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“The Theory of Everything” or the Great “I Am”?

A Perspective on Substitutive and Subsistence Coefficients

How Math May Quantify & Qualify One’s Satisfaction with God!

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Many people are under the assumption that any form of mathematics beyond an understanding of basic foundational level is not a necessity. Additionally, some have developed phobias associated with mathematics that lead to an almost hatred and avoidance of Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and other forms of  higher computation and logical problem solve methods. Yet, most Academic programs require at least Algebra or Statistics for Graduation. The Basis is for Algebra and other forms of mathematics allow an individual to bridge the gap between logic and reason and even to understand abstract concepts. Bass mentions, Math forms the foundation of all sciences (Bass, 2012) and may be the basis for all communication and thus is the language of the universe itself.

One can even make the claim that the never changing-changing mind, body and Spirit of The All Knowing, All Present, All Powerful God is ever reacting to a multitude of probabilities and an infinite number of possibilities which can best be expressed simply as,  “All things are possible through Christ ( Phil. 4:14). If we were to express this in a mathematical way Possibility is thus greater than or equal to probability but only to one who abides in Christ in faith – mercy and grace.

Stephen Hawkins is credit for his believe of “The Theory of Everything” in which he in a lifetime both proved and disproved the existence of God. In reality when one studies the later work and Hawkins’ work in its entirety one can conclude what Hawkins is, stating is that all life originated from an intelligent point that transcends time, space, all dimension and even nonexistence. Thus, for something to be everything, it must also include and transcend nothingness.

Additionally, Hawkins placed this intellectual entity in a central location in the dome that encompasses the entire universe and every dimensions. Finally, this deduction is similar to most of the near-eastern creation primordial concepts of creation most anthropological theories including those of the three monotheistic religions, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

From the Judo-Christian, prospective God created the world in seven days. However, some debate whether this is the actual first creation of our planet or whether it is a reforming of creation after an initial creation attempt. The first creation theory in Genesis 1 views the First Earth as a realm for the fallen angels that was created then became inhospitable in reaction to the revolt and expulsion of Lucifer as a result of pride and a desire to become God. The Seven-Day creation process may even be merely a blueprint or literary device to explain the forming and filling of the universe (Boyd & Eddy, 2009, pp. 70-97).

The use of the number 7 in Scripture or a variant such as 70 refers to life or creation whereas 3 refers to the persona or aspects of God, the trinity. One refers to God universally the Great I AM. Moreover, four can be seen to represent the cross. Many believe the top position to represent Heaven (Father), the Bottom to be Earth (even Satan, for some Humanity or Adam), and the sides to be Son and Spirit.

Eight is the number of infinity, nine in some sects of Christianity and Judaism represents adversary, the devil, or evil and six is the number of man. Seven-Seven-Seven is the Holy number in some sects as well representing the number of God. Additionally, many reference the seven seals within Revelation and the seven signs and wonders of Christ while other refer to 8 seals and miracles of Christ (Gospel of  John) depending on dogma and doctrine.

Finally, when God speaks 3 times it should be seen as all aspects of the trinity speaking or appearing and it is not a coincidence that many people need to hear things at the least 3 times to learn new task or skills.

“Mathematics within exercises of commerce is  a means to integrity which honors the Lord (Lev 19:35-36)”, Jesus however did warn against the evil of greed and unscrupulous business deals, think of the Statement of not being able to serve Two Master in Matt. 6:24 and the Parable of the Shrewd Manager in Luke 16: 1-15 NIV.

The Book of Acts views, ministry via proximity as first to the Jews then to the Gentiles. Thus, While Acts does speak of evangelism beginning where one is physically present and then sojourning to the Ends of the Earth.  If one studies The Book of Acts, the historical, cultural and theological concepts within the various missionary Journeys of Paul and others that God elected, or sent for to witness to the world as his servants from and to distant lands will become clear. Furthermore, both Paul and Peter remind us that we are to consider ourselves Ambassadors of Christ and that this world is not our home. Even Jesus reminds us the wind blows freely as it choices to do so and additionally that one must come to know Him by their own free volition.

Thus, from measurements for building the Ark, to the temple to the various rods and even the geology numbers hold a place of distinction of prominence within the Bible and the history, present and future of humanity.

Besides being useful to classify and quantify things, mathematics is a universal language all machines and all creatures communicate using codes. The basic form is the binary system a simple relay code of “on and off” or “ones and zeros that tell neurons to fire or switches to fire. The earliest of scientist and mathematicians from the Hebrews Arabs and well into the 19th century used math to prove and not disprove God. Even Sir Francis Bacon and Newton were Christians as was Galileo and many other great minds including Thomas Jefferson.

“If we do not find satisfaction in God we will seek it elsewhere (Beth, et al., 2003).” Thus, we become slaves to in subsistence or a life substitute of living (Beth, et al., 2003). The basic concept in subsisting living one becomes a beggar and lives off the affections of another to fill what only God can supply. Additionally, we may become thieves and steal the affections and even time and possessions of others. The concept of substitution is when we create idols of people, place or things, thus placing hang-ups, hold-ups or habits before Christ. Our reliance must come from him and all we do and live for must be for the Glory of God and the prosperity of his Eternal Kingdom (Beth, et al., 2003).

The relationship of this to math can be expressed simply in a math as 1*0=0 or reliance on, in and by an individual on false things = nothing. “For The Wages of Sin is Death ( Roman 6:23) or “Life is meaningless under the Sun (Theme of Ecclesiastes)” in either perspective no matter how hard one works or  how moral one is all are sinners and only can be justified and redeemed by Christ( Rm: 1-8).

The verse I draw most of my strength from in times of crisis is, “Whom Shall I Fear (Ps 27:1, Rm 8:31-40).” While the actual verse is in Psalms, the concept is further developed in Romans, which states as Champions of Christ No Power of this world or Spirit World can harm us.  Once in Christ one is in Christ, we made struggle even suffer, but in the end when we live for his glory and in his love since he is love and we express this love to everyone and everything we all will succeed. We are more than conquerors we are inheritors and citizens of the Kingdom being reborn in his exact Image How amazing and magnificent this Blessed Assurance is and eternal destiny unimaginable.

While math may not hold all the answer of God or even to ones’ worldview it is certainly a tool that can help build and shape a better tomorrow and understand one’s past.

In God, Christ and Spirit,

Trent Rindoks

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References

Bass, A. (2012). Math Is Useless. In A. Bass, Math Study Skills (1st ed.). Boston: Pearson.

Beth, M., Briscoe, J., Wilson, S. D., Hart, K., Hager, D., Wells, T., & LaHaye, B. (2003). A Women and Her God: Life Enriching Messages: Extraordinary women. Brentwood: Integrity Publishers (AACC).

Boyd, G. A., & Eddy, P. R. (2009). Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology. (2nd, Ed.) Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.

 

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Every Person Reflects His-Story:

A Criticism of Traditional Behavioral Genetics

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The Book of Genesis illuminates how humanity is created in the Image of God. However, as a result of temptation and in the use of our freewill external forces through the leading of peer pressure of The Serpent and in our intent and action eating of The Fruit of knowledge of Good and Evil, or use of Pride, Our perfected image, or genetic composition, became corrupted. As a result, all humanity becomes vulnerable to death, and the environment turns against mankind as a reaction sin. The result of this corruption is our initial perfected holistic or completely mental, essential and spiritual presence is separated from God and all creation.

Throughout the Bible, we see a progression of diffusion of growth and decay or various struggles and loss that correlate to this continual imperfect-perfection stage growth progress. However, we also see the sovereignty of God at work in the restoration of humanity and all humanity. First expressed in the Old Testament through the various lesser messiahs such as Abraham, Moses, Melchizedek, and Boaz and in the New Testament through the teachings life examples.  Finally, this process is illuminated in the prophesized death, resurrection and ascension of Christ in which the genetic curse of Adam, or all humanity, was removed to all whom come to live in obedience in and by faith in Christ in cooperation with God through the aid of the Holy Spirit.

Faith like any other form of belief begins with curiosity, then may transform into convincing, a wavering understanding or Probability, and finally evolves into conviction or the pursuit and living in and by the possibility-probability and assurance of truth.

The Bible is in part a book of history, part a scientific journal, part a philosophical dialogue, part legal guidelines for social living, but in truth is an illustration of both the never-ending process of creation.

This Eugenic process involving in various stages required for our transformation back into the Likeness of Christ was stolen from us as a result from our initial sin of pride and involves overcoming ones’ continual transgressions as well as acceptances of shortcomings and forgiveness. The reaction of sin often produces hostility within us and in all creation around us. Furthermore, over 2/3 of the Bible is written in story form using allegory, metaphors, contextual language and such to tell of mankind and God’s  interaction and relational aspects and expectations of morality and general wisdom.

The Bible is a qualitative or an active telling of God’s Love Story for Man and his continual involvement and efforts to redeem us throughout history. His-Story and that of all men is told in stages within scripture. Ecclesiastes 3 compares life to spring, summer, fall and winter.  Finally, the Gospel is told in stages from the Birth of Jesus, to his baptism and then his death. This progressions can be further broken down in a 3 day waiting period followed by his  resurrection and finally his ascension, (after 40 days) and the sending of “His Presence, or Holy Spirit” at Pentecost ( 50 days/ during Jewish Harvest Fest).

Quantification studies seek to identify and correlate variables that exist within a subject or between issues or factors within groups, the environment, or outside individuals (Martorell, Papalia, & Feldman, 2014). In contrast Qualitative Methods express traits in symbols, graphs, or other forms that focus on the perception and prospective of subjects and thus tend to tell a story (Martorell, Papalia, & Feldman, 2014).  The weakness of a traditional behavioral genetic study whether the basis is on an individual, family, or on adoption studies or even group dynamics is it only accounts for the genetic variables and underestimates the influence of environmental forces (Martorell, Papalia, & Feldman, 2014).  Forces of natural origin such as virus, disease, and natural disasters, and manmade conditions such as war, famine and other concerns need to be account for.

Additionally all external environmental elements include issues of nurture, such as the amount of encouragement and love present in the household and by peers, as well as social, political, economic, spiritual and as mentioned biological and environmental crisis, and other influences of individuals, society need to be accounted for.

Finally, We evolve and attempt to coexist in peace, hope, love and joy and endure graciously in suffering awaiting our finally restoration of all creation and our assurance of retransformation in to the exactness of Christ himself for those of us striving to live obediently in faith for his glory. Awaiting the return of our Savior King and serving not Principalities or the Ways of the World but living as Ambassadors of the Way and Stewards and Citizens and Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Heaven.

In defense of the genetic view or Nature. All of us inherit recessive and dominate genes that determine certain bio-socio-cognitive-emotional traits and the potentiality or certain innate abilities and disabilities (Martorell, Papalia, & Feldman, 2014). Yet, there is merit to the oppositional view of those who support a view towards more of an extrinsic-environmental or nurture based approach.as many of these inborn traits must be activated by external forces whether of physical or of a metaphysical nature (Martorell, Papalia, & Feldman, 2014).

The traditional methods of qualitative studies tend to focus on genetic traits and at times can overemphasis environment variables.  Whereas quantitative studies focus on thoughts, feelings and other reactions and often are obtained from self-reporting methods, simple observation, and as such are subject to a certain degree of bias by either the subject, the environment or the observer / tester or other forms of bias (Martorell, Papalia, & Feldman, 2014).

Thus, to gain full comprehension of people and culture one should use a combination of both types of research method.  This form of analysis, or critical thinking, involves abstraction, logic and reason. Additionally, a combination of theories and methods should form the basis of a systematic model and then become the foundation of an eclectic or holist method.

The word holistic is derived from whole or wholesome, which means “completeness”. This word has origins in Old English, Greek and Latin deriving from “Holy” or “without sin”.

The Bible states, all humanity entered perfected creation before the fall (Gen. 1: 26-27) and thus will return to perfection after Christ returns and establish his Eternal Reign. This reunion and restoring of  All Creation to Oneness with God and All Humanity whom so chose to live obediently in and by faith to his Image is a unity of mind-body, soul & Spirit (Rom 6, 8, 12; 2 Cor 4; Phil 1-6; Isa 11).

Thus, Our Blessed Assurance offered and repaid by the Gracious and Merciful Sacrificial Love Offering on the Tree of Life is a gift to everyone who chooses to accept the gift, repent from Sin, walk in Christ’s Steps, practicing and living in faith and love. For true freedom is not found in works or deed of man but In Christ alone.

In God, Christ and Spirit,

Trent Rindoks

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References

Martorell, G., Papalia, D. E., & Feldman, R. D. (2014). A Child’s World: Infancy through Adolescence (13th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill Education.

 

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INTERVIEW PAPER: THEORIES ON CREATION

Trenton Rindoks

Liberty University


 

 

Introduction

Whether one believes the universe originated from an instantaneous explosion that split subatomic particles and created the first atom or God created the first man and then spilt this first Adam to create Eve an Intelligent Designer must be present and can be proven using simple mathematics. For  and. Thus, some prime factor must be in the equation for the universe and life to begin. The most likely prime number would be 3(which would be factored to 3= 3, 1) as in composition of an atom is equal to three parts: the nucleus, electrons and protons and in the begin God is present as on being composed of three forms in a homoousios state, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1, NIV, 1984).”

Another common argument between the Creationist and the Evolutionist is the age of the Earth and Universe. Fundamental Creationists hold to the believe that the earth and universe was created in a six day 24 hour period and all of creation is @ 6,000 years old(+2000) where as those who rely on science hold that the universe is @ 13.8 billion years old (Dewitt, 2012). A common misconception is that Earth is the center of the universe or that the sun is the center of the solar system. According David A. Dewitt, quoting from Stephen Hawkins in his book A Briefer History of Time, “The universe appears to be moving away from us and appears to be universally the same in whichever direction one looks a conclusion can be drawn that Earth is the center of the universe. However and alternate theory would suggest that this would be a universal truth from other positions in other galaxies as well (Dewitt, 2012).” Also Albert Einstein’s Theory of Special Relative has proven that the speed of light is absolute but time is not. Thus a paradox would occur in the space-time continuum if an astronaut was to travel at the speed of light leaving earth on a trip lasting a few years and then return to find many years had passed upon his return. Also, Einstein in his Theory of General Relativity proved Time is affected by gravity since space-time is curved and not flat, thus gravity is affected by the movement of heavy objects across such a warped space (Dewitt, 2012).  However, as the Pioneer 10-1 Space Probes which were launched in the 1970’s and left our Galaxy has slowed down for no apparent gravitational influence begging Astronomer’s to wonder how such an occurrence can happen? Creationist use this has proof that the Big-Bang Theory and Expanding Universe Theory is questionable however a more reasonable explanation is different galaxies and even universes operate on a different set of parameters.

One can use a theodicy view to explain Creation and the universe. The following is the Basis of the free-will or Augustine view and will be presented as it is in lines with the view presented in the Book of Genesis. (1.) God is under no obligation to create a world for his own existence as God is omnipresent. (2.) However, creating a world/universe is a rational thing for God to do. Creation was done so based on reason and the laws of the universe are not obligated to the laws of reason as God is omnipotent. (3.) God created an infinite number of Worlds, some evil and some Good but as God by his nature could not create those which are inherently evil some external cause must have cause them to become such a way. There are more than one possible good worlds/universes created by God. (4.) God was free to Choose whichever of the good realms he so desires (Elwell, 2001).  For those who still wish to argue the point of God and evil in creation one can simply state evil is the result of The Fall of humankind in response by Adam and Eve’s choice to partake from The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. AS a result for our first ancestors’ disobedience the environment became hostile, we became subjectable  to errors of judgment or false assumptions which lead to sin or “evil, our spirit was separated from God resulting in death or the separation of A likeness of God and man must work the earth and  women must suffer the pains of childbirth  . However a promise of restoration and reconciliation through the offspring of Eve a Savior will be born to deliver us from sin and death and restore us in Spirit and to the image of God (Genesis 3 NIV, 1984). Also, by using both the theodicy and science on could conclude the days in Genesis may actual be Days in Heaven and not on Earth as God is the Narrator of the Creation story. A further point of contention often cited Among Biblical Creationist and Evolutionist is the supposed dual creation of the sun on day 1 and day 4 in the Book of Genesis. This can be explained with theodicy as well as day 4 does not in the mention of celestial bodies refer to the sun and moon but celestial beings or angels of light and dark which are a necessary part of creation particular the Fall of Lucifer and the Temptation of Eve which is necessary to create Evil or Sin.

Evolutionist also argues all life originated from a single cell organism and all man has a common ancestry to apes as can be proven by our closest relative the chimpanzee. However, Humans have 23 Chromosome pairs and Chimpanzees pairs have 24 and although some common genes are found in both creatures if one was to attempt to splice such genetic material into the host of on creature of either type the body would either reject such a mutation or the subject would be unable to pass such mutations on to successive generation proving such evolution is impossible (Dewitt, 2012).

Fossil records are often used to proof creation. One method used is carbon dating. A recent study on the reliability of carbon dating concluded in a study on zircon crystals and the rate uranium present decays to lead that the crystals would have a half- life of 4.5 billion years. However using another means of testing the age of the crystal measuring the amount of Helium present the age was concluded to be 6,000 years old. For the creationist this proofs that indeed the Earth is of a Young age and science is wrong. However, it possible that different elements decay at different rates and yet it is true carbon dating is subjective to the premise the earth is billions of years old this alone does not in its self-prove the Earth is young. Further data would be needed by either side to prove the actual age of the Earth. As creation science is historical science whether assumptions are based on Biblical views or scientific theory it all comes down to a matter of faith and one’s worldview. To best define a worldview point I will offer the following definition. A world view is the accumulation of observation, knowledge, personality, social, environmental  and personal moral variables, and a personal faith system (whether based on science, theology or ethic) which defines the thinking and actions of a particular individual and may have some shared commonality with others but is unique to each individual and is constantly modified as each individual matures. Thus, each individuals view on creation may share some commonality to others but may be subjective to some unique perspectives as well. To illustrate such a point three friends were interviewed on creation and the information as well as my response to each is listed in the next section of this essay.

 

Three Interviews on Creation

Interview 1

My first friend’s view on creation holds the Book of Genesis is a literal narrative of Creation and thus is based on a biblical worldview. I myself believe the days are presented in Genesis from God’s perspective and based on proximity with Heaven being the center of Creation and thus, the current age of the Earth and Universe is Millions of Years. I believe God created life in stages and we do not share a link with any other plant or animal. In response to the question on death I believe it is meant to represent a separation of spirit or a cutting off from God which is returned when one accepts Christ into one’s life and is the result of the fall.

How long are the days in Genesis 1?

The days in the entire Creation story as told in Genesis is exactly 24 hours in length. God created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th.

How old is the earth and Life?

Life is approximately 6-10,000 years old depending on which method is used. The church fathers, Usher and other differ on the actual date of initial origin.

Did Man and Apes share a common Ancestor?

No by evolutionary standards but yes theologically as all Life is from the Father the, Word (Christ) and the breath of God (Spirit).

Were Adam and Eve real People?

Yes they are the first to people on earth whom all humanity originates.

 Interview 2

My second friend believes Genesis is a parable and is simply a creation story which gives credit to God. Although this individual holds a Christian worldview he also acknowledges that God may have revealed truth to other people throughout many cultures independently of the Bible and holds to the micro-evolutionary approach with God as the designer.

In response to this view I would agree that God in is Omnipotence, Omnipresence and Omnipotence is possible of such actions and in deed creation stories throughout cultures do share a commonality and numerous cultures include a view of a global and universal flood. My only caution to such an individual is to not lose sight that only Christianity offers salvation where other religion’s offer judgment based on one’s deeds. Even in Christianity there are warnings against false Christians who claim to have faith but not deeds, do not practice forgiveness, compassion, love, or truly have a relationship or the inner dwelling of the Holy Spirit within them and Christ warns He will not Know such an individual on his return such individual will thus be subject to judgments as well.

How long are the days in Genesis 1?

The days represent eras or cycles in History.

How old is the earth and Life?

The earth/ universe are approximately 14 billion years old. Life developed in cycles at different periods throughout the history of earth.  Modern Man was created @50,000 years ago (Adam and Eve represent the ancestor of the first human beings). Other stories from other cultures also tell of the universe coming from light, global flooding and the like.

Did Man and Apes share a common Ancestor?

No Man came from Man created by God.

Were Adam and Eve real People?

Yes, although other cultures may have been created by God

In response to this statement I would disagree and state all Humans share two common ancestors, Adam and Eve and each race is the result of migration over time and is recorded in The Bible by the Story of the Tower of Babel and in numerous theories of anthropology.

 

 

Interview 3

The final friend interviewed believes in Biblical-Evolution. Although I support the idea of a large span of time I do not believe in the Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest or evolution from a single cell to monkey to human. To such an individual I would introduce the idea that survival of the fittest undermines the role of God in creation, introduces prejudice, supremacy and that genetic mutation only lead to weakness not strengthens in a species. Adaption for survival however I believe is part of God’s design and is evidence in humans by such variations as skin color or by variations as the beak size of Galapagos finches.

How long are the days in Genesis 1?

The days represent the various periods in earths development

How old is the earth and Life?

The earth/ universe are approximately 14 billion years old.

Did Man and Apes share a common Ancestor?

Yes, all life can be traced back to single cell organisms

Were Adam and Eve real People?

Yes

Conclusion

Although many theories exist on how the world and universe came to be and the age of the earth the ultimate answer comes down to be a matter of faith whether one is from a theological or scientific worldview on the subject. In the question on the relevance of the Book of Genesis it is my perspective that God is providing a theodicy more than a natural record and that as He is the narrator the days should be considered from his perspective. For those that question the existence of God I would ask one to prove how nothing can yield existence. Mathematically and scientifically this has been found to be unsound. One final argument I would like to raise is that fundamentalism from either side only leads to dissension. Truth thus lies in wisdom which can only be found in the commutation of Theology, science, observation and the data. Jesus Christ warned against legalism and fundamentalism when asked who would enter Heaven sarcastically he stated “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:18, NIV, 1984).”  Furthermore, as the God’s ultimate Goal and desire is the reconciliation of his children through salvation and all individuals operate on unique cognitive processes in theory this may be why multiple explanations exist for creation so each individual can come to understand the world, universe self and ultimately God to be restored to the image and restored from death. True wisdom comes to those who seek but judgment is reserved to God alone.

In God, Christ and Spirit

Trenton Rindoks

 

 

 

 

 

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References

Dewitt, D. A. (2012). History of Life. Lynchburg: Creation Curriculum LLC.

Elwell, W. A. (2001). Evangelical Dictionary of theology. Grand Rapids: Baker Books House Company.

NIV (Swindoll, Charles R ed.). (1984). Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publish House.

 

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