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Once Jesus was among a crowd in which a woman suffering from an issue of blood for 12 years was present. In order to be healed she leaned out and touched the hem of his cloak. Immediately He knew it for he said, “…Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me (Lk.8:46)”. Here we have the nature of faith. Jesus assured her in the end, ‘Thy faith hath made thee whole…’       Jesus as the Word had no quarrel with it. So he tells her ‘Go in peace (v.48).’ Faith is called the ‘invisible controls’ of the Law. There is only one Law as there is only one God and one faith (Ep.4:5).

50 Day 1

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (1 John 5:4)”. Truth is what is consistent before which the world is as contrary as light from darkness is. John 3:16 speaks of a world in darkness. Jesus came to save all those who would be saved from it.

50 Day 3

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear (He.11:3)”. Creative faith of God is expression of the Law where physical laws are enforceable. Power and Wisdom naturally impress this truth so whether dark matter gathers the debris from death of stars to form clumps, and in course of time to form protoplanets or any other is immaterial. Faith inherent in ‘invisible controls’ render every atom with integrity so it is matter plus.

50 Day 4

When you touch a hot surface, say while holding a cup of tea, you’re feeling movement of atoms, creating thermal energy along the surface. It has travelled from water and to the surface and your hand feels it, the sensation of billions of atoms banging together. Tiny vibrations relentless in their movement are natural consequence of heat and sense of touch already registered it in your consciousness as heat. It is a sort of communication between matter and you. Similarly heat can also move across space as waves of radiation, and it is precisely how the sun does it.

Faith is inbuilt the invisible control of the Law in material universe including on man. ‘Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Ro.10:17)’

(Excerpt from Christian Living- a work under progress-benny)

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God breathed into the nostrils of Adam. This spirit gives him a free will. He was set in the garden to keep it and conduct himself as His steward. He forbade him from eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. By warning him the consequence of disobedience God let him use his discretion. God trusted him with names of His creation. Breath of God was intended as a medium for faith as well.

Faith of Adam is shown to have taken root well from God’s breath. It is revealed at the creation of Eve. Adam would had no knowledge as to what transpired in his deep sleep but when God brought Eve before him it was evident. “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man./ And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh…” (Ge.2:22-23)

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This is an excerpt from a book I am currently busy with. More or less it reflects my life in some 365 entries,- where all that I read observed and lived through in some seven decades, are put down as a Daybook-benny)

 

36 Day 5

 

God sent His only begotten Son to the world (John 3:16) in order lead us into his light. His testimony agrees in these three: ‘And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one (1 John 5:8)’. Under the hand of John he received baptism to indicate his humanity. As a sign the spirit came like a dove descending and sat on him. On the cross his side pierced drew blood. Thus his humanity and deity have been established. He is indeed the firstborn from the dead.

 

36 Day 6

 

The Holy Spirit in keeping with the Father Son relationship, sets this: ‘Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool (Is.66:1).’ When Son finally fulfills His will we have the earth in heavenly places. The vision of four living creatures and the seven Spirits like seven lamps are set about the throne. (Re.4:3-8) indicate a mode of inversion. By death and resurrection of Jesus Christ it is the new earth that is our eternity.

 

36 Day 7

 

The Seven lamps that St John saw in his vision serve as a memorial. He makes spirit his angels (Ps.104:4) and we see several instances where they are sent to minister unto man. The angel waking up Elijah is one such. He strengthened the great prophet to go to Horeb where God had a message for him. Similarly when Jesus was in agony in the garden and a ministering angel attended to him. Between God and man there has been a highway so he has been always surrounded by the angel of his presence.

The Spirit makes the rock from which the Israel drank from as the Spiritual Rock that followed them. In spiritual parlance natural objects are invested with glory of God that is not in themselves but under whose hand it is set there.

Bread from heaven by the same token is not manna but the Son who came from his Father. In short what is the glory of God? It is the Son whose gospel made the earth double in for the heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From whence did the controversy of Creationism v. Darwinism originate? The Spirit has scattered clues around in the Scripture with regard to time scale applied. Some events occur in heaven and some are historical and some are set in a narrative mode peculiar to the Bible. So there would be shifts in viewpoints as evident in the Book of Job or in the Book of the Revelation. Satan appearing before God in the former, for instance is far removed from earth time. We read of another scale for example “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day(2 Pe.3:8-NIV)”.

The Holy Spirit gives an account of the creation calendar and in the chapter 2 he recaps it thus: “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens(2:4)”, He balances the generations of heavens and the earth with the day. It is clear that the day of the Lord is not single day of 24 hours (as we know it) but a period corresponding to the scale we found in the quote from St Peter.  The theology cobbled by scholarship of literary minds is far off the mark as would if one were to look for geographical landmarks of the earth while pictures are thermal imaging of the same. The Holy Spirit has set down the narrative where significance is on instruction in righteousness. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work(2 Ti.3:16-17-NIV).

The Bible is God document. The Spirit has organized the will of the Father and how the Son shall fulfill it. The Word was with God meaning that the word of God is eternal word the everlasting covenant to which the laws of Moses, are subservient. In short the way to understand is to compare the spiritual things with spiritual. God is Spirit. God being omnipresent does not require space and time as such. The Spirit for our benefit has set down the narrative on a time which is God’s Time. So those who try to predict dooms day are bound to fail.

Consider the sovereignty of God built upon the eternal word. It is the constitution of God. When God touched the mouth of young Jeremiah it had removed all his doubts concerning his age. He was equipped to be his prophet. Here is the relevant passage. “Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth ( Je.1:9).”  Similarly God has fashioned from the ground body of man that only goes for our physical bodies. His breath into the nostrils of Adam as the Spirit puts it has set the impulse, the spirit of understanding. A living body and a living soul are two variable speeds set on single center and it is what inner man signifies. The word sweeter than honey and it is within our very being. It is what truth written in our hearts means. It connects in some fundamental ways God’s kingdom with our being. So faith is not what we bring from elsewhere. Psalm139 is a testimony of the Power and Wisdom of God. In vv.11-18 the Psalmist pours out his wonder which goes right into the center of creative faith of God. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear (He.11:3)”.When we speak of mind which is neither here nor there in terms of physiology our thoughts finding home must be attributed to God.

Faith is the nail that drives man so the eternal word of God works from within without the aid of our sensory inputs. Our faith is not a matter dependent on direct experience or physical contours of a world that we live in. Death reveals vanity of molding faith accordingly.   “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well”.Truth written in our inward parts for instance challenges us to decipher either in terms of time element or life element our lives separate from what has been determined by God. “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s(1 Co.6:20).” When God the Son shed His blood on the cross our salvation came from faith and from God. What does it mean? Your life has been rolled back to the eternal word as well as moved forward to eternity. You are deemed a new creation.”He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end (Ec.3:11)”.

Benny

 

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The Bible as God document has primary purpose to reveal the Name of God and his holiness. In practical terms a term as ‘God-breathed’ when applied to Scripture places the eternal word as the revealed word. So the narration includes the angels announcing events for example the angel who appeared to Mary; persons Melchizedek, Moses and Jesus for instance embody the weight of the word by appropriate actions while Adam, King Saul delineate consequences disobeying the word are for the benefit of any one who approaches the Bible for their lesson; significance of the word covers the entire spectrum of human experience and beyond so perfection that God desires has a range more than physical world demands from man. The word being forever settled in heaven(Ps.119:89),  fellowship of God with man is with view to equip him for eternity. So whatever man may know of God can only known on the revealed word. It is what the Holy Spirit has set down in human speech in the Bible. Hebrew, Greek or Malayalam are all alike and Holiness of the Holy Bible is inviolable for the simple reason that it is God document. The Spirit states God is Holy.

Secondary purpose the Spirit has set before us is to treat the revealed Word as inerrant and for our instruction in righteousness.  St Peter inspired by God tells us, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy./17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:(1 Pe.1:15-17)”. It is God who has called us out. One may receive it in literal sense as we take words of advise from our contemporaries. Since it is Holy God who has called us it is rather a commentary on our level of understanding if we respond to it with reverence. God is a Spirit so by going behind the literal sense  and find its spiritual significance shows a spiritual person. The Jewish nation observed the laws without being enlightened about the Holiness of God. ”Be ye holy in all manner of conversation’  is not simply words of advise but it is imperative to grow in maturity by living therein. Therefore the Psalmist says, “Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them(v.129)”.

130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

Benny

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Continuing from the previous post the Bible as God document gives us a clear idea of our standing with the creator God. It is not in manner anyone may say as distinct as a physical reality. God is a Spirit and we are flesh and blood having a form each different from another. So what is the connection?

What is the reality of a cup but its hollow? The form is only a means but its essence is in its confines. Similarly each of us carries an unseen world, reality of which is infinite Our thoughts and dreams do tell something more than physical reality that envelops us. The Bible being God breathed the words written by holy men of old, is God’s will and his ways set in human speech. It leaves however a certain hint of the Being which as the Creator of the heaven and earth yields to our power of abstract thinking. God is Love and he is Righteous  are many such aspects that we can relate to.

Darwin did not arrive at the theory of evolution singly. Simultaneously Arthur Wallace Russel also was busy formulating a theory very similar in another part of the world. They observed and arrived at their conclusions on the shoulders of wise men and their own conclusions. Apart from intellectually plausible, nevertheless ideas they had proof supporting their suppositions. So hard evidence also make their ideas hold up. By the same token God also has revealed himself as ideas and from hard evidence. Whatever one may know of God has to have a sound basis and it must be truth. Faith is one such area that man can accept it as the truth. Thus love of God the Father we speak having understood the nature of love from our human parent. Love of God we relate from our own earthly measure but we lifted ourselves beyond our comfort zone in order to please God is living an idea and believe in it. Turning the other cheek is not normal human response but when take an example from the manner Jesus Christ we put faith in our working clothes. By the same token when we have injured others by our words and actions we respond in a manner we have not thought before. We relate to God on the basis  of his Son. Jesus Christ coming to the world as Son of man is a benchmark to live up to. So faith is the lingua franca between realities of heaven and the earth. Faith without works cannot please God.

The book of life for the above reason explains the nature of God from the life of Jesus Christ who in fulfillment of many prophecies came to live among men. From many witnesses we may be sure it was indeed so. From the beginning till the last book what we find in the Bible is about him as the Prince of life. Science allows man from careful study of evidence of fossils, climate conditions through passage of time, to present a sound case for evolutionary theory. Whereas the Bible being God document is not about ethnography or sciences that man can satisfy his rational inquiry into his origin. The Spirit on the other hand presents a  case for reconciling heaven and the earth from God’s standpoint for his instruction. So Adam and Eve are to be understood in terms of making God’s Will and considering the nature of flesh has provided whatever necessary remedies that shall establish a single standard man can meet the righteousness of God.

The Spirit in organizing the will of the Invisible God and Jesus Christ as only begotten Son’ sent to the world and he has fulfilled them takes much of the Book. Thus when the Spirit states God created the earth and the heaven, it refers to the mind of  God. The Spirit refers to the time ‘In the beginning’ marking Time according to God’s calendar.  Parallel to it is how God the Son set out to fulfill it. According to the promise of God who shall receive all those who lived and kept their faith shall be part of the earth and heaven thereby ushering the Salvation  Plan of God has been fulfilled. The Spirit marks it as ‘the end times.’ In the beginning and end times are tags used by the Spirit and it is a clue for the reader not to approach it from earth time. For example here is a verse, “ But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law(Gal.4:4).” This fulness of time was determined by God and we can say that it was at the time to which the Gospels refer.

The Spirit creates parallelism from actions of God. God breathed into the nostrils of Adam and it made him a living soul. We see Jesus before his ascension breathed on the disciples. “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:(John 20:22)

(To be continued)

Benny

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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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