Midrashim

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Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

(Psalms 139:16) NKJV

When we (that’s me and the Holy spirit) tell people that we believe that the sun orbits the Earth, few people make it past their incredulity. Of those who do, most respond by saying that the sun’s mass makes this impossible.

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The Essence of Free Will

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

(2 Peter 3:9) KJV

Water is the essence of free will which is why God used it as the raw material for the universe. God’s goal was to create sentient life that had the ability to accept or reject Him as creator based on the testimony of the creation itself.

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Spiritual Separation

Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”

(2 Corinthians 6:17) NKJV

Separation is a scriptural doctrine which is generally thought of in terms of Christians holding themselves apart from the rest of the world and avoiding worldly distraction which can lead us into sin. There’s more to it than that.

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Baptism, Cleansing and Regeneration

Joyful boy being baptized at Redemption Hill Church

And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.

(Genesis 8:21) NKJV

God renewed the ground so that it would bear fruit again. The promise that God made to Noah. Noah’s flood washed away the salts and toxic compounds that had accumulated. Earth was baptized.

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Gravity and the Soul

My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

(Psalms 139:15) KJV

God created gravity on the second day to permanently separate light from darkness, good from evil. The first gravitational singularity is at the center of the Earth. Singularities may be at the center of the sun and the other planets.

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Biblical Gravitation Terminology

Use honest scales, honest weights, and honest measures. I am the Lord your God, and I brought you out of Egypt.

(Leviticus 19:36) Good News Translation

“Everyone must use honest weights and measures:

(Ezekiel 45:10) Good News Version

Terminology is very important. When words are used correctly, meaning that they have accurate definitions with consistent application, then everyone should understand.

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The Big Picture

From the beginning I predicted the outcome;
long ago I foretold what would happen.
I said that my plans would never fail,
that I would do everything I intended to do.

(Isaiah 46:10) Good News Translation

We can parse the difference between hell and the lake of fire because we’ve laid out the broad narrative of scripture, the conceptual backbone of the Bible, a theme which weaves together the law, prophets and the gospel.

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Purpose, Reason and Function

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

(1 Peter 3:15) KJV

The war in heaven which led to Satan being banished to Earth isn’t some terrible mistake that happened. It’s the working out of God’s will with the eventual goal of a place where he dwells in perpetual light with his people.

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Hell is Darkness, Heaven is Light

He sings before men and says:
‘I sinned and perverted what was right,
and it was not repaid to me.
He has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit,
and my life shall look upon the light.’

“Behold, God does all these things,
twice, three times, with a man,
to bring back his soul from the pit,
that he may be lighted with the light of life.

(Job 33:27-30) ESV

Creation has a purpose which combines the spiritual goal of separating good from evil with the physics of separating light from darkness. It gives us a unified theory of everything within the broad narrative of scripture.

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