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    Answering Atheists: Watch in the Sand ?!


    Suppose you find a watch in the middle of a desert. What would you conclude? Would you think that someone dropped the watch? Or would you suppose that the watch came by itself?

    Of course no sane person would say that the watch just happened to emerge from the sand. All the intricate working parts could not simply develop from the metals the lay buried in the earth. The watch must have a manufacturer.

    If a watch tells accurate time? Consider the sunrise and sunset. Their timings are so strictly regulated that scientists can publish in advance the sunrise and sunset times in your daily newspapers. But who regulates the timings of sunrise and sunset?



    Allah tells us in the Quran : "Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of the Night and the Day; in the sailing of the ships through the Ocean for the profit of mankind; in the rain which Allah sends down from the skies, and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that is dead; in the beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the earth; in the change of the winds and the clouds which they trail like their slaves between the sky and the earth, (here) indeed are Signs for a people that are wise"


    The message is clear, if a watch can not work without an intelligent maker, how can the sun appear to rise and set with such clockwork regularity? Could this occur by itself?

    Consider also that we benefit from the sun only because it remains at a safe distance from the earth, a distance that averages 93 million miles. If it got much closer the earth would burn up. And if it got too far away the earth would turn into an icy planet making human life here impossible.

    Who decided in advance that this was the right distance? Could it just happen by chance? Without the sun plants would not grow. Then animals and humans would starve. Did the sun just decide to be there for us ?!

    The rays of the sun would be dangerous for us had it not been for the protective ozone layer in our atmosphere. The atmosphere around earth keeps the harmful ultraviolet rays from reaching us. Who was it that placed this shield around us?

    We need to experience sunrise. We need the sun's energy and it's light to see our way during the day. But we also need sunset. We need a break from the heat, we need the cook of night and we need the lights to out so we may sleep. Who regulated this process to provide what we need?

    Moreover, if we had only the sun and the protection of the atmosphere we would want something more-beauty. Our clothes provide warmth and protection, yet we design them to also look beautiful. Knowing or need for beauty, the designer of sunrise and sunset also made the view of them to be simply breathtaking.

    The creator who gave us light, energy, protection and beauty deserves our thanks. Yet some people insist that he does not exist. What would they think if they found a watch in the desert? An accurate, working watch? A beautifully designed watch? Would they not conclude that there does exist a watchmaker? An intelligent watchmaker? One who appreciates beauty? Such is God who made us.

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    Re: Answerind Athiests: Watch in the sand

    Consider the sunrise and sunset. Their timings are so strictly regulated that scientists can publish in advance the sunrise and sunset times in your daily newspapers. But who regulates the timings of sunrise and sunset?
    I find this arguement floored and a bit of a waste of time when you consider the "Infinate" planet formations around stars and the probability of the gravitational pull of the sun does not require a leap of faith to accept an infinate number of planets at an acceptable distance from the sun.

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    Re: Answerind Athiests: Watch in the sand

    Quote Originally Posted by root
    I find this arguement floored and a bit of a waste of time when you consider the "Infinate" planet formations around stars and the probability of the gravitational pull of the sun does not require a leap of faith to accept an infinate number of planets at an acceptable distance from the sun.
    The point being discussed is not the existence of the planets but their perfect regulation...

    'The sun and the moon run on their fixed courses (exactly) calculated with measured out stages for each (for reckoning).' [55: 5]

    'And the heaven, He raised it high, and He made the balance
    That you may not be inordinate in respect of the measure.
    And keep up the balance with equity and do not make the measure deficient.'
    [55:7-9]

    Since they were created they have forever remained in perfect balance...is this not an amazing sign? If one would just consider and ponder, then indeed it is.

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    Re: Answerind Athiests: Watch in the sand

    you mean their apparent perfect regulation.....

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    Re: Answerind Athiests: Watch in the sand

    If you think the system is not perfect, then feel free to explain why. Though the way the sun and moon appear and disappear at fixed times during the day, giving us the distinction of day and night, and the earth orbiting the sun giving the timing of the year etc etc. - all these are evidences of perfect regulation.

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    Re: Answerind Athiests: Watch in the sand

    all these are evidences of perfect regulation.
    I agree that they do look to have apparent perfection. One should ask are we evolved perfectly into our surroundings or are our surroundings perfectly evolved for us?

    As a point of interest we may orbit the sun, but the sun orbits the galaxy and goes in an up and down motion which constantly dips the solar system into high populated space that garuntees frequent comet impacts. I don't know where the notion of a perfect solar system or indeed planet comes from. It's far from perfect, it's chaotic in fact. Your parallel to the perfection of a watch and the perfection of the universe\mankind is a very good analogy but the watch could be seen as perfect if you imagined such a fine watch to be perfection then why is the universe and even our planet far from perfect but at the very least ideal?

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    Re: Answerind Athiests: Watch in the sand



    The precise orbit of the earth has been described in one source as follows:
    While rotating around the sun, the earth follows such an orbit that, every 18 miles, it only deviates 2.8 millimetres from a direct course. The orbit followed by the earth never changes, because even a deviation of 3 millimetres would cause catastrophic disasters: If the deviation were 2.5 mm instead of 2.8 mm, then the orbit would be very large, and all of us would freeze. If the deviation were 3.1 mm, we would be scorched to death. ( Bilim ve Teknik (Journal of Science and Technology), July 1983)

    I think what is being described as perfectly calculated is the centripetal force and orbital velocity of the celestial bodies. The orbits are not in anyway chaotic, even the comets have a regular orbit.

    As Harun Yahya writes:
    Another characteristic of heavenly bodies is that they also rotate around their own axes. The verse which reads "[I swear] by Heaven with its cyclical systems," (Qur'an, 86:11) indicates this truth. Naturally, at the time when the Qur'an was revealed, people had no telescopes with which to study bodies millions of kilometres away in space, advanced observation technology or our modern knowledge of physics and astronomy. It was therefore impossible to establish that space had "its oscillating orbits," (Qur'an, 51:7) as described in the verse. The Qur'an however, revealed at that time, provided clear information concerning that fact. This is proof that this book is indeed Allah's Word. (Miracles of the Qur'an)

    And:
    THE SUN'S TRAJECTORY

    It is stressed in the Qur'an that the Sun and Moon follow specific trajectories:

    It is He Who created night and day and the sun and moon, each one swimming in a sphere. (Qur'an, 21:33)

    The word "swim" in the above verse is expressed in Arabic by the word "sabaha" and is used to describe the movement of the Sun in space. The word means that the Sun does not move randomly through space but that it rotates around its axis and follows a course as it does so. The fact that the Sun is not fixed in position but rather follows a specific trajectory is also stated in another verse:

    And the sun runs to its resting place. That is the decree of the Almighty, the All-Knowing. (Qur'an, 36:38)

    These facts set out in the Qur'an were only discovered by means of astronomical advances in our own time. According to astronomers' calculations, the Sun moves along a path known as the Solar Apex in the path of the star Vega at an incredible speed of 720,000 kmph. In rough terms, this shows that the Sun traverses some 17.28 million km a day. As well as the Sun itself, all the planets and satellites within its gravitational field also travel the same distance.


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    Re: Answerind Athiests: Watch in the sand

    The precise orbit of the earth has been described in one source as follows:
    While rotating around the sun, the earth follows such an orbit that, every 18 miles, it only deviates 2.8 millimetres from a direct course. The orbit followed by the earth never changes, because even a deviation of 3 millimetres would cause catastrophic disasters: If the deviation were 2.5 mm instead of 2.8 mm, then the orbit would be very large, and all of us would freeze. If the deviation were 3.1 mm, we would be scorched to death. ( Bilim ve Teknik (Journal of Science and Technology), July 1983)

    I think what is being described as perfectly calculated is the centripetal force and orbital velocity of the celestial bodies. The orbits are not in anyway chaotic, even the comets have a regular orbit.
    When life was just starting out 3.8 billion years ago, the sun was much
    fainter than the sun we know today. So the Earth didn't receive nearly as
    much solar energy as it does now, yet life still evolved. that at that time the sun's luminosity was 75% of what it is today, and that it was 25% dimmer. This means that past temperatures were significantly lower than today. that at 75% of present luminosity, the mean temperature of the Earth would have been 268 K
    (that's -5.15 *C, below the freezing point of water!) had it not been for
    the greenhouse effect. So an atmosphere capable of trapping heat is
    important for planets too far from the sun to support liquid water.

    All this evidence can lead us to only one conclusion. The distance
    of a planet (or moon) from the sun may or may not plays a role in the
    formation of life. We Must consider other factors. Indeed further to this and with relevence to life throughout the universe the Earth could have orbited within a "safe zone" around the sun of more than 100 miles +/-

    I think your perfection concept of orbital position died out along with the dinosaurs..........

    Because I am lucky to be born when I consider all the actual astronomically large events that led directly to my birth does not imply it was so precise it must have been planned since "chance" could not have occured so infinately as it did>?

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    Re: Answerind Athiests: Watch in the sand

    Quote Originally Posted by root
    When life was just starting out 3.8 billion years ago, the sun was much
    fainter than the sun we know today. So the Earth didn't receive nearly as
    much solar energy as it does now, yet life still evolved. that at that time the sun's luminosity was 75% of what it is today, and that it was 25% dimmer. This means that past temperatures were significantly lower than today. that at 75% of present luminosity, the mean temperature of the Earth would have been 268 K
    (that's -5.15 *C, below the freezing point of water!) had it not been for
    the greenhouse effect. So an atmosphere capable of trapping heat is
    important for planets too far from the sun to support liquid water.

    All this evidence can lead us to only one conclusion. The distance
    of a planet (or moon) from the sun may or may not plays a role in the
    formation of life. We Must consider other factors. Indeed further to this and with relevence to life throughout the universe the Earth could have orbited within a "safe zone" around the sun of more than 100 miles +/-

    I think your perfection concept of orbital position died out along with the dinosaurs..........
    It still remains a fact that distance of a planet from the sun determines living conditions inside it. It does not matter what the atmospheric composition is, but a planet closer to the sun will be hotter than the one far from it. And since the distance of the earth has not changed so much as to destroy all life on it, this can be considered as perfection. It has already been explained that orbital position can vary, yet this does not mean it isn't perfectly regulated. You seem to ignore the fact that in all these millions of years, in a world as chaotic, full of chance and luck as yours, where countless infinitely small probabilities have actually come about, nothing has happened to distort the position of the earth and kill everything on it. It could be that some divine Being is maintaining such a fine balance...

    Quote Originally Posted by root
    Because I am lucky to be born when I consider all the actual astronomically large events that led directly to my birth does not imply it was so precise it must have been planned since "chance" could not have occured so infinately as it did>?
    We do not believe that chance led to your birth, but it was God Who Planned that it would happen at the precise moment of time in which it did.

    Some verses to consider:
    'It is He Who made the sun a shining thing and the moon as a light and measured out for it stages that you might know the number of years and the reckoning. Allah did not create this but in truth. He explains the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations etc.) in detail for people who have knowledge.' [10: 5]

    'And He has subjected to you the night and the day, and the sun and the moon; and the stars are subjected by His Command. Surely, in this are proofs for people who understand.' [16: 12]

    'And a sign for them is the night. We withdraw therefrom the day, and behold, they are in darkness.
    And the sun runs on its fixed course for a term (appointed). That is the Decree of the All-Mighty, the All-Knowing.
    And the moon, We have measured for it mansions (to traverse) till it returns like the old dried curved date stalk.
    It is not for the sun to overtake the moon, nor does the night outstrip the day. They all float, each in an orbit.' [36: 37-40]
    Last edited by Muhammad; 06-23-2005 at 04:37 PM.

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    Re: Answerind Athiests: Watch in the sand

    You seem to ignore the fact that in all these millions of years, in a world as chaotic, full of chance and luck as yours, where countless infinitely small probabilities have actually come about, nothing has happened to distort the position of the earth and kill everything on it. It could be that some divine Being is maintaining such a fine balance...
    it could be, but then again it could not be. We are only here because it has not, the dinasours for example did not benefit from a supposed enforced fine balance

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    Re: Answerind Athiests: Watch in the sand

    Whom of course COULD have existed or could have not. And if they did: remember they are not the ones for whom God created the Universe.

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    Re: Answering Atheists:

    Jazakallah for sharing bro
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    Re: Answering Atheists:

    hm and also the big bang proves that the universe had a beginning and what has a beginning means that it can't be infinite! which means something made it happen out of nothing (big bang= zero volume etc)

    nothing happens by itself

    if someone rejects the BB then they are assuming that the uni is infinite but

    does infinity have an end? No so that would mean we would never reach the end of infinity i.e. we would never reach 'today'
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    Re: Answering Atheists:

    the universe had a beginning
    And that proves what?
    There was something there b4 the bb.
    That has been understood for a long time.
    nothing happens by itself
    So how did god happen?

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    Re: Answering Atheists:

    Do you belive in coinsidences bro?

    I don't know how people can belive that there is no God. Science has said if the planet Earth was 5 miles further away from the sun, its whole orbit would change, and that means no life on Earth.

    P.S i can't remember the source, i'll try and post it later
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    Re: Answering Atheists:

    I don't know how people can belive that there is no God.
    Maybe because there is no proof.
    Science has said if the planet Earth was 5 miles further away from the sun, its whole orbit would change, and that means no life on Earth.
    Whooooooooooooo, the distance from earth to the sun varies one heck of a lot more than 5 miles. But still you are operating on the assumption that our being here is part of a 4.6 billion year plan.

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    Re: Answering Athiests: Watch in the sand

    and as we may all agree

    what does explotions do ??? what is the results after explotion ??

    is it a mess or a new invention

    what if there is some iron bars in a junk yard and we go and put some explosives , will we get a brand new car chassis (may be BMW)

    no we will sure get a mess

    so that is what was supposed to happen after the big bang but the creator wanted it to be a well-organized bang so thats why there is now a perfect enviromental system ...

    i also ask my brothers and sisters in islam to listen to the video lectures by shiekh Yusuf estes he was doing a little talk about these matters ..


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    Re: Answering Athiests: Watch in the sand

    Quote Originally Posted by hemoo View Post
    and as we may all agree

    what does explotions do ??? what is the results after explotion ??

    is it a mess or a new invention

    what if there is some iron bars in a junk yard and we go and put some explosives , will we get a brand new car chassis (may be BMW)

    no we will sure get a mess

    so that is what was supposed to happen after the big bang but the creator wanted it to be a well-organized bang so thats why there is now a perfect enviromental system ...

    i also ask my brothers and sisters in islam to listen to the video lectures by shiekh Yusuf estes he was doing a little talk about these matters ..


    and peace
    Just another version of the watchmaker analogy. In three centuries since it was dreamed up, it and all of it kind have failed the logic test.

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    Re: Answering Athiests: Watch in the sand

    This is a flawed argument brought up again and again by theists here and elsewhere and frankly I'm tired of debunking it.

    So I'll make a separate observation instead.

    Lets say that the universe was created. The earth was created. Humans were put on earth by a creator.

    Now, given all of that:

    Why must the creator still exist?

    Why must the creator be benevolent?

    Why must the creator be immortal?

    Who created the creator?

    Where are my car keys?

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    Re: Answering Athiests: Watch in the sand

    what you said mr. welberhum is not a scientific reply

    you did'nt show me how what i said has failed (your) logic test ??

    i ask you which part of what i wrote that you don't agree to ...


    we say that its most likely that the origin of the universe is an explosion

    we call this explosion (the big bang)

    we say that this big bang has led to the construction of all the stars and planets and their moons , etc



    so you tell me how can an explosion produce an organized pattern

    and plz give me an example of this case in our life so that i can understand your thoughts ..





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