THE SILENCES OF GOD
This paper is not
about the unanswered prayer which every child of God experiences
‹ a kind of private silence. It is about the public
silences of God ‹ that silence marked by the total absence
of any manifest public display of his power. And we ask,
Why? Why has there been for so long an absence of miraculous
deliverances, sudden judgments, raising of the dead ‹ of
'signs and wonders'?
THE NECESSITY OF THE FOUR GOSPELS:
CONTRADICTION AS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF REVELATION
To get a complete picture of reality, it is sometimes necessary to perceive reality in different ways. Even in Science the statement of truth may demand the use of contradictory terms as when light is described as both material and non-material. There is a difference between knowing that facts and perceiving the truth. This is interestingly illustrated here, making it well worth reading even if not troubled by the apparent contradictions in Scripture. It seems likely that, with our minds constituted as they are, contradiction will always be essential to the perception of truth. This "harmony" of contradiction is superbly demonstrated in the four Gospels: in John's Gospel we are clearly in the presence of One who, having been set forth as King (by Matthew) and as Servant (by Mark) and as Perfect Man (by Luke), is now set forth as God Himself.
SOME STRIKING FULFILLMENTS OF PROPHECY
It is remarkably difficult to prophecy, or foretell, the future, or to know the difference between foresight and genuine 'forthelling'. Here are two long-range detailed prophecies whose fulfillments are unquestionable, demonstrating that God does communicate via this means. Some prophecies worth exploring in this light are given.
In reading Genesis, at what point can we say we are entering a period of non-history? Here is a survey of less commonly reports from Archaeology which provide confirmatory evidence pointing to the historicity of accounts in Genesis, even back to Adam.
A NEGLECTED SUBJECT
As a traveller pores over a map, so a historian pores over a genealogy. Unlike ancient maps, many ancient genealogy are quite precies, often giving brief historical notes. Here they are explored as a guide to lines of relationship, on they light they shed on the world's sppiritual history, its social customs and value systems. on mythology, and their bearing on chronology ‹ demonstrating that some apparently dry and uninspiring portions are food for the soul and stimulation for the mind.
Another translation? This brief one takes into consideration some grammatical points in the Hebrew language. To respect these literary devices in translation is to discover new meaning in the intention of the origina writer. This paper reflects the author's understanding of this Creation Week.
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