Truth, Understanding, Insight

101 Reasons why I trust the God of the Bible

19th January 2022, hej


10) 90: Israel: fruitfulnness in modern world

The Blessing of Israel to the modern world

Once when asked to 'divest' of Isarel,an honest person found that too much was essential to modern life. Not only has the dry nation of Israel been supplying fruit to Europe, they have been supllying invention and innvation to the world.

But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come. For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown: And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. (Ezekiel 36:8-11)

91. The rightness of Objective Truth

There may be surface contradiction and complexity to all underlying truth, making it hard to find, but once found it has a complex clarity tha leads to understading of other truth. By contrast the opposite to truth, which is a lie, leads only to confusion. Often embarassment comes to the liar, and even further they conceal the initial lie with further lies.

I have found in life that when looking for the truth of a matter, that when I meet illogical confusion I have met a liar. One ancestor was impossibly elusive, as their reported age and parents never made sense, and no record of their existence could be found. It was known the son had gone to England to see the ancestral parish and not found any record of him or relatives, to which the father obtusely admitted a surname change. Amoung the descendants in the era of indexed and digitised information, there was confusion, as there was nothing at all that made sense as to who he was or where he came from. DNA triangles finally established that the ancestor had assumed another's identity with a different age, and the age each time it was reported tended to drift to the truth. In assuming another's identity he had been inconsistent, when later asked to report his parents names he used his real parents first names but creatively amended their surnames to match his lie, resulting in utter confusion to any descendents who might try to probe his (and their) origins. The curious fact was that even with strong irrefutable evidence, such is the confusion of the lie that some found it hard to accept the almost unrecognisable truth when it was reavealed.

92. Value of humility (the curse of pride

The humility of the Bible is clearly to not be a doormat, as Christ and Moses were both described as humble, and both on occasion delivered authoritative stinging rebukes. The humility of the Bible is the opposite of pride.

In my experinece pride prevents us from learning, as I have often had to accepet harsh rebuke to learn more, but also pride often goes with authority and positions of power. It would seem on the surface that the meek do not inherit the earth!

But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. (Psa 37:11)
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)

But Y'shua is not saying that this state of blessing for the meek is in this dispensation of things - but rather he says it is a future state! The point of the Bible's truth is that in this age, as may be observed by anyone, the meek inherit nothing much!

It may be observed that the closer people are to speaking truth to power the more likely they are to be subject of recrimination and persecution, this is exactly as Y'shua said.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. (Matthew 5:10-11)

However truth often previals, due to truth having a greater power to be clear, and pride has such pecuilar deficits in preventing learning from mistakes that it may lead people to power, but it will also lead to to their failure. The following proverb may be observed over time playing out in every workplace and in all the global halls of power.

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. (Proverbs 16:18-19)

95. Beauty of Mathematical Descriptions

From ancient times one of the core areas of useful learning has been maths, including geometry. In His book The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences Eugene Wigner wrote, "the enormous usefulness of mathematics in the natural sciences is something bordering on the mysterious and that there is no rational explanation for it". In The Recollections of Eugene P. Wigner with Andrew Szanton Wigner added "The full meaning of life, the collective meaning of all human desires, is fundamentally a mystery beyond our grasp. As a young man, I chafed at this state of affairs. But by now I have made peace with it. I even feel a certain honor to be associated with such a mystery." In his collection of essays Philosophical Reflections and Syntheses (1995), he commented: "It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness."

Wiger, having rejected his ancestral Judaism and also his families politically adopted Lutheranism, could not see into the mystery, but the rational explanation for the usefulness of mathematics is that it can only come from a description of order and order can only come if it is ordered, or Ordained. The natural state of the world indicates that without an ordering principle things become messy or 'without form and void'. I have two observations of spaces: All horizontal surfaces abhor vacancy and disorder increases in and on all spaces until order is imposed. All landscapes if not tended by humans will have weeds and be disordered. Robert Osserman in his attempt to describe the Poetry of the Universe in 1995 from how people calculated the circumference of the earth to, mapping to the Gaussian distribution to the mathematics describing space quotes Richard Feynman, The character of Physical law ?Every one of our laws (in context laws of nature eg gravity) is a purely mathematical staement in rather complex and abstruse mathematics..Why? I have not the slightest idea...To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty of nature.? Osserman adds, ?Created in the first instance to provide deeper insights into the nature of the world around us, the language of mathematics develops its owns structure and order, its own beauty and fascination.?

I would argue that if Mathematics is a 'creation' to approximate nature and to model it, then the beauty and order of nature is also a Creation where the Creator develops structure and order. Mathematics itself proves that the beauty of order and structure come from the work of the highest intellect. An even higher intellect was needed to make the mystery of Beauty of the order of nature itself!

My experinece is that I use in the real world a lot simple and very useful mathematics. The use of scale and form requires the laws of similar triangles and geometry. Ray tracing in a simple cultivation using Sine, Cos and Tan tables is used for shadow predictions. Measuring the complex impacts of climate in a building is a mathematical calculation of resistance. Engineering also has Mathematica descriptions from the resolution of forces in structures to those complex forces of nature on structures, including wind and earthquake. All can be done on the back of an envelope, but computers have made these beautiful things a 'black box' to the modern generation,

The identification of a Maker of the order which is mystery to the minds of those who reject God, does not identify which God is the maker of the order that may be explained by elegant and beautiful mathematics. However whereas no other religious text in the world has any maths whatsoever the Bible maintains that the God of the Bible has designed mathematically beautiful structures including cubes! The measurement of temple of Ezekiel's prophecy were so interesting mathematically that Isaac Newton studied them. There perhaps are other layers of numbers and meaning and to go deeper there is no equivalent to Gematria in any other religious text. Though Gematria may be interesting it is best supported by reading of the text. But of most interest to me is the role and beauty of numbers in Bible history and prophecy of the lives of people and nations, including the use of 7 and 1260 (180x7) which is the number of days in 3.5 years (half of 7 years the cycle of the land) and 360, the useful number of approximate solar days in a lunar year and the perfect number of degrees to describe a circle.

96. The Unknown age of the earth and universe

There is much arguement about the age of the earth, little of which affects the Bible itself. The Bible does not date the age of the earth at all- it says in the beginning the earth was without form and void. This best matches all reliable evidence. Rates of radioactive decay in Urianium isotopes in lead seem to make the earth 4.5 billion years, much older than 6,000 years. Some argue that such dating is inaccurate. It may well be. But the science of the decay of Isotopes is not in doubt, being measurable. The questions come in in terms of the accuracy of measurementt, and the possiblity of non-uniform conditions in history. If it was one isotope we may doubt, but others also yield such a large number of years. But the real issue for all is that the age of the earth doesn't match the age of the universe deduced from light gathered from distant galaxies. For the Bible beliver whose God is eternal, why should there have to be a beginning to the universe? The formation of the earth's surface by contrast we are told did have a beginning, and observations agree there is evidence of dramatic formation, as well as sedimentary formation. When that occured might be a fertile area for arguement. In any case "x" million or "y" Billion years isn't enough for mutations to morph a cell to a fish, let alone for inert organic stuff to become life.. from nothing. For me the Bible's truth and reliablity is that it tells me that somebody made everything I see from stuff - an observable fact of life. But the Bible's greatest observation may explain why the futher we look the more we see into what looks like a vanishing point that may as well be eternity.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (Romans 1:20)

97. Musical intervals & Rhythms

98.Joy in sheer beauty of the world

There is a deep emotion elicited in seeing grand and glorious landscapes of the awesome splendor of the natural world. Many travel great distances to stand breathless on the end of a vast chasm or eroded rock. No picture can prepare you for the experince of the Grand Canyon, the structures of Utah or the vast depth of the fjords of Norway.

99.The pattern of the kingdom glory

100: Zion Versus Babylon

Those who do the most to fight and defeat the Bible, do the most to fulfill it. Babylon is gone, but the heritage of Babylon has the same spirit. Babylon was condemned in that it punished Israel.

by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth. (Revelation 18:23-24)

Since the call went out for Jews to return to their homeland, many stress, world leaders and the UN have had great upset and angst and put great pressure upon Jews, even to inventing a people and claims that Isarel's actions violate international 'law'.

Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon. (Zec 2:7)

This is a work in progress

101: the personal experience of answered prayer and providence

There is hardly a day that goes by in my life wihout some small thing that can only make sense if the God of the Bible knows my thoughts, and is acting day to day in my life. He doesn't always stop people doing wrong to me, but the long outcome to me is never harm but good to me, as He protects me as I pray each day.

This poor man cried, and Yahweh heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of Yahweh encamps round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that Yahweh is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear Yahweh, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. (Psalm 34:6-9)