Circumstantial Evidence

This bread of ours we took hot for our provision from our houses on the day we departed to come to you. But now look, it is dry and moldy.

(Joshua 9:12) NKJV

Circumstantial evidence is when two things happen at the same time which may or may not be related, but we decide to use one as evidence for what we believe about the other.

Circumstantial evidence is evidence that relies on an inference to connect it to a conclusion of fact—such as a fingerprint at the scene of a crime. By contrast, direct evidence supports the truth of an assertion directly—i.e., without need for any additional evidence or inference.

– Circumstantial evidence, definition (Wikipedia)

An example would be if we opened a bag of potato chips at the same time that a fire truck drove past we could claim that opening the bag of potato chips caused the fire truck to appear. That’s obviously absurd, and a simple test would be to open several more bags of potato chips and see whether or not fire trucks happen to coincide with them too.

This ridiculous example has the same merit as the way in which gravitational wave detections have been used as evidence for the supposed collision of black holes.

Gravitational waves happen, we can detect them. It doesn’t make any difference what you believe about science or the Bible, gravitational waves are a thing. They’re not paradigm-dependent. They are fact.

Black holes, by contrast, are paradigm-dependent. They’re a mathematical contrivance which is necessary to balance the physics of cosmological models derived within the popular science paradigm (SciPop). They’re not fact.

The passage above is an example of the use of circumstantial evidence. The inhabitants of Gibeon were scared to death of the Israelites during the conquest of Canaan, so they hatched a plot to dupe them into allowing them to dwell peacefully among them. They took moldy bread, old clothes and worn out shoes to make it look as if they had traveled a long distance to meet with the Joshua, when in fact they were from a town in the vicinity.

Possibly the most outstanding use of circumstantial evidence is Newton’s law of universal gravitation and the popular science paradigm (SciPop) which has grown from it, which includes Einstein’s theory of relativity.

A particle attracts every other particle in the universe using a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.

This is a general physical law derived from empirical observations by what Isaac Newton called induction.

– Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation

The broad class of observation that there’s a proportional relationship between mass and gravity has been taken to mean that mass causes gravity. In relativistic terms, SciPop gravity is a property of energy. Unfortunately the Bible tells us that matter, time and space existed on the first day, before gravity was created on the second day. We can use the same broad class of observations to show that mass is an effect of gravity, not its cause. This gives us Matty’s law of universal gravitation, the basis for our theory of Biblical quantum gravitation (BQG).

Gravity (A) is a field emitted from a created instance (a singularity) which causes a body to have attractive force (p) proportional to its mass and inversely proportional to the square of its distance from the source (pG).

G is the gravitational constant. This is a general physical law derived from empirical observations by using deduction.

– Matty’s Law of Biblical Gravitation

Gravitational Waves

We investigate the possibility that hell emits gravitational waves in response to fluctuations in the human death rate.

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