Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Noah's Hope, by Clifford Goldstein from Signs of the Times Aug. 2014.

CLIFFORD GOLDSTEIN asks, "What does an ancient story about a world-wide flood tell us about or world today"?


      Hollywood has never been shy about creating end-of-the-world flicks. from Beware! The Blob to 2121, Contagion, and the World war Z, moviegoers who like imaginative accounts of end-time events have plenty to choose from.
      Some time back however, Hollywood came up with a different kind of apocalyptic thriller: NOAH, staring Russell Crowe. Based very loosely on the Biblical story of the flood in Genesis, this movie tells about the the impending doom of the ancient world and one man's attempt to save his family from it.
       Whatever the merits or demerits of the film (and it has plenty of both), it does raise  valid questions about the fate of humanity today. What challenges do we face in the 21st Century as the world's population increases, as natural resources get scarcer, as the specter of war continues, and as the questions of pollution and climate change remain?
    {(j.B.) please know this one huge but single fact: Science and scientist, for the most part, seek to explain, the universe, but leaving God the Creator totally out of the equation, yet science holds that it seeks only truth? How can one then, leave out any factor, by rejecting Creation and The Creator out of hand? Is that not unlike a mathematician ignoring Zero, as if it were not present?]

      Are we doomed, as were the the people in the time of Noah's Flood, or do we have hope? And IF we do have hope, what is it?  The biblical account of Noah' s Flood may be far removed from the consciousness of most people today, but how does that change facts, and what does it hold, today, for us, in the way of lessons? Though it's often viewed only in terms of the destruction and punishment, the deeper message is the hope of redemption in a world getting ever closer and closer, to destroying itself.
     With an endless progression, or should I say procession, of wars, terrorism based upon "love of a god', our obsession about climate, when we know it's always in flux, and changing, and natural disasters, {Which by the way we are only to happy to blame God for them, rather than the real perpetrator, Satan. As earth's population becomes more and more evil, God withdraws His Spirit, giving Satan more leeway!, but who teaches the Bible these days? The Sun-day worshipers, that obey the laws of men?]
      With all these events ongoing, one doesn't have to be a doomsday fanatic to be concerned about the world's future! In fact, Jesus very specifically used the Noahatic Flood to compare that time to what it will be like in earth's future! When He's about to return at this world's end. He said....

      Matthew 24:37-39  "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For                                      as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and                          giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood                          came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
    [As stated before, "Who bothers to read the Bible today?"  But please note:
        Ecclesiastes 1:9  The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which                                    shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun."
[Is this where we got this saying? "History repeats itself?" or "What comes around, goes around"? THINK!]

[If you want to learn what live was like, that got God so disgusted, and angry with mankind read Genesis 6:, then read Gen.11:1-9 the story of Tower of Babel, and learn that men learned nothing from the flood!]

     Jesus' point is that, as we near the time of the end, the ,masses of people, will be going about their business as if nothing were wrong, nothing amiss. Apparently, that was the people's attitude and behavior before Noah's Flood, in spite of the fact that they had plenty of warnings about what was to come, in fact Noah preached about the flood for 120 years!
  [In point of fact, we of the Seventh day Adventist Church, have been preaching and teaching the "Time of the End" message ever since 1864! Showing that God, in His mercy, has withheld His wrath, these days, much longer than in Noah's time, but how long are Y O U wiling to test His patience?]

      All of God's children, CONT *.. {we are all His, for He gave each one of us HIS BREATH OF LIFE, for only the Father and the Son, have life, within themselves, thus SUSTAIN ALL LIFE!]...
      
        Colossians 1:17  "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. "
                                      Consist  in the Greek the word is Sunistao ( soon-is-thah'-o)  means to make, to                                           stand. To consist. Would this be a good time to introduce the Second Law of thermodynamics? Paraphrased... Anything set into an orderly motion, will over time degrade into disorder.'
That's from human science's "Natural Laws", so why has the universe, not degraded into disorder, and why we see no massive scale collisions? IS possible that there is a a force, a sustaining force a consisting force?

CONT*... we all, need to be careful that we do NOT ignore His warnings. All around  we see signs of impending disasters that Jesus Himself gave warnings too:...
   
          Matthew 24:5-10 " For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.                           And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things                         must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom                             against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another."

[ If you can't understand this, who has ever seen or heard of a crime, or an assault done in LOVE?  Who has not heard of the Islamic crazies, and their slogan, "Believe as we do, or die"? How many so-called 'Christians' must they murder, across this earth, before people understand what Jesus spoke about, way back then? But Heh! Who bothers to read, let alone study the Holy Bible these days? THINK!]

     As humankind entered the twentieth century, the majority of people were full of optimism and hope for a bright future. Many were convinced that the world was entering a golden age in which science and technology would bring utopia--- a grand world of peace and prosperity for all. However World War 1 quickly dashed all those false hopes, did it not?
      When the great-grandchildren of those who welcomed in the 20th century, ushered in the 21st they did NOT have any grand illusions about a coming 'golden age',. On the contrary, September 11, 2001, became this generation's symbol of the future. Things seem to have been going downhill since then, right?

[ Please humor me, God promised NEVER to use water to destroy life again, right? He does not have another Noah, to tell us about the coming disaster, as ALL Bible Students know, this time God's going to use fire to clean earth Revelation's Lake of fire, read 19 - 22.chapters So what else can He do? How about kicking the secularists in their 'collective wallets', and look at all of earth's economies, since about 2003?....
     Amos 8:11  "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a                                    famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:"
     Isaiah 33:15-16  "He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of                               oppression, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing                       of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;  He shall dwell on high: his place of defense                              shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure."
{As you can see, those who accept Him through Christ, are protected, and even if they lose their lives, yet will they live again, forever.  Read His promise in John 14:1-3].

     However, even in the days of Noah, the people all had hope.... The ARK. It was built precisely to save them from what was coming on the world! Sadly they did not recognize is as such.
      Today, amid our trails and worries, we, too, can have hope, because we have something better than a boat. We have Jesus and the promise of eternal life IN Him!
     Jesus, left all behind in Haven, to come down to this earth, as a helpless babe, born of woman, just as
Y O U  and I, living a perfect life, without a sin, only to become sin for all, for all time, thus died with OUR sins, but resurrected that beautiful Sunday morn, to show us that the Father raised Him, so also He can raise us. So whether we die a calm, and peaceful death, at old age, in the presence of loved ones, or in car crash, or at the hands of fanatics, or in an earthquake, or however we meet our end, if we are in Jesus, then He is in us, and all those shall "Sleep in christ', resting in the grave until at the 7th Trump (et call)  He calls us to wake up and be with Him and the Father, for ever. Then we shall have life without hurt, pains or worry}.....

      John 10:25-28  "Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my                                  Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep,                   as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give                 unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
{Note: Many do not understand, that God's promises, that are for the good, are CONDITIONAL, upon our faith/trust in Christ, will, with our total surrender, to His will in loving obedience. Why would any want to surrender? That goes against our grain, right, but remember Love conquers all and....

   1 John 4:8  "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."
{Note: God loves us all, each and everyone one of us, so much so, that He'll even give them what they want,  "to have nothing to do with Him.... but they know not, that God is life, thus without Him, and HIS Breath of Life  we perish. read Genesis 2:7 with understanding.]

     So, Hollywood's Noah, the movie which owes very little to the Bible's narrative, but still doesn't change one fact it presents: 'we all live in a very scary world. Within which we find no hope in any boat, but in Jesus and what He promises us, IF we are but willing!

      ARE Y O U ready to be willing?

FLOOD ACCOUNTS:
    The story of a great flood is not unique to the Bible. Several ancient cultures had similar stories.

The Epic of Gilgamesh. Dating back to 2,000 B.C., in one of the airiest surviving works of literature. The He, Gilgamesh, meets Utnapishtim, who tells his how the the god Ea warned him that a flood will be sent by the gods to punish and destroy the world. Ea instructs Utnapishtim to build a huge vessel that saves Utnapishtim, his family friends and some animals. Utnapishtim and his wife are later granted immortality.
[Note: the Bible's info has the flood beginning in 2348, a year after the death of Methuselah.]

Matsya Purana: is one of the oldest Hindu scriptures, dating back to 250-500 A.D. [Christ died in A.D.32.]  The deity Matsya forewarns the human Manu about an impending catastrophic flood and orders him to collect all living animals and the grains of the world in a boat. Manu survives by boarding the ark, which Matsya pulls to safety.

Maasai myth: The Maasaia are a native group in today's Kenya and Tanzania. According to this flood rendering, once upon a time the rivers began to flood. A god told two people to get a ship and take lots of seeds and animals with them. The flood eventually covered the mountains. When it stopped, one of the men set a dove free, but it returned. Later he let go a hawk, and it did not return. Then the people left the boat and took the animals and the seeds with them.

{note:but these three stories, handed down through time, are but three of many such stories all around the earth's peoples. Most such, as the "Educated Elite"  like to call them myths, without a bases for fact. Yet most are founded upon truth, even if it's only a small portion of the whole story.

NEXT: How to Overcome addictions. by Marvin Moore-editor of the  Signs of the Times, Aug. 2014 issue.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

OUR AMAZING WORLD. from Truth Matters "Sings of the Times Magazine /'13.


        AUSTRALIA'S GREAT BARRIER REEF. . . .

       IS  home to an amazing array of marvelous creatures. One of these life-forms is the giant clam, and it has an interesting, mutually beneficial relationship with the tiny , one celled algae called Symbiodinium. The clam-- which is really a giant sized at four feet long and up to five hundred pounds--sits on the ocean floor with its two shells spread apart and its fleshy mantle exposes to the sunlight. The algal cells live within the cells of the clam's mantle, where they produce food by photosynthesis. A single clam may have millions or even billions of algal cells in its tissues. The algae obtain nutrients from the clam, and the clam get part of its nutrients from the food produced by the algae. This is a king of cooperative relationship in which each partner benefits the other. Together, the giant clam and its algae can  live together for up to one hundred years.

      Cooperative relationship[s] are common among living organisms. [ ( J.B.)SYMBIOSIS is the term, Evolution Theory can not account for any such relationships with total scientific honesty, but then that's NOT their goal is it?  Their goal, is to try. . .try to explain creation without a Creator right? Is that not just as Satan wants? He's NOT going to heaven, and he wants no others there either!]
      Some like the giant clam and the tiny algae are very specific. In the big picture, all living organisms interact in ways that mutually beneficial. Plants capture energy from sunlight and use it to convert water a nd carbon dioxide into food.Oxygen is released by plants as a by-product. This process is fan ongoing one that benefits all life.
[Please note: all who glamour; REDUCE CARBON FOOT PRINT, take note that without this carbon there's be no plants of any kind. Thus no food for any life-forms, including. . . .us. . . .
humans! Carbon monoxide is a poison gas that can kill all life, that takes it in.]
     A crow sized bird known as the Shearwater is another creature that may be spotted along the Great Barrier Reef, at certain times of the year. Shearwaters, spend their entire lives at sea, except for when they are breeding. When breading, they nest in burrows that they dig for themselves.
    Shearwaters are marvelous navigators. They wander freely over the oceans without losing their way. They leave their nesting burrows before dawn and return to them after dark, which means that must be able to find the exact location, not just the island, but their burrow on the island... in the dark. Scientists are not sure exactly how they can do that!
     During the day, shearwaters fly over the ocean feeding on small fish and squid near the surface of the ocean. The amazing ability of these birds to navigate was tested by an experiment in great Britain using Manx shearwaters from Great Briton to Boston, in the United States, and a second group to Venice, Italy. Both groups groups of birds returned to their nesting burrows in great Briton within two weeks. Shearwaters do not normally fly over land at all, so it is even more impressive that they could find their way home.
     Of course, living creatures must have exactly the right combination of environmental conditions to survive. These factors include a suitable source of energy (such as sunlight, or on the ocean's floor, temperature and chemical energies) , raw materials for constructing cells and tissues (nutrients), a suitable medium in which the chemistry of life can occur (water) and a suitable temperature for the necessary chemical reaction. As far as we know, no other place in the universe has the right combinations of these features to support living organisms (although some possibilities have recently been discovered-- which should be very interesting!)
    As we all know, sunlight provides the energy for living organisms. A few bacteria get their energy from chemical reactions deep in the sea, but these are the exceptions. Sunlight is such a common , ordinary feature of our daily lives, that it's easy to forget how special it really is.
    Light is a form of energy known as Electromagnetic radiation. The strength of this kind of energy varies greatly. Some types, such as Gamma Rays, are so powerful that they easily destroy life. Other types, such as radio waves, are so weak that they could not provide the energy needed for life. {In  fact if one is standing near an radio transmitter's antenna, while it's broadcasting, they'd suffer serious radiation burns, as very bad sun-burn.)  Visible Light, the light we can see  {Sorry , we can't see the "LIGHT" ITSELF, BUT ONLY THAT WHICH IS REFLECTED FROM OBJECTS}This energy is strong enough to trigger some chemical reactions but not so strong as to tear apart molecules that make up the living bodies, of organisms, The fact that our sun produces that kind of light is one of the most important reason why life can survive and thrive here. Most stars, and our Sun is s small star, in our universe don't provide the right amount of energy to support life, as we know it. That makes our world and our Sun very special.

    OUR SUN, not only produces light to provide the energy for living things need, it also produces the right amount of heat for life on earth. [Remember space temps are 485 degrees below Zero, when not in sunlight] The temperature of the earth is determined by the heat output from the sun, the distance from the sun to earth and the ability of earth to hold on to the heat. If earth were father from the sun, it would be too cold. If closer to the sun it would be too hot..Carbon Dioxide and water vapor in our atmosphere help hold in the heat from the sun and maintain a suitable temperature range.
     If our atmosphere had too much of these gases our world would be too hot. If it did not have any of these gases our earth would be too cold. Our favorable temperatures are also maintained by the speed at which earth rotates on its axis, and by the way the continents and oceans are distributed across the surface of the earth , are a great contributor to temperature normalization.

    The survival of life on our planet depends on the right interaction between the earth, its atmosphere, the output of the sun and the distance between the earth and the sun. If one of these factors were to change dramatically, life on our world could easily become extinct.

   Life also requires a source of raw materials and a way for them to react chemically.[(j.b.) Which is, one of the the reasons for God's  Lake of Fire in Revelation 19 and 20, to remove all traces of previous human activity and burn up all of the human pollution buried within earth. As this earth runs out of raw materials] 
      Isaiah 51:6 " Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens                           shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they                           that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my                          righteousness shall not be abolished."
      
..      [All who accept Christ fully, in full faith and trust, are "washed" in His blood, and covered by His righteousness.....]
         1 Corinthians 6:9-11   "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be                                                    not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate,                                 nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

     Life, as we know it, also requires water, to react with the raw chemicals. So far, we have them in the right combinations, but water is not equally distributed, yet it is one of earth's most abundant resource. If on other worlds, there is not a stable and standing water supply as lakes and oceans, then there's no point or much reason for us to look for life, again as we know it.[ (.J.B.) Yes in the world of science theory, or should we say fiction? If you have seen some ideas floated out there on the so-called "Learning channels", most of us would have to ask, "What were these people smoking "? Human imaginations running wild!]

     Bodies of water, ponds, lakes seas and oceans are all temperature moderators, which is why coastal regions have milder summer and winter temperatures than inland. But it also has another very important feature, when its frozen it floats, so water freezes from the top down, allowing marine life to live. Now if it froze from the bottom up, there would be no life in any waters that is subject to freezing.

     So far, our earth, is the only know planet with life, and life abundantly, because it is well designed and thought out, with all in the right conditions for life. The careful combinations of light, water, and all the elements suggests, to any thinking being, that there must have been a Creator. A Creator who intended that this world would be an interesting place and beautiful place for humans and all other live forms.

          Isaiah 45:18  "For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth                               and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I                           am the LORD; and there is none else."

   Please know this single fact:" Any one's acceptance, or rejection, does not alter one iota of God's truth!"
Yet it is my Hope and Prayer, that all do accept His truth, His Light!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A DESIGNED UNIVERSE. from "TRUTH MATTERS" SIGN of the TIMES Mag.


   [ (J.B.) Most of today's scientists will tell you, the universe began, billions and billions of years ago, from a super dense, pin-point of 'stuff', that just exploded, to become what the entire Cosmos!
     Now, as there were no humans. . . . mankind. . . . was NOT there to witness this beginning, the above MUST be put UNDER THE ASSUMPTIONS  heading, right?

     Genesis 1:1  "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."

     Now me being but a simple man, can Y O U tell me the difference between human science theory, and what the God caused to be written in His Book?

   There is one difference, man begins his idea with a super-dense, pin-point "Something", that exploded, right?   Where did this pin-point material come from?

 God made/created the universe and all that is in it, from?  Nothing!....

     
          Colossians 1:16 " For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth,                                     visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities,                                     or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:"

                A Designed Universe?

    WE can get some clues about the origin of the universe by studying what the universe is like today. The orderly structure and precise properties of the universe, for instance, are important clues to its origin. Matter is not scattered around randomly in the universe but is mostly clumped into stars, planets and other objects. Plus Galaxies are often clumped into galactic clusters and super-clusters.
      Most amazing of all, the universe has exactly the kinds of properties needed for life, [as we know it-- J.B.] to exist. How do we explain this kind of order in the universe? {J.B. that began with a huge explosion?]  There seems to be three possible answers: Natural Law, Random chance, and intelligent design. Let's look at each of these as potential causes for the order in the universe.

              NATURAL LAW.

      Is it natural for the universe to have such a specific structure?  NO, there is no law that says the universe must be arranged so that it will form into planets, galaxies and clusters. It could just as easily be made up of clouds of dust. Scientifically, the Second Law of Thermodynamics tells us that order breaks down over time. That means the universe was more orderly in the past than it is now. Tracing this idea back to the beginning of the universe means that the universe must have been created with extremely precise original conditions.

     
              Psalms 33:6-10  "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them               by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect."

     So the order of the universe cannot be the result of some natural law that requires it. that leaves the question of whether the order in the universe is just the result of some lucky chance or the product of an intelligent creator.

                CHANCE.

      
      If life is going to exist, then the properties of the universe have to be very precise--very specific. {[J.B. for life as we know it] For example, if the universe expanded to rapidly, matter would spread [or even tear] apart to quickly to form galaxies, and there would be no planets. On the other hand, if the universe expanded too slowly, matter would a;; clump into one giant lump, and there would still be no planets. Either way, life would not be possible.
     The expansion rate of the universe must be so precisely fixed that a difference of one part in 10 to the
54th power (the number 10 followed by 54 zeros) would throw it off. The chances of that happening are less than the chances of winning the lottery five times in a row, would Y O U believe THAT was only by chance? Neither would anyone else! Clearly chance is not a good explanation for the precise conditions in the big band.

            INTELLIGENT DESIGN.

    
      More than anything else, it's the orderly structure of the universe that suggests that the universe was intelligently and purposefully planned. Scientists have determined that the universe has many finely tuned properties-- exactly the ones required in order for life to exist [and even flourish, on earth] . For example, life requires molecules to construct bodies, carry energy, and provide nutrients. But molecules could not exist unless there was an extremely precise balance among the masses of various atomic particles and the forces holding then together. Many scientists have commented on the precisely tuned features of our universe, and suggested that they appear to be the result of intelligent planning.
      Neither natural law nor chance provides a satisfactory explanation for the exquisite design of the universe. The best explanation--- the one that fits what we see in our universe--- is that it was intentionally created by One with unlimited power and intelligence.

        Colossians 1:17  "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."
consist:  Sunistao [soon-si-tah'-o] set together- make- stand- to exhibit.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

The DAY the UNIVERSE Changed Forever."Sign of the Times" magazine 2013.

  In 1609, a man named Galileo Galiliei was living in Italy in a university town called Padua, when news came that inventors in the Netherlands had created a device that object appear closer than they were. Galileo skeptical that such a thing was possible, but he soon learned how the device worked, and made a better one himself. Galileo's spy glass made things seem nine times closer and could be used for military and commercial purposes. He continued tinkering with this invention, and before long , he has a twenty-power telescope.
      When Galileo pointed his new invention at the moon, he was surprised to discover that the sky around the moon was filled with stars-- stars no one has ever seen before. The "Milky
Way," was well known, bit it was thought to be a cloud of gas or dust particles. Of course, the Milky Way is really a large number of stars that are too faint and close together for the eye to see clearly. For the first time, Galileo. could see that there were far more than just the 1,200 stars the ancient Greek had counted.
    Ge was surprised, again, a few weeks latter. While looking at the planet Jupiter through his telescope, he discovered small "stars" that seemed to stay close to Jupiter. Surprisingly, these "stars" first appeared on one side of Jupiter, then disappeared, and then reappeared on the other side, of Jupiter. Later, they disappeared again and reappeared on the other side. Galileo realized that they were orbiting Jupiter like our moon orbits the earth. Galileo saws three of them at first, then a fourth. today we know there are sixty-seven moons circling Jupiter.

     This discovery that moons circled something else besides earth supported an idea that astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, had suggested: The earth is not the center of the universe.  [ note J.B. Galileo also supported this and nearly caused his death, at the hands of the kings of the church]  A scientific revolution was underway, a revolution that still affects us today!

             SO MANY GALAXIES! SO MANY STARS!    

       SO what have we learned?
  We have learned that the universe is much larger and more complex than we could ever imagine.! Let's see if we can wrap our minds around some of the numbers, shall we?
   Have you ever looked up to see the constellation Orion the Hunter {in the western sky] in late fall and winter? Betelgeuse, on Orion's top=left shoulder, is so big that if that star was in our Solar system instead of the Sun, it wouldn't fit into the big orbit the earth makes when it circles the sun from ninety- three million miles away. It wouldn't even fit inside the orbit of Jupiter and that's 484 million miles from the sun!

    Peering even deeper into space, astronomers focused the Hubble space Telescope on a seemingly empty patch of the night sky. Empty no visible stars, galaxies, or anything. They focused on a spot for eleven days, then examined carefully the photographs. In this spot, a little spot about 3 % of the size of a full moon, they found more than 10,000 galaxies, not just stars, but entire galaxies each with billions of stars.

     Think about this in this way, the next time you are on a beach, put up a hand full of sand. If estimates are right, there are more stars in the Cosmos than there are grains of sand on all of earth's beaches. What we see now are only just one hand-full!
      The wonders of the universe are beyond human imagination. We haven't even mentioned nebulae, quasars, black holes, or any of the many other fascinating objects, in our universe. Can it really all have come into existence accidentally?

A UNIVERSE OF ENERGY.

      Before we address that question, it's important to  understand that the universe contains an unimaginable amount of matter and energy, We think of the universe as being made of stars, but it also contains many things we cannot see. As we learned earlier, we do not know exactly how many stars there are in the universe. But if the 200 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy are about the average, and there are at least 175 Billion galaxies, then there must be at least 350 billion-trillion stars. 
      And the visible stars may form only about one-tenth of the mass of the universe. The rest is in  the form of "Dark Matter", which includes objects too small or too faint for us to detect. It also includes the black holes, which are so massive that even light cannot escape their gravitational field. All this matter contains an enormous amount of energy.
      The  energy of the universe is also beyond our ability to comprehend. Each star shines brightly because it produces so much heat from the friction of atoms rubbing together that it glows. Our own Star, -  the Sun-- has a temperature of more than fifteen million degrees Kelvin. This huge amount of energy is enough to provide heat to warm our planet and light, which  allows plants  to grow and produce our food. Remember our sun is not a large nor hot star compared to most others. The total amount of energy in the universe is far beyond our ability to measure or even imagine.
    The size of the universe and the vast energy is contains, naturally lead us to one question: "Where did it all come from"?


A BEGINNING FOR THE UNIVERSE.

     IMAGINE  you holding a balloon in your hands. now take a pen and mark spots one inch apart on this balloon. When you hold the balloon to your lips and fill it with air, what happens to the distance between the spots? As the material of the balloon between the spots expands, all the spots move father apart from each other, right?
     Scientists have discovered that something similar is happening to the stars. They are all moving apart from one another. Apparently, the universe is expanding, like a balloon expands with air.

NOTE: (J.B.) There were those, who during the 1950--60's held the view, that central gravity will pull every particle back to it self, and then when the pressure gets too great, another "Big Bang" like a YO-YO universe, and every thing will some-how begin all over again, and again!

      If the universe is expanding, it must have been smaller in the past. The further we look into the past the smaller the universe would be. If we could look back far enough, the universe would have shrunken down too small to see, then to an invisible point. This would be the beginning of the universe. From that invisible point, the entire universe has grown to its present size. Based on this reasoning, scientists began to believe that universe had a beginning.
      Modern scientists were divided at first on this idea. One astronomer, Sir Fred Hoyle, was so apposed to this idea that he mockingly referred to it as the "big Bang." The name caught on, and  we still refer to the theory as the big bang theory. Further studies and discoveries seemed to support the big band theory, and most scientists now accept it.

      HOWEVER, the big bang theory raises some very big questions. What would cause the universe to appear from a tiny point, or from. . .well. . nothing? Could this happen accidentally? Or is there something or someone behind the creation of our universe?

Please answer, the last three of these questions, to YOUR satisfaction, OK?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

KILLING WORDS..."THE CRIME THAT CANNOT BE SPOKEN!"

  I OWE MANY THANKS TO LIBERTY MAGAZINE NOV/DEC 2013 ISSUE, AND THE AUTHOR DWAYNE LESLIE.

           IMAGINE,......being hung upside down by your feet.                                                                       Electric wires are tied around your ankles and you are threatened repeatedly with electrocution. In addition to this, you are repeatedly pulled from your prison cell so that police can beat your viciously.
            WHY?
       Because someone accused you of making inflammatory statements about their God they call Allah!

      Even though your accuser later recanted his allegations, you were still "TRIED", for the crime of blasphemy, convicted, and then sentenced to life imprisonment.  NOW PLEASE THINK ABOUT THAT, think of YOU spending the rest of your natural life in prison, for the crime of, 'Speaking your mind'!

      It's absolutely incomprehensible, is it not?  Especially for those of us privileged to live in America, where we, far too often, take our First Amendments-guaranteed fright to free-speech and freedom of religion for granted.
      AS an American, Y O U can be excused for asking how someone could be imprisoned---or worse--- just for something he or she has said or written.
     
      For anyone who is unfamiliar with the term blasphemy essentially means showing disagreement or contempt for a deity.[ {j.b.) including the commonly held ideals of and or for a deity, by a people or nation or faith]. While you'd likely offend a number of people by engaging in blasphemy, your right to do so in the U.S. is nevertheless protected by the previously mentioned First Amendment.

    Yet if far too many countries, even one would be too many, blasphemy is illegal.[ {(j.b.) Who remembers the uproar over the Mohammed cartoon by S. Rushdie, and the FATWA, kill on sight order, issued by many Imams?] In many of those countries being hauled off to jail for expressing a minority view about religion is a shockingly common occurrence. And the level of n"Proof" for such a crime can be astonishingly low.
    In the U. S. there's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In too many other nations, when it comes to blasphemy , there's guilt based on no more then if you are a member of a religious minority... such as a christian in Pakistan, or any other Muslim Nation!

     Recently, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom ( USCIRF) released a report detailing Pakistan's history of violence against religious freedom. The findings are deeply troubling... in just the past 18 months, the UASIRF documented 203 incidents of violence in the name of religion, resulting in some 1,800 casualties, and more that 700 deaths.

    A recent case, involved a Seventh day Adventist {j.b. in full disclose this site project this faith's doctrines) man named Sajjad Masih. The opening illustration was actually his experience, recounted to us by his lawyer (although the alleged insults involved the prophet Mohammed) Sajjad was accused of blasphemy by authorities in Pakistan-- despite the accuser both recanting his testimony and stating that the POLICE forced him to level the allegation in the first place!!!!  Sajjad Masih was convicted of blasphemy and was sentenced to life in prison. There remains ZERO evidence supporting the charges.  These are greatly disturbing items, but not the most so.

      Blasphemy laws themselves are the key issue. NO matter what god the Majority chooses to worship, the making of dissent by minority faiths, a  criminal offense is a terrible idea, FOR ALL KINDS OF REASONS.

    To suggest that ONE's god is happy to have Y O U worship  him under coercion, of death , torture and or life imprisonment, ...is beyond human folly!  [(j.b.) and should be beyond SANE human understanding!]

    While Sajjad Masih is a deeply troubling and current example of abusive enforcement of blasphemy laws in Pakistan, it is not an isolated incident. Dwayne Leslie goes on to document 4 other cases, of the same extreme actions, that by my words, O N L Y parallel the actions we expect only from Satan and his crew ! Or is this the actual reason behind all of this?


   John 15:18  "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you."

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Friday, September 12, 2014

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY EVER.

FROM PASTOR RODRIQUEZ. 9/6/'14.

       ....A STORY.........THE MORAL......  A CHALLENGE.

   There is a good King, and well beloved King, a King whom the whole Universe, payed loyal homage too. Yet this well beloved King, who for the His great love for humans on this earth, became a baby in womb of a young lady. A young lady who had not ever known...

     Luke 1:31-34  "And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?"

     Please know this fact, modern science of human medicine, now knows that a new baby's eyes can only focus at a distance of 8-10 inches, which is just the right distance for a nursing new Mom, that her baby can see her face, clearly! Her voice, the child already knows for some months in the womb, as well as other family voices and music!
 
    A child within the womb, is confined in a small space, so after birth, they are comforted, by being wrapped up in a blanket, that keeps their arms and legs from being extended, which seems to cause many to be frightened. Thus a manger, filled with straw, would have been both warm and comforting to this baby who is still today a King!
    There is not much humans know about this man's life, but a few days of his life at the age of twelve, and then again at the age of thirty, when He was baptized, by John the Baptist, and by the Holy Spirit in the form of dove.
   
     Matthew 3:13-17  "Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

      Man, can not yet know, when Jesus knew the full measure of His earthly Mission, but we do have a clue..
        Luke 2:43-49  "And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?"

     Then we find Him...

     Matthew 20:25-28  "But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."

     Jesus Christ was prepared to surrender His life, as a ransom payment for all humanity,from the Prince of the air, Satan,who inherited this dominion from Adan, at his fall into sin, thus it was that Christ's  life and blood should be shed as payment for sin, and to defeat the devil, Satan, at the same time giving us all who desire it, salvation of God!

     He knew He would be betrayed....
   
    Matthew 26:14-16  "Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him."    Matthew 26:19-23  "And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover. Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me."

He knew He must suffer.... and to be murdered, in a most cruel and humiliating way....

     Matthew 16:21  "From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day."

   Yet it was during the Lord's Supper, The Passover day, what we call today Communion, that one of His last yet greatest lessons, He had to impart on mankind, The  Teaching of Humility of the Foot washing!   The contemplation before, during and post this action, can taken as a "Mini-Baptism".
     John 13:5  "After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded."
     John 13:11-17  "For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one an other's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them."

    Who can NOT see, that Jesus also wanted to wash their hearts from this all too human desire, to be the greatest?

     Luke 22:17-20  "And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you."

  Now what's the symbolism of all this mean?
 A:   Christ is our "Bread of Life" ..John 6:48  "I am that bread of life."  We must "EAT" Christ, as He is also the WORD, the Holy Bible, we should it of at least one hour every day! [this is the challenge part!] 

B.    His Blood......Colossians 1:14 " In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:"    Hebrews 9:22  "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. "     Revelation 7:14  "And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
    Then they went to the garden of Gethsemane, while singing a song;;  :  

    Psalms 117:1-2  "O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD."

   Most of know that most criminals, or those so accused, have but one trail right? Some are tried twice, but Jesus?  Well....

     First trial:   John 18:13  "And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which                                                 was the high priest that same year."
     Next Trial:   John 18:14  "Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient                                               that one man should die for the people."

                       :John 18:24  Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.

                       Matthew 26:57  "And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high                                                         priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled."

    Next:  Trail: Matthew 27:2      "And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to                                                       Pontius Pilate the governor."

    Next Trial:  Luke 23:15-16  "No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is                                               done unto him. I will therefore chastise   [whip Him] him, and release him."

    Final Trial:  John 19:12-18  "And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out,                                                    saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever                                                           maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

   Psalms 22:13-18  'They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.  I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.  My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture."

    Please know this, Ps. 22 was written about 1,000 years before the Christ's death on the Cross,
Now who but god, has the power to make events come to pass, in order the events fit perfectly into Prophecy but God Himself?

      Someday soon....Revelation 22:4  "And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their                                                                              foreheads."
    Now, what's in our foreheads, but our Frontal Lobe of our brains, where wee preform reasoning, and the seat of conscience.
     Matthew 24:33-34  "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."
    What things?  The woes found in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. Read 'em!

    1 Corinthians 2:9  "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

   Tell me dear reader, DO Y O U love Him? Do Y O U even know Him well enough to love Him? Learn of Him within the Bible!  Remember my challenge to you?

    John 14:1-3  "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

     John 3:15-19  "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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 not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."

Thanking Y O U for your time
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Whom DO Y O U SERVE?


       PLEASE KNOW.  that there's no neutral in nature, nor in our lives. We serve either God by choice, or we serve Satan by default!
      There's really no fence-sitting, because fences are harp and cut us into two parts.

     Today, all of humanity, is being pulled into one of two directions, by two opposing forces, the Force for good, and the force for Evil. The Holy Bible is the foundation for Faith, and our ONLY true source, to learn about our Heavenly Father and our Creator/Savior Jesus Christ!.

    John 1:1-4  "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 by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
Note: Christ IS THE WORD! He is also the Creator.

    As the Holy Bible's foundation is Jesus Christ, and that God is Love, can Y O U agree, that only with LOVE for us, was Jesus able to to leave Heaven as The KING OF THE UNIVERSE", and become a man, born of woman, as a totally defenseless baby, to grow up learning all that we have in the way of trails, then to take the torture and the insulting humiliation of being nude and nailed to a cross, left to die, for our SAKE due to OUR SINS?

     Therefore, in Rejecting the Holy Bible truths, men and women are rejecting its author and our actual maker Jesus Christ. Plus, when mankind tramples upon the the Laws of God, they deny the Character of God, as well as their denial of the Authority of the Law, and The Creator, of it!

    Oh, it's very easy to make an idol of wood or stone, or even of one's job or one's possessions, but no person has ever heard one inanimate possession say, "I love YOU", as Christ did by His dying for our sins.

   Isaiah 53:5 " But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."

    Yes, its easy for us to make our stuff, our objects of treasure, even our love, but when it gets stolen, lost or worn out, where are we? Yes, it's easy to accept the false theories of men, no matter how learned or not, just as its easy for most to accept the false doctrines of men and Satan, because most, almost never read, let alone study. . .YES STUDY the word of God. It's much easier just to take the words of em, for the word of God, right?

    Yet, in our collective Bible Illiteracy, we are fair game for Satan's deceptions and outright lies! For if we know not God's truth, how can we know Satan's lies, from god's truth?  For example Satan's wide-scale deceptions of God, as One Who is quick to condemn, quick to anger, slow to forgive, and just can't wait to ZAP us,  is so out of character for God, which is so clearly shown by His Ten Commandments, which is but a "Reflection" of the Character that is God The Father!

    If you are in doubt as to the above statement, read Exodus 20:1-17, and then try   YES TRY to think of life on earth. . . .IF. . .IF everyone lived within these Ten Laws!
 
    Can you even imagine, life on earth without:   WARS, WITHOUT PRISONS, WITHOUT THE WHOLE LEGAL SYSTEM INDUSTRY, OF COURTS, JAILS, JUDGES AND LAWYERS, NOR POLICE MEN,  Where love the brother and sister love between mankind rules lives?
   Would you not call that HEAVEN?

I invite Y O U, to pray to God, and ask HIM to change you, as HE, would have Y O U to be!

     Luke 12:32 " Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."

Thanking Y O U for your time.
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