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SPACE DOES NOT MAKE
FOR SPACIOUS TIMES
OF SPACE, WHERE VOID;
AND PLACE, WHERE VITAL
Dr Hawking of
Seeing (quite correctly) the terminus aspect of this earth for man (that is one right), he considers the use of space as an option to be pursued. Man, says he, will have to learn to live in it.
Man however has not even learned to live with himself. Space will not alter the times for man, except to create absurd extra expenses for an earth increasingly impoverished, incalculable risks because it is not designed for man, and inveterate disasters since
"the heavens, even the heavens are the LORD's:
But the earth He has given to the children of men" - Psalm 115:16.
God, unlike the popular conception, is He who made mind and speech (cf. Psalm 94:8ff., and see for detail, Repent or Perish Ch. 7), and for that matter the earth (see That Magnificent Rock Chs. 1, 8, A Spiritual Potpourri Chs. 1-9 and Wake Up World! Your Creator is Coming ... Chs. 4 -6, and Stepping Out for Christ Chs 2, 7-10); and He has a mind of His own.
Justice is His (Psalm 89:14), and in the earth which He made, He has laid down some conditions of employment, and results of misemployment or deadly misdeployment.
These have been thoroughly tested by man, and the results have been found precise (cf. SMR Ch. 8, Joyful Jottings Chs. 5, 14), as have His declarations of intent in the gracious purging for sin and the punitive results of its chronic continuance (cf. Joyful Jottings Chs. 21-22, 25, News, Facts and Forecasts, 114, 115, 116, Scoop of the Universe 51, Barbs, Arrows and Balms, Generation of the Dispossessed). His method of deployment has also been indicated, for man's bodily base (op.cit. Ch. 16), science now limping to the limpidity of the Lord.
He is unimpressed with robbery, as one often reads, social, political or financial (cf. Isaiah 1, Jeremiah 5, 7, Isaiah 36-37). Robbing Him of the earth is not a divinely acceptable procedure. Re-writing His specific apportionments, whether these be moral, spatial or racial, is not a defensible proposition. The acme of the revolt is seen prophetically in Psalm 2, which covers both the assault on the Son of God and the judgments to follow in His return (as in Acts 1:7, Zechariah 14:5, Acts 3:19-21, II Thessalonians 1-2). He laughs. It is ridiculous; this is the showing in Psalm 2. The bodily resurrection of Christ (see Index) is merely a start.
His patience is the source of what any man in this province, may show. It can cover millenia; and it has done so. It is all proportioned by the God who made the order susceptible to mathematics, and the man exhibitive of it in his DNA 1000 or so (estimated) books of data and orders therein. Its purpose is not only exemplary, and indeed expressive of the fact that He IS patient; it is also now directed to the deliverance of the doctrine of redemption, the gospel of grace, the Saviour Christ as the only LORD since He IS Lord (Philippians 2, Matthew 24:14), to the entire world. Men have facilitated its export. It moves. The time is nearing for His return as attested on many fronts (cf. Answers to Questions Ch. 5, SMR Ch. 8).
The desire to inhabit that most unordered for man, that most undesignated sphere for his deployment, indeed that specifically OTHERWISE allocated arena of majesty, SPACE, is so untimely as to be uproarious in the biblical sense. It is precisely as in Psalm 2: Let us cast their bonds asunder ... The Lord shall LAUGH.
This is just one of the cords of continuity, indeed of continuance. There is a complex creation man, with a provision for essential unity and simplicity of thought by the brilliance of that design, that trilogy provision for mind, matter and spirit in magnificent assemblage. There is a place for him to be, earth. There is a way for him to live, by the Lord, his Creator, dealing with sin by salvation according to Christ's Gospel. The morals and the salvation have been junked on the whole, not at all by God, but by man; the sphere of life has been polluted, and is so increasingly, often with what by natural processes might be thousands of years of misplaced junk energies of radioactive kinds, arriving when matter is cut into with the various techniques of disruption of nuclei.
Now the very place is being
looked at askance. Look, says one, at leaving the earth!
OTHER PLACES, SAME RACES
However put man as he is, anywhere else,
However put man as he is, anywhere else and, without the wonderful series of eminently impressive processes and procedures for his comfort and safety, as divinely arranged on this earth, but with the normal disruption of man's heart, his normal misuse of his fellows and of power to project himself or his designs, or to grab, as for example Palestine from Israel, though it was promised, a divine mandate, yet now in dissonance with the divine decree, is similarly proposed for grabbing, indeed even some of
Space is a space too vulnerable for man; he cannot even make a go of it on earth. He is gone with the rustling of the wind, killed outright by the contempt for one another of his heart (Matthew , I John 4:8ff., -15), sailing into buildings or harbours, according to the century. He acts in sin and hates the sinners, though less often himself. He judges his neighbour and does worse himself. He specialises in removing splinters from eyes, while wacking his neighbour over the head with the plank, all unseen to him, which issues from his own invaded eye, and then may blame his neighbour for being hard to help! (cf. Matthew 7:3-5).
Man is sunk in sin, like a long-lost galleon (Ephesians 2:1-10, -19). He needs raising, but not to space, for there is neither time nor truth in that. It is enough that he ruins the earth, though it is true he will use the wonder of his created abilities in tune with the mathematics of the universe by common creation of One (see Repent or Perish Ch. 7, Appendix I, II, and compare III), to attempt even more (as in the radioactive cloud drifting upwards, so well predicted by Joel as 'column of vapour' cf. SMR pp. 676ff., 803, 790-794).
Into space he races, and from space he is smitten (cf. Revelation , where asteroids may be in view). These are in the order of those "fearful sights and great signs from heaven" which are predicted by Christ (Luke ), as preliminary harbingers of His arrival (like exuberance of bird songs at Spring, though for His alone, is this a Spring!). The "signs in the moon" are well attested since 1969, and indeed before in the unpiloted prior landing of 1967. Space teems with man-made debris, and already man is making its scene a thing more deadly than it was, since it was never planned for man. When God makes a new heaven and a new earth, it is His business. As for this one, this is the way it is.
The billions spent on space are partly, for the USA for example, a defensive ploy; but there is far more than that in investigating Mars with repetitive vanity (cf. A Spiritual Potpourri Ch. 3), for signs of life which not being in the habit of making coded symbolic masterpieces without mind, does not really plan to co-operate - that is, if it could plan.
GRACE, NOT SPACE IS
AND TRUTH WITH THE PEACE OF PURITY
Space is spacious, and God is gracious, but there is no grace in space for man; for such is not determined by the God of all comfort (II Cor. 1:3-4), of grace (Romans , Ephesians 2;1-12), who says this, through His apostle Paul (Titus -14):
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good work."
Again, he affirms it (Titus 3:3-7):
"For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
There is time, and a space for repentance (Luke 13:1-3, Revelation 2:21 cf. Daniel 5:22). It is this space which should be utilised, with dramatic speed, without irresolution, by the grace of God, so that man, in knowing God, may know also his fellows, and so that his fellows, in knowing God, may be better acquaintances.
Without the acquaintance of God, mankind is in danger of becoming litter in time, not radioactive like that now dowered by the goodness of man's heart to become a peril in space, but worse, sin dominated contaminants.
It is good that the love of God is such that even when we were sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5). It is even better that there is a power to redeem, so that the cover of His sacrifice may be appropriated (Romans 3, 7-8, II Cor. 5:17-21), and that there is a power to restore, so that the redeemed person may be rescued from existence as the litter, to life as the loved, from being the lacerated spiritually, to becoming the fragrant, transported from death to life (Ephesians 1:3,11, 2:6, Colossians 1:13). it is well that then in life, he is able to experience the living of it in Christ (Colossians ), who being the Creator expressed, is so inimitably glorious to know that (I Peter 1:8), the power of God by no means dims His presence, nor yet His merciful lovingkindness.
Moreover, as to being in the right place, He puts you in the right RACE, for there is a race, a special people, regenerated by God, the children of God, the children of light (I Peter 2:9, John 8:35-36, Galatians 3:13-18,26-29). As one of God's children, you remain, for there is no alteration here ( I John 3:9, I Thessalonians 5:9-10, John 10:9,27-28, I John 5:12-13).
The world will go, including
all its spaces of its spacious construction, the universe surging to an end
like a waterfall, yet with more and less pleasant sound (II Peter 3, Isaiah
51:6). In God, there is - apart from the grief of the lost, who after all are not discountenaced
in lovelessnes but deprive themselves in rebellion:
no limit on His creations. One universe goes, so be it. He is the Author,
and His power to paint progidies has neither
bound nor limit. The important thing is to know Him, not to galavant in space.
*1 It is an irony which is quite perspicuous, and alas conspicuous, that in addition to cruelty or avarice, in taking what others have, by mere power, and so degrading some or killing others, there is another way of spoilage. You can so assume incompetence, that you mistake resentment for inability, indifference for incapacity, and intoxicated with the nature myth of organic evolution, mentally discard the real need of happy life in exuberant operation with the Creator through the Redeemer who alone can pay and procure life for any, and indulge where discipline, with one as with all, is needed. This is often the way with the indigenous, just as neglect has been another procedure. Let us look however, now, at the former, a reckless air of indulgence which lacks dignity for those concerned, and wisdom alike.
Life requires discipline.
To be sure, the discipline in view, in the case we are regarding, is self-discipline; but without it, there is neither happiness nor holiness, mere pleasure or self-satisfaction, ratification or despair. Christ showed self-discipline in opening the door to life, and by disciplined purity He could pay in delightful wisdom the price of reconciliation to God, His Father.
Where however it becomes a cult to 'protect ' persons or people from the Gospel, since the government, filled often and inebriated with myths and philosophies which it promulgates shamelessly as a matter of course, wants an open door to its languid misconceptions, the self-discipline needed in this our human race, can be debauched (cf. Things Old and New Ch. 7). Not merely do many seek drugs and drink as solace, or resentment indices, but shirk work as a cultural affirmation.
It does not help the lives one sees so afflicted. To manipulate social bodies, or even law enforcement ones, can become a game, as one explicitly made clear. To 'expose' becomes a preoccupation. Even if your pensions are above any in the world given to an indigenous people, you can be investigated by the United Nations...
How quickly does tragedy upon
tragedy occur in the cultural misconception which assumes humanism, a religion,
and then applies it to the exclusion of other religions in a State, so making
irrational bases for declarations which are presuppositionally
self-exclusive from truth, but yet alleged to be true (cf. That Magnificent
Rock Ch. 5,
Spiritual Refreshings for the Digital Millenium Ch. 16 and SMR Ch. 3,
and pp. 374ff.)!
In the indigenous sphere, this can exclude the only hope of reconciliation,
flinging money being an insult not so much in its potentially disastrous
abundance, as in its callow contributions to self-wastage. In other words,
what is needed FIRST is not hollow 'reverence' (to use SA State language
on the generic religion) for religion, since some religions debase women
(cf. Lord of LIfe
Ch. 3), just as Christianity elevated them to their equal place of importance and specialised functions, others make crushing people for land a jihad or some other fixation of man, and others again worship evil, the devil or some other force of disruption, dispersion of virtue and hatred of peace and of God.
Rather FIRST the need, it is aid to find God for those who seek Him, to find truth where they look, to provide opportunities of the first order, without a priori exclusion in State religious contrivances, or restorations which, however admirable at times and irrelevant at others, are vain without understanding. Readily do these become a mere means of excess robbery in implicit denials, through the impaling of those being 'helped' with the loss of the irreplaceable with plastic and exclusive philosophies which arbitrate and intrude.
It is gross imposition for
ANY State to act in this irrationally authoritarian way. The irrationality
readily becomes intractability as with all religions of the flesh, and pompous
dictates appear quite able to become law, as in
Religion like other things is seen in its fruits. The basis of estimation may be capacity to murder, to bring malice, to achieve superiority (in terms of the amply debased doctrine of delinquent Darwinism cf. That Magnificent Rock Chs. 1 and 6, SMR Chs. 1 and 2, and Indexes), to impose consistency of some type, to help a cohesion in a country for power purposes, to help the afflicted, to worship God, to love Him and one's neighbour, to find grace and so on. The variation is prodigious, and not at all limited to minor sects.
A generic to cover it all morally is quite impossible, unless one is merely relativistic, which doctrine as we have seen from the references in the preceding paragraph, is irrational at the outset (cf. Lord of Life Ch. 3). A State FOUNDED on religious irrationality is well placed to spoil what it seeks and to distort what it does at this level, which is the ultimate in understanding.
This is precisely the appearance of false and delusive generalisations about shame (cf. Things Old and New Ch. 9, End-note 1), or pretentious ascriptions about indigenous religion as if it were sacred because preceding white occupation, and confused combinations of religion with culture, whereas in fact that merely presupposes no God or no revelation from Him. That this is irrational (SMR, TMR, A Spiritual Potpourri, Spiritual Refreshings for the Digital Millenium) does not alter at all the fact THAT IT IS a religion, since it poses as pronouncing on the absolute, with absolute assurance without even having one from which to gain it.
It then becomes contrary, for
example, to the Australian constitution, which forbids the establishing of
any religion by the State (cf. The Other News Appendix 1).
Long has this been violated where scientific method is discarded, even in
the name of science, and religious philosophy is applied without any sanction
but presumption (cf. That Magnificent Rock Ch. 8). Federal funds aid State intrusiveness. There is danger
of further degradation, following recent State failure in the
The mood is making His advent a thing near, leading to an objective confrontation, a judicial assessment, a removal of all pretence in light unassailable; just as the scenario of events (Answers to Questions Ch. 5, cf. SMR pp. 683ff.), abundantly confirms. It is well that the light has love; and that love has action and that action has access and that access is made available even through God's making Himself accessible in the Cross, in His only begotten Son (II Cor. 5:17-21).
It is with Him first of all that reconciliation is needed for Jew or Gentile, indigenous or exogenous, despotic or exotic. It is so with the Maker of all things, to whom they are due, and for the due use of which, all must answer to Him. It is only then that the principles, values, power and wisdom needed to prevent cultural dominion, whether intentional or implicit, social engineering, the presumptions of modernity as if 'new' on any possible construction, must mean 'better', when so much is an abyss of hatred, cruelty and control: it is only then that goodness is to be found, for only then does it have ground.
Man has had a wonderful world
and a wonderful Gospel from the demonstrably certain presence of the God
without whom neither thought nor life proceeds validly, whether for the proud,
for the privileged, for the oppressed, for the conniving or for the self-acclaiming
paragons of principles they create, like books imitating their author, but
lacking life and logic with which capably to do it. Their disingenuous ingenuities
merely attest the power of their Maker, and disgrace the arbitrary irrationalisms of sin (SMR Ch. 3). There is now a short
space while there is time to repent. Space will not alter the time.