A little background so you know where
I'm coming from, Half Banana. I'm an ex-NASA engineer and was
involved with the Hubble Space Telescope. I was also involved with
COBE the Cosmic Background Explorer. Looking for and precisely
measuring and mapping the electromagnet echo of the big bang event.
Both the Hubble and COBE present us with a vast avalanche of evidence
supporting the Big Bang Theory. Many f undies and ignoramuses of
various strips do not like Big Bang precisely because they don't have
a clue of what it really means. It goes a long way supporting a
creation event, but they just don't get that.
To me science is my religion. I believe
in the big bang, because the science compels me and further I believe
in evolution, again the science compels me to believe. I do have
problems will aspects of Darwinism, but that's a separate issue that
is often conflated with evolution itself.
That said, I am willing to change my
views if the science so leads me there, but only if the science leads
me. And when I say science, I mean evidence. In my world I do have
room for God because the science allows for him, in fact much of
physics especially at the quantum level hints of him quite
Unfortunately I can't
entertain the premise of the JW God in my life. This god of theirs is in
contradiction to known science, and now that I can read much of the
bible in it's original languages, I also find the JW concept of God
is vastly different then what an informed reading of these ancient
texts presents him to be.
I'm presently 62 having retired at 55.
In those seven years since retirement I have mostly fulfilled one of
my key bucket list items. I wanted to have enough understanding to
actually read and comprehend key parts of the bible, not relying on
others for their interpretations of it. I wanted to to be able to
read the texts with complete exegesis and not any eisegesis.
I can do that now!
now that you know a bit more about me and that I reject the idea of
allowing sectarianism in any form coloring what is true by
preponderance of the evidence at hand I repeat this salient fact:
It doesn't matter what your belief system is or lack
of one, including my own. If you are an Atheist, Agnostic (as I was) a
Baptist or Buddhist. They, (the JW's) confess to believing fully in John
1:1 and the Greek is the Greek. En archē ēn ho Lógos means that
the word always existed, period.
To be fair, technically I guess the JW's could correctly say there was indeed a time when their was no 'Son of God'. However,
the Word as an entity predates the Son. The Son originated by the Word lowering himself.
And just to directly answer your
specific question, I was in fact just explaining what the Greek
text literally says. I was not offering my own beliefs.
That said, I will confess to you that I
am also one of the the fish who took anglers bait. But in my defense
I did in fact take the bait kicking and screaming along the way under
much protest never wanting to believe.
Now I'm stuck and there is no going
back for me. And you know what, it's not so bad, not burdensome at
all. I don't mind being stuck at all. In fact I feel at peace with who I
am now, just wish I had been less of an asshole, less cocky and done
a little bit more for people along the way. Not to say that I didn't have some success, I did get a few thing done with my life:
re-Designer of the Hubble Space
Telescope System Access Security Program and Procedures
Designated Subject Matter Expert
regarding remote-controllable spacecraft for the Inspectors General
Office, and my finding read into the official congressional record
Designer of the worlds first A/I
based network security system
- Designer of part of the Unix security verification program used in testing every Unix based DOD system in the entire world
Contributor to NASA's Software
Design Life-cycle Management Course
Recipient of NASA's Outstanding
Contractor of the Year Award
Invited Guest Speaker of the National
Designer of the FAA's secure file
transfer system now installed at all FAA en-route centers
nationwide, saving taxpayers approximately $10,000,000 in the process.
Technical Consultant to numerous 3
letter intelligence agencies, also the DOJ, the FBI, DEA, US Marshall's
Service, US Secret Service, the Jet Propulsion Lab.
Worked to stop KGB spies, counterfeiters, and bank thieves
I already know, none of that counts now, you don't have to say it Half Banana, I know that my belief makes me moronic, I get that but like I said, I can't go back now, I believe.
(He accomplished a lot then blew it all towards the end of his life. How very sad.)