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The Scopes Trial, formally known as The State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes and commonly referred to as the Scopes Monkey Trial, was an American legal case in July 1925. A substitute high school teacher, John T Scopes, was accused of violating the states Butler Act, which had made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school. The trial was deliberately staged in order to attract publicity to the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, where it was held. Scopes was unsure whether he had ever actually taught evolution, but he purposely incriminated himself so that the case could have a defendant.

Scopes was found guilty and fined $100 (equivalent to $1,400 in 2018), but the verdict was overturned on a technicality. The trial served its purpose of drawing intense national publicity. When a bill is passed on matters of faith no one is certain and worse still do not live up to, one thing is certain:  nothing good can come out of it. Still law makers have a job and do they still. I introduced this trial from wikipedia for another reason. Evolution is a theory and it is what man’s search for truth would mean in the best sense of the word. They need data and build a foolproof argument. How life stated is half baked if why it must be so cannot be stated. Man has his conscious and unconscious halves doesn’t he? Merely an array of facts do not add up anymore than faith without works make man a believer.

Besides one does not compare apples with pears. So on what grounds a theory is valid stand on untested premises.  The Bible is God document to which no man can assume to know better than God who has revealed through human agency.

Therefore whosoever teaches the Bible would accept its inerrancy as self-evident. I have read the Bible from the time I could make sense of words as a toddler; and I was taught and later took to it as naturally as any secular book I could lay hands on. Some seven decades later I have not ceased to cherish it as my greatest possession for the reason it is the book of life. Since leaving behind the Illustrated Book of Omar Khayyam in 2014, I decided not to pursue after human wisdom as consistently as I had earlier set as a quest of some talisman that would give meaning to my life. I found it in my well thumbed Bible and with years I can now write with certain confidence why it has become most misunderstood and have caused mischief historically as well as among other belief-systems. Man literally interprets thereby missing the guidelines of God. The purpose of the Book is for our instruction in righteousness(2 Ti.3:16).

John Scopes Trial was a mischief where the state would enforce an argument for the wrong reasons. Faith is as personal as man’s iris scan, finger prints or as soul. It can only be administered by individual. By not living by it is as kissing the Holy Bible before the public and kicking it privately. It is what faith without works mean. Walk the talk, man. When such humbug aggrandize today using the name of Jesus and build themselves mega churches and preach prosperity scattering to wind the very core value of Jesus we see the evil; by such misuse their conscience is seared so their Jesus talk is a parody of the real. Pastors speak of suffering as unscriptural forgetting the cross and suffering. Naturally his atonement is falsified or diluted.  When truth can be alternate truth from highest office there are those who accept without murmur. It shows that the very ministers of God would rather leave the Bible misunderstood, a cover for their pursuits of fame and fortune. Have we have had sound bytes from televangelists stoking the controversies,-Creationism, Moral majority, pro-life and the list is endless.

The Bible begins with the sentence, a categorical statement: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. It is in perfect past tense meaning all that therein angels, men, beasts are found therein.

This leads us to the next question. What is time element then? God is omnipresent omnipotent so space and time is zero. The Spirit in order to instruct us has however given it Time (in capitals because it is God’s time) and our earth time is linked to it.

In the last book of the Bible we find names new earth and new heaven. “Behold I make all things new (Re.21:5)” which is said by Jesus Christ. Where God had in one place made a statement we hear it another sense spoken by Jesus. What is this newness one may wonder? Here is God the Son assuring us what his Father had seen in divine Will has been fulfilled by him.

God is one. Invisible God who lives in unapproachable light. Jesus came to the world with a clear mandate (John 3:16). He manifested God and was the image of the Invisible God. He came as Son of man and his death and resurrection opened a way for man to have fellowship with God. So the monotheistic God is seen in Father Son relationship and such a reading is on account of salvation of man. Trinity is as natural as body spirit and soul of man. God though triune is as one in the same manner man though a tripartite being walks as one.

If God willing I shall take up the rest in the next post.

Benny

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