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This article attempts to explain the basic ideas presented in the Bible. But ultimately there is no substitute for reading the Bible yourself and making up your own mind.
If you are unfamiliar with the Bible then a good place to begin reading would be:
Genesis 1-12, 17, 22, 25, 28-30, 37
Judges 2, 13-16
1 Samuel 8
2 Kings 22-25
Each stripe in the chart below is 30 years. 3 stripes is a season. Half a season is 45 years.
45 is glossed over as 40 when the writer wishes to minimalize it.
45 is glossed over as 50 when the writer wishes to make it seem bigger.
40 = 45 = 50
80 = 90 = 100
160 = 180 = 200
In one instance 70 years becomes 17
In one instance 14 years becomes 40
In multiple instances 300 years (100 3's) becomes 130 years.
In one instance five hundred and sixty (560) becomes five and hundred and sixty (165)
which then somehow becomes 65
In Hebrew 120 is one hundred tens which becomes 1000 years (a millenium)
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I personally recommend waiting until the next World to be baptized.
Jesus said to him, “I say to you that you will, no doubt, not see the Kingdom of God until you are born again.”
Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
As you age your subjective self-image of yourself as a young person begins to seem unrealistic.
You begin to awaken to the fact that you were just dreaming that you were young.
You begin to become old.
You continue to get older and older till death at which point you fully awaken.
Now it is indeed true that you were just dreaming that you were young.
But you are also just dreaming that you are getting old.
And when you die and wake up you will just be dreaming that you are waking up.
And the dream will reset and start all over.
Birth - aging - death - rebirth.
As a finite mortal you only have a finite amount of time.
When your time is up you wither and die like a tree without water. The Tree of eternal life is the tree of infinite time.
Psychological drives and realms
Time in itself, absolutely, does not exist...Without a clock I say 'I do not know the time'. Without matter time itself is unknowable.
In the beginning of our universe, long before the Big Bang, long before space itself existed, an event occurred. The first event of our universe. A single solitary self-replicating event that was the totality of our universe. The singularity. First light.
This event replicated into a vast sea of interacting singularities. Space still did not exist. It was chaotic but it was not total Chaos. There was enough order that life was possible. Our universe has just the right balance of chaos and order to make life possible. Too much order and the universe would be frozen and unchanging. Too much chaos and life would be burned up.
It is entirely conceivable that the first singularity of our universe was in reality just a single event in an earlier universe of total Chaos. A Chaos so total that life was not possible. It is possible that this earlier Universe separated into regions that were dark and frozen and regions there were light and chaotic and that our universe formed at, what was at that time, the boundary between these two regions.
This earlier universe would have also come from a singularity which would have been the true first event of all time.
Time → Chaos → First light → Our universe
Asking what caused the first cause is like asking whats north of the north pole. The answer is not "nothing". Like asking "have you stopped beating your wife" the answer to the question is that you don't ask that question. At a fundamental level events do not "cause" other events. They merely "influence" other events. The first event was not "influenced" by any preceding event.
To be influenced by another event an event must be able to "see" the other event. The dots in the diagram to the right represent events (singularities) and the arrows indicate "seeing" (entanglement). No particle in our universe can see any particle in the first universe (hence our universe is immune to the Chaos of the first universe). The reverse may or may not be true.
In a Universe not bound by the limitations of gravity and conservation of energy the first fully intelligent beings may have been the size of mountains. To insect-sized creatures mountains would seem like planets.
In a universe without space, and therefore without light, all beings would be blind. Intelligent beings could, however, cover everything with Smartdust (Ad-im dust) that would detect what was in its immediate vicinity and convey that information to an all-seeing central computer. See Hive mind.
(Technically every mind is a hive mind. A hive of cortical columns. The cortical Columns of the cerebellum are relatively independent which gives the cerebellum a fluid-like quality.)
By logging in to the central computer, intelligent beings would be able to use augmented reality to "see" what was around them.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
If the central computer could see individual neurons then when people died they could be recreated inside the computer and live there forever in a virtual world complete with euclidean space (heaven). Physical death would be eliminated.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters...And God called the firmament Heaven
And there went up an "Ad" from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
And formed the head All-Human the Ad-im dust from the Adamah.
and beasts breathed it into their nostrils and became the Ad-im to soul [eternally] living.
and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. And the house of Israel called its name Manna. And it was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
And the Head All-Human planted a garden eastward in Aden; and there He put the [2nd] Adam whom He had formed.
(As opposed to the 1st Adam that He did not make.)
And made grow the Head All-Human out of the Adamah every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;
the Tree of life in the garden of the heart and the Tree of the knowledge of housing and clothing.
(Pomo people used shredded bark from redwood trees to make their clothing.)
And the Head All-Human layeth a charge on the Adam, saying, `Of every tree of the garden eating thou dost eat;
and of the Tree of the knowledge of housing and clothing, thou eat of it NOT. Thou shalt die-die in the day that thou eatest Manna'
(or thou shalt kill death in the day that thou eatest thereof)
Now the Serpent was more crafty than any beast of the shadows which the Head All-Human had made.
And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath All-Human not said, Ye shall eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, `Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we do eat,
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the garden of the heart, All-Human has said,
"Ye shall eat of it not; ye shall die"
And the serpent said unto the woman,
"Ye shall eat of it; not ye shall die for knowing All-Human".
For in the day you eat thereof your eyes shall be opened.
And you shall be like All-Human knowing housing and clothing.
The woman saw that the tree was good for food,
and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and desired the tree.
To the bereaved she took the fruit thereof, and did eat.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked
(Who was right All-Human or the serpent? Maybe both were right. Maybe their bodies did die when they ate from the tree but their consciousness was uploaded to a computer.)
And the Head All-Human said to the woman, `What [is] this you have done?'
and the woman said, `The (sneaky) snake snaked me -- and I did eat
And saith the Head All-Human to the serpent:
`Because you did this, cursed are you from all the behemah and from all beasts [of] the Shadows
Upon Gihon you Lochos and creep and devour all day of thy Ki
And the man calleth his wife's name Khi-vah because Hevah became mother of Ki-el.
And to the Adam He said, `Because you have hearkened to the voice of thy wife,
and did eat of the tree concerning which I have charged thee, saying:
"Ye shall eat of it not. Curse you the Adamah in your crossing"
In sorrow thou dost eat of it all days of thy life, and thorn and bramble it doth bring forth to thee
And the Head All-Human saith, `Lo, the Adam became as first man to know housing and clothing and time; In turn he will put forth his hand, and take indeed of the Tree of life and eat and live,'
--to Elam (infinite time) the Head All-Human sent him forth from the garden of Aden (to till the land which he took from Shem).
Yea, he casteth out the Adam and deployed Cherubim from Kedemah to the garden of Aden with the flaming sword turning itself round (rotation is only possible in Euclidean space) to protect the way of the Tree of life.
And Abel is feeding a flock, and Ki-on hath been a tiller of the land.
And it comes to pass in the last day that Ki-on (Qayin-u-Nathan) brought (wine or alcohol) from the fruit of the ground a present to YHVD;
and Abel, he has brought, he also, milk-fat (cf milk) from the firstlings of his flock;
and Y-HVD (the Head) looks to Abel and to his present,
and unto Ki-on and to his present He has not looked
And Cain saith unto Abel his brother, `Let us go into the shadows;'
and it cometh to pass in their being in the shadows, that Cain riseth up against Abel his brother, and slayeth him.
And YHVD says to Ki-on, `Where [is] Abel thy brother?'
and he says, `Brother, I know not Shem-Iah
And He says, `What have you done? the voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the Adamah;
and now, cursed [are] you from the Adamah, which has opened her mouth (cf. Rev 12:16) to receive the blood of your brother from your hand;
And YHVD saith to him, `Therefore -- of the murderer Ki-on seven times it is required;' and YHVD setteth a guard over Ki-on that none finding him doth slay him
And Ki-on goeth out from before YHVD, and dwelleth in the land of India before Aden;
And Adam again knoweth his wife, and she beareth a son, and calleth his name Seth...
And to Seth, to him also a son hath been born, and he calleth his name Enos;
He begat Abel called Shem-YHWH.
From Genealogies of Genesis:
Nearly all modern translations of Genesis are derived from the Masoretic (Hebrew) Text.
But there are also two other versions of Genesis: the Samaritan (in an early Hebrew script) and the Septuagint (a Greek translation of an early Hebrew text).
Although, scholars are aware that these three versions of genesis 5 have different numbers, people who have seen only the commonly available translations are often unaware that other versions exist.
¹: The names of these wives are recorded in the Book of Jubilees, not Genesis. The names of the other wives are recorded in both.
²: According to most interpretations, including the New Testament Epistle to the Hebrews, Enoch did not die, but was taken away by God (at an age of 365).
Genesis states that Enoch "walked with God; and he was not; for God took him."
According to 'The Gospel in Genesis' by Chuck Missler, the names from adam to noah spell out "Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest"
Civilization is my country. Objectivity is my religion.
A moral person is a person with sufficient objectivity to understand that the universe does not revolve around their ego.
Your ego feels that it is the center of the universe
You are not your ego.
You are not the center of the universe.
A civilized society is a society whose laws do not revolve around any one person or any one group of people.
The more a society treats everyone as equals the more civilized it is.
But treating everyone as equals is not the same thing as treating everyone exactly the same.
If we treated everyone the way that extroverts want to be treated then people who are introverted would suffer.
Treating everyone as if they were exactly the same is pseudo-civilization.
Nothing is good or bad.
Some things are good for certain things and bad for certain things.
You must always specify what it is good or bad for.
Some things are good for you and some things are bad for you.
Some things are good for civilized society and some things are bad for civilized society.
Objectivity is always in your own best interest. There is nothing to be gained by your lying to yourself.
Objectivity: You see what you want to see and if you truly want to see what the facts say when they are allowed to speak for themselves then you will indeed see that too.
Objectivity is what separates humans from animals.
Humans reason. Animals project.
Humans use directed thinking (speech). Animals dream.
Humans know. Animals feel.
Something is known beyond a reasonable doubt if the laws of cause and effect make it impossible for it to be false.
Three dimensional space looks flat but it actually forms the surface of a hollow four dimensional sphere (the balloon analogy) that has been expanding since the Big Bang. What caused the Big Bang is a mystery. All we can say for certain is that matter was once concentrated in one place and from there became scattered upon the surface of the expanding universe.
Ever since the Big Bang it's been nothing but floods and hurricanes and animals eating each others. See Fall of man.
The Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British light cavalry against Russian forces during the Crimean War.
Lord Raglan had intended to send the Light Brigade to prevent the Russians from removing captured guns from overrun Turkish positions, a task well-suited to light cavalry.
However, there was miscommunication in the chain of command, and the Light Brigade was instead sent on a frontal assault against a different artillery battery, one well-prepared with excellent fields of defensive fire.
The semi-suicidal nature of this charge was surely evident to the troopers of the Light Brigade
They reached the battery under withering direct fire and scattered some of the gunners, but they were forced to retreat immediately.
Thus, the assault ended with very high British casualties and no gains.
The moral of the story is that the soldiers should have refused to follow orders that made no sense.
In the hyper-empirical world view, a person is seen as just a "collection of atoms" and since it is not morally wrong to use, abuse, or manipulate atoms to one's own ends it is, therefore, not thought morally wrong to use, abuse, or manipulate people to one's own ends.
On the face of it, this almost seems reasonable. After all, we are indeed made entirely of atoms (or some other units that can be modeled mathematically). It fails, however, to take into account the emergent phenomena that make a human being so much more than "just atoms". Atoms don't have thoughts, feelings, hopes, dreams, or aspirations but people do. Clearly, being "made of" something (for example atoms) is not the same thing as "being" something.
Sometimes hyper-empirical people will avoid the phrase "humans are just atoms" and will opt instead for "humans are just animals". Both phrases express the same underlying idea.
Hyper-empirical people do not think in terms of good vs bad or right vs wrong. They think in terms of great vs not great. In the same way that life is an emergent property of chemistry so morality and laws are an emergent property that arises whenever you have large numbers of people interacting with one another. Autistic people have difficulty understanding that. In their minds the only possible source of morality and law is some imaginary magical being called "God" and anyone who attempts to impose laws or morality on others is some sort of "priest" of this "God".
The world I perceived was a random, self-sufficient system. It wasn't built; it grew. (When I was little, I thought houses and roads were some kind of large plant that grew out of the ground; if you had told me people made them I would've been thunderstruck).
Fundamentalism: a movement characterized by a strictly literal (hyper-empirical) interpretation of religious texts.
By that definition many atheists are fundamentalists too.
"Be careful," Jesus warned them. "Watch out for the reverse psychology of the Pharisees (Fundamentalist Theists) and that of Herod (Fundamentalist Atheists)".
Atheists arent stupid.
Indeed, like the serpent, they are more crafty than any beast of the field.
They know that people are going to do the opposite of whatever they tell them they want them to do.
That is the real reason why fundamentalist atheists relentlessly attack and ridicule fundamentalism.
Why else would they be so obnoxious about it?
The truth is they don't care whether you become a Fundamentalist atheist or a fundamentalist theist.
Just as long as you become a Fundamentalist like them.
In the western world you are free to discuss, debate, and even argue about issues like politics and religion.
But the only reason you are free to discuss these things at all is because these so-called "issues" have been carefully constructed by the rich in such a way that they always win. They can't lose. They win even if they lose. And no matter what you say your words can and will be used against you.
But if you try to discuss the real underlying issues then you will quickly find that you are in fact nowhere near as free as you have been led to believe
King Canute set his throne by the sea shore and commanded the incoming tide to halt and not wet his feet and robes. Yet "continuing to rise as usual [the tide] dashed over his feet and legs without respect to his royal person.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Water baptism is salvation.
And suddenly he saw vividly before him a long-forgotten, kindly old man who had given him geography lessons in Switzerland. "Wait a bit," said the old man, and showed Pierre a globe. This globe was alive- a vibrating ball without fixed dimensions. Its whole surface consisted of drops closely pressed together, and all these drops moved and changed places, sometimes several of them merging into one, sometimes one dividing into many. Each drop tried to spread out and occupy as much space as possible, but others striving to do the same compressed it, sometimes destroyed it, and sometimes merged with it.
"That is life," said the old teacher.
"How simple and clear it is," thought Pierre. "How is it I did not know it before?"
"God is in the midst, and each drop tries to expand so as to reflect Him to the greatest extent. And it grows, merges, disappears from the surface, sinks to the depths, and again emerges. There now, Karataev has spread out and disappeared. Do you understand, my child?" said the teacher.
"Do you understand, damn you?" shouted a voice, and Pierre woke up
There are 3 possible positions:
1) The Theist position: There exists a magical being called 'god' that is the source of all morality and law.
2) The Atheist position: There is no 'god' therefore there is no morality or law and one is free to do anything one wants.
3) Morality and law are emergent properties that arise whenever you have large numbers of people interacting with one another.
Atheists and theists both believe that 'god' is the only possible source of morality.
Ignosticism is the idea that the question of the existence of God is meaningless because the term 'God' has no coherent and unambiguous definition. It may also be described as the theological position that every other theological position (including agnosticism) assumes too much about the concept of god and many other theological concepts.
An ignostic maintains that they cannot even say whether he/she is a theist or an atheist until a better definition of theism is put forth.
For 200 years many good people have been trying very hard to tell people that "sex is ok because it isnt dirty" but their message is deliberately being subverted into "its ok to be dirty". Many other messages (like the words of Christ and the words of Buddha) are likewise being subverted. It is not an accident that things are so messed up. The people that run this planet want it this way. It is deliberate.
Fascism is perhaps best described as "anti-ism"; that is, the philosophy of being against everyone and everything all of the time. Fascism is anti-anarchist, anti-communist, anti-conservative, anti-democratic, anti-individualist, anti-liberal, anti-parliamentary, anti-bourgeois, and anti-proletarian. It entails a distinctive type of anti-capitalism and is typically, with few exceptions, anti-clerical.
Fascists paradoxically promote violence and war as actions that create positive transformation in society (See cognitive dissonance) and exalt militarism as providing national regeneration, spiritual renovation, vitality, education, instilling of a will to dominate in people's character, and creating national comradeship through military service. Fascists view conflict as an inevitable fact of life that is responsible for all human progress.
In Internet terminology a troll is someone who comes into an established community such as an online discussion forum and posts inflammatory, rude, repetitive or offensive messages as well as top post flooding and impersonating others -- designed intentionally to annoy or antagonize the existing members or disrupt the flow of discussion. A troll's main goal is usually to arouse anger and frustration or otherwise offend the message board's other participants, and will write whatever it takes to achieve this end.
Trolls think fascism is "cool". Trolls think that all cool people should be cool with it. Trolls think that anyone that gets angry or fights back is "not cool". "Cool" means "infinitely good". In their minds everyone is either infinitely good or infinitely bad. In their minds if you arent "cool" then you are infinitely bad.
Assume that the goal is to transmit the four-digit message "1234". First the digits of the message are arranged in a rectangular pattern:
Each column and row is summed up separately:
The eight-digit sequence "12334746" is the message that is actually transmitted. If any single error occurs during transmission then this error can not only be detected but can also be corrected as well. Let us suppose that the received message contained an error in the first digit. The receiver rearranges the message into the grid:
The receiver can see that the first row and also the first column add up incorrectly. Using this knowledge and the assumption that only one error occurred, the receiver can correct the error. In order to handle two errors, a 4-dimensional scheme would be required.
↑the Targum Ps.-Jonathan elaborates Gen 10:26 and says "begot Elmodad, who measured the earth with cords/ Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
↑A local legend in Yemen states that Aden may be as old as human history itself. Some also believe that Cain and Abel are buried somewhere in the city
↑A son of a year is Saul in his reigning, yea, two years he hath reigned over Israel
↑now is a judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast forth;
and I, if I may be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself.'
And this he said signifying by what death he was about to die;
↑Wikipedia:Femininity: Traits traditionally cited as feminine include gentleness, empathy, and sensitivity,
↑Wikipedia:Masculinity: Masculine norms, as described in Ronald F. Levant's Masculinity Reconstructed, are "avoidance of femininity; restricted emotions; sex disconnected from intimacy; pursuit of achievement and status; self-reliance; strength and aggression
↑Wikipedia:Schizoid personality disorder: Schizoid personality disorder is a personality disorder characterized by a lack of interest in social relationships, a tendency towards a solitary or sheltered lifestyle, secretiveness, emotional coldness, detachment, and apathy.