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Our universe expands and the unit of measurement used to describe the expansion is called the Hubble Constant, after 20th Century astronomer Edwin Hubble. There is also an orbiting space observatory named after him. Recently Prof Riess, who is based at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, (was one of three scientists who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics) made news. He avers that a mathematical discrepancy in the expansion rate of the Universe was now “pretty serious”, and could point the way to a major discovery in physics. Be that as it may while that is being fixed something else shall come up creating yet ‘another rethink and fix’ and it shall go on till kingdom come. Many more discoveries shall follow but not find what is the real culprit. There is a bug in the system.

In my opinion the whole theoretical Physics being governed by what man sets parameters and trying to prove an hypothesis contains a bug and it shall not go away. It is similar to the US politics. There is a clear indication of Russia having meddled in the 2016 election. It is vital for the nation’s existence how and why it occurred. Instead of getting to the bottom what are we seeing? Those who stand to benefit from calling off the national Inquiry as ‘witch hunt’ are crying foul. So by politicizing it the parties are trivializing a serious probe. Similarly scientific probes without fixing the role of God in the equation shall find many dazzling features of our cosmos. String theory, black holes, white holes, spooky science and what have you. Rational mind of man is that bug and he is fixing it in time, which is not how God’s laws work. His Time is tied to the time of man and it is what faith means. While studying the Book of Genesis we need remember that there is a ladder similar to *cosmic ladder which is used in calculation of the Hubble Constant.

*To calculate the Hubble Constant, Prof Riess and others use the “cosmic ladder” approach, which relies on known quantities – so-called “standard candles” – such as the brightness of certain types of supernova to calibrate distances across space.

Benny

 

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Mind is an onion to which reason is but a skin. Our rational and irrational aspects make out real motives suspect. Take the case of Socrates. He is accused of impiety and is condemned to death. Real reason was something else. Take the case of Uriah whom David, the  King of Israel  had killed. Official version was that he was killed in action. The truth of the case hinged on his adultery with his wife Bathsheba. But by the spirit of the Lord his crime was revealed to him. In the manner we explain ourselves to the world, the public persona and our motives lie different shades of meaning. My use of onion as an analogy is (to) illustrate this complex aspect of mind. Mind is not any part of human anatomy but a world in which certain interlocking arrangement exists between internal thinking process and external stimuli.Add to this electro-chemical impulses on which neural information rides.

Why are we keen to explain ourselves when we are not obliged to give account? Human beings of all the beings on this planet are Homo sapiens, the wise ones. We feel in the fitness of things where it is only our thoughts and the reasonableness of these can put us at ease. But is it the only way we can feel as part of our home planet? How dogs or birds make sense of the world is altogether different. Snakes have sets of sensors beneath their jaws and create an infrared picture of their environment. Their movement and hunting habits are quite different from other species. It is no less adequate or less real. Be that as it may Earth and the universe can be counted meaningful to us only when we understand them rationally.

We will then have to admit that if we think up one universe, a multiverse also is quite possible. Whether one or many what it boils down to is this: man as with other species must account for nature. There is only one nature possible in which rational mind of man is coordinating with nature of the externals– Nature to designate as distinct from his own, to get the best out of that particular transaction. Every species will have its special needs and peculiar ways these may be satisfied.

Nature of universe as perceived by human beings is internalized, where reason is only a tool to give standpoint of each its appropriateness. According to Leibniz the German philosopher, the actual world was the best of all possible worlds, which he arrived at in his attempt to explain the nature of God. He viewed God as Omnipotent God. From that standpoint he stated God was good. Voltaire the skeptic on the other hand ridiculed the notion. For the Frenchman whose optimism was lost in the Lisbon earthquake in which some 100,000 people, innocents and bad alike had perished, viewed God differently. For the French skeptic his nature was to be explained from the effect. Here you see reason when explained from two standpoints cannot agree. The German explained the nature of the world from Cause while Voltaire chose to explain the nature from the effects. Reason may approach the nature of the world from a particular standpoint. In short reason may suit the nature of human beings to explain Nature and if other species employ other means they are not less served. The universe is unknowable in all parts yet nature of a life form interfacing with Nature is its own reward.

benny

 

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( This post is reprinted from my post http://obi4b.wordpress.com/2010/10/03/free-from-above/ The blog is titled Guide to his Word where I post commentaries on the word of God. You may want to check it out. My approach to the Bible is from a non-sectarian standpoint. b)
Gen1:16′God made two great lights-…and also stars.’

Here we see the mention of lights but with special reference to the sun, moon and stars. We also have a clue supplied by God the Spirit: these are set in the expanse of the sky as signs. Purpose of such signs is two-fold. This serves as a marker for seasons, days and years. Secondly such signs explain the divine Will where it concerns us. For a skeptic the origin of the heavenly bodies must explain in such manner his rational mind can accept as correct. For a child of God reason must address his body and spirit as well. Hence emphasis shall vary than for a skeptic. For the former righteousness means being obedient to his Will the emphases of the sun, moon and stars as signs must add to his knowledge in the spirit or in his inner man, to use a scriptural expression. Holy Spirit has recorded the creation account so that such signs can serve as tool to unlock the mysteries of God. One fifth of the Scriptures concern with prophesies of some sort. Hence the heavenly bodies as signs hold weight and relevance to a Christian regardless of whatever persuasion.

In the Book of Revelation we read of a woman clothed with the sun Rev.12. The sun serves as a clue, a sign. As with celestial bodies numbers also hold significance. Holy Spirit must hold special significance as we saw with names, in giving a number of 1260 days (Rev12:6) as distinct from a statement in in Genesis’-And there was evening, and there was morning -the fourth day(1:19).’ Holy Spirit in putting the record straight or setting God’s Will in signs or symbols is striking a warning. Literal interpretation may not be what Holy Spirit has in mind, It is to be revealed in God’s time. 1260 would be roughly three and a half years. Would it therefore hint the earthly ministry of Jesus or something else? Science can only be appreciated with strict application of reason; no less is expected of a child of God. His spirit or inner man shall not be sustained or edified by errors. This note of caution must be sounded whenever we handle the Word. For example note what Spirit says:’Let him that hath understanding count..for it is the number of a man, and his number is six hundred three score and six (Rev13:18).’ Even here instances are not wanting in the way Bible teachers have in the past cited the names of Nero, Napoleon, Saddam Hussein et al to denigrate them. God the Spirit does not want man to cast all restraints in interpreting the Word of God with a spirit of pride. In studying the word of God, we require wisdom and it is not earthly kind.( Jas3:14-18,13) We have the assurance of God that wisdom to understand his Word is from God (Jas.1:5).

benny

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