Song of Songs 2:3-4

Song of Songs 2:3-4

My apologies for the long absence, I took a long ‘hiatus’ and dabbled in a couple other projects and a couple of breaks.

Now I’m back and starting a new series, called Bible Study where I take some verses of the Bible and using a couple of techniques really open up the Word of God to offer some messages of encouragement to draw us near to Christ and His amazing love for us. 

This series includes some Jewish Roots as Yeshua/Jesus IS Jewish and the entire Old and New Testament is Jewish, with the exception of the book authors, such as Luke. Another technique I love to use is taking some of the words that pop out at me and finding the symbolism to open up the scripture and re-writing it with desire to know what is God’s heart and what He wants to reveal to me about this passage. 

God speaks to each of us in our own language and I pray you will learn to hear His voice and how He is revealing Himself in the text, drawing you closer to Him. If you looking for books on hearing His voice I would recommend you watch some of the episode of Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural” as he has invited many guests to talk about that very subject. So that whichever episode God is speaking to you through, by your interest and desire for their material, God can then use them to teach you to hear Him more clearly.

I’m currently reading from a book purchased on Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural” called A Prophetic Calendar: Feasts of Israel by Jill Shannon and reading the first chapter had this amazing verse to start it off: 

Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my lover

among the young men.

I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.

He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.

Song of Songs 2:3-4

Biblical Symbolism (in order):

Apple: spiritual fruit; apple of God’s Eye (Jews); God’s care; security of the believer [because we are loved by God.

Tree: individual person/church; covering; sanctuary; Jesus; a nation or denomination; * note the health or where the tree is planted.

Forest: Nations of the world or church.

Sitting: Power; Throne or [authority/God]; rulership; rest; position; mercy seat; Kingship of the Lord.

Shade/Shadow: covered by the LORD for safety; to be protected. [*Under His Wings…]

Sweet: reflection and meditation in the Word of God; Christians in service unto God; Word of God [bread/mannah]; fellowship with the spirit.

Banquet: having plenty and being well satisfied with needs [physicial and spritual]; abundance; joy and blessings church; service; worship; celebrating victory [in Christ]; not regarding the Lord by partying; choosing what you want as opposed to receiving what you need.

BIBLE VERSE EXPANDED

I like to interpret the scripture section from start to finish, like an Amplified Bible and/or Passion Translation using the symbolism highlighted above that digs deaper into His Word. As Proverbs  25:2 would say “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to search it out.” (Messianic Jewish Family Bible)

Like [God’s Chosen People, the Jews/ Bride of Christ] in the midst of the nations of the world, we are set apart. I delight to rest and rule over the Kingdom of darkness from a position of authority under the covering of the Lord, Who is my Protector. In His sweet presence He feeds me mannah from Heaven, a divine download of His Spirit, His Ways and revelations of being a beloved Child of God. He has taken me out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God where all my needs are cared for, because He cares for me. As a beloved child I have a life of abundant joy and blessings, where everything I touch is marked by His unmeritied favour, a life of grace. Touched by a love so passionate, every breath I breathe is a passionate service and act of worship to a most beloved King. Victory is a cry of the heart of a believer who knows they are loved, like the shofar that sounds as a signal praise unto God. Praising God is the sound of victory, the sound of one who is most beloved.

SHOFAR/SHOPHAR: “The shophar was to be blown on the Day of Atonement in the Jubilee Year to signal the release of slaves and debt [SALVATION]. It was also used as a trumpet of war as the Israelites were campaingning against their enemies. ~Mike Mitchell ” Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary.)

The use of the shadow is in parallel with being under God’s Wings and relates symbolically to the Jewish Prayer Shawl and how it is used in a Jewish Wedding. I would like to quote the Jewish use of the Chuppah from The Little Book of Jewish Celebrations by Ronald Tauber, illustrated by Yelena Bryksenkova. p.168-169:

THE CHUPPAH:

The wedding ceremony takes place under the chuppah, an often ornately decorated wedding canopy that is open on all four sides, symbolizing the open and welcoming home the bride and groom intend to build together. The groom enters the canopy first, and when the bride arrives, she circles the groom seven times, symbolizing their protection of one another; at some weddings, the room also circles the bride.

The religious compoenent of the ceremony then follows and is broken into two parts, which today occur sequentially at the weeding. The ceremony begins with the first part kiddushin (bethrothal, sometimes also called erusin). The rabbi leading the ceremony recites two blessings: the traditional blessing over wine and a blessing acknowledging that God is a partner in sanctifying the marriage; the second blessing ends with the phrase, “Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Kind of the universe, who sanctifies His people, Israel, by means of the wedding canopy and consecrated marriage.”

The room then takes a ring and places it on the bride’s forefinger on the right hand and recites the ancient prescription for marriage: “With this ring, you are wedded to me in accordance with the law of Moses and Israel.” In many modern wedding ceremonies, the bride also places a ring on the groom’s finger and recites: “With this ring I am wedded to you in accordance with the laws of Moses and Israel.”

The ketubah is then read in Aramaic and often summaraized in English as well. From a religious point of view, the couple is now legally married under Jewish law and the ceremony prodceeds to the second part, called the nissuin (marriage). Seven blessings celebrating the marriage are recited by the rabbi or by invited guests. The blessings focus on God’s creation of humanity and the union of man and woman. At the conclusion of the blessins, the couple drinks from a single cup of sine to seal their union.

Sheva Brachot: (Hebrew for Seven Blessings) During the week following the wedding, the bride and groom are feted at dinners and parties. A the Grace after Meals at these events, the same Seven Blessings that were recited under the canopy are reprised and the bride and groom again share a cup of wine. (Tauber)

*This book is written from the point of view of a Jew who does not believe or follow Yeshua/Jesus and because of the false teachings (ie rabbinical Judaism), it is important to always use the Word of God as a framework to check all ideology presented in books when learning about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith from those who have not given their lives to Christ.

The reason I wanted to reference a Jewish wedding is the Chuppah compenent where there is a covering over the Bride and Groom, which is symbolic of Christ and the Church. We are covered under His Wings and I am reminded of an elaboration of the Prayer Shawl in the glossary of William J. Morford’s The One New Man Bible: Revealing Jewish Roots & Power:

“One of the most beautiful scenes in Scripture involving the prayer shawl is Ruth 3:9. Ruth pulled the prayer shawl of Boaz over her when she lay at his feet. Most translations say she pulled his skirt over her, but the Hebrew says she pulled his wing over her. The wing alludes to the long established Hebrew tradition referring to the way a male bird opens his wings when he mates with his bride. The tradition in Jewish has been for a bridegroom to cover his bride with his prayer shawl at their wedding. This tradition evolved into the present hupah, which is a prayer shawl held up by four poles to cover the bride and groom for their wedding ceremony. When Ruth pulled the prayer shawl of Boaz over her, she in effect was saying “Let’s get married.” Boaz understood that by his immediate response, acknowledging is role as kinsmen redeemer.” (Morford)

In addition to how Ruth came under Boaz wings, this Jewish Boaz himself would greet the Gentile Ruth with a prophetic blessing, knowing not what was to happen: “Boaz replied and said to her, ‘All that you have done for your mother-in-law since your husband’s death has been fully reported to me-how you left your father and mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people you did not know before. May Adonai repay you for what you have done, and may you be fully rewarded by Adonai, God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.’ 

As I hope you know, not only was Ruth and Boaz in the Messianic lineage, but they were also representative of how Christ is our kisnmen redeemer and their whole story is a parallel of Christ and the Church. It is a blessing but still in standing with Yeshua/Jesus’s promis in John 14:13-14 “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” So low and behold Boaz blesses the Moabite woman, Ruth, in the name of Adonai, the God of Israel, and He became her Provider … by providing her a kinsmen redeemer and husband.

So let me take a moment to bless you, in the name of Adonai, the God of Israel, that you may know Him personally as your Provider. May He cover you with His Wings and find shelter and rest in His sweet loving presence. May you know and be so moved by the love of God that you cannot contain the fire. May you be so deeply rooted in His unquenchable love for you that you cannot be moved by any storm you face. May your love for God burn so strong that you are purified and refined as fine gold, for you are precious in His sight.

Other similar stories include the prophet Hosea’s marriage to the scandalous prostitute and the redemption story symbolic of Christ redemption on the cross for the nation of Israel. Each of these stories illustrate God’s mercy and ultimately the overwhelming power of His love to redeem those He loves. “…but love covers up all transgressions.“Psalsms 10:12

I am including a list of verses that illustrate how we are under His wings: 

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem who kills the prophets and stone those sent to her! How often I longed to gather you children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but but you were not willing!  Matthew 23:37

As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young,  He spreads His wings, catches him, lifts him up on His pinions.   Deuteronomy 32:11

Protect me like the pupil of the eye. Hide me in the shadow of Your wings,  Psalms 17:8

How precious is Your love, O God! The children of men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings.  Psalms 36:7

Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, for in You my soul takes refuge. In the shadows of Your wings I take refuge until destruction passes by. Psalms 57:1

Let me dwell in Your tent forever. Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.  Psalms 61:4

For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.  Psalms 63:7

He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge. His faithfulness is body armour and shield. Psalms 91:4

In times when we study His Word, God would like to draw us close and in His sweet presence reveal to us personally, in our own language, the truth of His Word. He wants to activate what you have studied and empower your spirit man with His love which is woven throughout the pages of the Bible. That is was revelation is. It is not anything we do to obtain because we need some kind of spiritual progress. It is the love of a Father teaching us the Ways of His Kingdom to His children. As Jesus taught the disciples: “But Yeshua said, ” Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Messianic Jewish Family Bible)

REFERENCES:

Brand, Chad, Charles Draper, and Archie England. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Nashville, TN: Holman Bible, 2003. Print.

Morford, William J. The One New Man Bible: Revealing Jewish Roots & Power. Travelers Rest: True Potential, 2011. Print.

Tauber, Ronald. The Little Book of Jewish Celebrations. San Francisco: Chronicle LLC, 2014. Print.

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Handi Mandi TV – Art with Make-Up 2: Glimpse of Glory (Time Lapse)

Dust off your old make-up and create some art!

This is the second art with make-up and this time with blue and green colours. I’m also using my power eye-shadows with water on water colour paper like watercolour, allowing for transparency.
This piece is inspired by how we sometimes feel that all the problems of our lives are making us feel like we’re drowning. If you notice there is a cross of light, which represents Christ Jesus. He is our Saviour if we choose to accept the freedom from sin and a life of pain and guilt and be reborn as a new creature. We can then walk in God’s love and live by his grace, overcoming the worlds temptations to live free and in constant joy.
If you have any requests, questions, comments, etc. please feel free to shout out in the comments below. I would love to hear from you all.

Links:
Art with Make-Up – Time Lapse (previous week)

101 Scientific Facts & Foreknowledge of the Bible

I was perusing the web and found this list about the 101 scientific facts and foreknowledge found within the bible, one of the most long-lived scriptural texts and the best selling book for many years; It was the inspiration for my final collection for my graduating year in fashion design.

God is amazing, all that he has created and everything he has done has been designed for his plan for each and everyone one of us. We live now in a world of sins: violence, hatred, lust, etc and there are those who have denounced their creator for science, because it explains the world they live in and they cannot be satisfied by what God has told them. Unbelievers living in a world determined by research by their fellow man, all of whom are human and fallible as we often justify our mistakes: “That’s what makes us human.” Little do they know or care to read the scientific facts and foreknowledge found in the bible that would quench their thirst for proof of his design and his message. After all, the bible isn’t just a life manual on how to live, but details of his creations explained: gravity, the world being a sphere, volcanoes on the bottom of oceans,  the laws of thermodynamics, television and even nuclear fission. These were revealed to God’s people of Israel and Christians alike, years to decades and even on were centuries and millennia before they were ‘discovered by man’. Read them below and be amazed, because there could be more within the bible we have now yet found that could revolutionize the way ‘scientific research’ is developed:

1.
The earth free-floats in space
(Job 26:7), affected only by gravity. While other sources declared the earth sat on the back of an elephant or turtle, or was held up by Atlas, the Bible alone states what we now know to be true – “He hangs the earth on nothing.”

2.
Creation is made of particles, indiscernible to our eyes
(Hebrews 11:3). Not until the 19th century was it discovered that all visible matter consists of invisible elements.

3.
The Bible specifies the perfect dimensions for a stable water vessel
(Genesis 6:15). Ship builders today are well aware that the ideal dimension for ship stability is a length six times that of the width. Keep in mind, God told Noah the ideal dimensions for the ark 4,500 years ago.

4.
When dealing with disease, clothes and body should be washed under
running water(Leviticus 15:13). For centuries people naively washed in standing water. Today we recognize the need to wash away germs with fresh water.

5.
Sanitation industry birthed
(Deuteronomy 23:12-13). Some 3,500 years ago God commanded His people to have a place outside the camp where they could relieve themselves. They were to each carry a shovel so that they could dig a hole (latrine) and cover their waste. Up until World War I, more soldiers died from disease than war because they did not isolate human waste.

6.
Oceans contain springs
(Job 38:16). The ocean is very deep. Almost all the ocean floor is in total darkness and the pressure there is enormous. It would have been impossible for Job to have explored the “springs of the sea.” Until recently, it was thought that oceans were fed only by rivers and rain. Yet in the 1970s, with the help of deep diving research submarines that were constructed to withstand 6,000 pounds-per-square-inch pressure, oceanographers discovered springs on the ocean floors!

7.
There are mountains on the bottom of the ocean floor
(Jonah 2:5-6). Only in the last century have we discovered that there are towering mountains and deep trenches in the depths of the sea.

8.
Joy and gladness understood
(Acts 14:17). Evolution cannot explain emotions. Matter and energy do not feel. Scripture explains that God places gladness in our hearts (Psalm 4:7), and ultimate joy is found only in our Creator’s presence – “in Your presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11).

9.
Blood is the source of life and health
(Leviticus 17:11; 14). Up until 120 years ago, sick people were “bled” and many died as a result (e.g. George Washington). Today we know that healthy blood is necessary to bring life-giving nutrients to every cell in the body. God declared that “the life of the flesh is in the blood” long before science understood its function.

10.
The Bible states that God created life according to
kinds(Genesis 1:24). The fact that God distinguishes kinds, agrees with what scientists observe – namely that there are horizontal genetic boundaries beyond which life cannot vary. Life produces after its own kind. Dogs produce dogs, cats produce cats, roses produce roses. Never have we witnessed one kind changing into another kind as evolution supposes. There are truly natural limits to biological change.
Noble behavior understood
(John 15:13; Romans 5:7-8). The Bible and history reveal that countless people have endangered or even sacrificed their lives for another. This reality is completely at odds with Darwin’s theory of the survival of the fittest.

12.
Chicken or egg dilemma solved
(Genesis 1:20-22). Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This question has plagued philosophers for centuries. The Bible states that God created birds with the ability to reproduce after their kind. Therefore the chicken was created first with the ability to make eggs! Yet, evolution has no solution for this dilemma.

13.
Which came first, proteins or DNA
(Revelation 4:11)? For evolutionists, the chicken or egg dilemma goes even deeper. Chickens consist of proteins. The code for each protein is contained in the DNA/RNA system. However, proteins are required in order to manufacture DNA. So which came first: proteins or DNA? The ONLY explanation is that they were created together.

14.
Our bodies are made from the dust of the ground
(Genesis 2:7; 3:19). Scientists have discovered that the human body is comprised of some 28 base and trace elements – all of which are found in the earth.

15.
The First Law of Thermodynamics established
(Genesis 2:1-2). The First Law states that the total quantity of energy and matter in the universe is a constant. One form of energy or matter may be converted into another, but the total quantity always remains the same. Therefore the creation is finished, exactly as God said way back in Genesis.

16.
The first three verses of Genesis accurately express all known aspects of the creation
(Genesis 1:1-3). Science expresses the universe in terms of: time, space, matter, and energy. In Genesis chapter one we read: “In the beginning (time) God created the heavens (space) and the earth (matter)…Then God said, “Let there be light (energy).” No other creation account agrees with the observable evidence.

17.
The universe had a beginning
(Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 1:10-12). Starting with the studies of Albert Einstein in the early 1900s and continuing today, science has confirmed the biblical view that the universe had a beginning. When the Bible was written most people believed the universe was eternal. Science has proven them wrong, but the Bible correct.

18.
The earth is a sphere
(Isaiah 40:22). At a time when many thought the earth was flat, the Bible told us that the earth is spherical.

19.
Scripture assumes a revolving (spherical) earth
(Luke 17:34-36). Jesus said that at His return some would be asleep at night while others would be working at day time activities in the field. This is a clear indication of a revolving earth, with day and night occurring simultaneously.

20.
Origin of the rainbow explained
(Genesis 9:13-16). Prior to the Flood there was a different environment on the earth (Genesis 2:5-6). After the Flood, God set His rainbow “in the cloud” as a sign that He would never again judge the earth by water. Meteorologists now understand that a rainbow is formed when the sun shines through water droplets – which act as a prism – separating white light into its color spectrum.

21.
Light can be divided
(Job 38:24). Sir Isaac Newton studied light and discovered that white light is made of seven colors, which can be “parted” and then recombined. Science confirmed this four centuries ago – God declared this four millennia ago!

22.
Ocean currents anticipated
(Psalm 8:8). Three thousand years ago the Bible described the “paths of the seas.” In the 19th century Matthew Maury – the father of oceanography – after reading Psalm 8, researched and discovered ocean currents that follow specific paths through the seas! Utilizing Maury’s data, marine navigators have since reduced by many days the time required to traverse the seas.

23.
Sexual promiscuity is dangerous to your health
(1 Corinthians 6:18; Romans 1:27). The Bible warns that “he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body,” and that those who commit homosexual sin would “receive in themselves” the penalty of their error. Much data now confirms that any sexual relationship outside of holy matrimony is unsafe.

24.
Reproduction explained
(Genesis 1:27-28; 2:24; Mark 10:6-8). While evolution has no mechanism to explain how male and female reproductive organs evolved at the same time, the Bible says that from the beginning God made them male and female in order to propagate the human race and animal kinds.

25.
Incalculable number of stars
(Jeremiah 33:22). At a time when less than 5,000 stars were visible to the human eye, God stated that the stars of heaven were innumerable. Not until the 17th century did Galileo glimpse the immensity of our universe with his new telescope. Today, astronomers estimate that there are ten thousand billion trillion stars – that’s a 1 followed by 25 zeros! Yet, as the Bible states, scientists admit this number may be woefully inadequate.

26.
The number of stars, though vast, are finite
(Isaiah 40:26). Although man is unable to calculate the exact number of stars, we now know their number is finite. Of course God knew this all along – “He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name” (Psalm 147:4). What an awesome God!

27.
The Bible compares the number of stars with the number of grains of sand on the seashore
(Genesis 22:17; Hebrews 11:12). Amazingly, gross estimates of the number of sand grains are comparable to the estimated number of stars in the universe.

28.
Rejecting the Creator results in moral depravity
(Romans 1:20-32). The Bible warns that when mankind rejects the overwhelming evidence for a Creator, lawlessness will result. Since the theory of evolution has swept the globe, abortion, pornography, genocide, etc., have all risen sharply.

29.
The fact that God once flooded the earth (the Noahic Flood) would be denied
(2 Peter 3:5-6). There is a mass of fossil evidence to prove this fact, yet it is flatly ignored by most of the scientific world because it was God’s judgment on man’s wickedness.

30.
Vast fossil deposits anticipated
(Genesis 7). When plants and animals die they decompose rapidly. Yet billions of life forms around the globe have been preserved as fossils. Geologists now know that fossils only form if there is rapid deposition of life buried away from scavengers and bacteria. This agrees exactly with what the Bible says occurred during the global Flood.

31.
The continents were created as one large land mass
(Genesis 1:9-10). Many geologists agree there is strong evidence that the earth was originally one super continent – just as the Bible said way back in Genesis.

32.
Continental drift inferred
(Genesis 7:11). Today the study of the ocean floor indicates that the landmasses have been ripped apart. Scripture states that during the global Flood the “fountains of the great deep were broken up.” This cataclysmic event apparently resulted in the continental plates breaking and shifting.

33.
Ice Age inferred
(Job 38:29-30). Prior to the global Flood the earth was apparently subtropical. However shortly after the Flood, the Bible mentions ice often – “By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen” (Job 37:10). Evidently the Ice Age occurred in the centuries following the Flood.

34.
Life begins at fertilization
(Jeremiah 1:5). God declares that He knew us before we were born. The biblical penalty for murdering an unborn child was death (Exodus 21:22-23). Today, it is an irrefutable biological fact that the fertilized egg is truly an entire human being. Nothing will be added to the first cell except nutrition and oxygen.

35.
God fashions and knits us together in the womb
(Job 10:8-12; 31:15). Science was ignorant concerning embryonic development until recently. Yet many centuries ago, the Bible accurately described God making us an “intricate unity” in the womb.

36.
DNA anticipated
(Psalm 139:13-16). During the 1950s, Watson and Crick discovered the genetic blueprint for life. Three thousand years ago the Bible seems to reference this written digital code in Psalm 139 – “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect [unformed]; and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

37.
God has created all mankind from one blood
(Acts 17:26; Genesis 5). Today researchers have discovered that we have all descended from one gene pool. For example, a 1995 study of a section of Y chromosomes from 38 men from different ethnic groups around the world was consistent with the biblical teaching that we all come from one man (Adam)

38.
Origin of the major language groups explained
(Genesis 11). After the rebellion at Babel, God scattered the people by confounding the one language into many languages. Evolution teaches that we all evolved from a common ancestor, yet offers no mechanism to explain the origin of the thousands of diverse languages in existence today.

39.
Origin of the different “races” explained
(Genesis 11). As Noah’s descendants migrated around the world after Babel, each language group developed distinct features based on environment and genetic variation. Those with a genetic makeup suitable to their new environment survived to reproduce. Over time, certain traits (such as dark skin color for those closer to the equator) dominated. Genesis alone offers a reasonable answer to the origin of the races and languages.

40.
God has given us the leaves of the trees as medicine
(Ezekiel 47:12; Revelation 22:2). Ancient cultures utilized many herbal remedies. Today, modern medicine has rediscovered what the Bible has said all along – there are healing compounds found in plants.

41.
Healthy dietary laws
(Leviticus 11:9-12). Scripture states that we should avoid those sea creatures which do not have fins or scales. We now know that bottom-feeders (those with no scales or fins) tend to consume waste and are likely to carry disease.

42.
The Bible warns against eating birds of prey
(Leviticus 11:13-19). Scientists now recognize that those birds which eat carrion (putrefying flesh), often spread disease.

43.
Avoid swine
(Deuteronomy 14:8). Not so long ago, science learned that eating undercooked pork causes an infection of parasites called trichinosis. Now consider this: the Bible forbid the eating of swine more than 3,000 years before we learned how to cook pork safely.

44.
Radical environmentalism foreseen
(Romans 1:25). Two thousand years ago, God’s Word stated that many would worship and serve creation rather than the Creator. Today, nature is revered as “Mother” and naturalism is enshrined.

45.
Black holes and dark matter anticipated
(Matthew 25:30; Jude 1:13; Isaiah 50:3). Cosmologists now speculate that over 98% of the known universe is comprised of dark matter, with dark energy and black holes. A black hole’s gravitational field is so strong that nothing, not even light, escapes. Beyond the expanding universe there is no measured radiation and therefore only outer darkness exists. These theories paint a seemingly accurate description of what the Bible calls “outer darkness” or “the blackness of darkness forever.”

46.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics (Entropy) explained
(Psalm 102:25-26). This law states that everything in the universe is running down, deteriorating, constantly becoming less and less orderly. Entropy (disorder) entered when mankind rebelled against God – resulting in the curse (Genesis 3:17; Romans 8:20-22). Historically most people believed the universe was unchangeable. Yet modern science verifies that the universe is “grow(ing) old like a garment” (Hebrews 1:11). Evolution directly contradicts this law.

47.
Cain’s wife discovered
(Genesis 5:4). Skeptics point out that Cain had no one to marry – therefore the Bible must be false. However, the Bible states plainly that Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters. Cain married his sister.

48.
Incest laws established
(Leviticus 18:6). To marry near of kin in the ancient world was common. Yet, beginning about 1500 B.C., God forbid this practice. The reason is simple – the genetic mutations (resulting from the curse) had a cumulative effect. Though Cain could safely marry his sister because the genetic pool was still relatively pure at that time, by Moses’ day the genetic errors had swelled. Today, geneticists confirm that the risk of passing on a genetic abnormality to your child is much greater if you marry a close relative because relatives are more likely to carry the same defective gene. If they procreate, their offspring are more apt to have this defect expressed.

49.
Genetic mixing of different seeds forbidden
(Leviticus 19:19; Deuteronomy 22:9). The Bible warns against mixing seeds – as this will result in an inferior or dangerous crop. There is now growing evidence that unnatural, genetically engineered crops may be harmful.

50.
Hydrological cycle described
(Ecclesiastes 1:7; Jeremiah 10:13; Amos 9:6). Four thousand years ago the Bible declared that God “draws up drops of water, which distill as rain from the mist, which the clouds drop down and pour abundantly on man” (Job 36:27-28). The ancients observed mighty rivers flowing into the ocean, but they could not conceive why the sea level never rose. Though they observed rainfall, they had only quaint theories as to its origin. Meteorologists now understand that the hydrological cycle consists of evaporation, atmospheric transportation, distillation, and precipitation.

51.
The sun goes in a circuit
(Psalm 19:6). Some scientists scoffed at this verse thinking that it taught geocentricity – the theory that the sun revolves around the earth. They insisted the sun was stationary. However, we now know that the sun is traveling through space at approximately 600,000 miles per hour. It is literally moving through space in a huge circuit – just as the Bible stated 3,000 years ago!

52.
Circumcision on the eighth day is ideal
(Genesis 17:12; Leviticus 12:3; Luke 1:59). Medical science has discovered that the blood clotting chemical prothrombin peaks in a newborn on the eighth day. This is therefore the safest day to circumcise a baby. How did Moses know?!

53.
God has given us just the right amount of water to sustain life
(Isaiah 40:12). We now recognize that if there was significantly more or less water, the earth would not support life as we know it.

54.
The earth was designed for biological life
(Isaiah 45:18). Scientists have discovered that the most fundamental characteristics of our earth and cosmos are so finely tuned that if just one of them were even slightly different, life as we know it couldn’t exist. This is called the Anthropic Principle and it agrees with the Bible which states that God formed the earth to be inhabited.

55.
The universe is expanding
(Job 9:8; Isaiah 42:5; Jeremiah 51:15; Zechariah 12:1). Repeatedly God declares that He stretches out the heavens. During the early 20th century, most scientists (including Einstein) believed the universe was static. Others believed it should have collapsed due to gravity. Then in 1929, astronomer Edwin Hubble showed that distant galaxies were receding from the earth, and the further away they were, the faster they were moving. This discovery revolutionized the field of astronomy. Eisntein admitted his mistake, and today most astronomers agree with what the Creator told us millennia ago – the universe is expanding!

56.
Law of Biogenesis explained
(Genesis 1). Scientists observe that life only comes from existing life. This law has never been violated under observation or experimentation (as evolution imagines). Therefore life, God’s life, created all life.

57.
Animal and plant extinction explained
(Jeremiah 12:4; Hosea 4:3). According to evolution, occasionally we should witness a new kind springing into existence. Yet, this has never been observed. On the contrary, as Scripture explains, since the curse on all creation, we observe death and extinction (Romans 8:20-22).

58.
Light travels in a path
(Job 38:19). Light is said to have a “way” [Hebrew: derek, literally a traveled path or road]. Until the 17th century it was believed that light was transmitted instantaneously. We now know that light is a form of energy that travels at ~186,000 miles per second in a straight line. Indeed, there is a “way” of light.

59.
Air has weight
(Job 28:25). It was once thought that air was weightless. Yet 4,000 years ago Job declared that God established “a weight for the wind.” In recent years, meteorologists have calculated that the average thunderstorm holds thousands of tons of rain. To carry this load, air must have mass.

60.
Jet stream anticipated
(Ecclesiastes 1:6). At a time when it was thought that winds blew straight, the Bible declares “The wind goes toward the south, and turns around to the north; The wind whirls about continually, and comes again on its circuit.” King Solomon wrote this 3,000 years ago. Now consider this: it was not until World War II that airmen discovered the jet stream circuit.

61.
Medical quarantine instituted
(Leviticus 13:45-46; Numbers 5:1-4). Long before man understood the principles of quarantine, God commanded the Israelites to isolate those with a contagious disease until cured.

62.
Each star is unique
(1 Corinthians 15:41). Centuries before the advent of the telescope, the Bible declared what only God and the angels knew – each star varies in size and intensity!

63.
The Bible says that light can be sent, and then manifest itself in speech
(Job 38:35). We now know that radio waves and light waves are two forms of the same thing – electromagnetic waves. Therefore, radio waves are a form of light. Today, using radio transmitters, we can send “lightnings” which indeed speak when they arrive.

64.
Laughter promotes physical healing
(Proverbs 17:22). Recent studies confirm what King Solomon was inspired to write 3,000 years ago, “A merry heart does good, like medicine.” For instance, laughter reduces levels of certain stress hormones. This brings balance to the immune system, which helps your body fight off disease.

65.
Intense sorrow or stress is harmful to your health
(Proverbs 18:14; Mark 14:34). Researchers have studied individuals with no prior medical problems who showed symptoms of stress cardiomyopathy including chest pain, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, and even heart failure – following a stressful incident.

66.
Microorganisms anticipated
(Exodus 22:31). The Bible warns “Whatever dies naturally or is torn by beasts he shall not eat, to defile himself with it: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 22:8). Today we understand that a decaying carcass is full of disease causing germs.

67.
The Bible cautions against consuming fat
(Leviticus 7:23). Only in recent decades has the medical community determined that fat clogs arteries and contributes to heart disease.

68.
Do not consume blood
(Leviticus 17:12). A common ritual in many religions in the ancient world was to drink blood. However, the Creator repeatedly told His people to abstain from blood (Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 3:17; Acts 15:20; 21:25). Of course, modern science reveals that consuming raw blood is dangerous.

69.
The Bible describes dinosaurs
(Job 40:15-24). In 1842, Sir Richard Owen coined the word dinosaur, meaning “terrible lizard,” after discovering large reptilian-like fossils. However in the Book of Job, written 4,000 years earlier, God describes the behemoth as: the largest of all land creatures, plant eating (herbivore), with great strength in its hips and legs, powerful stomach muscles, a tail like a cedar tree, and bones like bars of iron. This is an accurate description of sauropods – the largest known dinosaur family.

70.
Pleasure explained
(Psalm 36:8). Evolution cannot explain pleasure – even the most complex chemicals do not experience bliss. However, the Bible states that God “gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17). Pleasure is a gift from God.

71.
Life is more than matter and energy
(Genesis 2:7; Job 12:7-10). We know that if a creature is denied air it dies. Even though its body may be perfectly intact, and air and energy are reintroduced to spark life, the body remains dead. Scripture agrees with the observable evidence when it states that only God can give the breath of life. Life cannot be explained by raw materials, time, and chance alone – as evolutionists would lead us to believe.

72.
Origin of music explained
(Psalm 40:3). Evolution cannot explain the origin of music. The Bible says that every good gift comes from God (James 1:17). This includes joyful melodies. God has given both man and angels the gift of music-making (Genesis 4:21; Ezekiel 28:13). Singing is intended to express rejoicing in and worship of the Lord (Job 38:7; Psalm 95:1-2).

73.
Our ancestors were not primitive
(Genesis 4:20-22; Job 8:8-10; 12:12). Archeologists have discovered that our ancestors mined, had metallurgical factories, created air-conditioned buildings, designed musical instruments, studied the stars, and much more. This evidence directly contradicts the theory of evolution, but agrees completely with God’s Word.

74.
Cavemen described in the Bible
(Job 30:1-8). Four thousand years ago, Job describes certain “vile men” who were driven from society to forage “among the bushes” for survival and who “live in the clefts of the valleys, (and) in caves of the earth and the rocks.” Therefore “cavemen” were simply outcasts and vagabounds – not our primitive ancestors as evolutionists speculate.

75.
Environmental devastation of the planet foreseen
(Revelation 11:18). Though evolution imagines that things should be getting better, the Bible foresaw what is really occurring today: pollution, destruction and corrupt dominion.

76.
The seed of a plant contains its life
(Genesis 1:11; 29). As stated in the Book of Genesis, we now recognize that inside the humble seed is life itself. Within the seed is a tiny factory of amazing complexity. No scientist can build a synthetic seed and no seed is simple!

77.
A seed must die to produce new life
(1 Corinthians 15:36-38). Jesus said, “unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” (John 12:24). In this verse is remarkable confirmation of two of the fundamental concepts in biology: 1) Cells arise only from existing cells. 2) A grain must die to produce more grain. The fallen seed is surrounded by supporting cells from the old body. These supporting cells “give their lives” to provide nourishment to the inner kernel. Once planted, this inner kernel germinates resulting in much grain.

78.
The order of creation agrees with true science
(Genesis 1). Plants require sunlight, water, and minerals in order to survive. In the first chapter of Genesis we read that God created light first (v.3), then water (v. 6), then soil (v. 9), and then He created plant life (v. 11).

79.
God created “lights” in the heavens “for signs and seasons, and for days and years”
(Genesis 1:14-16). We now know that a year is the time required for the earth to travel once around the sun. The seasons are caused by the changing position of the earth in relation to the sun. The moon’s phases follow one another in clock-like precision – constituting the lunar calendar Evolution teaches that the cosmos evolved by random chance, yet the Bible agrees with the observable evidence.

80.
The Bible speaks of “heaven and the highest heavens”
(Deuteronomy 10:14). Long before the Hubble Space Telescope, Scripture spoke of the “heaven of heavens” and the “third heaven” (1 Kings 8:27; 2 Corinthians 12:2). We now know that the heavens consist of our immediate atmosphere and the vast reaches of outer space – as well as God’s wonderful abode.

81.
Olive oil and wine useful on wounds
(Luke 10:34). Jesus told of a Samaritan man, who when he came upon a wounded traveler, he bandaged him – pouring upon his wounds olive oil and wine. Today we know that wine contains ethyl alcohol and traces of methyl alcohol. Both are good disinfectants. Olive oil is also a good disinfectant, as well as a skin moisturizer, protector, and soothing lotion. This is common knowledge to us today. However, did you know that during the Middle Ages and right up till the early 20th century, millions died because they did not know to treat and protect open wounds?

82.
Man is “fearfully and wonderfully made”
(Psalm 139:14). We are only beginning to probe the complexity of the DNA molecule, the eye, the brain, and all the intricate components of life. No human invention compares to the marvelous wonders of God’s creation.

83.
Beauty understood
(Genesis 1:31; 2:9; Job 40:10; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Matthew 6:28-30). Beauty surrounds us: radiant sunsets, majestic mountains, brightly colored flowers, glowing gems, soothing foliage, brilliantly adorned birds, etc. Beauty is a mystery to the evolutionist. However, Scripture reveals that God creates beautiful things for our benefit and His glory.

84.
Strong and weak nuclear force explained
(Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3). Physicists do not understand what binds the atom’s nucleus together. Yet, the Bible states that “all things consist” – or are held together by the Creator – Jesus Christ.

85.
Atomic fission anticipated
(2 Peter 3:10-12). Scripture states that “the elements will melt with fervent heat” when the earth and the heavens are “dissolved” by fire. Today we understand that if the elements of the atom are loosed, there would be an enormous release of heat and energy (radiation).

86.
The Pleiades and Orion star clusters described
(Job 38:31). The Pleiades star cluster is gravitationally bound, while the Orion star cluster is loose and disintegrating because the gravity of the cluster is not enough to bind the group together. 4,000 years ago God asked Job, “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion?” Yet, it is only recently that we realized that the Pleiades is gravitationally bound, but Orion’s stars are flying apart.

87.
Safe drinking water
(Leviticus 11:33-36). God forbade drinking from vessels or stagnant water that had been contaminated by coming into contact with a dead animal. It is only in the last 100 years that medical science has learned that contaminated water can cause typhoid and cholera.

88.
Pest control
(Leviticus 25:1-24). Farmers are plagued today with insects. Yet God gave a sure-fire remedy to control pests centuries ago. Moses commanded Israel to set aside one year in seven when no crops were raised. Insects winter in the stalks of last year’s harvest, hatch in the spring, and are perpetuated by laying eggs in the new crop. If the crop is denied one year in seven, the pests have nothing to subsist upon, and are thereby controlled.

89.
Soil conservation
(Leviticus 23:22). Not only was the land to lay fallow every seventh year, but God also instructed farmers to leave the gleanings when reaping their fields, and not to reap the corners (sides) of their fields. This served several purposes: 1) Vital soil minerals would be maintained. 2) The hedge row would limit wind erosion. 3) The poor could eat the gleanings. Today, approximately four billion metric tons of soil are lost from U.S. crop lands each year. Much of this soil depletion could be avoided if God’s commands were followed.

90.
Animal instincts understood
(Job 39; Proverbs 30:24-28; Jeremiah 8:7). A newly hatched spider weaves an intricate web without being taught. A recently emerged butterfly somehow knows to navigate a 2,500-mile migration route without a guide. God explains that He has endowed each creature with specific knowledge. Scripture, not evolution, explains animal instincts.

91.
Animals do not have a conscience
(Psalm 32:9). A parrot can be taught to swear and blaspheme, yet never feel conviction. Many animals steal, but they do not experience guilt. If man evolved from animals, where did our conscience come from? The Bible explains that man alone was created as a moral being in God’s image.

92.
Pseudo-science anticipated
(1 Timothy 6:20). The theory of evolution contradicts the observable evidence. The Bible warned us in advance that there would be those who would profess: “profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge (science).” True science agrees with the Creator’s Word.

93.
Science confirms the Bible
(Colossians 2:3). These insights place the Bible far above every manmade theory and all other so-called inspired books. In contrast, the Koran states that the sun sets in a muddy pond (Surah 18:86). The Hadith contains many myths. The Book of Mormon declares that Native Americans descended from Jews – which has been disproven by DNA research. The Eastern writings also contradict true science.

94.
Human conscience understood
(Romans 2:14-15). The Bible reveals that God has impressed His moral law onto every human heart. Con means with and science means knowledge. We know it is wrong to murder, lie, steal, etc. Only the Bible explains that each human has a God-given knowledge of right and wrong.

95.
Love explained
(Matthew 22:37-40; 1 John 4:7-12). Evolution cannot explain love. Yet, God’s Word reveals that the very purpose of our existence is to know and love God and our fellow man. God is love, and we were created in His image to reflect His love.

96.
The real you is spirit
(Numbers 16:22; Zechariah 12:1). Personality is non-physical. For example, after a heart transplant the recipient does not receive the donor’s character. An amputee is not half the person he was before loosing his limbs. Our eternal nature is spirit, heart, soul, mind. The Bible tells us that “man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

97.
The cause of suffering revealed
(Genesis 3; Isaiah 24:5-6). The earth is subject to misery, which appears at odds with our wonderfully designed universe. However, the Bible, not evolution, explains the origin of suffering. When mankind rebelled against God, the curse resulted – introducing affliction, pain and death into the world.

98.
Death explained
(Romans 6:23). All eventually die. The Bible alone explains why we die – “The soul who sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20). Sin is transgression of God’s Law. To see if you will die, please review God’s Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). Have you ever lied? (White lies and fibs count.) Ever stolen? (Cheating on a test or taxes is stealing.) Jesus said that “whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). Have you ever looked with lust? Then you’re an adulterer at heart. Have you ever hated someone or called someone a fool? If so, the Bible says you are guilty of murder (Matthew 5:21-22; 1 John 3:15). Have you ever used your Creator’s name (Lord, God, Jesus, or Christ) in vain? This is called blasphemy – and God hates it. If you have broken these commandments at any time, then by your own admission, you are a blasphemer, a murderer, an adulterer, a thief, and a liar at heart. And we have only looked at five of the Ten Commandments. This is why we die.

99.
Justice understood
(Acts 17:30-31). Our God-given conscience reveals that all sin will be judged. Down deep we know that He who created the eyes sees every secret sin (Romans 2:16). He who formed our mind remembers our past offense as if it just occurred. God has declared that the penalty for sin is death. Physical death comes first, then the second death – which is eternal separation from God in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). God cannot lie. Every sin will be judged. His justice demands it. But God is also rich in mercy to all who call upon His name. He has made a way for justice to be served and mercy to be shown.

100.
Eternal life revealed
(John 3:16). Scientists search in vain for the cure for aging and death. Yet, the good news is that God, who is the source of all life, has made a way to freely forgive us so that we may live forever with Him in heaven. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God desires a loving, eternal relationship with each person – free from sin, fear, and pain. Therefore, He sent His Son to die as our substitute on the cross. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Jesus never sinned, therefore He alone qualified to pay the penalty for our sins on the cross. He died in our place. He then rose from the grave defeating death. All who turn from their sins and trust Him will be saved. To repent and place your trust in Jesus Christ, make Psalm 51 your prayer. Then read your Bible daily, obeying what you read. God will never let you down.

101.
The solution to suffering
(Revelation 21). Neither evolution nor religion offers a solution to suffering. But God offers heaven as a gift to all who trust in His Son. In heaven, “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

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The Bible is inspired by the Creator. Therefore it is no surprise that life’s ultimate questions are answered within its pages. The Bible reveals the purpose of our existence. Scripture alone explains where our conscience came from. And no other source explains the root cause of death. Seeing that all die, wouldn’t it be wise to search for the remedy in the only book that proves it was inspired by God? The Bible offers the only remedy for sin, suffering, and death. God’s Word presents the only perfect, sinless Savior – one who died for our sins and rose from the dead. Jesus is the Creator (John 1; Colossians 1). He said “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). And He promises His followers: “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish” (John 10:28). Your eternal destiny will be determined by your choice. There is only one provision for sin. Jesus died in your place. Only by faith in Christ’s finished work will you be saved. This is God’s free gift offered to all. Please do not let pride, religion, opinions, or love for sin separate you from God. No sin is worth an eternity in hell. Please heed Jesus’ words – “Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). If you do, you will live in heaven with our awesome Creator forever!

Re-examine what you know from the world and what you have now learned from the Bible, which do you believe more: man or God? What questions do you have about what you just read? Do you have skepticism or have you been inspired to learn more? If  you are interested, feel free to visit the original content (101 Scientific Facts & Foreknowledge) for links to related articles

Ceremony of Adulthood

Nothing says you’re grown up than a big fat certificate or diploma that says you’re graduating college. Today is my lucky day, it marks the beginning of my potential and the realization of dreams to unfold into reality. I have invited my mother, her boyfriend, my grandmother and my best friend as my guests to share this special moment. Life won’t be the same after this and I hope it empowers me to take a firmer grip on my future that has slipped me by this past summer.

I’m hoping to get posters put up for work for students within the college, with any luck I’ll be busy for the next while. There is a lot of potential in having a business catered to helping students stand out of the crowd in the eyes of employers. The economic state of recession that hit my first year and has created difficulty finding co-operative education placements these past years were difficult enough, not to mention the limited positions available for hiring. A subject I’ve already discussed in Job Hunting Dilemma. If I feel intimidated and slightly unprepared, then I’m sure other students do as well, which is the perfect opportunity to help. If I team up with the Career Services center at Fanshawe and do my research, I feel confident it can be a success and more opportunities can open, God willing.

I will leave all that business to Friday, today it solely on enjoying my passionate success in pursuing my dreams and sharing this moment with those who supported me.

Job Hunting Dilemma

Since finishing my classes at the end of May I have been searching high and low for fashion/costume/illustration related jobs. Here’s the dilemma, four things are limiting the entry-level positions available for aspiring creative designers to start in the industry:

  1. Freelance or Internships without pay in large cities where the cost of living is your arm, your leg and your first born child!
  2. Retail, Retail, Retail. I understand that one should start in this position to understand the customer before they move up the ladder to a position that will influence the products those customers will be purchasing in the future. That does NOT mean I will work in a store that barely gets any customers in the first place for commission work which will only create friction and frustration with co-workers.
  3. “Senior”, “Director”, “Manager” and/or “Executive” are in the job position titles, making it abundantly clear those with leadership qualifications and experience need apply. Dare I ask if dealing with dozens of children at a Summer Bible Camp count as being able to deal with difficult people?! (lol)
  4. X amount of years of experience required. I will be graduating with a Diploma in a month or so and my college experience has taught me above and beyond what any retail position will ever teach you in a decade. The confusing matter is whether I should fudge the truth and count some of those years as experience so I can feel confident to apply for those positions or respectfully understand it is in fact only education and limit the pool of possibilities. Frustrating!

I’ve recently come across more potential job postings, but one has to search high and low for any. There are several very well known and established job posting websites one can browse: LinkedIn, your government’s federal, provincial or municipal website, Workopolis, Monster, etc. That does NOT mean however that whomever has available jobs will post them on those public job sites. More often than not, the company in question will post it on their personal website under jobs or careers. Therein lies the problem: how does one know what to look for or ‘google’ in order to find these companies to search their sites for jobs.

My mother just walked in and made some phenomenal suggestions: Since Halloween and Christmas is coming, what about window painting? Or painting murals on brick outdoors for certain clubs, restaurants, etc.

When it boils down, it’s almost like you have to start your own business to make anything of yourself and your own talents, which would count towards experience with the jobs under #4. Another difficulty with that is knowing what is in demand in the area despite the present economic state. A problem that has always frustrated me, but perhaps can be resolved with networking and conversations with friends, family and friendly strangers.

I can only pray that God will guide and help me achieve the future he has planned for me.

State of Delusion

You’ve all met at least one person in your lifetime that has an odd belief or superstition. It could be the more well known: the practice of voodoo, ghost hunting, or astrology; Then there are the more bizarre mindsets or beliefs. The kinds that make you tilt your head to one side like a dog, and it takes every fiber of your being not to laugh in the other person’s face or call them obscenities and throw insults.

As a Christian myself, I’ve heard a few far-fetched religious interpretations that would leave you puzzled and perplexed:

  • A restaurant has demonic lighting (when in fact, a person simply doesn’t like to eat there anymore, so they makes up an excuse)
  • A customer comes into a store and asks the cashier to punch in the bar-codes on their each and every item instead of swiping and scanning them into the computer; Believing that not doing so would violate their God-given right to privacy, as they believe was revealed in the Bible. Supporting this theory, they pay only in cash and refuse to use any kind of card (bank, credit or membership) [Having taken computer programming in high school I can tell you: it doesn’t matter whether the bar-code number is typed into the keypad or scanned with the red lights, the data is still entered into the computer. The product name, the size or weight, price and a check off on the digital inventory computes with every entry. Now if they wore a disguise to hide themselves from the camera and either kept their receipts in a secure underground bunker or destroyed them after income taxes, then they wouldn’t have to worry about people knowing what they purchased! Furthermore, the Bible never said any such thing and my mother confirmed this, having read the entire thing from cover to cover!]
  • “Close your curtain at night, or the Devil will get you!” a teacher told me as a child.
  • Wearing all black to a christening, making the sign of the cross, kneeling before statues of Jesus, the Mother Mary, Joseph, and other saints, etc.

Superstitions over unlucky or lucky numbers, often to the point that everything they do evolves around those sets of numbers in their daily lives. The list continues:  not stepping under ladders, breaking a mirror, throwing salt over your shoulder, making a wish on a shooting star, etc.

I’m sure there are numerous more to be heard, and it’s those very beliefs, superstitions and mindsets that you should use in your writing. Think about it – if it’s going to get that effect out of you, arguing with the other person(s) and getting you upset over it for hours, then that will happen to your reader(s). The worst you can do is write a stupidity that even the reader cannot understand, but if done correctly you’ll get him to react. That’s the key – when you have one of your characters whose mindset is so demanding of the reader’s need to correct them, they’ll be sucked into the story and want to see if one of your other characters will do it for them . . . all the way until the end of your book.

Creation Stories: Stargate vs. Historical Myths, Legends & Folktales

Comparative Essay
Mandi Lavoie
Professor Melissa Dunphy
HUMA-3003-01 Myth, Folktale, and Fairy Tale
November 30th, 2009

Mythology, legends, folklore and faerie tales have become universally known and the basis for many a story throughout history thereafter. Such is the case in the franchise known as Stargate, which started out as a film and then branched out into 3 television series, video games, conventions, more films and much more. The creation stories of numerous cultures share similarities with the creation story developed for Stargate as it refers to the Ancients or Lanteans creating or spawning the human race, the Goa’uld coming to earth to take human hosts and fighting among each other as they have taken on the forms of different Gods, making them appear more belligerent than benevolent, and seeding humans among the stars and the different creation myths, because such as it is, the stories must be creatively interpreted with the understanding of metaphors, as how they have been written and told may not have respected the facts of historical events but rather the little education the primitive humans at the time could understand them, and both the rebellion of humans on Earth against the invading Goa’uld as well as the creation of the Jaffa or in many a myth the creation of monsters and vast armies to do the Gods bidding. Thus the beginning of the Stargate’s earliest association to Earth is through the arrival of the Ancients . . .
There are numerous similarities in many cross-cultural creation myths that can be compared to the creation story of Stargate as it refers to the Ancients who predate us many billions of years ago. In the creation story from Native Australians and Dreamtime, they mention creatures self created out of nothing called the Ungambikula, “Wandering the world, they found half-made human beings. They were made of animals and plants, but were shapeless bundles, lying higgledy-piggledy, near where water holes and salt lakes could be created. The people were all doubled over into balls, vague and unfinished, without limbs or features. With their great stone knives, the Ungambikula carved heads, bodies, legs, and arms out of the bundles. They made the faces, and the hands and feet. At last the human beings were finished.” (Uranus, 2006) As it relates to the Stargate creation story, the Ancients who came from their home galaxy and made our Earth their home several billion years ago, Terra Atlantus, but then left for the Pegasus Galaxy in order to avoid a plague. It could be said that those Ancients who were left behind seeded the beginning of the Human race, as they seeded the Pegasus Galaxy when they arrived and found it without human life. As they were doing so, they came across a planet with an insect called the Iratus bug which when combined with human DNA created a species called the Wraith which then began feeding on other humans and with whom they fought a long and hard war, the Ancients then lost the war at their last stand, they were forced to retreat back to Earth, where in they found the humans of Earth ‘unformed’ and very primitive. Which relates back to the Australian creation story but understanding that the act of carving humans out was in fact educating them as the were very unsophisticated; Ancients and their vast knowledge of the universe and advanced science spread among the humans of Earth, teaching them new advancements and spreading the stories of the city of Atlantis, the ship which carried them to the Pegasus Galaxy which they left behind, submerged under hundreds of miles under water. Advancements so early in our history, such as those that can be found in Ancient Egypt like the development and understanding of fractions as depicted in the eye of Horus could have bee given to us by the Ancients who returned to Earth.

Creation myths, such as that from the African tribe Fans in Bantu also mentions ascension or life after death through the spirit as it leaves the body as it mentions the creation of man and woman: “Nzame made a new man, one who would know death, and called him Sekume. Sekume fashioned a woman, Mbongwe, from a tree. These people were made with both Gnoul (body) and Nissim (soul). Nissim gives life to Gnoul. When Gnoul dies, Nissim lives on” (Uranus as attained by The Mining Company, 2006). Presently, many religions believe that when the body dies, the spirit leaves and lives on, sometimes it is reincarnated, ascends or descends to it’s religious equivalent of heaven or hell or stays behind as ghosts if it has unfinished business here on Earth before it can move on. As it relates to Stargate those Ancients who did return were still trying to avoid the plague which had followed them and their efforts were put into the prospective chance of Ascension, which is to ascend to a higher plain of existence wherein the body turns into pure energy leaving behind the ties to a physical body. Some managed to attain the ‘enlightenment’ required and ascended, while others died off while still living among the humans who remained unaffected. The creation myth of Ainu also shows this: “Kamui sent Aioina, the divine man, down from heaven to teach the Ainu how to hunt and to cook. When Aioina returned to heaven after living among the people and teaching them many things . . .” (Uranus, 2006). In the Ainu creation myth as it relates to Stargate could be representative of the Ancients who, in all their vast knowledge, wisdom and experience, were sent from the ‘Gods’ to teach them the basics of their knowledge as some form of advancement from their state in which they were found upon the Ancients return. The Ancients, who were responsible for seeding us on our home-world they also called home for a time, left to avoid a plague that threatened them as they journeyed to the Pegasus Galaxy only to return after loosing a war with the Wraith, which they inherently seeded as they seeded the empty galaxy, and taught the humans they found the basic knowledge to their advancements. Thus the similarities of creation stories to that of Stargate do no end with the involvement in humanity’s future by the Ancients, but also by the Goa’uld.
The Goa’uld are sentient parasites who forcibly possess humans, formerly after Unas another species couldn’t suit their needs. They learned how to operate the Stargate and then stole Ancient technology to serve their own means as they built their own empires. It was Ra, who set forth to discover a means of saving his species, by finding Earth and taking possession of a young boy to be his host. There is no literal similarities of the parasitic Goa’uld ever taking on a host, perhaps because the humans were too primitive at the time to understand what was happening. What’s more is that when Ra found new hosts that would save his ‘people’ or species whom he informed, despite being governed by a theocratic autocracy which was factional and constantly in chaos with inner disputes, turf wars and old grudges, they banded together as they took the names of Gods from many a human myths from around the world, using their technology to take on their shapes to give their divine appearances and started ‘harvesting’ slaves to return to their own individual empires to do their bidding. There is no definite and obvious ‘evidence’ to support this, but with some creative interpretation of some creation myths it could elaborate a more creative story of how some animals married or changed into human, then married and had children with some human women, which directly relates to the Goa’uld appearing in half animal and half human forms as a means to control their human slaves through illusions of ‘magic and power’ as they were revered at the time. In the Lakota creation myth, after the great flood had killed everyone except one small girl, whom the big-spotted eagle: Wanblee Galaeshka, saved by bringing her to his tree which stood high above the water on a pointed smooth mountaintop, “Wanblee kept that beautiful girl with him and made her his wife. There was a closer connection then between people and animals, so he could do it. The eagle’s wife became pregnant and bore him twins, a boy and a girl.” (Lame Deer, 2003). The other story of an animal being made into a human comes from the Chinese creation myth, when Pan Gu, the spotted dog brought King Goa Xin his rival, King Fang’s head, in return for marrying his daughter, but the promise to do so was belated by the fact that he was a dog: “To his surprise Pan Gu began to speak. “Don’t worry, my King. Just cover me with your golden bell and in seven days and seven nights I’ll become a man.” The King did as he said, but on the sixth day, fearing he would starve to death, out of solicitude the princess peeped under the bell. Pan Gu’s body had already changed into that of a man, but his head was still that of a dog. However, once the bell was raised, the magic change stopped, and he had to remain a man with a dog’s head. He married the princess, but she didn’t want to be seen with such a man so they moved to the earth and settled in the remote mountains of south China. There they lived happily and had four children, three boys and a girl, who became the ancestors of mankind.” (Uranus, 2006). Thus using the form of divine animals allowed them to reign as Gods in many cultures, which in turn combined with their factional and chaotic inhibitions would explain the wars and the truly cruel nature of some Gods among each other and on the humans they expected to worship and serve them. Despite the paramount reasons for Ra’s search for new hosts, the Goa’uld were by nature a chaotic and antagonistic race who held themselves on such high vainglorious pedestals that they took the humans they needed as hosts and slaves and returned to their native empires, thus seeding the humans of Earth among the stars.
Despite “the majority of the Goa’uld [being] one-dimensionally genocidal, monomaniacal, and in some cases (such as Cronus, and, to a lesser extent, Ra) apparently barely self-aware (living out the patterns of their behavior as they existed thousands of years ago), there were a few exceptions. Apophis at times showed an unusual amount of insight, lucidity, and tenacity for a Goa’uld, escaping from Sokar’s imprisonment, and to a small extent, rebuilding his forces. Heru’ur was seen on the battlefield with his Jaffa as an active general, risking his own life alongside them rather than hiding behind them (as Ra in particular had done). Ba’al was also able to survive the demise of the rest of the System Lords (even up until the very end of the series) through being infinitely more flexible and adaptable than any of the others had been, even at times allying with SG-1 when he felt the situation warranted it” (WarGrowlmon18, 2009)

All of these traits come into account as it is compared to the early creation stories as well as myths as the Goa’uld took the forms of Gods from many different cultures: Egyptian, Greek, Phoenician, Chinese, Mayan, Japanese, Celtic, Norse, Hindu, Irish, Babylonian, Hebrew and Arabic (WarGrowlmon18, 2009). The wars between Gods, which would be the reason why a majority of them are more belligerent than benevolent because they were in fact Goa’ulds, can be found in many myths, even many creation myths themselves start the world as we know it in violence as jealousy and murder allow other Gods to spread parts of those destroyed. In the Aztec creation myth, the Mother of Creation, Coatlique gave birth to the moon and the stars, but when she got pregnant again with the God of Fire they were angered, because “a goddess could only give birth once, to the original litter of divinity and no more. During the time that they were plotting her demise, Coatlique gave birth to the fiery god of war, Huitzilopochtli. With the help of a fire serpent, he destroyed his brothers and sister, murdering them in a rage. He beheaded Coyolxauhqui and threw her body into a deep gorge in a mountain, where it lies dismembered forever. The natural cosmos of the Indians was born of catastrophe. The heavens literally crumbled to pieces. The earth mother fell and was fertilized, while her children were torn apart by fratricide and then scattered and disjointed throughout the universe. ” (Uranus, 2006). This shows not only the natural nature of violence the Goa’uld live by, in most cases they can’t help it while others don’t care to change, with the exception of the Tok’ra who believe in a more peaceful co-existence with willing hosts, and the act of spreading Huitzilopochtli killing his brothers and sisters were killed and scattered throughout the universe like the humans whose divine was adopted by a Goa’uld who then to them to their respective empires.

The same act of divine battles among the Gods but also the spreading of seed can be said of the Norse/Scandinavian creation myth where Ymir, the giant frost giant who gave birth to many giants and many gods met his own demise: “Odin and his brothers hated the brutal frost giant Ymir, and they slew him. So much blood flowed from the slaughtered giant that it drowned all the frost giants save Bergelmir and his wife, who escaped in a boat made from a hollowed tree trunk. From Ymir’s flesh, Odin and his brothers made the earth, and from his shattered bones and teeth, they made the rocks and stones. From Ymir’s blood, they made the rivers and lakes, and they circled the earth with an ocean of blood.” (Uranus, 2006) Ra, after taking a new host, sent word back to his brothers and sisters to come and ‘harvest’ the humans for more hosts and slaves for their empires as they took on the roles and forms of their Gods to control them and gain their ‘devotion’. The similarity of the act of spreading the humans, seeds, things or persons in pieces across some form of plain can be found in several creation myths. Some refer this this ‘spreading of seed’ as the means in which the Earth and all things within and without was created, while others refer more specifically to the spreading among the stars and universe. However Ra and his fellow Goa’uld managed to keep up the illusion of being Gods on Earth, when they left Ra had to deal with a rebellion while his brothers genetically altered those humans they took with them to secure their lively-hood.
The evidence of the knowledge of shared ancestry is shared by all Jaffa whose own ancient history has a legend of these events as they were told by Teal’c, a Jaffa, in the second episode of the first season of SG-1: “[Teal’c:] There is a tale of a primitive world the Goa’uld discovered millenia ago. The Tau’ri. The First World where forms of this type first evolved. It is said the Goa’uld harvested among the primitives, some became Goa’uld hosts, others became Jaffa, the rest were taken as slaves and seeded among the stars to serve them. But that world has been lost for centuries. [Kennedy:] Teal’c, beings of this form evolved here on Earth. [Teal’c:] This world . . .? [O’Neill:] Is the world you’re talking about Teal’c . Ra came here. If our ancestors hadn’t rebelled and buried the Stargate . . . [Teal’c:] You would not have become strong enough to challenge them. [Kennedy:] Then the galaxy is populated by the ancient people of Earth. [Hammond:] There could be millions by now.” (Moll-Landry). When O’Neill mentions the rebellion against Ra, which forced him to leave and create stricter rules against education that was still limited at the time has evidence found in an African myth by the Efik of Nigeria who tell of a God who did not want his ‘worshipers’ or humans to become independent and remain under his constant supervision and control: “The creator, Abassi, created two humans and then decided to not allow them to live on earth. His wife, Atai, persuaded him to let them do so. In order to control the humans, Abassi insisted that they eat all their meals with him, thereby keeping them from growing or hunting food. He also forbade them to procreate. Soon, though, the woman began growing food in the earth, and they stopped showing up to eat with Abassi. Then the man joined his wife in the fields, and before long there were children also. Abassi blamed his wife for the way things had turned out, but she told him she would handle it. She sent to earth death and discord to keep the people in their place.” (Uranus as attained by The Mining Company, 2006) It could be said that Abassi is another name for Ra, perhaps the translation of his name in the language to Nigerian or mis-communicated, like the telephone game where the original message changes as it is passed from one person to the next that it is completely different. Another myth from the Mik’Maq, if interpreted in the context of metaphors and symbolism, that the human, Glooscap, when he was ‘created’ could not move until he asked his creator to allow him to, which could metaphorically represent the harsh restrictions in which the Goa’uld controlled humans or even still when Ra was forced to leave after humans rebelled: “Gisoolg unleashed another bolt of lightening which gave life to Glooscap but yet he could not move. He was stuck to the ground only to watch the world go by and Nisgam travel across the sky everyday. Glooscap watched the animals, the birds and the plants grow and pass around him. He asked Nisgam to give him freedom to move about the Mik’Maq world.” (Uranus, 2006). The Goa’uld even transformed some of these humans into a separate race called the Jaffa, who were genetically altered to carry the larvae form of the Goa’uld and with their strength and increased regenerative powers from the larvae they carried they became the armies each ‘God’ had under his own domain, to defend and conquer as they saw fit. Evidence can be found in tales such as the Babylonian creation myth where Apsu and Tiamat are the ‘parents’ of the Babylonian gods, whose children ended up misbehaving and causing such chaos that Apsu decided to destroy them, only he was killed by one of his children who found out. “Meanwhile Tiamat is enraged at the murder of her husband Apsu, and vows revenge. She creates eleven monsters to help her carry out her vengeance. Tiamat takes a new husband, Kingu, in place of the slain Apsu and puts him in charge of her newly assembled army.” (Dennis Bratcher, 2006) So not only did the Goa’ulds as they took on the roles and forms of numerous cross-cultural Gods and in their inability to coexist peacefully among each other, thus taking their share of the new found humans as hosts and slaves to their respective realms, they also altered some of these abducted humans to serve as living incubators for their larvae form and as soldiers for their armies.
Several creation myths from around the world and many different cultures share a remarkable similarity with the creation story of Stargate, a few understandably interpreted creatively with the understanding of metaphors and symbolism because the originals may not have been historically accurate if the humans at the time of the events were primitive and uneducated to be able to properly document them. The creation story of Stargate starts with the arrival of the Ancients, our ancestors, several billion millions of years ago as they called our Earth Terra Atlantus. They remained until they were threatened by a plague only to return several thousand, possibly another couple million years later after loosing a war in the Pegasus Galaxy, wherein they found the humans of Earth and began to teach them basic knowledge to help them in their advancements and also spreading the tale of their sunken city and former home Atlantis. The creation myths which show evidence of near god-like or divine beings coming down from the heavens to share with them their knowledge include Native Australian Dreamtime and African Tribe Fans in Bantu, meanwhile other cultures and their respective creation myths from the latter Fans and the Ainu. The parasitic Goa’uld in their antagonistic and quarrelsome ways came thereafter to Earth when Ra went out to search for new hosts and found Earth. Calling forth his brotheren, they took the forms of Gods and divine creatures, who were often times depicted more so as belligerent than benevolent no doubt because of the Goa’uld natural inhibitions to act in to other way, such is the reason they took those they needed and retreated to their own realms. There is confirmation that the Goa’uld took divine forms in the Chinese and Lokota creation myths, but none that they took hosts, which could understandably be because the humans in such ancient times were to primitive and uneducated to understand what was really taking place. Meanwhile the excessive amount of mayhem and upheavals were evident in several creation myths, such as Aztec and Norse/Scandinavian, but could equally be found in others not mentioned like Greek/Roman, other Norse Myths, etc. The Aztec and Norse Scandinavian creation myths also show similarities or evidence that the Goa’uld took humans to many planets in this galaxy as they are often depicted metaphorically with the murder or another God whose parts are in some spread in the creation of Earth and others spread among the stars or universe. Because the Goa’uld were so vain in the actual belief they were the Gods of the humans of Earth they often controlled humans to prevent them from gaining Independence and rebellion, such verification is found in the creation myths of the African tribe Efik of Nigeria and Mik’Maq because Ra, who remained after his brethren had left with ‘their share’ had to deal with the human rebellion, forcing him to leave and never to return because they buried the Stargate. The Stargate franchise’s own creation story has found many similarities to many different cultural creation myths, as it is a story that derives many inspirations from them and other ancient myths and it is not the only modern retelling, creative interpretation of the ancient myths that have rooted themselves so deep in our culture, despite numerous cultural differences, but will continue to inspire future tails because of their commonalities as it relates to the basics of human nature.

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