#0068 For soon we will see through a glass much more clearly…
Links relevant to today’s posting…
- Seeing Beyond – The James Webb Space Telescope
- Rep. Paul Broun Says Evolution, Embryology, and Big Bang Theory are “Lies from the Pit of Hell”
Scriptures relevant to today’s posting…
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
John 20: 24-29 (NIV)
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
I Cor. 13: 9-13 (KJV)
This is an excerpt from The Jesus Clone. In it I am talking about the dynamic nature of God. In the fist section (i: The Trinity), I am explaining the Biblical concept of the Holy Trinity; but with a twist which makes it fit better with this dynamic rendition of God. The scripture I chose is the story of Jesus appearing to His disciples at a time one of them (Thomas) was not there. When the others tried to convince him that Jesus had in deed appeared to them—a highly improbable occurrence, not easily grasped by anyone who hadn’t witnessed it—Thomas makes his infamous statement, where he says in effect: unless I see Him and the evidence of this great wonder (His crucifixion) I will not believe you. In the today’s link: Seeing Beyond – The James Webb Space Telescope we are shone the next telescope scientists are building and on schedule to launch in 2018, a mere 2+ years from now. With this telescope we (those who desire to) will be able to see with much more detail the great wonder of the dynamic nature of God. Meanwhile standing on the other side of the street are those who refuse to see this aspect of God’s nature…Rep. Paul Broun Says Evolution, Embryology, and Big Bang Theory are “Lies from the Pit of Hell”
What makes the prehistoric God dynamic?
In this chapter we are going to talk about specific characteristics that come together to make up the prehistoric God’s unique dynamic nature. Let us remember that all the while we are doing this, our discussion exists in a prehistoric setting or at a time before there are people around to tell us that we’re not supposed to be doing this. So don’t think you are going to get into trouble from your priest or your pastor because those guys and gals haven’t been born yet and they won’t be born for several millions of years—none of us will be. So it’s okay to just sit back, and listen to your soul’s counsel concerning these ideas. Some of the characteristics will sound familiar, but will have a different spin put to them.
Another scripture proclaims God as the author and finisher of our faith. Author refers to the person of the Father in the trinity; whereas Finisher refers to the person of the Son. Authoring infers the initiation of creation or the starting up of the process of creation. Finishing refers to the process by which humans will enter into their full capacity of relationship with God. This finishing process is what I am calling the evolution of creation, in which our human response is Kingdom-building. The person of the Holy Ghost is integral and indigenous to both processes: authoring and finishing. Because God’s love is far greater than can be capacitated by two beings, the necessity for a third being comes into play. The Holy Ghost is the proactive expression of God’s love. With the Holy Ghost acting as the agent of God’s creativity, countless other entities and energies become imminent. Because this is the case, we can start to see an interconnection between God’s power of love and His power of creativity. As a member or person of the trinity, the Holy Ghost embodies both the potential for and the inevitability of God’s Kingdom. This Kingdom, through the workings of the Holy Ghost, includes the rudimentary, though vast creation to which the book of Genesis is referring. Additionally, the Holy Ghost is the impetus and the mechanism by which God’s creation should continue to evolve, in fact it must evolve.
Scientist say that the universe came into being by way of an event called the big bang. Since the big bang, the universe has been in constant motion…expanding ever outward. Along with the expansion of the universe comes the inevitable constant change and growth. This constant change and growth theme is present throughout all of God’s creation. So, just as the universe is physically expanding and changing, so are all other aspects of God’s creation…all of this expansion and change is forthcoming in a process, this process is called evolution. The word evolution explains that God’s creation is dynamic in nature; is constantly moving toward a destination. The destination is the Kingdom of God. Let’s begin with two…because God is love means that besides the Father there must be at least one other person in the equation…one who will receive the love projected by the Father and who has the capacity of reciprocating this love. This person would have to be like Him intellectually and like Him in all other aspects…thus God the Son. As this great and mighty love is generated between Father and Son, it grows in power and capacity. How might this relationship—that the Father and Son enjoy with each other—speak to humanity’s potential for relationship with God? God the Son is Jesus Christ and humans are called into personal and intimate relationship with Him. Through Jesus’s excursion to earth, He has opened a two-way portal by which humans might find access to the Father and the Father might access the dormant yet divine nature resident within each human.
The Trinity is the structure of the Godhead but in the consideration of God’s dominant characteristics of being loving and creative, the image of the trinity becomes the most brilliant and relevant. If we look at the person of God the Father, we see God as supreme and overarching all of creation. The Bible says He is Alpha and Omega: Christian dictums interpret this to mean God existed before all of His creation and He will still be here after all of it is gone. This is not completely accurate with the dynamic Trinity. God as an eternal Being implies that He, along with all that comes forth from Him: Jesus, the Holy Ghost, human beings and everything else He’s created, must also be eternal.
The evolution of creation
Let’s talk about how life works, that is to say the proliferation of the species. According to the Bible—how many people did God personally create out of nothing? Just 2 and of those two, He borrowed a part from the first (Adam’s rib) to make Eve. This isn’t indicating that the woman Eve was of a lesser quality or importance than the man, Adam, it’s pointing to the mode God is using to create the rest of humanity; procreation as opposed to God Himself forming (out of clay) one being at a time. In this action God was in essence, handing off the creation torch to human beings. In the procreation process, a male and female mate and from this union comes another being. So you have God, a male, female and then someone else. It may be said that this process is the proverbial making something (or someone) out of nothing…a feat usually attributed to God and God alone. Also this process spells the fundamental building blocks of community. Interesting…let’s hold on to that idea for a later discussion!
This capacity to create is foundationally evidenced in the seeming need to procreate that humans have and share with the rest of the animal kingdom. This need is biological in nature. God’s intention for mankind to procreate however comes with an additional need, which is more spiritual in nature; the need as a species to evolve, e.g.: technologically and socially. There is a mandate mentioned in the Bible for Adam and Eve to “…be fruitful and multiply. With this mandate, though, God is inferring far and beyond His desire for mankind to populate the earth. God wasn’t looking for a world full of clones of Adam and Eve. He didn’t want the process of peopling the earth to play out like a farmer building up his herd of cattle…with the specific intention of increasing his inventory in order to beef up his bottom line. We are each born unique, different from others—in appearance, perspectives, resources and motivations. Each person’s capacity to create and shape his or her reality based upon these differences, provides the potential for each and every person to extrapolate on the creation process which God initiated early on. In addition to all of these human/divine attributes God added into the mix His gift of inspiration which gives Him the capability to both motivate and direct the creative process within humans by way of the Holy Ghost. This general concept of a second-tier process of creation or creation by proxy; I refer to as the evolution of creation.
TBC: Sunday, February 28, 2016
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