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  1. Hi, all! Let me begin by saying that I'm 30 years old, male, and I love learning, I love science and things that are considered "tangible." I am not religious, but I'm searching for "answers" in life. My search has led me to surprising results that I had not expected. Here's my story. I'll try to keep it brief and concise; however I usually end up with lengthy narratives, so beware! Anyhow, before I begin. I joined this forum for advice on an effective way to learn just the basic stories of the bible. As silly as it might sound, I'm wondering if there's a good mainstream documentary; or maybe a couple of movies that could help me grasp the bible (or maybe a couple major popular parts that are often referred to in our culture). When I was in high school, I was very cynical of religion. I thoroughly enjoyed arguing that God's existence was just as likely as Santa flying around the world on a sleigh delivering presents every Christmas. After high school, I realized that while I meant no harm in my "debates," it was just not a great thing to do because it was arrogant and immature. I went on about my life, not really thinking about religion until I was 22 or 23. Then I had come across my first major dilemma regarding religion. As I was getting into binge episodes of ghost hunting shows on Netflix, it occurred to me: How can ghosts exist if there's no such thing as God? I absolutely hated the fact that this thought had crossed my mind because I loved getting creeped out watching these shows late at night with the lights off. This little realization quickly made me realize that the shows I loved couldn't possibly be based off of truth. Up until that point I had also believed that my childhood house was haunted (I lived there from 2-6 years old and even still recall finding things unplugged, lights being on or off when they should/shouldn't have been); but this realization was a direct contradiction to that. Perplexed with this dilemma, I sided with the train of thought that there must be tangible scientific reasons for everything I had previously seen and believed to be "supernatural." That made a lot more sense to me than the alternative -- believing that an omniscient God that created everything exists. That was still ludicrous in my personal opinion. This had restarted my pondering of life and the meaning of it. I no longer felt like I had the answer to everything, and for the first time I noticed holes in the science behind our existence. Around this same time (still 23/24 years old), I had also really begun to take an interest in the possibility of extraterrestrial life and I wondered/pondered whether or not that simple realization had any affect on my view on ET life. My conclusion at that time was that supernatural phenoma/religion and the possibility of ET life were separate and not connected. At this point in time, my philosophy of religion had changed and was much more optimistic. I had gone from being a cynic in high school to a skeptic with regard to religion as a whole. I realized that even though I did not believe in a god, I had to acknowledge that most everything surrounding religion is very positive; and therefore, religion serves a bigger purpose than I had previously given credit for. Church going people are generally happy, optimistic, caring, and helpful. I admire that church serves (as I have come to understand) as an open door to those in need, always teaching the right thing to do and help people become a better version of themselves. I, myself having always been an extremely happy enthusiastic individual growing up, found it reprehensible that I had ever been so cynical. I'll try to conclude this thing now lol. Here's where I'm at today: I've spent the past two years really pondering the stars, space, and whether or not we're the only real intelligent life. All of this pondering led me to an interesting place in which I cannot find an answer... We exist on Earth. Earth is part of the solar system. The solar system is part of the milky way galaxy. The milky way galaxy consists of tons of solar systems. The Milky Way is a single member of the Universe, which consists of millions (trillions maybe?) of galaxies. We tend to think of the Universe as infinite. However, there's no proof of it being finite or infinite. I'm willing to bet it is finite. I see no plausible way for there to be an infinite amount of matter (I'm using "matter" in the periodic table sense). So what is beyond the Universe? Better yet, how did it all begin? The Big Bang explanation doesn't satisfy my curiosity in the least. There's no tangible reason that exists. There are no theories that I know of that have tangible roots. Yet I have so many questions... For what it's worth, I've come to the conclusion that I will NEVER in my lifetime find an answer, and I'm 100% fine with this realization. While I am not thrilled that I've gone as far as I can in terms of understanding the world around me, any further conclusions would likely have to be what is known as Faith. I never thought I would want faith, until now. Here are some of the questions I've got... I'd love some interesting insight if anyone has any to offer...: Even if there was (is?) a god, who/what created God? God must consist of matter, even if it is on a level that is incomprehensible to us measly humans. How did we come to exist? The simplest of single celled organisms are a few periodic table of elements that "magically" formed something that is alive.... meaning it requires energy and interacts with its environment. When I thought about this, it really hit me. At some point, a couple of inanimate elements (hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, etc.) from the periodic table "came together" and created something alive. I guarantee you that nitrogen didn't look over and see hydrogen then approached it and said "let's make an organism," so how in the world did that happen?? My thought so far is that there had to be areas on earth in which large amounts of these elements were combined in such a way that extreme physical properties (applied heat, energy, etc) produced many organisms; of which only a few lived. Similar to how new elements are created at the Large Hadron Collider. My problem with this is that even the simplest of cells have DNA, which is extremely complex; but perhaps there is a bridge that I need to continue going down to find that answer.... Could we all be in a simulation of sorts, and "God" is really the person in control of the simulation (programmer or programmers?) Could "paranormal" or "supernatural" phenomena be real. If it is, then how can it be explained? Another dimension of reality perhaps? These are just a couple of things I enjoy thinking and wondering about. I NEVER expected that I would come to the end of my thought sequence at the idea that a supreme being might exist; but I've reached the end of the line with logical, tangible thoughts. I would like to forewarn everyone that I have thought about these things A LOT. I DO NOT mean to offend anyone whatsoever. I'm here searching for possible answers and insight. Please do not misinterpret any of my rebuttals as a rebuke. I am full of rebuttals to my own ideas I continue my search for meaning. To anyone who has read this whole thing, I thank you very much. This has taken me a while to type because it's hard not to over-complicate many of these ideas. I look forward to reading some interesting responses. :)
  2. I was just remembering a dream I had a few years back and I never shared it with anyone but I have remembered it now and then....I would love an interpretation if anyone here has that gift. I was walking up a city sidewalk with Jesus by my side....we were engaged in conversation but I couldn't hear what was being said...there were the usual city streets, city businesses and buildings as what you would see today....the sidewalk we were walking on had a fairly steep incline...there was no traffic on the streets, nor were there any people, the time of day seemed to be around dusk because the sun was going down in the west....as we were walking and talking 3 GOLDEN crosses appeared in the sky...(like the 3 crosses of the crucifixion)....but brilliance of them was so beautiful and bright and I could see golden rays coming out of the middle one which was the largest one and those rays penetrated the other 2 on each side and they began to radiate and shine like the middle one but there were no rays just brilliant gold with....I turned to ask Jesus about them and He wasn't beside me anymore...then I woke up.... I have always wondered what we were talking about....why no one was around...why the crosses appeared and why He left... Thanks.
  3. Our Heavenly Father, whose Son is thee door to heaven, Holy Spirit lovingly teaching us meaning of your name. I continue to confess, apologize for, rebuke and repent from surfacing sin. May your revival usher in your kingdom according to your will with ours bent to it. May our leaders own up to their power and responsibilities by declaring and enabling your rule, reign and sovereignty. May they be careful and aware of their extreme influence. May we awake and arise to these times of spiritual crisis from which all other curses fester. May we acknowledge Jesus Christ as living water from whom all healing and restoration flows. Forgive us Lord for our distractions, false idols and sin in place of You. We are near rock bottom and have only You to save us. Have mercy on our souls. May You revive us and have us grow, ripe for harvest. Lest we forget the folly and fate of our past. We have You to thank and draw us near in times of desperation. I call upon your terms, cleanse the church to make Christ's body fit for the good Lord's fight, already won, rescue more lost souls. I dare cry "bloody murder" yet truth being told with our Saviour sacrificing himself. All who believe in him live eternally ever after. In Jesus Christ's pure perfect holy name I pray, amen. GregoryB
  4. What does this mean. "John 6:65- no one can come unto me unless my father draw him." I know a lot of this is self explanatory, but there has to be more to this. Why did the disciples that followed him, hearing this, turn back? How do you know if the Father draws you? Thank you
  5. I. Jewish traditions and mystics have over the centuries tried to find inner meanings in the sacred name of the Lord using its letters. The name of the Lord itself is called the Tetragramaton, meaning the "Four Letters". For reference, a fictional movie was made on the topic called "Pi", which related the Name to the Fibonacci sequence. Reverence for the name was shown in the Old Testament period by sometimes replacing YHWH in the Biblical text with Adonai, meaning Lord. Numerous names included references to YHWH, including perhaps the Hebrew name for Jesus, Yeshua, and others like Yehoshua, Yeshayahu. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeshua) In the New Testament, we find numerous references to the Lord, rather than the name YHWH being explicit. The Lord's name is important in the New Testament, and that name is Jesus, and it is also Yahweh. Note also how Jesus' name is said to come from the Lord in some NT manuscripts: ^ My guess is that the original read like the footnote says, because otherwise this underlined phrasing becomes redundant: "While I was with them in the world,[b]I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept". This passage seems to be suggesting that Jesus ("Yeshua") received Yahweh's name. In looking for an inner meaning in the name YHWH, I am not looking for the plain linguistic meaning (PSHAT), discussed in Moses' talk with the Lord in Exodus 3: By the way, I do not understand what the author means in the underlined bold part above. II. One rare way to interpret the inner meaning of words in Jewish tradition and mysticism has been to use the pictoral meanings and names of the words' letters. This would have actually been the normal way to read the letters had Hebrew been a pictoral language like Chinese, or to some extent Egyptian or Sumerian. However, while retaining traces of development out of pictoral script, ancient Hebrew was not itself relying on a pictoral-based alphabet. The Chabad website has an article deciphering the words for Passover and Pharaoh in Hebrew using the words' original letters' pictoral meanings: This book below gives a long discussion on this inner meaning of Passover. Below is an excerpt: Here is another explanation: III. Using this method with YHWH, the concepts of arm, behold, nail, behold seem to appear. Hebrew letters in the time of David and, before him, the Torah, used an alphabet wherein the letters looked more like the objects they were named after. Hence, the Hebrew letter called "yod" looked more like a "hand" than it does today. According to Jewish Encyclopedia, the letter ' , pronounced y and called "yod" refers to arm/hand. (http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/15114-yod) Also, according to the same encyclopedia, the letter l , pronounced w and called "waw" refers to nail/hook. My first problem is the question: What does the original pictogram for Heh/Hey mean? It looked like a man with his arms upraised. Below you can see the Hebrew Letter in its early form: Next here is how the letter looked like in Phoenician and in Middle Hebrew, the script in which David wrote his Psalms. This was before the current Assyrian or "Ashurite" script was adopted. Some possible explanations for the meaning of the letter Heh: A. Creating or taking/giving oneself B. Behold Do you agree with what I underlined in the quote above? C. (The meaning is unknown) D. Behold, breath, or creative breath E. Jubilation, window
  6. I was wondering where the term 'hebrew' originated from, and my questions led me to this web page: http://www.abarim-pu...ml#.UO7BlXf4D6U This is literally lifted off the page: Hebrew Hebrew is a title or nickname rather than a personal name. It was initially given to Abram (Genesis 14:13) but later came to denote the Israelites (1 Samuel 4:6). The word Hebrew comes from the verb (abar) meaning to pass over, through, take away. The first application of this word is in the name Eber. The second application is in the first occurrence of the word , Hebrew in Genesis 14:13, where Abram is called Hebrew. The first case of narrative use of this verb is in the enigmatic cadaver vision of Genesis 15:17, "...there appeared a smoking furnace and a flaming torch that passed between these parts." Other derivations of the verb : The noun (eber) is a very common word that means beyond or across, and is used for all kinds of directions and locations usually in contrast to some other location (1 Samuel 26:13, Nehemiah 2:1); The verb (ebra) uses the root figuratively and means an overflowing of temper: wrath and rage. Sometimes this ebra stems in man (Amos 1:11 - he maintained his fury forever) and sometimes in God (Ps 78:49 - He sent on them the heat of his anger, fury and indignation and trouble); The verb (abar) means to be arrogant or infuriate oneself (Proverbs 14:16, 20:2). (abur) means produce. It is used in Joshua 5:11-12 where the Israelites abandon their diet of manna and begin to eat the yield of Canaan. Identical to the previous word is the preposition (abur), meaning because of, for. This word is always preceded by the particle (be), meaning in or by. HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament explains the relationship with the root as a movement 'from purpose (or cause) to accomplishment (or result).' (ma'abar) passage, such as the passage through the river Jabbok (Genesis 32:23) or the passing of a striking staff (Isaiah 30:32). Similar is the feminine (ma'bara), passage, wady. Hebrew means Passed Over or Transitation or One Who Transits And so, what does this tell us about the Hebrew? Is he one on a constant journey? ever changing from glory to glory as he beholds the face of the Unchanging One? Will there always be something for him to pass over, like an obstacle or difficulty, which is why faith is required of him? Will there always be a passage, road, way before him? The WAY, the TRUTH, the LIFE? Which one is he? Or is he all those things? Or more? What do you think??? Please reply with your thoughts
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