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What came first: chicken or egg? It is a conundrum that has cracked many a head and the egg is still there for any smart Alec to test his wit. Tell a child one way or the other and he (not in an exclusive sense) shall believe you. The child’s faith comes from who is telling and not from the problem it poses. He shall come to it when his intellect is sharp enough. Are we not similarly placed?
The expression, ‘Out of the mouth of the babes’ indicates all the potential a babe holds, where his perception,-consequently point of view, latches on and how it shall undergo shifts every step of the way whether it has an end or not, no other can plumb. Considering no two person can ever match thoroughly can either lead to Us and Them or be grateful for the difference. It is how we express our middle state. Only God is eternal whose Power and Wisdom are altogether of a different quality. This brings to the topic: Is not faith the natural response in homo sapiens? But from experience we see how man is a commodity to be taken advantage whether it be Facebook or in politics. This explains the fallen state of man and not God.

One safe guide for any student of the Bible is to hold its inerrancy as self-evident. Consider the word as the constitution not written with hands but as testimony of God. This being the case I shall confine myself to the Scripture.
it is validated from three positions of God: He is a Spirit, He is the Word made flesh, and He is a Helper (1 John.5:7). It is what Trinity means.

The familiar quote in the epistle of St Paul to Timothy is clear. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,/ so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim.3:16-17)”. If one scriptural passage is viewed from the outset as correct but possible to be in error in some other parts what do we end up with? Will it not be giving ground to doubt undue advantage before the student has had chance to prove its soundness? What God breathed cannot be built up on doubt, or be considered as manual of instruction when we consider righteousness as an attribute applied to God only. It is not without reason St Paul states, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom.10:17)”. Between God and man righteousness can be passed from greater to the lesser whose want cannot be based from any position than of total surrender. The medium of instruction is faith. God first exercised it (Heb.11:3) and man’s response to know his Will therefore must necessarily begin on faith.

The Bible is God-document the testimony of God that can stand on its own. How in the past many teachers all with good intentions have approached doctrinal questions, and ended up in creating controversies one must ask, ‘why?’ Why so many sects, if the Body of Christ be one? At the time of the author growing up was a God-is-dead movement that shall serve just as well as a case in point. Was this radical theology any different from prosperity theology? No, it was cut from the same cloth of man’s understanding where his necessity was to explain his worldview rationally. (Such controversies have bedevilled Christianity from the Apostolic Age to this day. The Jewish question is not what we face now. World ecumenism of our times would Photoshop Jesus rather.) Problem lay with man’s rational approach than with the testimony of God. ‘Instruction in righteousness’ is the aim of Scripture so whatever approach man adopts towards it has to stay along the path cleared by the Spirit for him. Man is the subject and ‘righteousness’ his purpose so his instruction therefore can profit from.

Benny

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What is in a name? The man lay on the wayside, stripped of everything and was helpless. He might have supplied answer to that question had not the robbers hit on his occiput hard. Groaning and retching he lay but a scholar came along, only to be followed by another who pointed out to the man in agony and said,”A fool and his money part company soon enough.” The first scholar said,”Tut, tut” He is made in the image of God. He has been robbed.” The second scholar said, “Yes his wealth has certainly made themselves wings”. The first chuckled to say, ‘You are quoting Solomon.” At this point the man in misery groaned,”Help, help..” The scholars ignoring his cry lengthened their strides to discuss their latest paper under blind peer review, “Doctor of Divinity is nothing to be sneezed at. Whoever goes through it shall bowl over the foot notes”. While the other took up the merit of end notes,- and they had enough ammunition to fire away.(For scholar a position to show his scholarship is all that matters. It makes time pass.)
The man on the road lay for some time before a pastor passed by and he looked up to say, “Thank God, you kept me safe,- unlike him,- probably belongs to ethnic minority. Ahem”
The man who came next helped the man in need and when he recovered he straightaway went home and told the wonderful stranger who helped him unasked, “Son, last time they crucified you like a common criminal. This time it is no better.” He called Archangel Gabriel to get ready. “I shall soon show what I think of it all.”
Benny

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A wolf bruised all over came down to drink from his usual watering hole. He saw a lamb on the other side of the hole happily lapping up water. Annoyed he accused him of want of respect. The lamb still smiling said, ‘when the sky drops water barley grows without much sweat’. The wolf was all the more incensed. “I am talking of water, how dare you talk of barley?” The lamb went on slurping and it made the wolf all the more angry. “Didn’t you muddy the water yesterday?” the wolf hollered.
“I wasn’t even thirsty yesterday.”
“Ah the day before, I am certain”. They went on arguing back and forth and the wolf every time going farther in time. In the end the lamb shouted across, “Stop! 1812 war was not my making!” the lamb stood his ground, “If you would pick a quarrel know your history and speak more to the facts”.
The wolf was so flabbergasted and said,”your cheekiness is so outrageous. I shall eat you up for that reason alone.”
The lamb let out a raspberry and said, “I would have taken you seriously if you had even a single teeth left.”
Don’t go about threatening without knowing your own ability carry them out. This is what tariff wars of America remind me. Unilateralism of any nation neck deep in mire is merely shooting wind.
Benny

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That’s life (that’s life) that’s what mama say
She’s saying what is not true-
May be for her
In her time but sure not for me:
When I’m young I know this life is all that
I have, that’s life (that’s life) and mama spent it all:
Some people get their kicks
Stompin’ on a dream
But I don’t mind what mama did with her dream.
‘Cause this fine old world of her is rockin’ chair now
I’ve been a crawler, a moppet, a drooler
A kiddo, a bloke and a jerk
I’ve been up and down and over and out
But I know one thing
Each time I find my feet I know life is out there
I pick myself up and get back for some more-
That’s life (that’s life) I tell ya, I can’t deny it
I thought of quitting, mama
But my heart just ain’t up to follow
And being old is when I have nothing more to do.

Benny

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In ancient India there was a sage by name Samsara. He was so revered that gods discussed how to honor him suitably. Elephant God suggested to place him in the sea bed so whoever wished to ask any boon must negotiate with sea creatures. The sea god suspected bad motives in such a suggestion so he said, “Why make poor mankind learn to swim while the air is free?”. “Trimurthy should not mind one more god in their fold?,”Monkey God queried. Brahma laughed and replied, “Four means the end of Trinity” They rejected the idea. Finally they yielded to have him placed him beneath their abode. “Should not we ask Samsara his opinion in the matter?”Elephant God asked. So Sage Samsara was consulted and he said, “Yes, I have a boon to ask. “I am content to live on this dungheap. It must find its level so I shall not be envied by gods or by man. “Yes the goods were all as one, “Why bring up Sage Samsara up? Let him find his own level”. Thus he came to dwell atop the Mount Kailas which at first was merely a hillock.
Eons later when Brahma came down he saw Sage Samsara and he was almost placed as high as heavens. He exclaimed:”What,- impossible! How did you come so high?” Sage Samsara said, “I relied on your own godly powers and the rest on the gullibility of people who worship me. The Trinity muttered to one another,” Retreat quietly, we have many cosmic cycles to solve this riddle.”
This is how Science has arrived at the Theory of Almost Everything. First let us go through what we have achieved. Standard Model, for example.
The ancients believed that everything is made of just five elements earth, water,fire air and aether. The world around us is made of molecules, and molecules are made of atoms. Chemist Dimitri Mendeleev figured that out in the 1860s and organized all atoms – that is, the elements – into the periodic table But there are 118 different chemical elements. There’s antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium … and 114 more.
By 1932, scientists knew that all those atoms are made of just three particles – neutrons, protons and electrons. The neutrons and protons are bound together tightly into the nucleus. The electrons, thousands of times lighter, whirl around the nucleus at speeds approaching that of light. Further studies of Physicists Planck, Bohr,Schroedinger Heisenberg and few others had invented a new science and it explained this motion, quantum mechanics.
Just three particles. But held together how? The negatively charged electrons and positively charged protons are bound together by electromagnetism. But the protons are all huddled together in the nucleus and their positive charges should be pushing them powerfully apart. The neutral neutrons can’t help.
What binds these protons and neutrons together? particles to just three. Really four, because photon the particle of light that Einstein described. Four grew to five when Anderson measured electrons with positive charge – positrons – striking the Earth from outer space. At leastDirac had predicted these first anti-matter particles. Five became six when the pion, which Yukawa predicted would hold the nucleus together, was found.
Then came the muon – 200 times heavier than the electron, but otherwise a twin. That sums it up. Number seven. Not only not simple, redundant.
By the 1960s there were hundreds of “fundamental” particles. In place of the well-organized periodic table, there were just long lists of baryons (heavy particles like protons and neutrons), mesons like Yukawa’s pions and leptons (light particles like the electron, and the elusive neutrinos) – with no organization and no guiding principles.
the Standard Model by mid-sixties became a simple theory, and then five decades of experimental verification and theoretical elaboration.
Quarks They come in six varieties we call flavors. Like ice cream, except not as tasty. Instead of vanilla, chocolate and so on, we have up, down, strange, charm, bottom and top. In 1964, Gell- Mann and Zweig taught us the recipes: Mix and match any three quarks to get a baryon. Protons are two ups and a down quark bound together; neutrons are two downs and an up. Choose one quark and one antiquark to get a meson. A pion is an up or a down quark bound to an anti-up or an anti-down. All the material of our daily lives is made of just up and down quarks and anti-quarks and electrons. keeping those quarks bound is a feat. They are tied to one another so tightly that you never ever find a quark or anti-quark on its own. The theory of that binding, and the particles called gluons (chuckle) that are responsible, is called quantum chromodynamics. It’s a vital piece of the Standard Model, but mathematically difficult, even posing an unsolved problem of basic mathematics.
Discovering the Higgs boson in 2012, long predicted by the Standard Model and long sought after, was a thrill but not a surprise. It was yet another crucial victory for the Standard Model over the dark forces that particle physicists have repeatedly warned loomed over the horizon. Concerned that the Standard Model didn’t adequately embody their expectations of simplicity, worried about its mathematical self-consistency, or looking ahead to the eventual necessity to bring the force of gravity into the fold, physicists have made numerous proposals for theories beyond the Standard Model. These bear exciting names like Grand Unified Theories,Supersymmetry, Technicolor and String Theory.
Sadly, at least for their proponents, beyond-the-Standard-Model theories have not yet successfully predicted any new experimental phenomenon or any experimental discrepancy with the Standard Model.
After five decades, far from requiring an upgrade, the Standard Model is all we have nevertheless the Amazing Theory of Almost Everything. Almost in the Science means nothing beyond a theory.
(Ack:The Standard Model of particle physics: The absolutely amazing theory of almost everything/Glenn Starkman/the conversation/May 23,2018)
Moral: While reading The Absolutely Amazing Theory of Almost everything read ‘Doubt’ in place of almost.
Benny

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Let us examine how the Spirit arranges the predictive part of the narrative from the point of view of the Son.

“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations (Joel 3:1) Here we have a prophecy about the nation of Israel which is as good a place to understand how the Spirit deals with prophecies. The Spirit the third office in the Trinity is particular about time on which God and man can have a meaningful context. Time is God’s Time to which the Son of man is the emblem. So so many symbols, bread from heaven, the vine, the Good Shepherd  are all indicative time quality of which is not limited to man’s life span. mankind of all ages and clime regardless of race or clans draw on its divine quality. Similarly the fellowship of which the Father-Son relationship built up, is also an emblem. So when the Spirit uses phrases like ‘In the beginning’ and ‘in the end times’ or fullness of times we are left with no doubt as to the quality of Core Will. Man is inducted into it through the Son of man.

In the Time reset by the Spirit the Lamb slain before the worlds began’ is a kangaroo word. Into which many events must flow in. God who commanded ‘Let there be light’, reveals the divine Will. By the same token the Word was God (Jn.1:1). By restructuring time scales for God and man what the Spirit has achieved is underpinning, a scaffolding for the whole Scripture. Thus the Image of the invisible God is perceptible as spoken word of the Father and also a symbol. Father of lights is of the same quality and weight as the Son who “…was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world Jn.1:9”.

God the Son was present at the Creation Day and when the Spirit qualifies him as the Firstborn of all creation it is true. “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation (Col.1:15-NIV)  This has a direct bearing on the following verse: “Then say to Pharaoh, ‘This is what the LORD says: Israel is my firstborn son. Ex.4:22-NIV).” The Lamb slain before the worlds began as an emblem relates to the nation of Israel through God’s promise to Abraham. So must all families and nations  from the same promise. It is valid for God’s Time so nation of Israel is only one part. Remember the ladder of Jacob where so many steps laid one after another reaching to heaven? Each nation marks a time frame. God deals with nation of Israel as with others which is consistent with the prophecies, which are articulate. Articulated prophecies are like many pleats in a concertina working in unison in Time. We see it in Daniel’s vision of 70 weeks Dan.9:24 Daniel is informed of only one part and the other is separated as the river as the angels of God who stood on either side of it. This shall throw light on a few other passages.

Coming back to the prophecy of Joel what do we see in the manner the Holy Spirit places several gatherings of the nation of Israel as one? Beginning with Moses to coming of the Messiah the persons are what value the Spirit tags each. Moses as servant of God and Messiah as anointed Christos are predicted. So is Immanuel. “For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations (Joel 3:1). In those days and in that time are in God’s Time. 70 year of Israel as a state must expect captivity and gathering that must only happen in God’s Time. What we need remember is that God the Son stands as a symbol stumbling stone, corner stone as well as the rock cut without hands. As many strings strung on a single thread of God’s Will. Remnant of nations is as true as the total number of the children of Israel are all in context of the Son who serves as the fulfillment.

Benny

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Testimony of God is eternal. When the Spirit reorganizes narrative account from the view of God, the Father and the Son he is setting into Time, which for clarity sake must be understood is not time counted as we do. For example when the Spirit writes, ‘Now is the day of your salvation’. Salvation of man is brought into it. Saul or Paul’s conversion as he journeyed towards Damascus is covered by ‘Now’ as the time you and I accepted the call and became His children. What does that mean? Time is reset so salvation is part of the Core Will without any unseemly joint of being an afterthought or correction.

At the mouth of two or three every matter is settled. Witness of God the Father and the Son make time established and it is how we ought to approach the Bible.

Topolgy is a term belonging to the field of mathematics also in computing.  It has two meanings. One is the study of geometrical properties and spatial relations unaffected by the continuous change of shape or size of figures. 2nd meaning is the way in which constituent parts are interrelated or arranged. Topology of the Spirit refers to the manner the Spirit has rearranged two narrative bodies from God the Father and God the Son respectively into one. Time also is set by the Spirit to hold the Scripture as one single narrative. Think of the Bible as obeying the topology where we hold to the second meaning.

The Book of Zechariah mentions of the vision of a flying roll (Zech.5:1) ( Zech.5:1). Suppose we take a similar roll and were to set down the narrative from the Son and the Father along the length and breadth respectively truth of the roll is not lost. The roll can serve as ice cream cone for waffle or as dunce cap is still true since integrity of the roll is intact. The Spirit similarly fits the scriptural passages according to the purpose. Topology of the Spirit assigns God’s Time to the Father-Son relationship,- entire Will and Fulfillment, in order to fit. It is the Testimony of God set in verbal mode.

Core Will is the Testimony of God applied to the earth and mankind. Time operating here is God’s Time. In order to hold the inerrancy of the Word we are to read as the Spirit has applied it to the Scripture.

Core Will when applied to heaven and mankind ask ourselves what must take precedence God or man. Blessings always conferred from the greater to the lesser. Thus God the Son is about whom CoreWill of the Father revolves.

The Spirit while reorganizing the narrative bodies from the Father and the Son uses symbols. The Greater Light and the Lesser Light for example are symbols to indicate the Father-Son Relationship. Light radiating from heaven is for man. Light reaching other worlds besides the earth is not for man’s benefit so we may concentrate our attention on our kind.

All Scripture is intended as set forth in 2 Ti.3:16  for our correction, consolation; it is most conducive for man to be built up from examples for instruction in righteousness. For this reason the Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ above everything else. He is the key figure. (Jn.16:14) This we shall see from the first book to the last His shadow looms over everything else so we may be consoled, enthused and be instilled in virtues. To all intent and purpose God the Son who became a man makes heaven and the earth as one. His quintessence Love is the mortar that holds Core Will together.

From many examples we shall see the Spirit keeps time. Conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch owes to his direct intervention (Ac.8:29). Holy Spirit pouring over the Gentiles also owe to him (Ac.10:19).When the Spirit writes about the Lamb slain before the worlds began it is set in Time. When God warns of the death of firstborn in all Egypt we have punishment for disobedience in balance. The Son had already paid the price and it makes Punishment and Atonement in balance. So who shall accuse God of injustice?

Benny

 

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