Ideas have consequences. And right now the ideas that are being taught are wreaking havoc on our society. In a previous post, I discussed five ideas that are damaging society. This post will take on the fifth idea: tolerance.
One thing I experienced when working on government programs, whether it was with the Department of Defense or NASA, was acronyms. I could have an entire conversation with another engineer and never use a real English word. Acronyms are so prolific that on your first day, you are given a multiple page document of acronyms and their meanings. It's like learning a foreign language.
Each government agency has their own set of acronyms – and those will even differ across programs within the same agency! Sometimes in the same program there are multiple meanings to the same acronym. So it is critical that you know the correct definition and usage of that acronym for the program you are supporting. Otherwise you will be completely lost.
But this isn’t unique to rocket engineering. For any discussion, it is crucial that we define our terms. Otherwise we might as well be speaking two different languages. We will never understand one another. Yet our culture has subtly redefined several words that can make fruitful and productive conversations near impossible. One of those words is “tolerance.”
Ideas have consequences. And right now the ideas that are being taught are wreaking havoc on our society. In a previous post, I discussed five ideas that are damaging society. This post will take on the fourth idea: autonomy and the rejection of authority.
One of the best parts of working at NASA was the collaborative design environment. Each system of the Ares I launch vehicle was responsible for their own design decisions. However, many times one system’s design would change and come in conflict with another system’s design. The issue would be brought to the engineering review board, where engineers and analysts would discuss the pros and cons of their proposed change. Engineers from other disciplines and vehicle systems would look for other possible vehicle impacts those changes may have. Then there would be lots of discussion on what the best path forward would be.
However, the Chief Engineer had the final authority on which design change would be approved. Even though each design team had the freedom to design its own system, it was not an autonomous freedom. The system design teams did not get to make the rules for the overall vehicle. They were each still subject to the overruling authority of the Chief Engineer.
This same principal applies to people.
Ideas have consequences. And right now the ideas that are being taught are wreaking havoc on our society. In my previous post, I discussed five ideas that are damaging society. This post will take on that first idea: Darwinian evolution.
For several decades, we have been taught Darwinian macroevolution is the only explanation to our existence. Instead of being purposefully created, we are simply a random cosmic accident that stumbled out of the primordial soup through natural processes. Humans may have evolved a bit further than other organisms, but we have nothing that sets us apart from anything else. We could just easily exist as we could not exist.
With this explanation, life has no purpose, which means life has no value.
During the development of the launch vehicle program I worked on at NASA, we ran into an issue on how we were going to safely transport the Upper Stage from its manufacturing facility in south Louisiana around the coast of Florida to the launch pad. The vehicle was going to see much different environmental conditions during transport than what the rocket was designed to see during launch and flight.
We brainstormed lots of different ideas on how to properly (and cost effectively) package the vehicle for shipment on the barge. In those moments, all ideas are brought to the table, no matter how crazy they may seem initially. However, eventually those ideas must be sifted through reality to determine which idea is workable.
There always came a point where it mattered which idea we would implement. Not every idea would be pitched to the chief engineer because not every idea was equal.
The resurrection of Jesus is the central part of Christianity. If Jesus had not resurrected from the dead, then our faith is useless, and we are still dead in our sins. It would mean we should all find something better to do with our time and energy. This is why it is so important that we know with confidence that the resurrection truly took place. And we need to be able to share the evidence for the resurrection with others, whether it is unbelievers to whom we are witnessing or to our children whom we are raising in the faith.
There’s a beautiful hymn that says, “He lives! Christ Jesus lives today! You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart.” That is true, but in the wrong order. We know He lives because of the evidence, and because of the evidence we believe in Him, and because we believe in Him, He lives in our hearts. We believe in Jesus because He proved He was the Son of God, because He was crucified, and because the tomb was empty three days later. How can we have confidence that Jesus really resurrected from the dead?