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Posted 7/10/12 at 11:52 AM | Allen J. Epling
Replacing with a “Mark”
Did God leave a “signature” in Adam’s DNA when He created him in the Garden?
We are just beginning to understand how DNA works and what is does. We know that our DNA determines everything about who we are. We are also discovering that longevity is also linked to DNA. 50 years ago, many scoffed at the idea that individuals lived for 900+ years in the book of Genesis. It is now proven that life can be extended through genetic manipulation.
The “Rapture” is an event that is puzzling concerning why it is prophesied and even necessary. Why would God do something so drastic as to remove His people from the Earth entirely? Some think it is because of the “Tribulation” being so horrible. Christians have lived through some horrible times in the past and God did not intervene. There must be some more specific and threatening reason.
What would be threatening to God Himself? FULL POST
Posted 7/10/12 at 5:50 AM | Allen J. Epling
Most Christians believe that the book of Genesis describes the creation as one event. I am different. I believe that because chapters one and two of Genesis describe the creation twice, it is literally describing two separate events.
The first happened at the beginning, what scientists call the “Big Bang”, and the second was another event that happened 6000 years ago when God came back to planet Earth and began creating certain animals, fruit trees, and vegetables to help humankind progress toward civilization. His most important creation however was Adam.
Adam was created from the “dust of the ground”, not from any other existing creation and his DNA was unique from any other creature.
It makes sense to me that if God made Adam the pinnacle of all His creations that He would have “stamped” this creation with His signature. If He did, where would he have placed it?
It would probably be a place where it would not be seen until it was time to identify “man” as His personal property and as belonging to Him. Adam’s DNA. FULL POST
Posted 7/7/12 at 2:20 AM | Allen J. Epling
The most compelling reasons that I believe that the book of Genesis was divinely written are contained in its text.
The narrative of Genesis doesn’t read like the Egyptian or Sumerian myths, which tell of great, unbelievable actions of multiple gods engaged in very human, and sinful acts of cruelty, murder, and things we normally expect inferior beings to do. They don’t reflect the story of a logical and intelligent plan and design for the origin of the universe, and for man, the way that Genesis does. The story of the creation in Genesis follows the science version chronologically.
The more I read Genesis, the more I see intelligence at work that far transcends our own. This is illustrated in the first passages in which man is created.
In Genesis 1:26, He said, “Let us make man in our image…”
According to science, something happened that separated man from the animal kingdom in the far distant past. There is a gene unique to humans called the “language” gene, named FoxP2. It is believed that this gene enables us to construct language in a way that makes us superior to any animal. Genesis 1:27 to 1:30 confirm this. FULL POST
Posted 7/7/12 at 2:15 AM | Allen J. Epling
There are many arguments that support the idea that the Bible was written by man, and even give the approximate date for its origin. There is no doubt that some parts of the Old Testament were written after Solomon’s rule and during the period just after the Babylonian exile, but what about the “Books of Moses”, the Torah.
According to tradition, the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament, was written by Moses, but there are passages that describe Moses’ death, which had to be written by another party. Genesis, chapters 1 and 2, however is unique in that it has NO PARALLEL anywhere in the ancient world outside the Bible.
The creation myths from Egypt and Mesopotamia have little resemblance to the narrative in Genesis. Who was around to write the story before they were even created? Adam and Noah could have kept the story alive orally to pass on to other generations, but the art of writing was not invented until the Sumerian civilization came along after the flood, according to historians. FULL POST
Posted 7/7/12 at 2:09 AM | Allen J. Epling
The greatest proof that the book of Genesis is divinely written by God is the miracle that it still exists, unchanged from the beginning.
The Old Testament is a chronological description of God’s plan, from the beginning of Eden to Jesus, to elevate man to be a creature worthy of entrance into His Kingdom... The fact that this story still exists is a testament to God’s will to preserve it.
Man has wandered from that plan from the beginning, first with Adam, then the offspring of the fallen angels, to the gods of the Sumerian civilization. After the flood Noah and his descendants carried the truth of creation with them to the plains of Shinar (Sumeria), where it became a part of the civilization that man began to build. Under Nimrod, an early king of Babylon, that truth began to be replaced with other gods and stories that conflicted with the truth. This corruption was carried after theTower of Babel scattering to other civilizations around the world. The truth was about to be lost forever, and god forgotten. FULL POST
Posted 7/5/12 at 10:35 AM | Allen J. Epling
It seems that scientists at CERN and the LHC have discovered the "God" particle, or the Higgs Boson. This is a particle that was predicted decades ago but all attempts to find it have ended in failure, until now. I felt that it was just a matter of time until it would be discovered and that it would probably provide the "keystone" to the "standard model of physics" that is almost universally accepted today.
Perhaps now, we can begin to understand that the universe really is a finely tuned, intelligently designed, structure that would not exist at all if even a single particle or force were to be changed by even the smallest amount or strength. I also predict that there will be many "revelations" that will take place in the future of physics that will bring us even closer to an understanding of the true GOD, because of the discovery of this particle.
Because of the relevance of this discovery and the interest in what the "Higgs" particle is, I am re-posting an article that I wrote two years ago on this subject because we need to keep a perspective of where God is in this discussion, and why this doesn't in any way replace our belief in a "spiritual" God who is behind all of it.
Posted on CP on 2/12/2010
"What Is the God Particle All About? FULL POST
Posted 4/5/12 at 11:40 PM | Allen J. Epling
I believe in the truth of the bible.
There are some however who confuse truth of the Bible with truth of interpretation.
There is a difference.
We have had many truths of interpretation over the last 2000 years, some accepted as gospel and some not so much. When God gave the first five books of the Old Testament to Moses on Mt. Sinai He didn't give us a manual on how to interpret it.
There is no doubt that we live in an age of knowledge and enlightenment, and that there are many truths coming to us in the field of science that we didn't have in the early days of Christianity. Maybe it is time to re-evaluate our "interpretations". Some would say that those interpretations were divine-led, but man is imperfect and doesn't always hear God's will perfectly. That is why we have so many "perfect" versions and interpretations of the Bible in print today. They are the same ones who say we should "never question the Bible". FULL POST
Posted 4/4/12 at 11:17 PM | Allen J. Epling
According to your high school physics book there are 4 forces in the universe. These are gravity, the electromagnetic force, the nuclear binding force, and the electro-weak force. We really don’t interact with the nuclear forces except in special circumstances involving atomic energy. Gravity and electromagnetism are with us every day, controlling how we interact with the world.
Christians believe that there is a 5th force that they call “faith” and that it also plays a part in our lives. Non-Christians would say “where is the evidence”, or “prove its existence to me”, but it is more a personal force that only interacts with someone who exhibits a belief in its existence. It is not measurable nor are its effects as visible as gravity. If it does exist, where does it come from and what does it affect that we can see?
It may surprise some that there is no Hebrew word for “faith”, yet Jesus emphasized its power throughout His ministry. The word in Greek that is closest in meaning is “Pisteuo” which means “to believe”. FULL POST
Posted 4/2/12 at 12:27 PM | Allen J. Epling
Of all the topics of the Bible, the Trinity of God is probably the least understood and the most mysterious concept of all. Most students of the bible, theologians included, find it hard to conceptualize God as three unique people, yet one entity. There is a way to explain it in understandable terms through, of all things, science and mathematics.
String theory is an idea in quantum physics that predicts that there are many universes, of which our own is one, each made up of different numbers and varieties of dimensions. Our universe has only 3 spatial dimensions and one time dimension.
M-theory, a special form of “string theory”, predicts that there are 11 dimensions in all, that make up the complete “multi-verse”. We inhabit a universe that consists of only 3 physical dimensions plus time, of those 11. Since we only see three of those dimensions, length, width, and height, we have to ask where are the other dimensions. We experience time only because we move through it, but can’t see it. FULL POST
Posted 3/31/12 at 9:00 PM | Allen J. Epling
I wrote an article on heaven some time back and since then I have had many thoughts about it. I always was a daydreamer in my youth, thinking about being the first person to set foot on the moon, being an astronomer with my own observatory, and such fantasies.
I recently read an article about multiple universes in which the author hypothesized that perhaps we can live out our fantasies by jumping into parallel universes in which all our fantasies have come true. I thought, “What if there is a parallel universe in which I made all the right decisions that led to my actually being the first astronaut on the moon”. Could this be the “reward” Jesus spoke of in Heaven?
It occurred to me that it would be the wonderful if we could somehow jump back into this life at any point we desire and have it take a different path that would lead to those fantasies coming true. There are so many possibilities, I don’t think I could ever exhaust them all. FULL POST