The existence of a God is perceived by many people to be rather inconvenient. They do not want to be responsible to yet another authority figure. They do not want to have to obey yet another set of rules or to feel any more guilt than they presently bear. They do not want to have their lifestyle cramped by religious restrictions. They want to be free. But these people do not yet understand meaning of the words of Jesus...
31 And so Jesus went on to say to the Jews that had believed him:
If you remain in my word, you are really my disciples
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8).
For until we grasp the basic set of laws that ensures our continued existence, we are slaves to sin, we are slaves of our own unrighteous desires, we our slaves of our bellies, slaves to inherited belief systems, slaves of our egos, slaves of our status and in fact slaves to death because our society and we ourselves have no future without acceptance of a set of rules which prevent us from destroying ourselves. True freedom comes from knowing what game we are actually playing and knowing what the rules of that game are.
In a survey conducted just after 911, 90% of Pakistanis conveniently believed that Muslims were not responsible for the twin towers atrocity. As late as July 2005 the American government conveniently maintained that Global warming is not being caused by the burning of fossil fuels (in particular by huge American motor cars). This is because most humans prefer a convenient lie to an inconvenient truth. Following 7/7 British tabloid newspapers trumpeted the new policy of shoot to kill all terrorist suspects only to find that the police have pumped 8 bullets into an innocent Brazilian electrician - without warning. These newspapers choose to trample on the rights of olive skinned electricians because they want to believe that the rights of 60 million British Citizens are larger than the right of one Brazilian. But plainly they are not. The rights of a group of people are entirely independent of the number of people in that group.
If this were not the case then we would all be sleeping with Julia Roberts because there are more men in the group who want to do that that there are Danny Moders. Alternatively all PC owners would just help themselves to Bill Gates' money since there are more of us than there are of him. Actually this throwing away of human rights is beginning to sound rather attractive! But seriously we have no future without human rights and these come from a set of laws which preserve both us and our society. So however convenient or attractive it may be to believe that the mob has more rights than the individual, such a belief is a lie.
So believing in God is not merely a matter of logic, it is a matter of mental sincerity. It is a matter of mental courage. A courage which enables us to search for the truth without regard for the consequences that this truth may have for us. This kind of courage is facilitated by a faith which tells us that if there is a God, he must be a good chap, with quite a sense of humour!
We therefore suggest that the reader takes the following view: I will find out if there is a God and find out what he wants from me and what he will do for me first. I will worry about the consequences to my financial status, my attractiveness to the opposite sex and my lifestyle second, once I know what the costs are and what the benefits are.
In economic terms, you cannot do a cost benefit analysis of believing in God until you know both the cost and the benefit. The world's organised religions have done a pretty good job of making the costs look high and the benefits look childishly naive and unrealistic. But organised religion has an agenda, just like a business or a government. Most Churches, most public sector bodies and most larger companies all have this one thing in common. They hide the truth from you and feed you want they want you to believe. A wise and probably corrupt Nigerian politician once said:
There are two reasons why a man does something. There is the reason he tells you he is doing it and there is the real reason why he is doing it.
Here is a table of some obvious examples of the cover stories that people use...
|Person or Organisation||Action||False or Secondary Given Reason||True or Primary Hidden Reason (Some of these are guesses by the writer)|
|Satan||Persuade Eve to sin||You will have the status of a God||I do not want God to use you humans to physically show the angels what the effect of my wicked ways truly is on free thinking beings. Because I want my angelic brothers to worship me. I do not want to be humiliated in their eyes by an inferior species.|
|Adam||Hide||Oh, I didn't want you to see me naked (even though you have seen it all before and I am now wearing my new fig leaf briefs).||I am ashamed not at my body, but at my actions. Because I disobeyed your one and only commandment, knowing this to be wrong.|
|Judas||Complain about Mary washing Jesus' feet with expensive perfumed oil||Why was it this perfumed oil was not sold for 300
denarii and given to the poor people?
|Judas was a thief who had control of the money box and used to steal the money in it. He wanted his percentage of the 300 denarii. (John 12).|
|US/UK Coalition||Invade Iraq||WMD threat and link between Saddam and Bin Laden||Perhaps Oil security, perhaps Israeli security, perhaps keep the war on terror going for political advantage to the incumbent administration, perhaps pay Saddam back for attempting to kill Bush Senior etc. etc.|
|Microsoft||Launch Windows XP||Give the user an enhanced computational experience||Maintain their monopoly position in order to make more money for their shareholders|
|Robert Mugabe (President of Mugabeland)||Bulldoze 250,000 houses||Clear out rubbish||Persecute his political opponents so that only those who vote for him feel secure.|
|Tabo Mbeke (President of South Africa)||Do not buy any AIDS drugs for his people||HIV does not lead to AIDS||He loves money more than he loves his people, 25% of whom now have AIDS|
|Catholic Church||Ban Condoms||Contraception is against God's law||The main method of generating more Catholics is through procreation by Catholics. Hence the huge number of Catholic schools.|
|Catholic Church||Propound the false trinity doctrine, knowing that Jesus Christ was the angel Michael (Michaelmas - Christmas)||God is 3 co-equal co-eternal beings yet is only one being. And his son Jesus Christ was uncreated.||If we can get them to believe this (to abolish the number 2 and to have a son that was not created by his father) then we know they are brainwashed, so we can allow them into the congregation without any danger that they will expose us as frauds and we can play God to them and get whatever we want from them. The trinity is a brainwash-ometer!|
|Many Fundamental Churches||Tell their followers that they will burn in hell unless they stay in the church||The bible teaches that those not in our church will burn in hell.||They wish to rule their flock by fear in order to get more out of the flock for themselves.|
|Boeing||Prevent Concorde from landing in the USA, when it was first built||The sonic boom breaks stained glass windows in American churches and makes American men impotent.||Kill any supersonic competition to their subsonic aircraft|
|Mayor Ken of London||Create Congestion Charge in London||Relieve congestion in central London||Get money in order to promote himself and in order to subsidise dangerously wide and dangerously long buses and more bus lanes all of which cause more congestion. Transport for London recently admitted in July 2005 that the congestion charge was raised to get more revenue, not to reduce congestion.|
|Fox News||Asking if deep throat was a hero or a traitor||They are interested in public opinion.||They wish to manipulate public opinion to the point where their viewers believe that a traitor is not someone who betrays his country, but is rather someone who betrays the Republican Party.|
|Boyfriend||Invites girlfriend back to his place for a coffee.||I care about your nutrition.||I want your body.|
|Israeli Security Services||Launch an investigation into yet another civilian murder by their military.||Discover whether the soldier who is accused of shooting the peace protestor is guilty or innocent.||Give the appearance that Israeli soldiers are not permitted to shoot whomsoever they want whenever they want, with impunity.|
|Tony Blair||Investigate various aspects of Iraq war intelligence.||Discover the truth about a side issue||Hide the truth about the main issue, the one revealed in the Downing Street Memos.|
|The EU||Draw up an EU constitution||Run things a bit more smoothly.||Give more power to corrupt Eurocrats. Take away the sovereignty of 25 nations. Throw away the sacrifices of 30 million people made in two world wars fought to prevent a European superstate.|
|The EU||Draw up a common agricultural policy||Support Europe's farming industry.||Take loads of money from Germany and Britain, and give it to Spain and France.|
|City Councils in the UK||Install Speeding Cameras||Make Roads Safer||Make blood money. The cameras are not installed at the major accident spots, or outside schools or hospitals, they are installed at maximum fine cashflow forecast points.|
|Senator Palpatine (Star Wars)||Create a Clone army of the Republic||Fight the Droid army of the trade federation.||Kill all the Jedi Knights so that I can be the emperor of the republic.|
Some of the guesses at the real reasons may be wrong of course. But we could spend the rest of our lives compiling such a table. The point is that we must look underneath the surface representations in order to find the truth. And most surface representations are not the truth, or not the whole truth at any rate. The truth is more often than not suppressed, and the more valuable that truth is, the deeper it is buried. This is the doublethink of George Orwell's 1984. The reader will hopefully know or will at least now realise that the whole political religious and economic system of this world is based upon the above inside/outside methodology.
The most scandalous suppression of the truth in biblical code terms that the writer has ever seen is the teaching of Newton's laws of motion in every school in the West without ever mentioning that Newton spent almost half of his life trying to decode not the solar system but the bible. Sir Isaac Newton would have been hauled up before the court of convocation had he published his decoding works whilst he was alive, due to church inspired persecution. So he had them published after he died. He wrote "Observations on the prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John" (Kessinger). But why are we continuing the censorship practised by 17th century churches, today?
Sir Isaac Newton, possibly the greatest mind of the last millennium, believed that the bible was written in a code and spent almost half of his life trying to decode it. Men have landed on the moon using equations which he formulated without ever leaving the ground. We would be foolish not to investigate his biblical research. We would be foolish not to investigate his premise that the bible is indeed written in a code.
'Newton showed his Orrery to Halley the atheist, who was charmed with the contrivance, and asked the name of the maker: Nobody, was the ad hominem retort'
An Orrery is a mechanical model of the Solar System. The implication of Newton's remark was that if Halley truly believed that no one had made the Solar System itself, then why would he find it hard to believe that no one had made the Orrery, which was merely a poor model of the Solar System, vastly inferior in design?
Putting this the other way: If Halley the atheist, knew for a fact that someone had made the Orrery sitting in Isaac Newton's room, then why did he not know for a fact that someone had made the Solar System itself, something which was a lot more complicated and involved a lot more design work than the model?
The answer of course is that Halley would have known that someone had made the Solar System if his heart had allowed his brain to think as freely in the case of the reality as it obviously did in the case of the model.
But Halley's heart was not without fear of the implications and the ramifications that the existence of a God might have on him personally. For atheists do not allow themselves to think freely because they fear the consequences. And actually the same is true of many believers, who make themselves idolaters of their chosen belief system out of fear of the implications of what may be the truth. Mankind just throws his reason away when it comes to God and the bible. This book/website will hopefully show the reader what happens if one retains at least some of ones power of reason in these matters. Newton for his part very rarely threw away his reason. Perhaps he read and understood this verse of the bible:
30 You must love the Lord your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind and with your whole strength (Mark 12:30).
And perhaps now the reader can truly understand the meaning of the famous words of Jesus Christ:
8 Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8).
There was a BBC2 Learning Zone program on UK TV, about mapping the whole human genome. It was shown on Friday 24th October, 2003 at 2:00 am. In it a Professor from London University said that knowing the whole human genome is like knowing every word in a Shakespearian sonnet, but the trouble he had was that he did not know the grammar of the genome which gives him the order of the words, so he could not read or write one line of poetry in the sonnet of life. But his very words show that there must be a genetic poet, a greater Shakespeare, whose poetry we are.
In fact modern genetics acknowledges that there is a grammar to the genetic code with certain genes controlling macro body part positioning etc. So much so that humans have over 50% of the genetic material of a Banana, and the same genes control the same thing in entirely different animals. Geneticists describe this phenomenon as nature being 'lazy'. But it is nothing of the sort, a random process cannot possibly be lazy, it has to try every possible combination all the time. Random processes are the precise opposite of Lazy. Laziness proves that DNA was not created by random chance. Evolution cannot have a grammar, and can never be lazy, it is merely the application of random chance to a vocabulary and the discarding of all the failures. So the existence of a universal genetic grammar of life that defines the way the genetic vocabulary is always put together necessitates an intelligent poet or a creator. Random processes cannot have grammar, which is a structure for an intelligence to build with. The grammar of our DNA is like the car manual for the owner of a car. One cannot create or fix a car without knowing how to put all of the components together. But car manuals are read by intelligent beings, they would not be needed if cars had been created by random chance and evolution. So since DNA has a grammar a construction manual, it must have had an intelligent designer using it.
The other obvious clue is that the Genetic Code is digital and mankind now processes nearly all information digitally. So we are using the same techniques as nature. But mankind did not stumble across the digital age by random chance, we invented it using our intelligence. So how can we believe that nature has no designer for her digital exuberance?
Man's grasp of genetics has now advanced to the stage where we can download bacterial software DNA modules from the internet, design our own micro-organism, press print and a nice laboratory will produce a little cell which will turn sugar into alcohol, corn into Bio Diesel, sea weed into petrol etc. Software is written. It is written for an intelligence to use. How can we sit using using the software of the very building blocks of life, create new life forms with these building blocks using our intelligence and then say that these building blocks evolved without an intelligence and were not supposed to be used by an intelligence but rather were supposed to wait for random chance to use them? Why can we not see that we are simply using the angelic bio design toolkit? If one finds a toolkit and uses it successfully then one says - Someone designed these to be used a tools by an intelligence. One does not say these tools evolved by random chance to be used by random chance. A tool is of no advantage to random chance. Random chance would not know how to use it.
How did the Psalmist King David know, 3000 years before Crick and Watson discovered the structure of DNA that God had written all our parts down in a book before we were formed?
16 Your eyes saw even the embryo of me, and in your book all its parts were down in writing,
As regards the days when they were formed, and there was not yet one among them (Psalm 139).
How did king David know that the entire structure of a human being exists in a book before any one part comes to be formed? Psalm 139 defines DNA. How did he know that God encodes the whole structure of us somewhere at the time of gestation [the days when our parts are formed]? Our DNA is a 3 billion letter 'book' of God.
Our genetic code consists of 3 billion 2 bit words (4 possibilities, Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine or Thymine). Microsoft Windows Vista or Win7 consists of 12 billion 8 bit words (called Bytes). So God encoded the plans and self building capability for an entire human being, some of whom had the misfortune to work on Microsoft Windows Vista and Win7, in one 16th of the space that Microsoft used to encode the capability to open a word document, play a movie, and surf the internet for a few hours before committing 200 illegal operations and being closed down.
The program code of Microsoft Windows Vista is 16 times larger than the genetic code of a human. This means that the writer of human DNA (be it nature or God) is thousands of times more intelligent than Bill Gates. Because it is relatively easy to write spaghetti code, but it is the height of intellectual dexterity to write concise compact computer code. The writer runs a software company and has written a fair amount of computer code himself, so he knows this first hand. The compactness of code is directly related to the intelligence of the writer of that code. Since nature has no intelligence, the compactness of human DNA is an absolute proof that there is a God, who is way smarter than Bill Gates. Had nature encoded human DNA using a random process, the length of that code would have been unthinkably large and certainly billions of times larger than Microsoft Windows.
To paraphrase Isaac Newton: How did blind chance create the human eye and from whence did it calculate its refraction?
It took 24,000 CPU cores around 2 years to make Monsters University because each frame took around 29 hours to render and the film has between 24-60 frames per second according to Pixar's supervising technical director Sanjay Bakshi. All told, it took more than 100 million CPU hours to render the film in its final form. If you used one CPU to do the job, it would have taken about 10,000 years to finish. Each CPU core goes at around 3 GHz, like in a normal PC. Pixar uses huge server farms with thousands of PCs networked together.
The reason that the film is screened at 24 frames per second or higher is that the human eye only takes a picture around 10x per second. So 24 frames per second looks continuous to us. Whereas the human ear can detect a 20 millisecond delay but not a 10 millisecond delay. This is all because the brain has a CPU clock speed of around 100 Hz maximum, which is 30 million times slower than a Pixar CPU. So thousands of CPUs each of which is 30 million times faster than our brain take 2 years to make a 2 hour movie. Yet when we dream at night we see a full colour 3D animated movie, and we interact with that movie in real time. So somewhere there is a movie studio which is manufacturing that movie, shooting that movie, in real time. There is absolutely no way that our human brain could be doing that. They are too slow by a factor of more than a billion. They are just fast enough to screen a movie yes. They are fast enough to be the cinema for our dreams. But they are not nearly fast enough to be the real time animated move studio. And no supercomputer ever built by humans is that fast even today.
So how on earth do we do it? Well the answer is simple - we do not do it on earth.
We thought we had understood entirely what the first death was when we realised that it was falling asleep in an angelic body - see I13. But we had not taken Jesus' words seriously enough. For he described almost everyone whom he resurrected from Hades as being asleep. We took that to mean that the dead were sleeping in angels whereas the asleep were sleeping in humans. But then we stumbled across the following words of Moses...
2 and said to them: 120 years old I am today. I shall no more be allowed to go out and come in, as Jehovah has said to me, 'You will not cross this Jordan.' (Deuteronomy 31).
Now it is true that Kings and Leaders and Judges of God's people Judges come in to God's temple and go out from God's temple before his people, since we read in 2Chronicles1...
10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge that I may go out before this people and that I may come in, for who could judge this great people of yours? (2 Chronicles 1)
However the phrase: I shall no more be allowed to go out and come in is a very strange way of saying I am going to die! So as usual the holy spirit is saying more in Deuteronomy 31:2 than Moses is going to die. In fact when you die your spirit goes out as the Psalmist said...
4 His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; In that day his thoughts do perish (Psalm 146).
So we thought that perhaps the spirit of Moses used to go out and come in on a regular basis from the temple of his body. Indeed when he was asleep we thought perhaps his spirit went into his associated angel and then came back to his human body when he woke up. This makes sense because Moses was about to die, which is a form of sleep when he said: I shall no more be allowed to go out and come in. The spirit is 'I', Moses. Then we realised that if indeed the spirit goes upstairs when we fall asleep then sleep is precisely the same as the first death and Jesus had it absolutely right when he equated the two - as one might expect!
So since sleep is death and death is sleep, and since our spirit goes out from our body when we die, then it also goes out from our body when we sleep. So every time we fall asleep our spirit goes out of our human body and comes into our associated angelic body if we are born again. In other words we dream with our angelic brain rather than our human brain. So all the saints know precisely what it is like to be in the first death, because they experience it every time they nod off.
But what about the non saints? Their experience of sleep is no different from anyone else's experience, and Jesus' words must apply to them too since Jarius' daughter, whom he resurrected having described her as being asleep, was too young to be a saint being 12 years old. So where did she get and angelic brain from? Well we know that those in Gehenna do not have an angelic soul of their own but share an angelic soul with their soul-mates. So we realised that unsanctified humans, who have not been born again angelically, could likewise be sharing an angelic soul in some way. Perhaps like a shared server rather than a dedicated server. This would mean that when one is born again one simply is transferred from a shared angelic server to one's own dedicated angelic server. By this we mean that instead of sharing an angelic soul we get our own angelic soul. In other words we cease being in this form of second death, we become alive angelically. It also means that humans and angels are so closely related as to be almost indistinguishable.
So when the spirit of God first enters into a foetus at mid term of the pregnancy it probably comes from a shared angelic server. This angelic brain is our fundamental character security. If we die physically, the angelic server will see us as having effectively gone to sleep and our spirit will start dreaming upstairs.
44 It is sown a physical body, it is raised up a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual one [the minute the spirit enters the human foetus it also enters an angelic shared server to archive the day's memories] (1Corinthians 15).
7 You made him a little lower than angels; with glory and honour you crowned him, and appointed him over the works of your hands (Hebrews 2).
9 But we behold Jesus, who has been made a little lower than angels, crowned with glory and honour for having suffered death, that he by God's undeserved kindness might taste death for every [man] (Hebrews 2).
Let's face it. Mankind's hardware, his flesh, is a lot lower than an angelic body. But we are a hybrid with access to an angelic type brain. Otherwise Jesus could not have accessed thousands of years of angelic memories from his human brain. So we are a little lower than angels only because we all have access to angelic hardware.
The next question to ask is why do we need to sleep for 33% of our lives and why do we go crazy if we have no sleep for more than 60 hours? Could it be that during sleep we flush our memory cache into the angelic server so that our memories are stored upstairs, and cannot be destroyed by a bullet? If so then we go crazy if we fail to sleep because our human brain memory cache gets filled up and is unable to store any more data and so starts mixing up reality with the dream it wishes to be indulging in during the overdue upload.
The point is that if sleep is like the first death then obviously the human body does not play much of a role in it. So the spirit, you, is running on your heavenly hardware, your shared angel or your owned angel.
So next time you take a nap enjoy the dreams of your heavenly shared or owned angelic soul!
This is all fairly obvious when you actually think about it. Because a biological human brain, which has trouble in remembering a 16 digit credit card number, cannot possibly create a full colour, full Audio, 3D real time virtual reality for our spirits to interact with various other virtual mentally created spirits in during the night. Only an angelic mind has that kind of computing power. The human brain takes a snapshot with the eyes every 100 milliseconds and can hear two musical events at best 20 milliseconds apart. A neuron takes around 5 milliseconds to fire. So the CPU clock speed of the human brain would be around 10 milliseconds at best or 100 cycles per second , since one neuron firing per cycle is not going to achieve much. It is probably more like 20 milliseconds or 50 Hz. Now when DreamWorks made Shrek 3, they used around 20 million CPU hours to render the movie. The result was far from perfect and easily identifiable as an animation. The server CPUs run at around 3 GHz. Rendering one frame of Cars2 took 11½ hours of a 12,500 CPU farm's time. Again these CPUs run at around 3GHz. The human brain runs at best at 100Hz. It is massively parallel, but it is not going to achieve in 1/10th of a second (the ocular frame duration) what 12,500 CPU running at 3GHz achieve in 11½ hours which is 414,000 tenths of a second. In fact if it were to render a dream as well as Cars2 was rendered (and actually dreams are rendered perfectly and therefore better than Cars2). Then it would have to achieve in one tenth of a second which is at best 10 CPU cycles, what Pixar achieves in 414,000 seconds with 37,500,000,000,000 cycles. This is 37½ trillion CPU cycles.
Plainly it cannot do this. Your human brain has nowhere near enough CPU power to render a 3D dream in real time, let alone write the movie script and put you in it in a seamless interaction with that script.
Furthermore Pixar and Dreamworks and Disney have hundred of human brains interacting with the computer banks to make one movie frame in 11½ hours. So for one human to do this in real time he would have to be thousands of times faster than thousands of computers cycling at millions of times faster than his brain AND faster in his subconscious than the hundreds of humans are in their conscious.
So angelic brain hardware must be millions of times faster than human brain hardware. But then we have the famous scripture..
8 However, let this one fact not be escaping your notice, beloved ones, that one day is with Jehovah as 1,000 years and 1,000 years as one day. (2 Peter 3 NWT)
8 One but this (thing) not let it be lying hidden to you, loved (ones), that one day beside Lord as thousand years and thousand years as day one. (2 Peter 3 KIT)
This is of course metaphorically true sine God has lived for a very long time and in fact invented time as a prison for us. But why should it not also be physically true? Perhaps the angels think 360,000x faster than humans and have a brain frequency of 3.6 MegaHertz? God is not limited by time at all. He presumably has an 'infinitely' fast thinking frequency. This would mean that when we pop up to heaven from the ark for a few months prior to coming back down to earth for the Kingdom of God, we could effectively learn 1,000 years of information in one day! This would be like Neo in the matrix. It is amazing, but all the sacred secrets in the bible seem to have appeared already in one or other Sci Fi movie!
So since we have angelic brains, we have proven the existence of angels who are millions of times more intelligent than us. Intelligent enough to create us. In fact they may well have quantum computing type brain CPUs.
There is no argument, Quantum computers exist. So quantum theory is not only a theory. It is a fundamental truth about our universe. So Space time is not the fundamental reality. It is a construct made from quantum madness, where one thing can be in two places at the same time. A qbit in a quantum computer is not merely 0 or 1. It can be both 0 and 1 at the same time - which to us is lunacy. It seems mad because we only have space time as a reference but space time is now proven to be a construct made out of quantum madness. So space time, the universe had a constructor. In fact a qbit only chooses to be 0 or 1 when a light is shone at it so that an observation can be made. Hence: Let there be light. Light turned a quantum foam into spacetime. And a constructor created light and spacetime from quantum foam.
We have no choice today, but to accept that the universe is a construct. Therefore we have no choice but to accept that the universe as a constructor. In scriptural terms.
4 Of course, every house is constructed by someone, but he that constructed all things is God. (Hebrews 3 NWT)
The particular house of spacetime is one is his many abodes for us.
Humans did ‘evolve’ but by the design process of angels, rather than by random chance. For chance, an unthinking statistical phenomenon, cannot logically create a thinking being. Only intelligence begets intelligence. Descartes said: I think therefore I am. But one could equally well say: I think, therefore I was created by a thinker.
The intelligent man says: I think therefore I was created by an intelligence.
How many computers, devices with some limited intelligence, did random chance ever create?
But mankind has never created anything with emotion. So really the more powerful statement is: I want therefore I am.
And from a creation standpoint: I want so someone wanted to create me.
Thought begets thought and emotion begets emotion. Random chance has neither of these two necessary capabilities for a creator of mankind.
Jesus himself is referred to by 3 Roman Historians, Cornelius Tacitus, Gaius Suetonius and Pliny the Younger. In 1961 a stone was found in Caesarea with an inscription naming Pontius Pilate who finally consented to the execution of Jesus. The bones of the high priest Joseph Caiaphas, were discovered in a ossuary in 1990. Josephus, the Jewish Historian who lived at the time of the birth of Christianity refers to Jesus twice. There is much more information on this subject available from websites such as www.issuesetc.org/resource/archives/maier3.htm.
One can also deduce the existence of God from knowledge that appears in the bible that no human could have had at the time:
22 There is one who is dwelling above the circle of the earth, the dwellers in which are as grasshoppers, the one who is stretching out the heavens just as a fine gauze, who spreads them out like a tent in which to dwell (Isaiah 40).
7 He is stretching out the north over the empty place, Hanging the earth upon nothing (Job 26).
So we have a circle of the earth hung upon nothing. Pretty good seeing as the earth was believed flat for 2,000 years after Isaiah and gravity was discovered 3,000 years after Job.
One can also deduce his existence, or at least the existence of non human intelligence, from the prophecies and fulfillments in the bible. For example:
[a] Daniel 8 prophesied the rise of the Greek world power through Alexander the Great (see Daniel 8)
[b] Both Revelation and Daniel prophesy that the UN will have world wide power in the last ten years of this system, from 1998 to 2008 ( see Daniel 7, Daniel8, Revelation13, Revelation14). This is already fulfilled.
[c] Jeremiah in chapter 51 prophesied before 586AD when Jerusalem fell, how the city of Babylon would fall to the Medes, who would damn up the rivers to gain access to the city. They did this in 539AD. He also prophesied that it would eventually become piles of stones which would never be inhabited again, which it is today.
38 There is a devastation upon her waters and they must be dried up (Jeremiah 50).
39 Therefore the haunters of the waterless regions will dwell with the howling animals, and in her ostriches must dwell. And she will never more be dwelt in, nor will she reside for generation after generation (Jeremiah 50).
11 Jehovah has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes, because it is against Babylon that his idea is, in order to bring her to ruin (Jeremiah 51).
7 And Babylon must become piles of stones (Jeremiah 51).
Saddam Hussein was reported to have desired to rebuild Babylon, which is in modern Iraq, just before the Gulf War. He was stopped from doing this fairly comprehensively.
[d] Jesus prophesied in 33 AD about the temple in Jerusalem that not a stone would be left upon a stone. This is precisely the destruction that occurred in 70 AD under the Roman general Titus.
2 However, Jesus said to him: Do you behold these great buildings? By no means will a stone be left here upon a stone and not be thrown down (Mark 13).
The old testament prophesies many things about a Messiah who will come and save the sons of Israel. We are going to list many of these prophecies and show that the man known as Jesus Christ actually fulfilled them. One can argue that many of these are simply the bible proving the bible as it were. However Christ was a real historic person as witnessed to by the Roman historian Tacitus, and by the Jewish historian Josephus, who started life as the general in charge of the Army of Israel and ended life as a Historian and as a Christian. So if you propose that the New Testament is a dishonest fabrication by 4 colluding gospel writers and a few assorted apostles, then the most prominent Jewish Historian of the time would certainly disagree, and he was actually there.
Furthermore that is no other candidate the even comes close to fulfilling the old testament criteria for being the Messiah other than Jesus.
Of course it is possible for anyone to fulfill one or two of these prophecies, but to fulfill the large number of them that Jesus himself fulfilled proves that the old testament prophets did have a knowledge of the future and that Jesus Christ was the Messiah as he claimed.
Once we have proven that the old testament prophets did have a knowledge of the future, then it is apparent that there is someone else who gave them that knowledge, since no human can foresee the future. Knowing the future is a capability that God claims for himself...
10 The One telling from the beginning the finale, and from long ago the things that have not been done; the One saying, 'My own counsel will stand, and everything that is my delight I shall do' (Isaiah 46).
So we are proving that there is a God by proving that the old testament has foreknowledge that can only have come from God. In fact the New Testament is the fulfillment of the old testament and the resolution of sins exposed by the law of Moses.
There are around 300 prophecies which Jesus fulfilled personally as a human in his first century ministry. Someone somewhere has calculated that the chances of his doing this if there were no God are basically zero. Here are a few of the more famous ones with their fulfillments:
Prophecy: 14 Therefore Jehovah himself will give you men a sign: Look! The virgin [hml[h means virgin or unmarried maiden according to Ben Davidson, it is from a Hebrew root meaning hidden, which relates to virginity] herself will actually become pregnant, and she is giving birth to a son, and she will certainly call his name Immanuel (Isaiah 7).
Fulfillment: 24 Then Joseph woke up from his
sleep and did as the angel of Jehovah had directed him, and he took his wife
home. But he had no intercourse with her, until she gave birth to a son, and he
called his name Jesus (Matthew 1).
A virgin birth is quite a fulfilment. Of course the skeptic might argue that virgin births are a bit difficult to confirm in the absence of DNA testing, which wasn't invented in the first century. However the academic would say we now know how a virgin birth could take place scientifically. We actually do virgin births ourselves today in fertility clinics. So the bible certainly prophesied this capability, which we call in vitro fertilisation, 2,600 years before it ever occurred.
The reader may be wondering why does Jesus have this other name Immanuel? We answer this question in section Intro16.
Prophecy: 1 In the region of the
Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
2 The people that were walking in the darkness have seen a great light (Isaiah 9).
Fulfillment: 13 Further, after leaving Nazareth, he came and took up residence in Capernaum beside the sea [of Galilee] in the districts of Zebulun and Naphtali,
14 that there might be fulfilled what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying:
15 O land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, along the road of the sea, on the other side of the Jordan, Galilee of the nations!
16 the people sitting in darkness saw a great light (Matthew 4).
Prophecy: 2 And you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, the one too little to get to
be among the thousands of Judah, from you there will come out to me the one who is to become ruler in
Israel, whose origin is from early times, from the days of time indefinite
Fulfillment: 1 After Jesus had been born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, look! astrologers from eastern parts came to Jerusalem (Matthew 2).
He entered the temple on 33Nisan10, Palm Monday, on the very day when the Passover lamb should enter the house according to the law of Moses. And Jesus was referred to by John the baptist as the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.
He was killed on good Friday, 33April1, 33Nisan14, the very day of the Passover, when the Passover lamb should be killed.
Not a bone of his body was broken (The Passover lamb law and Psalm 22:17,
John 19:32,33) . . .
The crowds said at his death: He committed himself to Jehovah, let him provide him with escape (Psalm 22:8, Matthew 27:43)
He opened his mouth with illustrations, he published things hidden since the founding (Psalm 78:1,2 - LXX, Matthew 13:35).
He rode into Jerusalem on an Ass and was hailed as the son of David (who would become the King - Zechariah 9:9, Matthew 21:5).
He was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, which were thrown into the temple treasury (Zechariah 11:13, Matthew 27:3-5)
He preached the good news of the Kingdom to the poor (Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18).
Zealous for Jehovah’s house (Psalm 69:9, John 2:15-17).
Given vinegar (Psalm 69:21, Mark 15,36).
Pierced (Isaiah 53:9, John 19:34).
. . .
Prophecy: My God, my God, why have you left me? [Why are you] far from saving me, [From] the words of my roaring? (Psalm 22:1).
Fulfillment: About the ninth hour Jesus called out with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46).
Prophecy: They apportion my garments among themselves, And upon my clothing they cast lots (Psalm 22:18).
Fulfillment: Therefore they said to one another: Let us not tear it, but let us determine by lots over it whose it will be. This was that the scripture might be fulfilled: They apportioned my outer garments among themselves, and upon my apparel they cast lots. And so the soldiers really did these things (John 19:24).
The chances of all of the above being a coincidence are so remote as to make the existence of God and the truthfulness and prophetic power of the bible proven beyond any reasonable doubt.
1. The old testament makes this prophecy concerning Abraham...
16 And I will constitute your seed like the dust particles of the earth, so that, if a man could be able to count the dust particles of the earth, then your seed could be numbered (Genesis 13).
Today there are billions of people who claim a genetic or a spiritual descendancy from Abraham, be they Jews, Muslims of Christians. In fact nearly 50% of mankind would claim such a descendancy.
2. The bible reveals the concept of quarantine, in the law of Moses, 3400 years before microbiology discovered bugs.
3 And the priest must look at the plague in the skin of the
flesh. When the hair in the plague has turned white and the appearance of the plague is deeper than the skin of his flesh, it is the plague of
leprosy. And the priest must look at it, and he must declare him unclean.
4 But if the blotch is white in the skin of his flesh and its appearance is not deeper than the skin and its hair has not turned white, the priest must then quarantine the plague 7 days.
5 And the priest must look at him on the seventh day, and if in the way it looks the plague has stopped, the plague has not spread in the skin, the priest must also quarantine him another 7 days (Leviticus 13).
This was legal isolation and inspection for protection from an infectious desease (a plague).
3. The bible describes the in vitro fertilisation of Mary 1,960 years before IVF was invented by man. Even if you do not believe that Mary conceived without sleeping with a man, the account nonetheless demonstrates that an external species had an understanding of this process over 1,900 years before mankind developed the process for itself.
18 But the birth of Jesus Christ was in this way. During the time his mother Mary was promised in marriage to Joseph, she was found to be pregnant by holy spirit before they were united (Matthew 1).
4 The bible describes the earth as circular 2,000 years before we realised that it wasn't flat, but was a Globe.
22 There is one who is dwelling above the circle of the earth, the dwellers in which are as grasshoppers, the one who is stretching out the heavens just as a fine gauze, who spreads them out like a tent in which to dwell (Isaiah 40).
So the bible is inspired by a scientifically more advanced species than us.
5. The bible describes the earth as being hung upon nothing, 3300 years before Sir Isaac Newton discovered Gravity.
7 He is stretching out the north over the empty place, hanging the earth upon nothing (Job 26).
6. The bible described the universe as expanding, 3300 years (Job), 3000 years (Psalms) and 2700 years (Isaiah), before Fred Hoyle discovered that it was, in the 20th century...
7 He is saying to the sun that it should not shine forth,
And around stars he puts a seal,
8 Stretching out the heavens by himself. And treading upon the high waves of the sea.
9 Making the Ash constellation, the Kesil constellation, and the Kimah constellation and the interior rooms of the South.
10 Doing great things unsearchable, and wonderful things without number.
11 Look! He passes by me and I do not see [him] (Job 9).
2 Enwrapping yourself with light as with a
garment, Stretching out the heavens like a tent cloth,
3 The One building his upper chambers with beams in the very waters,
Making the clouds his chariot, Walking upon the wings of the wind,
4 Making his angels spirits. His ministers a devouring fire.
5 He has founded the earth upon its established places. It will not be made to totter to time indefinite, or forever (Psalm 104).
22 There is one who is dwelling above the circle of the earth, the dwellers in which are as grasshoppers, the one who is stretching out the heavens just as a fine gauze, who spreads them out like a tent in which to dwell (Isaiah 40).
The first thing to say is that evolution is not a fact. It is rather a theory, which was first postulated by Charles Darwin. He observed little birds, Finches, with 14 different types of beak on the Galapagos Islands. He then returned home in his ship called the Beagle and thought nothing much of it. However once he was back in Cambridge he spoke to John Gould, an ornithologist, a bird expert, who told him that these 14 differing beaked birds were in fact, 14 different species (14 different breeding groups). This changed everything for Darwin. He then proposed that the differing environmental conditions on the different islands had lead to the changes in these Finches and to these 14 new species developing. He then generalised this to cover the origin of all species on the earth which he claimed resulted from environmental pressure, a force which he termed natural selection. This was his theory on the 'Origin of the Species'.
The definition of 'Species' used in Darwin's day was: Breeding Group, a group of animals who could breed with each other.
In this way these species were a partition of nature, dividing all living things into breeding groups. So John Gould was telling him that these 14 differing finches, with different beaks could not interbreed with each other.
The whole of Darwin's theory was based on the 14 different species assertion from John Gould. But how would John Gould know if these Finches could breed with each other or not when he himself had never been to the Galapagos Islands and when we don't even know that today?
This debate is covered more fully in U221.
"When Charles Darwin landed in the Galapagos Islands on Sept. 17, 1835, he paid little attention to the finches, which seemed much the same from one island to another. He assumed they were varieties of a single species that had reached the remote islands long before and thought no more about them until after the British ship Beagle returned to London.
There, John Gould, a leading ornithologist, told him that the finches belonged to many different species, none known from anywhere else. The surprising news helped set off in Darwin’s mind the train of thought that led him to the daring conclusion that the earth’s species might not have remained fixed and unchangeable since some moment of divine creation.
The finches of the Galapagos Islands have become a foremost example of evolution at work. They display what biologists call adaptive radiation, the evolution of a funding population into an array of different species, each adapted to its own ecological niche.
Biologists now have applied modern methods of DNA analysis to Darwin’s finches. Not surprisingly – for Darwin was almost always right, though he knew of neither genes nor DNA – they have found that the finches are all descended from a single ancestral species.
There are 14 species of Darwin’s finches – 13 on the Galapagos Islands, which lie some 600 miles west of Ecuador, and one on Cocos Island to the north of the Galapagos. The little birds look very similar, but each species gets its food in a different way with a beak adapted to its special needs.
The cactus ground finches have long beaks for eating seeds and cactus pulp. The sharp-beaked ground finch picks ticks off iguanas. The woodpecker finch wields a cactus spine with its chisel-shaped beak to force insects out of cracks. The strange vegetarian finch eats only buds, blossoms and fruit with its stubby beak. The array of beaks is "the most famous tool kit in the natural world," Jonathan Weiner wrote in "The Beak of the Finch."
The most likely ancestor of the famous finches, the biologists write in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was a bird known as the dull-colored grassquit. The first species to evolve from the grassquit line was the warbler finch, followed by the vegetarian finch. The family tree then bushes out into the six species of ground finch and the six tree finches. The Cocos finch turns out to be closely related to the tree finches, showing the Cocos Islands were colonized from the Galapagos.
The biologists, a team led by Jan Klein of the Max Planck Institute for Biology in Tubingen, Germany, say that with the DNA region they analyzed, a segment of what is known as mitochondrial DNA, they could not distinguish among the species of ground finch, suggesting the different species may continue to interbreed. The same was true of the tree finch species. Speciation, the process that led Darwin to his theory of evolution, may still be in progress among the Galapagos finches." Nicholas Wade (from The New York Times, May 11, 1999, page F5)
So Jan Klein and his team have discovered that the 6 ground finch 'species' probably have the same Mitochondrial DNA (the Mitochondria are the components of cells which generate energy, the DNA is our Genetic Code - The DNA in the Mitochondria carries the genetic code for the whole Finch!). Since these 6 finch 'species' have the same DNA they 'may continue to interbreed'. But this means that they may in fact be one species, according to the definition of a species in Darwin's day. Next the team discovered that the 6 tree Finch 'species' also have identical Mitochondial DNA, which also means that they 'may continue to interbreed', and so they may also be one species. They then discovered that all of the supposed 14 'species' of Finch are descended from a single 'ancestral species'. The question that is therefore begging to be asked is: Can all these 14 different types of Finch still interbreed with the ancestral species? If they can, then what Jan Klein has found is that all 14 types of Finch with their different beaks are in fact one species, and that John Gould, mislead Charles Darwin when he told him that all the 14 types of Finch were from different species. If so then Darwin's origin of the species is an extrapolation from a false premise.
And if even today, leading biologists do not know whether these various beaked finches can interbreed with each other, how on earth did John Gould know in 1835 that they could not? He must have just been guessing, which brings us back to Churchill's wisdom:
'A lie gets half way round the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on' - Winston Churchill
One has to wonder why no body of scientists has ever been interested enough to find out if they can interbreed? This must be the longest ever running theory that has never been scientifically tested. Even Einstein’s theories, which are far more complex and obscure than two mating finches, have been experimentally verified. Psychologically one is forced to conclude that no scientist wants to discover the awful truth that the whole theory may be based on a false assumption. We appear to need a scientific deep throat!
"On this key issue, Jonathan Weiner seems entirely unconscious of the scientific significance of his own reporting. In his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Beak of the Finch, he wrote; 'Back in 1983, for instance ... a male cactus finch on Daphne Major, a scandens, courted a female fortis. This was a pair of truly star crossed lovers. They were not just from opposite sides of the tracks, like the Prince and the Showgirl, or from two warring families, like Romeo and Juliet: they belonged to two different species. Yet during the chaos of the great flood, they mated and produced four chicks in one brood.'
Not only did the finches in question mate successfully, their offspring proved to be among the most fertile that the Grants recorded during their twenty years on the islands. The four chicks of this mating produced no less than 46 grandchildren.
The Grants recorded many other pairings of 'different species' of finch, which, like Lack before them, they dubbed 'hybrids'. But of course the central significance of this finding is that the identification of the thirteen varieties as different species is impossible to maintain once it is admitted that they can interbreed and produce fertile young.
The fact that different varieties prefer not to mate is very different from saying that they are unable to do so. Great Danes do not usually select toy poodles as potential mates (and vice versa) but they are capable of bearing fertile young if mated and are members of the same species, Canis familiaris. Arab stallions do not normally select Shetland ponies as mates, but they are members of the same species, Equus callabus.
Moreover, the Grants' observations undermine another myth about Darwin's finches - that individual species are 'confined to certain islands'. In order for different species to mate, they clearly have to occupy the same territory. Other visitors to the Galapagos have confirmed that this is this case. Television documentary filmmaker Gillian Brown spent a year working at the Darwin Research Station on the islands. It is common, says Brown, to find the different species all over the archipelago, rather than obeying the coloured territorial maps drawn up by Darwinist ornithologists." Our sincere thanks to www.alternativescience.com/darwin's_finches.htm
So in 1983, the Grants, a husband and wife scientist pair, went to the Galapagos Islands and saw two supposedly different species of Finch interbreed of their own volition. They produced 4 babies which then went on to produce 46 grandchildren. This means that these two finches were in fact in the same species. So John Gould was wrong and Darwin's theory of evolution, his origin of the species, should therefore have been a theory on the genetic flexibility of the beak in the Finch species. Of course the Pulitzer prize winning book that describes these things (The Beak of the Finch) cites the above as evidence that speciation (the evolutionary process by which a species comes into existence), is still occurring in the Galapagos Islands. But Darwin's theory was called the Origin of the Species, not the beginning of speciation. The premise for his theory was that these finches were not in the same species. Plainly they are and his premise was false, and hence his theory has no basis. All that originated on the Galapagos islands were different geometries of beaks of Finches in the same species. Darwin did not observe anything more than one species.
With the above DNA evidence and breeding observations of the Grants, we are able to reject Darwin's theory on the origin of the species, because there is good evidence that no species of Finch other than your basic Finch species has ever originated in the Galapagos Islands, since the Finches interbreed and have identical mitochondrial DNA, but obviously they have different beak DNA.
So instead, as in the case of the domestic dog, which can still breed with the wolf (in theory), we propose that these 14 types of Finch are merely a manifestation of the genetic flexibility of the Finch species. In the case of the dog, the selection process was the desire of the owner, and in the case of the Finch, the selection process was the design of the Island.
It really is absolutely incredible that scientists can accept that all of the breeds of dogs and horses which come in bodies of vastly different shape and size are in the same species. Yet when it comes to Finches in the Galapagos islands, even the slightest variation in beak size means that they are in a different species. Unless of course these Finches are breeding with their beaks !
But we do know that Beagles and Poodles and Bull Terriers can breed with Alsatians and Great Danes and Labradors. And these dogs are animals which differ in a lot more than merely their mouths.
In fact if Darwin had only looked at the species which his ship was named after, he would surely have realised that John Gould was likely to have been mistaken !!
We propose that Darwin was correct in his deduction that the different environments of the various islands lead to the 14 different types of beak, but that Gould was guessing and he was wrong in his assertion that the 14 different beaked birds were from 14 different species. All of these Finches were still your basic Finch species, not withstanding their finely tuned new beaks. We propose that the same enormous genetic flexibility built into the Wolf and manifested in the various breeds of Dog, was also built into the Finch and manifested in the various types of beak.
We are saying that, all of the variations which are exhibited and all the adaptations that the species makes in every environment, such as colouring, size, forms of viruses, etc., were also created by God, through the angels and preprogrammed into the species from the outset as the genetic variational capability, or genetic flexibility, or genetically preprogrammed adaptability of that species.
We are saying that it is the genetic flexibility of a species which enables it to adapt. Adaptation is not caused by a series of billions and billions of random mutations one of which by some incredible fluke cause some advantage to the animal, and then all of the ones that did not cause this advantage die out and vanish from the fossil record leaving only the one that worked. For this to have occurred one would have to apply natural selection not only to the mutations themselves but also to their dead fossils!
If the reader has ever tried to create anything himself then he will know that perhaps one in ten or perhaps one in twenty of his ideas turn out to be any good. This is creation with the intelligence of a human. If nature was the result of absolutely no intelligence whatsoever, then there would be billions and billions of mistakes for every success. The fossil record would just be a random mess of genetic misfits. There would be billions of failed horses for every horse. But this is just not seen. In fact it is quite the contrary. There are no mistakes at all. Every animal got it right first time! This is because God is more intelligent than humans and we would be very surprised if the angels did not simulate every animal on a heavenly computer before they created them anyway. Look! it was the angels who created all of these animals! Not the National Lottery. Who created the animals in Star Wars?
Natural selection cannot create anything, it can only destroy. And random chance is just not a candidate. Consider for example the little bacteria that infect us. How can it be that within just a few years of our finding an antibiotic that wipes them out, they have found a way to beat the antibiotic by 'mutating'?
There is nowhere near enough time for random chance to create the perfect mutation to get round the antibiotic discovered in the last decade, and create a new super bug resistant to that very antibiotic. Although there could be hundreds of millions of reproductions in ten years for bacteria.
When we battle with these bugs we are not fighting against random chance, we are fighting against the minds of the angels who created them with different form capabilities. These different forms are a part of the bacterium's genetic defences. This is even more true in the case of the viruses, which are basically just DNA with an outer coating. The Flu virus changes all the time, this is not a series of incredibly fortunate mutations. It is the genetic cycle of the DNA. This is well known in the case of viruses by the medical profession. Why don't we apply it to the rest of nature and realise that adaptation to environments is as a result of designed-in genetic flexibility.
Look! just as a fly changes its course every few seconds to avoid being caught, so a virus changes its shape every few years or every few months or every few days to avoid being caught by our immune system.
Consider for example the arctic reindeer and the regular reindeer. The arctic one has a whole load more hair than the regular one and shorter legs, so it is better at dealing with the cold. Did the normal reindeer go north, and get cold and then suffer billions of random mutations one of which lead to longer hair and another of which lead to shorter legs? Did a process of natural selection then result in the better insulated reindeers out performing the regular reindeers in the arctic and the billions of billions of randomly mutated genetic failures with two heads, three tails, four kidneys, no kidneys at all, three legs, half a brain, no hair whatsoever, hair on one side of the body but not the other, two hairy legs and two bald legs, one hairy antler and one bald antler, antlers for legs, legs for antlers etc, all of which vanished without a trace from the fossil record? Were we then left with the arctic reindeer perfectly adapted only because we had randomly tried every other possible combination of reindeer and failed and been naturally selected against in the order of billions of billions?
This is a ridiculous theory. If one was a regular reindeer and one saw ones relatives going through such a ludicrous series of genetic mutations one would have gone back south without delay! Is it not far simpler to accept that the creator of the regular reindeer had some knowledge of the weather conditions on the planet which he himself had created, and so he built in to the reindeer species the genetic variational capability to grow longer hair and shorter legs, if the conditions so required?
17 It was you that set up all the boundaries of the earth; Summer and winter--you yourself formed them (Psalm 74).
For more on this intelligent design versus random chance debate we must recommend the 'Privileged Planet' and 'Unlocking the Mystery of Life', DVDs from illustra Media available in the US from www.illustramedia.com, and in the UK from www.apologetics.com.
A little too obvious perhaps but...
60 to the end that all the peoples of the earth may know that Jehovah is the [true] God. There is no other (1 Kings 8).
10 You are my witnesses, is the utterance of Jehovah, even my servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and have faith in me, and that you may understand that I am the same One. Before me there was no God formed, and after me there continued to be none (Isaiah 43).
18 For this is what Jehovah has said, the Creator of the
heavens. He the [true] God, the Former of the earth and the Maker of it.. He the One who firmly established
it, who did not create it simply for
nothing, who formed it even to be inhabited: I am Jehovah, and there is no one else (Isaiah 45).
Now you might argue, yes fine, but how do we know that Isaiah and Samuel (who wrote Kings) were not lying? Well, the bible contains a set of moral laws which have never been successfully improved upon by mankind, although many have tried, so how likely is it that a book containing such far-sighted morality was written by liars?
The Sun is 400x larger than the moon and is 400x further away from the earth than the moon. This is the statistically incredible coincidence that causes a lunar and solar eclipse. Why do these two critical heavenly bodies fit over each other from our standpoint?
Galileo Galilei first discovered and proposed that the earth revolved around the sun, so that the sun was the centre of the solar system rather than the earth. He was of course condemned by the pope for being a heretic. But how amazing is it that the word 'Galilee' in Hebrew means a circuit or an orbit? How did his father know, when he named his son that he would discover something that was unknown to man at the time of his birth? This must be a heavenly sign. Of course Jesus represents the light of the world, the sun and we revolve around him, he does not revolved around us. We look to him for light and life he does not look to us to anything other than to help us and to love us.
Every animal with a heart has a lifespan of near enough 1 billions beats, no matter how fast their heart beats. So much so that biologists have incorporated this feature in a formula...
Life expectancy = 1902.6 / heart rate (beat per minute)
Here are some well known examples...
|Creation||Heart Rate Beat Per Minute||Life Expectancy In Years|
dU/dt = PdV/dt - TdS/dt
(U is energy, P is pressure, V is volume, T is temperature, S is entropy - a measure of Chaos, dU/dt, dV/dt, dS/dt are the rates of change of U, V, S with respect to time)
Or in layman's terms, things get less and less ordered with time.
The existence of order in the universe implies the existence of an orderer. Random chance cannot create sustained order. An orderer is an intelligence with power. We know that mankind did not create the ordered universe. So we can deduce that there is a powerful non human intelligence that created it. This is a matter of logic. So we know that there is a creator. In fact the second law of thermodynamics which basically states that whatever you do you create more chaos, or that chaos always increases, proves that there was an orderer to start with. Which means there was a creator, a God, this orderer. The big bang was perfect order in some sense, it must have been a seed with all of the information necessary for the entire universe, the most ordered creation ever.
The idea that we should love our enemies and pray for those persecuting us does not come from mankind.
God name is written in the scriptures as the 4 Hebrew Consonants hwhy. It comes from the root hwh , meaning 'to be', to exist. The name itself means he who causes to become according to some translators. And According to Ben Davidson (AHCL) it combines the present and the future form of the verb 'to be' and so means 'I am and I will be', or 'he that is and will be'. So perhaps the best way to translate it is an eternally present creator. Seems like a good name for God!
That was the relatively easy part. The pronunciation of his name is more difficult. The most widely accepted form of God's name is Jehovah. Gesenius and Ben Davidson write it with the vowel pointing for Jehovah. This pronounciation was even used in the Indiana Jones movie 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. It is an Germanicisation of Yehowah, which is formed by giving the 4 Hebrew consonants hwhy, which are known as the tetragrammaton, the vowels of the Hebrew word for Lord, which is ynda, a word which also has 4 consonants. This fix was invented by early bible copiers to avoid correct pronunciation of the divine name. The biblical names such as Jehoram, Jehoshaphat, Jehonadab and Jehoshua (Joshua) are all subject to this accepted euphemism for God's name. So one cannot deduce the correct vowels in God's name from their names. The same even is true of Elijah and Hallelujah. There would be little point in changing the divine name so that it was pronounced incorrectly and then writing names of kings which included parts of that name correctly pronounced. So Jehovah cannot be the answer since the particular vowels used in that pronunciation were invented in order to obscure the true pronunciation.
Now Josephus, the first century Jewish Historian, wrote in Book 5 Chapter 5 of the Wars of the Jews, that the high priest had God's name on his turban, 'it consists of 4 vowels' (not 4 consonants). Furthermore he wrote that the Jews called on God's name when they were being attacked by the Romans, and he was a powerful Jew, being the head of the army of Israel after Cestius' defeat until he surrendered to Vespasian at Gamala. So he would most likely have known the correct pronunciation of God's name.
The entire Old Testament originally had no vowel pointing at all (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah). In fact the letter Aleph was originally related to a, Hey was related to e, Yod was related to i nor e, and vuv to o or u. It is interesting therefore to note that the Tetragrammaton (the 4 letters which make Jehovah's name) YHWH hwhy are also vowels. So this may be what Josephus meant when he called the Tetragrammaton written on the high priest's turban - "4 vowels".
So let's use the 4 vowels of the Tetragrammaton as the vowels in God's name. The use of consonants as vowels is called Mater Lectionis (Mother of reading). Only Hebrew would be so absurdly ambiguous!
We then get Yihevuhe. This pronounciation results from adding the vowelizing of the 4 consonants to the 4 consonants. This is not so far from Jehovah.
In any event the original lettering of the language had 4 vowels which doubled as consonants (typical Hebrew) - not sure about
Ayin. Then the
introduced umpteen other vowels in the form of vowel pointing. But not satisfied with that, a whole bunch more of accents were introduced. So that in the end there were more vowel points and accents than there were letters in the original alphabet (alpha beta - aleph
beth). This is the path to phariseeism. You end up with a word so covered in vowel points and accents that you can hardly see it, read it, or understand it.
But then going back to the true construction of hwhy, which Ben Davidson has as a concatenation and condensation of why and hw, the vowel pointing of Jehovah would appear to be correct. But surely Jospehus was closer to the mark since he actually knew the pronounciation!
Both the old and the new testaments bear witness to making God's name, Jehovah, known...
2 And God went on to speak to Moses and to say to him:
I am Jehovah.
3 And I used to appear to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as God Almighty, but as respects my name, Jehovah, I did not make myself known to them.
4 And I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their alien residences in which they resided as aliens.
5 And I, even I, have heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I remember my covenant (Exodus 6).
25 Righteous Father, the world has, indeed, not come to know
you; but I have come to know you, and these have come to know that you sent me
26 And I have made your name known to them and will make it known, in order that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in union with them (John 17).
Metaphorically God's name stand for his character, his authority etc. It is apparent that Moses did not know God's name at first since he said...
13 Nevertheless, Moses said to the [true] God:
Suppose I am now come to the sons of Israel and I do say to them, 'The God of
your forefathers has sent me to you,' and they do say to me, 'What is his name?' What shall I say to
14 At this God said to Moses: "I shall prove to be what I shall prove to be' (or I am what I am). And he added: This is what you are to say to the
sons of Israel, 'I shall prove to be' (or I am) has sent me to you (Exodus 3).
So the physical sons of Israel got to know a physical pronunciation of God's name. But the spiritual sons of Israel, the sons of the JAC, the sons by covenant of Jacob, the saints, might get to know his love and his real character more than just a pronunciation of some letters. That would be of a far greater value.
24 God is a Spirit, and those worshipping him must worship with spirit and truth (John 4).
God is a spirit, but not necessarily a spirit creature, for he was not necessarily created. The above scripture implies that God's will existed before all creation occurred, which could logically imply that God himself was not created, we ourselves do not know. But what we do know is that God created space and time. He is the creator of everything:
11 You are worthy, Lord, even our God, to receive the glory and the honour and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will they existed and were created (Revelation 4).
He has a character like the angels do and like humans do, he gets happy and sad, angry and relaxed:
11 According to the glorious good news of the happy God, with which I was entrusted (1 Timothy 1).
6 And Jehovah felt regrets that he had made men in the earth, and he felt hurt at his heart (Genesis 6).
13 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: I will also cause a blast of windstorms to burst forth in my rage, and in my anger there will occur a flooding downpour, and in rage there will be hailstones for an extermination (Ezekiel 13).
21 And Jehovah began to smell a restful odor, and so Jehovah said in his heart: Never again shall I call down evil upon the ground on man's account, because the inclination of the heart of man is bad from his youth up; and never again shall I deal every living thing a blow just as I have done (Genesis 8).
He has a character like ours, like that of Jesus to be precise, this is a meaning of:
26 Let us make man in our image according to our likeness (Genesis 1).
We do not want to oversimplify things here. If God was not created then how did he come into existence? Well one answer is that he has always been in existence. The sense in which this is meant is not that given any amount of time in the past he was always around before that time. It is rather that he himself created time. So the question: Was there anything before God? has the answer: No, because there was actually no 'before', since God created time. We cannot pretend to understand this very much but it is the best we can do right now.
This much we do know: Humans are limited both by space and by time. Angels are limited by time alone and not by space, and God is limited by neither. All humans who are saved by God, through Jesus, will eventually become angels and escape the confines of space. It is conceivable that some or all of us may also escape the confines of time at some point. This could only happen if we had developed a character good enough for this purpose, and perhaps we can never do this, we do not know. Actually it is more likely that we will always need God so we will never get such a character. Perhaps being outside time defines God in some way?
God has no parents - he is uncreated - unbegotten...
18 No man has seen God at any time; the only-begotten god who is in the bosom [position] with the Father is the one that has explained him. (John 1 NWT)
Jesus was the only begotten God at the time that the Gospel of John was written. So Jehovah was unbegotten or there would have been 2 begotten Gods.