water, and oxygen.

No human being – with all our ingenuity, science, and laboratory doodads CAN CREATE FOOD! In other words, we cannot take inorganic matter and turn it into a living substance which is called food. However, there is a Great and Powerful Creator that did! A process that is far more wonderful and advanced than any human being can even imagine!

And so it is that out of the earth grows “grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit trees that yield fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth; … And God saw that it was good” – Genesis 1:11-12.

And when you take an Avocado seed (as an example) and place it in at least 1 inch of water for a couple of days – a true miracle occurs! It begins to sprout leaves! A process that is too wonderful for any human mind to imitate.

MANKIND, with all of our technology and laboratory doodads, with all of our inventive genius, does not have the power to create an Avocado tree! – to convert inorganic matter into living food. Do you truly believe that it is rational to conclude that there is a power or force that is NOT INTELLIGENT that has been able to create this miracle of food!? Did not a far greater intelligence than mankind design, create, and supply mankind with this wonderous miracle of food!? – and all living food in general!?

Oldest Known Analogue Computer

Some years ago I saw on the History Channel the discovery of the oldest known analogue computer – which is called the Antikythera mechanism. Built-in the 2nd century BC, it was used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses decades in advance. In 2022 researchers proposed its initial calibration date, not construction date, which could have been 23 December 178 BC.

Of course, it no longer works. It stopped working when the Roman cargo ship it was on sank off Point Glyphadia on the Greek island of Antikythera in approximately 70 – 60 BC.

Surely, ever so often, it was calibrated. As noted above, researchers proposed its initial calibration date of December 23rd 178 BC. And it was set by the MASTER CLOCK OF THE UNIVERSE!

But, what about the wristwatch you have on? Even this clock will not keep perfect time. Once or twice a week it needs to be adjusted a second or two by the master clock – the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). But even this master clock, based in the United States of America, is not perfect, either. Occasionally the NIST has to (for the sake of simplicity) combine outputs from cesium beam and hydrogen maser atomic clocks into a single signal. The International System of Units (SI) has defined a second as the period equal to 9,192,631,770 cycles of the radiation, which corresponds to the transition between two energy levels of the ground state of the Cesium-133 atom.

Yes! It is corrected by the Cesium -133 atom. The only stable caesium isotope. Again, a radioactive element with a half-life of about 2.3 million years! Our watches are corrected from an element that was created by the MASTER CLOCK OF THE UNIVERSE! – in physical terms. The understanding being – that the MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE is not bound by time and space. cf. Isaiah 57:15.

Yet, Mr. and Mrs. Skeptic – you look up into the great and awesome night sky at the MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE, and you have the audacity, the unmitigated gall, as you’re wearing a watch that must continually be reset, and you tell the LORD God, “Everything was created out of NOTHING! That there is no MASTER CREATOR! No Master Mind which thought out, designed, planned, and created – and brought into being motion.” In which a type of grand cosmic ballet came to life!

Do you dare say that to the LORD God!?

If you do – then the LORD God says to you – “’ The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God. …’” – Psalm 14:1; 53:1.

My friend, if you can look about you and observe how intelligently designed, planned, created, and executed everything we physically see all around us – except the botched, polluted, and destroyed works of mankind – and yet you say, “There is no God!” Then I will certainly pray for you! – I, like the LORD God, “am not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” and to salvation in the kingdom of God! – cf. 2 Peter 3:9. □


4) Garrett, C., Most polluted countries in the world: 2022 ranking, Climate Consulting by Selectra, 25, Jan. 2022.
5) Renault, M., Animals Are Dying in Droves. What Are They Telling Us?, The New Republic, 3 May 2023.
6) Orbital Debris Quarterly News, Vol 26, no, 4, NASA -

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