by Ken E Murray
How is lightning like a novice violinist’s fingers?
Neither one strikes the same place twice. 🙂
Here’s another humourous intriguing question:
How did lightning and thunder, along with the vital life supporting lightning-nitrogen cycle, evolve?
No one Evolutionist strikes the same answer twice.
Lightning is like the 100 or so non-living elements on earth. How they came to exist in the first place is a complete mystery to evolutionists.
Here’s a couple of theories about the original cause and evolution of lighting from chats I have been having with some seriously minded Evolutionists:
“I’ve been out of active meteorological research for some time but I keep an interested eye on the field. Lightning was probably triggered by energy in the flux of cosmic rays to Earth and cosmic ray fluxes vary in time.” (Physicist, Holwick, UK)
“It started out with single volt lightnings that spontaneously appeared, and after millions of years of chance they’re now millions and millions of volts, and contain multiple branches, and evolved thunder as a defence mechanism. Oh and the Nitrogen Cycle is a distant ancestor of these primitive 1 Volt lightnings. By chance it became the nitrogen cycle over a trillion years. I’m an Atheist, Hail Satan.” (Software Developer, Nuneaton, UK)
Really? …can you pick the basic flaws in these theories? Why not drop me an email.
No laboratory lightning experiment has ever produced life from non-life.
God taunts and has fun with evolutionists: Job 38:35 Can you send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto you, Here we are? (Job 38:35).
Yet, Evolutionists speculate that perhaps a lightning bolt struck the “prebiotic soup” that instigated all life on this planet. Now, really?! Lightning kills; it does not impart life!
Fact is …Once lightning has passed through an object, no living energy remains. Yet living creatures must have ongoing energy sources within themselves to exist. N
Hello??? Evolutionists out there in cyberspace!!!
Hellooo!!! …Lightning is a sterilizer NOT a lifegiver!
It never engendered or stimulated life in some ancient “prebiotic soup”. That is a HOAX!
No …even a child has the observed wisdom to know WHO created lightning.
School was out and a little child was trekking home, while an afternoon gale filled with lightning, was brewing. Mother in a very concerned state anxiously left home to find her child in the roar of thunder and lightning. Suddenly, she saw her child in between dazzling flashes through the hazy misted rain. She noticed her child with every crash of thunder and flash of lightning …stop …look up …and smile.
Worried sick, she pulled the car up, wound the window down and cried: “What on earth are you doing? Why do you keep stopping, looking up, and smiling??
“Her child answered: “I am trying to look nice. God keeps taking my picture!”
Job understood too, that God created the powerful force of lightning:
“When He (God) made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:” (Job 28:26)
“He directs it under the whole heaven, and His lightnings unto the ends of the earth.” (Job 37:3)
The origin of how lightning came into existence is an anathema and mystery to evolutionists.
So many aspects of the “way for the lightning of the thunder” are still a great mystery to scientists.
Honest scientists freely admit: “As common as lightning is, it still sparks considerable confusion among scientists.
Many of the basics are understood, but researchers admit they don’t really understand how lightning gets from there to here (“the way for the lightning of the thunder”). And they’re totally baffled by lightning’s link to X-rays, a discovery made back in 2001.
“Nobody understands how lightning makes X-rays,” says Martin Uman, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Florida. “Despite reaching temperatures five times hotter than the surface of the sun, the temperature of lightning is still thousands of times too cold to account for the X-rays observed.” Live Science 17 July 2008.
So …how did lightning evolve over eons of trillions of years of time?
Hello? Lightning is a non-living incredibly potent powerful force.
It either had to come into being ONCE, perfectly, with all of its complexity …or not at all!
Its design, complexity, and importance to the sustenance of every living thing …points to lightning proof of God.
In simple language Lightning comes from differences in electrical charges that occur in thunderstorm clouds or between a thunderstorm cloud and the ground. As a thunderstorm grows to the point where its top extends to above the freezing level, a charge separation begins to develop, with positively charged particles accumulating near the top of the thunderstorm cloud and negatively charged particles near the base.
So how does science try to explain how lightning works, even though many aspects of its workings and functions still remains as a scientific mystery?
This charge separation is likely a result of small ice particles and hailstones colliding with each other in the updrafts and downdrafts of a thunderstorm. When the difference in electrical voltage between these charged particles becomes large enough, an electrical discharge occurs in an attempt to equalize the charge separation. This is lightning.
“When He utters His voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and He causes the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: He makes lightnings with rain, and brings forth the wind out of His treasures.” (Jeremiah 51:16)
About 80 percent of all lightning is cloud-to-cloud lightning, which occurs within a thunderstorm cloud. The remaining 20 percent is cloud-to-ground lightning, in which a charge separation develops between the negatively charged particles in the cloud base and positively charged particles near the ground.
Lightning and its vital myriad complex component parts, is an incredible pointer to the design and creative genius of God our Father and Jesus Christ, who created all things. (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16)
Miracle of the “Lightning-Nitrogen” Cycle
We take lightning for granted, but few people realise that we depend on it to continue our human existence on this earth, via the Lightning-Nitrogen Cycle.
Most don’t understand that there is an almost constant discharge of electricity from our Earth.
Over the whole globe the total is only about 1500 amps with expenditure of about 50,000 kilowatts. This was first discovered in 1917, by Dr Vannevar Bush.
He found that the current comes from the still air lying above the clouds of thunderstorms. The current there is going downward instead of upward.
Now, the amount of it that reaches the earth, over all the World, is estimated to total …well, what do you think? Yes, you are right …1500 amps!!
This cycle goes on steadily in magnificent perfect harmony and balance.
Explain that by evolution?!
There are over 16 million thunderstorms over the World, every year.
These thunderstorms, with the accompanying lightning, produce about 100,000 tons of nitrogen compounds annually, dropped into the soil, to fertilise it so things that we eat can grow.
No lightning-nitrogen cycle? We no eat!
No “nitrogen-fixing” with lightning and specialist bacteria …plants could not absorb the necessary nitrogen to live. We all die!
You see, Nitrogen is an inert gas (doesn’t easily mix with other elements or water) …fortunately …otherwise it would mix with water and we’d all die a death worse than millions of nuclear bombs …eaten away by nitric acid.
Plants cannot absorb nitrogen directly out of the atmosphere, so guess what? They get their “nitrogen-fix” through lightning turning nitrogen and oxygen with some ammonia, which can then dissolve into the falling rain and becomes just the very best fertiliser. This requires intense heat from lightning (5 times hotter than the surface of the Sun). Also, with the help of nitrogen-fixing specialist bacteria.
Evolutionists, I defy you to explain how that all came about, perfectly in the first instance …or no life could be sustained on the Earth! These are non-living things and energy forces and elements that don’t evolve through “natural selection”. They have no mind or ongoing regenerated life of their own.
But how did Nitrogen (78%) happen to be in the atmosphere with oxygen (21%) at just the perfect ratio?
An error in making even one gas would have made the Earth uninhabitable.
Just a little more or less of either nitrogen or oxygen, would have tipped an imperfect balance of disaster upon us all.
God’s nitrogen cycle is as important to us as the “carbon cycle” of photosynthesis by which plants recapture carbon dioxide from the air and convert the carbon into organic compounds.
The nitrogen fixers and the photosynthetic organisms, linked in a majestic partnership, keep the living economy of the world solvent.
Lightning has a vital role in replacing nitrogen in the soil, so that plants can assimilate it. 100 million tons of usable plant food per year is supplied to the soil by lightning.
Nitrogen and oxygen are combined by lightning into plant food.
Lightning in the nitrogen-cycle and carbon cycle, is another witness to the fact of Almighty God’s genius in designing and creating the World in awesome wisdom …past finding out.
God made it self-supporting, to the finest tuned mind-boggling details, in perfect balance and harmony. Lightning proof of God!
Scientists estimate that at any given moment about 2,000 thunderstorms are producing lightning around the earth. These storms shoot an average estimated 100 bolts.
The average lightning stroke has a peak electrical current of 30,000 amps. Extreme lightning discharges can reach 10 times that. The electricity flowing within a lightning bolt can reach 200 million volts, and kills, instantly.
Ball lightning is extremely rare, as a floating sphere, often about the size of a basketball. The origins of ball lightning continue to elude scientists .
Other baffling forms of lightning, that God has created, include:
· Forked lightning: Crooked or branched channels in a lightning stroke. Occasionally these strike up to 16km away from a thunderstorm. If the sky overhead is clear when the renegade lightning strikes, these “bolts from the blue” will seem to appear out of nowhere.
· Sheet lightning: Stroke appears within a cloud or is obscured by nearby clouds. Flashes of lightning can illuminate entire clouds, making them visible from miles away.
· Heat lightning: It’s called heat lightning because it is seen more frequently on hot summer nights when the sky overhead is clear. Often, air molecules and dust particles in the atmosphere refract the light coming from distant lightning, making the bolts or flashes appear orange.
· Ball lightning: Extremely rare, nearly phantom, luminous spheres. Less than three feet wide, these glowing balls have been seen coming from some of the more violent thunderstorms;
· St. Elmo’s Fire: Luminous greenish or bluish glow above pointed objects on the ground. Named for the mythical ‘patron saint of sailors’, St. Elmo’s Fire is created by the soft glow of an electric field generated by a continuous flow of tiny sparks. The tiny sparks are positive charge reaching skyward in response to a growing area of negative charge in the clouds or air above. High-altitude lightning: Recently-discovered colored flashes of light high above thunderstorms. Playful names such as “red sprites,” “blue jets,” and “green elves” have been given to these distinctly different forms of lightning. They shoot up from the tops of thunderstorms about the same moment lightning discharges within the storm cloud. Occurring in the middle of the atmosphere, red sprites look like the stems of carrots, while blue jets are small streaks of light with flared ends like the horn of trumpet. Green elves are nearly-invisible, glowing, jellyfish-shaped amoebas that spread across the upper atmosphere.
Yes, the way of the lightning of thunder as Job again describes in Job 38:25: (“Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;”) is still a mystery but scientists have tried to explain it.
In ‘forked’ or ‘branch lightning’, the way of the lightning of thunder is described as a single stepped leader that happens in less than a second:
· The stepped leader is a stream of weakly charged particles. It’s not very bright because so little charge flows from the cloud.
· The stream moves downward out of the cloud in fits and starts, travelling about from just centimetres to 50 metres before stopping, and quickly starting again. With a duration of less than one-millionth of a second, the leader pauses about 50 microseconds, branching numbers of times, before taking the next step;
· Most stepped leaders take only 1/20th of a second to reach their full length. As a stepped leader nears the ground, it attracts a surge of positive charge that streams skyward from the tallest nearby objects. The stepped leader and “streamers” typically meet around 100 to 300 feet above the Earth.
· Since the atmosphere is a good insulator, this weak charge snakes its way downward, often branching, trying to find the path of least resistance toward oppositely charged particles.
· When each branch of a stepped leader forking from the cloud meets a rising streamer, multiple return strokes are generated.
· Each return stroke travels from the ground to the cloud in less than a half second, so all the channels appear to light up at the same time as forked lightning.
Awesome to think about, isn’t it?
Very different from my mind at times…:)
My mind works like lightning, One brilliant flash and it is gone! (Heh heh!)
An average bolt of lightning can soar to temperatures of approximately 50,000°F, five times hotter than the surface of the sun, and can contain as much as 200 million volts of electricity. A typical bolt is about 5 to 6 kilometres in length, but some have been measured as long as 144 kilometres, or as short as a couple of metres.
Thunder is the sound that lightning makes, it is not a separate force.
Job described it well as the way of the lightning of thunder.
The reason why some people think lightning is separate from thunder is because they experience them separately. However, we see lightning instantaneously because it travels 186,000 miles per second …the speed of light. Thunder moves at the speed of sound – 1100 ft per second, thus the delay in seeing and hearing.
When you see lightning count the seconds and divide by 5 or 2.5. That’s the number of miles or kilometres away the lightning struck. Useful, in giving you a warning of how far a storm is away from you.
“For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:27)
There is, of course, a very extraordinarily special day of lightning that many of us long for from God…
So thrilling a time to look forward to in our lives …it’s worth repeating:
“For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.” (Luke 17:24)
Yes Christ is returning to this Earth as our Creator …with the indescribable power of innumerable lighting bolts.
Pray that God hastens “that day”. (Zechariah 14;4)
Meantime …keep pumpin’!
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