One for the Car Fans

At long last the YOM election posts have ceased, at least for now. Today’s post is called Design & Precision: What is the World’s Fastest Car?

Needless to say, it’s a strange analogy that they make:

The 2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport currently holds the title of the world’s fastest production car, clocking in at 267.9 mph. It has a 1,200 horsepower 8.0 Liter W16-cylinder, 64-valve dual OHC engine with a quad turbocharger that can take it from 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds and from 0-100 mph in just five seconds.

This speedster is a real gas hog, consuming 8 mpg in the city and 13 mpg on the highway. But if you can afford $2.4 million for the car, who cares about fuel economy! The car is 175.7 inches long, 78.7 inches wide and 47.4 inches high with a 106.7 inch wheel base and a 4.9 inch ground clearance. Total curb weight is a hefty 4,486 pounds.

I couldn’t begin tell you if any of that were true, though I must say it sounds excessive. Fuel economy, by the way, has more uses beyond expense – what if you just don’t like stopping for petrol? Oh, and there’s the small matter of the environment, but only atheist communists care about that kind of thing.

If you were to catch a glimpse of this car on the street, you would probably have no clue about its potential unless you had read the manufacturer’s specifications. (After all, the Veyron has to obey the same speed laws as other cars.) The same could be said about God’s creation. As observers, we can only guess at the things God has created, but the Creator knows precisely every detail of His creation.

This paragraph is quite interesting. You probably could make a good guess about the capabilities of the car if you saw it (it does look like a sports car) – would think that somebody with a background in sports cars could make an even better one. While not further explored, the issue of whether a book can be judged by its cover (or a car, or life) is an interesting one in this area.

By making the comparison with “God’s creation” YOM makes the amusing implication that God, too, has to obey arbitrary ‘laws’ in his creations. He can only sit back and think to himself about what it could do, not what it’s allowed to do by the Regulations.

Anyway, the point of the post seems to be “God’s a scientist” or something – here’s your bible verse:

The prophet Isaiah posed the rhetorical question: “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?’ (Isaiah 40:12). The only answer to this question is God—the divine Designer of all the intricate interrelationships of His great creation. This question implies four of the disciplines of natural science.

(Emphasis in the original.) Apparently this means that God knows, in order: hydrology, meteorology, chemistry, and geophysics. Because that was really clear from the text.

And the principle of isostasy (equal weights) is the fundamental principle of the science of geophysics, involving the weights of mountains and hills, continents, and ocean basins.

(Emphasis original.) Yep. Not grasping at straws there at all. ‘Mountains’ seems to be here a metaphor for sin and inequity, by the way, and not literal. Earlier on in the same chapter we have the famous verse (Isaiah 40:4):

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain

YOM concludes:

God does not deal in chance and inconsistency, even with inanimate physical systems such as mountains and waters. Not even a sparrow can “fall on the ground without your Father” (Matthew 10:29), and even “the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30).

Even more so than the engineers and designers of the Veyron, God gives a lot of attention to detail in His work. What does that attention to detail say about God?

(Emphasis… you get the idea.) He does seem to play dice in the quantum realm, but that’s another matter. This article seems to be a continuation of the “whatever happens is God’s will, because if it wasn’t it wouldn’t have happened” line we saw with the post-election stuff, a far cry from sports cars.

If we’re taking that line of inquiry we must then ask about the various blights upon the Earth, like natural disasters. These are generally blamed on the Fall, and that God did not stop Adam and Eve because they had free will. But then, if we have the free will to make such world-shattering decisions then perhaps the election was not his divine plan. That would fit, actually, with Isaiah 40:15-17:

40:15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.

40:16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.

40:17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

There’s a lot of interesting stuff in this chapter (including the “circle of the Earth” verse, a little later on).

Anyway, God’s claimed omniscience does indeed make some suggestions about his nature. Not very positive ones, however. Ignorance is bliss, but it’s also a good way to avoid responsibility. What is the point of all this, though? I honestly couldn’t tell you.

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5 thoughts on “One for the Car Fans

  1. This reminds me of the old psychic’s gambit of turning a failed prediction into a success.

    “I’m sensing your father from beyond the grave”
    “No, he’s sitting right next to me”
    “Well…it’s a male relative you were close to”
    “OMG my cousin died 2 years ago!”

    “There is design in the universe”
    “No, most things appear poorly designed”
    “Well the design is just hidden behind natural laws.”

    • Cold reading is the process of asking leading or vague questions to get information from the audience, which the psychic then feeds back to them in a slightly different way.

      “I’m getting a male presence”
      “My father died recently”
      “Yes, it’s him. He’s proud of you.”

  2. I think what they meant by “obey the same speed laws” is that you wouldn’t [necessarily :)] determine that a Veyron could go 267.9 mph if you saw it in a 45 mph zone.

    On a side note, Kenneth Copeland used the word “span” in Is 40:12 to determine God’s physical height to be 6’2″.

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