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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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Traditional computers based on silicone-chip store all data as 1s or 0s,.Moore’s Law dictated that computing power would double every two years. Now it is outpaced by quantum computing. These make calculations with entangled particles, or qubits, And it turns out, they’re gaining on ordinary computers at a spookily fast, “doubly exponential rate.” That means that processing power grows by a factor of 2. 2raised to the power of 2 (4), , then 2^2^2 (16), then 2^2^3 (256), then 2^2^4 (65,536), and so on. And it’s all captured by a new law of computing, known as Neven’s Law,

What exactly is Neven’s Law? Named after Hartmut Neven, the director of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at Google who first noticed the phenomenon, the law dictates how quickly quantum processors are improving,

Human laws are meant to go faster than ever before but how far? These are patterned after already existing so how faster our thoughts can travel? God is a spirit meaning that it is charged by Power and Wisdom so intuition is knowledge ,life experience compressed into as with any charged particle given a spin. time and space are rather in the field so when question arises flee or fight, it is answered simultaneously.

Science inform us particles can get entangled and simultaneously charged particles can work as one. So our spirit and soul shall have their meanings set in a different language. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos3:3)” refers to entangled particles one signifying God’s will and the other of man and it shall define faith.

Benny

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(For long traditional Bible teachers have, while interpreting the Bible taken a lopsided view either for Israel or for a church in the mold of modern evangelicalism. It is not Jerusalem but New Jerusalem where there is no Jew or Gentile, bond or free. It is the throne of God and of the Lamb . The holy City of God in eternity is what we have as our Promised Land. Moses leading Israel to the land of Canaan was merely stand-in for Jesus Christ the king of kings and the Lord of Lords leading his Church in which a remnant of Israel as well as the Gentiles shall be included. The Covenant is eternal and it is what we discuss now-b)

“…I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;(v.8)”

In a theological context a covenant is dictated by the intention and observance of what has been stipulated. In the Bible we shall see three entities are called upon in the process.  The term “covenant” is of Latin origin (con venire), meaning a coming together. It presupposes two or more parties as stated before; in this case man and God,-they agree on the Word which is the eternal word of God (Ps.119:89) and is understood as the constitution. So the covenant is very legal.  Here we consider third entity Word as the testimony of God who expressed his Will. ‘That I may dwell among them (man).” So it is a bilateral arrangement into which God is a party. How can any covenant work by its merits where God and man are unequal unless there is a common basis? On what basis a covenant could be said to be workable considering it confers alike on both parties same privileges, and responsibilities? Between men in olden times an oath was sufficient. Between Abimelech, the King of Gerar and Isaac a covenant was established by an oath binding both parties to peace (Ge.26:26-31)

Having introduced the significance of covenant,- it is a covenant by blood which is the basis and gives a logical explanation of the Logos concept. The Word was made flesh (John1:1) and “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (He.9:22)” present before us two ideas which are conflated. Efficacy of the Word and blood satisfy the basic provision of covenant being between bilateral parties. The law and atonement by the Son of man on the cross agree in the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. So there is nothing new but in the manner the will of the Father and the Son fulfilling the provisions thereof. The slain lamb before the worlds began (Re.13:8) is therefore God’s testimony. The lapse in time between intention and fulfillment is on account of human limitations with regards to time- because the Holy Spirit is presenting the Scripture in God’s Time.

In the rest of this chapter what the Prophet offers is the Suffering Servant and as Mediator and as the ensign unto his people. In the v.5 the clause ‘Though Israel be not gathered’ predicts the New Jerusalem in which only a remnant of the House of Israel shall have part. “Behold I and the children which God hath given me(He.2:13) and as sign and wonders (Is.8:17). This agrees with Isaiah and his two sons who were set apart as signs  and it also serves as a kangaroo word for Jesus Christ and the Church. This throws light on the v.6,”….and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth” God did not create the earth in vain but it is to inhabited, desolate places ravage by problem of sin shall still flourish when the glory of the Throne of the Lamb and of God manifest in eternity. The same covenant shall hold true. .

And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength (v.5).

And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;

That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.

10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.

11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.

12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.

13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

14 But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.

15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

17 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.

18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the Lord, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.

19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.

20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.

21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?

22 Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.

23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

25 But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

(Reprinted from Guide To His Word posted on May 2,2019)

Benny

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An electron is a small ball of negative charge that is smaller than an atom. Does it have a shape?
Conjure electrons as charges and it surrounds the nucleus of every atom that determine how chemical reactions proceed. Their uses in industry are abundant: from electronics and welding to imaging and advanced particle accelerators they are the main components of atoms making up the world around us.
As far as physicists currently know, electrons have no internal structure — and thus no shape in the classical meaning of this word. In the modern language of particle physics, which tackles the behavior of objects smaller than an atomic nucleus, the fundamental blocks of matter are continuous fluid-like substances known as “quantum fields” that permeate the whole space around us. In this language, an electron is perceived as a quantum, or a particle, of the “electron field.”
Suppose we treat fields as ‘entities’ in terms of space. Firstly we must adapt our definition of shape so it can be used at incredibly small distances, or in other words, in the realm of quantum physics. It gives us a way to define an electron’s properties such that they mimic how we describe shapes in the classical world. For example a photon striking a needle and deflecting it is a new indication of shape. Its shape is comparable to how we perceive in our macroscopic world the rays of light bouncing off different objects around us. It is a sensation of a fleeting flash but as tangible as inspiration when it can fire up another Hafiz or Keats who composed Ode to a Nightingale after hearing the bird. Yes one can dash out a couplet of exquisite beaut or see visions. When it happens it is not merely quantum field but the whole being has had a transcendental experience, which is other worldly to put it baldly. Simply put, we define shapes by seeing how objects react when we shine light onto them and when we are moved with its sensation to find meanings that were never thought up before it is truth. The Ode to the Nightingale has its own truth to which only the poet is the sole arbiter. Its enduring quality derives from it

What replaces the concept of shape in the micro world? Since light is nothing but a combination of oscillating electric and magnetic fields, it would be useful to define quantum properties of an electron that carry information about how it responds to applied electric and magnetic fields. Having said this when we walk on cloud number nine or shuffle our feet as though dragged down by some oppressive mood is how we we respond to space about us.
When I say I can feel presence of God who shall define my space, or its extent or what I can subjectively vouch as true?
Benny

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There are many ways to turn one hour
In millions of vexations,
Paring nano-seconds in their nexus
And never knowing the loss:
My oneness is all set and complete
Past telling points of man-made laws:
Go west, for what I ask myself
And it avails neither
With east, south or north.
There are many ways to turn one life
In millions of pretenses,
Each one more bizarre to fit the hour
And never knowing the loss:
My oneness is all set and complete
And sound hollow to fit customs of men:
Go west, for what I ask myself
And it avails neither
With east, south or north:
My soul is drawn from One True Silence
And everything else is jingle
The motley crew of fools may worship
As many gods, but I remain aloof.
Benny

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Human cells make up only 43% of the body’s total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists. It is a micro-biome that includes bacteria, viruses, fungi and single-celled archaea. The human genome – the full set of genetic instructions for a human being – is made up of 20,000 instructions called genes. But add all the genes in our micro-biome together and the figure comes out at between two million and 20 million microbial genes. It’s known as the second genome and is linked to diseases including allergy, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, Parkinson’s, whether cancer drugs work and even depression and autism. I included this piece of news from the field of Science to show what we call human where boundaries are fluidal; and our rational thinking is neither open and shut nor complete as we would like to believe. We rationalize at one on impulses that no one can tell where it has begun or it will end. As evidence of it we have conscious and unconscious halves that our brain represents. It is in our inability the matter of faith for a Christian draws certainty. We are not making assertion on blind trust of our abstract thinking or in what we observe as a world outside. We are neither in control of one nor other to be correct.

When the Bible asserts, ’God created the heaven and the earth’ we believe it as true. Considering man in terms of biology is composite we can infer from the statement ‘And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of his life…(Ge.2:7)’. His living soul is bequeathed by courtesy of God and material body in the light of earlier statement of the earth. Consider dust as a catch-all for micro-biome. In the light of the facts supplied by the Scripture and Science do we see heaven and earth as separate or as one? Our faculties operate for which what instructions are set in us owe to God as well as to our forefathers. Thus faith is not what we employ by our reason but sound reasoning when it has a transcendental quality of a high authority, as it were. It always shall transcend merely what our human side informs. Patriarch Abraham would not have left Haran merely because there were series of migration at that time to the land of Canaan. He believed when God prompted him to leave his kith and kin. “ …Also He hath set the world in their hearts so that no man can find out the work that maketh from the beginning to the end.(Eccl.3:11)”The opening verse of the Book of Genesis, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” means exactly what it says.
Benny

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“For he(Abraham) looked for a city…whose builder and maker is God (He.11:10).”

Man makes his city of habitation. In the verse quoted here above, we find a city made by God is mentioned. Throughout the Scripture we shall note a parallelism existing between heaven and the earth. Man builds a city one of the earliest mentioned is the one founded by Cain whose credentials ought to give us the quality of it. Cain settled in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden (Ge.4:16) and built a city and called it after the name of his son. It is no different from Alexandria or Constantinople to commemorate famous people. Leaving the presence of God one can imagine the city founded by him and the kind of people who would have settled there. The cities of habitation are all alike. Man creates cities and brings many to dwell in company; slowly number of people swells necessitating city limits to extend further. If the created in turn drive the creator to fall in a pattern, that is what urban dwelling would mean, are they not slaves to custom or habit brought upon themselves? Look at any city and the frenetic pace of their daily routine to understand this truism. Their urbanity and way of life go against the nature of things. Longer hours and living on caffeine or strong spirits, commuting to and from, all the while racing against time and missed deadlines it is what means to be upward mobile city dweller. Haran in the time of Patriarch was indeed a commercially thriving city as New York today. Situated on the high road, which ran from Nineveh to Carchemish its importance increased by proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. When God called out Abraham he was leaving his comfort zone, he ‘went out not knowing whither he went.’ The city of Haran is a shadow of city, which exists in heaven and we read that in eternity shall be called holy. In a vision Apostle John saw the holy city coming down from heaven. This parallelism existing between heaven and the earth can only be bridged by the article of faith. It is how we need take the whole narrative and several of symbols provided therein.

Law of Moses provided for cities of refuge in which God set apart six such cities, three of which were on the west and the other on the east of Jordan (Josh.20:7). Spiritual significance of crossing the river of Jordan is well known. For our present intent and purpose we may see such parallelism is not any coincidence but for our spiritual understanding. Under the old covenant these were for set apart for those who had shed blood unintentionally and as a place for refuge. Christ is our refuge to which the writer to the Hebrews alludes thus: “Let us go therefore unto him, without the camp bearing his reproach (He.13:12).” Jesus took away our reproach being made a curse for us and he hung on a cross was predicted by the brazen serpent on a pole. (Gal.3:13). The city is Jesus Christ and when we speak of being hid in Christ and abiding in him its spiritual significance is obvious. Like Abraham it is the ‘place where we should after receive for an inheritance’. This life in a limbo is life of faith. If we live in the most wonderful city the dictum by which we live shall be to place ourselves above. “…All things are lawful for me, but all things edify not (1 Co.10:23).”
Coming back to the Promised Land God commanded Moses to set apart three cities of refuge (Deut.4:41-43) and Joshua set apart three cities on the other side of the River Jordan. Having discussed the role of Jesus Christ as our refuge we may consider the probable significance of the words, “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you (Jn.14:2).” Also significance is the context in which he conveyed this piece of news to his disciples. His time on earth was drawing near. He had already promised them a kingdom (Lk.12:32) so his mentioning of many mansions is a mystery only known to the Father. So we shall leave all conjectures over them as a sealed book to us. Joshua meaning Jehovah is salvation is same as the Hellenized form of the name Jesus.

(Reprinted from Guide To His Word of July17,2018)
Benny

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