Mysteries of the Universe
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face: now I know in part; but then, shall I know even as also I am known. (I Corinthians 13:9-12)
Will man ever understand all mysteries of the gospel and the universe? No! For man (we) can know only in part. When shall the mysteries be revealed? When Jesus Christ (that which is perfect) returns to the earth. When that occurs, the mysteries and man (that which is in part) shall be done away with. There will be no more men alive after completion of the second resurrection, and judgments, and all sentences have been carried out. Likewise, there will be no more mysteries.
An earthly example is then given. When we are children, we do childish things. When we become adults, we put away childish things. Likewise, when we are humans, we do human things. When we become spiritual beings, we put away human things. Some mysteries which man cannot understand are as follows:
1) The Holy Bible
Man has gone to the moon and returned safely, built great structures, began to unravel DNA, and many other significant accomplishments. Yet man has never been able to read and understand a book called the Holy Bible. That is incredible! Granted the Bible is "sealed up until the end times." On the other hand, man has always considered himself to be highly intelligent. Why can't he simply read a book and understand what it states? We're so ignorant, we don't even realize we do not understand the Bible! The first step in discovering the truth is realizing that the "gospel" we have been teaching is flawed.
In addition to the book being sealed up, one even smarter than man is fighting against us in our understanding of the scriptures. That being is Satan. Satan's main trick in preventing us from understanding the Bible is the immortal soul myth. This myth that man is born with an immortal soul is supported nowhere in the Bible. Therefore, once it is believed, the remainder of the Bible must be "interpreted" to mean other than what it actually states to support the myth. We are thus tricked into hiding the true gospel message from ourselves and others. We add authority to the words of those spreading this trick of Satan by giving them titles such as Doctor, Reverend, Priest, Bishop, and Father. These titles erroneously imply that they know of what they are preaching. The Bible warns us to beware of false apostles:
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (II Corinthians 11:13-15)
Why is Satan fighting man so intensely? Satan will lose his power and authority over the earth if prophecies in the Bible occur. Satan understands the Bible and knows exactly what his future holds if these prophecies are fulfilled. He will be restrained for all eternity in hell:
And the Devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Revelation 20:10)
Satan, or the Devil, is fighting to derail this plan. His desperation will become more and more intense as we approach the end times and get closer and closer to his predicted defeat. Working through the church, Satan changed our Sabbath day so we will not even recognize or be prepared for the end times.
Why is mortal man a threat to Satan? Because man is being groomed to replace Satan's rebellious angels. Jesus will replace Satan as the supreme ruler of the earth. Those under Jesus will be angels who were formerly men. They will have been born again as spiritual beings.
Mortal man has one attribute which Satan does not possess. Man can reproduce himself. Man also has the capability of becoming a spirit. Since Satan cannot reproduce, he must recruit from the originally created spiritual bodies and man.
2) Infinity and existence
No man can understand infinity. Time and space are infinite. An example of time infinity are the first three words of the Bible, "In the beginning." No man can comprehend these first three words. Perhaps these three words set the tone for our understanding of the remainder of the Bible. We cannot comprehend that time does not extend back infinitely. Therefore, we can ask what was happening the day before "In the beginning." On the other hand, we cannot comprehend that everything does not have a starting point. Therefore, there must be a beginning! In the future direction we do not have a problem with time. No matter what happens, we believe the next second in time will occur. Time is thus never ending, or infinite. What happened in time before the beginning? Nothing? But nothing is something, because it occupied time. It takes time to do nothing.
With space we have a problem with distance in all directions. If you select any point in the universe and travel in a straight line from that point, you can travel forever in either direction without coming to an "end." Our mind cannot comprehend this concept. We believe there must be an end! Perhaps after traveling at the speed of light for an almost infinite amount of time, we might state that from this point forward there is nothing. But once again, nothing is something because it occupies space. Nothing is the absence of something, or a vacuum. Man has shown that he can travel through the vacuum of space. Therefore, nothing is not the end since we can travel onward. We cannot conceive of the universe continuing forever and yet we cannot conceive of it never ending.
As proof that we do not understand the universe, all one has to do is observe our theories on the "shape" of the universe. One theory is that if one traveled from one point in a straight line, one would eventually return to that point. Guess what? That is not a straight line if one returns to the starting point without reversing directions! Other theories assign shapes to the universe, such as a saddle shape.
Nature and man abhor vacuums. We fill vacuums in our knowledge by creating theories. The theories we create about the shape of the universe only prove that we do not understand the infinite universe, and are attempting to define our way around our ignorance. Similarly, we do not understand our own existence.
Those who believe in a higher authority accept that God created everything below Himself. Those who do not believe in a god believe life evolved from initial single cell life. The Bible does not dispute evolution. There were dinosaurs millions of years ago. Humans are generally taller today than they were hundreds of years ago. That is evolution, and we continue to evolve. The only true point of contention between the creationists versus the evolutionists is in the original starting point! That is, did a creator originally create life, or did it simply occur naturally from lifeless materials?
In actuality, the case to prove for the evolutionists is much more complicated than it first appears. So what if some simple life form was somehow "sparked" into existence? It would be dead shortly, perhaps within milliseconds. It is not enough for life to be formed spontaneously. That first life must be formed capable of surviving. That is, it must know how to convert food to energy, etc. Furthermore, it had to be formed that first time knowing how to reproduce itself before it died. Even simple cell division requires knowledge. So those first simple cells had to be created the first time knowing how to reproduce, and how to survive long enough to reproduce. Otherwise, all new life would die off continually. This vastly complicates their theory.
What about the universe? Is there a design to the universe, or is it simply random? Let's look at a tiny speck in the vast universe, our solar system. Our solar system includes our star, the Sun, and its planets. Does our solar system have any design, plan, or pattern? In 1766 Johann Daniel Titius published his law regarding the distances of the planets from the Sun as follows:
Distance from the Sun in astronomical units = ( 3N + 4 )/10
where N = 0,1,2,4,8,16,32...(double to get the next number)
An astronomical unit is the distance of the earth from the Sun. That is, one astronomical unit (or simply AU) is equal to approximately 92.8 million miles. For example, from the chart below, Titius' law calculates the distance of Saturn from the sun as 10 AU. Therefore, Saturn would be ten times farther from the sun than earth. This law gives the following data for the distance of the planets from the Sun in astronomical units:
|Planet||Titius Law||Actual Distance||Error||Percent Error|
Pluto is thought by many to have been created outside our solar system and captured later. Others believe Pluto was once a moon of Neptune. Pluto has a highly elliptical orbit that at times brings it inside Neptune's orbit. It is thus questionable as to whether or not Pluto is a true original planet, and perhaps it should not be included in the above chart. The first seven planets and the asteroid belt fall very close to the values produced by the equation. That is, there is a design to our universe, as it fits a mathematical formula. If there is a design, does that indicate a designer?
3) Where Was Jesus' Spiritual Body When He Was a Man?
Many humans believe they possess a spiritual body like the angels. This is totally absurd. However, the Son of God was indeed a spiritual body! When He came to earth as a man where was His spirit? If it was somehow locked in with His physical body, then He was not a true man, because men have only physical bodies. There are celestial (heavenly spiritual) bodies and terrestrial (earthly physical) bodies, and they are different:
There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. (I Corinthians 15:40)
Thus Jesus had to shed His immortal celestial body and take on a terrestrial body temporarily when He came to the earth as a man:
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (Hebrews 2:9)
We will not understand how this was accomplished until Jesus returns.
4) The Trinity of God
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
The Word refers to Jesus, as God spoke to man through Jesus. How can Jesus be with God and also be God? How can the Son and the Father be the same? How can three separate beings be the same being?
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (I John 5:7)
Is Christianity a monotheistic religion, or a triumvirate? In other words, is their one God, or three? Throughout the Bible, Jesus Christ is also addressed as the Son of God, the Word, the Savior, the Lamb of God, Teacher, and other names. The Holy Ghost is also called the Holy Spirit and Comforter. God is generally spoken of as God, God the Father, or simply Father. That is, all three are referred to as individual beings.
Is the Trinity of God one spiritual body with separate functions being delegated to parts of that body?
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. (I Corinthians 12:12)
On the other hand, could the phrase, "and these three are one," have a completely different meaning than presently believed. These words could simply indicate all three beings are one in agreement and purpose. Remember that the archangel Satan and other angels rebelled against God. The Son of God and the Holy Spirit never questioned God the Father's authority. Therefore, all three are in agreement as one being as to their plan and goals. That is, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one in agreement and purpose. Thus they are as one being. We may not understand this completely until the Second Coming when we shall see Him (or them) face to face.
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