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
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
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, &quot;all processes at the lower levels of a hierarchy are restrained by and act in conformity to the laws of the higher levels.&quot; 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, &quot;`Downward Causation', in Hierarchically Organized Biological Systems,&quot; 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 &quot;little world&quot;, a &quot;microcosm&quot; 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.
The Principles of Creation Part 3 Growth and the spiritual world
“ 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.”
Man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh
The three stages of growth Formation Stage Growth Stage Completion Stage
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
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
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
Fulfilment of God’s will Human responsibility God’s effort
“ 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 . . .”
Robot Programmed No potential for love and creativity Person Free Will Potential for love and creativity
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
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
“ 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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.”
Regions in the spiritual world “ In my Father ’s house are many rooms.” John 14:2
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
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.
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.
Internal, striving for higher standard, pursues absolute goodness Physical mind Spiritual mind God
What is the evil mind? Evil mind Satan Enjoys doing evil Happy when people suffer Physical mind Spiritual mind
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