“NOW” removes so-called Biblical Contradictions

Time…What is time? Thoreau says that “time” is the stream in which he goes fishing. Less colorful and more boring than Thoreau’s definition, we think of time as one minute, or one day, a day of 24 hours, a year of 365 days, 60 seconds in one minute, a lunch break is one hour, and a coffee break is ten minutes. But what is time? It has to be something, because we measure it, right? We debate questions like: Has time always been there, unchanging? Is there a beginning to time? Will time ever end? Does time move at different rates? What if “a day” wasn’t always 24 hours? Some calendars measure a year differently, so how do we know what a year is? The understanding of the concepts of time and what time is and how it appears to you are important issues for you to consider. These questions are not just for the philosopher or scientist, but for every person, young and old. In this article, we will explore a reality known as “time”. It has serious implications for us as we search for meaning in life and a better understanding of God and our relationship with God.

We can trace the beginning of time back to the Big Bang. As we try to understand the Big Bang, we see that everything physical, natural laws, everything we touch and see and breathe had its beginning at the Big Bang. Time, as a dimension is no different. All laws of physics, chemistry and the other sciences have two distinct worlds. One we know something about after the Big Bang, and one we know nothing about before the Big Bang.

Time was created as a dimensional gift to us at the Big Bang. So, if the “dimension” we call time was nonexistent as we know it before the Big Bang, then what was there? “Now” was there. A word we use all the time, yet few understand its true meaning. “Now” is that point that is neither past nor future. It is a point that does exist in a multidimensional Universe; but a point whereby you can infinitely subtract any piece of time from, no matter how small the unit of measure. I guess you could say “now” does not exist in time.

Understanding this concept of time and the nature of the “Now” is critical to understanding many of the so-called contradictions found in the Bible. Let’s look at one such set of verse. At the crucifixion, Jesus is talking to one of the criminals hanging on an adjacent cross, Luke 23:43 in the NIV reads “I promise that today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Compare that to Luke 24:7 in the NIV where we read, “The Son of Man will be handed over to sinners who will nail Him to a cross. But three days later He will rise to life.” Three days later? What’s the deal? Is Jesus in Paradise the same day He died or was it three days later? This is a big deal for some; let’s look at the important “Apostle’s Creed”. The Old Roman version (circa 200AD) stated in the fifth section, “The third day He rose again from the dead”; a newer Roman version (circa 700AD), the same version I recited in the Episcopal Church, adopted by Catholics and others, states: He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead.” Now, how can this be? How can Jesus be in Paradise the same day He died on the cross for our sins, and suffer separation from the Father, taking our sins on Him, making them His own and paying the price for three days? Some believe there was a separation of body and spirit, and the spirit went to Paradise, to “Abraham’s Bosom”. But that doesn’t explain the physical bodily resurrection of Christ 3 days later. It doesn’t explain Thomas touching His wounds, Jesus eating fish on the beach, or the discussion on the road to Emmaus. One group is likely to say, we believe this way; and another group is just as likely to say, we believe this other way. Soon the two groups could soon be at odds with one another, arguments instill, feelings are hurt, and Satan smiles at yet another Christian conflict and a win for his evil side. With your new understanding of time and that “Now” doesn’t exist in our linear time experience, Jesus is both in Paradise the day He died, plus He experienced the pain and separation from the Father, paying the price for our sins, and physically resurrected from the dead three days later…all at the same time, all at the same moment.

In the “now”, with no movement in time, the beginning and the end are the same moment. Strange I know, but that is why I’m trying to expand on this time issue. This is the nature of dimensions of reality that we cannot understand because of our limitations; faith is indeed required. The non-believer uses the so-called Biblical contradictions as their proof that Christianity is a false religion; how sad and limited in their understanding they are. But look at this way: If we Christians, confessing our faith and belief in Christ Jesus, can relax a little knowing that we are limited in our ability to understand dimensions beyond three. If we can accept that the many seemingly contradictory verses are all indeed correct at the same time. We would then be much more loving toward each other. Isn’t that what Jesus asked us to do?

[For more discussion on Time, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: http://www.MuskratBooks.com]

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. Like climbing a mountain range, you just think that next ridge is the top; but when you arrive, your vision says you must continue…the summit is beyond what you thought was the top peak.

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 far 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 Triune God, 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.”

[For more discussion on Miracles, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at: www.MuskratBooks.com]

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.”