Evolution vs. Creation 

Sometimes while I’m driving my mind goes off on a tangent. I got started thinking about the creative mind and its effect on evolution. Did material things evolve on their own, or was there some kind of input from a creative mind (God)?

I’m not a philosopher, just a Moonie with a brain. As a Unificationist I believe that God created the universe in six stages that took some enormous amount of time, represented as days in the creation story in Genesis. God invested constant and tremendous energy and love into the creative process.

I was thinking about the evolution of the automobile. If I were a future archeologist looking at the physical evidence in car graveyards, would I think that cars evolved on their own, from blocks of steel and rubber into the cars we drive around today?

“Materialism is a form of philosophical monism which holds that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all things, including mental things and consciousness, are results of material interactions.” ~Wikipedia

The evolution of automobiles kind of fits the way I think about God’s creation. Every year, the car guys, mechanical engineers, make changes to the previous year’s design. Some changes may involve radical transformation in the way cars are made, like the introduction of the assembly line, then the introduction of robots to the assembly line.

At each stage a lot of thought and creative energy went into the changes that were implemented. There was nothing in the metal, plastic, or rubber that spontaneously made those changes. Everything sprang from the collective creative minds in each company.

I wonder how much love went into the process. Did the companies and engineers really love the end users, drivers and families? Or was the motivation purely profit? That is a more complicated issue.

I lived through the regulatory changes of the sixties when the car companies were forced to include seat belts. Then the crash test dummies forced other regulatory changes. Love for consumers, not so much. There were a couple of companies with a better reputation, like Volvo for safety, and Honda for fuel efficiency.

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Do Dream Characters Evolve, and what does it mean if they do?

A couple nights ago a new character appeared in my dream. Sometimes I have recurring dreams of places, but rarely of people or characters. I almost never dream about people I know in my waking life. Usually the characters in my dreams are pretty random and rarely have ongoing roles.

I dreamed about Navajo St. in Denver, where I lived for six years in Elementary School and Jr High.itwas evening, and I was an adult. I walked down to the north end of the street. I met a middle-aged man who resembled a mentally challenged homeless person. He was standing near the corner in kind of a lonely daze. 

I realized that Hee wasn’t homeless, just kind of lost. He didn’t speak, or maybe he couldn’t speak. He was pretty bundled up with a coat, scarf and knit cap. I realized that he was a servant or slave belonging to the rundown factory at the end of the alley. I took his arm and guided him back to the building.

It had been some kind of auto repair shop, but the owner wasn’t doing much business any more. Instead of letting this old man go, he was keeping him around, giving him room and board. The old guy was lonely and would wander off looking for some human interaction. Then he would get lost, even though he was only half a block away, and still in sight of the shop.

He lived in a little closet space on the second floor, marked number 12 in white paint. He had to climb up a wooden ladder built into the wall to get into his closet.

After taking him home, I started thinking about what I could do for him. I wanted to do something for him to cheer him up. Luckily, tomorrow was Christmas. I could surprise him with a gift. 

There was a collection of used clothing in the basement of the church nearby. I found a blanket with an interesting pattern on it, and some other clothes. I put it all in the washer to make sure everything was clean.  I also found a pretty spiffy white fedora that I thought would look good on him.

I woke up before I could bring the stuff back to him the next day.  

I’ve been thinking about this dream a lot the last couple of days.  This old guy reminds me of the Big Dummy who was a recurring character all my life. He first appeared as a huge dark monster, like a black Sasquatch, that was chasing me. Once I recognized this monster as a shadow character, he morphed into a lost eight year old boy with Downs Syndrome.  I met him in that form a few times over the last ten years. Now it seems he has evolved along with me into retirement.

I’m just curious to know if anyone else has recurring dream characters and how these have changed over the years.

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Wonder Woman and God’s Love

Everything in the universe is created to be governed by God through love. Thus, love is the source of life, the key to happiness, and the essence of the ideal to which all beings aspire. The more one receives love, the more beautiful one appears to others. ~Exposition of the Divine Principle (Chapter 2, sec. 2.2.1)

God’s love is the subject of all loves flowing within the [family], which is established when its members have completed the three object purpose through their dynamic love for each other. Without God’s love, there is no way to establish the true [family] without God’s love, there is no way for us to fulfill the purpose for which we were created. Love is truly the source and wellspring of our life and happiness. ~Exposition of the Divine Principle (Chapter 2, sec. 3.1)

We hen I watch superhero movies, I always think about the Unification Principle perspective. Superheroes seem to be angelic characters, with super powers created to serve and protect human beings, who are God’s children. Greek Gods also seem fo fill the role of angelic beings.

In Wonder Woman, Aries is an archangelic character like Lucifer in the Bible. He is consumed with jealousy and hatred toward human beings. They are not worthy to be objects of the protection of the gods (angels). He whispers destructive ideas to humans and take delight when they follow up on those destructive temptations. Aries (Lucifer) accuses humans when the follow through on those temptations, saying that they deserve the suffering and destruction that results. 

Aries refuses to acknowledge the role he plays in feeing these dark temptations to people. He believes that human beings deserve the self destruction that he plans for them.

Wonder Woman sees something different in human beings, their capacity for love. This is what makes human beings unique and deserving of her protection. For all our faults, we are special and unique, deserving of God’s love and protection.

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National Chili Dog Day


The last Thursday in July is National Chili Dog Day!  I’m up for that. Here’s some stuff to get you going.

 

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Scientific Evidence for Noah’s Ark 

 

A couple days ago I was reading through a heated thread about Noah’s Ark on Facebook. Someone posted a negative comment to the effect that there is no scientific evidence that proves Noah’s Ark ever existed. 

I ment to post this link to a scientific study on Noah’s Flood as a response, but never got around to it. The original thread has degenerated into bitter sniping from two sides of an unrelated issue, so I won’t link back to it from here. 

I remember walking into my local library, looking for something to read on the new releases shelves. Noah’s Flood, on the nonfiction shelf caught my eye. I love to read about biblical archeology and sometimes find fascinating information and new theories. The story of Noah’s Flood also appears in the Epic of Gilgamesh

Geologists have never found evidence of a global flood. In this book the authors looked for a local or regional flood that might tie into the story of Noah. They found a catastrophic flood in the region of the Black Sea about ten thousand years ago. 

When the ice age was ending and the oceans were rising, the Mediterranean Sea broke through the Bosphorus and flooded the freshwater lake where the Black Sea is now, that was a thriving center of culture and civilization. 

Bosphorus from space

The torrent of water was so enormous that it could have taken forty days to equalize the level of the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. The force of the water cut the deep and narrow channel on the Bosphorus. In the process, a gigantic waterfall must have created its own weather system, the source of the fourty days and nights of rain.

 Bridalvale Falls in Yosemite National Park.
The authors used a research vessel with undersea radar to locate the ancient buried lakefront villages. Then they drilled core samples to verify that it had once been a freshwater lake based on the fossils located at different depths. 

It was a fascinating book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 


 Epic of Gilgamesh                                                   Noah’s Flood 

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Ears to Hear

When the Lord comes, will He tell you what you want to hear? Or will He repeat what you already know? 

If He comes to tell you what you want to hear, if He comes to repeat what you already know, why does He need to come back at all?  You already know what you want to hear. You can just tell it to yourself. You know what you already know. 

Did you forget what you know? Why should He go to all the trouble to come back and remind you? How many translations of the world’s best selling book do you need?

I accepted Jesus in the summer of 1974 after reading Grandpa’s Good News for Modern Man New Testament. One thing that was crystal clear to me was that Jesus won’t come back preaching the same things from 2,000 years ago. 

Our problem isn’t that we don’t know the scriptures. Our problem is that we know them too well. Our minds have become calcified and petrified with our own human interpretations. Many of us today are acting like 21st century scribes and Pharisees. We are the blind leading the blind. 

Take a good look at our world. 

Take good look at our world. 

Has the Good News been good enough? What do you think? Or do you think we need a few new Words? 

Have we put our talents to good use? What do you think the Lord will say to us when He returns? 

“Well done, good and faithful servant?”  (Matt 25:21 ESV)  Are we really ready to enter into the Joy of our Master?

When the Lord returns, He will surely come with new wine. Do we have new wine skins ready? Or are we still carrying around first century wine skins?  

Do we really know what God is thinking?  Whose side is God really on? Are you sure you know the answer to that?

My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  (Isaiah 55:8 ESV)

The truth is that none of us is righteous (Romans 3:10), but we seem to have forgotten that. We sling our opinions around freely, condemning those who disagree with us. We forget that even God may not agree with us.

A little self doubt may be healthy. How about a pinch of salt with that?

A final word for me and for you:

Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matt 7:1-5 ESV)

 
Good News New Testement.                            Waterproof Bible ESV

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Dad’s Messages from the Other Side 

Last night I dreamed that my Dad was sending me messages from the spirit world. He used an old VCR to record the messages, then mailed the tapes to us. We also had an old VCR that we kept just to watch his messages.

My eyesight wasn't so good, so I needed my wife’s help to understand the messages. (How typical of me to rely on her for the truly important stuff, like communication with my family.)

He sent a message about his VCR. An internal chip was soon going to be obsolete. If he didn't upgrade his VCR he wouldn't be able to send any more messages. He wanted us to send money so he could replace that chip.

I checked our machine but couldn't tell if we needed the same upgrade. I was feeling frustrated and complained, “Why doesn't he use the DVD player we gave him?”

Then I realized that he couldn't record on the DVD player. I was surprised at the sophistication of Dad’s video editing and wondered where he got the editing equipment. 
Do you ever dream of loved ones who have passed on? What kind of messages do they sent you?

Additional resources from Amazon.com

Dreams: Discover the Meaning of Your Dreams and How to Dream What You Want – Dream Interpretation, Lucid Dreaming, and Dream Psychology 

Practical Spirituality: The Spiritual Basis of Nonviolent Communication (Nonviolent Communication Guides)

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying

Visions, Trips And Crowded Rooms

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