The End of the World

Key Precept: How to know whose advice to follow to save yourself and loved ones from disaster.

15,000 scientists just signed the largest-ever warning about Earth’s destruction

On Nov 13, [2017] the journal BioScience published the “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice”…The first warning was issued in 1992 when 1,700 members of the Union of Concerned Scientists argued that humans are “on a collision course with nature.”

…Since 1992, with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, humanity has “failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse,” the paper states. Its authors say they are especially troubled by “the current trajectory of potentially catastrophic climate change…from burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and agricultural production—particularly from farming ruminants for meat consumption.”

They also point out that this rapid heating has “unleashed a mass extinction event, the sixth in roughly 540 million years.” Scientists predict many current life forms could be annihilated or near extinction by the end of this century...

Time is running out, the scientists remind us.

And if that’s not bad enough, there’s always the threat of atomic warfare.

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Think the human race ends in a win for mankind? Think again.

Even the scattered survivors of an apocalyptic event will wipe each other out if left to their standard modus operandi. That is what makes The Walking Dead so horrifyingly true to life. The zombies aren’t the greatest threat. It’s the other survivors.

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William James, “first among the Harvard faculty giants a century ago”, wrote in “one of his most eloquent, utterly ageless essays, a sweeping denunciation of war and at the same time, a paean to military values.”

“History is a bath of blood.” The Illiad is one long recital of how Diomedes and Ajax, Sarpedon and Hector killed. No detail of the wounds they made is spared us, and the Greek mind fed upon the story. Greek history is a panorama of jingoism and imperialism — war for war’s sake, all the citizens being warriors. It is horrible reading — because of the irrationality of it all — save for the purpose of making “history” — and the history is that of the utter ruin of a civilization in intellectual respects perhaps the highest the earth has ever seen…

But I do not believe that peace either ought to be or will be permanent on this globe…A permanently successful peace-economy cannot be a simple pleasure-economy. In the more or less socialistic future toward which mankind seems drifting we must still subject ourselves collectively to those severities which answer to our real position upon this only partly hospitable globe…Martial virtues must be the enduring cement; intrepidity, contempt of softness, surrender of private interest, obedience to command, must still remain the rock upon which states are built — unless, indeed, we wish for dangerous reactions against commonwealths, fit only for contempt, and liable to invite attack whenever a centre of crystallization for military-minded enterprise gets formed anywhere in their neighborhood.

In the article Is War Inevitable? by E. O. Wilson, he argues that, yes, it is.

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1) The Beginning

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

“In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heaven and the earth.” (Gen 1:1)

Good writing starts with a thesis on which everything else in the account rests. The Bible’s thesis is that God created everything. Every single element in the rest of the story, which builds systematically from Genesis through Revelation, rests on this fundamental premise. 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 created everything, therefore it belongs to him, and he is in charge.

So why isn’t he is control? you ask.  Why do bad things happen?

That’s the story. Plot twists and turns.

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2) King’s Dominion

Precept: God put mankind in charge of creation.

And God said, Let us make man…and let them have dominion” (Gen 1:26)

To have “dominion” by definition means to dominate those that oppose you. Have you ever heard of a kingdom that didn’t fight its enemies to establish and maintain its existence? God’s kingdom is no different.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was lightAnd God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Gen 1:2-5)

And right here at the very beginning of the Bible we encounter controversy – different interpretations of what the passage means. One interpretation is that God created a formless, void, and dark earth, like a black hole, then exploded it,  consistent with science’s Big Bang of energy and lights. Another interpretation, The Gap Theory, teaches that right after God created a formed and enlightened heaven and earth (verse 1) it was means it became, formless and void (verse 2). The theory proposes a “gap” in the account of what happened between verses 1 and 2 and provides an explanation. I will not take time to reproduce the arguments for and against, the reader can follow the link provided if desired.

One of the main arguments against the Gap Theory is that all the unaccounted time happening in the gap can be used to reconcile the biblical account of creation with the “scientific” account of evolution, and that this is a slippery slope inevitably leading to a full embrace of “scientific” evolution and discarding of faith. Opponents of the Gap Theory generally fiercely defend creationism by insisting that everything in Genesis 1 occurred in seven 24-hour days. Let’s not get caught up in rationalizations and arguments, and simply let the record speak for itself.

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3) In Earth As It Is In Heaven

Key precept: A “son of God” is a being who is created in God’s likeness including his spiritual power, and exercises his/her free will to carry out God’s will.”

The designation of “son of God” as any being who is “a chip off the old block”, made in the likeness of God, having his attributes, is easily understood when we compare this with the designation son of man or wo-man which signifies being made in the image and likeness of man.

“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him…And Adambegat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:” (Gen 5:1-3)

“…she shall be called Wo-man, because she was taken out of Man.” (Gen 2:23)

“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” (Dan 7:13-14)

“…Yahweh’s Consecrated Savior / Christ Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with GodBut made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of menunto death, even the death of the cross.” (Phili 2:5-8)

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ / Promised One, the Son of the living God.” (Matt 16:13-16)

The key likeness of God that mark all his offspring is a nature that is right-eousness, truthful, and holy.

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (Joh 4:24)

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;” (I Pet 1:15)

I think we are all familiar with the Lord’s Prayer, AKA The Our Father. Are we as familiar with the introduction, which lists the qualifications for calling the Lord God “our” father?

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4) Light and Life

Key precept: Humanity has a relentless enemy.

There was one son of God who was made so closely in God’s likeness that he was called Lucifer / Bringer of light, and son of the morning.

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer / Bringer of light, son of the morning!” (Isa 14:12)

 These are key attributes of God.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Gen 1:3)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness…That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.“” (Joh 1:1-9)

“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:” (II Pet 1:19)

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5) Lust Kills. Love Dies.

Key precept: Love conquers all, even death.

Satan can’t actually win the competition that he set in motion, but he doesn’t have to.  As has been so well demonstrated in politics, he only has to destroy the opposition.  And God placed the weapon in Satan’s hands when he placed forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden.

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying…of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen 2:16-17)

All Satan had to do to was convince two innocent human beings to eat the fruit.  And for that, all he had to do was tell a lie. Continue reading “5) Lust Kills. Love Dies.”

6) The King is Dead. Long Live the King!

Key precept: Paradoxically, death is humanity’s greatest strength against immortals.

Satan was mistaken when he thought he had defeated God by luring humanity into a death trap. It seems that Satan and God are playing a cosmic chess match. Every move that Satan makes, God successfully counters. That’s because God has a long range strategy and sees the end from the beginning, and Satan is constantly playing catchup. Plus God has the power.

I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.” (Isa 46:9-11)

God says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace…” (Isa 55:11-12)

The thing is, Satan knew about death. He just didn’t know about resurrection.

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