The First Sacrifice of Christ – Part 1 of 2

Time is a dimension, such as, length or width or height. We understand only a small part of what time is…our part…but there exists another region that we may sense with our spirits, something more intuitive and beyond our understanding, though just as real.

This region was and is the home of Christ. A home just as real as the home we experience. Time is no more in this world of eternity, but the feelings of love, joy, beauty, wonder, compassion, wisdom and faithfulness are just as real as they are to us on Earth. Christ was in this world before the Earth was created; He existed before creating the Universe and He is alive today in this region that transcends time and space. He will exist long after the Earth and Universe are gone. In Hebrews 1:10-12 (NIV), we find God speaking of His Son, Jesus:

“He also says, ‘In the beginning, O Lord [applied to the Son], you laid the foundations of the Earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.’”

The region of Eternity is where the story of Christ begins, not in the small manger in Bethlehem. Before the beginning of time and the Universe we have the Trinity; three distinct persons in one: the Eternal Spirit, God the Father, and Christ Jesus the Son existing and lovingly planning for relationship with the created. The Trinity is the totality of God; not one part is God, but all three are co-equal, co-eternal, and are one substance. God’s plan was to have relationship, to be of one family in Christ, to be brothers and sisters for His Son. Again from the Bible we read:

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” (Ephesians 1:3-6, NIV)

The Bible shares with us information about the prevenient Christ. John 1:1-5 (NIV) speaks about the Word becoming Flesh:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

Note that in the beginning Christ was with God, that is, before the beginning of our Universe Christ was with God; Jesus said it this way:

“Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began” (John 17:5, NIV).

Christ was present at the exodus. We read in 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 (NIV):

“For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”

Christ is supreme and above all, as we can see in Colossians 1:15-19 (NIV):

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”

So we see Jesus Christ as eternal and before creation, this confuses some people, because they don’t understand, because they see Jesus as only a New Testament figure. This happened many years ago to a group of Jews and we can read about it in John 8:56-58 (NIV) where Jesus said:

“‘Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.’ ‘You are not yet fifty years old,’ the Jews said to him, ‘and you have seen Abraham!’ ‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!'”

This posts sets the stage…Look for Part 2 next week for the First Sacrifice of Christ.

What is Truth? Often it is NOT What the Majority Thinks and We See This Revealed All the Time!

The last 4 posts may have caused some readers to reject the real truth over their own agendas about the environment. It is hard for many to change long held beliefs, especially when the same erroneous ideas are held by so many non-thinking people.

I invite you to join me and stand up for truth instead of personal reward. Stand firm, the pressure to sell out can be great when you are out-numbered. Any dead fish can go with the flow; you do this and there will be hole where you lost that bit of your integrity. Strive for truth over all agendas.

My threefold advice is: 1) To study multiple sources and compare. 2) Pray and listen for God’s voice to open truths; remember you should be working off God’s agenda and not your own (do you seek God’s glory or your own?). This is hard to do because people want to do all the talking when praying; but be quiet and listen to the Holy Spirit. Lastly, 3) come at this in faith as a child and set your sights on the Father; your sole goal in life is to one day hear Jesus tell you, “well done My good and faithful servant”.

That’s it…simple. The search for truth should not be about winning a Pulitzer Prize, or winning a big grant, or the “publish or die” sickness, or receiving tenure, nor making money, or publishing a book. When looking for truth, you should beware of a person’s motive. You need to understand that it is natural for a person to decide on what they want to believe, and then try to support that their belief is actually true. Some are so desperate for position that they will stoop to falsely fabricate their proof. Sadly, I believe this sickness is extremely prevalent in academia and with the scientific community today. As for me and this book, my motive is not for any prize, and I don’t work for any college, company or government where a grant is useful to me. My only motive is to hear Jesus say “well done My good and faithful servant”; it is that plain and that simple.

Real Truth transcends my thoughts, your thoughts, and the thoughts of the so called experts; the Bible has much more depth than we could ever hope or think. Rene Descartes thought he was on to the truth when he developed his thought process saying that at any given time you could be dreaming, so you are never sure if you are awake or asleep. Descartes chose a system he called “Radical Doubt”, which simply says that anything could be doubted because you are never really sure of reality. He said that to test whether you are awake or asleep required using a test that you could dream up, and thus you were unsure of the situation before, during and after the test. This all sounds like Heisenberg’s “Uncertainty Principle”; which said that in particle physics, you can’t measure an elementary particle in order to know about its location and properties because in the act of taking a measurement you change it. You can’t be sure about your measurements and the data that you gathered. Consistent with this uncertainty principle, Descartes “radical doubt” meant that it was always possible that he was actually dreaming, therefore, he said you can’t depend on your senses. In addition, he was suspect of even the simplest math and logic; how would he know if God was gracious and good or evil? Knowing that he did in fact exist in reality, he thought there existed the “logical possibility” that his mind was being controlled by evil instead of goodness; how would he know which is which? Knowing that he was real and existed, Descartes came up with the famous assertion: “I think, therefore I am”.15

Truth is greater than the Roman Catholic Church,, greater any “Descartes thought or definition”, and greater than Martin Luther…please don’t confine God by setting His rules to fit your definitions. The Pharisees thought they knew it all, had all the answers; and how did Jesus speak to the Pharisees? They had the Messiah right in front of them and their own definitions and agendas blinded them and they temporally killed their long sought-after Savior.

Climate Change Addendum & The Sin of Environmentalism

If you think I am totally against the environment, you could not be more wrong! As an architect I have spent my 40 year career dealing with energy conservation and stewardship of our natural resources. This past week President Obama has been prompting our need to effect climate change, an impossible thing to do. Meanwhile, America is sliding toward anarchy with police officers being gunned down and democrat endorsed hate groups disrupting process. Our tax dollars are funding evil countries around the world and helping to murder babies through Planned Parenthood. It is time my friends to follow up my 3-part posting on the hugely arrogant climate-change-thinking nonsense, and share my October 11, 2009 article on “The Sin of Environmentalism.” It is my hope that you will see what I think is our duty as Christians to be about in the face of evil countries forcing their citizens to flee for their lives…we have a crisis today to worry about, not a made-up crisis a hundred years from now!

The Sin of Environmentalism

Less you think I am some anti-environment architect, please note that I have practiced natural resource and energy stewardship & responsibility my whole 35 year career. I actively specify recycled products and promote the even more beneficial practice of “reuse”. I have taught Junior College level classes on environmental sensitivity; and I have produced daylighting and passive solar commercial & residential projects for over 30 years. With great respect of our earth, I consider myself to be an “organic intuitive architect”, who thinks we should build “of” the earth and not “on” the earth. My environmental beliefs are not due to some arrogant idea that I am “saving the planet”; the planet will take care of itself just fine. It has survived a lot worse than what mere mortal man can dish out. No, for me, it is simply about responsible stewardship for what I (and everyone else) have been entrusted with by its Creator. But sadly, I must admit that every time I hear the word “green”, I just want to throw up!

As I said, I believe every person and certainly we architects should practice good conservative environmental stewardship, but what a bunch of worthless hype is this so-called “green movement”. It is basically nothing more than advertising gimmicks to suck people in, and I see the design profession buying it hook, line & sinker! For me coming out of the 70’s passive solar movement, this “green” nonsense is nothing more than corporate hype. It is simply sickening that I don’t see any questioning of this stupid fad; for instance, calling a metal stud “green” because it can be melted down, many years from now if by chance it is pulled out of a pile of demolition debris, is absurd. Aside from basic resource stewardship and some good passive examples dealing with energy & water, there is nothing real about all this “green” save the planet nonsense, but I wish to put forward that there is something much more sinful going on here.

Our profession has historically been one to be sensitive to the people, to the users of our built environments. We have hundreds of articles on how people “feel” in a space, or how people “exist” within our cities. We get all “puffed up” by our arrogant interaction with governments discussing and impacting how people should live and work. But rather than some long-range green concept of control with no merit, that just may happen hundreds of years from now, how about we focus on how these governments are killing millions of people today?

So what’s your point, you say?

The whole global warming premise has been built on a computer model; it is not backed up by measured facts. It is a testament to the adage: “garbage in – garbage out”. There is no scientific consensus on the issue, though those promoting the cause want you to think so. The IPCC famous “hockey stick” chart, that Al Gore also likes to present, promotes the false premise that with the pollution of carbon fuels in the Industrial Age, global warming, previously running pretty much flat, is on a ballistic climb pushing toward the catastrophic end of the planet. The only problem for these pundits is, through ice borings etc. current science now shows even higher warming previously in what is being called the “Medieval Warm Period”, after which there was a mini ice age. The facts are that we have been in a cooling period; there has been no global warming for the last 10 years or so. Governments are pouring billions of dollars at reversing global warming, controlling “carbon footprints” and other climate threat nonsense. Nov. 2007, John Coleman founder of the Weather Channel, called global warming the biggest scam in history. Polar bear populations have increased 5 fold, ice caps have historically always increased and decreased, and global temperature fluctuations have been shown to be tied to solar activity, not to mankind’s messy activities. Certain political groups want you to think that you’re evil and that your very existence will doom the planet; this carbon garbage is not about saving the planet, it is about having “control” over you, and architects are falling for it.

All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA’s GISS, UAH, RSS) released data around July 2007 that show over that past year, global temperatures have greatly dropped. What global warming? Yet in 2009, the House of Representatives has already passed the “cap & trade” bill co-sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and have now sent it on to the Senate. Supported by both sides of the aisle, if this awful legislation becomes law, it will force the prices of ALL manufactured goods and the goods that require transportation (by any means using energy) to go up. This will force massive indirect taxes on you to address the ridiculous idea of “carbon footprints” and climate threat a hundred years out.

So what’s your point, you say?

A leading African social worker, Fiona Kobusingye, is quoted as saying that Africans are battling AIDS, malaria, lung infections, intestinal diseases, war, malnutrition and other problems that kill millions each year, “and yet day after day, Africans are told the biggest threat we face is global warming.” Fiona goes on to say, “Al Gore uses more electricity in a week than 28 million Ugandans together use in a year. And those anti-electricity policies are keeping us impoverished.”   I would also add, that our mis-directing of billions of dollars toward these non-existent environmental worries are killing those millions every year.

What right do we have to tell other developing countries, based on a complete hoax, that they cannot develop? It is sinful; people are dying every day! We have the Rwandan Genocide, the War in Darfur, civil war in Chad, and the Second Congo War, just to name a few of the needs TODAY on just one continent! Yet, we see the absolutely wasteful use of billions of dollars for a non-existent problem that politics say may happen hundreds of years from now! This is sinful. How can we possibly go to bed thinking we are doing something “green” when innocent children in Africa are losing limbs in tribal wars and seeing “red”. I just want to throw up!

Oh, I hear you saying about how hard things are these days, tough economic times; yes, some of us have seen these low times 4 or 5 times now, but will these times cause you to look selfishly inward or responsibly outward? Will apathy deaden your social responsibility we architects hold onto so strongly? Our national debt has been growing for a long time, but the latest round of reckless federal borrowing is pushing us closer to disaster. It took 233 years to pile up the first $12 trillion in debt – if we continue on our current course it will only take us 10 years to borrow the second $12 trillion! This would cause American taxpayers to spend almost $500 million in interest payments every day; is this the best use of our money, paying for debt?

So, what’s the point you say?

I don’t suppose my architect peers will receive this article very well; it is indeed exciting to think that our buildings and profession will indeed save the planet. My argument transcends architecture and really puts forward questions for all people to contemplate. My argument is more about asking the question, what is more important? What is our real responsibility to the world? The United States of America has been a leader for goodness and helpfulness in the world for 200 years. What happens if we fail to one day even have strength to stand up again?   With the daily needs of millions of our “fellow space travelers” on planet earth, can the world afford to waste these incredible amounts of money on non-existent problems? Of course, this nonsensical climate change tidal wave has spread worldwide and you may ask, “what can I as an individual do?” I guess I would simply say, we eat an elephant one bite at a time. Start by getting off the “climate change train” and speak a different language of social responsibility. All I know is that one day, I believe, each of us will be asked to account for how we treated “the least of these”. What am I going to say about my own actions?

Climate Change Addendum & The Sin of Environmentalism

If you think I am totally against the environment, you could not be more wrong! As an architect I have spent my 40 year career dealing with energy conservation and stewardship of our natural resources. This past week President Obama has been prompting our need to effect climate change, an impossible thing to do. Meanwhile, America is sliding toward anarchy with police officers being gunned down and democrat endorsed hate groups disrupting process. Our tax dollars are funding evil countries around the world and helping to murder babies through Planned Parenthood. It is time my friends to follow up my 3-part posting on the hugely arrogant climate-change-thinking nonsense, and share my October 11, 2009 article on “The Sin of Environmentalism.” It is my hope that you will see what I think is our duty as Christians to be about in the face of evil countries forcing their citizens to flee for their lives…we have a crisis today to worry about, not a made-up crisis a hundred years from now!

The Sin of Environmentalism

Less you think I am some anti-environment architect, please note that I have practiced natural resource and energy stewardship & responsibility my whole 35 year career. I actively specify recycled products and promote the even more beneficial practice of “reuse”. I have taught Junior College level classes on environmental sensitivity; and I have produced daylighting and passive solar commercial & residential projects for over 30 years. With great respect of our earth, I consider myself to be an “organic intuitive architect”, who thinks we should build “of” the earth and not “on” the earth. My environmental beliefs are not due to some arrogant idea that I am “saving the planet”; the planet will take care of itself just fine. It has survived a lot worse than what mere mortal man can dish out. No, for me, it is simply about responsible stewardship for what I (and everyone else) have been entrusted with by its Creator. But sadly, I must admit that every time I hear the word “green”, I just want to throw up!

As I said, I believe every person and certainly we architects should practice good conservative environmental stewardship, but what a bunch of worthless hype is this so-called “green movement”. It is basically nothing more than advertising gimmicks to suck people in, and I see the design profession buying it hook, line & sinker! For me coming out of the 70’s passive solar movement, this “green” nonsense is nothing more than corporate hype. It is simply sickening that I don’t see any questioning of this stupid fad; for instance, calling a metal stud “green” because it can be melted down, many years from now if by chance it is pulled out of a pile of demolition debris, is absurd. Aside from basic resource stewardship and some good passive examples dealing with energy & water, there is nothing real about all this “green” save the planet nonsense, but I wish to put forward that there is something much more sinful going on here.

Our profession has historically been one to be sensitive to the people, to the users of our built environments. We have hundreds of articles on how people “feel” in a space, or how people “exist” within our cities. We get all “puffed up” by our arrogant interaction with governments discussing and impacting how people should live and work. But rather than some long-range green concept of control with no merit, that just may happen hundreds of years from now, how about we focus on how these governments are killing millions of people today?

So what’s your point, you say?

The whole global warming premise has been built on a computer model; it is not backed up by measured facts. It is a testament to the adage: “garbage in – garbage out”. There is no scientific consensus on the issue, though those promoting the cause want you to think so. The IPCC famous “hockey stick” chart, that Al Gore also likes to present, promotes the false premise that with the pollution of carbon fuels in the Industrial Age, global warming, previously running pretty much flat, is on a ballistic climb pushing toward the catastrophic end of the planet. The only problem for these pundits is, through ice borings etc. current science now shows even higher warming previously in what is being called the “Medieval Warm Period”, after which there was a mini ice age. The facts are that we have been in a cooling period; there has been no global warming for the last 10 years or so. Governments are pouring billions of dollars at reversing global warming, controlling “carbon footprints” and other climate threat nonsense. Nov. 2007, John Coleman founder of the Weather Channel, called global warming the biggest scam in history. Polar bear populations have increased 5 fold, ice caps have historically always increased and decreased, and global temperature fluctuations have been shown to be tied to solar activity, not to mankind’s messy activities. Certain political groups want you to think that you’re evil and that your very existence will doom the planet; this carbon garbage is not about saving the planet, it is about having “control” over you, and architects are falling for it.

All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA’s GISS, UAH, RSS) released data around July 2007 that show over that past year, global temperatures have greatly dropped. What global warming? Yet in 2009, the House of Representatives has already passed the “cap & trade” bill co-sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and have now sent it on to the Senate. Supported by both sides of the aisle, if this awful legislation becomes law, it will force the prices of ALL manufactured goods and the goods that require transportation (by any means using energy) to go up. This will force massive indirect taxes on you to address the ridiculous idea of “carbon footprints” and climate threat a hundred years out.

So what’s your point, you say?

A leading African social worker, Fiona Kobusingye, is quoted as saying that Africans are battling AIDS, malaria, lung infections, intestinal diseases, war, malnutrition and other problems that kill millions each year, “and yet day after day, Africans are told the biggest threat we face is global warming.” Fiona goes on to say, “Al Gore uses more electricity in a week than 28 million Ugandans together use in a year. And those anti-electricity policies are keeping us impoverished.”   I would also add, that our mis-directing of billions of dollars toward these non-existent environmental worries are killing those millions every year.

What right do we have to tell other developing countries, based on a complete hoax, that they cannot develop? It is sinful; people are dying every day! We have the Rwandan Genocide, the War in Darfur, civil war in Chad, and the Second Congo War, just to name a few of the needs TODAY on just one continent! Yet, we see the absolutely wasteful use of billions of dollars for a non-existent problem that politics say may happen hundreds of years from now! This is sinful. How can we possibly go to bed thinking we are doing something “green” when innocent children in Africa are losing limbs in tribal wars and seeing “red”. I just want to throw up!

Oh, I hear you saying about how hard things are these days, tough economic times; yes, some of us have seen these low times 4 or 5 times now, but will these times cause you to look selfishly inward or responsibly outward? Will apathy deaden your social responsibility we architects hold onto so strongly? Our national debt has been growing for a long time, but the latest round of reckless federal borrowing is pushing us closer to disaster. It took 233 years to pile up the first $12 trillion in debt – if we continue on our current course it will only take us 10 years to borrow the second $12 trillion! This would cause American taxpayers to spend almost $500 million in interest payments every day; is this the best use of our money, paying for debt?

So, what’s the point you say?

I don’t suppose my architect peers will receive this article very well; it is indeed exciting to think that our buildings and profession will indeed save the planet. My argument transcends architecture and really puts forward questions for all people to contemplate. My argument is more about asking the question, what is more important? What is our real responsibility to the world? The United States of America has been a leader for goodness and helpfulness in the world for 200 years. What happens if we fail to one day even have strength to stand up again?   With the daily needs of millions of our “fellow space travelers” on planet earth, can the world afford to waste these incredible amounts of money on non-existent problems? Of course, this nonsensical climate change tidal wave has spread worldwide and you may ask, “what can I as an individual do?” I guess I would simply say, we eat an elephant one bite at a time. Start by getting off the “climate change train” and speak a different language of social responsibility. All I know is that one day, I believe, each of us will be asked to account for how we treated “the least of these”. What am I going to say about my own actions?

The Sin of “Man-Made Climate Change” Thinking – Part 2, YOU are NOT God!

In Part One of this string of 3 posts, I mentioned facts about how we are indeed “works of art”…we are God’s “poem”…the best words in the best order is a poem, that is what we are. Because we are loved so much by God, to be so wonderfully created (Ps. 139:14), that we have also been given a gift of choice to accept or reject the God that created you. There is actually a great deal of love in this gift of choice, for what lover would put his beloved in chains, to be a puppet, to control every action and thought? There are no strings on you! You are not in prison chains…you can decide what to believe, wrong or otherwise.

So, you are free to reject God even though the blood of Jesus Christ redeemed you (paid the price for your sins), you can reject His divinity, and His being sovereign over all. You are free to become your own god. Become your own god? Yes, that is exactly what you are doing when you believe you can control the natural forces on Earth…that YOU believe YOU can affect the whole planet in some manner. How arrogant of you to believe such nonsense! For to have such a belief of global impact is to place yourself above all nature…to make yourself as powerful as God. If you are having trouble with this line of thinking, it shall become clear in Part 3 of this series of posts.

Everyone wants to believe they are important, that they have value and can contribute something to the “Play of Life on Planet Earth”. As Robin Williams said to the boys in “Dead Poet’s Society”, what will your one verse be? I am no different. That is why I write these posts on two blogs, write articles and books, I care. I don’t advertise. I don’t make any money. I care to reach out to others as a teacher because I feel called to do so. As you can with God, you are free to reject what I have say, but I only ask one thing of you. Put aside your pre-conceived notions and at least ponder briefly on the truth I wish to share with you. Only for this one reason – one day you will be asked to give an account of your life…what will you say?

Will you confess to following a lie at the expense of human lives? Will you arrogantly say that I have so much affect on the world that I could melt global ice caps? In fact, I am so important I can actually make one ice cap shrink and make the other one grow! Wow! If true, I could only say…You must be God to do that!

The Sin of "Man-Made Climate Change" Thinking – Part 2, YOU are NOT God!

In Part One of this string of 3 posts, I mentioned facts about how we are indeed “works of art”…we are God’s “poem”…the best words in the best order is a poem, that is what we are. Because we are loved so much by God, to be so wonderfully created (Ps. 139:14), that we have also been given a gift of choice to accept or reject the God that created you. There is actually a great deal of love in this gift of choice, for what lover would put his beloved in chains, to be a puppet, to control every action and thought? There are no strings on you! You are not in prison chains…you can decide what to believe, wrong or otherwise.

So, you are free to reject God even though the blood of Jesus Christ redeemed you (paid the price for your sins), you can reject His divinity, and His being sovereign over all. You are free to become your own god. Become your own god? Yes, that is exactly what you are doing when you believe you can control the natural forces on Earth…that YOU believe YOU can affect the whole planet in some manner. How arrogant of you to believe such nonsense! For to have such a belief of global impact is to place yourself above all nature…to make yourself as powerful as God. If you are having trouble with this line of thinking, it shall become clear in Part 3 of this series of posts.

Everyone wants to believe they are important, that they have value and can contribute something to the “Play of Life on Planet Earth”. As Robin Williams said to the boys in “Dead Poet’s Society”, what will your one verse be? I am no different. That is why I write these posts on two blogs, write articles and books, I care. I don’t advertise. I don’t make any money. I care to reach out to others as a teacher because I feel called to do so. As you can with God, you are free to reject what I have say, but I only ask one thing of you. Put aside your pre-conceived notions and at least ponder briefly on the truth I wish to share with you. Only for this one reason – one day you will be asked to give an account of your life…what will you say?

Will you confess to following a lie at the expense of human lives? Will you arrogantly say that I have so much affect on the world that I could melt global ice caps? In fact, I am so important I can actually make one ice cap shrink and make the other one grow! Wow! If true, I could only say…You must be God to do that!

The Sin of "Man-Made Climate Change" Thinking – Part 2, YOU are NOT God!

In Part One of this string of 3 posts, I mentioned facts about how we are indeed “works of art”…we are God’s “poem”…the best words in the best order is a poem, that is what we are. Because we are loved so much by God, to be so wonderfully created (Ps. 139:14), that we have also been given a gift of choice to accept or reject the God that created you. There is actually a great deal of love in this gift of choice, for what lover would put his beloved in chains, to be a puppet, to control every action and thought? There are no strings on you! You are not in prison chains…you can decide what to believe, wrong or otherwise.

So, you are free to reject God even though the blood of Jesus Christ redeemed you (paid the price for your sins), you can reject His divinity, and His being sovereign over all. You are free to become your own god. Become your own god? Yes, that is exactly what you are doing when you believe you can control the natural forces on Earth…that YOU believe YOU can affect the whole planet in some manner. How arrogant of you to believe such nonsense! For to have such a belief of global impact is to place yourself above all nature…to make yourself as powerful as God. If you are having trouble with this line of thinking, it shall become clear in Part 3 of this series of posts.

Everyone wants to believe they are important, that they have value and can contribute something to the “Play of Life on Planet Earth”. As Robin Williams said to the boys in “Dead Poet’s Society”, what will your one verse be? I am no different. That is why I write these posts on two blogs, write articles and books, I care. I don’t advertise. I don’t make any money. I care to reach out to others as a teacher because I feel called to do so. As you can with God, you are free to reject what I have say, but I only ask one thing of you. Put aside your pre-conceived notions and at least ponder briefly on the truth I wish to share with you. Only for this one reason – one day you will be asked to give an account of your life…what will you say?

Will you confess to following a lie at the expense of human lives? Will you arrogantly say that I have so much affect on the world that I could melt global ice caps? In fact, I am so important I can actually make one ice cap shrink and make the other one grow! Wow! If true, I could only say…You must be God to do that!

What, Don't Believe in Miracles? How limited you are!

Think of the debates, fights and arguments that we have had concerning Biblical issues such as: Did the virgin birth happen? Did Jesus change water into wine? Did the resurrection take place? Did Jesus walk on water? Did the Hebrews cross the rivers on dry land? Did Moses strike a rock and water flow forth? Did Jesus feed more than 5000 people with only a few loaves and fishes with 12 baskets full of leftovers? Did Jesus walk through the walls into that upper room? Did the bush burn without being consumed?

We cannot understand God; we have limits that God doesn’t have. Why is it that we have to have “answers” in a push to understand? Is it our arrogance to control? Can we not simply have awe, wonder, and praise for the omnipotent God that just happens to love us all individually?

To the Creator of the Universe, an omnipotent power dwelling in multiple dimensions we can’t possibly number, these so called “miracles” to us, are no big deal for God to perform. I say to the following: To the scientist that has to have touchable, explainable facts before he will believe a truth, I’m sorry, you are missing so much wonder and majesty. To those Christians that only believe in what they can understand, you are putting limits on God that don’t exist. To the theologians that will believe in some miracle stories and not others, or attempt to “explain them away”, you are putting God in a box that you seek to control. How arrogant! How nearsighted; what makes you think you have to explain it away in some man-made terms limited by our feeble understanding? Shame on all of you!

It wasn’t that long ago that people thought the world was a flat plane, and if you sailed too close, you could go right off the edge. We are so limited. We do indeed have much more knowledge of things than our brethren worried about sea monsters near the edge of the earth, but why do we have such arrogance to assume that “our present truth” is The Truth? Short glimpses back in history reveal that every time this was tried, we were fooled yet again.

As an architect, I have a great imagination. I can dream the greatest of dreams. Yet, as much as I can imagine, God and His Kingdom are greater beyond all words. For you to think you have all the answers, and only your church is right, is sinful. This rigidness of the church is what Jesus attacked when confronted by the Pharisees and Sadducees. Only God has all the answers; that is why He wants us to come to Him as little children, to depend on Him and not ourselves.

As in the book “Flatland” by Edwin Abbott, we see a 3-dimensional man walking in a 2-dimensional world performing “miracles” to the 2D Flatlanders simply by taking advantage of his extra dimension. All three Persons of the Trinity, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, exist in a multi-dimensional realm. By taking advantage of countless dimensions, there are no limits or constraints to what God can do.  If you don’t believe in miracles, then you simply have no concept of the possibilities beyond your extremely limited and constrained 3-dimensional world.

We read in the twentieth chapter of John about the interchange between Jesus and Thomas. One of the twelve, Thomas had seen and experienced a lot in his three years traveling with Jesus. A week after Jesus appeared to most of the disciples and after Thomas said that it would take the physical evidence of his own touch to believe that Jesus was alive again, we find a dramatic scene. Behind locked doors Thomas and others were surprised when Jesus walked into their mist and greeted them. Knowing what Thomas had said a week earlier, Jesus invited him to touch the hole in His side and believe. Verse 27, Jesus said to “stop doubting and believe”, and Thomas, now with his physical evidence, believed. Then in verse 29 we read the words of Jesus, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

What, Don’t Believe in Miracles? How limited you are!

Think of the debates, fights and arguments that we have had concerning Biblical issues such as: Did the virgin birth happen? Did Jesus change water into wine? Did the resurrection take place? Did Jesus walk on water? Did the Hebrews cross the rivers on dry land? Did Moses strike a rock and water flow forth? Did Jesus feed more than 5000 people with only a few loaves and fishes with 12 baskets full of leftovers? Did Jesus walk through the walls into that upper room? Did the bush burn without being consumed?

We cannot understand God; we have limits that God doesn’t have. Why is it that we have to have “answers” in a push to understand? Is it our arrogance to control? Can we not simply have awe, wonder, and praise for the omnipotent God that just happens to love us all individually?

To the Creator of the Universe, an omnipotent power dwelling in multiple dimensions we can’t possibly number, these so called “miracles” to us, are no big deal for God to perform. I say to the following: To the scientist that has to have touchable, explainable facts before he will believe a truth, I’m sorry, you are missing so much wonder and majesty. To those Christians that only believe in what they can understand, you are putting limits on God that don’t exist. To the theologians that will believe in some miracle stories and not others, or attempt to “explain them away”, you are putting God in a box that you seek to control. How arrogant! How nearsighted; what makes you think you have to explain it away in some man-made terms limited by our feeble understanding? Shame on all of you!

It wasn’t that long ago that people thought the world was a flat plane, and if you sailed too close, you could go right off the edge. We are so limited. We do indeed have much more knowledge of things than our brethren worried about sea monsters near the edge of the earth, but why do we have such arrogance to assume that “our present truth” is The Truth? Short glimpses back in history reveal that every time this was tried, we were fooled yet again.

As an architect, I have a great imagination. I can dream the greatest of dreams. Yet, as much as I can imagine, God and His Kingdom are greater beyond all words. For you to think you have all the answers, and only your church is right, is sinful. This rigidness of the church is what Jesus attacked when confronted by the Pharisees and Sadducees. Only God has all the answers; that is why He wants us to come to Him as little children, to depend on Him and not ourselves.

As in the book “Flatland” by Edwin Abbott, we see a 3-dimensional man walking in a 2-dimensional world performing “miracles” to the 2D Flatlanders simply by taking advantage of his extra dimension. All three Persons of the Trinity, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, exist in a multi-dimensional realm. By taking advantage of countless dimensions, there are no limits or constraints to what God can do.  If you don’t believe in miracles, then you simply have no concept of the possibilities beyond your extremely limited and constrained 3-dimensional world.

We read in the twentieth chapter of John about the interchange between Jesus and Thomas. One of the twelve, Thomas had seen and experienced a lot in his three years traveling with Jesus. A week after Jesus appeared to most of the disciples and after Thomas said that it would take the physical evidence of his own touch to believe that Jesus was alive again, we find a dramatic scene. Behind locked doors Thomas and others were surprised when Jesus walked into their mist and greeted them. Knowing what Thomas had said a week earlier, Jesus invited him to touch the hole in His side and believe. Verse 27, Jesus said to “stop doubting and believe”, and Thomas, now with his physical evidence, believed. Then in verse 29 we read the words of Jesus, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”