Gravity, God, and the Human

Did you know that you have gravity? In fact, every object has gravity, and believe it or not, you are an object! Yes, you! And the larger an object is the more gravity it has to haul other objects closer to itself, which means (contrary to my own popular opinion) that I actually am the one that pulls chocolate to me, instead of the other way around! Drat!  Also, the distance between objects controls how much of a gravitational effect we have on each other.  Every object has a pull on other objects around us, strong or weak, one to another, back and forth. So, as small as a chocolate bar is it still pulls at me, although weakly, but it’s up to me to respond to the pull or not and snake that puppy into my grasp.  

Even God has gravity! Both distance and size play huge parts in whether or not God’s gravitational attraction has an effect on a person; just like with any other object.

An example of this godly-gravitational attraction can be found with the first Christians in Jerusalem, on the Day of Pentecost, when they were close enough to hear God’s words, and they allowed themselves to be pulled to the crucified and resurrected Jesus, and to change their lives, and to wash their sins away in water. As soon as they did these things, God pulled them into His environment, and then they pulled each other into more love and good works, which drew more people to them, and then those people were also drawn into God (Acts 2:38-48). God says that, after entering His atmosphere, we are to grow in knowledge about Him and do righteous and good actions, which will make us grow larger in size, which in turn will help in keeping the gravitational attraction strong between God, us, and others.

Our sun does not have all the galaxies, the stars, the planets, and moons in the universe drawn to it; only a very few—especially when considering the whole universe.  Likewise, God doesn’t draw a lot of followers to Himself; only a few, when considering all the human lives since the dawn of time.   There are many passages in the Bible that talk about this magnetic-like pull or lack of pull, and my favorite two are, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you (James. 4:8),” and in Isaiah 59 starting with verse 1, Isaiah tells us that God would love to be near us and part of our lives, but our sinful living pulls us away from Him.

The planets, moons, and stars have no control over what pulls at them and what doesn’t.  But humans do.  We can choose to be drawn toward one way or another, toward light and energy or toward yawning black holes.  The stars, asteroids, planets, and moons have no choice at all.  

Personally, I am drawn to Jehovah God, because I have a desire for good, kind, fair, truthful, happy, and just things; and He is the only object of power that offers these things to me—a woman—and to men also, and to children, and to old people, and to sick people, regardless of age, color, or nationality.  Jehovah God is the only gravitational power who truly wants all humans to be educated, knowledgeable, self-sufficient, and interacting in beneficial ways with others, and He even offers heavenly bliss in eternity, including women who’ve been married or not married!

May you let the gravity from the best large object be pulling at you!

Cheap Vs. Priceless

Recently, I learned that my body’s material worth is only about $3.50! This is not discussing the selling of viable organs, just the material that makes up my flesh.

So, $3.50 is about the price of the cheapest of cheap toys for a child, a toy that doesn’t last very long and ends up in the trash. When God tells me not to be enslaved to the desires of my flesh, he’s saying not to be enslaved to a $3.50 cheapest of cheap toy or tool (Rom. 6). The soul, on the other hand, is priceless, although it is encased in this very bargain basement priced body. Rather like a pearl hidden in an ugly, crusty clam at the bottom of the ocean. So, God says to spend more time taking care of my immortal soul, which means to focus on that which not even multi-gazillionaires can buy!

I’m enslaved (enchained, enthralled) to my soul because that’s who I am. My soul is me! Me is not my $3.50 body!!!!! Need I do more exclamation marks? Paul says the body is just a material tent that wears out. Jesus says the body is like flowers that bloom, wilt, and poof, are gone! When I allow Me to be ordered around by the desires of my $3.50 body, Me will lose out on a grand inheritance that God has set up for Me—not my body. I must take care of Me, behave considerately to Me, love Me enough to cater to Me spiritually, instead of letting my cheap, rotting tent lead Me around by the nose!

Me wants eternal life in heaven. What about You?

Toast is Preferred

I absolutely adore buttered toast, at any time of the day. It has a satisfying, mouth watering flavor and aroma. I did some research and found out about the Maillard Reaction. A French chemist named Maillard first explained this delicious, toasted flavor back in 1912. My fabulous toast is a reaction between amino acids (main elements of proteins) and sugars seared together in quick, hot temperatures. This brought a spiritual parallel to mind.

God explains to us many times that He puts all of His souls through hot temperatures to destroy dross, which is scum, impurity, something that is inferior (Isaiah 1:24, 25; Ezekiel 22:18); to burn out weaknesses (1 Corinthians 3:11-15); and to make us sweet smelling aromas (Ephesians 5:2; Philippians 4:18; James 1:2-4).

Everyone on earth goes through quick, hot temperatures in this life (problems, trials, tragedies). If we have been gathering spiritual proteins and spiritual sweetness, then when we endure quick, hot temperatures, we’ll pop up as marvelously delicious saints each time; behaving as souls that are desirable to be around. (Luke 2:51, 52; Acts 2:37-47). If we have NOT collected spiritual proteins and sugars, then the hot temperatures will just burn us out, reduce us to sludge or ashes. What’s great is, we can change that. If we have been “burned” and we didn’t come through it successfully, and we’re still breathing, then we can determine to start over, gathering spiritual proteins and sugars, latching onto them, ingesting them, and making them a part of our living, so that when the hot fires of troubles flame up around us again, we will become desirable to both God and mankind.

TR

Pumpkin Seeds: To Plant or Eat?

A business expert recently wrote an article entitled Pumpkin Seeds, basically saying that there are two things we can do with pumpkin seeds: horde them, eating them for ourselves until nothing is left, or plant them and reap a harvest of thousands more pumpkin seeds. Money, education, and business work the same way. And, I thought, guess what? The Word of God does, too!

Jesus ordered us to preach, teach, and demonstrate God’s Word to others (Mat. 13:3-9). Hording it for ourselves will leave us not only disobeying a law of nature, but also God’s commands! Sooner or later, Christians will become scarce and congregations will close down, all because we are not planting the seed of God’s Word around us (Mat. 28:19, 20).

Paul said he planted the Word, Apollos watered it, and God causes it to grow and produce a harvest (1 Corinthians 3:6, 7). Maybe we forget that we’re not the ones responsible for the harvest, and that’s why we stop planting, because creating harvest is impossible for us. It happens to be an act of God. So, when there is not much to harvest, we blame ourselves and stop planting, and just sit back to enjoy the seed of the moment, hogging it all (Mat. 25:14-29). Wrong!

Not even businesses or bank accounts can stay in operation for long with that view! Planting, watering, weeding, and keeping the bugs away all require time, sweat, and some elbow grease; but if we do it, then God can cause a harvest to grow. We just have to trust Him, and do our part.

TR

Overcoming Ugly

My sister, Gayle, has this hobby that I call creepy cactus cultivation. She loves finding weird, ugly, exotic cactus plants and coaxing beauty out of them. Gayle just sent me photos of a cactus she found recently that she calls a caterpillar for lack of knowing its real name. It’s as ugly as sin, motley browns, looking a bit like animal droppings. But, one day, a pod-type extension appeared on it, also ugly, and then a couple of days later, a gorgeous flower flushed out of the pod! Delicate; pretty colors of pink, purple, blue; multilayered; and beautiful. I saw the photos and thought, “Wow, this is like people!” And thus, the following article was created.

Beauty can come from ugly. God finds sin uglier than the caterpillar cactus, but He created a way for humans to pretty-up and produce beautiful flowers—Jesus. We’re all obnoxious in sin without Jesus, but in Him we can overcome ugly and produce great splendor! Paul proudly tells us that God “delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son (Col. 1:13).” And because of this, on a daily basis, we need to take long looks at ourselves in the spiritual mirror and continue transforming ourselves into good, acceptable, and brand new creations in God’s eyes (Ac. 2:38; Rom. 12:1, 2; 6:4; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15). God excels in creating beauty out of ugly; He’s the master craftsman in this field (Ez. 37). GayleCactusPhoto A1 2015-05-23 GayleCactusPhoto A3 2015-05-23

Let’s Do “The Cherubim”

There are alien-like creatures that spend their time, with power and authority, praising God, without waiting for permission! Just take a moment to picture this:

Four very alive living creatures (called Cherubim in Ezekiel, imaginary-like) function as heavy-duty guards in Heaven, and constantly surround the thrones of God and Jesus (Revelation 4:6-11). In the book of Revelation, each Cherub has SIX wings. The apostle John does not say if the wings grow out of its shoulders, back or hips; or grow all in one spot or layered down its body. Each Cherub is jam-packed with eyes—in other words, a Cherub is like a computer-generated, made-for-movie mutant, with thousands of eyes staring, moving here, there, and around from under the skin, on top of the skin, and all over the skin, both front and back! One Cherub has a shape like a lion, while another Cherub has a shape like an ox, and one has a face like a man (what about the body?). The fourth Cherub is shaped like an eagle in flight.

John takes great pains to explain that these four living creatures absolutely BURST with life, action, and vigilance! They erupt with a loud roar every now and again, proclaiming to everyone, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty; who is and was and is to come!” They shamelessly bellow this confession, regularly, at the top of their lungs!

Try this out today: Every so often, just loudly explode and do “The Cherubim” by repeating what the Heavenly monsters say to God and Jesus Christ, or make your own praise statement! Don’t wait until you’re prompted by an outside force (Revelation 14:11, 12; Philippians 2:10-13)!

TR

Peace on Earth, Peace off Earth

(I’ve been creating a word puzzle book using the whole book of Revelation, and came across thoughts that piqued my thinking apparatus. Here’s one.)

Jesus, pictured as a living, yet bloody, grotesque, dead-like Lamb, sits on His throne in heaven and opens a seal, a fastener or an impressed signet wax impression on a special scroll, which is a fancy, rolled up paper of some kind (Revelation 6:1-6). When the scroll opens, a bright red horse literally jumps out, with a rider on its back, and Jesus Himself gives this duo the authority to “take away peace on earth,” so people would kill each other!

What a paradox that these orders (to take away peace on earth) came from the very person, who came to earth as a human, to bring “peace on earth and goodwill toward men” (Luke 2:14). The prophet Isaiah even said that Jesus, the Messiah, was the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6, 7). But in the last book written in the Bible, a last revelation from Jesus and God in heaven to man, Jesus informs us that a time is coming when He will call for the removal of peace on earth, or maybe He means that there are times when He calls for the removal of peace on earth (we’ve seen it during horrible times like World War 1 and 2, and the Black Death plagues).

Regardless of whether the revelation here is talking about the end of time or the many times when there has not been peace, when people say today that the Bible is just a “love letter” from God, I almost start sweating in fear. In the ancient past, those who claimed to be God’s people used to say things just like that, “Peace, peace…” but they were enormously fooling themselves and God told them so (Ezekiel 13:9-16)! Strangely, people have a knack for being totally blind to what’s actually in front of our eyes, like the words in the Bible. Some would call it denial.

A Day is coming when Jesus will arrive to avenge Himself and His obedient followers on those who do not know Him and on those who do not obey His call to repent (change) by becoming new and righteous people. On that special Day, the only souls who will have peace will be those who made the effort not to ignore the will of God, who took the time not to be blind and lazy, and who obeyed the will of God instead of changing it to fit their own ideas or desires (2 Thess. 1:2-12).

TR

May the Heat Be with You

There was once a group of people that lived in a town called Laodicea, in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey).  These people claimed to belong to a religious group called Christians, but they had vomitably lukewarm behavior (Revelation 3:15).  Their famous leader, Jesus Christ, wrote a letter to them, through the hands of a man named John, and told them that He would rather their faith and actions were either a burning hot or an icy cold, but since their church-body temperature was just lukewarm, He would eject them, puke them out of His life, upchuck them out of His stomach (literally He woclip_image001[4]uld un-enlist them off the church roster, whether they still met in the building or not).  This story brought up a burning question in my heart, “What does it mean, scientifically, to be hot, cold or lukewarm as a Christian?”

In the scientific world of physics:

  • temperature is the measurement of the active energy within any object (including the air)
  • active energy, or kinetic energy, means the movement of the particles, or molecules, that make up any object
  • particles (molecules) are made up of atoms within any object.

Another way to say all of this is that every object functions like a nuclear power plant or a nuclear reactor, because what makes molecules and atoms work are the nuclei, electrons, and the protons interacting with other nuclei, electrons, and protons!

If any object’s nuclear power plant is not operating at all—no movement, no action whatsoever—then the temperature is at the absolute bottom-of-the-scale-freezing-cold, or 0 Kelvins (which has never yet happened, but scientists are currently trying to discover what that would be like).

When objects become just any cold (above 0 Kelvin), their particles, their kinetic energy, their nuclear power plants are still at least vibrating enough for the objects to be noticed and possibly used or reckoned with (think ice, icebergs, icy smiles, etc.).

Most objects can become very active, when prompted by some outside power source operating upon them: like a virus, a frying pan, or a determined mother. The acted-upon-objects can then become hot, which means that their internal nuclear reactors start working and putting out heat; or they start operating to the max and boil everything around them and even melt themselves down or turn into another object or substance!  (Think about the Christian martyrs who were so flaming hot for the Lord that they had no problem with dying, because they knew they would change into another substance—spirits in Paradise, not made up of atoms at all).

This can explain why, many times, a truly righteous and godly person will make a truly wicked person boiling angry!  When a super-active-hot-object comes near an inactive-freezing-object, it transfers (even unwittingly) its heat so fast that the cold object can crack or melt with the change.  Remember the Bible’s Old Testament accounts of Daniel and the Lions’ Den, where Daniel’s goodness made the evil Babylonian leaders mad enough to kill him; and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, where their righteousness kept them from worshipping a statue of metal and they made the king so angry he tried to burn them to death; and Cain and Abel, where Abel’s obedience to God’s will forced self-centered Cain to burst and murder him.  These three incidents are just for starters.

Today, Christians, as followers of Jesus Christ, must understand that God, through Jesus, activated each individual Christian into a nuclear reactor (at his or her re-birth, or re-charging ceremony of baptism), to work alongside other individual reactors to produce tons of light, knowledge, energy, and power for the benefit of a world stock full of inactivated, dysfunctional, damaged, or deactivated individual power plants (Romans 12:4-21; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; 1 Corinthians 15:22).

Back to the book of Revelation, Jesus said He’d rather have individual reactors that just barely vibrate (cold), than have them with the engines going without putting out the heat (lukewarm).  Lukewarm Christians actually use energy from others, like leeches—taking, but not giving out.  They are better off shut off, for the benefit of the church and the world, because Jesus wants us to not only accept the energy from others, but to transfer our own heat, action, and energy in return; back and forth, the constant making and utilization of godly energy (Hebrews 10:23-25).  Being a Christian, or being for Jesus, means occupying a fully operational, individual nuclear power plant; and working together with others, all to further the cause of Christ, which just happens to be…

  • all about illuminating a dark world with education and love (so people aren’t always bumping into each other and getting hurt)
  • all about bringing knowledge to an ignorant world (in the sense of knowing God) with
    • the good news of Jesus Christ and
    • salvation from spending an eternal-cold-power-plant-existence in an ultra-active-kinetic-energy-dark-place called the Lake of Fire (without the luxury of protection or of feeling like it’s a vacation resort, Matthew 25:32-46; Revelation 20: 12-15; 21:8)

· all about shedding the energy of good deeds, good words, and good thoughts on a world suffering from hatred, depressions, miseries, losses, pains, jealousies, and selfishness (Acts 9:36-42; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Timothy 6:18, 19)

There is good news for the inactive and the lukewarm Christian reactors. In the Laws of Thermodynamics and Entropy, the lack of energy and power can be fixed with something called work (Titus 2:13, 14; James 2:14-26). Heavens to Betsy! It’s that simple?

If a Christian is cold or lukewarm, all he or she has to do is start working, moving, getting into motion; and amazingly his or her nuclear reactor becomes extremely effective and power efficient, able to interchange energy and heat with others.  All this makes for a bright, cheery world full of hope, education, dreams, reachable goals, safety, and loads more. Knowledge in, ignorance out.  Useful people in, users out.

May the Heat truly be with you!

References:

1. Dobson, Ken. Holt Science Spectrum, Physical Science with Earth and Space. Holt, Rinehart, Winston. Orlando, FL.  2008.  pp 394-493

2. http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/kinetic/kintem.html

TR

The Lord Trains Me

King David praised God for training his hands for battle and his fingers for war, in his Psalms 144:1.

In military training camps, people learn endurance, how to defend themselves, how to kill, how to disarm an opponent, how to use weapons, how to fight. They practice, take part in mock battles, get bruised and hurt, hurt others, be healed, get tested, and watch professionals demonstrate how to fight, defend, and kill. David said that Jehovah God trained him in the art of battle and war! Oh, that was David—not me. That was thousands of years ago—not today.

A thousand years after David, give or take, the apostle Paul states that Christians are soldiers (Ephesians 6:10-20). He described the uniform that a Christian soldier must wear, which sounds similar to a Roman soldier’s uniform: body armor of righteousness, truth, and salvation, and peace; along with a sword called the Bible; and a shield called faith. Being a Christian isn’t all a life of roses, sweetness, and love, but it’s also a life of bruises and injuries, fighting against the roaring, angry, starving lion named Satan, who uses anything and anyone to attack those who have not fallen prey to his ravenous, ego-maniac hunger.

Are you allowing God to train your hands for battle, your fingers for war? Are you even in training? Do you fight against Satan in your personal life? Do you help defend your mates against Satan? Do you fight at all for the cause of Christ (1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7, 8)?

“Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my…fortress, my stronghold…my shield…” Psalms 144:1-2 ESV

TR