Saturday, December 17, 2011

Introduction to the Guide

Blog technology offers unprecedented possibilities in publishing ideas and thoughts and a platform for discussion, instant responses and criticism by those interested in similar subjects. The tours to the Garden of God are thus workshops, places for expressing and evaluating ideas and they reflect during years personal growth, changes of opinions as well as deeper learning of matters of interest.

These blog workshops are for me places of prayer and I am constantly asking for light, guidance and advise from Holy Spirit who is our friend and teacher reminding us of everything Jesus has said. This said, I am free to make honest mistakes, harbor misconceptions and erroneous views that I think are correct but never allowed knowingly to write something that I know is not true. By praying the Spirit of Truth I am hoping that He will in His grace illuminate what is wrong in my writings, what is not worthy and what is worth further study and learning as matters fitting to the marvelous clarity, purpose, beauty and praise of our Lord that fills the Garden of God.
If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 14:15 - 17
Soli Deo Gloria

By the end of year 2014 the most viewed blogs among the many were Phos to Alethinon (194.700) and Space Theology (165.000).

Tour guide and experts
A tour guide points at interesting things without claiming to be an expert on the subject or aiming at comprehensive description of the issues at hand. There is certain advantage in being just a tour guide: the world is big and there are myriads of things that eventually belong together in the integrated view of Judeo-Christian world view.

True experts on scientific research usually do not write about myriad things like a humble tour guide does sharing what he or she had learned from the others. Academic scholars usually concentrate on their own chosen field of study of which they have deep understanding and great wealth of data. Such highly focused areas of study are the only way to progress and there is hardly time for anything else. We others can learn from the best experts through Internet which is an enormous multilingual world wide library and provides almost unlimited wealth of data and resources on all levels of knowledge (and nonsense).

Tours of unity
We can all study different aspects of reality, humanity, cosmos, living creatures or inanimate objects and wonder the astronomic distances to even the nearest stars.

However, God of Israel brings unity to all this and through faith the most distant galaxies become something familiar, part of our home. Micro-cosmos helps to understand macro-cosmos, first bacteria appearing on Earth over three billion years ago help to understand the atmosphere you and me are breathing right now.

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one."  (Deut 6:4)

God is ONE.

Modern science seeks to derive things from common origins, all space from a single dot before Big Bang, all life from the first appearance of life upon planet Earth (and before it somewhere out there), all human races and species from single father and mother living in Africa over five million years ago and so on.

These two do not contradict - the theological message deep in the Bible of a single God, the Creator of everything (including you and me) on one hand and, on the other hand, modern scientific attempts to create logical hierarchies and chains of processes that ultimately have single point of origins.

"By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible." (Heb 11:2)

By faith we understand but our rational brains still fight to figure that out! These tours are invitations to discussion and further exploration of things that unite us all with the visible and invisible.

Tours to glorify God
Working on these blogs has been for me a tremendous learning experience. The examining of some results of so rapidly evolving science and technology has given me truly shocking realisation how much greater our Heavenly Father is then I am even able to comprehend. And yet this all powerful Maker of the most awesome thundering things in the entire Cosmos is taking such a gentle care of the smallest baby birds lovingly feeding and nourishing them when they are so helpless.

Join me to these tours with critical mind and feel free to complain about mistakes and misunderstandings.
What may be known about God is plain to us, because God has made it plain to us. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. We know God and glorify him as God and give thanks to him, and our thinking is not futile and our hearts have been enlightened. (Romans 1:19-21 reversed)
Following apostle Paul's advise let us glorify the God of Israel together and give thanks to Him!

1. World of Natural Sciences
Cambrian life and Evolution
Discussions about the Cambrian explosion of life, evolution and Christ.

Devonian life and Evolution
Discussions about the Devonian Age of Fish, evolution and Christ.

God and Brain
Brain is said to be the last frontier of science. And what a frontier it is!

God and Darwin's Finches
The humble dull-coloured birds have been crucial in the history of Evolutionary Biology and are still today a hotly discussed topic. Is natural selection really the only significant factor in the evolution of species and all life?

God and Death
This blog is not a generic Humanity and Death discussion but rather concentrates on Death in God's creation and the Biblical message about God and Death.

God, Evolution and DNA
The big battle of religions - shall we worship the Moloch of Evolutionism and Evolution as a Lathe of God who created the DNA. This blog is about learning to understand evolutionary genetics.

God and Molecular Biology
God's works are manifest in the fundamental workings of living organisms. Yet, believers have no shortcuts in learning to understand them and must study the science just like those who do not believe in God.

God, Thy thoughts are very deep
God of Israel is the Greatest Mathematician who knows also Fractal Geometry, Bose-Einstein Statistics and other stuff we humans are studying. The Hebrew word used in Psalm 92:5 praising the Deep Thinking of God is machsheva from which modern Israel derives the word for computer.

God and Strings
Science is advancing fast in understanding the structure of matter. String theory has implications to everything and is one of the fundamental things in Creation.

Space Theology
Expanding knowledge of expanding Universe not only challenges our faith but also enriches in a wonderful way our understanding of the Majesty of God and man's place in His works of creation.

2. Kingdom of Heaven
Book of Jonah
Jonah is an amazingly deep and powerful religious document among the 66 books of the Bible with surprisingly modern and explosive imagery and message. Jonah is significant to Jews, important to Muslims and crucial to Christians because of the reference to it by Jesus Christ Himself.

Christ, St. Perpetua and St. Felicity
The Passio of Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity contains a unique and apparently authentic prison diary of a young Carthagean noble woman called Perpetua. The document is a witness of the dignified and amazing way how Jesus Christ took care of those condemned to death just because they believed in Him.

Christ, St. Perpetua and St. Felicity Resources
Resources for the main blog.

Christology of the Word of God
Discussions on the significance of the Council of Chalcedon to Biblical hermeneutics.

King of Israel
Israel is the axis between the Creator of the universe and the intelligent inhabitants on planet Earth. The blog examines the reality of the Jewish people and the King of Israel, Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum.

Rex Regum
Notes on the history of Kingdom of Heaven and the actions of Christ the King.
The Crucifix
Studies in the earliest portrayals of crucifixion of Jesus.

3. In search of Truth
Phos to alethinon
Christ is the Light of Truth.