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To Calibrating Myths, Machining Dreams and
THE FIT OF THE PIT
So have the nations calibrated their myths, making of man a model, of this world a harbour for enemy shipping seizing the land for themselves, ignoring God, or worse, reconstructing their Maker as if in some beauty parlour, for face-lifts, leg-waxings, or often, half-leg waxing as they mix it up, synthesise with the minds made for them, the mind which made them, in an inordinate contrivance of pride and folly for which the current world scene is increasingly a fitting parody of their pomp, and disclosure of their pretensions.
With great precision, they seek to occupy space, despite the divine apportionment otherwise (cf. Psalm 115:16); to occupy the DNA not merely for therapy where in some thousands of years (TMR Ch. 7, Section E), they have suffered amidst the curse and the slather of sin, but for reconstruction of who knows what bionic modeling, or with what results, proud, uplifted, unconcerned; to occupy themselves with immoral fiddlings, unproductive self-indulgences, saying to Nothing, YOU are our mother, or to the created and controlled Nature, now almost obsessively, YOU have brought us forth, though it is neither seen, nor found to be operative (cf. TMR Chs. 1, 8, Wake Up World … Chs. 4, 5, 6, Stepping Out for Christ Chs. 2, 7, 10, A Spiritual Potpourri Chs. 1-9, SMR pp. 140ff., Chs. 1-2)*1.
Its machines its dreams, till in writhing fragments, they lick the dust, not merely in the hackneyed sense (derived incidentally from the Bible, Micah 7:17), but with venom, as if to find in it the ground of their hopes, in the very midst of their desolations. All things are to be controlled, if not by mentally invasive drugs, since psych-therapy (cf. SMR Ch. 4) has fared but ill, having lost in most cases the very ground for the removal of guilt and the presentation of the joy for which life is made, then by politically correctness, with morals made in hell, or fashioned from philosophies, the very pride of irrationality and the very stuff of fraud (cf. SMR Ch. 3). When man makes a fool of himself, he does not make a fool of God, who has both predicted and shown the end of these follies.
In England, they have a number of rather quaint buildings called follies, which were erected by some original, or historical force, and now appear so strange, as if a power that moved were not fully sensible of the greater scope of things. So it is with man, his follies, his architectures for the soul of man, his forcible implementations of the same, his dreamy dealings and his mechanised exploitations of the same, his picturesque imaginings and his ground out implementations, leave the field of history with decaying relics, the testimony of the sad decline of the race. It imagines it rises; it succeeds in falling. It plans bright future, it produces disasters. It gets more power; it ruins more with it.
The mere contrivances excite wonder, and doubtless the cry, as predicted, will be to worship the beast which made the image before which they prostrate themselves. In Russia and in China already, the one past, the other passing, this is not merely de rigueur, but a requisition of political force, with secret police, or sometimes as in Tiananmen, not so secret, ensuring the proper prostration. It is Rome with its ‘divine’ but incredible seeming Emperors, requiring worship. The spirit has not changed. The result is not to be different.
From such unromantic romancing, man needs deliverance. Preoccupied often with his methods of implementing what is nugatory, nubilous and evanescent, niggardly with liberty but lavish in nebulosity, man marches like lemmings to the sea, without seeming to consider that he is not there equipped to swim.
The waters he needs are within, those of the Spirit of God (John 4:14,7:37), available not through meditation on yourself or your world, but a faith in the Creator, an adoption of His never failing testimony to man, for He has not left Himself without a witness, so that being adopted as a child of God, through HIS plan of salvation, as starkly obvious as is the sin of man, in Jesus Christ, the singular sinless exhibit and exemplar in human form of deity Himself, man might cease autonomy, and find peace (Isaiah 57:17-20, Ephesians 2:14-21).
WHAT is so remarkable about an autonomy, in any case, so puny, so impotent, mere dreams with machines to change them, but not himself!
The Gentiles may find His peace direct, without the preparations of the symbolisms of the Temple, without the animal sacrifices, for the Jew has presented in the Bible and in the Lord Himself, what is needed. The Jew may find it in the same way, having served so well in so much, only to be deprived at the end, through failure in that date-predicted glorious moment of truth, when Christ as the TRUTH demonstrated Himself not only to be what was predicted, but what could, would and did meet any test.
Dreams can be sweet, or nightmares. It is better not to live by them. Machines can be useful, for implementing sound understanding. It is better not to abide by their sanctions. Man is gifted with much ability; it is better not to deify it. Deity came as man, not to uplift the mind of man to insane pretensions, before he dies, each one, in his place; but to lift up the heart and life of man, for that eternity which is in his heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11), but which being lost, is the very indictment of his soul. Man needs to be found, not impounded by philosophy, imprisoned by politics, or captured by his captivation with biology.
When he has lost his fatal fascination for himself, then he can look for the Lord. As it is written (Isaiah 45:9-10)”,
Ø “Woe unto him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What are you making ? or shall handiwork say, He has no hands? Woe unto him who says to his father, What are you begetting? or to the woman, What have you brought forth?”
Yet the answer is indelibly clear, as in Isaiah 45:21-26:
Ø “Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
Ø “Look to me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That to me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Ø “Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.”
Israel or Gentile, there is no other God for that person, no other way, no other salvation. WE are engineered. The concept of engineering our own lives with dreams that dally with folly as a sister, with weakness as a rock, of even calibrating our myths, and making of our nothings, the cause of all, is so common that it is like dirt, taken as the ground. To rest on a groundless ground however, is to be arrested into falling. That particular pit, it has no bottom.
See also Bulletins: 1, 2, 13, 15, 27, 34, 39, 53, 57, 59, 64, 66, 71, 82, 83, 84, 93, 99, 105, 106, 111, 118, 121.
Those marked in red relate not least to areas of recent empirical research
in the last few years, as detailed in
the works (in order) of Emeritus Cornell Professor J.C. Sanford and Harvard Ph.D., Dr Nathaniel Jeanson.
The specialised cover is found over the years in the compilation of volumes:
The gods of naturalism have no go.
As there shown, it
has always been obvious (as in Romans 1:17ff.) that nothing cannot
produce anything, and can be assigned no being or potential, present, past or
future, without simple self-contradiction. This applies whether in absolute
terms, as for a start, or in nibbling little ones. This in what might fairly be
called the magic naturalistic model, meaning that works requiring an informed
wisdom and operative skill in a composite situation far beyond man's abilities,
as successive findings continually remind us from the study of DNA, happen to
"arise" - that term of student ignorance. They in effect come causeless from the
tomb of mere imagination and are somehow with unbounded prowess wonderfully
given to exist.
Nothing however is not a good tutor, engineer or ontologist. It is not a good anything or anything at all for that matter.
Survive ? It can help, once you are there; but loss of failure of some works does not provide works of genius in others. Failure does not produce success automatically or in any other way. You need a cause (cf. SMR Ch. 5). For all things, you need what it takes. Magic ignores this, and schools are not a proper place to impart its ways.
The idea behind the naturalistic model has been ludicrous from the first, in a special realm of irrationalism, thus verifying Romans 1 prodigiously.