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THE BIBLE & SCIENCE ALIGN

THE SEARCH FOR NOAH’S FLOOD

There is overwhelming geological evidence that a global flood, as depicted in the story of Noah in the biblical book of Genesis, could have happened. 

The story of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood is one of the most famous from the Bible, and underwater archaeologists think they have found proof that the biblical flood was actually based on real events.

The first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis, chapters 6 to 8, tells about a great world-wide flood. Such a major universal flood would surely leave much evidence.

  1. V-shaped valleys and river deltas suggest a recent (ca. 3000 BC) flood.
  2. All written history begins ca. 3000 BC.
  3. Foundations of cities began then, families of mankind began then and genealogies date back then.
  4. A rock is dated solely by its fossils, not by rough estimates of millions of years.
  5. Carbon dating, with C14, is not useful in dating before 5000 BC according to the discoverer of the method.

It is clear from the biblical account that there was a universal flood about 3000 BC. The biblical account did not derive from other literature. It is eyewitness testimony.

WHY GOD SENT THE FLOOD

The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” . . . God looked on the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and, behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth” Genesis 6:7–13 

WAS THE FLOOD OF NOAH GLOBAL OR LOCAL IN EXTENT?

 “The waters prevailed, and greatly increased on the earth. . . . And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. . . . and the mountains were covered.”  Genesis 7:18,19 Continue reading THE BIBLE & SCIENCE ALIGN

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GOD: THE TREMENDOUS LOVER

GOD’S LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE

God does not love us if we change; God loves us so that we can change. Only love effects true inner transformation, not duress, guilt or social pressure. Only love effects true inner transformation.

Jesus on earth constituted one new man joining heaven and earth. God, the Tremendous Lover, Himself said: “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.”                                                                          Jeremiah 31:3                                                                                                                                                           God pours Himself into us so that we may be one entity, as a body joined to a head: for this is the very desire and longing for ardent lovers. There is nothing God will not do for a loving confident faith.

Very often our own ideas are quite wrong; we are thinking of great works for God, but God is thinking of great love from us. An instant of pure love is more precious in the sight of God than all your good works.

GOD IS A COMPASSIONATE GOD

The truly good news is that God is not a distant God, a God to be feared and avoided, a God of revenge, but a God who is moved by our pains and participates in the fullness of the human struggle. . . . God is a compassionate God.

This means, first of all, that God is a God who has chosen to be God-with-us. . . . As soon as we call God “God-with-us,” we enter into a new relationship of intimacy with him. By calling God Emmanuel, we recognize God’s commitment to live in solidarity with us, to share our joys and pains, to defend and protect us, and to suffer all of life with us.

The God-with-us is a close God, a God whom we call our refuge, our stronghold, our wisdom, and even, more intimately, our helper, our shepherd, our love. We will never really know God as a compassionate God if we do not understand with our heart and mind that “the Word became flesh and lived among us”  John 1:14.

Henri Nouwen

GOD'S LOVE

DIFFERENT LOVES

Mary appeared to Linda Sabbath and told her that the love of the Father was very macho, very Old Testament: I love you; you are mine; if you leave Me I’ll go after you and bring you back and hold you down. This message was accompanied with a sort of sledge hammer of violent love in her heart.

While the love of the Son, Jesus Christ, was more of a courtship, a wooing requiring consent, while that of the Father was fierce and overwhelming.

Mary’s love, on the other hand, was much more delicate, though very intense, and much more like the fragrance of the lily of the valley.

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LIVING IN A HIGHER ORDER

A DIVINE NATURE

Jesus enters into partnership with us. He comes to us full of perfect knowledge and unlimited love. God knows all our defects and weaknesses. He knows all that might have been done for us or by us.

GOD'S DIVINE NATURE

The soul becomes capable of living in a higher order and of becoming the agent of acts which are completely beyond it natural possibilities. If a plant were given a true power of sensation, or an animal a true power of reason, this would be like the radical transformation that is produced on our soul by grace: still these examples are inadequate. “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”                                                                                       John 10:10

”And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”                                                                                                   2 Corinthians 9:8

GOD'S DIVINE NATURE

God gives Himself wholly to the person who gives it wholly to Him. God’s love for men is not merely a love for humanity in general. God is in love with each human individual, personally and particularly. Continue reading LIVING IN A HIGHER ORDER

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