Evolutionism, Scientism, and the Demise of Atheism

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Sometimes a single domino falls and hundreds more fall in rapid succession. I have reason to believe this may soon be the case with evolution.  How could this occur?  Well, in reality just one thing needs to happen. Real science must be allowed to freely take its course.

Secular scientists should be among the first to recognize the importance of seeking truth. Science is a study based on ruling out false hypotheses, and continually seeking a truer understanding of our physical universe. Science can ONLY be advanced by the honest and objective analysis of both our successes AND our failures. A repetitive refusal to acknowledge failed hypotheses is not just bad science.  It is not science at all. But in the case of these three inextricably linked arguments (evolution, scientism, and atheism) the failure of any one piece exposes the logical, philosophical, and scientific fallacies of the others.

As science advances, even in spite of the extreme pro-evolutionary bias of  our institutions of higher learning, the scientific underpinnings of evolution have been progressively undermined to the point that belief in evolution is now held completely on the basis of faith, not science. (see prior posts on Science vs Reason, Hoaxed, Natural Selection, the Cambrian Explosion, and The Data in the Strata.)

But as early as Shakespeare, the phrase was used, “The truth will out.”
Or as Buddha said, ““Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” And this is exactly what is occurring in society today as we discuss evolutionism, scientism, and atheism.
Evolutionism describes the belief in the evolution of organisms. Its exact meaning has changed over time as the study of evolution has progressed. In the 19th-century, it was used to describe the belief that organisms deliberately improved themselves through progressive inherited change (orthogenesis).The teleological belief went on to include cultural evolution and social evolution. (1)

Unfortunately, although evolution has lost scientific credibility as explained in prior posts, it remains as the current foundational teaching for biology in our schools. In addition there is an intricately woven web of assumptions and presuppositions developed over the last century in which science has sought NOT the truth, but merely sought to support evolution.  Rather than searching for truth, atheistic biologists and cosmologists sought support for their own atheistic assumptions.  This is referred to as scientism (see prior posts on scientism).

Scientism is an ideology that promotes science as the purportedly objective means by which society should determine normative and epistemological values.“(2) Don’t let that  definition deter you. It is actually quite simple.The key principle is that Scientism is an ideology, and a philosophy.  Scientism is not science!
In previous posts the failures of Scientism have been discussed more thoroughly, but for now suffice it to say that Scientism is completely illogical, and ultimately self defeating. As stated by Edward Feser, “Scientism is the view that all real knowledge is scientific knowledge—that there is no rational, objective form of inquiry that is not a branch of science…Despite its adherents’ pose of rationality, scientism has a serious problem: it is either self-refuting or trivial. Take the first horn of this dilemma. The claim that scientism is true is not itself a scientific claim, not something that can be established using scientific methods. Indeed, that science is even a rational form of inquiry (let alone the only rational form of inquiry) is not something that can be established scientifically.”(3)
Or as JP Moreland has written about the self-refuting nature of Scientism, “The only knowledge we can have about reality are those that have been properly tested in the hard sciences” is not itself a statement about reality that has been properly tested in the hard sciences, so it cannot be a knowledge claim about reality. It is actually a claim of philosophy to the effect that all claims outside the hard sciences, including those of philosophy, cannot be known to be true. Thus, it is an inherently self-refuting claim.”(4)
Atheism has a similar problem. Of course Atheism, as we had inferred earlier is totally dependent on evolution and scientism in order to explain its very existence. But that is not all. As written by Matt Slick in his discussion of materialistic atheism, “Materialism is the theory that matter is the only thing that exists in the universe, and that all phenomena can be explained in terms of it and its properties. This would mean that everything must operate within the bounds of physical laws, including the human brain. But this presents a problem for the materialistic atheist. A materialist atheist has no intellectual justification whatsoever to trust his own thinking because his physical brain cannot exceed the limits of physics and chemistry. Therefore, there’s no reason for him to conclude that his rationality is correct since his brain is acting “mechanically.” (5)
The good news in all this is that recently thousands of scientists are beginning to clearly understand and espouse the failures of evolutionism and scientism. As they write and speak clearly of the scientific reasons that neither life, nor the universe have created themselves, millions of people may reject atheism and once again feel free to explore the more rational and spiritually fulfilling alternative of belief in an Almighty God who created the universe, and humanity, for His divine purposes.
The good news is that Atheism is no longer able to assume the stamp of philosophical or scientific approval.
The good news is that life has meaning.
The good news is you are not just made up of matter. You Matter!

 

John 8:45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!
(1) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolutionism
(2) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientism
(5) carm.org/materialistic-atheism-self-refuting

Pictures of Evolution

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Look up Evolution.

Then look for pictures, photos, or images of evolution.

You will quickly notice an interesting void.  There are none.

We have photographic images of virtually everything in this world, from pictures of our entire earth taken from space, down to the tiniest electron microscope images of objects a million times smaller than a human hair. We have scientific images representing millions of concepts.  You will find photographic evidence of the grandeur of life, the cosmos, and the earth and all its ecosystems.

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Every branch of science is meticulously documented with millions of explanatory and supportive images. But you will not find pictures of evolution.  Anywhere.  Ever.

What you will likely find is a comic book drawing that has been reproduces tens of millions of times that shows some of the supposed variations and stages between a monkey and a man.  You will see an animal that walks on all fours, gradually transformed (on paper) into a bi-pedal, upright animal that looks like a human being. But that is the only type of image you will find.  You will not find photographic evidence of evolution from monkey to man, because it does not exist. In fact you will not find photographic images of any type of plant, animal, bacteria, or living thing evolving into another more advanced living thing. You will only find “comic book” illustrations originating from someone’s overactive imagination.

If you are of a scientific mindset one can’t help but wonder about two things.  First, why is there no evidence of evolution after over a hundred years of diligent searching by thousands of the worlds best scientists?  And second, why do we accept atheistic statements that evolution is a proven fact, with there is such a dearth of evidence? (see prior blogs, Hoaxed, Lemmings, and What about Natural Selection)

Not only can evolutionists show you NO pictures of current evolution or recent evolution.  In addition they have NO pictures or evidence of evolution from the fossil record (See prior post The Data in the Strata). They have NO proof from the study of genomics that humans are connected to apes, or that ANY of their proposed “closely related species” actually evolved, one from another (see The Created Chimp Genome). They have complete skeletal fossils of thousands of extinct species, yet NONE of any type of “missing link” from ape to man. Even as recently as 2017 the BBC admits we have still not found anything resembling a missing link (or as they prefer to call it Last Common Ancestor).(1) For this supposedly recent transformation, we only have imaginary “artists renditions”.  Anthropologists have reconstructed entire fanciful images (Such as Java Man, Homo Habilis, and Australopithecus sediba) from a small piece of skull, a tooth, and a thigh bone, or even less. We even have full artists renditions of a supposed LCA “imagineered” from a partial skull! This is unfortunately what modern “science” has become. In the effort to prove evolution to be true, all scientific integrity has been abandoned, and the wildest of unsupported, unsubstantiated claims have been accepted.

But if there are no pictures or evidence of actual LCA (Last Common Ancestor) from fossils, then at least we should see pictures and evidence of our genetic decent from apes in the field of genomics.  Textbooks should by now be full of chapters delineating the progressive ongoing change in our DNA from the lower apes, to the chimps, and to humankind.  But the opposite is in fact true. In fact much of the genomic data now points to a RECENT origin for humanity. (See prior blogs on The Created Chimp Genome, and Hoaxed).

And yet schools and colleges continue to teach the myth of Evolution.

 

(1) http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170517-we-have-still-not-found-the-missing-link-between-us-and-apes

Millennials: A Generation Lost in Deep Time

 

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Many millennials are lost. According to an article in the Huff Post entitled “Millennials: The Lost Generation”, “Today we have a whole group of young people that we call millennials – men and women ages 18-33, who have higher rates of depression, stress and suicide, than any generation before them.“(1) An internet search on “millennials the lost generation” reveals scores of hits. But one naturally wonders, why is this generation lost? 

Perhaps they are lost because they have no strong sense of personal identity.  Perhaps they are lost because millions of their parents were more interested in being drunk or high than being parents. Perhaps they are lost because they are misled by politicians whose only concern is power, not Truth. 

Or perhaps, as I am prone to believe, they are lost because they have no foundations on which to base their lives. They are lost because they have no moral compass, no set of coherent eternal truths, no absolutes.  They are lost because they have been taught in the halls of academia that there is no such thing as absolute truth.  

Moreover, they are lost because academia has told them they cannot believe the Bible.  And they fell for it, hook line and sinkerWhy did they believe such a lie?  Because atheistic scientists said it, and so it must be true

But think about this!  Atheistic scientists would say the Bible is false even if Jesus himself healed a withered hand or restored sight to a blind man in their presence! They are atheists!  Everything they say, do, predict or interpret is seen though their atheistic world view! Therefore it is no surprise that atheists say the Bible is not true. But what does the Bible say about atheists?  It says they are fools. Psalm 14:1 reads “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”(2)  Who then should we believe? The atheists or the Word of God?

In addition, as written by Matt Slick, atheism is in itself ultimately self refuting. “A materialist atheist has no intellectual justification whatsoever to trust his own thinking because his physical brain cannot exceed the limits of physics and chemistry. Therefore, there’s no reason for him to conclude that his rationality is correct since his brain is acting “mechanically.” (3) In other words, every response by a materialistic atheist to any argument, including belief or disbelief in God, is by their own definitions a mere random, pre-programmed chemical reaction. It has no merit, no basis, no meaning!

Unfortunately Millennials have been given a choice of believing science, or believing the Word of God.  Such a forced choice is irrational, and unnecessary because science and God’s word are not contradictory. But Public Education has failed them, because they took away even the possibility of Biblical truth.  Instead they filled their heads with diagrams of an outdated and scientifically disproven evolutionary tree of life, fraudulent Piltdown man, and imaginary monkey to man diagrams. Consequently, an entire generation has lost faith in the Bible due to the atheistic, secular agenda in our schools.

We trusted the government to teach our children.  But as stated by Mary Nutting at Answers in Genesis, “Many families today are in deep trouble because they have not been “diligently teaching” their children. Instead, they have left it to the schools, media, museums, national parks, and others to do the job.”(4) And the government trusted the textbooks, and the textbooks trusted the atheists. But why did the texts use atheistic presuppositions to program our children against belief in God, or the Bible? Perhaps because some of the arguments for an ancient universe seem so logical, at least on the surface. Like Deep Time.

The strongest atheistic arguments against the Bible are those rooted in Deep Time (for example light travelling across the universe).  The atheists have convinced most of the world that Genesis cannot be literally true because of the long ages they claim are shown by geology and astronomy.  (See prior posts on Ancient, Where’s the Proof, and Pluto and the Mickey Mouse Astronomers)  Deep Time is the foundational belief that undergirds atheistic arguments against Biblical truth by suggesting everything about the Bible timeline is impossible.  According to the internet dictionary, deep time is: “the multimillion year time frame within which scientists believe the earth has existed, and which is supported by the observation of natural, mostly geological, phenomena.” It will exceed the scope of this post to instruct the reader fully as to why Deep Time is an unreliable concept, but suffice it to say that as with all other scientific conclusions reached by atheists, the science is subject to the ideology.

In other words, when an atheistic scientist makes a choice to absolutely rule out any possibility of God the Creator, this choice influences and pervades and contaminates all their other research and conclusions. No matter how clearly the scientific evidence might be in pointing to a Creator, the avowed atheist will not see it. The simple fact is that the existence of the universe, and the existence of life itself are miraculous.  Atheists choose their explanations for the miracles, a “Big Bang” for which they have no proof, followed by life randomly creating and advancing itself out of nothing.  Bible scholars and scientifically oriented Christians choose another explanation.

Deep Time was a concept well fitted to evolution. The theory of evolution required time spans of hundreds of millions of years to be at all believable. Of course open minded scientists now know that evolution cannot occur no matter how many millions of years one postulates. Deep Time is no longer relevant. (Watch for future blogs on the scientific evidence against Deep Time, you may be surprised.)  In the near future, as the house of cards called Evolution continues to collapse, we may see thousands more open minded scientists, biologists, and astronomers addressing the concept of deep time as well.  

My  hope is that very soon, as a result of these advances in scientific understanding, Millennials will not remain lost.  They will have hope.  They will find the gospel.  They will seek and find the Bible, and they will find the vast amounts of scientific and archeological evidence that supports the Bible.  They won’t find it, of course, in the halls of atheistic, anti-God, anti-Christ academia.  But you can find it, even now, in places like Answers in Genesis, Evolutioncreation.net, and Creation.com.

(1)www.huffpost.com/entry/millennials-the-lost-generation_b_582aaabde4b0852d9ec21ca9

(2) Psalms 14:1 KJV

(3) carm.org/materialistic-atheism-self-refuting

(4) answersingenesis.org/family/families-are-gods-idea-beginning-in-genesis/

(5) ibid

 

The Day Evolution Died

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Evolution is dead.  (See my prior posts entitled, Evolution:Just the Facts, and Evolution, God, and Probability.) But like a zombie in an apocalypse movie it refuses to go away.  Its rotten corpse continues to stink in the halls of academic sciences, and no amount of formaldehyde can prevent the stench.  I can offer various theories as to why a belief in such an obviously unsupportable theory persist, but I suppose, like belief in vampires and zombies, some people will believe anything.  In the long view, evolution will be shown to be just a PC, faddish belief without an iota of factual scientific evidence.

Proponents of evolution would have you believe, in spite of evidence to the contrary, that we have proof from the geologic record that shows a gradual increase in the complexity of life.  This is a lie.  (See my post on The Data in the Strata.)

They would have you believe that we have proof from the lab that life can “create itself” from a lightning strike and a soup of  pre-life chemicals.  This is also a lie.  This has never occurred, in spite of over a century of attempts by scientists who are desperate to prove evolution. (See prior post Micro-evolution under the Microscope.)

They would have you believe that “we see evolution all around us.” But they knowingly substitute examples of natural selection, and pass it off as evolution.  This is also a blatant lie.  (See prior posts on Natural Selection)

Evolution (by definition) requires increasing complexity of the genetic code. Evolution as an explanation for life on earth as we know it would have required trillions upon trillions upon trillions of increases in the complexity of the genetic code.  Yet as of this writing there is not one proven example of any mutation at any time, in any living thing, that has increased or added to the complexity of the DNA. Not One!

 In fact after over a hundred years of lab scientists radiating the rapidly reproducing fruit fly hoping to demonstrate evolution, all we have is normal, dead, or deformed fruit flies. And after studying hundreds of thousands of generations of bacteria, not one evolutionary scientist anywhere in the world has shown the addition of new genomic material.  Yet evolutionists would have you believe that the many thousands of evolutionary changes from “Neanderthal Man” to the current day occurred in just 40,000 years (less than 2000 generations)!

Even Wikipedia admits that Biologists “used to believe” that evolution was progressive.  The first fatal blow to progressive evolution was in the fossils themselves. The claim of progressive evolution received another fatal blow from genomics.  Modern genomics (which should have easily proven progressive evolution) has instead shown that the supposed evolutionary Tree of Life is not real. It exists only on paper or in outdated, unscientific textbooks written by pro-evolution atheists.  Secular scientists have rearranged it, diversified it, changed it, and even cut and pasted it to no avail.  The Tree of Life is dead.  Belief in evolution should have died with it. So if you were educated under the teachings of atheistic fools, and were taught that the universe created itself out of nothing, and life is some giant cosmic accident, today you have a choice.  You can continue to accept the ungodly propaganda of the atheists, or today can be the day you accept the fact that there is no scientific support for evolution.  For you TODAY can be the day that evolution died.

 

Psalm 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”

Sex: Evolutionary Accident or God’s gift?

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There are really only two explanations for sex.  It is possible that it is simply an animal urge bred into humankind (and most other animals) as an essential part of the propagation of the species, as implied by atheists and evolutionists.  It is also possible that it might be a part of a Divine plan, a gift to mankind from a loving Creator, as taught in the Bible.

Atheists, of course, tend to believe the former, despite scientific evidence to the contrary (see earlier blogs).  As society becomes predominantly atheistic, with rejection of anything but a token belief in the spiritual or the Divine, we consequently see less respect for the sanctity of  life, and less understanding of the sacramental nature of marriage.  Consequently, our social fabric seems to be ripping apart.  Affairs are rampant.  Divorce is “normal”.  Children are disposable. Mass shootings, corporate corruption, individual gluttony and laziness… all seem to be increasing. 

Christians (and some other religions), on the other hand, tend to see the hand of God in the act of sexual intimacy.  In fact it has been called a sacrament.  The Bible of course tells us in many places to stay away from sexual sin. But it does not stop there.  Paul goes on to say that we should encourage sex within the marriage, that sex is an important part of the ongoing marital relationship:  The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer.  (I Cor. 7:3-5)

The wisdom of God’s plan for the family, and for a marital relationship founded on commitment and mutual gratification, becomes evident as we compare it to the alternative.  In other words, looking around we see divorce, gender confusion, the mental health crisis, rampant pornography, pedophilia, and social chaos. These have followed closely on the heals of he breakup of the traditional family.  It serves to confirm the wisdom of God’s plan.  While we as a society, and as individuals, value freedom and an unconstrained lifestyles, it appears God placed some constraints on our sexual expression, for reasons that relate to our individual and societal well being.

The family (along with its biblical pro-sex attributes) is designed to be the core, basic unit of a stable society. As stated in an article in The Public Discourse, “The second pillar of a decent society is the institution of the family, which is built upon the comprehensive sexual union of man and woman. No other institution can top the family’s ability to transmit what is pivotal—character formation, values, virtues, and enduring love—to each new generation.“(1)

But this pillar is crumbling. With rampant alcohol and drug use, the recent push toward legalized pedophilia in Europe, the exposure of our young children to sexual images on cell phones, and even sexual teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues in our public schools, and with the pressure on young children to choose a homosexual or Trans lifestyle even before they comprehend the framework of human sexuality, the family is quite literally in a crisis.(2)

It turns out that worldview does make a difference.  In fact it makes an enormous difference whether our children are raised believing they are a child of God, or believing they are the result of an accident of cosmology.  Tragically we have millions of children and young adults now with no spiritual compass, and no inherent, foundational belief in self worth.  Entire generations of youth who have been taught that they are no more special or meaningful than a monkey, or a slime mold.  Our society and children are paying the price. And nothing but God’s plan is likely to make things any better.

(1) https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/pillars/sexuality-and-family/

(2) http://chucklawless.com/2017/08/10-reasons-satan-attacks-families/

 

Hoaxed

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Evolution will someday be shown to be the greatest hoax in the history of science.  It may be, as the title of Jonathan Sarfati’s book suggests, “The Greatest Hoax on Earth?”  He writes, describing pro-evolutionist and atheist Richard Dawkins, “Dawkins is much like his hero, Charles Darwin, who embellishes scientific observations with curious speculation to fit his own atheistic worldview.” (Note: for much more on this topic see my earlier blogs on “Differing with Dawkins”, “The Data in the Strata” and “Cambrian Explosion.)

Of course even many atheists will admit there have been numerous “hoaxes” such as Piltdown man, Nebraska man, Java man, Orce man, or Boule’s Neanderthal man.  Archeoraptor and Haeckel’s embryos were also proven fraudulent. Some evolutionary proponents will admit individual instances of a person here or there who “faked” a specimen.  A few might even acknowledge the clearly “embellished” and fanciful horse series, (which has been put forward for generations as “proof” of evolution, but is actually three different species of horses).

These are just a few examples, but this is bigger than a few dozen examples can explain.  It is a systematic, guided, planned, and intentional misleading of our youth.  It is what some call textbook fraud.  Evolutionists tolerate knowingly fraudulent pro-evolution evidence in school textbooks. New textbooks purchased by schools are filled with lies to promote evolution. School teachers and professors (at least some of them) know the material is fraudulent, but continue teach it. Materials persist in High School and University Textbooks that were exposed as fraud over 90 years ago! Everyone ignores this, because this fraudulent data is the best evidence for evolution that they have!

Evolution itself, the very idea, the inane proposition itself will someday be shown to be the greatest (and perhaps most destructive) hoax ever perpetrated on mankind.

How could such a thing have happened?  Well it is amazing just how far astray you can go with the blind leading the blind.  Jesus told his followers, “Stay away from those Pharisees! They are like blind people leading other blind people, and all of them will fall into a ditch.”  Psalm 14:1 also tells us “The fool has said in his heart there is no God.”  Unfortunately, for over a hundred years, our society has been lead by fools, blinded by their pride and arrogance. Atheistic scientists are fools by scriptural definition because they don’t believe in God.  They have moved to the forefront of social consciousness, becoming so influential on our campuses that we have entire generations of youth believing that the universe created itself out of nothing, and that life rose from a mud puddle to its current array of magnificent complexity.

Romans chapter one (NIV) in context shows parallels to today:

18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

It is critical, for the sake of our youth, that a generation of scientists, teachers, pastors, and parents educate themselves on the fallacies of evolution and the Big bang.  Start from the beginning of this blog. Read my twice weekly posts starting back on July 23rd of this year.  EDUCATE YOURSELF.  Or Visit sites like the Creation Museum, or Answers in Genesis.  Join the movement. Share these blogs.  Save our kids.

Chemically impaired? Why not?

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Just a short note to ask a simple question today.

In my job as an Emergency room physician, I frequently see people who are “chemically impaired”.  Opiates,  benzo’s, cocaine, or maybe just THC or alcohol.  Sometimes more than a dozen a day.  Some agitated, aggressive and dangerous… some mellow, sad, and depressed.  Occasionally they arrive hyperactive.  Sometimes they are somnolent and snoring.  And sometimes, in a mood dominated by fatigue more than by compassion, one of the ER nurses will say “There is one more example of survival of the fittest in action.”

And in view of the evolution/creation debate, this raises a question?  Is there anything wrong with substance abuse?  If the universe, and life itself are random accidents, why not “escape” reality every chance we get?  And if it causes pain or suffering or emotional distress to others in our family or our community, so what?  If there is no higher power, and no such thing as religion or spirituality, who cares? Why should a bipedal sentient evolutionary accident care?  What difference does it make to a random collection of molecules?

Evolutionists loudly promulgate their religion in schools and on college campuses.  They label anyone who differs with their agenda as a miscreant, anti-intellectual, anti-science, or at best woefully uninformed.  But why do they care?

Is is because they genuinely care that others might be uninformed or uneducated on the issue?  I don’t believe so.

Is it because they want all the social mores that restrict them from uninhibited sexual expression and substance abuse removed?  Is it because they are offended by the possibility of a God to who they are ultimately accountable? I believe it is.

Rampant uninhibited sexuality and uncontrolled substance abuse are both damaging to society.  They are also both dangerous to the individual.  But if we believe the random nature of existence suggested by evolution and the Big Bang, why does it really matter?

 

The Lord your God is with you. He’s mighty to deliver. He takes great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He rejoices over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)