Monthly Archives: May 2006

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     Lets start with the fact that the atempt at a discussion on the nature and creation of light was a failure.  Maybe I will talk more about the Genesis creation accounts after school ends and people are looking for something to do with their minds. 


    A streotype is “a conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.” (American Heritage Dictionary).  Streotypes can have there uses but for the most part they lead to misunderstanding, frustration and oversimplification of the human person.  All people stereotype, its in our nature and it is something we do alot. 


     Streotypes are conventional.  Much of society uses them for various purposes.  Stereotypes can help society because it is able to enhance our vocabulary.  For example if someone is a conformist we can agree (streotype) that most of them would favor the majority opinion. In reality this is not universally true but it can help us describe them.  It can also be used to hurt people.  Bad streotype example: Football players are stupid, cultureless, unartistic…  I know people who are football players who have academic interests, are invovled in music and are interested in things outside of “their” small world.  So clearly on an individual basis this sterotype does not do justice to that indididual.  To steretype him in that manner does not give justice to his personhood.


     Sterotypes are formulaic.  Streotypes don’t give exceptions.  This or that but not inbetween.  Stretypes tend to get people to polerize their prejudices instead of creating a spectrem that can actally fit someone is unique as a human person.  The problem is that people can get into thinking about individuals in this polerized format.  Right or left, liberal or conervative, demacrat or republican, conformist, weird, anarchist, facist, religious, infdel, spritual, animalistic, angelic and the list goes on.  In these instances stereotypes tend to bring division and hurt more then help and understanding.  More simpy humans (we) are more complex then these ideas.  I might be an evangelical Christian who struggles with homosexuality.  I might be favor amensty in immigration policies but oppose abortion.  I might respect and even celebrate ethnic diversity but not beat the drum to multiculturalisim.  So does it seem like I contradict myself?  It depends on how you look at it.  If you look at it with steretypes it clearly seems like I can’t exist I cancel myself out.  I don’t fit all those streotypes.  However, if you look at me as a person, prejudcies aside, you might be able to see the humanity in all of it.  None of us are perfect.  No one is perfect.  Everyone streotypes every now and then but I feel it is wise to look at people as people as souls and bodies full of different backrounds, expriances and ways of self-expression. 


    Stereotypes are an oversimplified conception, opinion or image. In writing this I hope people can look at me in this way.  What I write here is a concept.  You can sterotype that but to streotype the person behind it over simplifies that person.  Even what I write reflects some of this complexity it is not always right to just simply stereotype it but take it as it is worth or leave it.  Notice how I just contradicted myself in this paragraph alone.  Do those two ideas make sense in context?  Can you see my pattern of thought as I wrote them? 


Peace to all.








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Cynical? Not even close! If anything, you’re a bit naive.
Overall, you enjoy life and try not to be paranoid. Even if you’ve been burned before.







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1950 – 1959: You’re fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!

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1990 – 1999: With you anything goes! You’re grunge one day, ghetto fabulous the next. It’s all good!

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Although your fate is often unknown, you always seem to survive (even after death).
Your mind is your greatest weapon, literally!

Powers: telepathy and telekinesis, the ability to project thoughts into the mind of others, communication with animals














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The Creation of Light

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God spoke: “Light!”


And light appeared.


God saw that light was good


and separated light from dark.


God named the light Day,


he named the dark Night.


It was evening, it was morning–


Day One.”- Genesis 1:3-5



If you focus in on the first verse we realize one more thing, the very awesome power in God’s word. He spoke light and it came to be. Previously the universe was a place of inky blackness void of all color. Black. Visually, nothing. But then light. Red, green, gamma, and radio. Suddenly the universe is filled with photons- pockets of energy in the nature of light. To contrast this darkness becomes realized. Light is contrasted with darkness. This was Day one. The first day of yin and yang. The first day of creation. The most fundamental nature of the material universe is defined here. For were there is light there is heat. Hot and cold. Light and dark. Color and black. Energy and stop. Motion and absolute zero. God sustains this light to shine on us. Daylight gives us the opportunity to do much which is not so easy in darkness. Light reveals the nature of things and allows us to see. God’s Word is a light to our path and a lamp to our feet revealing where we are going and who we are. God is light and when the New Jerusalem comes to being there will be no need the sun nor the moon for God will rule all of us and shed light upon us.


What does light mean to you?


In the Mean time things to think about light

“It establishes the speed limit for the entire universe.


Its speed is the only constant in the universe.


It is outside of time.


It never ages.


It anchors the laws of relativity.


It is both a wave and particle.


It allows us to see.


It comforts us with its presence and depresses us by its absence.


It conveys the energy of warmth that allow us to live.


It consumes darkness but itself is never consumed by darkness.


It is mentioned as the first thing God created after the heavens and the earth.


It, apparently, has a divine aspect to its nature.” (Richard A. Swenson, M.D.)


Contemplating these things, what does light reveal to us about God?


How does this make you feel?


Describe a moment were light has made you feel good.


This is meant to promote conversation.


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Really, I didn’t even know how I had done what I did—how I got through the night and talked to Brian Nichols so he could see what he needed to do. I only knew that God did it. God was helping me. He gave me things to say and showed me how to open up my life. He worked on Brian so that he could hear what I was telling him. He gave me strength, faith, hope, and love. It was just God—helping me and doing what needed to be done.


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“Dan Brown [author of The Da Vinci Code] almost makes Constantine a universal editor of the earliest Bible, which is just pathetic, because the canon [the standard biblical books] was already known a century and a half to two hundred years before Constantine. Eusebius, the earliest Christian church historian, tells us how the canon came to be and how other books were added later on, but by Constantine’s time, it was already determined. There’s no question about that,” said Dr. Paul Maier, professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University.

“And the Council of Nicea in 325 did not decide which books should go in the canon or which should not. Nothing of that is true. Not one of the decrees of the Council of Nicea deals with the canon. So, again, you simply have falsehood multiplied here.”


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Only Jesus would be crazy enough to suggest that if you want to become the greatest, you should become the least. Only Jesus would declare God’s blessing on the poor rather than on the rich and would insist that it’s not enough to love just your friends. I began to wonder if anybody still believed Jesus meant those things he said. I thought if we just stopped and asked, What if he really meant it? it could turn the world upside-down.


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“When you see this [The Da Vinci Code] as a historian,” I asked Dr. Paul Maier, professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University, “what does that do to you?”

“Well, I worry about the truth. I really do,” Maier replied. “What happens if a majority of the readers of this novel will believe all the lies that are included in the second half of the book? Will this become the majority opinion? And will those historians who are really seeking the truth be crowded out in the future? Actually, I am far more furious at The Da Vinci Code as a professor of ancient history than I am as a Christian. The church has been attacked for two thousand years now. Well, what’s new? But I cannot stand it when universally accepted facts of the past are falsified. This I cannot take.”

Then he gave the ultimate insult a college professor can offer. “If a student of mine had written something like this,” he declared, “I would flunk him!”


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“First this: God created the Heavens and Earth–all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.”-Genesis 1:1,2



What does this mean to humanity? First off, if God created both the Heavens and Earth they are His. As humans we are part of this creation. As part of this creation and observers of the creation around us we can see the very “finger-prints” of God. From the vastness of universe- everything- to superstrings. From the vast array of galaxy super-clusters to the smallest and most short-lived elementary particle. From the angel to the animal. And yes, all of humanity are His.


Some have said “In the beginning, bang,” or some other mock of In the beginning God. Some astrophysics have now built off of stringtheory to form M-Theory (advanced stringtheory) to explain the big bang as a the result of a collision of two membranes. A membrane, brane for short, is basically a universe. According to the theory there are eleven dimensions; three of space, one of time, and five one-dimensional objects wreathed together at every point in space-time. This makes ten, the eleventh is beyond our universe. Of course if the universe means everything then what is beyond everything? Certainly, philosophically this is impossible and since M-theory is more philosophy than science it seems absurd. Even the big-bang theory is more philosophy with no way to ever prove it happened. “Big bang cosmology is probably as widely believed as has been any theory of the universe in the history of Western civilization. It rests, however, on many untested, and in some cases untestable, assumptions. Indeed, big bang cosmology has become a bandwagon of thought that reflects faith as much as objective truth.” (Burbidge, G., 1992. Why only one big bang? Scientific American, 266(2):96.). In fact much of modern astrophysics is more philosophical then scientific. gAt any rate, almost everything in Hawkingfs book is based on his fertile imagination and logical speculation, with almost no visible evidence or proof. This appears to differentiate his work from fiction, which is almost always based on obvious, demonstrable fact. In another way, however, physics is a lot like fiction or income tax calculating, in that when there is a conflict between the world and an intellectual construct, the author adjusts the world to fit an imagined plot.h (Roger L. Welsch, gAstrophys Edh, Natural History, February 1994, pp. 24, 25).


The implication of Physics is that there must be a God yet instead of acknowledging this truth physicists seem to beat around the bush looking for some natural thing to hold the universe together. gTake black matter, for example. As fate would have it, the most recent and popular theories in physics just donft work. Itfs not as if there are some loose threads around the edges; the theories donft work at all. If they did, the universe would instantaneously fall in on itself or fly apart. Now those of us who are not astrophysicists would probably do something like discard the theories. Not astrophysicists. They readjust the uncooperative universe to fit their theories, postulating a gigantic quantity of invisible gravity-producing stuff they call black matter, even though itfs not black and maybe not even matter. And there you are. Just like that, the modern, popular theories are back in business.


I can imagine that readers new to physics and its way of doing things might be skeptical, but those of us who are higher up in the world of science feel nothing but anticipation in all this theorizing. It could, after all, be a step toward a newer and even sillier putty.h (Roger L. Welsch, gAstrophys Edh, Natural History, February 1994, p. 25). Now lets not call people to ‘throw the baby out with the bath water’ with physics but lets not be unscientific by assuming that perhaps some supernatural force, all powerful being, God Almighty-Sovereign Creator has not called the universe into existence and also sustains this existence by His word. “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.h (Hebrews 1:3 NIV). If reality suggests that levels of smallness exist 500 times smaller then the elementary particle where one dimensional objects described as strings vibrate at a frequency that determines the nature of that elementary particle. In fact all matter and energy, everything is determined by this gorchestra of God.h What more of a reality to see Godfs very voice in all that is, and indeed sustaining all things by His powerful word. If the world was created Ex Nihilo, out of nothing, from the voice of God then it must have certainty been a big bang.


Another thing we can realize from the opening wordfs of the Bible is that the universe was chaotic, unorganized, dark viewed apart from the love of the Trinity a certainly lonely place. God would come to unfold creation to bring order, light and to make a place were he could share His love, were love could increase and abound-humanity. Unfortunately there was a fall from this order, this holy and good creation. Sin entered the world through and separated from us from God. Only generations later the world had fallen again in to a water, a sea of people indulging in sin, wickedness and making utterly chaotic what God intended to be good. And since this fall God has been working for the redemption of man and offered once and for all in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. And through coming to Christ we are born again, made new and made good. The Spirit of God indwells us, regenerates us, and empowers us to lives holy and honorable to God and full of love to both God and our neighbor. Though Christians are still being made perfect and not fully perfect they are called brothers of Christ and sonfs of God. The call to redemption and repentance is Godfs desire for the whole human race. The gift of salvation was offered to the world in Christfs atoning work on the cross yet like any gift it must be received.


 


Readers, I have been quoting verses from the Creation accounts for a greater part of the last year. I am taking time to meditate on them and offer this to everyone both followers of the Hebrew Scriptures; Jews, Christians and people of the Bahafi faith as well as all people who might find truth in them. It may or may not promote discussion however I think it would be beneficial if it did, if this discussion was done in a healthy manner. And as always I pray Peace to all.


















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