And when they shall say unto you,
Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep,
and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living
to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not
according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
( Isaiah 8:19-20 )
Faith is believing in something that you can’t see. Math requires believing in concepts that you can’t see, and relating them to each other in ways that can’t be seen. Math is inductive, reductive, circular faith.
By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
( Ecclesiastes 10:18 )
We have connected the phrases “established the world,” and “setteth fast the mountains,” with a concept of sinking down. This is the second Hebrew concept of gravity in the correct context of the 2nd day of creation.
The night is far spent, the day is
at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us
put on the armour of light.
( Romans 13:12 )
If you don’t understand popular science well enough to know that it is not a threat to the truth of the Bible, but try to live a Christian life without the truth of the Bible, then you have no armor of light.
Now this I say, brethren, that
flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall
not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the
twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound,
and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must
put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on
incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall
be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up
in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
( 1 Corinthians 15:50-57 )
If we accept an effect as being its own cause we have done something called inductive reasoning, where our premise is used to supply evidence for our conclusion. This is circular reasoning.
Every good gift and every perfect
gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom
is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
( James 1:17 )
If God made a point in space the permanent center of creation, but yet he dwells above and apart from it, does this represent a sacrificial act? Did God have to give up part of himself to accomplish this?
Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
( Psalms 104:1-5 )
Taking Bible verses out of context and making doctrines is dangerous, but what if we keep the context and find that they are consistent with our paradigm, the broad narrative of scripture and empirical observations?
I knew a man in Christ above
fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out
of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the
third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the
body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into
paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man
( 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 )
For the Christians out there who have capitulated with science and believe that the earth is adrift in an infinite universe, there is no third heaven, so what is Paul referring to?
For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
( Psalm 66:10 )
The purpose of creation is to provide God with immortal companions who have chosen to fellowship with him for eternity. Eternity is for the pure. Jesus Christ is the means by which we are purified.
Another parable put he forth unto
them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed
good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed
tares among the wheat, and went his way.
( Matthew 13:24-25 )
The purpose of creation is to give life with free will to all souls. God created companions to fellowship with, but he is not going to force anyone to spend eternity with him. You have the free will to choose.
Wherefore laying aside all malice,
and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As
newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow
thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
( 1 Peter 2:2 )
If the deep was a formless mass in zero-G, and the entire mass burst into light during nucleosynthesis, then the Matty’s Paradigm scientific theory of creation has a reason why the CMBR has uniform distribution.