The New “Scientific Knowledge”

May 18

Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.

(Lamentations 4:3) KJV

A new definition of “scientific knowledge” is necessary for the post-Hawking popular science (SciPop) Trekkie generation.

“Anecdotal evidence combined with probability means its a reasonable assumption.”

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Cockatrices

May 11

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.

(Isaiah 11:8) KJV

There’s another mythological creature which, by using our principle that God can’t lie, we may deduce isn’t mythological. In this case it is the Cockatrice. Here’s a rather perfunctory description from Wikipedia:

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Seraphim

May 10

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

(Isaiah 6:1-8) KJV

Yesterday we looked at some Hebrew words that are translated as different kinds of serpent, including several kinds of snakes.

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Is Satan Limbless?

His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born

(Revelation 12:4) KJV

The curse of the serpent to be limbless reveals an area of theology which has been badly compromised by the spaghetti syndrome. It’s spaghetti with a side of waffle and fudge.

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Enmity

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

(Revelation 12:13) KJV

The whole of the narrative of Revelation 12 centers on the enmity, or hatred, between Satan, the dragon, and the woman. If we apply the relationship of cause and effect we can again place this event after the fall of man.

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Deducing the Timing of the War in Heaven

And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

(Revelation 12:17) KJV

We’re using deduction to reconcile the Bible with science. Actual science, not popular science (SciPop). We believe that a fact will be the same regardless of what you believe about the Bible, therefore anything which is only true in the SciPop paradigm isn’t a fact.

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War in Heaven

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

(Revelation 12:7-9) KJV

The theological interpretations of this passage are wide ranging. We can’t get into an analytical breakdown of it because all it would do is confuse the issue. We take the position that the universe had to exist in order for this war to have taken place, so therefore it was AFTER the six days of creation.

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You Shall Die of Dying

Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “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 2:15-17) NKJV

Did the curse on the serpent happen immediately, or did it occur in the first generation of offspring? We could make the case either way, but, since we don’t know for sure let’s consider what God said to Adam about the tree of knowledge.

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