Hello everyone, my name is Micah Armstrong! I have quite a long story, so I'll make this as short as possible.

I was born with a strange disease called Crohn's. I have been through a load of treatments, and luckily I eventually a few years ago found the best cure: eating right, exercising and finding hobbies to keep me busy. I have had numerous flare ups since but it beats being in constant pain. I have developed arthritis by living in the Pacific North West and eventually ended up moving south to where it was warmer, yet unfortunately was too conservative (but I plan to return to the good ol' west coast in my favorite state, California). I also recently began displaying symptoms of early parkison's disease-let's hope that improves over time!

Through my years, I have been involved in numerous church groups, and even led worship for a couple of mega-churches. However, that never kept me from looking beyond what I was raised to believe. Unfortunately though, I did run into a couple of religious cults, and luckily escaped with my life. They were extremist christian sects which required days and days (sometimes full months) of fasting with no food, and only water. They also taught that militant action was the only way to "win" people over to their god. I eventually ended up leaving the cults, and was able to avoid being in the line of fire (people had been killed before in this one particular cult). This all led me to many big questions like, "Why am I here?" "What is my purpose?" and "Is God real?" Luckily, I eventually received my answers through an unlikely source: science. Ever since I was a kid I was obsessed with science and astronomy, but I never was taught that it could answer all of the questions I had ever pondered upon. The many years of condemnation and suicidal tendencies completely stopped in my life the very moment I was immersed in the world of scientific theory. 

I feel very fortunate to be where I am today. I will be attending Berkeley in California within the next year/year and a half to get my Phd in Astrophysics. My eyes have been opened, truly. As the religious folk say, the truth will set you free; I have been set free.

Anyways, that's my story in a nutshell. I love good conversation and debate. If any of you need anything whatsoever, don't hesitate to ask. Peace! 

P.S. I apologize for any typos. I am a bit tired at the moment, and don't feel like re-reading my mini novel above. Ha!

-Micah A.

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It's amazing to have you apart of this community, Micah. That's a very interesting story especially considering how deep you were into religious doctrine for a long time. I'm sure we all hope you stay and share more things with us. :)

Thanks a load! I appreciate it, and am definitely here for the long haul! Many stories to come for sure. :-)

A thousand times: welcome Micah Armstrong.

When you're done with that PhD, I hope you'll write a memoir. I'm sure it'll make fascinating reading.

Thanks! Perhaps I shall do so. ;) You never know what can happen!

They were extremist christian sects which required days and days (sometimes full months) of fasting with no food, and only water. 

If you went for months living on water only, you SHOULD be religious. That would be a miracle.

Haha! Pushed me the opposite way. The body can do amazing things when it has to survive. Glad I'm outta there for sure. I've read quite a few of your posts and responses on this forum by the way, and I can most certainly say in almost every case, "I concur". Ha! Have a good one.

Amazing story and wish you well.

And welcome to TA. You will find great company here. 

Thank you, onyango makagutu! 

I have a friend who has Crohn's and I know from her conversations that it can be an extremely debilitating disease with lots of pain. She eventually got to the point that it affected her ability to be steadily employed. 

Science is the true savior of mankind! Without the knowledge we have gained from scientific studies our civilization would be that much closer to extinction. If you're into astrophysics I hope you have an opportunity to view the latest Cosmos series on Fox television, hosted by Neal deGrasse Tyson!

And welcome on board! 

Thanks, Ed! Yes I am almost to that point but haven't given up yet! There's still fight left in me... 

And yes, science is indeed the true savior of us all. Medical advancements and technological miracles are amongst us every day, helping us every step of the way to make life as easeful and pain-free as possible!

Cosmos is amazing. I am quite glad that Neil decided to continue the works of his mentor (Sagan).

Astrophysics?

Do you, as I do, think the big bang model too closely follows the Genesis story?

Have you, as I have, seen too many gaps in the big bang model that cosmologists have filled with explanations for which they have no evidence: inflation,  dark energy, dark matter, and more?  

The book The Electric Sky explains the plasma model well. So does Eric Lerner's The Big Bang Never Happened.

Do you, as investigative reporters do, and I do, follow the trail of money and conclude that money (from taxpayers via the government) pays the salaries of so many big bang folk that their explanation will die only slowly?

The so-called echo of the big bang is probably the product of the electric fields everywhere around us.

 

Astrophysics?

Yes, astrophysics.

Do you, as I do, think the big bang model too closely follows the Genesis story?

I do not believe it even remotely follows the Genesis story. Unless Genesis talks about matter and antimatter meeting, thus bringing about nothing and then in a reverse effect recreates itself forming somewhat of a vacuum. Following, creating gamma photons and protons, thus further creating electrons and positrons giving rise to the capabilities of weight over 1 microgram, following with the case of mass-energy equivalence (E=mc2), creating enough energy to make somewhat of an atom bomb in space, blowing everything into creation as it is today. I believe this is more than a run-on sentence, but you catch my drift.

Have you, as I have, seen too many gaps in the big bang model that cosmologists have filled with explanations for which they have no evidence: inflation,  dark energy, dark matter, and more?  

I have not seen many gaps, but I assume that if you are a believer in God that perhaps you are a believer in the "God-of-gaps".

The book The Electric Sky explains the plasma model well. So does Eric Lerner's The Big Bang Never Happened. 

I am always up for a good and challenging read against scientific theory that continually reaffirms why I believe what I believe. Thanks for the suggested reads!

Do you, as investigative reporters do, and I do, follow the trail of money and conclude that money (from taxpayers via the government) pays the salaries of so many big bang folk that their explanation will die only slowly?

I do not follow the trail of money spent, but I do indeed see the money wasted on the space programs of today which constantly try to put men back into outer space. There is much we can learn about the cosmos, and ourselves, right here on earth. Let's not try to do what we have once done, but let us go where we have yet to go. 

As far as the dying big bang theory, clearly you haven't been following the news or you would have come across this: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/17/tech/innovation/big-bang-gravitationa...

This does indeed prove that what we are seeing is a byproduct of the big bang.

I apologize if this will offend you, but don't get your panties in a wad, because I must say that although the optimist may have a better time living life, the optimist always proves right, and lives life with knowledge instead of ignorance.

Good day, sir.

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