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The Nature of Creation

Posted in About the Book, Out of the Pages with tags , , , , , on June 26, 2017 by mclmuskrat

When in architecture school, we studied the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, who studied the physical proportions of the human body and became one of the strongest advocates of the “Golden Ratio” and applied it to his art and architecture. Le Corbusier’s search for a standardized proportion ended in a system he called the “Modulor”, which represented the human scale universally applied to art composition and architecture. This “Modulor”, based on human proportions was found to be a system equivalent to all of natural creation. Le Corbusier felt that human life was “comforted” by this type of mathematics. How does a proportional system so widespread in creation come about? Certainly this is not a serendipity or evolution by-product; can happenstance produce mathematical perfection in nature and in the human body? I believe it to be part of the Grand Master Architect’s “good” design.

The Golden Rectangle, constructed by the rules, then divided by the rules, creates another Golden Rectangle; this then can be repeated to infinity, always creating the same “Golden Rectangle” and the same “Golden Ratio”. Beautiful perfection!

God created each individual animal species and called it good. As an architect who understands form, design, composition, symmetry, color and aesthetics; it is impossible to look at the wonderful designs in nature and believe they evolved from something else as simple happenstance. The sooner scientists look through the eyes of a Christian at God’s creation, the sooner the great destructive evolution debate will disappear.

Each work of creation must reflect a part of the Creator; it is the nature of creation, whether it is an artist, a sculptor, an architect, a musician, filmmaker, writer, or God. Part of the creator is found within the creation, within the created item. When you look at the beauty on this planet, be it a person, a sunset, a flower or a Mandarin Duck, what do you see? Do you see something that has evolved from something else lower than itself, while the creator sits on the sidelines with nothing to do? Or do you see a planned work of art, an individual creation from the Great Creator God? We are created in the image of God. The sooner you see each part of creation as created by God, “individually” one at a time as an important part of the whole masterpiece, the sooner you will respect other life found in the people and animals of this planet, and the less destructive things will be.

Who is Jesus? …a very short study

Posted in Out of the Pages, Questions of the Ages on June 20, 2016 by mclmuskrat

The key to everything is this question:  Who is Jesus?

Many groups over the ages have thought Jesus was a prophet, a teacher, or simply a good man. Some believe Him to be a mortal savior, a man who failed to deliver Israel from Rome. Some believe Him to be only spirit, not real at all; plus, it was someone else who was crucified on that cruel cross. Docetism, an ancient heresy asserting that Jesus lacked full humanity is still alive and well today by many. As the gnostics tried to understand, how can the entire cosmos be created through Jesus (Colossians 1:16 and Revelation 4:11), yet that same Creator, as flesh & blood, die on the cross? This is the part that puzzles the Muslims about who Jesus is; that is, a Savior of the world would be one that could not, would not, die (Sura 4:157-158)…but would overcome all evil and conquer His enemies. We Christians believe in the resurrection, that Christ conquered death itself. Genesis 1:26 uses the word “Elohim”, a plural word for God as the text says: “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image…” Christians are monotheistic as are the Jews and Muslims. We believe the one God is manifest in three persons…the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Qur’an declares in Surah 5:73 (see also 4:171) that Christians believe in three gods, and that this is blasphemy against Allah, but this is a misunderstanding of what Christians believe. Jesus Himself says in Mark 12:29: “You shall love the Lord your God; the Lord is One.” this is the same text as the Jewish Shema (Deut 6:4).

All these ideas about Jesus fall painfully short, for it is the limitations of man’s understanding that is trying to explain define and place Jesus in a box. Jesus is LORD. Jesus is Messiah. Jesus is fully man and fully God. The duality of Christ Jesus cannot be explained nor understood. Do you want a God that could be understood, limited to the weak limits of mortal man’s thought? …thoughts that will always fall short of reality? Something to think about…something to pray about. Blessings and peace to you!

 

God’s First Gift – Asymmetry

Posted in About the Book, Out of the Pages with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2016 by mclmuskrat

Since God dwells in perfection, there must be a perfect environment that is beyond any of our categories of understanding. Knowing there was both matter and antimatter created, one can easily see that if you had a balanced situation then there would be a perfect symmetry between matter and antimatter, each cancels each other out and you have…? You cannot say there is nothing, because there is indeed something! Our definitions of reality breakdown at this point, but one thing is for sure, it has to be a perfect state of being. In this perfect realm, there is no need for forces or laws or time or any dimensions to measure with. Perfection! Our world is not this world so something must create an imbalance, an asymmetry, to have something physical that can be touched and sensed. To a finite creature, what good is a gift if you can’t see it or touch it or sense its beauty? Nature itself cannot create the imbalance, by definition, Nature doesn’t exist yet. Coming out of perfection, how can the asymmetry get started to have this physical gift for us? This action must take an all-powerful Creator. It is from this balanced perfection position that God created “ex nihilo”!

 In the realm of balanced perfection, God has no need to “do” anything, unless God wants something. God, desiring to be in loving relationship with us, gave us a gift, a most unbelievable gift. It was God’s first gift to us, the gift of asymmetry! God kicked things off in the Big Bang, “Let there be light”, and continued His creative involvement by designing and creating every little quark to every large galaxy. This joyful creative effort includes you and me, my brothers and sisters.

We are so very limited in our ability to “see” the 7 divisions within the electromagnetic spectrum; we are limited to understanding only 3 physical dimensions with little sense of the miraculous. God’s creative actions are a reaching down to create a perfect “Garden” for us, for the purpose of seeking relationship with us. This creative effort is borne out of perfection, but it is not a “forced perfection” on us, where would be the love in that? We are not chained to a wall, with limitations only controlled by God. We are free to listen to the snake and eat that apple. God is not interested in having a relationship where He controls “the prisoners” of “The Garden”. We can blindly go day to day not listening to God’s instructions and doing our own thing, thus breaking trust and relationship. But beware, maybe one day you will look over your shoulder to see God’s bright light; what a wonderful light, a light you can believe in. I know God wishes to share a loving walk. It will be a loving walk in “The Garden” with us, oh, that would be so wonderful…that is, if we don’t mess it up again!

 

Mysteries and the Big Search

Posted in About the Book, Out of the Pages with tags , , , , on March 7, 2016 by mclmuskrat

Since mankind was created and on this Earth, the “Big Search” for knowledge, truth and understanding has been going on. What is out there? What is beyond that tree or around that turn? I see something in the distance, but what is it and what is beyond it? Man has always asked important questions.

Sailors wondered, is the world flat? If I sail too far, will I sail off the edge? Mountaineers have wondered, what is it like on the top of that mountain? Can I make it to the top? What is on the other side of the mountain? Adam and Eve wondered what would happen if they ate the apple from the forbidden tree; what if they ignored God’s instructions? What would they know if they had all the knowledge of good and evil?

Mythology is filled with the inventions and explanations for what mankind saw around them. Stories such as, “someone” had to create the world: The Egyptians thought “Ra” created the world; so they made him the sun god with the head of a falcon who commanded the sky, the Earth and the underworld. The Greeks thought “Hades”, the shadowy lord of the underworld, the god of death because even death depends on life…nothing can continue without it. The Greeks also thought the original creator of mankind was “Prometheus” (a Titan, a race of giants), that he fashioned the first man in the image of the gods, using clay and water taken from Panopeus in Phocis (central Greece). Since creation was all a general mystery, it was simple for a philosopher or ruler to rise up with charisma, exhibit power over the common folk, and show that they alone had all the answers. The people didn’t understand what they saw or heard; they didn’t understand the questions being asked so they had no choice but to buy into the answers being given.

As it turns out, people do have the thirst for the Big Search. Though, we see through a glass darkly. We see partial truths, and we distort our view by prejudice and laziness. Throughout history philosophers, poets, architects, artists, musicians, and writers have sensed much more energy “out there” and a common tie to each other. The German word, “zeitgeist”, meaning roughly, “the spirit of the time”, implies there are certain ideas in the air at certain times (“Reading the Mind of God”, page 31). These “ideas”, or “energy”, can be seen manifested in every human endeavor; such as art, music, literature and even in science. It is all about the Big Search for what is out there.

The Big Bang – Part 2 of 2

Posted in About the Book, Out of the Pages with tags , , , , on February 29, 2016 by mclmuskrat

To our omnipotent multidimensional God could not “the light” mean anything in the whole electromagnetic spectrum? Yes, of course! To say God can’t deal with all 7 divisions in the spectrum is silly when it was He that created them! So the discussion in the previous pages on Elementary Particles and Quantum Leaps suddenly takes on all new importance in our understanding of God’s creative act. Now most scientists will not see God’s hand in making all this come about, therefore all the nonsense of the “evolution invention”; they must explain it away somehow. More importantly to me is my wish for my Christian brothers and sisters to see the richness, the beauty, the mathematical depth, and the perfection that is God’s created Universe. Once you start to see things, lightly dusted with scientific fact, you will gain a whole new appreciation for the Universe, and the idea of a “Big Bang” will not automatically cause you to throw a defensive wall of rejection. The “Big Bang” is purely God’s activity! We Christians know of God’s love and believe in the Messiah, Christ Jesus, without the need for physical proofs; Jesus said “Thomas, do you have faith because you have seen Me? The people who have faith in Me without seeing Me are the ones who are really blessed!” (John 20:29, LB). But how much more would you be empowered to preach the Gospel if you saw God’s creation through a different set of glasses? How exciting, instead of having a defensive rejection, would the richness be if you allowed a little science to sweeten your drink?

 It is my belief the “Big Bang” is the same as God saying “let there be light”! Scientists are working to find answers by moving back in time toward the Big Bang; I on the other hand, started my search by standing before the Big Bang and then moving forward in time. While this approach makes perfect sense to me, it does take one huge quantum leap…a leap of faith in believing that God is real and that God is the Creator of the Universe. Sadly, many will blindly not accept this supposition even after digesting all the previous chapters of this book…in that I would have failed. The fact of the matter is, we all believe; it takes a belief in something else to not believe in God. How rigid we can become as we stand on made up agendas instead of remaining open to learn by coming face-to-face with real Truth.

 

The Big Bang – Part 1 of 2

Posted in About the Book, Out of the Pages, Questions of the Ages with tags , , , , , on February 22, 2016 by mclmuskrat

“God said, ‘I command light to shine!’ And light started shining. God looked at the light and saw that it was good.” And with this text in Genesis 1:3+4 from The Learning Bible we see the First Day. But what is light?

What we call light is really just an extremely small portion, the visible portion, of the electromagnetic spectrum. “Light” is really made up of 7 main divisions in the electromagnetic spectrum: Radio, Microwave, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, X-Ray and Gamma Ray. Of these seven divisions, we can only see one small section 300 nanometers (nm) wide (that is 300 billionths of a meter) of the overall spectrum. The full spectrum is a measurement from 1 kilometer (km) (a thousand meters) to 0.01 nm (a hundredth of a billionth of a meter); a very broad spectrum indeed. Our little piece of the pie, so tiny, is it by chance that we just happen to have this visible portion and our eyes can pick it up and our brains process it? What are the possibilities? What limitations we operate under!

We so boldly move forward thinking we know so much when we only see the tip of the iceberg. As the Apostle Paul said, we know in part and we prophesy in part (1 Cor. 13:9). Let’s get back to Genesis and that First Day; we read the word “light” and immediately think it must be the light we see (the opposite of dark). Of course, if you read the next verse you would think it must be the visible light we see because God separates the light and the dark. But who says “the dark” is also what we think is the opposite of our visible “light”? We are three-dimensional beings with perception limitations in a multi-dimensional universe; things are not always how they seem. How can you be so sure?

 

Understanding “Now” Doesn’t Exist in Time, How Does That Solve So-Called Biblical Contradictions?

Posted in About the Book, Out of the Pages with tags , , , , , , on January 26, 2016 by mclmuskrat

Let’s look at one such set of verse. At the crucifixion, Jesus is talking to one of the criminals hanging on an adjacent cross, Luke 23:43 in the NIV reads “I promise that today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Now compare that to Luke 24:7 in the NIV where we read, “The Son of Man will be handed over to sinners who will nail Him to a cross. But three days later He will rise to life.” Three days later? Of course, this goes with the other three occasions where Jesus had told the disciples what was going to happen, and in each case there was this three day delay in the resurrection. What’s the deal? Is Jesus in Paradise the same day He died or was it three days later? Some believe there was a separation of body and spirit, and the spirit went to Paradise, to “Abraham’s Bosom”. But that doesn’t explain the physical bodily resurrection of Christ three days later. It doesn’t explain Thomas touching His wounds a week later, Jesus eating fish on the beach, or the discussion on the road to Emmaus with the two sad followers. This is a big deal for some; let’s look at the important “Apostle’s Creed”. The Old Roman version (circa 200AD) stated in the fifth section, “The third day He rose again from the dead”; a newer Roman version (circa 700AD), the same version I recited in the Episcopal Church, adopted by Catholics and others, states: ”He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead.” Now, how can this be? How can Jesus be in Paradise the same day He died on the cross for our sins, and suffer separation from the Father, taking our sins upon Him, making them His own and paying the price for three days? One group is likely to say, we believe this way; and another group is just as likely to say, we believe this other way. Depending on their strength and determination, the two groups could soon be at odds with one another, arguments instill, feelings are hurt, and Satan smiles at yet another Christian conflict and a win for his side. Now with your new understanding of time and that “now” doesn’t exist in our linear time experience, plus the fact that we know that Jesus exists in the “now”, we can better understand that both situations are correct at the same time. Jesus is both in Paradise the day He died, plus He experienced the pain and separation from the Father, paying the price for our sins, for three days…all at the same time, all at the same moment.

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