Lovers of God, seekers and lovers of truth

Accusations

The previous weeks we got very strong reactions at certain things we said about God and His son on the net and on our replies to certain writings on the net about Jesus, God and the Christadelphians.

Title page to the ASV

Title page to the ASV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On several websites we where accused of being a sect and of being God haters and/or Jesus haters. When we tried to give a polite answer with what we could find in the Bible and how we funded our believes on the Holy Scriptures we were silenced and did not get an opportunity to show where our believes came from and why they are not so stupid.

The bad language send to us, plus other negative elements like viruses and Trojan horses, made us not afraid to find other ways of giving a reply or showing people what we think, why we think it and why there is reason not to consider Christadelphians being a sect or cult.

Apostolic times and Jesus’ definition of God

At the beginning of the apostolic times the followers of Christ Jesus were considered to be a Jewish sect. Their faith was based on the classic traditional monotheist faith of the People of God, the People of Israel, the Jews. Jesus coming from an Essene, and therefore a very traditional devout Jewish family, grew up in a family where they believed in Only One God. Jesus also worshipped the God of Abraham, which was considered by the Jews the Only One True God.

The Christadelphians do have the same faith as the Jews, in the Only One True God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob. Jesus was in perfect agreement with a Jewish scribe, as together they discussed the greatest of all questions we humans must face. Who is God?
So prepare now to hear what Jesus commands us in terms of our definition of God.

In the New testament we do find:

“24 Jesus said unto them, Is it not for this cause that ye err, that ye know not the scriptures, nor the power of God? 25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as angels in heaven. 26 But as touching the dead, that they are raised; have ye not read in the book of Moses, in [the place concerning] the Bush, how God spake unto him, saying, {1} I [am] the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? {1) Ex 3:6} 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living: ye do greatly err.

28  And one of the scribes came, and heard them questioning together, and knowing that he had answered them well, asked him, What commandment is the first of all? 29 Jesus answered, The first is, {1} Hear, O Israel; {2} The Lord our God, the Lord is one: {1) De 6:4 ff 2) Or [The Lord is our God; the Lord is one]} 30 and thou shalt love the Lord thy God {1} with all thy heart, and {1} with all thy soul, and {1} with all thy mind, and {1} with all thy strength. {1) Gr [from]} 31 The second is this, {1} Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. {1) Le 19:18} 32 And the scribe said unto him, Of a truth, Teacher, thou hast well said that he is one; and there is none other but he:” (Mark 12:24-32 ASV)

God being the One Who is One

Excerpt of the book of Exodus from the The Gre...

Excerpt of the book of Exodus from the The Great Bible (entitled The Byble in Englyshe), publ. 1540. The English form Iehovah (Jehovah as the “J” stands for both I and the later J) is used for the Tetragrammaton at Exodus 6:3. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Clearly for Jesus the Most High Elohim Creator deity is only One as is also written in the Book Deuteronomy of the Old Testament

“Hear, O Israel: {1} Jehovah our God is one Jehovah: {1) Or [Jehovah our God, Jehovah is one]; Or [Jehovah is our God, Jehovah is one]; Or [Jehovah is our God, Jehovah alone]}” (Deuteronomy 6:4 ASV)
For Jeshua or Jesus Jehovah is his God and is only one, not two or three.
Jesus also added we should love that One God with all our heart.

“And he said unto him, {1} Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. {1) De 6:5}” (Matthew 22:37 ASV)“And he answering said, {1} Thou shalt love the Lord thy God {2} with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; {3} and thy neighbor as thyself. {1) De 6:5. 2) Gr [from] 3) Le 19:18}” (Luke 10:27 ASV)

We as Christadelphians do love God and do love His creation. They want to open their heart to all people and not only just to some who belong to the same denomination as they. We also want to give attention to other minded persons and do respect them for what they think and feel. This cannot be said about those who call themselves Christians and attack us.

Jewish unitarian creed and Jesus’ creed

As we can find in the New Testament Jesus stated that God is a single Lord. He uttered the Jewish unitarian creed and made it the pinnacle of good Christian understanding and practice.

What else can we say about this One God of Jesus’ creed?

He could not possibly be the triune God of traditional Christendom. Jesus is on record as recognizing no god but the God of his Jewish heritage based on the Scriptures preserved as God’s oracles. That God was never the Trinity. Jesus was not a Trinitarian, on the plainest evidence of his testimony in Mark 12:28-34. He himself never claimed to be God and knew very well he could not do anything without his Father in heaven.

“Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing: for what things soever he doeth, these the Son also doeth in like manner.” (John 5:19 ASV)

“I can of myself do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is righteous; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” (John 5:30 ASV)

God’s Will and Jesus’ will

In case Jesus is God Jesus would do his own will by doing the Will of God and nothing would be to difficult for him. But Jesus clearly tells us he was placed on this earth not to do his will but the Will of the One Who had sent Jesus and was not him but God. Jesus also submitted himself totally to the Will of God.

 “For I am come down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” (John 6:38 ASV)

“Jesus therefore said, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that {1} I am [he], and [that] I do nothing of myself, but as the Father taught me, I speak these things. {1) Or [I am] he: [and I do]}” (John 8:28 ASV)

Jesus also not speaks out of himself but brings the Word of the one Who sent him and Who commands him. We believe those words written in the scriptures which tell us about Jesus his position.

 “For I spake not from myself; but the Father that sent me, he hath given me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” (John 12:49 ASV)

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father abiding in me doeth his works.” (John 14:10 ASV)

God’s call to be seekers and lovers of truth

God calls us to be lovers of truth and seekers of truth. Jesus let his followers know that they should search those Scriptures and belief the Words of God.

We would not like it to see our heart hardened like the one of the Pharaoh of Egypt, him refusing to believe God’s agents, Moses and Aaron. The same we would not like our ears to be deaf like the ones of the sons of the prophet Eli to be deaf to Eli’s words of warning so that they did not repent of their sin and turn back to God (1 Samuel. 2:22-25).

For  us it is most important, not to follow human doctrines and as such pleasing man, but following the teachings of Jesus Christ continuing in God’s truth, continuously willing to seek truth and to endure sound doctrine, which is provided in the Holy Scriptures.

Sound doctrine

We do believe God will guide us by His Word and by the teachers he allows us to find, who will encourage us in sound doctrine and not in a teaching according our own, or the majority of man’s own desires, even when they claim to be the majority and therefore being the right ones. It is  not because they belong to the most numerous denomination in Christendom, which are the Roman Catholics, that all others are the wrong ones, not keeping to the main rules and being sects.

We are convinced that anyone, including believers, pastors, church leaders and Bible scholars, can be deluded in some area of their understanding, if they are not always “lovers of the truth,” if they are not always open to criticism, to other perspectives and scholarship which may give new insights and even improve our Bible translations, which in turn may lead to the need to discard some of our pet doctrines or practices.

In fact, we can see a God-sent delusion that has infected much of the Christian Church for many of the last 1900 years in a number of very significant areas of faith and practice! We may wonder if  the traditional Christian Church may not be blind to significant portions of God’s clear truth. for sure we can see lots of Christians who refuse to try to read the Bible without their known doctrine of the Trinity. Are they afraid that in case they would try to leave that doctrine away for a moment, they would loose track?

Why is it that sincere and earnest pastors seem happy to rest in their beliefs that were perhaps ingrained from Bible college or from their time in the pews? Why do so many pastors seem unwilling to read widely, to read honest critiques from Bible scholars, to read the criticisms of their opponents, to be challenged by and confront the beliefs of such ideologies as Catholicism, replacement theology, prosperity religion, materialism, paganism, and Islam, etc?

Insecurity, fear opposite confidence

Is it not best to wonder why people are afraid to put their Trinity doctrine for a moment at the site to read what is really written there black on white in the Book of books. Are they so insecure or fearful to do the test of sound reasoning? Or is it a form of  cowardice or fear or insecurity that prevents many from being earnest and zealous seekers after truth?

Yet are we not all cowards by nature? Are we not all fearful of standing against the tide of this world — standing against the crowd when they practice evil?

When Paul was in prison he was encouraged that many of his fellow believers gained confidence in their stand for the truth of the Gospel.

“Most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear” (Philipeans 1:14).

Each of us has different opportunities to play our part in the teaching of truth. The Church exists mainly to teach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, and we take to heart Jesus’ warning that we must never be ashamed of him and his Gospel (Mark 8:38).
It is each of us individually and not our pastor or church leader who will stand before the Messiah, the righteous Judge, and have our heart searched on these matters.

Which leader to follow

Christadelphians do not have one specific worldly leader or organisation which we all have to follow. We do not have to be obedient to an overall organisation or church institution. By us no specific gifts or tenths (teeting) obligated. So how can it be certain people accuse us of being a sect, where this are all elements particular to sects.

Jesus in the Gospels

Jesus in the Gospels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christadelphians do not follow someone here on earth, but do follow Jesus Christ, who, according to the Holy Scriptures is now seated at the right hand of his heavenly Father to be a mediator between God and man.

We do believe each individual is himself or herself responsible and shall have to be answerable before the judge Jesus Christ on his return, which he even did not know when it would be, though God knows everything.

It is therefore you and I who need to be sure regarding where we stand before God for our own peace of mind and salvation. We ourselves have to make our own choice who to follow, Jesus or those who claim to be the traditional church.

Task to help others

But we also have received the task to help others and to “Rescue those being led away to death” (Proverbs 24:10-12) Therefore we may encounter lots of discouragement but we must continue and may not falter in times of trouble. We should not fear man but more fear God and count on the strength He is willing to give us.

I think perhaps in this issue of God we have to be careful to pay close attention to the unitarian statements of Jesus.

“You, Father, are the only one who is truly God” (17:3).

Is that statement unacceptable?
Does it not obviously tell us that no one else is the true God?

Jesus also tells us that he is the Way to God and we should follow him so that he can lead us through the small gate of the Kingdom of God.

Clearly Jesus being the Way to God and to life, we should focus on him, not as being the God, but as being the Way to God and being part of the Plan of God.

Once we say that Jesus is God we are counting two Gods — and that contradicts the Shema which Jesus says is the most important commandment (Mark 12:29).

Jesus learned everything from God as he grew up in wisdom and stature. If he were God he would have nothing to learn! God also tells us that He does not tell lies, is an eternal Spirit Who cannot seen by man or they would fall death, and that he cannot be tempted. Jesus was seen by many who did not fall death. Jesus also was tempted more than once. God Who knows everything and does not tell lies would not have told the truth when He is Jesus, and was been asked when he would come back and who would be seated next to him. Jesus told his disciples he did not know that and that only his Father knows that. God obviously cannot die. Jesus did die. The Son of God died. This is one of the special elements of our faith or a core element of the Christian faith.

All those facets we should tell others and help them to see what is written in the Bible about Jesus and the Plan of God.

Having no opportunity to explain this and to go deeper into detail, we were confronted with that censorship and saw the necessity to explain this more to the general public.

Therefore we started looking for an other means to show how Christadelphians next to the Word of God put their focus on that Nazarene man Jesus Christ, who we believe to be our saviour and example to follow.

Spokesmen for Jesus

Looking on the internet for means to help others to come to see who Jesus really is and what is really written in the Bible, we tried out some blogging systems.

As such we created:

C4A: Christ for all a site to show the reasons why to love Jesus.

C4U:Christ for you and Christadelphians for you, an other site to site of Brothers and Sisters in Christ, who love the Creator and His creations, to show which way we do have to go and whom to follow.

Both do have some negative points and made us not satisfied. Therefore we went back to a well known source. Once more we decided to go for WordPress and created last but not least the site with the focus all on Jesus Christ our Messiah, a “Messiah for all“.

We invite you to come and have a look at those site and to give your impression, so that we can work on it and improve.

We do hope we can show the world why we need to follow Jesus Christ of Nazareth and how Christadelphians do that, and as such should also been seen as true followers of Christ or real Christians and not as a sect or cult because they do not follow any human worldly leader nor institution of this world.

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Please do find additional to read:

  1. People Seeking for God 2 Human interpretations
  2. Background to look at things
  3. Synagogue, Church or Ecclesia for the Christian
  4. Intentions of an Ecclesia
  5. United people under Christ
  6. Disciple of Christ counting lives and friends dear to them
  7. A participation in the body of Christ
  8. Who are the Christadelphians
  9. Christadelphian people
  10. Our Christadelphian faith
  11. What Christadelphians believe
  12. Our Creed and Practice
  13. About Brothers in Christ
  14. What are Brothers in Christ
  15. Often asked questions: faq – English
  16. What Christadelphians teach
  17. Those who call the Christadelphians a cult
  18. A small company of Jesus’ footstep follower
  19. Evangelisation, local preaching opposite overseas evangelism
  20. Those who love Jesus
  21. The Law of Christ: Law of Love
  22. The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
  23. Agape, a love to share with others from the Fruit of the Spirit
  24. The task given to us to love each other
  25. Christianity is a love affair
  26. The Greatest of These is Love
  27. Unarmed truth and unconditional love
  28. Unconditional love
  29. Compassion and Discipline
  30. Character transformed by the influence of our fellowships
  31. Integrity of the fellowship
  32. Fellowship
  33. Learn how to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News of the coming Kingdom

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  • Rule and Reign (activeinspiration.wordpress.com)
    As reported in the news these days we hear Christians are persecuted at all time highs. Maybe its because perfect love from God our Father that we share with the world is seen as weakness to the world of nonbelievers.
  • Stand Tall In Faith (mylordmyfriend.com)
    Jesus answered Peters confession, “That Jesus is the Christ, and the Son of The living God”Matthew 16 verse 16: Jesus declares that upon that Confession, the He is The Christ, He will build His Church.That is the concrete slab of faith, what Jesus came to do and what He did through the Cross. One of the statements of faith, that was established, by the forefathers, to counteract, heresies and mysticism which tried to wrongly attach themselves to the Truth, about Christ Jesus was.
  • Charles Spurgeon (rulookingforjesus.wordpress.com)
    It is a sweet thought that Jesus Christ did not come forth without his Father’s permission, authority, consent, and assistance. He was sent of the Father, that he might be the Saviour of men.
  • Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (emmanuelchatham.typepad.com)
    Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
  • Scripture of the Day, 2/5 (sowegalive.com)
    And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
  • Daily prayer (0: have a free day (0: (hmweimar.wordpress.com)
    Lord- thank you for always giving us a way to salvation and peace. Thank you for the grace you cover our lives with and thank you Lord God for your son. In his holy name amen
    Believe and make it so
  • Monday, 26 January 2015 : 3rd Week of Ordinary Time, Memorial of St. Timothy and St. Titus, Bishops (First Reading) (petercanisiusmichaeldavidkang.com)
    I invite you to fan into a flame the gift of God you received through the laying on of my hands. For God did not confer on us a spirit of bashfulness, but of strength, love and good judgment. Do not be ashamed of testifying to our Lord, nor of seeing me in chains. On the contrary, do your share in labouring for the Gospel with the strength of God.
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    From Paul, servant of God, Apostle of Christ Jesus, at the service of God’s chosen people, so that they may believe and reach the knowledge of truth and godliness. The eternal life we are waiting for was promised from the very beginning by God who never lies, and as the appointed time had come, He made it known through the message entrusted to me by a command of God, our Saviour.

Stemt de Bijbel overeen met de wetenschap

Stemt de Bijbel overeen met de wetenschap

„De voldoening en vreugde in mijn vak haal ik uit de momenten dat ik iets nieuws ontdek en tegen mezelf zeg: ’Dus zó heeft God het gedaan.’” — Henry Schaefer, hoogleraar scheikunde.

De Wetenschap draagt veel bij tot ons begrip van de natuur door een orde, precisie en complexiteit te onthullen die in de ogen van velen wijst op een God van onbeperkte intelligentie en macht. Naar hun mening onthult de wetenschap niet alleen details over de natuur, maar ook over Gods gedachten.

Die mening vindt volop ondersteuning in de Bijbel. In Romeinen 1:20 staat:

„Zijn [Gods] onzichtbare hoedanigheden worden van de schepping der wereld af duidelijk gezien, omdat ze worden waargenomen door middel van de dingen die gemaakt zijn, ja, zijn eeuwige kracht en Godheid.”

En Psalm 19:1, 2 zegt:

„De hemelen maken de heerlijkheid van God bekend; en het uitspansel vertelt van het werk van zijn handen. De ene dag na de andere dag doet spraak opwellen, en de ene nacht na de andere nacht spreidt kennis tentoon.”

Maar hoe schitterend de natuur ook is, ze onthult slechts enkele facetten van de Schepper.

Beperkingen van de wetenschap

Veel waarheden over God vallen buiten het terrein van de wetenschap. Ter illustratie: Een wetenschapper kan misschien elk molecuul in een chocoladetaart benoemen, maar blijkt uit zijn analyse ook waarom de taart gemaakt is en voor wie? Voor het antwoord op deze vragen — die voor veel mensen het belangrijkst zouden zijn — moet hij bij degene zijn die de taart gebakken heeft.

English: Erwin Schrödinger

Erwin Schrödinger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Zo verschaft ook de wetenschap „veel feitelijke informatie”, schreef de Oostenrijkse natuurkundige en Nobelprijswinnaar Erwin Schrödinger, „maar zwijgt ze in alle talen over alles (…) wat ons echt na aan het hart ligt, wat we echt belangrijk vinden”. Dat omvat volgens hem „God en de eeuwigheid”. Alleen God kan bijvoorbeeld antwoord geven op vragen als:
Waarom bestaat het heelal? Waarom is er zo veel leven op onze planeet, met inbegrip van intelligent leven? Als God echt almachtig is, waarom laat hij dan het kwaad en lijden toe? En is er leven na de dood?

Geeft God antwoord op die vragen? Ja, dat doet hij via de Bijbel (2 Timotheüs 3:16).

16 De gehele Schrift is door God geïnspireerd*+ en nuttig om te onderwijzen,+ terecht te wijzen,+ dingen recht te zetten,*+ streng te onderrichten+ in rechtvaardigheid, 17 opdat de mens Gods volkomen bekwaam zij,+ volledig toegerust* voor ieder goed werk.+ (2 Timotheüs 3:16-17)

Maar misschien vraagt u zich af: hoe kan ik er zeker van zijn dat de Bijbel echt van God afkomstig is? Vanuit het standpunt van wetenschappers bekeken zou wat de Bijbel over de wereld om ons heen zegt, dan overeen moeten stemmen met wetenschappelijke feiten. God zou zichzelf immers niet tegenspreken. Blijkt dat ook uit de Bijbel? Sta eens stil bij enkele voorbeelden.

Wetenschappelijk gezien zijn tijd ver vooruit

Toen de Bijbel geschreven werd, geloofden veel mensen dat er verschillende goden bestonden. Ze geloofden ook dat de zon, de maan, het weer, de vruchtbaarheid, enzovoorts, door die goden werden bestuurd in plaats van door natuurwetten. Voor de Hebreeuwse profeten van God lag dat echter anders. Uiteraard wisten ze dat Jehovah God de macht had over de natuur en dat Hij die macht bij bepaalde gebeurtenissen ook gebruikte.

12 Toen was het dat Jo̱zua ertoe overging tot Jehovah te spreken, op de dag dat Jehovah de Amorieten aan de zonen van I̱sraël overleverde, en hij zei vervolgens voor de ogen van I̱sraël:

„Zon,+ sta onbeweeglijk* boven Gi̱beon,+ En maan, boven de laagvlakte van A̱jalon.”+

13 Bijgevolg bleef de zon onbeweeglijk staan, en de maan stond werkelijk stil, totdat de natie zich op haar vijanden kon wreken.+ Staat dit niet geschreven in het boek van Ja̱sjar?*+ En de zon bleef midden aan de hemel staan en haastte zich ongeveer een hele dag niet om onder te gaan.+ 14 En geen dag is er als die gebleken, noch daarvoor noch daarna, doordat Jehovah naar de stem van een mens luisterde,+ want Jehovah streed zelf voor I̱sraël.+(Jozua 10:12-14)

8 Intussen zei Hizki̱a tot Jesa̱ja: „Wat is het teken+ dat Jehovah mij zal genezen en ik stellig op de derde dag zal opgaan naar het huis van Jehovah?” 9 Hierop zei Jesa̱ja: „Dit is voor u het teken+ vanwege Jehovah, dat Jehovah het woord dat hij gesproken heeft, ten uitvoer zal brengen: Zal de schaduw werkelijk tien treden [van de trap] vooruitgaan of dient ze tien treden terug te gaan?” 10 Toen zei Hizki̱a:* „Het is voor de schaduw gemakkelijk om zich tien treden verder uit te strekken, maar niet dat de schaduw tien treden terug zou gaan.”+ 11 Daarop riep de profeet Jesa̱ja tot Jehovah; en hij deed de schaduw die gedaald was, geleidelijk teruggaan op de treden, dat wil zeggen op de treden [van de trap] van A̱chaz, tien treden achteruit.+(2 Koningen 20:8- 9-11).

Maar zoals door John Lennox, hoogleraar wiskunde aan de Universiteit van Oxford, werd opgemerkt, hoefden deze profeten „hun universum niet te ontdoen [van mythologische goden] (…), om de eenvoudige reden dat ze toch al nooit in die goden hadden geloofd. Ze waren van dat bijgeloof bevrijd doordat ze geloofden in de enige ware God, de Schepper van hemel en aarde.”

Der Theologe und Philosoph John Lennox am 25. ...

De theoloog en filosoof John Lennox

John Lennox, Alister McGrath en William Lane Craig bestreden de evolutiebioloog Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett (samen wel “The Four Horsemen” genoemd) en Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Het grootste recente werk dat de belangrijkste godsbewijzen trachtte te weerleggen, in het bijzonder die zijn voorgesteld door christelijke apologeten, was The God Delusion (2006; Nl. vert. God als misvatting) van evolutiebioloog Richard Dawkins. Tegelijk verkent hij de evolutionaire oorsprong van religie en de ethiek om antwoorden voor het feit dat als er geen goden bestaan, er toch zo veel mensen in geloven, en waarom de morele tijdgeest verandert terwijl de religieuze ethiek achterblijft. Dawkins heeft veel kritiek maar ook veel lof gekregen voor zijn boek, en zowel The God Delusion als Dawkins zelf zijn dan ook de inzet geweest van veel debatten en discussies in de vroege 21e eeuw.

Hoe bevrijdde dat geloof hen van bijgeloof? Onder andere doordat de ware God aan hen onthulde dat hij het heelal bestuurt door middel van exacte wetten of inzettingen. Ruim 3500 jaar geleden vroeg Jehovah God bijvoorbeeld aan Job, een aanbidder van hem:

„Ken jij de wetten van het heelal?” (Job 38:33, Groot Nieuws Bijbel)

En in de zevende eeuw voor onze jaartelling schreef de profeet Jeremia over „de inzettingen van hemel en aarde”

25 Dit heeft Jehovah gezegd: ’Indien het niet een feit was dat ik mijn eigen verbond van de dag en de nacht,+ de inzettingen van hemel en aarde,+ vastgesteld had, (Jeremia 33:25).

Iedereen die in de oudheid in de geschriften van de Bijbelse profeten geloofde, kon dus weten dat het heelal niet bestuurd werd door grillige mythologische goden, maar door wetten die door mensen bestudeerd en begrepen konden worden. Daarom weigerden zulke gelovige personen zich neer te buigen voor dingen die door God geschapen waren, zoals de zon, de maan en de sterren, en hadden ze er ook geen bijgelovige ideeën over (Deuteronomium 4:15-19). In plaats daarvan zagen ze Gods werken als studieobjecten waarvan ze iets konden leren over zijn wijsheid, macht en andere eigenschappen (Psalm 8:3-9; Spreuken 3:19, 20).

15 En GIJ moet goed acht geven op UW ziel,+ want GIJ hebt generlei gedaante gezien+ op de dag dat Jehovah in Ho̱reb midden uit het vuur tot U sprak, 16 opdat GIJ niet verderfelijk handelt+ en U niet werkelijk een gesneden beeld maakt, de gedaante van enig symbool, de afbeelding van een man of een vrouw,+ 17 de afbeelding van enig dier dat op de aarde is,+ de afbeelding van enig gevleugeld gevogelte dat aan de hemel vliegt,+ 18 de afbeelding van iets wat zich op de aardbodem beweegt, de afbeelding van enige vis+ die in de wateren onder de aarde is; 19 en dat gij uw ogen niet naar de hemel opslaat en inderdaad de zon en de maan en de sterren, heel het heerleger van de hemel, ziet en u werkelijk laat verleiden en u ervoor neerbuigt en ze dient,*+ die Jehovah, uw God, aan alle volken onder de ganse hemel heeft toebedeeld.+ (Deuteronomium 4:15-19)

 Wanneer ik uw hemel zie, het werk van uw vingers,+ De maan en de sterren die gij hebt bereid,Wat is dan de sterfelijke mens+ dat gij aan hem denkt,+ En de zoon van de aardse mens dat gij voor hem zorgt?+ Voorts hebt gij hem ook een weinig minder dan goddelijken* gemaakt,+En met heerlijkheid+ en pracht hebt gij hem toen gekroond.+ Gij doet hem heersen over de werken van uw handen;+Alles hebt gij onder zijn voeten gelegd:+ 7 Kleinvee* en runderen, die allemaal,+En ook de dieren van het open veld,+ 8 De vogels van de hemel en de vissen der zee,+Al wat langs de paden der zeeën trekt.+ 9 O Jehovah, onze Heer, hoe majestueus is uw naam op de ganse aarde!+ (Psalm 8:3-9)

19 Jehovah zelf heeft in wijsheid de aarde gegrondvest.+ Hij heeft de hemel stevig bevestigd met onderscheidingsvermogen.+ 20 Door zijn kennis werden zelfs de waterdiepten* vaneengespleten,+ en [uit] de wolkenhemel blijft lichte regen neerdruppelen.+ (Spreuken 3:19, 20)

In overeenstemming met de opvattingen van veel wetenschappers van nu geloofden de oude Hebreeën dat het heelal een begin had gehad. „In het begin schiep God de hemel en de aarde”, zegt Genesis 1:1. Bovendien onthulde God aan Job dat de aarde ’aan niets hangt’ of in de ruimte zweeft (Job 26:7). En meer dan 2500 jaar geleden schreef de profeet Jesaja dat de aarde rond of bolvormig is (Jesaja 40:22).*

 Hij spant het noorden uit over de lege ruimte,+ Hangt de aarde op aan niets; (Job 26:7)

22 Er is er Een die woont boven het rond der aarde+ — waarvan de bewoners als sprinkhanen zijn — Degene die de hemelen uitspant net als een fijn gaas, die ze uitspreidt als een tent om in te wonen,+ (Jesaja 40:22)

De Bijbel stemt dus inderdaad overeen met wetenschappelijke feiten. Sterker nog, de Bijbel en de wetenschap vullen elkaar schitterend aan. Als iemand een van beide zou negeren, zou hij daarmee een gelegenheid om meer over God te weten te komen, onbenut laten (Psalm 119:105; Jesaja 40:26).

105 Uw woord is een lamp voor mijn voet,*+ En een licht op mijn pad.+ (Psalm 119:105)

26 „Heft UW ogen naar omhoog en ziet. Wie heeft deze dingen geschapen?+ Het is Degene die het heerleger daarvan zelfs naar het getal uitleidt, ze alle zelfs bij name roept.+ Vanwege de overvloed van dynamische energie,*+ en omdat hij sterk is in kracht,* ontbreekt er niet één [aan]. (Jesaja 40:26)

De astronoom Allan Sandage zei ooit:

“De wetenschap kan niet de diepste vragen te beantwoorden. Zodra je vraagt ​​waarom is er iets in plaats van het niets, ben je verder gegaan dan de wetenschap. “

Niet alleen legt de Bijbel de creatie uit op een manier die harmonieert met de wetenschap, maar zij geeft ook antwoord op vragen die de wetenschap nog steeds niet heeft kunnen oplossen -zoals, Wat is Gods doel voor de aarde en voor de mensheid?

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Engelse versie / English version: Are Science and the Bible Compatible?

Vervolg: Wetenschap en religie zijn met elkaar te rijmen

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Aanvullende lectuur:

  1. Lijden, waarom God het toelaat
  2. In leven na dood gelovende Duitsers
  3. Geleerd en Gelovig
  4. Vaticaan publiceert procesakten van Galileo Galilei
  5. Wat is Gods doel met de aarde?
  6. We kunnen Gods doel niet zien

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  • Creation (illustrationstoencourage.wordpress.com)

    The Bible also describes six “days” of creation. However, it does not say that these were 24-hour days. (Genesis 1:31) In fact, the Bible uses the word “day” to refer to various lengths of time. For example, it calls the entire period of creation “the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven.” (Genesis 2:4) Evidently, these “days” of creation lasted many thousands of years.—Psalm 90:4.

    Why It Matters

     The false ideas of creationists could lead you to dismiss the Bible altogether. On the other hand, if the Bible actually contains a credible account of creation, you stand to benefit from its storehouse of “practical wisdom.”—Proverbs 3:21.
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    The astronomer Allan Sandage once said: “Science cannot answer the deepest questions. As soon as you ask why is there something instead of nothing, you have gone beyond science.” Not only does the Bible explain creation in a way that harmonizes with science but it also answers questions that science cannot—such as, What is God’s purpose for the earth and for mankind?

  • Grasshoppers (terehime.wordpress.com)
    Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand?Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?
  • Moving on (thembiministers.wordpress.com)
    we need to believe that disappointments do not mean death, but it could be God’s way of preparing us for greater things and to make us learn to draw closer to Him first before He can give us what we want.
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    God is the God of the impossible; He made manna to fall from heaven, remember that He is the God that never changes and He has no favourites trust him for a better career. Even if an opportunity seems lost, trust God for a new and a better one. Do not try and figure God out or try and predict His next step because even the things which are impossible for men, they are possible with God (Mark 10:27).
  • Bible containing scientific information (steppingtoes.wordpress.com)
    Unlike every other Ancient Near East cosmology, the Bible describes the universe in naturalistic terms. The sun, moon, and stars are inanimate objects rather than gods, the universe was not created from the recycled body parts of divine beings, and the universe operates according to fixed laws. Early Jewish and Christian commentators understood that nature is regular and orderly, since everything in nature takes place according to fixed laws which God has instituted, which never change.
  • Jehovah’s Witness Systematic Theology: Doctrine of Jehovah (trueforms.wordpress.com)
    In most cases, though, thoughts rather than specific words were miraculously conveyed to the hearts and minds of Bible writers, permitting them to choose their own words to express them. “The congregator sought to find the delightful words and the writing of correct words of truth,” states Ecclesiastes 12:10. The Gospel writer Luke “traced all things from the start with accuracy, to write them in logical order.” (Luke 1:3) God’s spirit ensured that human imperfection did not taint his message.”
    (The Watchtower 2012, They were Borne Along by the Holy Spirit, 25-29)
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    The Bible is Prophetic
    “The Bible contains numerous prophecies, many of which have already been fulfilled. Consider an example. Through the prophet Isaiah, who lived in the eighth century B.C.E., Jehovah foretold that the city of Babylon would be destroyed. (Isaiah 13:1914:22, 23) Details were given to show just how this would happen. Invading armies would dry up Babylon’s river and march into the city without a battle. That is not all. Isaiah’s prophecy even named the king who would conquer Babylon—Cyrus.—Isaiah 44:2745:2.