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What is all this matrix stuff? I don't see anything like that in the Bible
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Liber L., Cap. 1, vv. 60-66
NUIT

60 61 62 63 64 65 66
1-9 10-19 20-30 31-39 40-49 50-59



60. My number is 11, as all their numbers who are of us. <The shape of my star is> The Five Pointed Star, with a Circle in the Middle, & the circle is Red[.] My colour is black to the blind, but the blue & gold are seen of the seeing. Also I have a secret glory for them that love me.
Another verse outlining the various “cult details” in the worship of Nuit. These may be taken at several levels; for example, simply taken as definitions, which serve as “signs of recognition.” On the other hand, they are surely subject to vast, seemingly unlimited expansion. I will try to reach the essential idea of each.

“My number is 11.” This reaches beyond basic numerology, although NV = 56 —> 11. There is an essential idea here at stake. Prior to the dictation of Liber L., 11 was not a number of any major significance in magick. Although there are many secondary associations identifiable — for example, 11th Path = Aleph = Atu 0 — I think the primary idea here relates to the Sephiroth. The Sepher Yetzirah insists that the Holy Sephiroth are “ten and not nine, ten and not eleven;” but they are numbered, we now are clear, not from 1 through 10, but from 0 through 10. Nuit reasserts the Sacred Zero. This present chapter is about “The manifestation of Nuit,” her extension into Malkuth; but that manifestation subsumes eleven stages, 0 through 10.

Of comparable importance is that 11 is not two Ones side-by-side, but Twins (cf. Heru-Ra-Ha — twin Unities) brought forth from Her. That is, they are really 1 and -1, whose sum is 0. They express 0=2.

A curio: Eleven is written YA (Yod-Aleph) which, spelled in full, is 111 + 20 = 131 = Pan = “All.” She is the All, even as She is Zero.

“...11, as all their numbers who are of us.” A more complex phrase than it seems on superficial examination. It means far more than that someone’s motto reduces to 11! For someone’s “number” to be 11 is for their essential nature to conform to the idea of 11. (Compare the contemporary phrase, “I’ve got your number.”) I must take it that those “who are of us” — which I here take to be Thelemites in general, based on v. I:40 — intrinsically bear the attributes described in my analysis above relating Nuit to 11. They assert, by their nature, 0=2, and Zero = All. The word “all” in this phrase — “My number is 11, as all” — seems to confirm this. Also, whereas in Hebrew NV = 56 = 11 and AL = 31, in Latin Nu = 31 and AL (“all”) = 11.

“My number is 11=131, as All=Pan who are of us.”

“{The shape of my star is} The Five Pointed Star, with a Circle in the Middle, & the circle is Red.” A hieroglyph subject to vast interpretation. I will resist the temptation to elaborate some of its subtleties (as in regarding it as 50), and focus on its essentials. The pentagram, with all of its many, many meanings, is especially a symbol of the Divine Feminine. Five is Heh, the Great Mother. Shekinah is the older Pentagrammaton than Yeheshua, and is equivalent (in the Qabalah) to Elohim, a name embodying the pentagram very fully. But at the heart of these maternal ideas is the perfection of the circle, her real emblem. Why red? Perhaps because it is the color of Shakti? Or, more likely, because it is the center of Nuit, i.e., Hadit.

Her color: A physical fact; but also especially to indicate that Her color is that of deep (nocturnal) space, which is a living and vibrant thing, not mere darkness. (And this is also the real living nature of the unconscious.) What we call “the dark” is filled with light!

The last sentence, then, is simply the real promise of Her worship. (4/3/95 EV)



61. But to love me is better than all things: if under the night-stars in the desert thou presently burnest mine incense before me invoking me with a pure heart and the Serpent flame therein, thou shalt come a little to lie in my bosom. For one kiss wilt thou then be willing to give all: but whoso gives one particle of dust shall lose all in that hour. Ye shall gather goods and store of women and spices; ye shall wear rich jewels; ye shall exceed the nations of the earth in splendour & pride; but always in the love of me, and so shall ye come to my joy. I charge you earnestly to come before me in a single robe and covered with a rich headdress. I love you I yearn to you. Pale or purple, veiled or voluptuous[,] I who am all pleasure and purple and drunkenness of the innermost sense desire you. Put on the wings and arouse the coiled splendour within you: come unto me
[Thus we commence the seventh decade, attributed perhaps to A’ayin or, more likely, to Zayin. This is also the decade that crosses from Cap. I to Cap. II.]

I suspect this is the longest verse in Liber L. In great beauty and majesty, it discloses the essential method of the worship of Nuit. For the most part, it speaks for itself. Every time the Gnostic Mass is read, these words hold the attention of every participant. After over a hundred masses performed and many more witnessed, I cannot begin to give voice, in this narrow space, to all that has been stirred by this verse.

“But to love me is better than all things.” How true. The reward is intrinsic, instantaneous, and reciprocal.

Next follows an instruction for worship. It can be seen as metaphorical or symbolic; but I have always taken it literally, simply. The heart must be pure and aflame, and that flame of the risen kundalini. “For one kiss...” is literally true. The “one particle of dust” is Hadit, and its sentence is a beautiful promise.

We must remember that the Book was dictated in Egypt, within the context of the local group mind playing a roll in its imagery. The theology is Egyptian, the setting is the Sahara, and the ethics are reminiscent of Islam. This is helpful to our understanding of many parts of the Book, but especially of this verse. It is helpful again with the sentence beginning, “Ye shall gather....” It has often been pointed out that this sentence contains the one decisive sexism of the Book. “Women” are clearly lumped, in Islamic style, along with other property. Yet I also note that Nuit is neither encouraging nor discouraging this behavior. She is saying, “Surround yourself with anything you think matters, signs of wealth and pleasure or even pride — regardless of what the yogis might say — but do this always in the love of me.” It is a further statement of the “To me” of v. 51, ten verses earlier. The meaning is clear enough.

The “single robe” is the aura, and the “rich headdress” the golden cross of the raised Uræus; or it may be taken literally, as the paraphernalia of a ritual act of worship.

She is intoxication of the innermost, not the outermost. Any inflaming of the outer is sanctified by its relationship to the innermost ecstasy. Thus does it become an act of worship.

“come unto me!” has at least two levels of interpretation.

(NB — The phrase “come unto me” occurs 26 times in The Bible, and would have been very familiar to AC. Some of the best known are in the Gospels, such as Matt. 11:28.) (4/3/95 EV)



62. At all my meetings with you shall the priestess say — and her eyes shall burn with desire as she stands bare and rejoicing in my Secret Temple — To me! To me! calling forth the flame of the hearts of all in her love-chant.
NOTE: I have capitalized "Secret Temple" to conform to the original manuscript.

AC, at least as a first layer, interprets this literally. Thus did he incorporate it into Liber XV.

"my meetings." Not, for example, general Thelemic meetings, but Nuit’s meetings — with one or more worshipper(s) ("you").

"the priestess." This can be taken literally, referring to the essential idea that the desire force is to be roused and directed. But at its primary level, this "priestess" is an inner agent — a representative of the Priestess Archetype (Gimel) — who stands within "my secret temple," i.e. within the inner adytum within the heart of the Adept (Gimel descends to Tiphereth). Nuit is infinite. She is inconceivable. Any manifestation to image of Her is not Her, but an emissary of Her. This verse speaks of that emissary. This priestess, ultimately, is the inner accessible image of Nuit, her eyes aflame with desire, bare, rejoicing, and chanting "To me!" to draw the flame of the worshipper unto her. (2/18/01 EV)



63. Sing the rapturous love-song unto me! Burn to me perfumes! Wear to me jewels! Drink to me, for I love you! I love you!
Literal and simple, reiterating prior verses. But remember that to MH = 418. [MH is a Greek word that — in Crowley’s time — was believed to be pronounced like the English "me." It means "not."] See Energized Enthusiasm for an instruction on this verse in practice. (4/3/95 EV)



64. I am the blue-lidded daughter of Sunset; I am the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night-sky
(A transparently Chesed verse!)

More beautiful imagery. Here she is not of the day, but of sunset and night. In the West, the essential formula is "death = ecstasy." She is Night receiving Tum into her bosom, the arched goddess who swallows and devours all that transverse the sky — having been borne (and born) from her womb in the East. (4/3/95 EV)



65. To me! To me!
Ecstasy. Proud and strong surrender. Ecstasy as superconsciousness.

GEMATRIA: TO MH = 418 = Abrahadabra (Greek pun on “to me,” and means “The Not”). 65 = ADNI, Adonai, &c.

AC wrote (Equinox of the Gods) that the words of this verse were spoken "diminuendo down to pianissimo, indicating the withdrawal of the goddess." (4/3/95 EV)



66. The Manifestation of Nuit is at an end.
Cf. v. 1. The object is attained, completed, fulfilled, concluded.

GEMATRIA: 66 = Sum(0-11), i.e. the idea of 11 (Nuit) expanded through all of its aspects and circumstances and thus now brought to fulfilled manifestation.

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65 = ADNI
Edni ( Mk.) = One - - of the oneness
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OP,

When you refer to Jesus, what actually do you mean?

Do you mean some highly evolved spirit that incarnated on this earth 2000 years ago, and now is one of the required components to getting into heaven?

Or do you mean it in a non-literal type of consciousness that elevates one state of being?


I got the feeling that it was the prior.

As another poster mentioned, there is a great deal of evidence that while a person named Jesus very well may have been born 2000 years ago, he was not the "savior" that many claim(and is much more likely - a symbol)

The tales of what "Jesus" did or was including virgin birth, miraculous healings, resurrection, etc pre-date his existence for several thousand years. (And not in a general-sense, everything is very specific including the dates of supposed happenings)

Something like this may interest you...

[link to www.religioustolerance.org]

So even if you trace this "story" back to it's "origins", do you then believe that one and take it literally?

It's a story, it uses symbols to express concepts which might offer insight and improve one's existence.
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Good analogy, Berean. The description of sin being "incompatible" with God's holiness is great - I always knew there was a way to clarify for people that God isn't a "big angry jerk", but never quite found the right word.
Interested in hearing more of what you have to say (as soon as everyone is through trying to define Jesus for you).
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Good analogy, Berean. The description of sin being "incompatible" with God's holiness is great - I always knew there was a way to clarify for people that God isn't a "big angry jerk", but never quite found the right word.
Interested in hearing more of what you have to say (as soon as everyone is through trying to define Jesus for you).
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.........................

Thank you. I wish I had more time(but plan to soon)to talk tonight. Been very busy and doing alot of traveling.
Here is a web site that may interest you. CNN, no doubt!!


Collins: Why this scientist believes in God
POSTED: 9:37 a.m. EDT, April 6, 2007
By Dr. Francis Collins
Special to CNN

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Editor's note: Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the Human Genome Project. His most recent book is "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief."

ROCKVILLE, Maryland (CNN) -- I am a scientist and a believer, and I find no conflict between those world views.

As the director of the Human Genome Project, I have led a consortium of scientists to read out the 3.1 billion letters of the human genome, our own DNA instruction book. As a believer, I see DNA, the information molecule of all living things, as God's language, and the elegance and complexity of our own bodies and the rest of nature as a reflection of God's plan.

I did not always embrace these perspectives. As a graduate student in physical chemistry in the 1970s, I was an atheist, finding no reason to postulate the existence of any truths outside of mathematics, physics and chemistry. But then I went to medical school, and encountered life and death issues at the bedsides of my patients. Challenged by one of those patients...............more.
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OP,

When you refer to Jesus, what actually do you mean?

Do you mean some highly evolved spirit that incarnated on this earth 2000 years ago, and now is one of the required components to getting into heaven?

Or do you mean it in a non-literal type of consciousness that elevates one state of being?


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Neither. I ment the creator of the universe stepping back into our realm to fix the mess we made. I hope that you will give Him a chance. Peace to you.
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You started off intelligently, but then you veered off into left field. As soon as you put a gender on "god", you have lost the entire meaning of the word. God = Creation = Energy (neither male nor female).
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Interesting concept but are you not being bigoted in your own way? I mean if I call the force of gravity a "he",
would you jump off a skyscraper in spite?
You are confusing the creator with the creation.
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Good analogy, Berean. The description of sin being "incompatible" with God's holiness is great - I always knew there was a way to clarify for people that God isn't a "big angry jerk", but never quite found the right word.
Interested in hearing more of what you have to say (as soon as everyone is through trying to define Jesus for you).

.........................

Thank you. I wish I had more time(but plan to soon)to talk tonight. Been very busy and doing alot of traveling.
Here is a web site that may interest you. CNN, no doubt!!


Collins: Why this scientist believes in God
POSTED: 9:37 a.m. EDT, April 6, 2007
By Dr. Francis Collins
Special to CNN

[link to www.cnn.com]


Editor's note: Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the Human Genome Project. His most recent book is "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief."

ROCKVILLE, Maryland (CNN) -- I am a scientist and a believer, and I find no conflict between those world views.

As the director of the Human Genome Project, I have led a consortium of scientists to read out the 3.1 billion letters of the human genome, our own DNA instruction book. As a believer, I see DNA, the information molecule of all living things, as God's language, and the elegance and complexity of our own bodies and the rest of nature as a reflection of God's plan.

I did not always embrace these perspectives. As a graduate student in physical chemistry in the 1970s, I was an atheist, finding no reason to postulate the existence of any truths outside of mathematics, physics and chemistry. But then I went to medical school, and encountered life and death issues at the bedsides of my patients. Challenged by one of those patients...............more.
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Language in Junk DNA

You've probably heard of a molecule called DNA, otherwise known as "The Blueprint Of Life". Molecular biologists have been examining and mapping the DNA for a few decades now.

But as they've looked more closely at the DNA, they've been getting increasingly bothered by one inconvenient little fact - the fact that 97% of the DNA is junk, and it has no known use or function!

But, an usual collaboration between molecular biologists, cryptoanalysists (people who break secret codes), linguists (people who study languages) and physicists, has found strange hints of a hidden language in this so- called "junk DNA".

Only about 3% of the DNA actually codes for amino acids, which in turn make proteins, and eventually, little babies. The remaining 97% of the DNA is, according to conventional wisdom, not gems, but junk.

The molecular biologists call this junk DNA, introns. Introns are like enormous commercial breaks or advertisements that interrupt the real program - except in the DNA, they take up 97% of the broadcast time. Introns are so important, that Richard Roberts and Phillip Sharp, who did much of the early work on introns back in 1977, won a Nobel Prize for their work in 1993. But even today, we still don't know what introns are really for.

Simon Shepherd, who lectures in cryptography and computer security at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom, took an approach, that was based on his line of work. He looked on the junk DNA, as just another secret code to be broken.

He analysed it, and he now reckons that one probable function of introns, is that they are some sort of error correction code - to fix up the occasional mistakes that happen as the DNA replicates itself. But even if he's right, introns could have lots of other uses.

The next big breakthrough came from a really unusual collaboration between medical doctors, physicists and linguists. They found even more evidence that there was a sort-of language buried in the introns.

According to the linguists, all human languages obey Zipf's Law. It's a really weird law, but it's not that hard to understand. Start off by getting a big fat book. Then, count the number of times each word appears in that book.

You might find that the number one most popular word is "the" (which appears 2,000 times), followed by the second most popular word "a" (which appears 1,800 times), and so on. Right down at the bottom of the list, you have the least popular word, which might be "elephant", and which appears just once.

Set up two columns of numbers. One column is the order of popularity of the words, running from "1" for "the", and "2" for "a", right down "1,000" for "elephant". The other column counts how many times each word appeared, starting off with 2,000 appearances of "the", then 1,800 appearances of "a", down to one appearance of "elephant".

If you then plot on the right kind of graph paper, the order of popularity of the words, against the number of times each word appears you get a straight line! Even more amazingly, this straight line appears for every human language - whether it's English or Egyptian, Eskimo or Chinese! Now the DNA is just one continuous ladder of squillions of rungs, and is not neatly broken up into individual words (like a book).

So the scientists looked at a very long bit of DNA, and made artificial words by breaking up the DNA into "words" each 3 rungs long. And then they tried it again for "words" 4 rungs long, 5 rungs long, and so on up to 8 rungs long.


They then analysed all these words, and to their surprise, they got the same sort of Zipf Law/straight-line-graph for the human DNA (which is mostly introns), as they did for the human languages!

There seems to be some sort of language buried in the so-called junk DNA! Certainly, the next few years will be a very good time to make a career change into the field of genetics.
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Excellent thread, I just gave it 5 stars.

The Matrix is the representative world of dreams, wherein the symbolic meaning and intellectual content of Reality is lost when people are duped into accepting the symbol as a higher truth than the thing it symbolises (which is the truth of the thing).

Jesus sought to clarify this false distinction, amongst other things.

He got strung up for it.

Sad story...
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Language in Junk DNA

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Excellent thread, I just gave it 5 stars.

The Matrix is the representative world of dreams, wherein the symbolic meaning and intellectual content of Reality is lost when people are duped into accepting the symbol as a higher truth than the thing it symbolises (which is the truth of the thing).

Jesus sought to clarify this false distinction, amongst other things.

He got strung up for it.

Sad story...
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Simply said.

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Good analogy, Berean. The description of sin being "incompatible" with God's holiness is great - I always knew there was a way to clarify for people that God isn't a "big angry jerk", but never quite found the right word.
Interested in hearing more of what you have to say (as soon as everyone is through trying to define Jesus for you).
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And the Lord said unto Moses, .............................Thou canst not see my face; for there shall no man see me and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock. And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock; and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by; And I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see my back parts; but my face shall not be seen." --Ex. 33:23
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Language in Junk DNA

You've probably heard of a molecule called DNA, otherwise known as "The Blueprint Of Life". Molecular biologists have been examining and mapping the DNA for a few decades now.

But as they've looked more closely at the DNA, they've been getting increasingly bothered by one inconvenient little fact - the fact that 97% of the DNA is junk, and it has no known use or function!

But, an usual collaboration between molecular biologists, cryptoanalysists (people who break secret codes), linguists (people who study languages) and physicists, has found strange hints of a hidden language in this so- called "junk DNA".

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here's the link to your great article.

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What is all this matrix stuff? I don't see anything like that in the Bible
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You also don't see the components of DNA in the Bible...or explanations of how a single cell operates...


doesn't mean they don't exist.
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Good analogy, Berean. The description of sin being "incompatible" with God's holiness is great - I always knew there was a way to clarify for people that God isn't a "big angry jerk", but never quite found the right word.
Interested in hearing more of what you have to say (as soon as everyone is through trying to define Jesus for you).



And the Lord said unto Moses, .............................Thou canst not see my face; for there shall no man see me and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock. And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock; and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by; And I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see my back parts; but my face shall not be seen." --Ex. 33:23
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Yes. God is an all consuming fire (energy?). Could matter be energy in a different dimension?
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most interesting read.

MAN is a moral creature by virtue of transcendent wisdom intrinsic to a moral code that is immune to the instincts and impulses of any one generation — instincts that hold animals captive, but from which man is free to escape. However, when humans abandon absolute morality in favor of the rights and wrongs relative to their own time period, they voluntarily constrain themselves to the instincts and impulses of one generation. They thus partake of the same circumstantial basis to which animals are in bondage and, in so doing, conjoin themselves to animals, i.e., to a form of life that is incapable of moral behavior. As we have seen, animals are incapable of moral behavior in an absolute sense. They have knowledge provided only by their immediate environment; and in the absence of human intelligence, as they store, retrieve, and process this knowledge, they do so with an intent and expectancy whose only thrust is immediate gratification.

People, however, are able to defer their gratification, and practice self-denial. Imagine the chaos that would occur in a future eternal life if all of us freely expressed ourselves without obeying any laws. The only way to avoid the conflicts that would arise would be to subjugate our desires to the wisdom of an all-knowing governing Authority. The exclusively human trait of self-denial that this would require is practiced each time we stop at a traffic light, pay a bill, or use a court of law when wronged. Except for man, no other known species of life is capable of choosing self-denial for the benefit of another. Only man refuses food in times of hunger, elects pain when offered relief and abandons desire when invited to fulfill it. Animals do exhibit self-denial for their offspring; however, this is not by choice but
by genetic mandate. Man's self-denial for his neighbor is a moral decision to which conscience speaks.

Self-taking leads to a pit of despair that communes with the animals; but self-giving aligns with hope for eternal life. And whereas self-denial builds character for eternal living, instant gratification digs mudholes that nurture progressive filth. Animals have no choice. For them, mudholes are the only alternative possible, and so their "filth" remains physical. But humans are capable of moral decisions that impose "mudhole" accountability to which the Bible imputes eternal consequences. Yet, is the Bible's message one of deliverance or one of judgment? The answer is both! It foreshadows life or death, hope or doom, joy or despair, and it says the choice is ours. It puts paradise on one side of the balance and eternal destruction on the other. With regard to which way the scale will tip, it makes quite clear that the love of God can never embrace what his holiness must condemn.

The Question of Context

Many people have an opinion of the Bible that is based upon what others understand it to say; but few ever take the time to read what it says first-hand. Were we to do this, difficulties could arise. One problem is that a special "lamp" is disclosed by its author as necessary to understand the Bible.1 Another serious problem is that the human writers who penned the manuscripts are not the Intellect who authored its content.

The picture here is that of an orchestra with each book of the Bible an instrument. The book of Genesis doesn't read the same as the Psalms, and they in turn read differently from the Minor Prophets. Likewise, neither does a trumpet sound the same as a violin, or a violin the same as a piano. Yet they are all playing one song written by one author. An accurate understanding of any one verse of Scripture requires that the entire Bible be kept in view. When this is not done, context is destroyed and verses can be chosen to say anything that one desires. For example, consider the following quotes from Scripture: (1) "Judas went and hung himself." (2) "Go thou and do likewise." (3) "Whatever thou doest, do quickly."

In this example, Scripture is quoted, but the context is mutilated. In the paragraphs that follow, we give a sweeping overview of what the Bible reveals concerning our plight on earth and God's provision for escape. Although these truths have been expressed in terms of contemporary usage, I have sought to preserve the Bible's context. This will allow the message these truths contain to be easily understood by a casual reader.

I have tried to explain doctrine regarding mankind's dilemma and an individual's decision for deliverance from death in a way that is true to all of God's Word. To the serious Bible student, let me say that he or she will want to be careful to distinguish actual Bible teaching from one's cherished traditions or hidden agendas. To this end, the perspective here presented may be new, but its truths are entirely biblical.

What's in the Bible?

By way of overview, the Bible can be divided into three parts: the Old Testament (thirty-nine books) says that man is in trouble, but that God is sending a life raft. The four Gospels say that he has arrived and his name is Jesus Christ. The Epistles (twenty-three remaining books) say that he is coming again. From cover to cover, the Bible is a record of God's revelation to man concerning a God-anointed end-time King who will deliver man by judging the evil that afflicts him. The central Old Testament message is that the Messiah is the actual saving presence of God on earth, whereas that of the New Testament (Gospels plus Epistles) is that the words and deeds of Jesus are the words and deeds of God. With that summary introduction, let's rerun the script under a magnifying glass.

If we go back to the beginning, the Bible teaches that human intelligence is the object of conflict between a Supreme Intelligence who is the Designer and Creator of all that we see, and perverse intelligence who is in rebellion against his maker. The Supreme Intelligence is described as a Being of love warning mankind of impending disaster and announcing his provision for escape. The perverse intelligence is revealed to be actively at work to discredit the message as part of a plan to subjugate mankind. People are portrayed as living agents who communicate with one another through oxygen-burning organic machines called human bodies, and physical death is disclosed as entrance of the living agent into a new world in the form of a spirit that separates from a body when it ceases to function.

The Bible depicts man's spirit as the kernel about which a new "resurrected" body is to be later placed. The need for a future perfect body is justified in terms of incurable defects now present in all flesh, defects that were genetically propagated from mankind's earliest parents at the time the perverse intelligence engineered their fall.

Thus, the biblical diagnosis of man's problems is that he has a fallen nature that was produced when the flesh, originally designed by the Supreme Intelligence as a container to mold self-giving spirits, became altered to produce self-taking agents with a propensity to satisfy their desire while experiencing the least possible pain. Evidence has been published indicating that the genetic "triplet" code responsible for the assembly of flesh in every living creature came into being by a transition from a far more primitive "doublet" code of much greater information content. This is a discovery that is consistent with the biblical narrative.

Thus, the picture painted by the Bible is that the living agent (man) is a degenerate spirit (programmer) in degenerate flesh (hardware). To correct the problem, the Supreme Intelligence entered space-time to die in virgin-born flesh free of these defects for the purpose of both legally settling man's debt, and of releasing a perfect spiritual template suitable to regenerate (reprogram) human life. The Bible teaches that Christ returned bodily in full view from the grave as a public demonstration that eternal life is available to humans; but it also teaches that spiritual rebirth is necessary to receive that life. The reason is that God will not entrust a super computer (resurrection body) to a degenerate programmer (unregenerated person).

The Fall of Man

The biblical account of how man's nature became altered is that before the fall, Adam lived in a garden whose produce met all his needs. He was allowed to eat of every tree in the garden except the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil." The command given to Adam was: "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die" (Genesis 2:16-17, NKJV).

The forbidden tree was in the middle of the garden beside another tree called the "tree of life." Since both trees were in the garden, before the fall Adam was allow to eat of the tree of life — an act the Bible identifies as synonymous with eternal life. Genesis 3 teaches that, after the fall, Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden without eternal life. Since physical death attends spiritual death, this change from life without an end, to life without ease until death, implies that, at the very least, the physical part of man's nature was altered at the time of the fall. This physical part being man's body, it means that the informational specifications along his DNA must have undergone a change. Other Bible texts dealing with sin confirm that Adam's flesh underwent a change at the time of the fall. These texts teach that man's flesh is an ally and vehicle of sin, that this was not the case before the fall, and that the change occurred at the time of the fall.

Can Man Really Choose Right from Wrong?

Flesh by itself is nothing more than three-dimensional polypeptide chains described by high polymer chemistry, whereas sin is willful disobedience of God's laws. Therefore, sin is a matter of the spirit, because it involves an act of the mind. The alteration of man's physical nature into a vehicle of sin thus implies that man's present spiritual weakness traces to Adam's altered flesh. Genetically transmitted destructive defects appeared after the fall in the organic structure of man's brain that permanently altered his spiritual nature.

The absence of conflict between the flesh and the mind before the fall, and the waging of war afterward against rightly ordered affections within the mind, shows that the fall of man must have involved a change in the
organic structure of his brain. This implies that spirits are molded or shaped on earth by flesh, and not vice versa. Since ants and elephants differ only in their information specification along the DNA, it is not surprising that man was changed when the specification along Adam's DNA was altered in the fall. Adam was able to obey God's command, but yet chose to eat from the forbidden tree. Therefore, Adam was free to choose wrongly but was not under compulsion of the flesh to do so. However, the Bible teaches that after the fall everyone chooses wrongly, and it explains that problem by revealing that the entire human race inherited defective flesh. The reason is that all people were procreated from genetically defective organic machines.

As a boy, I recall asking how it was fair that God blamed me for something Adam did. In my youth though, I totally missed the biblical answer that my flesh traces directly back to Adam's body, and my behavior for which I'm responsible comes from a mind shaped by that flesh. Therefore, the only lasting solution to wrong behavior is a new mind.

Only a self-sufficient being is able to make objective judgments of good and evil that harmonize with his entire spiritual and physical creation. Such judgments by a finite being such as man will always be from a self-serving posture that is limited by incomplete understanding. The result is a series of unforeseen consequences that are detrimental to the welfare of others. This is why we find the tree of life beside the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It teaches that only an eternally existing Intelligence is able to decide what is right and wrong. When Adam disobeyed, he assumed control of his life and took upon himself the divine prerogative of determining good and evil. The result was an altered nature whose physical part eventually ceased to function. The Bible attributes the deception that eventually produced such death to a perverse intelligence named Satan — a created cherub who rebelled because he had a jealous desire to become like God.

How Can Fruit Change Flesh?

The Bible unambiguously teaches that the nature of every human being on earth was altered at the time of the fall when mankind's earliest parents ate the fruit of a certain tree. However, many people find it difficult to understand how the act of eating vegetation can permanently alter human nature. In this regard, we note that certain Bible texts suggest that the "trees" in the garden may not be intended as literal vegetation, but instead are a metaphor to communicate literal truths of past events whose context lies outside human experience. Jesus Christ himself confirmed that it was not the eating by Adam of the literal produce that produced the change because Jesus taught that nothing a man eats can defile him since it doesn't enter his "heart," but rather his stomach and is thus passed on. The fruit described in Genesis defiled not only a man but the entire human race. Therefore, it should be inferred that the fruit was more than just something that went into Adam's stomach: it represented Adam's willful rebellion against God's authority.

Since flesh is the container by which the "spirit" is molded, the altered informational specifications along Adam's DNA produced a self-taking human nature bent on satisfying its desires with the least possible pain. Six elements common to the nature of all mankind emerged: hatred, envy, lust, pride, anger, and selfishness. Although these elements are with us today, they are masked by the contrived veneer of secular humanism — a religion promulgated in societies materially able to satisfy the physical appetites of its members. However, when these appetites go unfilled, man reverts to the self-taking behavior of his maligned nature. Since no human society can satisfy the appetites of all its members all of the time, human conduct is ultimately controlled by social deterrents that inflict pain on unacceptable behavior.

Why Is Secular Humanism Untrue?

Secular humanism postulates the inevitable evolution of man's goodness and, thus, the demise of such deterrents. There is no historical warrant for this assumption, however. As seen from the perspective of Scripture, neither can there be any rational hope of its future fulfillment because the goals of humanism are incompatible with the nature of man. Examples include the willingness of college-trained people to design Hitler's ovens, the slaughter of well over 100 million people in plans engineered by communist governments, and a nuclear holocaust that possibly awaits mankind due to decisions by alleged brilliant minds.

The good news is that hope actually exists for mankind. But the irony is that it lies in a book hardly anyone ever reads, a book ridiculed by each generation but thereafter vindicated by the knowledge of a later generation. Today, millions of people regard the Bible as a poor history book sprinkled with fantasy and myth. This mindset employs Christianity as an ethical standard for young children, sees faith as the activity of fools, and explains biblical promises as a psychological crutch. Love is consigned to the action of lust, and historic truths are deemed intellectually unacceptable. It's said that the historical Christ is unknowable and that the history of his mission cannot be written.

God is regarded as the residue of a dark past, and spiritual truths are dispersed throughout a pietistic amalgam laced with the humanistic creed: All there is — is matter and matter in motion. But we have seen that such thought is not supported by twentieth-century science. Modern knowledge has not shown the Bible to be false. , "The Rise of Humanism," outlines how this erroneous belief developed.

Humanistic doctrines thrive because they are justified by the use of philosophies that impersonate science. As modern science uncovers physical truths, secular humanism colors them with philosophical innuendos. The influence of humanism can be seen in the way it has shaped widely held ideas about scientific discoveries. For example, in the public's mind, life came from slime, has been created in a test tube, and can be found in outer space. Yet not one shred of data exists to support these beliefs. The popular notion that speciation is explainable through natural processes is likewise without empirical warrant. The fact of change in the fossil record is not at issue. What's in question is the blind, humanistic conjecture that living structures of ever increasing complexity were systematically assembled entirely by natural processes. The Bible says that this is not so, and the New Generalized Second Law of Thermodynamics appears to confirm it.

Has the Bible Been Ahead of Us?

Modern knowledge is vindicating the Bible archaeologically, biologically, and anthropologically. Nuclear ruin, global famine, and human despair are knocking at our door, yet we continue to look to ourselves for salvation. This is not happening because the evidence supports such a view, but rather because most deem the alternative described in the Bible unacceptable.

We swim in a sea of providence while demanding proof that there's water; and we point our telescopes toward the fringe of our four-dimensional, space-time guppy bowl only to see our anthropic reflection illuminate an exterior design. Indeed, the creation is so overwhelming that it incapacitates our faculties to rationally comprehend it. It testifies to a way of escape against the din of those who say: "There is no God." One can jump off a high building and all the way down shout that there's no such thing as gravity, but eventually the bottom must come, and with it the price of such folly. Physical and spiritual laws really differ in only one respect: The latter have deferred consequences. Therefore, in the last analysis, it is not so much that we break God's laws as it is that they break us.

How Does One Have Eternal Life?

The Bible teaches that eternal life is coterminous with the Supreme Intelligence who created all that we see and are, and that the loving nature of this Intelligence is expressed when we cease to resist his initiative to overlay his life upon ours. But the "love relationship" he offers requires the voluntary surrender of one's self into his loving care — and this in turn requires an act of will.

How does this happen? First we are exposed to the truth. Then we give intellectual assent that what we have been exposed to is true. But the interchange of life occurs when we take the third step and make a personal commitment to that truth. To this end man is given freedom to choose in a world free from interference, due to certain limitations imposed by the Supreme Intelligence upon himself. These self-imposed limitations God has instituted are not unlike those we place on ourselves when we agree to adopt an orphan child. Although we are still sovereign in our home, we have nonetheless voluntarily obligated ourselves to guarantee the child's welfare, and to limit our activity in the home by subjugating portions of it to the needs of the child.

The Bible describes God limiting himself in a contract called the "second covenant" (New Testament). The agreement offered is this: In return for our love and submission to him, he promises to love and deliver us from a judgment with everlasting consequences that will otherwise follow our physical death. The Bible identifies these consequences that will otherwise follow our physical death. The Bible identifies these consequences with an eternal horror wrought by the perverse intelligence, but teaches that the Supreme Intelligence so loved man that he entered human flesh and died to pave the way for man to escape. Thus, the gospel becomes a message of hope, the Bible a "roadmap to eternal life," and Christ, God's provision for the escape."

The escape route is appropriated by the mechanism of faith which can be thought of as the tube in a blood transfusion with Christ the life that flows through it. Faith requires that a person believe that God exists, accept his plan for deliverance, and trust that he is able to perform it. This means that a person must be willing to accept God's initiative to love and save him — an act in which human free choice enables God to express his love. In other words, the Bible teaches that man was given freedom to choose so that God could express his love, and that God's giving humans the capacity of moral choice was for the purpose of our choosing him. However, not only are we free to choose otherwise; the Bible teaches that most do so. Some argue that if God is loving, why does he allow evil. The Bible has an answer. Let's see what it is.

Why Does Evil Exist

The Bible clearly explains the origin of evil: All evil results from the misuse of free will.

There are three kinds of evil: natural, biological, and spiritual. The Bible implies that natural disorders such as earthquakes, floods, tidal waves, volcanic eruptions and the like, are the residue of Satan's misuse of free will on a cosmological plain. Spiritual disorders such as plunder, injustice, poverty, fear, wars, and famine are explained in terms of the misuse of man's free will. For example, consider famine. There are about 500 thousand species of known plant life on earth, of which at least 10 percent (50,000) are edible. Of these, only three hundred have been commercially cultivated; a mere thirty provide 95 percent of all human calories and protein. Thus, we need to ask, Do people starve because of lack of food, or because of our misuse of resources?

Biological disorders include cystic fibrosis, enzyme disorders, brain malfunctions, heart disease, allergies, muscular dystrophy and sclerosis, various kinds of cancer, diabetes, and so forth. More than two thousand five hundred diseases have been traced to flaws in our DNA. The Bible reveals that they originated in the degenerate flesh that materialized through the misuse of the free will. Human cells contain twenty-three pairs of chromosomes, each with over three thousand microscopic genes of which about six are defective in every person alive. They do not affect most of us because they are masked by normal genes.

Thus, thousands of people, although free of the symptoms, are carrying such genetic disorders as hemophilia, Huntington's disease, and sickle-cell anemia. Since the Bible teaches that death entered the human race at the time of the fall, it comes as no surprise that progeria — a syndrome of accelerated aging in which children become bald at age three, wrinkle by age ten, and die of "old age" at sixteen — has been genetically implicated. When certain vitamins (antioxidants) are advocated to promote health (by reducing free radicals), some of us choose not to accept them on the basis that taking pills is not natural. This attitude illustrates ignorance of the basic Bible teaching that mankind was natural prior to the fall, and that health afterward is simply the state of compensating for our defects — not only the physical things listed above, but also the spiritual shortcomings we see all about us.

Criminologists, for example, estimate that a male baby born with an extra Y chromosome is ten times more likely to end up in a maximum security prison than other males. This is due in part to a tendency toward extreme violence conjoined to a low IQ. Similar aggressive behavior in both males and females has been shown due to hormone levels during gestation. Although linked to prenatal exposure of synthetic progestins, gene-related hormone variations before birth, the data indicates, help determine aggressive tendencies in people.

The role of hormones in such behavior is seen, for example, in a study of university wrestlers. It showed that, after a match, winners had greater percentages of testosterone increase than losers even though both had the same level before the match. Several studies both in the U.S. and abroad indicate violent parents beget violent children, even when the youngsters are raised in nonviolent foster homes. Such genetic leanings do not excuse bad behavior, but they do help explain why the history of each generation of mankind is marred with prisons, wars, and bloodshed. It is not so much that man is bad, as it is that he is bad off. Thus, the biblical diagnosis of man's problems is not his political, social, or economic system, but rather it is man himself.

Summary Overview

Sand and stars are before us, and the choice is ours. We can feed upon the scum of fleshly appetites, or we can enter the life outside of time designed by him who caused us to be. Shall we reach beyond the visible horizon to fulfill the destiny for which the universe was created? Or shall we slide into a mudhole from which we really did not come? All of life can look back to "origin," but only man can lay claim to "destiny." The choice is ours, the time is now, and the stakes are real. Life and death have cast their vote; the vote we cast will break the tie. Whatever you choose will be your choice forever; and if you abstain, then death will cast the vote for you. When all is said and done, we find ourselves at a fork between two paths: one that entices us into decadence, and the other that beckons us unto destiny. What will eternity show your vote to have been?
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Whither thou goest....
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most interesting read.
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Was for me as well.


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Sorry, Berean, but I don't believe you. We will all go back to the Source and noone will be left behind. That's the way it's set up. The sun is changing and will play a part and we are transforming gradually. Once we all go back to the source, we will explode as sparks from the source and start over. Our DNA is encoded to unfold.
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The reason I asked was because I have. Wow!

I crossed over went to the dimension of where God was by the way of death of the flesh body. I was sent back. Before I had no life spiritually. Today I try my best to be kind, good to people, and to help them. Before my life was for self and nothing else. Today it is about everyone else and how I can help them understand that death is not the end.

Want to compare notes?

Thank you for communicating with me. It is you that is kind..

blessings to you


The unfortunate part is that living for everyone else, and being kind, while beneficial and Godly, will not repair the damage done that he is speaking of. The reconciliation cannot come from man, regardless of the attempt. Free will can usher you into the presence of light or oblivion.

Well said.
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Excellent Ideas Berean,I see you're on the right track.

However I'd like to add that Jesus has conquered millions of "free wills" by love and sacrifice.

What is his secret? He obeyed God's will and renounced his own free-will.

That is why he is the light of the word,"I am the way", Jesus says.

Is our mission too, follow him, follow Love and peace and you will see God.

Please never underestimate the power of a prayer for conversion (conquering of free-will) and how it pleases God.

For his omnipotent.
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Jesus came to unite us with God by the HOly Spirit
we dont' have to be separated from God
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Yeah, the doorway to the other dimension where we can be with God amd see God lies in the other 90% of our brains that humanity doesn't use.
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Sorry, Berean, but I don't believe you. We will all go back to the Source and noone will be left behind. That's the way it's set up. The sun is changing and will play a part and we are transforming gradually. Once we all go back to the source, we will explode as sparks from the source and start over. Our DNA is encoded to unfold.
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Interesting. By what "source" to you obtain this revelation? Are you willing to gamble your eternity on this?





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