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Robert Boyle born January 25, 1627


American Minute with Bill FedererRobert Boyle

The “Father of Chemistry” wanted to evangelize America?… and warned of the end?

Robert Boyle was born JANUARY 25, 1627.

He studied Bacon, Descartes, and other of his contemporaries, including scientists Isaac Newton and Galileo, philosophers John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, and poet John Milton.

Robert Boyle made contributions in physics and chemistry, especially with his pneumatic experiments using the vacuum pump, putting forward the idea that gases were made of tiny particles.

He discovered the basic law of gas dynamics, known as “Boyle’s Law,” that if the volume of a gas is decreased, the pressure increases proportionally.

Boyle defined the modern idea of an ‘element,’ introduced the litmus test to distinguish acids from bases, and was the first to use the term “chemical analysis.”

In 1660, Boyle and eleven others formed the Royal Society in London to advance scientific experiments.

While in Geneva, during a frightening thunderstorm, Boyle had a deepening conversion experience.

Boyle devoted much effort to defending and propagating the Christian religion, writing the ‘Boyle Lectures’ and numerous books, including:

Of the high Veneration Man’s Intellect owes to God (1684);

Discourse Of Things Above Reason (1681);

Some Considerations touching the Style of the Holy Scriptures (1661); and

The Christian Virtuoso (1690), which John Locke reviewed in 1681, and which was a basis for Cotton Mather’s work, The Christian Philosopher, 1721.

Robert Boyle provided in his Last Will and Testament, dated July 28, 1691:

“Fifty pounds…for an annual salary so some learned Divine or Preaching Minister…to preach eight sermons in the year, for proving the Christian Religion against notorious Infidels, viz., Atheists, Theists, Pagans, Jews, and Mahometans, not descending lower to any controversies that are among Christians themselves…

and encouraging…any undertaking for Propagating the Christian Religion in foreign parts.”

Robert Boyle was a director of the East India Company, and spent large sums supporting missionary societies in the spread of Christianity in Asia.

Boyle believed all races, no matter how diverse, came from Adam and Eve.

He funded translations of the Bible to make it available in people’s vernacular language, in contrast to the prevailing Latin-only policy, most notably an Irish edition (1680-1685), which was thought ill of by English upper class.

In a letter to a Mr. Clodius, Boyle was concerned about propagating the Gospel to natives in New England and the rest of America, and how to translate and print the Bible in American Indian languages.

Robert Boyle wrote:

“Our Saviour would love at no less rate than death; and from the super-eminent height of glory, stooped and debased Himself to the sufferance of the extremest of indignities, and sunk himself to the bottom of abjectness, to exalt our condition to the contrary extreme.”

Boyle wrote in Some Considerations Touching the Style of the Holy Scriptures (1661):

“The Books of Scripture…expound each other; as in the mariner’s compass, the needle’s extremity, though it seems to point purposely to the north, doth yet at the same time discover both east and west, as distant as they are from it and each other, so do some texts of Scripture guide us to the intelligence of others.”

Boyle wrote:

“There are divers truths in the Christian religion, that reason left to itself would never have been able to find out…

Such as…free will…that the world was made in six days, that Christ should be born of a virgin, and that in his person there should be united two such infinitely distant natures as the divine and human;

and that the bodies of good men shall be raised from death and so advantageously changed, that the glorified persons shall be like or equal to, the angels.”

Boyle wrote of the last days and the “sinful world’s ruin”:

“In Noah’s time a deluge of impiety called for a deluge of waters…and so when (in the last days) the earth shall be replenished with those scoffers mentioned by St Peter, who will walk after their own lusts, and deride the expectation of God’s foretold coming to judge and punish the ungodly,

their impiety shall be as well punished as silenced by the unexpected flames…that shall either destroy or transfigure the world.

For as by the law of Moses the leperous garment which would not be recovered by being washed in water, was to be burnt in the fire, so the world, which the Deluge could not cleanse, a general conflagration must destroy.”

Boyle wrote of the destruction of the world by fire at the end of this age:

“The present course of nature shall not last always, but that one day this world…shall either be abolished by annihilation, or which seems far more probable, be innovated, and as it were transfigured, and that, by the intervention of that fire, which shall dissolve and destroy the present frame of nature:

so that either way, the present state of things, (as well natural as political) shall have an end.”


Bill FedererThe Moral Liberal contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.

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Wisdom of This World


1 Corinthians 3:18-23
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness,” 1 Corinthians 3:19.
 
God is a friend of wisdom and truth. He is not against science, chemistry, mathematics or medicine. True wisdom leads us to God.
Wilson A. Bentley, known as the Snowflake Man or Snowflake Bentley, became interested in snowflakes at the young age of fourteen. He studied them for nearly fifty years, and as an adult photographed, cataloged and wrote scientific articles that were published in countless magazines and scientific journals. In his study of snowflakes, Mr. Bentley concluded that, to the best of his knowledge, no snowflake “was an exact duplicate of any other snowflake!” (adding) “With profound humility, we acknowledge that the Great Designer is incomparable and unapproachable in the infinite prodigality and beauty of His works. Under the microscope I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty. The sheer scope of creation that fills us with praise for the Creator, when examining snowflakes, the wonders of God’s handiwork are to be found in the tiniest details of all He has made.”
Sadly, much of the wisdom of this present world denies that God exists. Why? They choose not to believe in Him. This false belief makes them the most foolish of all people.
 
REFLECTION
Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail (Job 38:22).
Beverly Barnett

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CATCHING PIGS – THIS IS THOUGHT PROVOKING


There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange
students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor
noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and
stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was
the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had
been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to
overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist regime.

In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange
question. He asked: “Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”
The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line.
The young man said that it was no joke. “You catch wild pigs by finding a
suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground.
The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn.

“When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of
the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence,
they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.
“They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have
all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.

“The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate
to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the
whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around
and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating
the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the
woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees
happening in America .. The government keeps pushing us toward
Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of
programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax
exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP),
welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms, just a
little at a time.

One should always remember two truths: There is no such thing as a free
lunch, and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper
than you can do it yourself.

God help us all when the gate slams shut!

Quote for today: “The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.” — Anonymous

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