Sitting in Creation

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I think that the reason your Australian pastor compared you with Prof Dawkins is that your God so very well fits the description of the God about which Prof Dawkins rails against. My God on the other hand tells me that the Bible is a superb source of moral tales to take notice of. So is the Koran and other religious books. He does not tell me that I am right and everyone else is wrong. He tells me to use the brain and reason He has given me.

He tells me to be certain that He is there for me but not to dare be certain that I know His mind. He is a pretty good friend to have by ones side. Yours ever Jeff.

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David Catchpoole August 2nd, Pardon, Jeff, but your unbelief is showing again! They can't both be right about who Jesus is, for example. See The Koran vs Genesis. There is in fact a moderate option; a non-literal interpretation of the Bible. You disagree with it, but that doesn't mean it isn't an option. Taking the Bible as a mainly metaphysical allegory is a moderate path between the two. That moderate path amounts to taking the bible as positing the truth of statements about the what exists beyond the world we live in God exists, etc and moral lessons Love thy neighbor, etc rather than treating it like a history text an angel in a burning bush literally did speak to Moses, etc.

Most people would say that the moral lessons are the important, valuable, and beautiful part of the Bible but not you of course. I'd think that's what being "for" Jesus means - believing the message of love, forgiveness, and compassion.

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Even Mark is a moral lesson about fidelity. I think it's very telling that you didn't for a second consider that option. Your group is characterized by a tunnel vision and stubborn one-mindedness because of your biblical-literalism. That is exactly why men and women of the cloth, christians, atheists and scientists all single you out as extremists. The only correct interpretation of a sender's message is the one that the sender intended.

So how did God as per 2 Peter intend us to read His Word? See Should Genesis be taken literally? Chuck J. I find your writings second only to the Bible for my instruction and as wonderful tools for witnessing.

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I find doubters, disbelievers, and compromisers just as ignorant of science as they are the Bible. You have helped me in both areas and I am thankful to God for putting you in my way. Rudi J. DK August 2nd, Christ is Lord, king of kings, creator of the universe, our savior and redeemer. Can you find anything more satisfying than serving and glorifying the almighty God, who loved us so much that He gave us His beloved Son to die for us?

You should know how blessed you are having a ministry as CMI, glorifying Christ by building up confidence and faith in the saints, called by God. In my country, nobody stands up for Jesus. They have all gone astray, trampling under foot the Glorious Gospel of the blessed God.

Shame on you, if you did not come to love Christ with all your heart. Grahame G.

AU August 2nd, Yes, I guess we are, really. It was extreme for Jesus to go all the way to the cross. He asks us to be "extreme" by "crucifying ourselves", considering ourselves crucified", "dying daily", "taking up our cross and following him", not "looking back", not changing money in the temple but keeping it as a house of prayer and I could go on.

Well, if it's extremely right, extremely holy, extremely godly, and not just moderately, then sure! Why would one choose to be anything else?

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Especially if one holds the title "pastor" in an organisation called a "church"! How God must grieve Jack C. In summary the way of an atheist is death, and that of a Jesus-believing theist is everlasting life. The choice is simple. Chandrasekaran M. When there are two disputing parties, often the middle ground stand is taken to bring about peace without looking into what the real issue is about.

In the context here, the middle ground approach is like finding a middle ground between light and dark. Logically refuting evolution history science is not extremism. Ian H. AU August 1st, John 'Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come'.

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It is our responsibility as Christians to examine ALL things in the light of scripture to determine the Truth. The Holy Spirit will reveal error. Sitting at the Right Hand of God. More Days of Praise. The Vanishing Serpents. The Latest. Two recent reports undermine natural selection, but support design. The reports reinforce the reality that creatures are active, problem-solving beings Each time a fossilized creature with legs is found mingled with fossil sea creatures, a new quandary for evolutionary history presents itself.

God's right arm is outstretched to impart the spark of life from his own finger into that of Adam, whose left arm is extended in a pose mirroring God's, a reminder that man is created in the image and likeness of God Gen. Another point is that Adam's finger and God's finger are not touching.

It gives the impression that God, the giver of life, is reaching out to Adam who has yet to receive it; they are not on "the same level" as would be two humans shaking hands, for instance. Many hypotheses have been formulated regarding the identity and meaning of the twelve figures around God. According to an interpretation that was first proposed by the English art critic Walter Pater — and is now widely accepted, the person protected by God's left arm represents Eve , due to the figure's feminine appearance and gaze towards Adam, [9] [10] and the eleven other figures symbolically represent the souls of Adam and Eve's unborn progeny, the entire human race.

The Creation of Adam is generally thought to depict the excerpt "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him" Gen.

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The inspiration for Michelangelo's treatment of the subject may come from a medieval hymn , " Veni Creator Spiritus ", which asks the 'finger of the paternal right hand' digitus paternae dexterae to give the faithful speech. Michelangelo's main source of inspiration for his Adam in his Creation of Adam may have been a cameo showing a nude Augustus Caesar riding sidesaddle on a Capricorn. Evidence suggests that Michelangelo and Grimani were friends. This cameo offers an alternative theory for those scholars who have been dissatisfied with the theory that Michelangelo was mainly inspired by Lorenzo Ghiberti 's Adam in his Creation of Adam.

Several hypotheses have been put forward about the meaning of The Creation of Adam' s highly original composition, many of them taking Michelangelo's well-documented expertise in human anatomy as their starting point. In in Anderson, Indiana physician Frank Meshberger noted in the Journal of the American Medical Association that the background figures and shapes portrayed behind the figure of God appeared to be an anatomically accurate picture of the human brain. Alternatively, it has been observed that the red cloth around God has the shape of a human uterus one art historian has called it a "uterine mantle" [17] and that the scarf hanging out, coloured green, could be a newly cut umbilical cord.

It explains the navel that appears on Adam , which is at first perplexing because he was created, not born of a woman. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main article: Sistine Chapel ceiling. Gardner's Art Through the Ages. A Concise Global History 4th ed. Stamford, Connecticut : Cengage Learning. Retrieved 13 September Retrieved 23 July When Souls Had Wings. Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought.