Key precept: “In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” Douglas Adams
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)
Good writing starts with a thesis on which everything else in the account rests. The Bible’s thesis is that spirit God created the material universe and everything in it. Every single element in the rest of the story, which builds systematically from The Beginning in Genesis through The End in Revelation, rests on this fundamental premise.
This premise is famously opposed by scientists.
In the scientific universe matter came before mind. Mind is an accident of matter…
We have almost no evidence to go on when we decide what we believe happened at the beginning of time, but the choice we make has massive implications for our understanding of the way the world works.
Pay close attention to the opinion of Stephen Hawking, reputed to be a genius physicist and “one of the most important scientists and public intellectuals of our time, if not all time.” Did you notice that this genius scientist bases his conviction, not on scientific evidence, but on belief? His choice of what to believe is made to resolve his emotional response to the concept of an afterlife.
As he states, he is grateful, i.e. relieved to conclude that there is no afterlife. This is understandable, since he spent his entire adult life struggling with a severely debilitating physical disease, experiencing, in essence, the misery of a disembodied soul as postulated to be the condition of the afterlife.
But is someone’s emotionally disturbed coping mechanism a viable basis on which to base belief directing our life’s choices, and faith in our soul’s fate after death?
In The Secret History of the World, by Mark Booth, the opposite proposition is offered to a truth seeker.
If you believe that matter came before mind, you have to explain how a chance coming together of chemicals creates consciousness, which is difficult. If, on the other hand, you believe that matter is precipitated by a cosmic mind, you have the equally difficult problem of explaining how, of providing a working model.
Not really. The unchanging Bible provided a working model thousands of years before materialistic science had discarded the spirit dimension and begun speculating on various models. This Includes, by the way, an impenetrable dimension of reality doggedly described as matter although materialistic science cannot apply any known physical modes to sense it.
Dark matter is believed to be a form of matter thought to account for approximately 85% of the matter in the universe and about 27% of its total mass–energy density…Its presence is implied in a variety of astrophysical observations, including gravitational effects that cannot be explained by accepted theories of gravity unless more matter is present than can be seen…
Because dark matter has not yet been observed directly, if it exists…
The Bible explains physical science as well as invisible, spiritual, other-dimensional states of being, the past as well as the future. We are honest when we acknowledge that we can’t scientifically determine these states of being, we can only know whatever is communicated to us by someone who was there and capable himself of understanding the states of being – if he chooses to have a word with us. We rationally choose to put our faith in both honestly conducted science and God’s Word when we honestly examine the evidence provided in both realms.
- The Bible reports that matter was created by energy and sound.
“…the Spirit of God moved [kinetic energy]…And God said [sound waves] Let there be light…” (Gen 1)
This ancient revelation has only recently been confirmed by theoretical physicists. Einstein is famous for the equation “E=mc2 which established that energy (E) can be converted into matter (m) when acted upon by light (c2). Recently physicists have empirically demonstrated this.
2) The Bible reports that God made and maintains the “worlds” (note the plural, either a reference to sequential reconstructions of our current world during Creation week, see the next post, or a reference to a multiverse, see String Theory below) by speaking material substance into existence.
“God…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…by whom also he made the worlds…and upholding all things by the word of his power,” (Heb 1:1-3)
Currently physicists are exploring how resonance, a quality of sound, holds together everything in the universe. Observation of the macro effect of sound vibrations on tiny particles of matter gives some insight into this micro subatomic physics phenomenon.
3) The Bible reports that seemingly solid substance is actually composed of invisible force fields.
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the [spoken] word [which we have above noted is a form of energy] of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Heb 11:3)
String theory, often called the “theory of everything,” is a relatively young science that includes such unusual concepts as superstrings, branes, and extra dimensions. Scientists are hopeful that string theory will unlock one of the biggest mysteries of the universe…
String theory is a work in progress, so trying to pin down exactly what the science is, or what its fundamental elements are, can be kind of tricky. The key string theory features include:
All objects in our universe are composed of vibrating filaments (strings) and membranes (branes) of energy…
Several extra (usually unobservable) dimensions to the universe must exist…
There are also possible…parallel universes…
scientists can use the fact that humanity exists as an explanation for certain physical properties of our universe.
Our universe could be “stuck” on a brane…
Stating that science validates the Bible does not elevate science over faith. It confirms that reality / truth is not hidden, God has revealed it to establish our faith.
Faith is not blindly accepting what we don’t understand. It is not the opposite of reason. It is the end result of reason. Faith is rationally acting on a reported unknown future after determining the credibility of the source through their previous reports of the known past.
The opposite of faith is determined blindness against God’s evident power and authority. The known world proves the existence, power and nature of God, in whom we then choose, or not, to place our faith for the unknowable and uncontrollable aspects of our own lives.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” (Psalm 19:1-3)
The Secret History of the World by Mark Booth is a compilation of ancient mystery religions’ beliefs and practices from across the world, providing a convenient spiritual resource for contemporary Westerners steeped in Christianity to explore other options besides the biblical account of creation, humanity’s purpose and history, and the end of the world as we know it.
in the beginning there were no objects in space… [Agreed]
Since there was noTHING when something first happened, it is safe to say this first happening must have been quite different from the sorts of events we regularly account for in terms of the laws of physics.
Might it make sense to say this first happening could have been in some ways more like a mental event than a physical event?
The idea of mental events generating physical effects may at first seem counter-intuitive, but in fact it’s something we experience all the time. For example, what happens when I’m struck by an idea…is that a pulse jumps a synapse in my brain, something like an electrical current burns down a nerve in my arm and my hand moves…
In the beginning an impulse must have come from somewhere…In this history we shall see how for many of the world’s most brilliant individuals the birth of the universe, the mysterious transition from no-matter to matter has been explained…as the mind of God…
From the priests of the Egyptian temples to today’s secret societies…this model [of explaining how matter comes from mind] has always been conceived of as a series of thoughts emanating from the cosmic mind. Pure mind to begin with, these thought-emanations…, energy…became gas, then liquid and finally solids…
These emanations have also always been thought of as in some sense…intelligent…
The reality of everyday experience is that thoughts are quite routinely introduced…The ancients understood this ‘somewhere else’ as being some-one else, the someone being a god, an angel or a spirit…emanations from the great cosmic mind – Thought-Beings in other words. What I am asking you to consider now is that these great Thought-Beings expressed themselves through people. If today we naturally think of people thinking, in ancient times they thought of Thoughts peopling…
For example, Alexander the Great or Napoleon were vehicles for a great spirit…No one could oppose them and they succeeded in everything they did – until the spirit left them…
In this history gods and spirits control the material world and exercise power over it. We will see too, how sometimes disembodied beings break through, unbidden…commerce with the spirits was always considered highly dangerous.
What we discover is that only the Bible documents a specific individual and clearly describes his actions at the beginning and continuing throughout human history, with multiple means of validating the reports from a variety of scientific disciplines.
“Thus saith God the LORD / YHVH, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein…I am the LORD / YHVH: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:5-8)
Only the Bible reveals how to engage in a relationship with Creator God to permanently benefit from his creative power. Other religions’ writings express knowing about this Creator, but only the Bible documents the process by which we can know him.
“we know that we are of God…And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” (I John 5:19-20)
Only the Bible provides a written document as a basis for trust. Religions and secret societies require their followers to place their trust in the intermediary human, AKA priest, regardless of the title he gives himself of pope, pastor, elder, master, etc.
“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts…prophecy of the scripture.” (II Peter 1:16-20)
Only the Bible provides a means of validating the truth of his claims through the accuracy of future events coming to pass as predicted, or more accurately, pre-dictated, in the past. Only the Bible demonstrates infallible accuracy over the course of thousands of years. Unlike scientific theories, more properly defined as speculations, which change constantly within a few years and are hotly debated among scientific factions.
“Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.” (Isaiah 42:9)
“Mathematicians have calculated the odds of Jesus fulfilling only 8 of the [approximately 300] Messianic prophecies as 1 out of 1017 (a 1 followed by 17 zeros). This is equivalent to covering the entire state of Texas with silver dollars 2 feet deep, marking one of them, mixing them all up and having a blindfolded person select the marked one at random the first time – What Are The Odds?”
Creation, with its unsearchable complexity and utter mysteriousness of life – can be appreciated by every human being from the simplest illiterate hunter-gatherers to the most intelligent physicists and philosophers.
Creation is the only real basis for trust in the Bible’s author-ity in what it authorizes its authors to report that God did in the past, and will do in the future. Every statement made in the Bible, every theological belief drawn from the Bible, derives its credibility (the virgin birth) and legitimacy (ye must be born again) from the first statement that God designed so can control all substance and activity.
So why isn’t this Superbeing Creator in control? you ask. Why does he allow bad things to happen?
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…” (Genesis 1:27)
That answers that question. Look around. We humans are doing a terrible job of managing what was put under our control.
And that’s the story. “Every story has to have conflict.“
That’s not to say that God set up this system for his entertainment. Simply that the story of humanity, like every epic and romance story, ends when the antagonists are defeated and the protagonists live happily after after.
“God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful…He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Revelation 21:4-6)
But the story itself consists of humanity’s intrinsic struggle to overcome.
Interesting that the viewers of hero-based programs don’t need to be religious or to read the Bible to recognize and identify with the concept of overcoming self-interest and fear of suffering and death in the struggle of good vs evil, and to acknowledge when justice is served.
That’s because humans are made in Creator God’s likeness, with his mindset and abilities, albeit latent. All the ancient religions acknowledged this much.
To today’s most advanced thinkers, academics like Richard Dawkins, the Charles Simony Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, and the other militant materialists who regulate and maintain the scientific world-view, the ‘mind of God’ is…the anthropomorphic fallacy. Even if we allow that God might conceivably exist, they say, why on earth should ‘He’ be like us? Why should ‘His’ mind be in any way like ours?
The fact is that they’re right. Of course there is no reason at all…unless it’s the other way round. In other words, the only reason why God’s mind might be like ours is if ours was made to be like His – that, is God made us in His image…
He imagined beings very like Himself. He imagined free, creative beings capable of loving so intelligently and thinking so lovingly that they could transform themselves and others of their kind in their innermost being…
Putting yourself into God’s position involves imagining that you are staring at your reflection in a mirror. You are willing the image of yourself you see there to come alive and take on its own independent life…
in the looking-glass history taught by the secret societies this is exactly what God did, his reflections – humans – gradually and in stages, forming and achieving independent life.
And the promise of life independent from our Creator is where the mystery religions and the open book Bible part ways.
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and YHVH’s [I Am, the Creator’s] Promised Savior / Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent…I have manifested thy name [attributes of YHVH / Creator / giver of life] unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me…For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me…That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us...I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17)
To fully tap into the life of our Creator we need to be united with him. As with any consumated human relationship, it starts with getting to know about him, then choosing to merge identities with him.
And that’s why he gave us the Bible – so we can know him.
The CREATOR God of the Bible
Right at the beginning of the story we discover a paradox about the Hebrew word for God that is used.
The noun Elohim is plural but it is always used with a singular verb when it speaks of the true God. This indicates a unity and diversity within the nature of God.
Mystery religions seize on the plurality of the noun while ignoring the singularity of the action to claim that their ancient gods created the world and, pointedly, humans.
there was remarkable unanimity among the initiate priests of the ancient world. Their secret teachings are encoded in the sacred texts of the world’s great religions…a secret history of creation is encoded in the most familiar of these texts, Genesis…a few of its phrases can be opened up to reveal extraordinary new worlds of thought, mighty vistas of the imagination…
Today’s church preaches an extreme and radical monotheism…
All religions taught that mind came before matter. All understood creation as taking place by a series of emanations, and this series was universally visualized as a hierarchy of spiritual beings, either gods or angels…
different orders of angels are to be identified with the gods of the stars and planets.
Though it hasn’t filtered down to the wider congregation, biblical scholarship acknowledges that the Bible contains many passages that should be understood as referring to astronomical deities…
Genesis 1:26 [sic] is usually translated as ‘In the beginning God made heaven and earth’, but…The passage properly reads, ‘In the beginning the gods made heaven and earth’…according to ancient tradition…the gods…are the seven great spirits…emanating from the sun.
Interestingly, science recognizes the truth of a single Creator’s paradoxical unity by defining physical reality, at the simplest level, as having four dimensions – height, depth, length and time. Recent rapid expansion in scientific knowledge postulates that there are at least ten dimensions to reality.
The statement that humans are made in God’s image and likeness gives us a clue about this paradoxical plural-unity. We can reverse engineer humans’ three dimensions to discover God’s multi-dimensional nature.
“And the LORD God
- formed man of the dust of the ground – material body
- and man became a living soul – non-material aggregate memories, emotions and cognition developed into a personality in response to environmental and social experiences
- after God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life / energizing spirit for both body and soul.” (Genesis 2:7)
The independent functioning of the various states of being of body, soul and spirit, while still remaining one person, is easy to understand as experienced in our own selves.
- My body’s hunger controls my food consumption,
- as my soul’s will feels frustration in its unfilled desire to lose weight.
- while my God-given spirit’s morality feels guilty over the lack of self-control.
This is described in the Bible.
- I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak
- in the anguish of my spirit;
- I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. “(Job 7:11)
Corrupted humanity experiences a disconnect between body, soul and spirit, in contrast to perfect God who experiences unity in all aspects of being. More on this in later posts.
“For I know that in me
- (that is, in my flesh [body],) dwelleth no good thing:
- for to will [soul] is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. [Think about all the New Year’s resolutions you’ve ever made. Try to lose just 2 pounds…] For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do…
- For I delight in the law of God after the inward man [spirit which comes from God]:
But I see another law
- in my members [physical drives for sex, food, pleasure], warring against
- the law of my mind [soul’s rational desire to abstain from damaging actions],
and bringing me into captivity to the law [inevitable effect from cause] of sin [destruction, death] which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 7:18)
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle [temporary dwelling, mortal body] were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands [immortal body], eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven…”(II Corinthians 5:1-8)
The material body is the least important aspect of a human being, tearing itself down and reconstructing itself daily throughout life, and being absorbed back into the elements of the earth at death.
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes12:7)
Hmmm. Anyone else notice that the Bible documents the formation and disposition of the body to and from earth elements, and the giving and taking of the spirit from God, but not the soul? Where did the soul come from, and what happens to it at death? Isn’t that the biggest question we have about life – what happens to us after death?
The following biblical passage on fetal development confirms the first reference to the soul’s origination with the body, expanding on the soul’s connection to the physical nervous system with its use of the elements of the earth.
“thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well…when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.” (Psalm 139:13-15)
Reins, literal fibers, like a horse’s reins, are the nerves originating in the brain penetrating throughout the entire body in order to control the members of the body,
Almost all nerve cells, or neurons, are generated during prenatal life, and in most cases they are not replaced by new neurons thereafter. Morphologically, the nervous system first appears about 18 days after conception…
In order to produce the estimated 1 trillion neurons present in the mature brain, an average of 2.5 million neurons must be generated per minute during the entire prenatal life. This includes the formation of neuronal circuits comprising 100 trillion synapses, as each potential neuron is ultimately connected with either a selected set of other neurons or specific targets such as sensory endings. Moreover, synaptic connections with other neurons are made at precise locations on the cell membranes of target neurons.
When humans and primates are first developing, their brains are built from what are known as neural progenitor cells. These are stalk-like cells that multiply over and over again, and they eventually form neurons. The equation is simple since more progenitor cells mean more neurons down the road, and it turns out that human progenitor cells behave differently than the progenitor cells of apes and chimps.
When observing the multiplying behavior of progenitor cells in the primates, the researchers found that the cells continued multiplying at a high rate for roughly five days before maturing and slowing down. That’s a lot longer than in mice, where the cells have been shown to mature within hours. This extended timeframe means that primates have increased brain power and larger brain organs, but human progenitor cells take it to the next level.
The research revealed that humans progenitor cells continue multiplying for up to a full week before transitioning. Because the multiplication of cells is an exponential affair, the extra two days of multiplication means a great deal more cells and eventually neurons in humans.
Sidebar here – how can we accept both this kind of complexity and rapidity of development from a single cell organism to a complete human being and Evolution’s fundamental process of genetic mutation over “billions of years”?
the conclusion that extensive changes have occurred over time is based partially on inferences and an interpretation of data, the evolution side has strong evidence to support the idea that evolutionary development and common descent are both biologically and logically possible [emphasis added.]”
In contrast to the word play on the inferences, interpretation, and possibility of evolutionary processes, we have the facts uncovered by the scientific study of anatomy and physiology. The strong evidence of the amazingly controlled physiological generation of 2.5 million neurons per minute for nine months including 100 trillion synapses to create an informatics transportation system throughout the entire body with each neuron precisely connected to a selected set of other neurons on specific end points at precise locations on the cell membranes of target neurons should put any thinking person in a state of awe at the understated biblical statement “I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalm 139:14)
Further confounding evolution’s reliance on material genetics, the pre-existing social environment in which a fetus is formed has a great impact on the development of personality and behavior – i.e. the soul.
The totality of these events is not thought to be the exclusive product of the genetic code, for there are simply not enough genes to account for such complexity….External environmental factors include nutrition, sensory experience, social interaction, and even learning. All of these are essential for the proper differentiation of individual neurons and for fine-tuning the details of synaptic connections…
So we don’t have a nature vs nurture debate, we have physiology plus social interaction forms the person. Or to put it another way, the chicken and the egg came into being at the same time.
Researchers, psychologists and social scientists have agreed that genes, as well as one’s environment, engage in a complex interplay when shaping personality. Understanding the cause of an individual’s personality, behavior and cognition is an area of interest in various fields.
The soul – personality, thoughts, memories and emotions – comes into existence and can be modified through the chemo-electrical activity of the nervous system.
the nervous system requires continuous stimulation over an entire lifetime in order to sustain functional activity.
So when the senses of the body stop feeding stimulation to the nervous system, the nervous system stops functioning. Obviously, the soul stops interacting with its body in terms of behaviors, and with its environment in terms of socializing or learning.
But does it stop existing when the nerve fibers crumble back into the elements of the earth from which it is composed? In a completely material model, yes.
Yet we know that the nervous system is not just physical fibers. The fibers by themselves do nothing. They are simply the means of generating neurological electrical activity, which is not material but energy.
The electrical activity of the brain is what composes and allows expression of memories, emotions, intentions, directive of behavior and personality.
Interestingly, the Bible describes in picturesque terms appropriate to a non-scientific reader the same images now being provided by highly advanced scientific technology.
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth…because man goeth to his long home [the grave], and the mourners go about the streets:
- Or ever the silver cord be loosed [chemo-electrical activity of the peripheral nervous system]
- or the golden bowl be broken [chemo-electrical activity of the brain]
- or the pitcher be broken at the fountain [clay body]
- or the wheel broken at the cistern [autonomic repetitive breathing delivering life].
Then shall the dust [of the clay casing for the electrical battery] return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1-7)
And where does the soul go? There is a lot of speculation, because this is beyond scientific study.
According to the Bible, without God’s intervention, it follows the body into the ground.
“God speaketh…He keepeth back his [man’s] soul from the pit….his soul draweth near unto the grave…he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit…He will deliver his soul from going into the pit…bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light [energy, spirit] of the living.” (Job 33:14-30)
According to this and other statements in the Bible, the soul remains intact despite the disintegration of the Bible, and can be recalled back to the living. This is validated by other spiritual sources.
many western religions, as well as south Asian and African ones, believe in some form of life after death. Its origins span from the ancient world and classical antiquity until today. Most often, the world of the afterlife is associated with Greek mythology, where it is called the underworld, or Hades.
According to the ancient Greeks, at the time of death, the soul separates from the body and is transported to the underworld, where it is accepted into the realm by the governing god Hades, who is known to reside at the edges of the ocean and under the deepest depths of the Earth.
Hades’ realm, as opposed to the kingdom of Mount Olympus, is virtually all gloom and darkness, solely inhabited by the dead. In Homer’s Odyssey, even the great warrior spirit Achilles in the nether world tells Odysseus that he would rather be subjugated as a landless slave than be the king of the underworld due to the dreary existence in the land of the dead.
Nonetheless, Greek mythology stresses respect for the dead due to the belief in the continued existence of the fallen after their spirit has passed on.
Is this just mythology passed around ancient campfires and current day tele-evangelist programs to alleviate anxiety about the unknown, or a believable statement of fact?
We know from experience that a human’s soul remains intact during a coma or other physically altered state of consciousness to resurface with the awakening of the body’s functional neurological system. So the Bible’s claim that human souls do not dissipate into the universal energy field when the body dissipates into dust, but remain intact in some guarded holding place, at least bears consideration and study in advance of death. This is a state of being that can’t be altered by the time it happens.
Can science prove the continued existence of the soul after the body dies?
The definition of life has long been a challenge for scientists and philosophers, with many varied definitions put forward. This is partially because life is a process, not a substance [emphasis added].
And science admits a lack of consensus, ergo lack of knowledge, regarding the connection between brain activity and the end of personhood.
the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research in 1980...concluded that this approach [cessation of brain activity] to defining death sufficed in reaching a uniform definition nationwide. A multitude of reasons were presented to support this definition including: uniformity of standards in law for establishing death; consumption of a family’s fiscal resources for artificial life support; and legal establishment for equating brain death with death in order to proceed with organ donation.
Note, the determination was based on practical considerations, not on scientifically determined facts of life.
Aside from the issue of support of or dispute against brain death, there is another inherent problem in this categorical definition: the variability of its application in medical practice [emphasis added here and below]. In 1995, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), established a set of criteria that became the medical standard for diagnosing neurologic death…This set of criteria was then updated again most recently in 2010, but substantial discrepancies still remain across hospitals and medical specialties…
A great deal of controversy has surrounded the definition of death… [emphasis added]
So we’ll need to move beyond the applied science of medicine to the purely theoretical sciences.
Energy is the ability to do work…In the case of electrical energy, the force is electrical attraction or repulsion between charged particles. Electrical energy may be either potential energy or kinetic energy, but it’s usually encountered as potential energy, which is energy stored due to the relative positions of charged particles or electric fields. [Emphasis added.] The movement of charged particles through a wire or other medium is called current or electricity…
Biological systems also use electrical energy. For example, hydrogen ions, electrons, or metal ions may be more concentrated on one side of a membrane than the other, setting up an electrical potential that can be used to transmit nerve impulses, move muscles, and transport materials.
And energy, even in biological systems, cannot be destroyed.
So, scientifically, whatever part of the soul that is composed of neurological chemo-electrical activity continues to exist after the shutdown of operations of the material body. All the active chemo-electrical energy converts to potential, i.e. inactive energy, with the ability to be reactivated.
The hybrid car electrical system provides a parallel example.
Hybrids…create their own power for battery recharging through a process known as regenerative braking (regen mode)…capturing the vehicle’s momentum (kinetic energy) and turning it into [stored or potential energy]…the onboard battery…this charged battery…in turn powers the vehicle’s electric traction motor…
From this we can induce a corollary biological regenerative system in which the electrical energy of the brain is likewise conserved as potential energy when the body shuts down, on hand and available to resume function in the neurological system when restarted in the future.
So what is the state of the soul when conserved as potential energy?
We known that inability to interact with others or the environment does not define death, but medical unconsciousness in a spectrum from being asleep to being in a coma to being on life support. Note, that in every condition it continues to be. Through logic, we must conclude that, scientifically:
- if we accept that the personality, emotions, thoughts and memories comprising the soul are formed by electrochemical energy,
- and that energy is never destroyed,
- then the dematerialized soul at death continues to exist in an unconscious state.
Unconscious is not Un-aware.
The unconscious is the vast sum of operations of the mind that take place below the level of conscious awareness. The conscious mind contains all the thoughts, feelings, cognitions, and memories we acknowledge, while the unconscious consists of deeper mental processes not readily available to the conscious mind.
Much learning, especially recognition of complex patterns, takes place outside of conscious awareness. Similarly, many of the elements that go into judgments and decision-making are processed outside of awareness. Intuition, too, is a product of unconscious mental operations, a set of assumptions swiftly assembled from cumulative knowledge and experience. Much of human motivation and interpersonal attraction also take shape beyond conscious awareness…
People use a range of defense mechanisms (such as repression) to avoid knowing what their unconscious motives and feelings are.
Freud (1915) emphasized the importance of the unconscious mind, and a primary assumption of Freudian theory is that the unconscious mind governs behavior to a greater degree than people suspect. Indeed, the goal of psychoanalysis is to reveal the use of such defense mechanisms and thus make the unconscious conscious.
Although Freud often spoke of the soul, nearly all of his many references to the soul, and to matters pertaining to the soul, have been excised in the English translation... the word “die seele,” which means “the soul,” is consistently translated as “the mind…” By soul Freud meant the psyche…(commonly translated as the Ego, the Id, and the Super-Ego).
In medicine especially in psychoanalysis, we talk a lot about the unconscious mind and the influences it exerts on our lives. As you may already know, our minds can be divided into the conscious and unconscious mind…
“I would say probably 99 percent of our lives is lived without immediate reflection upon a life principle. Rather, we just act…spontaneously…from being a kind of person…
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Jesus Christ.
The heart as Jesus uses it…is not limited to the conscious mind alone but actually mostly the unconscious mind…It means “…the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors.”
Linking the soul with the unconscious aspect of the mind – and unresponsive dead body – results in an elegant (scientifically concise and simple) explanation for how the soul
- requires connection to the body through chemo-electric neurological activity for self-expression and interaction,
- continues in an unconscious – but not necessarily insensate – state when the body ceases to function,
- and through resurrection of the body with neurons is able to live again, i.e. resume self expression and interaction with a social milieu and the environment.
This understanding also leads to the logical conclusion that animals’ expression of self – as pet owners can assure you – is a manifestation of their souls, which after death must also continue to exist in suspended animation.
The only escape is rescue by a force more powerful than death, i.e. the same force that imposed structure on chaotic energy. And that is exactly what the Bible states.
“the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God…Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the…redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” (Romans 8:19-25)
God Is Three In One
Our understanding of the triune nature of man – body, soul, and spirit – allows us to reverse engineer to an understanding of the prototype model in which we were made. Even before the New Testament statement that “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14), Old Testament depictions of God fit this model of an individual with three dimensions of body, soul and spirit.
- God’s body is what enables material beings to interact with him.
- God’s soul is his unique personhood / personality, “a characteristic way of thinking, feeling, and behaving…attitudes, and opinions and is most clearly expressed in interactions with other people.”
- God’s Spirit is the infinite source of energy which, like electricity or the wind, is not confined to any single time and space like a material body is, but can split off and converge, and can only be perceived by humans in its actions through physical substance.
Body – physical functioning in the confinement of creation and time
“And the LORD [YHVH] appeared unto him [Abraham] in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord…And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat…And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham…” (Genesis 18)
“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him…And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (Genesis 32:24-30)
“And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend [i.e. a peer, an equal, in a form compatible with human senses, which we often find in the Old Testament accounts of interactions between God and humans]…And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory [major upgrade in the software from human-like to truly hyper-dimensional God]…
And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. [Think of it like encountering any huge force-field. Humans are overloaded by high electrical voltage, radioactive nuclear energy, etc.] And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts [think of a tail of a comet, less intense]: but my face shall not be seen….And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there…
And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped…And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water [obviously his life was maintained by another transfer of energy]…And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai…that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him…And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face. But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. [like any sun worshipper absorbing all the rays they can.]” (Exodus 33:11-23, 34:5-8, 28-34)
Soul – will, desire, emotions, intent behind behavior, personality. The unique creation, person,
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And…it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will… (Genesis 6:5-7)
“And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD…and his anger was kindled.” (Numbers 11:1)
“Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God.” (II Chronicles 9:8)
Spirit – energy, empowerment
“And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent…I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth?…have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth…and thou shalt be to him [Pharoah] instead of God. (Exodus 4)
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel…And the LORD came down in a cloud…and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease…And Moses said…would God that ALL the LORD’S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!” (Numbers 11:16-29)
“Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning…for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil…And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon ALL flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” (Joel 2:12-32)
“And when the day of Pentecost [Jewish feast] was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak….Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them…this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel…ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off.” (Acts 2:1-33)
Each unique individual is, by definition, a soul. Mortal souls require constant connection between body, soul and spir-it in order to function. Death occurs when the spirit energy goes back to where it came from. Without the life energy provided by in-spir-ation, the body ex-spir-es and the physical components dissociate into the elements of the earth – water, hydrocarbons, iron, sodium, etc. Without the body’s neural networks, the soul is inactivated, although as described above, not destroyed or insensate. It is placed in storage.
Mortality can thus be defined as the condition of the person / soul having only temporary connection to life-giving spirit.
Immortality, then, can be defined as the the person / soul having permanent connection to life-giving spirit.
From this we can logically conclude that immortal, hyper dimensional spirit beings / souls can function independently of the body. Their bodies, being immortal, do not decay, but simply become inanimate when deprived of their spirit. This conclusion is supported by scripture.
“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth...When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?…who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?...Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?…they stand [motionless] as a garment (heavily weighted with gold and gems). And from the wicked their light / activation / life is withholden…the gates of death been opened.” (Job 38:4-17)
In Job’s account of the days of creation, the indestructible bodies of certain rebel angels were separated from their souls, which remained connected to their spirits. Where did these go? Desperately seeking bodies for self-expression.
“And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep / bottomless pit. And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.” (Luke 8:27-32)
“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first… blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.: (Luke 11:24-28)
Creator God manifests the ultimate freedom of movement, since he is the source of all spirit life.
- “In the beginning was the Word
- and the Word was with God,
- and the Word was God.
- The same was in the beginning with God.
- All things were made [expression of soul’s desire to create] by him…
- And the Word was made flesh [mortal body] and dwelt among us…(John 1:1-2, 14)
“I came forth from [visualize a cloud splitting into two clouds] the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father [the two clouds converging back into one].” (John 16:28)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father…Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake…
- And I will pray
- the Father, and he shall give you
- another Comforter [besides me in the flesh], that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth [acknowledges] him not, neither knoweth him:
but ye know him; for
- he dwelleth WITH you [right now guys – it’s me!],
- and shall be [future tense] IN you. I will not leave you comfortless: I – I! – will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see [perceive] me: because I live, ye shall live also [through the presence of life-giving spirit].
- At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth [chooses to be in unity with] me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him…
If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode [permanent residence] with him…Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I [bound in human flesh as I now am].” (John 14:2-30)
However, despite not being described anywhere in the Bible, even in the New Testament, orthodox Christianity teaches the doctrine of the Trinity, God existing as three separate but equal persons. The problem with this is obvious once we recognize that the Bible defines a person as a distinct soul, an autonomous individual. Surely we’ve come to understand that there is no such thing as “Separate but Equal.”
The doctrine of the Trinity means that there is one God who eternally exists as three distinct Persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Stated differently, God is one in essence and three in person. These definitions express three crucial truths: (1) the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct Persons, (2) each Person is fully God, (3) there is only one God.
Understandably, given its intrinsic contradiction and illogicality, the concept of the Trinity was one of many issues debated hotly by the early Christian theologians. Where did it come from?
We know that new converts clung to many entrenched pagan concepts. These problems were endemic and addressed in many of the New Testament epistles to the new churches. For example:
“…then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am…”(Galatians 4:8-12)
And Paul was not a Trinitarian. The concept of the Trinity, accepted by most Christians today without question, was not established as orthodox Christian doctrine until centuries after the apostles finished writing the New Testament. This alone should raise questions about the legitimacy of this doctrine.
The first defense of the doctrine of the Trinity was in the early third century by the early church father Tertullian…he noted that the majority of the believers in his day found issue with his doctrine…
Among the Non-Trinitarian beliefs, the Sabellianism taught that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are essentially one and the same, the difference being simply verbal, describing different aspects or roles of a single being. For this view Sabellius was excommunicated for heresy in Rome c. 220.
The doctrine of the Trinity is not found in either the New or the Old Testaments.
Judaism traditionally maintains a tradition of monotheism to the exclusion of the possibility of a Trinity. In Judaism, God is understood to be the absolute one, indivisible, and incomparable being who is the ultimate cause of all existence. The idea of God as a duality or trinity is heretical — it is even considered by some to be polytheistic.
If you consider yourself a Bible believing Christian, dare to explore the possibility that Trinitarianism is heretical?
Monotheism is distinguished from henotheism, a religious system in which the believer worships one god without denying that others may worship different gods with equal validity, and monolatrism, the recognition of the existence of many gods but with the consistent worship of only one deity...
“In the ancient Near East the existence of divine beings was universally accepted without question… The question was not whether there is only one elohim, but whether there is any elohim like Yahweh [translated as LORD in the King James Bible]…”
There is evidence that the Israelites before the Babylonian captivity in the 6th century BCE did not adhere to monotheism. Much of this evidence comes from the Bible itself, which records that many Israelites chose to worship foreign gods and idols rather than Yahweh…described by the Yahwist faction collectively as Baals. The oldest books of the Hebrew Bible reflect this competition, as in the books of Hosea and Nahum, whose authors lament the “apostasy” of the people of Israel and threaten them with the wrath of God if they do not give up their polytheistic cults.
When we examine the history of the development of the doctrine of the trinity we find that the concept of a trinity is not at all unique to Christianity. The driving force behind adding the doctrine of the trinity to Christianity was the corruption of the worship of the one true God.
“Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it. . . . From Egypt came the idea of a divine trinity.” And in the book Egyptian Religion, Siegfried Morenz notes: ‘The trinity was a major preoccupation of Egyptian theologians . . . Three gods are combined and treated as a single being, addressed in the singular. In this way the spiritual force of Egyptian religion shows a direct link with Christian theology.’”
Looking even further back into history, we find Hinduism is headed by a trinity.
As is the Babylonian religion and the even older Sumerian sources. “All the ancient nations believed in the Trinity.”
Naturally. The false saviors could only mimic the reality of the true Promised Savior’s unity with the Creator God through a trio of individuals.
More on this theology in later posts, for now just an introduction to the concept of the unity of God, his Word, and his creation.
“For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them…That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:” (John 17:21)
This is so much more, and qualitatively so different from the general conception of “eternal life” being unending existence as ourselves in an immortal body.
Certain words like Christian and church have been used for two thousand years to denote a Gentile religion, or way of establishing a relationship with God, which is different from, and succeeded and replaced the older Jewish religion. Judaism wasn’t even established until about 1,500 years into biblical history, so what was the religion before Judaism?
This study reveals that there is only one way back to Paradise – salvation from death for all humanity, through a savior promised to the first humans who brought death to all humanity.
“…the judgment of God is according to truth…Who will render to every man according to his deeds…Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God….are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin…But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
- the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
- Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood…
- that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Romans 2:2-3:26)
What does it mean to “believe in Jesus”, or more specifically, “in his name”? Honestly, growing up in a fundamentalist church which put lots of stock in a faith which was defined as no questions asked, I didn’t know. It wasn’t until I broke away and began questioning everything that it made sense.
Name = attributes, functionality, abilities, powers. Like Superman, Spiderman, Ironman, etc.
Failure to understand the meanings of names contributes to the confusion over the shared identity of the various manifestations of God as well as the shared identity of various cultural manifestation of believers in the Promised Savior / Messiah / Christ.
Most of all, confusion over the meaning of names is the foundation of the exclusionary doctrine of “Christ”ianity and salvation in the English name of “Jesus”.
In magic, invoking a powerful being’s secret name gives access to that being’s power “to do”. Even in mundane life, knowing your doctor’s secret cell phone number, which I had for the doctor for whom I worked, can empower you. Without being blocked or stalled, I could immediately gain his authorization to accomplish my plans.
With this in mind, the interaction between notoriously sly Jacob and God takes on added meaning. Jacob is trying to gain power over God by learning his secret name, which explains why God did not give it to him.
“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day…And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name?” (Genesis 32:24-30)
We can recognize that Manoah was also being clever when he asked for the angel’s name. Manoah lacked the faith to believe God’s promise, and wanted the standard pagan enforcement plan to ensure the higher power makes good on his promise.
“And there was a certain man…whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren…And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her…thou shalt conceive, and bear a son [Samson]…and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hands of the Philistines…And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name…? And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret? (Judges 13:1-18)
With this background, we understand that believers who receive a secret name are granted some special powers. This concept should be well understood in our current culture.
“To him that overcometh will I give…a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” (Revelation 2:17)
I don’t have personal experience in magic in its many forms because I do believe that sharing names and contact information with spirit beings does in fact create two-way connections. And, as another nonmaterial experience – on-line dating – proves, you can’t be in control of what happens next. We need to be careful about invoking, even unwittingly, names of spirit beings in activities like karate and yoga. There is only one name in which we can safely trust to accomplish a good thing for us.
“For the Lord God [Adonay Yhvh] will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up. Who is among you that feareth the LORD [Yhvh] , that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD [Yhvh], and stay upon his God [Elohaw]. (Isaiah 50:7-10)
Most of what we treat as God’s exclusive names are titles that can apply to other individuals, and multiple titles can apply to a single individual. For example, I am both daughter and mother, but not two different people.
- God, elohim or eloah translated God or god / gods. The fact that other beings besides Creator God are also referred to by this title should add significant depth to our understanding of this title. When El is used in scripture to indicate Creator God, we find it modified with his traits to single him out from inferior els. El is also a part of names of humans who identify with him. El is also translated power, indicating the supernatural source of the power.
- Human rulers/judges (I Samuel 2:25) “If one man sin against another, the [human] judge [translated from elohim, God] shall judge him. but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him?” The biblical title of “judge” is basically what we now call executives, because they make decisions (executive function of the brain) and have their orders carried out (executed). Executives have the power to put their plans, actions and laws into effect, Including execution as a death sentence.
- Lesser gods (Exodus 18:11) do have power, but this is different from authority. As we shall see, these hyper-dimensional beings defied their Creator and act on their own plans rather than carry out his orders. There is archeological and anthropological evidence backing up the Bible’s report that these beings are real, not mythological figments of imagination. It is reasonable to label them “ancient aliens” and “ancient astronauts / star travelers”, without making the assumption that they have no Creator. It is more unreasonable to use them to eliminate the concept of a Creator without providing an explanation for their ancient origins.
- “God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked?…They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations [in the greatest corporate takeover in history]. (Psalm 82)
- Angels being the common reference for the good hyper dimensional beings, but this term simply means malak / ambassador or messenger representing the melek / king. This function in bridging the hyper dimensions of the heavens with the four dimensions of the human world is readily apparent. As God’s messengers, they are powerful beings. “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and [still, yet] hast crowned him with glory and honour.” (Psalm 8:5-6)
When we understand that “God” = the one who has the power to make and put plans into effect, we realize that the use of this title for the creator of everything introduces him as the most powerful being of all.
- Lord, or Adon in Hebrew, more frequently emphasized as Adonay (O Lord or my Lord). This as a title means ruler or master, someone with authority to influence others’ affairs for good or bad. This descriptor also applies to other beings, who often illegally seize authority through mutiny.
- Humans, such as masters over servants/employees, fathers who in ancient time held absolute authority within families, military superior officers, etc. “O generation, see ye the word of the Lord. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?” (Jeremiah 2:31)
- The gods who are false, not in the sense of unreal but in the sense of deceitful, promising to empower their followers but actually trapping and destroying them. “Thou shalt make no covenant with…their gods…for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.” (Ex 23:32-33) “O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. They are dead [disconnected from the source of life], they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.” (Isaiah 26:13-14)
- Angels / Messengers of Almighty God: “…a thing was revealed unto Daniel…I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude…Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia…then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord…how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me. Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me…And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me. Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.“ (Daniel 10)
The existence of other created gods and lords is why we address the God of creation as “Most High God, King of kings and Lord of lords.” What makes him unique among all the gods is that he alone is creator and giver of life.
“Thus saith [the] God [ha El, singular] the LORD [YHVH], he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein…I am the LORD: [Yhvh] that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” (Isaiah 42:5-8)
- YHVH is the exclusive, unique and personal name of the God of gods and Lord of lords in Hebrew.
Because there are no written vowels to clue us into the correct pronunciation, it is written and pronounced variously as Yahweh (you’ll see this in Strong’s Concordance), Yehoowah, or Jehovah (in the King James at a time, oddly enough, when the letter J had just recently been introduced into the English alphabet). This name is so highly respected by conservative Judaism that it is not pronounced at all, hence no verbal tradition handed down and the substitution of “LORD” (all caps) which carried over even in English scriptures including most of the occurrences in the King James Bible.
It is first given to humanity when God introduces himself to Moses, in a variety of manifestations simultaneously. We can understand its retroactive appearance in the book of Genesis from Moses’ authorship of that earlier history.
“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
- And the angel of the LORD / YHVH appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush [more on this person in the next post]
- God / elohim called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said…I am the God / elohe of thy father, the God / elohe of Abraham, the God /elohe of Isaac, and the God / elohe of Jacob…
- And the LORD / YHVH said…Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
- And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
- And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; [Trust me]…
- And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name [attributes, characteristics – the god of water, lord of the flies, the god of war]? what shall I say unto them?
- And God said unto Moses, [and we may fairly suppose he shrugs at that point, expressing “What can I say?”] I Am Who I Am, [ehyeh aser ehyeh]…Thus…say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. [This isn’t really helping Moses who has no background in physics.]
At a minimum, this reply is expressing his uniqueness which can’t be explained or understood by humans, possibly referencing a permanent state of present time as opposed to humans’ linear timeline of past to future, i.e. timeless, eternal, self-existent Being.
In a thought-provoking new paper, a physicist suggests the whole universe could be a single neural network—a competing “theory of everything” that could unite quantum and classical mechanics, he says.
If this is true…it would mean pretty enormous things for the nature of the universe…
The root problem with…a theory…that defines the very nature of the universe itself – is that it usually ends up replacing one proxy-for-god with another…
In this paper we discussed a possibility that the entire universe on its most fundamental level is a neural network. This is a very bold claim. We are not just saying that the artificial neural networks can be useful for analyzing physical systems or for discovering physical laws, we are saying that this is how the world around us actually works…
If we’re all nodes in a neural network, what’s the network’s purpose?
The Bible presents YHVH as the neural network – the soul, the personhood – by which all things consist, with the purpose of forming a family of loved ones.
“the invisible God…all things were created by him, and for him…and by him all things consist…And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind [soul] by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled [brought into unity with his soul].” (Colossian 1:15-17,21)
Can that be so hard for us humans to understand? The old philosophical question can be reframed as “If God speaks and there is no-one to hear him, is there any sound?” Carrying through this concept – if God is love, but there is no-one to love, can he love, i.e. be loving, in reality? Anyone else besides me experience what’s called unrequited love? It does take more than one for love to exist.
Which leads to an interesting question – did God’s soul develop, like humans’ do, as he interacted in the social milieu and environment he created? Did he in fact create this in order to self-transcend, just like humans mature when they marry and have children? Psychologically, it makes sense.
I’ll let the reader wrestle with that one for now. Back to God as Being / I Am.
With the juxtaposition of “moreover” in the passage, we can literally connect “I Am” with “YHVH.”
And God said moreover...Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,
- the LORD / YHVH God of your fathers,
- the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.” (Exodus 3:15)
We can’t hit on “YHVH” and skim over the rest of the declaration. YHVH’s name forever, his permanent memorial establishing his identity, is that he was the Creator God / Power behind Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and that this is the basis for future generations to trust in his word.
Put it in context! Abraham, Isaac and Jacob weren’t Jewish. The Jews are by definition the children / followers of Jacob, who were led, therefore named, for the most part by Ju-dah.
What marks out Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as role models for all nationalities is that they lived out their faith in the Creator God of gods in the Cradle of Civilization at the dawn of the post-flood civilizations. Like any memorable story passed down for generations and millennia, their lives were legendary for overcoming insurmountable problems through the power of a hero.
And unlike the stories of Marduk and Horus, theirs were demonstrably true. The children – followers, nation – of Isr-El – the Prince of the God El – lived among their pagan neighbors. Their lives and histories were an open book. They were chosen by El, not to be pampered, but to suffer like their pagan neighbors suffered who were brutalized by their demon theocracies, in order to demonstrate the saving power of their uniquely merciful, loving and right-acting God. They were the People Chosen to be a beacon of light in a dark night, a lighthouse marking the path to safety in the storm.
And faith in action speaks so much louder than words, and reverberates throughout eternity. More on this in later posts, but this is absolutely key to understanding God’s identity so just hold that thought for now. Certainly God establishes this trail of thought.
- “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
- Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out (Mesopotamia, the glories of Babel/Babylon), they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
- By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
- By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau [warring brothers] concerning things to come.
- By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. [after his entire family had been forced to emigrate from the promised land and were refugees in the World Empire claiming dominion over that neighboring territory.]” (Hebrews 11:11-21)
The Exodus is not just a fascinating story. It takes up four entire books for a reason. It is the seminal redemption event that drives all the rest of human history. More on this in a later post. For now, just focus that when God finally revealed his secret name to Israel’s children / descendants / tribe, the circumstances proved that
- invoking the name does establish a relationship,
- and that believing in the name does grant access to power over humanly insolvable problems and even death,
- which must be acted upon in faith to achieve salvation.
“Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh…I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.
- And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.
- And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.
- Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:” (Exodus 6:1-6)
The next dialogue between Moses and the LORD confirms that “name” is equivalent to “way”, equating “who we are” with “what we do,” and defining God’s character and attributes – his soul.
“And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet
- thou hast said, I know thee by name…
- Now therefore, I pray thee…shew me now thy way, that I may know [be united with] thee…
And the LORD descended in the cloud [heads-up, this is major foreshadowing], and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD…
- The LORD / YHVH
- The Lord / Boss
- God / Spirit Being
- merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
- and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, [but unlike physical epigenetics, cutting it short only] unto the third and to the fourth generation. “ (Exodus 33:12-13 – 34:5-8)
Understanding that “who we are” is equivalent to “what we do” adds to our understanding of the development of the soul, with its implications for the permanent state of the soul after the death of the mortal body. And it therefore follows that believing on an eternal being is the first step in identifying with that being, both now and in the eternal state of the soul.
Regardless of the name by which he is called – God, El, I AM, YHVH, Shiloh – the power is not in the sound formed by the mouth. The power of salvation is in
- the soul’s belief in, and subsequent identification with, i.e. connection to, this supernatural Being’s attributes and actions on behalf of powerless mankind,
- and is achieved when humans respond with actions demonstrating faith in the Being’s promises of empowerment.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Messiah / Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek [non-Jew]. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)
The man who English speaking peoples call Jesus claimed to be YHVH’s agent of salvation, promised to all humanity at the beginning of time.
- Jesus (English) = Iesous (Greek) = Yehoshua (Hebrew) = Yhvh is salvation
The transformation from the Hebrew Yehoshua to the English Jesus is most easily recognized in comparison with other biblical names compounding YHVH in the ending of the name with a contraction of iah, or fairly recently in the English language, jah, or in the beginning of the name with Yeho or Jeho. Note, in an upset to the King James Only Movement, the original 1611 King James Bible spelled all words that now contain a “J” with an “I”. “The pronunciation Jehovah was unknown until 1520…it was contested by Le Mercier, J. Drusius, and L. Capellus, as against grammatical and historical propriety.”
The alternative letters, and alternative pronunciations of the same letters, used by different languages for the Hebrew “Y” is readily apparent with the common name “John”, such as Ioann, Jan, Giovane, Ian, Juan, Wannes, Sean, Jose, Hans, Hermes. Hermes?! We’ll get back to him in a later post.
- Abi-jah: My Father is YHVH
- Eli-jah: My God is YHVH
- J/Yerem-iah: Exalted by YHVH
- J/Yeho-ram: YHVH is exalted – note how two names can have the same root words with a twist on the subject of the action
- Isa-iah: Salvation is YHVH – from the roots יָשַׁע(yasha‘) meaning “to save” and יָה (yah)
- J(eh)o-shua: YHVH is Salvation – English form of the Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Yehoshu’a): from יְהוֹ (yeho and יָשַׁע(yasha‘ meaning “to save“
This directly links the Savior in the New Testament to the saving God of the Old Testament, not only of Israel but of the pre-Israelite ancient patriarchs like Abel and Noah.
- I Am that I Am
- “Then spake Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua / Jesus again unto them, saying..if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
- Then said they unto him, Who art thou?
- And Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua / Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning [the Son of God John 1:34]…I proceeded forth and came from Theos / God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me…
- Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?…
- Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I Am.” (John 8:12-58)
- “Then spake Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua / Jesus again unto them, saying..if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
- Christ (English) = Xristos (Greek) = Messiah (Hebrew) = the Anointed One, which is to say the Designated, Appointed, Chosen or Consecrated One. This may be best translated into English as “Chosen One” for the purpose of salvation, promised to the first humans as “the seed of the woman“.
“And the Lord God said unto the serpent…I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head.” (Genesis 3:14-15)
“And thou shalt put them [official garments] upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.” (Exodus 28:40-41)
“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Yaweh’s Consecrated Savior / Messiah Yeshua / Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that chose / appointed him…” (Hebrews 1:1-2)
- Church (English) = ekklesia (Greek) = qahal (Hebrew) = congregation, convocation, assembly of believers. This may indicate an Old or New Testament gathering of believers, a local sub-assembly or the total aggregate of all believers from all time.
“This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us.” (Acts 7:37-38)
“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua / Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.” (Hebrews 23:22-24)
Christ Jesus is the ultimate expression of the unity of Lord God YHVH.
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality [rule, authority] and power [godhood]:” (Colosians 2:6-10)
The man called Yeshua / YHVH’s Savior stated that that he would not come back to earth in his resurrection power and glory until his co-rulers acknowledge him by proclaiming his identity through his abilities. As per the recognizable, because documented, historical pattern, this will be a miraculous, Earth physics-defying rescue from tyranny first documented with Noah’s family through the world-destroying flood, then with the Israelite-led multinational Exodus from Egypt.
In other words, this man called Yeshua was claiming to be Almighty Creator God.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, [but despite this] how often would I have gathered thy children together [to protect you], even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your household / people is left unto you desolate / unprotected. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name [i.e. abilities] of the LORD / YHVH.” (Matthew 23:37-39)
This why Christ Jesus / YHVH’s Anointed Savior is the only name that saves.
“The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus…Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ / YHVH’s Anointed Savior…which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began…Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name / attribute of power under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 3:13-19, 4:12)
- to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:12)
- many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. (John 2:23)
- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath n
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned [to perish] already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18)
- the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. (John 10:25)
- And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.(John 20:30-31)
When we know the translation we understand why invoking the name of Jesus Christ it is equivalent to calling on the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19)
“…Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ.” (Acts 2:38)
This name is the name / attribute of Creation, the source of all power over body, soul, spirit, life and death.
“And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them…by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth…whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.” (Acts 4:7-10)
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)
However, this does not empower us to fulfill our goals. Note, in the same passage apparently teaching the prosperity gospel the objective for empowerment is given – glorifying the Father in the Son. It’s that corporation concept – all the individuals working together as one to glorify God / the source of all power the Father / the Authority.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in YHVH’s Appointed Savior / Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11)
If you’ve ever read or watched historical drama you should be able to vividly capture the concept of defeated lords bending the knee and submitting to the King of kings who is the rightful heir to the throne of all the kingdoms. Humans have only two options – acknowledge him as Lord and live in peace with him, or rebel against his authority and be at war.
That’s the story. The battle for control. If we are wise, we will ally with this Lord before the last battle begins.
“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Chosen One / Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” (Revelation 11:15-18)
What if you don’t believe in the biblical God who created everything in the universe and revealed himself to mankind? That’s OK. So far the thesis hasn’t been proven, it’s just been stated. There are numerous other claims of creator gods which can also be evaluated for credibility. Many of these can be conveniently found in The Secret History of the World.
Mark Booth embarks on an enthralling tour of our world’s secret histories. Starting from a dangerous premise―that everything we’ve known about our world’s past is corrupted, and that the stories put forward by the various cults and mystery schools throughout history are true…
This is a book about mystical and supernatural secrets…meditation techniques were taught to the political and cultural elite…sensory deprivation, breathing exercises, sacred dance, drama, hallucinogenic drugs and different ways of redirecting sexual energies…to induce altered states of consciousness…to see the world in new ways…
I want the reader to try to imagine…This inevitably involves an altered state of consciousness to some degree…at the heart of all esoteric teaching in all parts of the world lies the belief that higher forms of intelligence can be accessed in altered states…
And here the mystery religions with multiple gods and imaginary exploits cannot retrofit the Bible with its proof of a Creator.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (II Corinthians 10:5)
“that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.” (Romans 1:19-20)
OK. So we can consider the possibility that there are no gods at all and we humans are the most intelligent beings in the universe.
Seriously? “Scientists have been warning for decades that human actions are pushing life on our shared planet toward mass extinction.”
By default, we put our faith in something. People who claim to be rational by believing in the godless non-spiritual materialism that science has “discovered” are actually trusting in the scientists.
And harking back to The Secret History of the World:
Again and again we will see that the esoteric account is not necessarily inconsistent with the scientific one…it views the same reality from a different point of view.
This is because they are both based on imagination.
Name: Robert Simmon
Title: Lead Data Visualizer and Information Designer
My role is to make imagery from Earth sciences data. I turn data into pictures…I rely on engineers and scientists to produce the data. Their reliable, real-time, stream of 1.7 terabytes a day is incredible–the same as producing 3,000 CDs a day…each instrument provides a very specialized type of information…
Our team is purely about communications. We translate data into a useable and understandable form. Our writers and visualizers explain what we are seeing and our Web developers tell the world.
Why does a graphic of the earth have to be photoshopped, when long before there were computers there were cameras that could take photos from space?
And which of these two images is accurate?
Isn’t it obvious that they are all bogus? Because they are all different, although reported to have all been taken from outer space.
The NASA photoshoppers don’t even bother to maintain consistency. Are they banking on our gullibility or mocking it?
So if NASA “has to” photoshop an image of the earth supposedly taken from a satellite 350 miles above earth, how can we possibly trust any image supposedly taken from the Hubble telescope of objects millions of lightyears away? Look through NASA’s Hubble websites for yourself and just consider the possibility that this is a massive propaganda campaign in support of religious Evolution’s ongoing justification of Imperialism based on the Survival of the Fittest.
The nearly 20-year-old Hubble Space Telescope has taken many iconic images of the cosmos…But does Hubble show us what the universe really looks like?
…no, according to NASA. (Emphasis added.)
When Hubble beams down images, astronomers have to make many adjustments, such as adding color and patching multiple photos together, to that raw data before the space observatory’s images are released to the public.
Hubble doesn’t use color film (or any film at all) to create its images. Instead, it operates much like a digital camera, using what’s called a CCD (charge-coupled device) to record incoming photons of light.
The Hubble Space Telescope…travels about 5 miles per second: That is like traveling from the eastern coast of the United States to the western coast in 10 minutes. Hubble takes sharp pictures of objects in the sky such as planets, stars and galaxies… billions of light years away…The telescope can lock onto a target that is one mile away without moving more than the width of a human hair.
OK, but how much does it move when locked onto a target billions of light years away? Seriously? We’re supposed to take this at face value?
Once the target is acquired, Hubble’s primary mirror collects light. The mirror can collect about 40,000 times more light than the human eye.
And you expect us to believe that there is no intervening light source or object blocking the view of the target billions of light years away, when scientists estimate that there are 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the universe? It seems to me that any hobby photographer would question the ability to avoid all other light sources or obstacles in order to focus on one source “billions of light years away”…
Hubble has five scientific instruments which include cameras and spectrographs. A spectrograph is an instrument that splits light into its individual wavelengths...Hubble’s main camera…can see three different kinds of light: near-ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared. But Hubble can only see each kind of light one at a time…
So how does it capture all three while moving at 5 miles per second away from a target billions of light years away? This is just common sense. Golfers don’t imagine they can shift their angle a tiny bit three times in a row and still hit the exact same target only yards away.
The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph reads ultraviolet light. This spectrograph studies how galaxies, stars and planets formed and changed…
The name alone of this device is unscientific. It is not gathering raw data to examine uncritically. It is presenting support for an a priori claim. And how does ultraviolet light show how galaxies, stars and planets form and change? Do you see where faith in the astrophysicists’ claims is required? This makes astrophysics a religion.
The Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer, or NICMOS, sees objects in deep space by sensing the heat they emit.
Seriously? From just HOW FAR AWAY?
It captures images and it is also a spectrograph. NICMOS helps scientists study how stars, galaxies and planetary systems form.
Again, how, exactly, does one data point in time establish a process as complicated and believed to have occurred over as extreme a length of time as the formation of the universe?
Images taken by Hubble have helped scientists estimate the age and size of the universe. Scientists believe the universe is almost 14 billion years old…
You’d think with all the amazing developments in a few years of Hubble activity, assuming it is real, would have led scientists to realize how much they didn’t know before, ergo, how much we still don’t know. But no, confident assertion of knowledge.
Hubble…has played a key role in the discovery of dark energy, a mysterious force that causes the universe to expand faster and faster as time goes on.
And here is a statement that can be fact checked. And it turns out that Hubble is given credit for what earth bound telescopes discovered.
…the unexpected finding made in the late 1990’s that the rate of expansion of the Universe is increasing due to dark energy…was totally unexpected and won its discoverers the Nobel prize for physics...Between 1994 and 1998 twenty astronomers located in America, Europe, Australia and Chile looked at 16 high red shift supernovae.
Where Do the Colors in Hubble’s Images Come From?
Hubble pictures start out as shades of black and white. The Space Telescope Science Institute adds colors to the pictures for different reasons. Sometimes colors are chosen to show how an object might look to the human eye. Other times colors are used to highlight an important detail. Or they can be used to show details that would otherwise be invisible to the human eye...
Hubble turned 30 years old in 2020…Since the telescope’s launch, five space shuttle missions have carried astronauts to Hubble to repair and upgrade it. The last mission was in 2009…The telescope will not be repaired or upgraded again. But, it is expected to continue to work past 2020.
Yep, just like earth-bound devices like computers and cell phones which have been working just fine without repairs or upgrades for the last 11 years are are expected to continue working. SERIOUSLY?
Meanwhile, NASA and its international partners are preparing the James Webb Space Telescope to launch in early 2021. The Webb…will be able to see through clouds and dust in space.
Did you just admit that Hubble can’t see through clouds and dust in space?!
I understand that I don’t have the scientific background or access to Hubble records to prove that Hubble is a complete hoax. Maybe it’s not. But having grown up in a religious system that demanded blind acceptance of what was preached, I learned to apply critical thinking to ANY agency expecting me to blindly pay my tithes or taxes to support whatever they did. I do not put my trust in anyone whose story has a lot of inconsistencies, and there are a host of elements of this narrative that are open to scrutiny.
- 1969 – CCD (charge-coupled device) in initial stages of development by Bell Labs at AT&T.
- 1974 – Astrophysicists and engineers meet to develop concepts, technical requirements, and budget for a space telescope.
- 1977 – Congress approves funding. Home computers become widely available.
- 1981 – First electronic cameras record images as continuous signals, as videotape machines did, not as discrete (digital) levels. Images had quality of the television of that time and had a lower quality of images comparing to the standard film. They also needed equipment for capturing and printing of images. They were mostly used by newspapers and military.
- 1990 – Hubble Space Telescope launched. Ummm, so even with government funding available, what technology was available? Since the first images were determined to be only a 50% improvement over ground-based images, I’m guessing – not much. And sure enough:
- 1993 – first servicing mission by astronauts installing new equipment.
- 1997 – second servicing mission to install new equipment. Digital cameras are becoming available to the public, but regardless of the much greater simplicity of hand-held cameras and the massive profit motive, won’t replace film cameras for another 10 years, i.e. 2007. But the 1997 technology is what Hubble had to work with for 20 years. Anybody on earth still using 20 year old cameras?
- 1999 – third servicing mission to restore Hubble to working order after it had shut down.
- 2002 – fourth servicing mission scheduled to upgrade Hubble by astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
- 2003 – The loss of all seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia halted further missions to the Hubble. An estimated repair cost of $1 billion was also determined to be too expensive, and the Hubble was planned to be retired by 2010.
- 2009 – fifth and final mission to maintain equipment and upgrade capabilities.
The most recent visit was in May 2009, when astronauts performed five tricky spacewalks to add a new camera, spectrograph, and make unprecedented repairs and upgrades that left Hubble more powerful than ever before.
NASA scientists hope those upgrades will add at least five more years of life to the aging Hubble Space Telescope.
Hmmm. This article is still “Live! From NASA! History’s premier outer space propaganda website!” in 2020, 6 years after Hubble’s expected life span and 11 years after the last repairs and upgrades. In the last 11 years, which of your much simpler earth-bound electronics have not required continuous upgrades, or are no longer serviceable, or simply quit functioning? Can you imagine any equipment as high tech as the Hubble would have to be to deliver on its claims, as exposed to the elements and space debris at its location, can possibly be still working just fine??
Now let’s align Hubble’s history with world politics.
Even before the guns fell silent in Europe in 1945, it became apparent to American and British planners that the Soviet Union would hold a massive advantage in land power along the Central front. In the early post-war years, Western planners hoped that nuclear weapons would keep the Soviets at bay. As the USSR’s own missile and nuclear programs accelerated, however, it became apparent that NATO would need to come to some understanding of how to fight Warsaw Pact [Soviet Union] forces.
- 1946 – WWII Nazi rocket science, seized as spoils of war by winners Russia and the US through the acquisition of top Nazi scientists, permits the existing concept of a space-based telescope to be studied for practical implementation.
The aftermath of World War II saw much of Europe devastated in a way that is now difficult to envision. Approximately 36.5 million Europeans had died in the conflict, 19 million of them civilians. Refugee camps and rationing dominated daily life. In some areas, infant mortality rates were one in four. Millions of orphans wandered the burnt-out shells of former metropolises. In the German city of Hamburg alone, half a million people were homeless.
In addition, Communists aided by the Soviet Union were threatening elected governments across Europe. In February 1948, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, with covert backing from the Soviet Union, overthrew the democratically elected government in that country.
- 1949 – North Atlantic Treaty Organization / NATO is formed to deter Soviet expansionism, forbid the revival of nationalist militarism in Europe through a strong North American (read American) presence on the continent, and encourage European political integration.
- 1952 – the United States tests a nuclear weapon one thousand times more powerful than the atomic bomb that had leveled Hiroshima, committing the United States to an arms race with the Soviet Union. The newly formed US National Security Council’s releases NSC-68, a secret policy paper calling for massively increased military spending to counter the Soviet Union’s stated planned takeover of not just America but the whole world, establishing a state of fear of a nuclear apocalypse and willingness to blindly fund secret spending by the Department of Defense, CIA, and National Security Agency, budgeted at $59 billion in 2015.
The Nuclear Option
During the 1950s and 1960s, NATO and the Warsaw Pact agreed about two things regarding combat on the Central front. First, Warsaw Pact forces would quickly overrun NATO forces, achieving rates of advance across Western Europe that exceeded even those of World War II. Second, both NATO and the Warsaw Pact would make plentiful use of tactical nuclear weapons, both to break up enemy formations and also to pave the way for advancing forces…
- 1957 – Arch enemy, Russia, launches the first successful artificial satellite.
- 1958 – Congress passes the Space Act creating the National Aeronautics and Space Agency.
- 1961 – In his farewell address, President Eisenhower, unable to slow the arms race, warned of the dangers posed by the growing influence of the “military-industrial complex.“
- 1968 – The most tenacious anti-war movement in U.S. history, beginning with the start of the bombing of North Vietnam in 1964 and radicalizing hundreds of thousands of young people, climaxes in 1968, forcing an end U.S. combat operations against Communist forces in Vietnam and a suspension of the draft by January 1973.
- 1969 – The National Academy of Sciences publishes “Scientific [clearly as opposed to Military] Uses of the Large Space Telescope.”
The Rise of AirLand Battle
First published in 1982, and further developed in 1986, AirLand Battle…envisioned a simultaneous set of attacks deep inside an enemy position, using long-range artillery, airstrikes, and paratroopers…precision guided munitions.
- 1990 – Hubble Space Telescope launched.
Think I’m being a rabid conspiratorialist?
In 2011 NASA celebrated the publication of the 10,000th scientific paper based on Hubble data. “This makes Hubble one of the most prolific astronomical endeavors in history.”
For the past 21 years [1991 – 2011] thousands of astronomers around the world in over 35 countries have been engaged in Hubble research. Outside of the United States, the top five nations publishing the most Hubble findings are the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, and Spain.
The papers are based on Hubble observations that cover nearly every frontier in astronomy…
Data from Hubble’s longest operating camera, the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (which was active from 1994 to 2009), was used for nearly half of the papers. The next most highly ranking instrument is the Advanced Camera for Surveys, which was installed in 2002 and is still operating. This is followed by three other top-ranking instruments: the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, the Near Infrared and Multi-Object Spectrograph, and the Faint Object Spectrograph.
Unlike other space astrophysics programs, five space shuttle servicing missions to Hubble from 1993 to 2009 repaired various components of the telescope and upgraded it with ever more powerful instruments. This ensured an ongoing program of cutting-edge science spanning over two decades. With a suite of state-of-the-art science instruments, Hubble is presently at its apex of scientific capability.
Bear in mind, this was reported in 2011 – it is now ten years later in 2021 with NO further repairs or upgrades.
In a court of law an advocate don’t need to prove anything, simply show enough holes in the opposition’s story to establish doubt. NASA’s story does not hold up to scrutiny.
You are trusting in what you are told by scientists, and they can’t even prove what they claim to be reality.
...all too often, science is presented as trafficking in absolute truths. On the contrary, science is a framework for interpreting, systematizing, and predicting nature based on empirical observations. That is to say, a well accepted ‘theory’ (framework for understanding/predicting nature) can always be upended with sufficiently compelling contrary evidence.
- 2009 – As Hubble’s lifespan is ending
Dark matter discovered: Scientists believe they have found elusive particle that makes up 90% of Universe
This dark matter map was created by the Hubble Telescope by measuring light from distant stars thought to have been deflected by dark matter. The map of half the Universe reveals [if this assertion doesn’t demonstrate propaganda I don’t know what does] dark matter filaments, collapsing under the relentless pull of gravity and growing clumpier over time.
Dark matter is believed to make up 90 per cent of the mass of the Universe. We can’t see it but scientists think it is there due to the gravitational force it exerts…
Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs)…are thought to make up dark matter…
The Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) is using 30 ultra-cold germanium and silicon detectors far away from the hail of cosmic rays that strike Earth every day. It is believed the crystals will vibrate if struck by a WIMP.
Now head of CDMS Dan Bauer said they have spotted two particles with all the expected characteristics of dark matter.
The physicist cautions, however, that there’s about a one in four chance that ordinary subatomic particles, rather than dark matter, could account for the signals.
The Large Hadron Collider is expected to create Big Bang conditions next month. It is hoped the accelerator will create dark matter particles.
Theorist Craig Hogan from the University of Chicago said…three or four more WIMP-like interactions recorded over the next few years by the experiment, would constitute proof of dark matter. Seriously? Proof?
‘That would be a huge transformation in how we do science,’ Dr Hogan said.
Can you not recognize that what has been reported – in this article at least – has no substance on which to place our trust in the “theorists”. Make sure you get that point. This is imagination. These are “ideas” based on other ideas. There is no empirical data underpinning any of these hypotheses allowing them to be elevated to the status of a theory.
Science employs a particular vocabulary for describing how ideas are proposed, tested, and supported or disproven. And that’s where we see the difference between a hypothesis and a theory.
A hypothesis is an assumption, something proposed for the sake of argument so that it can be tested to see if it might be true.
In the scientific method, the hypothesis is constructed before any applicable research has been done, apart from a basic background review. You ask a question, read up on what has been studied before, and then form a hypothesis…
A hypothesis is usually tentative, an assumption or suggestion made strictly for the objective of being tested…
A theory, in contrast, is a principle that has been formed as an attempt to explain things that have already been substantiated by data…Because of the rigors of experimentation and control, its likelihood as truth is much higher than that of a hypothesis.
Another possibility is that gravity is not be what it is theorized to be, therefore its theorized effects do not exist therefore dark matter may not exist.
Contrary to what you have been taught, there is no “Law” of Gravity. Gravity itself is an unknown factor.
There is no theory of gravity that fully explains the observed effects of gravity. Sir Isaac Newton’s explanation [from the 18th century!] of how it works was based on the observations that were available at his time, including the falling of objects of mass as apples on or near to the Earth’s surface, and the orbits of the Planets and the Moon. He assumed that there was a force from the Sun and the Earth and other large bodies that was sent out from the mass in the bodies due to the existence of a Natural Law that require it.
Professor Albert Einstein, after he had published his Special Theory of Relativity, that showed that the movement of mass at a constant speed of light resulted in a change in the mass of bodies as observed by a motionless Observer, produced a General Theory of Relativity that described the movement of bodies in an energy field causing gravity effects. It does not cover all observed gravity and has to be tweaked (some call the change a ‘Fudge Factor’} by a Cosmological Constant.
The latest theory, by a Professor Verlinde, is being studied and shows some promise, but it is strictly theoretical and will be difficult to understand since it is based on the existence of energy not proven to exist.
Is it not apparent that Professor Verlinde is
- starting from a belief in the existence of Dark Matter as presented – supposedly- by Hubble
- based on an existing theory of gravity that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny
- so is reworking the theory of gravity to conform to the latest theory of the universe being composed of Dark Matter.
Circular reasoning!! Not the scientific method of observation – hypothesis – testing – theory.
For now, is it possible for the reader to even consider that your beliefs about space have been shaped by a militaristic government hiding its true objectives in secret budgets to quash objections to crippling taxation?
Maybe your beliefs about God and Creation have likewise been, even subliminally, distorted by the massive amounts of propaganda you’ve been exposed to in the oppositional-defiant approach to God in the educational and entertainment sectors?
Why we went to space
…In the aftermath of the Second World War, the United States and Soviet Union became embroiled in a competitive arms race that saw significant military gains on both sides, eventually culminating in the development of rockets capable of striking enemy territory across the world. The next step for arms superiority jumped from 1) the atmosphere to 2) Low Earth Orbit to 3) the Moon, the ultimate high ground…
The development of space travel didn’t occur in a political vacuum: the drive for the United States to develop rockets and vehicles which could travel higher and faster than their Soviet counterparts happened alongside increasing US/USSR tensions, especially as geopolitical crises such the Cuban Missile Crisis and the US deployment of missiles to Turkey demonstrated how ready each country was to annihilating the other.…
The red hot environment of the Cold War allowed for significant political capital and governmental spending which supported a first-strike infrastructure…
By 1966, the space race peaked: NASA received its highest budget ever, at just under 4.5% of the total US federal budget, at $5.933 billion dollars (around $43 billion today.)…By this point, the social and political infrastructure and support for space had begun to wane…
The urgency which fueled the Cold War arms race had begun to cool, and along with it, the support for much of the efforts required to bring people into space and to the Moon...Other major concerns have redirected US attentions from spaceflight: the United States’ War on Terror, which is expected to cost US taxpayers over $5 trillion dollars in the long run.
There is collateral evidence for the above article’s claim that financial support to return to the moon has dwindled.
But that doesn’t mean that we should conclude that the writer’s claim of loss of financial and social support as the reason we haven’t returned to the moon is accurate. The logic just isn’t there. A high school teacher shouldn’t accept this argument in a 10th grader’s essay.
- We went to the moon in the 1960’s because of the [Cold] War..
- We aren’t going to the moon now because of the War [on Terror].
Come on. Surely there’s a more credible reason? Let’s go straight to the source.
Sixty years ago today [January 31, 2018], the United States launched its first satellite [NOT manned] into space. Dubbed Explorer 1, the spacecraft followed just months after the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 and 2 spacecraft commenced the Space Age. Data…recorded by Explorer 1 was humanity’s first glimpse of Earth’s radiation belts, two concentric rings of energetic particles surrounding the planet…named the Van Allen Belts, after James Van Allen, the scientist who led the charge designing the instruments and studying the radiation data from Explorer 1.
The outer belt is made up of billions of high-energy particles that originate from the Sun and become trapped in Earth’s magnetic field…The inner belt results from interactions of cosmic rays with Earth’s atmosphere. Satellites that unwittingly or intentionally venture into the belts can be damaged by the radiation, which could have an impact on unprotected astronauts as well. Understanding the dynamics of this region is essential for protecting technological assets and planning crewed space missions.
“Could have an impact on unprotected astronauts?” “Planning crewed space missions?” Sure sounds like manned space craft haven’t been through the Van Allen Belts yet. I encourage you to listen to NASA’s own public service announcement on Apollo’s replacement, the Orion spacecraft.
We are headed 3600 miles above earth. This is 15 times higher from earth than the International Space Station. As we get further from earth, we’ll pass through the Van Allen Belts, an area of dangerous radiation…But Orion has protection. Shielding will be put to the test as the vehicle cuts through waves of radiation. Sensors aboard will record radiation levels for scientists to study. We must solve these challenges before we send people through these regions of space…It’s time to head home…75 miles above earth, the spacecraft enters the atmosphere…We’re now traveling more than 20,000 miles per hour…An envelope of hot plasma surrounds the vehicle…reaches temperatures of 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, almost twice as hot as molten lava. This may be the most dangerous part of the flight…A specially constructed heat shield takes the full brunt of the inferno. This is the largest heat shield of its kind ever made…One day people will be aboard, so the deceleration must happen in stages to keep things comfortable for the crew. It takes [three] parachutes [with a combined canopy the size of a football field] to slow our descent, then splashdown. For the first flight, we won’t have astronauts inside.
Don’t overlook the visuals in the film created by NASA to publicize their planned mission. It is so realistic that it could easily be misinterpreted as the real thing.
Like the moon landing, for example. If the moon is over 225,000 miles above earth and the inner and more intense of the two Van Allen radiation belts extends from roughly 600 miles (1,000 km) to 3,700 miles (6,000 km) above the earth, then how did manned spacecraft make it through with the limited technology of the 1960’s? NASA’s own data indicates that America did not have the capability to pull off the reported moon landing in the 1960’s. So what was the point in claiming that it did?
One unarguable scientific fact is that the maps attempting to represent a round globe are KNOWN to be false.
The following information is taken from non-Christian sites. This is not a Creationism argument. This is a long-standing and well-known problem within cartography.
Our maps have been lying to us for centuries.
The standard classroom maps we all learned geography from are based on the Mercator projection, a 16th century rendering that preserved lines used for navigation while hideously distorting the true sizes of continents and oceans further from the equator…
For centuries, cartographers have made numerous attempts to account for the inconsistency…The problem was so widespread that a French mathematician even developed an eponymous equation to quantify the degree of distortion that a map experienced.
The Peters Projection World Map is one of the most stimulating, and controversial, images of the world. When this map was first introduced by historian and cartographer Dr. Arno Peters at a Press Conference in Germany in 1974 it generated a firestorm of debate…The challenge of any world map is to represent a round earth on a flat surface…The Peters Projection is an area accurate map.
Sinusoidal Projection: …succeeds in presenting a more accurate view of the poles, but at the cost of misshapen continents and bent meridians.
Robinson Projection: …pulling out the edges of the map to mimic a sphere…It was used by both Rand McNally and the National Geographic Society at one point.
Bonne Projection: …dates back to the 16th century. The heart shape preserves integrity near the center, but gets progressively more unrealistic as it moves outward.
Armadillo Projection: …keeps the continents in decent shape while causing the oceans to appear smaller, and cutting off half of Australia and all of New Zealand.
The 2016 winner of Japan’s prestigious Good Design,..preserves the true dimensions of the continents by angling them outward instead of stretching them…Their website states that the goal was to create a map better suited to address the problems of the 21st century, including rapidly diminishing sea ice and territorial claims of marine territory, by more accurately depicting what areas near the poles actually look like.
Called the AuthaGraph, the result is a map that looks a little different that most of us are used to…Most importantly, the continents are all rendered as they actually appear. Africa has regained its geographic primacy while North America and Europe are shrunk back to their true sizes. The oceans, too, are finally represented accurately. By breaking longstanding rules governing how the continents and lines of latitude and longitude should appear, Narukawa has achieved a geographically accurate depiction of Earth.
Interesting that the United Nations’ flag had already used the “geographically accurate depiction” of a flat earth, only circular, and with Antarctica represented by the enclosing peace wreath. What do they know that they’re keeping from us?
This United Nations’ layout of the earth, which doesn’t taper the “southern hemisphere”, is the only way that airline flight routes make sense. This fact alone should give any thinking person a scientific reason to question the globe model and consider a flat earth model, with all the subsequent implications about outer space.
This ancient image of a disc earth is consistent with images from ancient astronomically advanced cultures from around the world. Highly educated devotee of ancient cultures Peter Tompkins, in his preface to Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids, enthuses that
- “One look at the pyramidal structures of Yucatan and Chiapas…is enough to show that they…function as markers for the…transit [movement] …of heavenly bodies;”
- “the ancients accurately measured the size of the earth, mapped it”;
- “The ancient civilizations attached great importance to numbers as an exact language in which physical and spiritual ideals could be expressed and preserved; hence, they built their numbers into buildings”
- which “contain, both in their dimensions and their relative geographical positions, the whole vocabulary of the sacred language of the past”
- “Written across the face of the country in letters of earth and stone the cosmic knowledge of the ancient world is now within reach.”
Then Peter Tompkins needs to embrace the ancient civilizations’ presentation of earth as a disc over which the heavenly bodies move in a geocentric world system.
The following excerpt from the blog Spontaneous Evolution is from a man who is the antithesis of a Bible believer, as in “I love the Goddess.” And yet his perspective on the Flat Earth movement, which may well be antithetical to his world view, bears comparing to the typical Christian’s refusal to question what they are told by their leaders.
People are asking questions: Supporting any group without investigation is pointless…[but] we are conditioned to move with the herd so its nothing to feel bad or embarrassed about. These movements, like the conspiracy movement is forcing people to investigate for themselves. Even if they find warped evidence, or arrive at incorrect conclusions, I still think the point is people are asking questions, and I would imagine over time their skills of analysis and research would greatly improve. One learns nothing by simply being spoon fed information.
Blind defense of the globe model: 99.99% of people who read this will not be able to prove it’s round. They can refer to NASA or pictures in school books but do not personally have the skills to prove we live on a globe…Why do we defend an idea or strangers we have no direct investment in? We are terrified of having our safe comfortable view of the world challenged…Unlike other conspiracies this is the first time that I notice the conspiracy side, the flat earthers calmer and better researched by far, than the round earthers.
Most importantly: I also see these Flat Earthers as potentially an early indication of who are coming of age on this planet ehhhhh or plane…Will the next generation be awake enough to realise that they are responsible for their own lives, their money, their health and most crucially their education? A critical thinking population will analyse and assess every subject thrown at it, that may mean subjects you consider wacky and a waste of time, it may also mean subjects you may consider of the utmost importance. Put the subject of the flat earth to one side for a moment, we need thinkers, we need readers and researchers. We need people who are not afraid to be ridiculed, to stand out from the mob.
The following excerp from Scientific Proof Is A Myth is not from a Creationism author, but from Forbes magazine.
You’ve heard of our greatest scientific theories: the theory of evolution, the Big Bang theory, the theory of gravity. You’ve also heard of the concept of a proof, and the claims that certain pieces of evidence prove the validities of these theories. Fossils, genetic inheritance, and DNA prove the theory of evolution. The Hubble expansion of the Universe, the evolution of stars, galaxies, and heavy elements, and the existence of the cosmic microwave background prove the Big Bang theory. And falling objects, GPS clocks, planetary motion, and the deflection of starlight prove the theory of gravity.
Except that’s a complete lie. While they provide very strong evidence for those theories, they aren’t proof. In fact, when it comes to science, proving anything is an impossibility.
Even in theoretical physics, the most mathematical of all the sciences, our “proofs” aren’t on entirely solid ground. If the assumptions we make no longer apply…we’ll “prove” something that turns out not to be true. If someone tells you a scientific theory has been proven, you should ask what they mean by that. Normally, they mean “they’ve convinced themselves that this thing is true,”…
So don’t try to prove things; try to convince yourself…Every scientific theory will someday fail…the best ones succeed for the longest amounts of time and over the greatest ranges possible…it’s the most correct description of the physical world humanity has ever imagined.
Since true science can only describe the observable states of being in the physical, social, and psychological domains, even they admit that leaves out a great deal of invisible reality. Even what can be observed is limited by the available tools, and, well, the availability of the matter to be observed, which anything that happened in the past is not. You must admit that scientific theories are unreliable, always in flux, old theories discarded and replaced by new ones as new evidence comes to light.
After achieving a few minor technological breakthroughs in the 19th century “oppositions of science falsely so called” (I Timothy 6:20) factored God out of the observable order and design of the physical world and substituted the Big Bang and evolution as the totally evidence-less and never observed processes using circular reasoning and contradicting all accepted scientific methods of deriving a theory to propose processes that inexplicably overcame the scientifically proven and patently obvious process of entropy / degeneration that occurs constantly, but with billions of years the unscientific process of spontaneous generation inexplicably reversed the process of degeneration and inexplicably resulted in an unimaginably complex and interdependent universe through randomness despite the component parts being unable to come into being or be sustained without the existence of the other parts which couldn’t come into being or be sustained without the existence of…
The theory of evolution is not science. It requires the ultimate suspension of disbelief, the necessary explanation for people desperate to deny the existence and very essence of God whose laws – inevitable cause-effect relationships – of physical and human nature encompassing body, soul and spirit – physics, psychology, morality – must be obeyed or bad things will happen. Has not 6,000 years of human experimentation in revolting against fundamental laws of nature proven that?
Darwin’s evolution is one of the many 19th century humanist philosophies, the necessary alternative explanation for how we and the world around us came into Being and continuously Becomes.
Self-evolving is a belief system for people who actively or unwittingly put their faith in 19th century’s Immanuel Kant’s preaching that “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed… inability to use one’s understanding without guidance from another,” and proclaiming with 19th century’s Neitzsche that “God is dead!” Uhmmm, so how’s that been working out through the 20th century, “the bloodiest in history”?
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1-3)
When science itself disproved the Big Bang and evolution, it fell back into trusting in the old gods, repackaged as aliens from outer space, which obviously just ignores the question of their origins. How is that highly educated men can believe in more highly advanced beings in outer space but refuse to believe in a Designer of a most evidently designed and maintained world?
Ahh, it’s that bottom line conclusion – who’s in charge, then, of my life? Scientists and politicians delude themselves into believing the “more highly advanced beings” will graciously share their knowledge and power with earthlings, because they know for a fact there is no alliance with an all-powerful owner of this world and all that is in it, only submission to his Design.
And while we’re on that subject, what payment do you think these alien beings will demand of their political allies? Oh yes, enslavement of the masses. Those who survive being cleared out because they’re not deemed fit for their use, that is. Sounds like rabid conspiracy? No, it’s not only ancient history but recent news and it’s current policy.
The oldest book in the Bible is usually treated as a lesson in suffering, but it teaches a much more fundamental lesson. Job is the archetype of every individual who questions the nature of God and his relationship to humanity. He asks the questions every single individual needs to find out. “Are you there? What are you like? Do I matter to you? Can you get me out of this mess I’m in from breaking fundamental laws of human nature (AKA sin)? Is there life after death?”
“What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself? And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.” (Job 7:17-21)
Significantly – most significantly – God responds by directing Job’s attention to Creation. If we are going to get acquainted with God and enter into a relationship with him, we have to start at the beginning.
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?…And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? (Job 38:1-13)
Read God’s entire answer to Job beginning in chapter 38 and notice how it parallels the account of creation in Genesis 1. We can only begin to know God’s character and interest in us by accepting him as an Omnipotent and Omniscient Creator of ourselves and a world that was made for us that is not only Being but Becoming.
This is the fundamental biblical Flat/Enclosed Earth argument, which is beyond the scope of this post. You can explore that topic or not as you choose. More on this topic as its significance comes into play with the narrative.
“Then Job answered the LORD and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further. Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be right-(eous)?…Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.“ (Job 38:1-4) 40:1-8, 42:1-6)
It is often taught that God never answered Job’s question “Why?”. I disagree. Ever work in an organization where there are office politics and rivals and pitfalls and back room maneuverings to climb the ladder? There is no orientation manual we can read to educate us beyond policies and procedures to the relational aspects of our job. It is only through shared experiences that we develop a more knowledgeable and effective working and personal relationship with our boss. As we come to understand his motives, objectives and boundaries we no longer have to have every detail of our assigned tasks spelled out. We are entrusted with responsibility to handle problems by applying his thoughts and his ways to our responses. And we often have to take a hit as we cover his back during a strategic move by power-seeking adversaries. Yes, sometimes it feels like we have been abandoned, but when you think about how much trust our boss / God is putting in us, it’s very uplifting.
The book of Job, like any book, begins with, then wraps up with, a thesis. At the beginning we are informed that God and Satan begin a game of Risk. Then consider the last piece of information God gives Job as he replies to his questions, at the end of an entire chapter devoted to his adversary. “…he is a king over all the children of pride.” (Job 41:34) Hint, hint! We’re in a battle for total domination!
And Job gets it. Genesis hasn’t been compiled by Moses yet, but the accounts recorded there had been passed down the generations, as Job’s faith in the promised destruction of the seed of the serpent by the seed of the woman proves.
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand [stance of victory] at the latter day upon the earth:” (Job 19:25)
When God pointedly draws Job’s attention to Leviathan/ crooked serpent/ dragon/ Satan, Job’s response is, “I know [now] that thou canst do every thing” even deliver me from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory (Matthew 6:13) and keep me from falling, and to present me faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy (Jude 1:24)…”I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee [in action]. (Job 42:2,5)
Job had previously “known about” God, but now he “knows God.” Job’s personal experience brought him into a personal relationship with “the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 1:25)
So it must be with every person who would be on good terms with God. Our faith in God starts with accepting that he is the Creator and Lord of all, develops through listening to his messengers like Eli-hu / My God-he is], but must progress beyond that to a personal repentance of our resistance to, and a conversion to submission to his authority, which is the only possible right-eous relationship we can have with him.
“…I [Job] abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.“ (Job 42:6-7)
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 8:18-22)
How is it that scientists who deny intelligence behind the origin of life on earth preach the need for very high intelligence to deal with potential end-of-the-earth catastrophes in the maintenance of this complex earth by inventing a new Environmental Science as an interdisciplinary study in the fields of ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, zoology, mineralogy, oceanology, limnology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, and geodesy, all of which dependent upon and impact each other?
It’s that simple. Either this universe was created and brought into existence with all the interdependent parts put into place by an unimaginably powerful being whose attributes are beyond our comprehension and who we can only glimpse as he reveals himself to u, or it happened by chance against all odds and against all scientific principles and observed processes. Which is harder to believe?
I trust that you question the veracity of what you encounter in the news, education and advertising, then you evaluate it. “It is very easy to mock, ridicule and dismiss an argument. Taking the time to give a well thought out and carefully reasoned response however, is another story.”
Especially when it comes to biblical truths. I propose that you treat the literature of the Bible with the same consideration. Keep an open mind when you encounter statements that are contrary to your existing paradigm, and study enough of it to evaluate its claims. Make up your mind what to believe after you’ve given the alternatives a fair hearing.