Saturday, August 01, 2009

The Rock Too Heavy For God To Lift



I have recently become all but convinced that there is one rock which God has created a rock which is too big for He, Himself to lift.

The Bible says he "delights" in us:

(Proverbs 11:20). “The prayer of the upright is his delight” (15:8). “My strong enemy [was]…too strong for me…but the Lord was my stay. He brought me forth into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me” (Psalm 18:17-19)

I think the taking of great pleasure or joy (which is, of course,
the definition of delight) is a component of the experience of surprise.

For instance, last week, my 6 year old daughter asked me to read her a book that she wrote. Well, actually, she wrote the first page. The rest of the book was written by the other kids in her class. The subject of the book was, "Why I love my Mommy ..."

Every kid in the whole class wrote things like, "I love my Mommy because she takes me for doughnuts every Saturday ... because she bakes me cookies ... because she is nice ..."

My daughter wrote, "I love my Mommy because I help her do the dishes."

I delighted in my daughter, because it took me aback, surprised me. I learned something new about my daughter.

Similarly, I think God is surprised by our Creativity. However, Creativity is a function of Limitlessness, or Infinity. Ronald Reagan believed the mind of man is infinite in it's capacity for creativity. I agree with him. The only limits on our abilities are those of time and space. It takes time to create things, and we must use matter (space) to do it. Other than that, everything conceived of by the mind of man eventually happens. 

God delights in the things we learn through our Creativity. He is surprised by these things.

Evil is not a function of limitlessness, or of infinity. Evil is limited, petty, and self-serving/referential, and therefore, it is a tired circle, a downward spiral.

This, God is not surprised by. God is not surprised by evil. He is not surprised by our downward spirals. He knows everything evil will lead to. That is why he warns us, like a parent warns a child, not to do evil. 

However, He does not know what our Creative Capacity will lead us to create. He is surprised by it, and therefore, He delights in it.

That is the rock God created which is too big for He, Himself, to lift.

However, ultimately, the Bible tells us there is one rock (the word used in most translations is "stone") too big for every men to lift. That is Israel.

The book of Zechariah tells us:

The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. Thus declares the LORD who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him,

 2"Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah.

 "It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.

"In that day," declares the LORD, "I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.

 "Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, 'A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the LORD of hosts, their God.'

 "In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples, while the inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their own sites in Jerusalem.

 "The LORD also will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem will not be magnified above Judah.

 "In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the LORD before them.

 "And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

...

"In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity.

 "It will come about in that day," declares the LORD of hosts, "that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered; and I will also remove the prophets and the unclean spirit from the land.

...

For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city.

 Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle.

In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south.

...

And in that day living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.

...

And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one.



In this way, the Lord God will manifest His Power and Majesty over all. And, from then on, we will be led by Him, as the King of the Earth, and all our Creativity will be a direct manifestation of our Oneness with God.

As the book of John says,

"I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

"I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.

"They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

"Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

"As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

"For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

"I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;

that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

"The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;

I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.

"Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

"O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;

and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Catcerto

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New State of Invisible Matter Created

From Live Science:

Scientists claim to have created a form of aluminum that's nearly transparent to extreme ultraviolet radiation and which is a new state of matter.

It's an idea straight out of science fiction, featured in the movie "Star Trek IV."

The work is detailed in the journal Nature Physics.

The normal states of matter are solid, liquid and gas, and a fourth state, called plasma, is a superheated gas considered more exotic. Other experiments have created strange states of matter for brief periods. This one, too, existed only briefly.

To create the new, even more exotic stuff, a short pulse from a laser "knocked out" a core electron from every aluminum atom in a sample without disrupting the metal's crystalline structure, the researchers explain.

''What we have created is a completely new state of matter nobody has seen before," said professor Justin Wark of Oxford University's Department of Physics.

"Transparent aluminum is just the start," Wark said. "The physical properties of the matter we are creating are relevant to the conditions inside large planets, and we also hope that by studying it we can gain a greater understanding of what is going on during the creation of 'miniature stars' created by high-power laser implosions, which may one day allow the power of nuclear fusion to be harnessed here on Earth."

Fusion is a dream of scientists who would create cheap and plentiful power by fusing atoms together, as opposed to nuclear fission that generates electricity today.

The discovery was made possible with a high-powered synchrotron radiation generator called the FLASH laser, based in Hamburg, Germany. It produces extremely brief pulses of soft X-ray light, each of which is more powerful than the output of a power plant that provides electricity to a whole city.

The Oxford team, along with their international colleagues, focused all this power down into a spot with a diameter less than a twentieth of the width of a human hair. At such high intensities the aluminum turned transparent.

While the invisible effect lasted for only an extremely brief period - an estimated 40 femtoseconds - it demonstrates that such an exotic state of matter can be created using very high power X-ray sources.

"What is particularly remarkable about our experiment is that we have turned ordinary aluminum into this exotic new material in a single step by using this very powerful laser," Wark said. "For a brief period the sample looks and behaves in every way like a new form of matter. In certain respects, the way it reacts is as though we had changed every aluminum atom into silicon: it's almost as surprising as finding that you can turn lead into gold with light."