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Chapter I

The Big Bang

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The Origin of the Universe [i]

Cosmologists now accept, in this first quarter of the twenty-first century, that the universe was created by an infinitely small and infinitely dense mass that was dispersed by a Big Bang. These conclusions are based on the data gathered by the Hubble and Kepler Telescopes, launched in the late twentieth century. The Big Bang expelled hydrogen and helium into empty space. Particles on the exterior were given acceleration greater than particles near the center. The hydrogen and helium were attracted by the force of gravity and created nuclear fusion reactors known as suns or stars. Heavy metals were also thrown into empty space and were attracted to each other by the force of gravity, forming planets, asteroids and other cosmic matter, and thus forming galaxies.

The Universe [ii]

Thus, the universe is expanding at an increasing rate with the outer galaxies traveling faster than near galaxies, forming asymmetrical shape (egg shape). From our observation point – the Hubble Telescope – galaxies can be determined by their direction and distance by use of the Doppler Effect. As with sound waves, light waves exhibit this Doppler shift.  If one were standing on the platform of a train station and a fast moving train was approaching from a distance with its whistle blowing, the frequency of the sound wave would increase, raising the pitch of the sound as the train approached the viewer on the platform, and it would decrease in frequency and pitch when moving away from the viewer on the platform. When a galaxy is moving away from the observation point, the frequency of the light wave will decrease into the red light band. If the galaxy is moving towards the observer, the frequency of the light wave will increase to the blue light band. Thus, the direction and velocity of the galaxies has been determined.

The Life Cycle of Suns and Stars [iii]

The suns and stars that form the galaxy systems are created by the gravitational attraction of hydrogen and helium. They, in turn, attract the collected matter, forming a solar system consisting of planets, asteroids, comets, etc. The suns and stars will live out their lives as long as there is hydrogen to support the fusion reaction. The forces, due to gravity and fusion energy, are equal and opposite to each other, giving the sun equilibrium in size, until the sun deceases in size due to the depletion of hydrogen fuel. Gravity will then dominate and attract the remaining material into dark matter millions of times more dense than the sun.  If the sun is large enough, there will be a reactionary reaction and the sun will explode with great force, which is known as a Super Nova. The Super Nova (New Life) will repopulate itself many times over, creating new galaxies. Like biological plants on Planet Earth, galaxies have a birth, life and death and, on their deaths, they repopulate themselves many times over. The result is dark matter that is millions of times more dense than the preexisting sun, and it will provide a gravitational net that will keep the new galaxy together.

Life on Other Planets [iv]

Looking at a small section of the universe, the number of galaxies in the universe can be estimated, and it is estimated that there are about 400 billion galaxies existing at this point in time. [v]  Because planets do not emit light, these dark spots crossing in front of the suns can be observed and the size and orbit of these planets can be determined. [vi] It is estimated there are about four billion planets orbiting a sun in the Goldilocks Zone (not too hot, not too cold) and not too big and not too small, where water combined with amino acids can create life that will rapidly reproduce itself and can evolve and be advanced by creation, as it has on Earth. [vii] Paleoanthropologists have traced the evolution of ancient man to the primates, who in turn, had their origin in the ocean. However, there is no history of an evolution of the skull of ancient man (Australopithecus sediba) to the skull of the modern man (Homo species), leaving an opening for the creation of the brain of modern man by the Creator of the Universe. Although ancient man and modern man have identical bone structure from the neck on down, their skulls and thus brains are much different. [viii]

The evolution/creation of the homo species (modern man) could then take place as it has on Earth, beginning with nomadic hunters and gatherers as the planet warms, making the transitioning to agrarian societies possible. That planet would then, with the development of cities, roads and easy communications between the social hubs, be due a visit from the Representative of the Creator of the Universe (RoCoU), as the next step in this evolutionary process. The RoCoU would then teach them how to live successfully on this created Planet Earth; how to get their physical needs met on this planet, how to live with each other and how to live with other developing nations. [ix]

The Arrival of the RoCoU and the Guiding Spirit

The Guiding Spirit, provided by the Creator, shows evidence of being in the world with the creation of modern man’s brain. Socrates stated that he “was guided by a spirit that kept him from making mistakes.” Socrates was known as the wisest man of his time because he knew that he did not possess wisdom and relied on this Guiding Spirit for wisdom. [x]  The RoCoU arrived on planet Earth in the form of a seed planted into a virgin, giving Him the form of modern man. [xi] He arrived in a place and time that made it possible for His instructions to be passed to all the places on the planet. [xii] His parting command to His disciples was to pass onto the world what He had taught them while He was on planet Earth. [xiii]  He told his disciples that when He returned to His home, He would send them His Personal Counselor to guide them and teach them all that they needed to know. [xiv] He explained to His disciples that this planet Earth would come to an end like a bolt of lightning, [xv] which certainly follows the birth, live and death processes of the suns in the universe. The universe and Planet Earth are estimated to be 13.5 billion years old. Our sun is estimated to have four billion years of hydrogen fuel remaining before it implodes and likely explodes in a Super Nova, giving life to a new galaxy. [xvi]

The RoCoU needed to change His body into a form that would allow him to travel to His home in the universe. This is the reason for Him being crucified until dead, buried in a tomb, and resurrecting from the dead in a form that would allow Him to go to go home or to His next assignment on a different planet in the universe, to elevate the evolved/created modern man to the next step in this process. It’s interesting to speculate on how the RoCoU traverses the universe. The speed of light presents a barrier for particle accelerators. As accelerated electrons approach the speed of light, the electrons gain mass and slow down. Therefore, the new body form of The RoCoU must be able to transverse the universe at speeds in excess of the speed of light. At this point in time, the farthest galaxies are estimated to be 400 billion light years in distance (the distance a corpuscular light wave can transverse in one year from planet Earth).  Therefore, there must be other laws of physics that can be applied once on the other side of the “Speed of Light”.

QED

 

[i] Steven Hawkins, “The Universe”, Steven Hawking’s University, Pub. British Broadcasting Corporation, 1997, PBS; Stephen Hawking, “Genius” Pub. Bigger Bang Communications LTD, 2016, PBS.

[ii] ibid

[iii] ibid

[iv] ibid

[v] ibid

[vi] http://www.pbs.org/seeinginthedark/astronomy-topics/extrasolar-planets.html/

[vii] Ibid i

[viii] NOVA: Dawn of Humanity DVD, http://www.shoppbs.org/home/index.jsp/

[ix] http://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/weapon/

[x] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates /

[xi] Luke 2:1-7 The Bible

[xii] Explores Class, Cedar Grove Community Church, Livermore, CA, ca 2016

[xiii] Matthew 28:20, The Bible

[xiv] John 14: 26, 15:26, The Bible

[xv] Matthew 24:27, Luke 17: 24, The Bible

[xvi] Ibid i

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Is the Truth Found in Scripture or in Science?

Ver. 1.3.0

The Philosopher and Church Reformer, Twenty-First Century

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8/27/2015

Introduction

Experimental science has been around since Galileo (1564-1642), who has been attributed the title of “The Father of Modern Science” when he made a number of observations of planetary motion with his advanced hand-built telescope. His data proved “the 16th century Polish astronomer Copernicus’ suggestion of placing the sun at or near the center of the heavens and giving the earth an orbit equivalent to that which had previously been assigned to the sun. He published his ideas in the great book “De revolutionibus orbium celestial.The first copy was placed in his hands while he lay on his deathbed in 1543. Unknown to Copernicus, a preface had been anonymously added to this book by an officious clergyman, advising readers that the ideas in it were to be construed not literally but merely as hypotheses useful in simplifying the work of astronomers.” i

“The Ptolemy system put the earth at the center of the universe. The centers of planetary orbits were placed at some distance from the center of the earth, and such orbits were called eccentric, and most planets were given small circular orbits around centers which moved in large circles around the earth, and these smaller circles were called epicycles. This system took its name from Claudius Ptolemy, who brought it to completion about 150 A.D. It had been set forth by Hipparchus about three centuries earlier. Although the Ptolemaic system was defended by the followers of Aristotle, in reality it was the much older astronomy of Eudoxus (ca, 408-355 B.C.) to which Aristotle’s statements were originally intended to apply”.ii

The clergy in this time period favored the Ptolemy system of planetary motion, as it featured the earth as the unique and distinguished situation at the center of the universe, which agreed with what the clergy found in the Scriptures. This was also the position of philosophers as well as theologians, who taught that the heavenly bodies were created especially for the use and service of man, and that man was the subject of God’s principal care and concern. Also the Copernican system had the further disadvantage of requiring vast and rapid motions of the earth, which seemed to contradict all common sense and everyday experience.” iii

Galileo completed “Dialogue,” his proof of the Copernicus system of planetary motion, and sought to gain a license to print from Rome, the center of Catholic theology, and was granted permission to print. Printing began in June of 1631, and was completed in February of 1632. In August of 1632, Rome ordered the suspension of sales of “Dialogue.” In October of 1632, Galileo was ordered to Rome to stand trial. The Pope, in June of 1633, ordered rigorous examination; Galileo capitulated and was sentenced to indefinite imprisonment after humiliating abjuration. In December of 1633, he was placed in permanent house arrest and banned from any further publishing of his work. In 1635, the Latin translation of “Dialogue” was published at Strasbourg; an English version was made but not published. Galileo died January 8, 1642. “The Pope forbade the Grand Duke to erect a monument in Galileo’s honor if any word on it would ‘offend the reputation of the Holy Office’.” iv

The father of modern science died while imprisoned under house arrest, sentenced there by the “Holy Office” of Rome, which thought the Scriptures were the absolute truth, and science had to comply with the Scriptures or the science was not only wrong, but an act of heresy, which was a charge equivalent to a felony.

A back of the envelope calculation shows that, in the twenty-first century, modern science has been in use for less than 400 years. The Scriptures date back multiple centuries – greater than twelve centuries, and the New Testament Scriptures for just more than two centuries. The history of man is being rewritten by DNA analysis; similarly, the Scriptures need to be updated to coincide with the physical laws that God has created to keep his universe in good working order. And the church needs to update its theology to coincide with the developments of science and we are not done yet with finding out what God has created in His universe.

The New Deal

The New Deal began on the day of the Pentecost Festival, about fifty days after Jesus’ ascension into Heaven after His resurrection from dying on a Roman cross. The New Deal began with a bang, or as documented, by a ‘strong wind and tongues of fire’.v This was too big a deal for the followers of Jesus to understand. They received this gift of the Holy Spirit and acted in a manner they thought was appropriate, being given the responsibility to bring this New Deal to all nations.vi Did they get it right? If I were a gambling man, I would bet against them getting it right. For one thing, there is not mention of the Personal Counselor that Jesus sent to us to “Teach us all that we need to know,”vii Tell us what to say.viii . There is some mention of the Holy Spirit telling the Apostles where to go.ix But the New Deal was way over their heads; there was more delivered by Jesus than anyone in this time period could understand. Did the Apostles get it right? Not likely, given the circumstance and knowledge of the time.

The Pentecost Festival Event

In the Book of Acts of the Apostles 1:4 Jesus said, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.” Book of Acts of the Apostles 2:1-6 says, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.
“Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own language? …….we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own language! Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘what does this mean?’”

This Pheromone is Difficult to Explain

Sound Waves

Sound waves are like ripples on a smooth pond. Toss in one stone and it will produce ripples on top of the water, going out in expanding circle. Throw two stones, at the same time, into the pond at slightly different positions, and the waves will interfere with each other. Toss ten stones into the pond at the same time at slightly different positions and the waves will be indefinable from each individual stone.

Given the difficulty of overcoming the physics of this situation is not an easy task. If the Apostles were all speaking at once, who could understand the resulting noise? Air waves are like the waves on the pond, only they are three dimensional waves, going out in a spherical manner from the source. The air does not move, but each air molecule pushes against its neighboring molecules until it reaches the ears of the hearer and then the air waves pulse on the ear drum, which the brain converts to sound. If there is no air between the speaker and the listener, there is no air wave and there is no sound produced.

An alternative explanation that allows the laws of physics to apply to this situation is that each Apostle is speaking in their own language and the listeners are hearing what they are speaking in their own language. This would be an easy task for the Holy Spirit to accomplish; the speech of the Galileans is translated by the Holy Spirit into the language of the listener.

The Joshua Problem

Galileo, in the 17th century, had a similar situation with what is known as “The Joshua Problem.” In Galileo’s time, there were two different theories on planetary motion: the Ptolemy theory that the earth rotated about the sun, and the Copernicus theory that the sun rotated about the earth. Though his self-made telescopes, Galileo produced data that proved the Copernicus theory as the correct theory – the earth rotated about the sun.

Galileo was a member in good standing with the Catholic Church, and the Catholic Church had a problem with the Copernicus theory of planetary motion conflicting with the scripture. “The Joshua Problem” comes from Joshua 10:12-13: “On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: ‘O sun stand still over Gibeon, O moon over the Valley of Aijalon.’ So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation triumphed over its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.” Galileo became known as the first experimental physicist because of his method of using data to prove or disprove a theory. But the resulting physics was in conflict with the Scriptures.

The problem with “The Joshua Problem” is the loss of centripetal force that keeps the earth in rotation about the sun. This is the force that counteracts the gravitational attraction of the earth and the sun. Without this centripetal force, the earth would be pulled into the sun. And if the earth stopped its rotation, how would it restart its rotation? Religion is based on people’s emotions and physics is based on the fundamental laws of physics that God put into place to maintain order in the universe. Galileo argued that the Joshua event happened during the summer solstice, when daylight would be at its maximum. Why would Joshua ask that the sun stand still at midday? Would it not be more plausible that the sun was setting and Joshua saw the time urgency for more daylight? Galileo also argued that using the Copernicus system of planetary motion, the sun would need to stop is own rotation and that would cause the earth, moon and stars to stop their rotation.

In both the Pentecost event and the Joshua event, the laws of physics that God put into place to maintain order in His kingdom, the universe, must be obeyed. “Science is the truth if you believe it or not.” – An Astro Physicist.

Science the Final Voice of Truth

There has been great effort by mankind to make these Scriptures the absolute word of God and the final truth of all matters. In the time of John Newton, (mid-18th century) John and three others founded the Eclectic Society (a select, diverse society not connected to any other group). “The spirit of the society was characterized by the informality of it proceeding, the seriousness of its spiritual discussions, and the commitment of its membership.”x When the Eclectic Society was revived by John Stott in 1955, a requirement that “members must accept the supreme authority of Scripture and avoid arcane theological arguments” was added to the society’s rules. This rule would certainly seriously limit the contribution that science can lend to the understanding of the Gospel that Jesus sent to us.
In reality, God created the physical world and he created the physics that brings order to His universe. Scientists discover how these wonders of the universe work together to bring harmony to His vast creation – the universe.
As this Astro Physicist pointed out, as he showed a photo taken from a spacecraft of the earth as a small dot below the huge rings of Saturn, “We are thinking too small when we concern ourselves only with the events taking place on this planet earth.”

Philosophy’s Contribution to Finding the Truth

Rene` Descartes, a 17th century philosopher, established a method for finding the truth. He wanted to find the truth for himself and not the truths that the religious and political authorities were promoting as the truth. Cutting through all the fog and clouds and eliminating all beliefs and opinions – no matter how many people had these beliefs and opinions – he doubted anything that he knew until he could establish a truth that he could convince himself was the truth. He then built upon these truths and bootstrapped his way to the larger truth.

This method was picked up by other 17th and 18th century philosophers and they became known as the “Enlightenment Philosophers” and began the era of “Reason.” This was the beginning of Modern Philosophy, replacing the Ancient Philosophy of finding the truth by argument and rebuttal.

The “Enlightenment Philosophers” influenced Thomas Jefferson in his writing of the Declaration of Independence from England incorporated the “Rights of Man” established by these Enlightenment philosophers. The English Enlightenment Philosophers influenced the bloodless revolution in England and the French Enlightenment Philosophers the French Revelation. Rene’ Descartes method of finding the truth has become known as “Autonomous Reflection.” A method still used today by CEOs, political leaders to lead their enterprises, research scientists, and whoever else wants to push the extents of the envelope of our knowledge of the truth.xi Jesus told us to find a quiet place like a closet, where one can hear themselves think and “Tell your Father, who is unseen, then your Father, who sees what is done in secret will reward you. …your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” xii

The Book of Genesis

Genesis 4:2 “….Now Abel kept flocks and Cain worked the soil”. In the development of man he was first a hunter and gather and a nomad. The keeping of flocks was a transition from hunter-gatherer to agrarian but since they still lived in tents they were still nomadic. Man did not learn about planting seeds in the soil and growing their own crops until the time that Jericho was forming as the oldest city on the planet. It was this new agrarian life style that allowed man to remain in one place. Therefore the book of Genesis must have been written after the founding of the city of Jericho. We do know that the agrarian life style originated in the Fertile Crescent on the Mediterranean Sea the same area that Abraham was located.

The Evolution of man

The Paleoanthropologists has not been able to link the evolution of ancient man that evolved from the ape to the modern man the Homo species. The two species, Ancient man and Homo have the same bone structure from the neck on down, but the skull shape and brain capacity are much different. There has not been found any transition species between the two. It is though one species disappeared and the other appeared on earth. These finding support the creation theory as modern man appeared on earth with no link to a past.xiii

Earth a Special Place?

Astronomers have observed that suns we call stars have planets similar to earth circulating around them, that is in the Goldilocks Zone (not to hot not to cold) and about the same size as our earth (not to large not to small) therefore having about the same gravity as earth. They estimate there are approximately four billion planets that could look like earth and therefore could have life on these planets like earth. We cannot see these planets because they do not give off light, but we can observe the decrease in light from the star as the planet passes in front of their sun. If Jesus is visiting these planets like He did earth, this is going to take up a lot of His time.

QED


i “Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo”, Translated by Stillman Drake, Anchor Books, 1957, pp 12-14
ii Ibid p11
iii Ibid p 12
iv Ibid P 286
v Acts 2: TBD
vi Mathew 28:TBD
vii John 14: 26
viii Luke 12:12,
ix Acts 9:11, 6, Acts 8:29,
x Jonathan Aitken, “John Newton” “From Disgrace to Amazing Grace”, Crossway, 2007, pp 289-293
xi https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/Autonomous-Reflection/
xii Matthew 6:6-8
xiii http://pbs.org

Romans: The Book That Changed the World or the Book That Derailed the Gospel Jesus Sent Us Ver. 1.0.1

The Philosopher and Church Reformer, Twentieth-First Century

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9/11/2015

Dear Fellow Christians:

Our Bible Study Group is in the midst of an in-depth study of the book of Romans, written by the Apostle Paul preceding his trip to Rome. Our class leader has stated that the Book of Romans is “the Book the changed the world.” It has, but is it the Gospel Jesus wanted us to have? Our class leader stated that Martin Luther thought that the book of Romans and especially Chapters II & III “were the heart of Paul’s argument for his Gospel.” However, Jesus was all about the empowerment of individuals.

Things to keep in mind about the Apostle Paul

There are some things we should keep in mind about Paul and his Gospel. 1) Paul was very educated in the Jewish religion. 2) Paul did not have firsthand knowledge of the teachings of Jesus. 3) Paul did not have firsthand knowledge of the arrival of the Personal Counselor, a.k.a. the Holy Spirit, that Jesus said he would send to us when he got back home to Heaven. Paul had secondhand knowledge of this event on that day of the Pentecost Festival, receiving his information from disciples that themselves did not understand the significance of the arrival of this Personal Counselor. 4) Paul was a problem solver; his institution of the Lord’s Supper solved a problem in the Corinthian Church. His theology of the salvation of man was a solution to a condition of man – his original sin. 5) Paul’s mission was to put the church of Jesus on the map. He accomplished his mission. 6) Paul’s lack of knowledge of the Personal Counselor and his failure to empower the new converts with this Personal Counselor resulted in Paul micromanaging his churches.

The Teachings of Jesus

From the teachings of Jesus, it should be obvious to any well-trained philosophical investigator that is very well educated in the New Testament teachings, that it was not the church, that Paul created, that Jesus wanted, but then he, like all taskforce leaders, had to accept what his taskforce people could accomplish with their given skill packages. Jesus was given the assignment to establish His church on this planet by His Father in Heaven; no time limit was given for Jesus to accomplish His mission. Jesus was in the position of waiting for someone to come along, like Paul did, to move his church forward in the direction that He wanted it to go.

Teachings of Jesus

There are some teachings of Jesus that His disciples did not understand, nor did any of the Gospel writers, the Apostle Paul, or any of the New Testament writers, nor any religious leader in the past twenty centuries and, to this day, I think there is only one person on this planet that understands these particular teaching of Jesus found in: Mathew 9:16-17, Mark 2:21-22, Luke 5:36-38. “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse, and no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins. And no one, after drinking old wine, wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better’.” Jesus is teaching His disciples about a Paradigm Shift. This is something that only a philosopher, who is also a serious student of the Gospel, is likely to notice.

Peter’s Contribution to Derailing the Gospel

  • Case study:

Peter in Acts: 2:38 connected the reception of the Personal Counselor, a.k.a. the Holy Spirit, to the existing Paradigm, which was the Jewish religion. “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” To this day this action has not been challenged by anyone knowledgeable in the teachings of Jesus, and this is probably because they have a problem with Philosophers.

Different Philosophers

Churches seem to have a problem with philosophers and scientist, probably stemming from Paul’s interaction with the Philosophers of Athens in his time and Darwin’s theory of evolution. They seem to be of the opinion that there are two Gods, one created religion and the other created science and they are at odds with each other. This writer’s intent is to show that religion is only science that we do not yet understand and when we do it will be shown to be science. There are several categories of Philosophers: There are Philosophers who have studied Philosopher’s teaching and can quote Philosophers like a serious student of the Bible can quote Book, Chapter, Verse and phrases on demand. Then there are Philosophers who have studied the methodology of Philosophers and learned how to apply this methodology themselves and thus have indeed become a Philosopher in their own right. There are Modern Philosophers and Ancient Philosophers; there are Philosophers that put arguments forward to prove the existence of God and those who argue for the nonexistence of God.

There are two important Philosophers of the 18th and 19th century that have contributed greatly to the field of philosophy. These two Philosophers are Rene` Descartes of France, and Immanuel Kant of Germany. Rene` Descartes was a supporter of his church and country, but he wanted to prove the truth to himself, by himself, leaving no doubt to what the Truth was. He developed a methodology of self-doubt and “Autonomous Reflection.” He had to prove to himself by a step-by-step process, building from the basic known truths to the more complex truths. This new methodology was the beginning of Modern Philosophy and has become the new protocol for Philosophers. This is a new era, “Modern Philosophy,” differentiating it from “Ancient Philosophy” going back several thousand of years. Rene`Descartes then is known as the Father of Modern Philosophy (The Enlightenment Era, The Age of Reason).

This methodology was accepted by other Philosophers, including Immanuel Kant of Germany, who also was an ardent supporter of Christianity and known as the greatest Philosopher since Aristotle, who stated that “We are not yet enlightened, but are becoming enlightened,” which means we are still in the Enlightenment era in this twenty-first century. These Philosophers became known as the “Enlightenment Philosophers,” as they lead us out of the middle ages, where man was instructed how to live, think and act by the authorities of their time, including church leaders, and into the “Enlightenment Age”, where man could determine for himself how to live, think and act. The Truths that these “Enlightenment Philosophers” developed, regarding the “Rights of Man”, influenced Thomas Jefferson to incorporate them into our “Declaration of Independence” from England. They also led to the bloodless revolution in England, the French revolution and probably the Ottoman Empire revolution.i

Definitions of a Paradigm Shift

Jesus gave us His definition of a “Paradigm Shift” when He taught us that “One does not take a piece of cloth from a new garment and sew it on an old torn garment. The new cloth will shrink and the tear will become worse.” “One does not pour new wine into an old wineskin, as the new wine is volatile and will burst the old wineskin and both the new wine and the old wineskin will be lost.” People will always say that ‘the old wine is better than the new’.”

From Wikipedia:The term ‘paradigm shift’ has found uses in other contexts, representing the notion of a major change in a certain thought-pattern — a radical change in personal beliefs, complex systems or organizations, replacing the former way of thinking or organizing with a radically different way of thinking or organizing.”
“Hans Küng applies Thomas Kuhn’s theory of paradigm change to the entire history of Christian thought and theology. He identifies six historical ‘macromodels’: 1) the apocalyptic paradigm of primitive Christianity, 2) the Hellenistic paradigm of the patristic period, 3) the medieval Roman Catholic paradigm, 4) the Protestant (Reformation) paradigm, 5) the modern Enlightenment paradigm, and 6) the emerging ecumenical paradigm.
”ii

The Paradigm Shift of Jesus:

Jesus brought us a “New Paradigm Shift” – a complete change from the old Jewish way of thinking, believing and acting. This was a paradigm shift that was not to be associated with the old Jewish way of relating to our Father in Heaven, but a new relationship with our Father in Heaven that had nothing to do with the history of the Jewish Religion, its laws or its traditions. This New Paradigm Shift that Jesus brought us was completely new and not to be associated or linked to the Jewish past. But nobody understood it; not one person did until now in this 21st century. The New Paradigm Shift of Jesus is that we have a loving Father in Heaven who wants to guide us through this life on Earth and provide for all our needs to live on this planet. He wants to participate in all of his children’s lives and he wants us to look to him for His support so that “He can feel good about participating in our lives.” That is the New Paradigm Shift that Jesus brought to us and He provided that support through His Personal Counselor a.k.a. the Holy Spirit.

The Problem of Ego

The only thing that prevents us from receiving this guidance from His Personal Counselor is our Ego. This is not the Ego as Freud described it, as a moderator between the Id and the Super Ego, but for what the Ego has evolved through time. “In modern English, ego has many meanings. It could mean one’s self-esteem; an inflated sense of self-worth; the conscious-thinking self; or in philosophical terms, one’s self. Ego development is known as the development of multiple processes, cognitive function, defenses, and interpersonal skills or to early adolescence when ego processes are emerged.”iii This is our desire to be independent and live, think and act the way we want to without the guidance from His Personal Counselor. “We want to live it our way.” This is what separates us from God (our Father in Heaven) and this is the problem Paul, in his intellectual augments in the “Book of Romans,” attempted to solve in chapters II & III by associating ‘The Problem’ and its solution with the existing Jewish religion.

Yours Truly,

The Philosopher
Church Reformer, 21st Century

Autonomous Reflection: The Most Powerful Force on the Planet ver. 1.0.1
The Philosopher
7/7/2015
https://anewparadigminchristianthinking.wordpress.com/tag/Autonomous-Reflection/

Introduction: Autonomous Reflection History:

Autonomous Reflection has been around at least since the days of Socrates, when he challenged his society’s morals and ethics. He was rewarded by imprisonment, where he refused a planned escape plan by his friends involving the usual custom of bribery of prison officials. He would only accept release from the people that had put him in prison. He was eventually offered a cup of hemlock by those who put him in prison and represented the corruption in this society.i

When The Savior (Jesus) started his mission on this planet, He went off to the desert for a long time measured in days (figuratively 40 days) to be alone and in a place where he could hear Himself think and reflect on His mission (Autonomous Reflection). He also distanced Himself from distractions and went to a quiet place like the Garden of Olives to Reflect Autonomously.ii

Saul, who was called by the Savior to take his Gospel to the Gentiles and the Jews, also went into the desert to Reflect Autonomously. Saul took the name of Paul during this process. On attempting to bring the Gospel to his fellow Jews, the Jewish Zealots and Jewish leaders attempted to kill Paul and he was put under protective custody by the Romans for about two years. This gave Paul plenty of time for Reflection Autonomously. iii Paul also was a tent maker, operating a sewing awl, which, as anyone who has used a sewing awl on sails or canvas can attest to, gave him plenty of opportunity for Autonomous Reflection. It was only after Paul convinced his new converts in his newly established churches to support him and his mission did Paul find time to micromanage his new churches and he had less time for Autonomous Refection. iv

Late in the 17th century, Rene` Descartes, a French Philosopher and Christian, rediscovered the process of Autonomous Reflection. His use of this method of thinking was to determine truth autonomously, as opposed to being instructed of the truth by the religious and civil authorities (which were probably the same persons). Using this method, Descartes doubted everything until he could prove it to himself beyond any doubt.v

This process of determining truth autonomously was taken up by other philosophers who became known as the Enlightenment Philosophers. Immanuel Kant, a German Philosopher, stated that “If it is now asked, “Do we presently live in an enlightened age?” the answer is, “No, but we do live in an age of enlightenment.” As matters now stand, a great deal is still lacking in order for men as a whole to be, or even to put themselves into a position to be able without external guidance to apply understanding confidently to religious issues. But we do have clear indications that the way is now being opened for men to proceed freely in this direction and that the obstacles to general enlightenment–to their release from their self-imposed immaturity–are gradually diminishing. In this regard, this age is the age of
enlightenment, the century of Frederick”.vi Therefore, the beginning of the Enlightenment Period started late in the 17th century and continues to this day in the 21st century, as we are still being enlightened.

Thomas Jefferson was influenced by these Enlightenment Philosophers and was inspired to write The Declaration of Independence, and was assigned to this task by John Adams who thought that Jefferson was a much better writer than himself. Adams saw his skills as a lawyer to be oratory in nature.vii
The Enlightenment Philosophers in Great Britain: John Locke and David Hume were responsible for leading the bloodless revelation in England.viii The Enlightenment Philosophers in France, Rene` Descartes, the metaphysician Baron Henri d’Holbach, the political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, ant the political reformer-writer Voltaire, were responsible for leading the French Revolution.ix A less notable revolution was in the Ottoman Empire, which underwent a revolution similar to the French Revolution the Sultan abdicated to a self-governing empire.x

An interesting sidebar was that, in a documentary made in Palestine in 1913 before WWI, Arabs, Muslims, Christians and Jews were living in harmony in Palestine under the Ottoman Empire. It was the Russian Jews, who were being forced out of Russia and coming to Palestine, that upset the established balance in Palestine. In addition, farming in Palestine was a lot different than farming in Russia and the new immigrant Jews became a burden on this society.

In the 20th and early 21st century, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) have been known to build rooms that were acoustically isolated from their office environment in which to put into use the methodology of Autonomous Reflection to lead their organizations. In the USA, our legislature had constructed Camp David as a place where our President could go and find solitude to put into use the methodology of Autonomous Reflection. This is in much contrast to Martha’s Vineyard, where Presidents can spend more interesting vacation time with their families, but may have difficulty finding a place where they can hear themselves think.xi Researchers put this methodology to push the extents of the envelope, to develop new methods, products, procedures and solve difficult problems.

To date no woman has presented herself as an Enlightenment Philosopher. This could be because a woman does not think she has this ability, or society does not think she has this ability or she does not have this ability. Women are well known for their women’s intuition, which men seem not to possess, so it may well be reasonable to conclude that women do not have the ability to put into use the methodology of Autonomous Reflection.

The Future of Autonomous Reflection

Autonomous Reflection is becoming an extinct skill. In this 21st century, it is becoming more difficult to create the environment where one can hear themselves think. Mind noise and distractions are everywhere: television, radio, MP3 players, Walkmans, stereos, car radios, CD players, tape decks – we are constantly bombarded with mind noise. And then there are all the events that we need to attend and watch, like our national sports: baseball, basketball, football, auto-racing, soccer, hockey, cricket, softball, golf, bowling, dancing, as well as bar hopping, church services, political rallies, concerts, opera, symphony performances. And all of these must take place outside normal business hours. If Autonomous Reflection is to survive – and our society may well be at risk – we need to provide time and place for this activity. It may well be expected that one putting this Autonomous Reflection methodology into use could fall asleep in the process of pushing the extents of the envelope. This consequence needs to be accepted by our society.

Autonomous Reflection trumps written documents, even when given the authority of being the written word of God, Mohammad, Buda, Confucius or any other authority. Jesus did not write anything down; he knew the game plan was that He would send us His Personal Counselor to “Teach us all that we needed to know.” We just need to connect with His Personal Counselor through Autonomous Reflection. As Jesus instructed us to go into a closet and tell our Father in Heaven what is on our hearts and mind.xii

A College Scholarship Program to Train Students “Autonomous Reflection”

My partner and I have operated a College Scholarship Fund for 20 years. We have recently reformatted the program to emphasize the use of Autonomous Reflection. We have talent scouts in various forms looking for college or ongoing college students that show great interest and talent in presenting the Gospel and have an avid interest in advancing our knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus. This is not free money; this is an investment in their future performance.

While in college they are expected to conduct research into the Gospel of Jesus with a group or individually using the books of Mark, Luke, and Acts of the Apostles only. They are to read one chapter a week and write up an individual report to the study group or to an editor/publisher and present their interpretation of the information they have covered in this study of these books. They are to use only facts that can be determined to be stand-alone facts recorded for no other purpose than to record the events that took place. They are not to use anyone’s interpretation of the facts, any facts used to make an argument as to the truth of the facts or any interpretation of the facts. They should use “Just the facts ma’am, just the facts,” as Joe Friday on Dragnet had stated it and our courts which do not allow “Hearsay Evidence” to be heard in court. It has been documented by researchers like C. G. Jung, and from the insights of the founding fathers of the USA, that there is an increased ability to use this methodology of Autonomous Reflection after the age of 35 years of age. The founding fathers stipulated that no person could be President until obtaining the age of 35 years of age. Therefore, we ask the students recipients of these college funds to agree to apply this skill of Autonomous Reflection to advancing our knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus after attaining the age of 35 years of age.

We support this college scholarship fund by putting up for silent auction fine hand-built guitars that are acoustically optimized to produce efficient simple harmonic motion (sound) using methods similar to “Free Plate Tuning,” but in greater precision and understanding of the physics than Stradivarius when he used sawdust on his violin plates and induced a vibration on those plates with a string and a bow as a feedback mechanism to guide the carving of these plates. Once he had produced a mode pattern that was formed by the sawdust appearing on the plates, he knew he had that consistent superior sound that his violins produced. I use the same methodology using Chladni Mode patterns generated by sawdust with the plates driven by a signal generator and speaker as the feedback mechanism to “Free-Plate” tune the plates to produce efficient simple harmonic motion. A description of the guitars up for auction, their starting bid and deadlines for bid, as well as our methodology for producing these exceptional acoustic guitars and the college scholarship program can be found on my website
A coalition could be formed to purchase one of these acoustic guitars for a church or other organization so that members of these organizations could play on of these “Best Sounding Guitars on the Planet.” Stradivarius violins now sell for over two million USD. The same economic “supply and demand” valuation can be expected from these guitars once the supply has been reduced to zero, due to the maker returning home to that place beyond sky or on the other side of the speed of light.xiii

i Robert C. Solomon, Introducing Philosophy, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, pub. 1889, pp 1-11
ii Mark 1:12-13, 1: 35, 6: 46, 14:35-36, 14: 39
iii Galatians 1:16-17, Acts: 18: 3 , 24:27, 26:32, 28: 30
iv 1 Corinthians 9: 1-27, 2 Corinthians 11: 7-12
v Robert C. Solomon, Introducing Philosophy, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, pub. 1889, pp 18-19
vi http://www.artoftheory.com/what-is-enlightenment_immanuel-kant/
vii Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence
viii Robert C. Solomon, Introducing Philosophy, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, pub. 1889, p 39
ix ibid
x[The Ottoman Empire in 1913 PBS Documentary TBD
xi http://www.infoplease.com/spot/campdavid1.html
xii Mathew 6: 6
xiii https://thephilosopheronpolitics.wordpress.com/tag/religion/

Are the Scriptures the final authority or is ‘Autonomous Reflection’ the final authority Ver. 1.1.0.

The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired

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12/08/2014

Are the Scriptures (The Canonized Bible)  (a) the Scriptures are God’s spoken word,  (b) that God inspired the writers to author the Scriptures,  (c) that ordinary people wrote what was inspired to them to write, (d) that ordinary people recorded what they themselves had witnessed, (e) that they were acting as a Journalist and recording in a Journal what they had observed or recorded the information obtained by them from interviewing ordinary people and what they had witnessed,  (f) that they were writing what they had obtained from ‘Autonomous Reflection’ (g) Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Songs and History?  The answer is_______ ‘All of the above’.

There is a tendency to ascribe the entire canonized Bible as (a) The Scriptures are God’s spoken word.  The Apostle Paul stated in these sanctified Scriptures “Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law”[i].  Is it reasonable to make the words that the Apostle Paul wrote into a new law ‘The Scriptures’?   Jesus commented on ‘The Law’ “I have come to fulfill the law and the prophets”[ii].  Have the Scriptures (The Bible) become a new Christian Law Book?

There is a popular believe that one must first believe that the Scriptures (The Bible) is God’s written word and then everything falls into place.   This is as it should be reinforcing the first belief.  In the field of research, this is known as drawing a conclusion first, than all the incoming data reinforces the conclusion already made, this is dysfunctional thinking.  This phenomenon is quite prevalent in diagnosticians of every variety that make a diagnostic decision and then all the incoming data reinforces the decision they have already made.  For this reason it is important not to draw a preconclusion about what the data will reveal, but only conclude what the data has revealed.

I’ve noticed that the Homo Sapiens tend to put their faith and trust in the written word, handbooks, Bibles, religions of all types with written text to be treasured.  Serving the Energy and Defense Departments as a troubleshooter, I found in a couple of cases the problem was in the interpretation of a handbook or manufactures data.  In both cases the data was not being applied as intended.  Most handbook data must be applied to the same context as the author intended or different results will be obtained, they were not meant to be used in all general situations, there are too many variables to take into account.  This is also true of religious handbooks such as the Bible (The Scriptures), The Koran, etc.   Skepticism and reasoning must be applied to determine the situation at hand at the moment.   These too cannot be applied to all situations in general.

‘Autonomy and Reflection’ was first recorded by the Apostle Paul after he received his mission from The Savior, aka Jesus, through Ananias[iii], after being blinded on the road to Damascus.  He did not consult the existing Apostles or anyone else about his mission, but went off to Arabia, by himself and reflected ‘Autonomous Reflection’ and he received a vision of his mission.[iv]  Previously ‘The Savior’ aka ‘Jesus’, after being baptized by John the Baptist, went into the desert alone for forty days and contemplated on his mission (‘Autonomous Reflection’, note that the number forty was one of the literal numbers meaning a long time)[v].

Autonomy and reflections was also recorded by Rene` Descartes in the seventeenth century. [vi]  The Autonomy and reflection methodology led to the ‘Enlightenment’ as described by the Enlightenment Philosophers: Baron Henri d’Holbach, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire in France, John Locke and David Hume in Great Britain, and Immanuel Kant in Germany.[vii]   Therefore, ‘Autonomy and Reflection’ must be the final authority not the ‘Hand Books’.   ‘Autonomy and Reflection’ Trumps the ‘Hand Books’.

[i] Galatians 3:25

[ii] Matthew 5:17

[iii] Acts 9:10-19

[iv] Galatians 1:15-17

[v] Mark 1:12-13

[vi] Solomon, Robert C., Introduction to Philosophy 4th ed., pp18-19, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Pub., 1989

[vii] Ibid,  p39