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Scientists have decoded the secrets behind a goldfish’s ability to survive in ice-covered lakes.

While humans and most vertebrates die in a few minutes without oxygen, these fish are able to survive for months in icy conditions in ponds and lakes in northern Europe.

Researchers have now uncovered the molecular mechanism behind this ability.

In most animals there is a single set of proteins that channel carbohydrates towards the mitochondria, which are the power packs of cells.

In the absence of oxygen, the consumption of carbohydrates generates lactic acid, which the goldfish can’t get rid of and which kills them in minutes.

Luckily, these fish have evolved a second set of proteins that take over in the absence of oxygen and convert the lactic acid to alcohol, which can then be dispersed through the gills.”The second pathway is only activated through lack of oxygen,” author Dr Michael Berenbrink from the University of Liverpool, UK, told BBC News.

In order to understand this survival strategy let us look how mitochondria came into our cells. Billions of years ago these were free organisms but they struck a deal with the cells. When these evolved into multicellular organisms these did not break off association with mitochondria because it was a useful association. Each of our cells do have them, tiny factories where they combine molecular oxygen with food we ingest in order to convert it into energy. We have some trillions of them working as though one! What drove each into the others arm eons ago? Creative power of God is the timelessness that envelops our concept of time. Once we accessed to this power, the wisdom was in evolving into what we call ourselves Homo sapiens!

Thus the gold fishes can turn lactic acid in their bodies into alcohol, as a means of staying alive. Scientists have known about the peculiar survival abilities of goldfish and their wild relatives, crucian carp, since the 1980s.

“The ice cover closes them off from the air, so when the pond is ice-covered the fish consumes all the oxygen and then it switches over to the alcohol.”

The longer they are in freezing, airless conditions the higher the alcohol levels in the fish become. Despite the fact that the fish are literally filled to the gills with alcohol, it’s not the drink that kills them. If the winter lasts too long, they run out of fuel that’s stored in their livers and die.

The researchers say there are some very important lessons to be learned about evolutionary adaptation that produces a duplicate set of genes that allows the species to maintain their original function but also to keep the back-up set if it also delivers useful function.

What caused mitochondria go into partnership with the cells? Evolution presupposes economy and when we speak of brain it is basically the nerve net of jelly fish and reptilian brain of lizards some 600 million years ago. In such partnerships evolution has specific scaffolding of power and wisdom of God to develop. Ignoramuses fight tooth and nail for Creationism or for Evolution without bothering to know full facts. Science without giving ‘why’ is limited in scope.

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“The ethanol production allows the crucian carp to be the only fish species surviving and exploiting these harsh environments, thereby avoiding competition and escaping predation by other fish species with which they normally interact in better oxygenated waters,” said lead author Dr Cathrine Elisabeth Fagernes, from the University of Oslo, Norway.

“It’s no wonder then that the crucian carp’s cousin, the goldfish, is arguably one of the most resilient pets under human care.”

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Chinese scientists say they have “teleported” a photon particle from the ground to a satellite orbiting 1,400km (870 miles) away.

How does it work?

Simply put, teleportation is transmitting the state of a thing rather than sending the thing itself.

Some physicists give the example of a fax machine – it sends information about the marks on a piece of paper rather than the paper itself. The receiving fax machine gets the information and applies it to raw material in the form of paper that is already there.

When we read a novel we are making sense of what words of the author convey than actually see the word transform into the author’s mind. The mind may have chosen certain patterns of words since it adds to the emotional sense he wants to create. Personality of the author has already chosen them for him. The man who reads the novel has his own say in the matter, and accordingly rather than reading words rigorously (with regards to the author’s personal preferences and rationale in shaping the narrative) he makes sense of the literary space he is comfortable with.

Our mind acts somewhat like receiving fax machine makes sense of what we read. While in India my understanding of Bret Harte and Jack London stories held a certain vagueness. For a dude having lived in the kind of milieu and climate how he will make of it naturally would be closer to the real thing.

The Bible is written by inspiration of God. Inspiration of God is not lost but words in the Scripture in transmission can be misunderstood or make weak impression. The reader of the Bible requires the self-same inspiration in order to change his scepticism. His mind-set is often shaped by his cultural background and unbelieving society.

Marginalia in 2 vol. A concise guide to the Bible

Author: Benny Thomas, the Netherlands

Tags: inerrancy, sound doctrines, Faith,

 

Paperback:

Vol.1 148 pages  priced $7.00

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The selection from my work Marginalia explains the nature of God. Does Monotheism or Trinity explain the Lord God truthfully? Why controversy over God whom no one can see (but evidence of Him is so abundantly given throughout the Scripture) if Truth would not change the worshipper to do His commandments with all his heart and mind?. The reason is simple: each faction having presupposed the divine Nature simply want him proved right. Whose glory is on the line here mine or of God?-b  

“Let us now take up the nature of the Trinity.

Think of the Oneness of God as one whole. Why it should yield to the scrutiny of man is not so much as man is well served by the scriptures with regards to his Holiness, the Power and Wisdom. The ‪Trinity testifies the Oneness of God, each supplying necessary details to the whole while the whole in turn testifies these narratives as Truth.

We have in the Bible a few references as to the Lord God. God is a spirit (Jn.4:24). One quality of the spirit is that it can move like the wind (Jn.3:8); similarly nature of fire holds a mysterious quality both of which we can consider to our profit in order to understand the Trinity. The Lord God is a consuming fire (He.12:29). Air and Fire,- both elements we associate with God and yet there is no form that we can hold on to. The Spirit in elucidating the triune God however gives each a recognizable sign. In order to reveal God’s Jealousy we have this instance when the two sons of Aaron are punished (Le.10:1-2). What was their offense? They offered strange fire, which He commanded them not. Swift came their punishment. It brings to our remembrance the warning of the writer to the Hebrews, ‘…Holiness without which no man shall see the Lord (He.12:14).’ Purifying nature of fire being synonymous with holiness the Holy Spirit gives a symbolic value to the aspect of the Trinity.

We read God revealing himself to Abraham as well as to Moses. The presence of God is signified as a burning lamp passing between the animals Abram offered. Also significant is the passage where God was specific as to how it was to presented to him (Ge.15:9). In the burning bush that consumed not we see another manner by which His presence is indicated. Unlike the fire that consumed Nadab and Abihu we see the triune presence of God is associated by the symbol of fire. There is no indication of it being made by human hands. In contrast to this the fourth Man in the fiery furnace is made of man. Subtlety with which the Son of man is presented there is a fitting commentary of God who became man so as to understand various fiery situations we are sometime subjected in our everyday situations.

God is given a shape in the pillar of fire and cloud by day that led the children of Israel in the wilderness. Similarly in the vision of Ezekiel we see the great cloud and a great fire infolding itself,(Ez.1:4).’

In the New Testament God the spirit is given a symbol and a recognizable form as cloven tongues of fire and ‘it sat upon each of them(Ac.2:3)’. God the Spirit while presenting the God document makes a clear distinction in his characteristic style, delineating the personality of each office in the Trinity. The Oneness of the Lord God and those of the Triune God have self same essence while each in their operation quality is distinct.

 

God the Spirit puts both narratives from God the Father and from God the Son into a format where abstract ideas of divine Essence are rendered concrete in the Person and Deity of Jesus Christ. Truth is preserved. (Jn.1: 1)

Does Holy Spirit change the significance of the Will in reorganizing the Scriptural narrative? We shall see from two verses quoted here below which concerns the Holy Spirit. Jesus said ‘Wherefore I say unto you…but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven..’(Mt.12: 31) It is evident from the quote that it is the testimony of God, the Son.

The same verse is similarly repeated which is the divine Will expressed. It is not without significance that view of the Holy Spirit is skipped. We have the testimony of Jesus for it that he ’… shall not speak of himself…’ (Jn.16: 33,8:17) Internal evidence proves the veracity of the Word as set down by Holy Spirit.”

(Selected from Chapter-8 Role of the Spirit/ Marginalia- vol.II

 

Vol.1 148 pages  priced $7.00

Vol-2  265 pages   $14.25

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120 pages $3.85 vol-2 200 pages $5.06  Amazon/Kobo/Barnes&Noble/google play, Apple i-book etc.,

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God as Omnipresent and Omnipotent. His sovereignty over the earth is evident in his creation.

The river from Eden branching into four heads (Ge.2:10) is an illustration. The creation account clearly states that God had not caused it to rain upon the earth (vs.5). The Spirit clues us that not natural causes but God is the Prime Mover. We read in the last book of the Bible :there was ‘a pure river of water of life proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb(Re.22:1)’ and it goes like straight as an arrow. The river from Eden forms four heads compassing different lands.

The number four has significance to which I shall come by and by.

God sets his Will in a series chains of events where man and his actions do count. Adam’s disobedience in eating of the fruit informs us nature is also a component or divine instrument. ‘Cursed is the ground for thy sake.’ Weirder climate and one-percenters of today did not spring out of nothing but are the result of accumulated effect of chains of cause and effect.

In fulfilling divine Will nations of the world are the living canvass wherein man is placed and chains of events are the means to build up his faith or correct him. His individual life shall bear the lights and shadows cast by the immediate context in which he is placed. The example of Ruth amply bears out this truism. During the time the Judges ruled Israel there was a famine. Although Ruth being a Moabite and outside the promise of God made to the House of Israel, she was predestined to glory. She is the matriarch from whose womb the Messianic Promise would stream forth.

The eternal verity of Mercy is unchangeable but His authority is affixed in the many chains of events, too complex for any man to control. In its working we only need compare the role of volcanoes. These are upheavals of the earth causing many hiccups but renewing the face of the earth. God’s sovereignty assures His children the greatest good not according to any time frame of man but in his Time. Sorrows are like the birth pangs a woman undergoes before the birth never thought of once she holds the baby to her bosom. A child of God bonded with God through the redemptive work of the Son never need concern of whatever happens. Ruth suffered her share of misfortunes but when God had put these under the heading of Mercy her case was unlike anything that she had imagined. What does Isaiah say? “Sing, O barren that thou didst not bear;… (Is.54:1)

In the Will of God nothing is created for itself. The earth is not singly created but in context of the heaven. If we examine the earth in detail we shall see the Lord God first set up whatever appurtenances needful for the wellbeing of Adam.

Mathematics and counting of numbers hold relevance only for man. The Alien shall have his own system of counting. When the Spirit uses numbers it with the intent of sharing the divine Will in a manner man can find use for. So what is the significance of the number 4? In the Book of Zechariah we read of four chariots (Zec.6:1) four artisans, four horns(1:18,21) These are instruments appointed by God. It is clear from so many clues how God establishes his sovereignty of history of nations.

This is adapted and modified for this blog.

Marginalia, a concise guide to the Bible is available in print and as e-book/Kindle from Amazon.com

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Marginalia in in two volumes is available as e book/kindle version.

First volume has 112 pages and priced at $3.99

Second volume has 200 pages and priced at $5.99

For those who love the word of God the author has set down a key to the mystery of the divine Will. If these revelations  are indeed from the Holy Spirit or of man is for the reader to determine. In whatever case the author has merely served as the human agency to bear testimony of the Word forever settled in heaven.

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(Here I am posting an excerpt from my third book which is under way. In two months I hope to complete the first draft-b)

Kingdom of God

 

 

“The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all (Ps.103:19)”

 

‘The Lord hath prepared his throne…’ The expression ‘his throne in the heavens’ is not as simple as it would seem. Heaven itself is his throne. This is what we read in the book of Isaiah, ‘Heaven is my throne…(Is.66:1-NIV).’ A question arises then as to why mention a throne at all? The most satisfactory explanation would be that King David predicted it as a throne of Judgment as distinct from his habitation. “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away…(Re.20:11)” When we study the Word we find several instances in which the Spirit isolates a specific object from the whole, like a tissue sample as it were, and gives it certain treatment in order to explain spiritual commentary on the whole. Adam and Eve in the Garden is one; another instance is the collapse of the building project on the plains of Shinar, which is called the Tower of Babel. The Spirit first reveals physical lineaments be it a garden or a ziggurat in order to enlighten us the underlying spiritual aspects of each in relation to the whole. Firstly we need approach it as a specific feature say the Garden of Eden and as such it is representational in nature. Secondly wherever the Spirit gives physical objects his focus there shall also be a spiritual basis found. Consequently the episode of Adam and Eve represents mankind elsewhere. Their fall has a spiritual basis and it makes the whole culpable as well; similarly the wellspring of pride, the motivating factor in the undertaking of such gigantic scale can be traced to the revolt of angels who left their first estate. The Spirit while casting light on events occurring on the earth switches to heaven. When such shunting occurs repeatedly we need understand the intent of the Spirit.

In order to get the best of our study from the book of Revelation we need to understand this principle of inversion. This is drawn from music: the process of reversing the relative positions of the notes of a musical interval, chord, or phrase. In another book we had explained inversion in a mode, an example for which we have this quote from our Lord Jesus Christ. “So the last will be first, and the first will be last (Mt.20:16-NIV).” Spirit bases it in on a well-established principle in that man who relies on his own wisdom resists the wisdom from above which is free. Before God he is last in estimation. All honour and glory be to God, Amen. The Spirit organizes the narrative therefore according to the mind of God and in the manner the Son of man fulfilled it. The theological term of emptying process ‘kenosis’ by which God the Son became flesh is but an example.

 

Coming back to the key verse the throne is an inversion of the whole heavens. The spiritual significance therefore is not in the throne itself but as a symbol for the sovereignty of God. As the sweet psalmist of Israel writes, ‘his kingdom ruleth over all.’

From the creation account to the last book the Spirit belabours this truth for our understanding. Take for example the dream of Nebuchadnezzar: the stone that smote the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth (Dan.2:35). Physical objects like rock or throne in the Spirit’s usage carries spiritual significance as well. Jesus Christ is the spiritual rock; he proved to be the stone of stumbling for his nation; and he also is the rock upon which his church is being founded. And this foundation is in heaven. In the book of Daniel the rock represents the kingdom of his dear Son that fills the earth (Col.1:13). If articles double for spiritual counterweight what we are to make of the vision of the seven golden lampstands? The Spirit in setting forth the testimony of Jesus Christ elucidates the mystery of the stars in his hand and the lampstand as follows, “The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches…(Re.1:20). Churches are watched over by angels; so are kingdoms of the earth. If such angels are pressed in service for the Lord God it is equally conceivable that cohorts of Satan shall work behind the kingdoms of the earth where God is not worshiped. In the book of Daniel we read that ‘the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me …but lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me…(Dan.10:13) If the heaven represents throne of God and the earth his foot stool what are these angels but under the sovereignty of God? We shall come to it by and by.

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(This is an excerpt from my book Marginalia, a Concise Guide to the Bible- amended)

Numbers:

In Bible numbers have many uses. We see it used for rhetorical purposes. ’For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof…(Am.1: 4).This is not what we shall discuss here. Nor are we seeking any mystical system that owes to the School of Pythagoras.

Then what are numbers for? The Holy Spirit communicating with man uses mathematical concept that he can well understand. These in the Spiritual parlance are often used as symbols. We shall see the Spirit tagging ministry and fulfillment of deeds wrought through human agencies  with corresponding numbers.

Miracle of multiplying loaves:

When we examine the miracle of Jesus feeding the multitude we find that the fragments that remained were twelve baskets full (Mt.14:20).This seemingly minor detail is repeated in all the four gospels.(Jn.6:13;Lk.9:17). In the gospel of St. Mark we read the fragments of the fishes were also part of these 12 baskets (Mk.6:43). One may wonder if frugality of saving food items that are noted for their perishability is so significant to find mention in synoptic gospels? This has however a deep spiritual significance. Our free will offerings are precious in the Lord’s sight. Testimony of the Son of man in feeding the multitude was a testimony noted in heaven as well!

In the twelve stones that Joshua placed in the River Jordan where the feet of the priests bearing the ark stood, also the Holy Spirit places similar emphasis. It is an everlasting memorial. Our service to the Lord nothing of it shall be lost and death cannot dispel its sweet savour (Ro.12:1).

The numbers are used to represent specific groups. These groups also carry theological significance.

Jesus chose twelve disciples who were to spread the gospel about the kingdom of heaven among the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Later we read that he went to preach in their cities as well(Mt.11:1). Even after Judas betrayed him and forfeited his place among them we read that a substitute was found by so the number twelve remained intact. The number 12 designates the Son. ( In brackets I shall give what is to be taken with caution:  One is  God 1+2: 3 trinity and 12 the Son as reconciliation principle.)

It is the designated number for God the Son on the earth. The number is as significant as the Almighty God is symbolized by One. (Ac.1:29). Also interesting to note is the fact all the disciples gathered in the upper room on that occasion were twelve tens,-one hundred and twenty. Ministry of Jesus as the Son of man represented kingdom of heaven. He was sent by his Father for a specific purpose (Jn.3:16). His father represented the Kingdom of God into which his own kingdom must be subsumed at a later date.

Multiples of twelve bear a theological tag on the earth as well as in the City of God. Such groups of 12 in multiples of ten designate the City of God. It is not difficult to understand the significance of an hundred forty and four thousand that stood with the Lamb on the mount of Sion (Re.14:1). They were redeemed from the earth for the Kingdom of God. The symbolism of the mount, lamb and number adds to our understanding. In the new earth and the new heaven we have the city of God and the scale is given as “according to the measure of a man, that is of the angel Re.21:17” Needless to say the man is like angels in resurrection Mt.22:30)

The number 4 is the tag that connects divine intervention over the history of nations. In the Book of Zechariah we have a sign of 4 carpenters who were sent ‘to fray them (the horns)…to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it(Zech.1:21).’ In another place an angel from the Lord reveals four chariots to the prophet, who asks him what do they represent. They are four spirits of the heavens that stand before the Lord of hosts. “Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts… he(the Branch) shall build the temple of the Lord(Zech.6:12-13). We get a telescoping view of the nations of the world being pressed into the temple-building to which Jesus Christ is the head(Zech.6:15). The number signifies cardinal directions which are echoed in the heavenly host that serve the Lord God(Re.4:2-3). Also noteworthy are the four beasts that are placed there to praise the Lord God Almighty without ceasing.

Thus we may conclude the number 4 speak of heavenly agencies who either stand as a memorial before the Lord or as enforcers of the God of hosts.

This number also refers to the manner the tribes camped during their wanderings in the wilderness. In the book of Numbers thy were to pitch their tents in their designated places about the tribe of Levi (Nu.2:17). Again we see the number 4 applied to angels who stood on the corners of the earth.(Re.7:1) The beasts and the elders are tagged by the number to indicate sovereignty of God over the earth and the fullness thereof. They are memorial unto God representing man and the creatures of the earth.

In the Book of Apocalypse we read of the 24 elders which are 6 groups of 4 each and their roles are different from the twelve apostles or the tribes of Israel.

Let us turn our attention from apostles to another group of seventy. The same number we first read as the elders upon whom God distributed some of the spirit resting on Moses (Nu.11:24)

In the gospel of St. Luke we read that Jesus appointed as a second wave seventy other disciples whom he sent two by two and their message was specific: the Kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.(Lu.10:1,9).

Perfect Atonement

On one occasion Jesus fed a crowd of four thousand. We read of that what was remaining filled seven baskets( Mt.15:32-38; Mk.8:1-9).An interesting point to note is that the number of baskets same as the number of loaves offered to Jesus. In his rebuke of his disciples for their lack of understanding (Mk.8:16-21) we may infer that there is more to it than simple telling of a miracle. Seven is perfection associated with God. And he (God) rested on the seventh day from all his work… (Ge.2: 2). The seven in this case symbolizes his broken body on the cross, the perfect atonement he could offer us. (This is reprinted from my blog Guide to His Word-selected)

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