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203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
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203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
203 Principle of creation part 3 WH
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  • Literalists are usually creationists. Believe biblical account of creation is literally correct. Contextulaists would say that some is metaphorical, symbolic. Need to understand how authors understood it. Meaning depends on context. Some of Bible is history, some is poetry, some stories, some myths, etc. need to analyse literary quailities. Bible itself says nature is a source of authority
  • Genesis 1 is an extraordinary act of imagination describing the formation and development of the world from the perspective of an imaginary observer on the earth.
  • This story is told from point of view of purpose of creation. Teleological order
  • All things reach completion or maturity after passing through growing period. ODU
  • IDN -> greater levels of complexity
  • Force of principle. Forces of nature, taxis etc Animals instinctive. Human beings have freedom. Responsibility - ability to respond Response to challenges, difficluties, obstacles, tempations. Overcome or give up/in. Riding a horse. Fall off, get back on. Learning piano - lots of practice.
  • Parent’s reponsibiliuty like God’s. school building and pupils studying To fulfil 1st blessing - mbu - 100% effort, concentration - master at martial arts, sport, studying 2nd blessing - 100% effort - love others wholeheartedly, overcome pain, rejection 3rd blessing - 100% - effort - master musical instrument, gardening, etc. Moral law - 10C. Prevent being distracte, deviating from path to maturity
  • school
  • Responsibiluty - ability to respon, make decisions, choices. Respond to chnaging situations. Adapt to environment creatively Only by freedom can act out of love and compassion. Don’t thank a cooker for cooking cos not acting out of feelings. Not automatic, programmed. To get a job need qualifications. No qualifications – don’t have the respect and ability to have position
  • In this state of perfect resonance the purpose of creation is realised
  • spiritdom
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  • Also relate to other physical human beings spiritually. Hear people’s thoughts, intuition etc.
  • Not just bankers to be masters of the universe!
  • . Each of the levels in the stepped structure is a new level in the hierarchy which can be explained in terms of its own laws and theories but is not reducable to a lower level. . This also corresponds the downward causation of one level on a lower one such as Whitehead's electron. The sungsang — hyungsang polarity finds many examples in modern science such as the notion of complementarity in quantum mechanics. It is no more possible to explain mental events in terms of neuron firing as it is possible to reduce the wave character of light to particles. The sungsang aspect is like the software in a computer, the hyungsang like the hardware. The structure of DNA was unravelled by the marriage of two strands of molecular biology: the information school, trying to understand genetic information and inheritance, and the structural school, trying to reduce biology to physics. They met in Cambridge in the work of J.D. Watson and F.H.C. Crick. They discovered the double helix structure made up of combinations of four base pairs. A particular base sequence has 'meaning' which cannot be explained in terms of physics or chemistry. It conveys information which has a particular meaning in a particular organism and, . . . in no way can the concept of information, the concept of conveying a message, be articulated in terms of the concepts of physics and chemistry, even though the latter can now be shown to explain how the molecular machinery (DNA, RNA, the appropriate enzymes etc.) operates to convey information. Peacocke, 61. The structure of a protein molecule, and still more, a DNA molecule, is so complex that it has been suggested that there is some sense in which there is global coordination taking place. A DNA molecule is several metres long, yet has to be folded in a precise way to function. It could not have found it by chance, or by trying all the different combinations until it found the one with lowest entropy. There is some non-local action being exhibited. It is acting as a whole system. As we saw, the phenomena of morphogenesis requires way to explain global coordination of cells. This is impossible for DNA to do alone. This is why Sheldrake postulated the existence of a life field. The information contained by DNA cannot be reduced to its molecular structure any more than can thoughts be reduced to neuron firing in the brain. John Eccles, The Human Psyche (Berlin: Springer International, 1980), 21. The understanding of hierarchy expounded by Howard Pattee is also similar. Each level in the hierarchy has its own laws, and exhibits downward causation on the lower level elements without violating the lower level laws. These are additional, not different, laws. As we saw above, the idea of downward causation suggests that, "all processes at the lower levels of a hierarchy are restrained by and act in conformity to the laws of the higher levels." When a protein molecule assumes its precise and complex three dimensional shape it is suggested that the protein in some sense 'knows' what shape to take, since the number of possible configurations is vast. To achieve its shape different parts of the molecule must move in unison with each other although separated by a great distance. The non-locality shown by the E.P.R experiment has been suggested as one possible explanation. The holistic implications of E.P.R suggest that global action-at-a-distance is indeed possible. There is thus a real sense in which a molecule has an inherent directive nature or physio-chemical character. Donald T. Campbell, "`Downward Causation', in Hierarchically Organized Biological Systems," in Studies in the Philosophy of Biology, eds. Francisco Jose Ayala and Theodosius Dobzhansky (London: Macmillan, 1974), 179. Davies, Cosmic Blueprint, 178-79.
  • Womb breathe through placenta while lungs develop Earth breathe through lungs while capacity to love develops SW breathe God’s love
  • Just + elements not good Just – elements not good -> burnt out if just work hard even if helping others. Need truth and to be connected to infinite source of love – God – otherwise become empty. Then God’s love flows through you to bless others. Freedom - rule governed as opposed to control Grace from heavenly spirit can give living spirit elements that bring joy, strenght and health Body follows mind which follows good purpose phycials self becomes wholesome Spirit only grow while in flesh
  • Cos spirit needs a body to grow, multiplication of spirits takes palsce at same time as multiplication of body
  • Eg Abraham arguing with God over destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah Moses arguing with God over destruction of Israelites Father arguing with God about DP
  • People determine destination, not God
  • Power of conscience formed through g&t between sm and pm. When do wrong force -> guilt Due to fall conscience is not absolute standard
  • Ps 119 reveals what an orignal mind is like Original mid corrects conscience
  • In the created world only the human being combines material and spiritual elements. Human existence is thus differentiated from non-human creation in a qualitative way. In light of this fact, the Church Fathers often speak of the human being as a "little world", a "microcosm" of the whole of the creation. Using this notion, the Church Fathers teach that the human body contains in it all levels of existence of the natural world which preceded it in order of the creation, and considered the physical elements which make up the human body as in no way different from those which constitute the physical world. This means that the natural world is fully integrated with the human being and the whole of the creation. 10. At the same time, the Fathers' use of the notion of microcosm means that humanity, created in God's image and likeness, transcends the material world because it participates in God spiritually and consciously, unlike the rest of the creation. Humankind then stands on the boundary ( methorion ) between the material and the spiritual worlds as a connecting link.
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    • 1. The Principles of Creation Part 3 Growth and the spiritual world
    • 2. Growth and development
      • Nothing appears fully formed
      • Everything grows and develops through stages
      • Growth takes time
      • Development often has a direction
    • 3. How was the universe created?
      • There are two creation accounts in Genesis
        • Six days of creation in Genesis 1
        • God created man first and then the universe in Genesis 2
    • 4. How should we understand the Bible?
      • Literalism
        • The Bible is the inerrant word of God
        • The Bible is literally true
      • Contextually
        • The meaning of the text depends on its context
        • Text should be examined rationally
        • The Bible contains metaphors and symbols
    • 5. Traditional perspective
      • “ The Bible itself speaks to us of the origin of the universe and its makeup, not in order to provide us with a scientific treatise, but in order to state the correct relationships of man with God and with the universe.”
      • Pope John Paul II
    • 6. The first day
      • The word “day” in Hebrew means “age”
      • So one “age” or day could be millions or billions of years
      • “ There was evening and there was morning, one day.” Genesis 1:5
      • Bible - “Let there be light”
      • Science - Big Bang - an explosion of light
    • 7. The second day
      • Bible - Let the upper and lower waters be separated
      • Science - The earth was very hot and so water evaporating forming dense clouds filling the sky
    • 8. Earth Lower water (sea) Sky Upper Water (clouds)
    • 9. The third day
      • Bible - Let land appear and the land be separated from the sea and let plants appear
      • Science - The earth was shrinking as it cooled and bubble of land appeared
      • Plants were first living organisms
    • 10. Let dry land appear Land Lower water (sea) Atmosphere Upper Water (clouds)
    • 11. Gondwanaland
    • 12. And plants
    • 13. The fourth day
      • Bible - Let the sun and the moon and the stars appear
      • Science - What seems to be wrong here?
      • As the earth cooled and plants generated oxygen the atmosphere changed. The sky became visible
    • 14. Let the sun and moon appear Atmosphere
    • 15. The fifth day
      • Let the fish and birds appear
    • 16. The sixth day
      • Let the creatures appear
    • 17. And finally
    • 18. What is remarkable is that the order of creation in Genesis 1 is very similar to that suggested by modern science Chronological order
    • 19. The creation story in Genesis 2
      • God formed man from the dust of the earth
      • God breathed into him the breath of life
      • God planted a Garden
      • Man put there till and keep it
      • God formed the animals as ‘helpers’
      • God made a woman from the man’s rib
      • Man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh
      Teleological order
    • 20. The three stages of growth Formation Stage Growth Stage Completion Stage
    • 21. Physical growth and development Completion Stage Growth Stage Formation Stage Indirect Dominion Growth due to Autonomy Governance “ We call it nature because it has developed naturally and spontaneously.” CSG p.874
    • 22. What is the indirect dominion?
      • God is perfect and can only relate to perfect beings
      • All beings have to grow to reach completion
      • They grow autonomously guided by the the Principle (laws of nature)
      • During this time God governs things indirectly
    • 23. Growth and development Completion Things People Growth Force of the Principle Automatic Growth Principle + Human Responsibility
    • 24. What is completion?
      • Maturity, integrity, wholesomeness, oneness
      • Achievement of full potential
      • Fulfilment of purpose
    • 25. Spiritual growth Children’s love Joy from receiving Mutual love Joy from sharing Parental love Joy from giving
    • 26. Aspects of spiritual growth
      • Development of awareness of others and the needs of others
      • Development of conscience
      • Maturity of ability to give and receive love
      • Growth of sensitivity to God
    • 27. Human growth in indirect dominion Indirect dominion through the Principle God Man 100% effort to fulfill the Three Blessings Follow the moral law Everything needed to fulfill the Three Blessings Reveal the moral law Human responsibility Divine responsibility
    • 28. Fulfilment of God’s will Human responsibility God’s effort
    • 29. Human responsibility in the Bible
      • “ Your faith has made you well.” Mark 5:34
      • “ The prayer of faith will save the sick man.” James 5:15
      • “ Behold I stand at the door and knock.” Revelation 3:20
      • “ Ask and you will receive.” Matthew 7:8
      Divine grace + Human will -> God’s will
    • 30. Freedom and responsibility
      • “ Behold I set before you this day, a blessing and a curse: the blessing if you hearken to the commandments of the Lord your God . . . And the curse, if you do not give heed to the commandments of the Lord your God . . .”
      • Deuteronomy 11:26-28
      God never interferes in human responsibility
    • 31.
      • So that we could inherit God’s creativity and participate in the work of creation
      • By doing so, man can earn the position of owner and thus be worthy to be lord of creation
      Why did God give human beings responsibility?
    • 32. Examples of freedom
      • If Adam and Eve had not eaten the fruit there would be no sin
      • If Abraham had not been willing to sacrifice Isaac . . . .
      • If the people of Ninevah had not repented
      • If Jesus had been accepted . . . .
    • 33. Why did God give people free will?
      • God is the source of love
      • He made love the centre of human life
      • Love has to be freely given and received
    • 34. Robot Programmed No potential for love and creativity Person Free Will Potential for love and creativity
    • 35. God’s direct and indirect dominion Indirect dominion through the Principle God Man Love Direct dominion of oneness of heart through love Man God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. I Jn. 4:16
    • 36. What is the direct dominion?
      • A perfected couple are the substantial object to God and one with God
        • Feels how God feels, thinks how God thinks
      • Living in oneness with God’s heart lead a life of goodness carrying out God’s will
      Just as every part of the body spontaneously moves in response to the subtle directions of the mind, people will spontaneously carry out the will of God in accord with the deeply felt intentions of his heart. EUT, 45
    • 37. Direct dominion and creation
      • A perfect person is Lord of Creation, resonating with the heart of God
      • Lead the natural world in free flowing sharing of love and beauty
    • 38.
      • “ According to the Principle of Creation, we are created to attain perfection by fulfilling our responsibility of our own free will, without God's direct assistance.
      • We are then to attain oneness with God and acquire true autonomy. Therefore, it is the calling of our original nature to pursue freedom and autonomy.
      • A person of perfect character understands the will of God and puts it into practice through his own insight and reason, without the need to rely on revelations from God. Hence, it is only natural that we pursue reason and understanding.” EUT
    • 39. Is there life after death?
      • God is an eternal being who loves us as his children
      • If there is no life after death everyday would be the worst day of God’s life
      • God wants to have an eternal relationship with us and so God created us with a soul that lives forever in the spiritual world
    • 40. Spiritual self Physical self Spiritual mind Invisible dwelling place of God Physical mind Instinctive mind maintaining functions of existence Physical body Spiritual body or soul Physical senses Spiritual senses
    • 41.
      • Beyond time & space
      • No reproduction
      • Cause
      What is the difference between the spiritual and physical worlds? Spiritual World Physical World
      • Within time & space
      • Reproduction
      • Effect
    • 42.
      • ESP – Extra-sensory perception
      • Telepathy
      • Clairvoyance
      • Psychic healing
      • Mind over matter
      • Mediums/Channeling
      • “ Remote viewing”
      Examples of spiritual phenomena
    • 43. 1. Life after Life Raymond H. Moody, MD. 2. Death and Dying Elizabeth Kubler Ross, MD. 3. Life in the World Unseen Anthony Borgia 4. Heaven and Its Wonders and Hell and others Emmanuel Swedenborg 5. Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder 6. The Unquiet Dead Edith Fiore, Ph.D. Writings on the spiritual realm
    • 44.
      • Feeling of peace
      • Loud sounds
      • Movement through a tunnel
      • Sensation of being outside the physical self
      • Meeting other spirit beings
      • Encountering a loving being of light
      • Moral reflection on earthly life
      • Returning to the physical self
      Elements common to many near death experiences Raymond A. Moody, Jr. M.D. American Physician Life after Life, 1975
    • 45. We relate to both worlds Physical World Spiritual World Animal Angel
    • 46. What is our position in the cosmos?
      • Ruler of the universe
        • The universe is not internally sensitive to God
        • God does not govern the universe directly
        • We have potential to govern both
      • Mediator and centre of harmony of the cosmos
        • Like a radio able to ‘pick up’ spiritual ‘waves’
      • Microcosm of the universe
    • 47. Humans are a microcosm of the cosmos Inherent directive nature Molecules, atoms, particles Cellular body Instinct Body Spiritual aspect Physical aspect Men, Masculinity Woman, Femininity God’s Nature Minerals Plants Animals Human beings Internal nature Male Female
    • 48. What are the stages of life? Like dying Like dying Placenta Mind Spirit self Body Physical self Spiritual mind Spiritual body 40 weeks 80 years Eternity Unborn child It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. I Cor.15:44 Spiritual world Final destination Earth Preparation of the spirit self Womb Preparation of the physical self
    • 49. How does spiritual growth take place?
    • 50. What is the relationship between spiritual and physical body? + Air Food, water - Vitality elements Life elements ‘ My food is to do the will of him who sent me.’ John 4:34 Light Warmth Physical Self Spiritual Self Spirit elements + - Good or evil in the conduct of the physical self is the main determinant of whether the spirit self becomes good or evil. EDP, 48 Love Truth + Atmosphere of freedom God
    • 51. What are the principles of spiritual growth?
      • Spirit growth through give and receive between between life and vitality elements
        • Grace from good spirit joy, strength, healing
      • Spirit can only grow while in the flesh
        • Body follows mind which follows good purpose physical self becomes wholesome
      • Put truth into action
      • Growth takes place in stages
    • 52.
      • Conscience is higher than your teacher
      • Conscience is higher than your parents
      • Conscience is higher than God
      • By rejecting conscience certain persons have made ship wrecks of their faith. I Timothy 1:19
      How important is the conscience?
      • Never go against your conscience - keep a clear conscience
      • Make sure your conscience is properly formed - make sure
      • you have a straight conscience
    • 53. Good actions What determines where we go? Free will Good vitality elements Good person Heaven Hell It is not God who decides whether a person enters heaven or hell upon his death; it is the spirit himself Evil actions Evil vitality elements Evil person
    • 54. The sheep and the goats
      • "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
      • Matthew 25:31-46
    • 55. Regions in the spiritual world “ In my Father ’s house are many rooms.” John 14:2
    • 56. What is the conscience? Conscience Personal view of truth Compass Do good Avoid evil Guilt Uncontrollable Obey External, standard of right and wrong Voice of God Judges and accuses Parents Society Scripture Experience Reason Prayer Physical mind Spiritual mind
    • 57. What is the original mind? Original mind You have made us, O Lord, for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you. St. Augustine
      • My eyes shed streams of tears, because men do not keep thy law.
          • Psalm 119:136
      With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from thy commandments. Psalm 119:10
      • I find delight in thy commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on thy statutes.
          • Psalm 119:47
      Internal, striving for higher standard, pursues absolute goodness Physical mind Spiritual mind God
    • 58. What is the evil mind? Evil mind Satan Enjoys doing evil Happy when people suffer Physical mind Spiritual mind
    • 59.  
    • 60. Physical world Five physical senses
    • 61. Spiritual world Five spiritual senses
    • 62. What is the position of human beings? Physical body Spiritual body Spiritual mind Physical mind Spiritual world Physical world Angels Spirits Ancestors Minerals Plants Animals Mediator between spiritual and physical worlds Jesus spoke to Elijah and Moses Human beings are a microcosm of the cosmos Lords of Creation Rulers of the Universe