Truth, the Journey begins
The Confusion of Religions or the 'Religion' of Science?
As at Proverbs 2:1-6, dig deep for True Knowledge
What is TRUTH?
Amidst the confusion of the religions and the denominations of professed Christianity, where can one find unequivocal truth? Is truth conspicuous or is it as buried treasure, that requires great effort on our part?
Can Modern Science provide truth, or, a Theological degree, or, an ancient book, perhaps? Does the human factor contribute or detract from, this noble pursuit? Is there absolute truth, or, is truth shaped and honed by philosophers throughout the sand of time?
It does not take an academic degree for us to appreciate that truth must be absolute, otherwise, it cannot be proven as correct. The accuracy of the Periodic Table for instance, has helped to predict those elements that were not yet ‘discovered’. The truth of gravity ‘anchors’ us to the ground, maintains the orbit of planets and their moons, etc.
From whence comes accurate knowledge? Some are cognizant of the fallacies that seem to permeate every strata of societies in our global village. But sadly, most persons are unaware of the difference of a fact of truth vs. an accepted lie thought to be true. Of the fallacies throughout the history of mankind, many have been abandoned, yet, it can be safely said that the majority by far of persons on earth are being deceived, by fallacies, mainly religious in nature.
Any religious group that is popular with today’s world and accepted by most [secular, non-secular, religious and non-religious], cannot have truth. Why? Well for starters, the majority of persons on earth are themselves being deceived.
Is there an ETERNAL God?
Most scientists will argue that God is a myth for uneducated simpletons or naïve and gullible individuals. As esteemed as we may view some of these scientists, the majority of them are deceived by Darwinism, but, why is this you may ask? Well, who make up our scientific communities, yes, many are former members or grew up in households of professed Christians. As a result many on realizing the many fallacies taught by Christendom, they become disheartened, rather than search for truth themselves, they turn to the ‘religion’ of science. Now this is not as petty as it may appear, it is a subtle and gradual
process that seem to ‘creep up on many’. Many are from atheistic households, and so, the objective is achieved, no one develops the desire to search to seek, for truth, re the Ultimate Cause of the universe and life on earth.
The sum of all knowledge on earth today, may confound and confuse. Yet, there is a progression of how this knowledge unfolded, and their respective sources.
Please see link for books that contribute to our knowledge pool from the dawn of time.
Now of all the ancient writings the most attested are ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek texts from which come our Bibles. There are available about 6000 manuscript copies [MSS] in Hebrew and about 5300 MSS in Koine Greek.
The original Bible writings were handwritten on perishable materials such as papyrus and vellum; none of the originals are known to exist today.
Soon after the originals were written, manuscript copies began to be produced. The copyists exercised great care to transmit the text accurately; the Masoretes counted even the letters that they copied.
To make the Scriptures available in other languages, Bible translation became necessary. There exist today manuscripts of such early versions as the Septuagint (a translation of the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek, from the third and second centuries B.C.E.) and Jerome's Vulgate (a translation of Hebrew and Greek texts into Latin, originally produced c. 400 C.E.)
By a comparative study of hundreds of existing Bible manuscripts, scholars have prepared master texts. These printed editions of original-language texts suggest the best readings available while drawing attention to variations that may exist in certain manuscripts. Texts of the Hebrew Scriptures with comparative readings in footnotes have been prepared by such scholars as Ginsburg and Kittel. Included among the master texts of the Christian Greek Scriptures are those published by Westcott and Hort as well as by Nestle and Aland.
Bible translators today generally use original-language master texts to produce modern translations.
Dead Sea Scroll
When compared with the Masoretic text of more than a thousand years later, the Dead Sea Scroll of Isaiah (dated toward the end of the second century B.C.E.) shows that only minor differences exist, mostly in spelling.
A vellum codex from the fourth century C.E., contains all of the Christian Greek Scriptures and part of the Greek Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Scriptures.
These texts have corroborated the Christ or anointed One, Jesus the Nazarene.
Uncaused and First Cause
It is appreciated that everything that has a beginning has a cause, so, every effect has a cause. It therefore means that the Entity who has no cause has no beginning. Yet, the true identity of the Uncaused is often confused with the First Cause. Ancient Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek texts offer guidance to an accurate resolution.
Scriptures clearly show the relationship between the Almighty God, and the Son of God.
Origin of the Universe
Since the universe had a beginning, then it had a Cause.
Prior to insurmountable evidence leading to the inevitable inference that the universe had a beginning, the Solid State theory [which suggests otherwise], was the 'darling' of the scientific community.
Remnant cosmic radiation [fall-out from an initial super explosion], and observation of an expanding universe, led to the adoption of a 'Christian' scientist's theory, now called Big Bang theory, which basically states that the universe was what resulted from the explosion of a densely compacted core.
Now, just an explosion would NOT have led to the result, billions of galaxies that make up the universe. As matter formed so did anti- matter, resulting in a net of ZERO matter, SOMETHING or SOMEONE, CAUSED an adjustment, a cooling perhaps that gave matter the dominance. Also,
the velocity of the expanding matter [and other conditions] had to be PRECISE, or there would have been a collapse [matter collapsing back on itself] OR, a disintegration [matter being ripped apart, without the formation of planets, stars, etc.].
Now, in the EXTREMELY UNLIKELY event, that BLIND CHANCE led to the formation of the universe, with its billions of galaxies, there remains SEVERAL HURDLES for the exclusion of a FIRST CAUSE.
Allow me to numerate only a few.
1. Nothing organized arises spontaneously from blind chance.
2. LIFE, even of a ONE-CELLED organism, is the MOST ORGANIZED phenomenon known to man.
3. The degree of organization and DESIGN increases as the organism increases in complexity.
4. Much of man's inventions have been inspired FROM designs studied in nature.
5. All artificial intelligence are LIMITED to that of their DESIGNERS, with ZERO chance of mutational, evolutional or autonomy existing.
6. If the myriads of conditions that exist to facilitate LIFE in all its ABUNDANCE and DIVERSITY on earth were by blind chance, then WHY is it that there IS NO TRACE OF EVIDENCE to suggest that
these exist ELSEWHERE. Blind chance appear to be VERY SELECTIVE.
7. When carefully analyzed, the ancient scrolls [Bible], has proven to be WAY AHEAD of man's scientific progress, has man REGRESSED?
8. Since gravitational forces alone cannot explain why the universe is so organized despite its speed of expansion, scientists coin terms such as Dark Force and Dark Energy to confirm how little we really know.
Universe had a beginning.
Genesis 1:1 NW
1 In [the] beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Energy creates matter.
26 “Raise YOUR eyes high up and see. Who has created these things? It is the One who is bringing forth the army of them even by number, all of whom he calls even by name. Due to the abundance of dynamic energy, he also being vigorous in power, not one [of them] is missing.
Universe is geometrically flat, earth is NOT.
22 There is One who is dwelling above the circle of the earth, the dwellers in which are as grasshoppers, the One who is stretching out the heavens just as a fine gauze, who spreads them out like a tent in which to dwell
Near to the END of this way of life, the earth is in danger of being ruined.
18 But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time for the dead to be judged, and to give [their] reward to your slaves the prophets and to the holy ones and to those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”
Earth hangs on nothing.
7 He is stretching out the north over the empty place,
Hanging the earth upon nothing;
The Slanderer [Devil], Satan [Adversary/ Resister] The father of the lie [John 8:44].
Fallacies taught by Christendom or professed Christianity
Allow me please to use God’s thoughts as recorded in the Bible to shed some much needed light on this issue regarding God’s only-begotten Son,
Jesus the Christ.
Sadly, much of the confusion regarding the true identity of the Messiah
arouse during the time of the pagan emperor Constantine’s attempt to harmonize the church. A careful research of history will show that Constantine’s efforts led first to the declaration of the Son and the Father being of the “same essence”.
It was precisely this and other concepts foreign to the primitive Christians, which has influenced many of the individuals who subsequently rendered the Greek and Syriac texts into Latin, English and other tongues.
A careful comparison of various translations may alarm some, but the very
Scriptures themselves, predicted that many false teachings would appear.
In the attempt of some to support ideas that were clearly NOT SUPPORTED by Scriptures some SERIOUS errors have entered in some translations.
So then 1 John 5:7 has an addition [Comma Johanneum] which is indisputably fallacious.
Revelation 1:11 has an addition which entitles such individual[s] to the plagues recorded in that Book.
1 Timothy 3:16 has inserted God, where Christ was intended.
In many cases where worship was recorded, obeisance, was intended.
Compare please these Bible texts.
Matthew 14:33; Revelation 3:9
Matthew 14:33 (Young's Literal Translation)
33and those in the boat having come, did bow to him, saying, `Truly -- God's Son art thou.'
Revelation 3:9 (Young's Literal Translation)
9lo, I make of the synagogue of the Adversary those saying themselves to be Jews, and are not, but do lie; lo, I will make them that they may come and bow before thy feet, and may know that I loved thee.
It is quite evident by those of us who honestly study its contents that the
Bible [in the original tongues] was written with a great deal of candor. So
events and comments were recorded as they occurred. In the event that a comment was made by someone, however erroneous, it was recorded just as it occurred. Therefore the Jews sought to kill Jesus because [in their minds] He made himself equal to God by saying He is the Son of God.
It is in our best interest then in order to obtain truth, to CONSIDER EVERYTHING PERTAINING TO A PARTICULAR ISSUE.
Why do some get sidetracked on a particular Bible passage, when there are so many others where the TRUE MEANING IS CLEAR AND WITHOUT ANY DISPUTES AS REGARDS THE CORRECTNESS OF RENDERINGS?
The answer also lies within the pages of JEHOVAH’s Word.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (New International Version)
3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (New International Version)
9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
1 Timothy 4:1 (New International Version)
1 Timothy 4
Instructions to Timothy
1The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
2 Peter 2:1-3 (New International Version)
2 Peter 2
False Teachers and Their Destruction
1But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
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