There is very little to precisely specify the nature of god in the Christian bible. What there is appears to me on occasion to be contradictory. The various books of the bible were written at different times by different authors and based on previous texts and other gods (the story of the flood had clearly been around in several versions before the Hebrews set it down). There remain many possible definitions for gods. It is often taken for granted in contemporary discussions that god is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient and there are references in the bible that can be interpreted as attributing these properties to him. It is not clear that he was always regarded as such in the bible or throughout history. He is also described by analogy to a father and in some sense (either literally, metaphorically or spiritually) we are stated to have been made in his image. He displays emotions; in bits of the old testament is angry, vengeful, loving and sometimes downright nasty. He acts through people and occasionally acts directly himself. In the new testament he is tri-natured and also incarnated as a human (although retaining supernatural powers). Whilst some of these ideas are easy to understand, some are quite bizarre. Taken as a whole, without tortuous interpretations and personal slants that always seem to conveniently miss bits out, this particular god seems to be so contradictory and internally inconsistent as to be meaningless. I find it very difficult to discuss ‘god’ when talking to Christians because I never quite know what flavour of god they personally subscribe to. How do the Christians out there reconcile their beliefs with the descriptions in the bible? Do you just pick and mix to suit?
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We take fewer mental pictures per second.
- Recent memories run in our brains like sped-up old movies.
- In childhood, we capture images in our memory much more quickly.
- The complexities of grownup neural pathways are no match for the direct routes of young brains.
A consortium of scientists and engineers have proposed that the U.S. and Mexico build a series of guarded solar, wind, natural gas and desalination facilities along the entirety of the border.
- The proposal was recently presented to several U.S. members of Congress.
- The plan still calls for border security, considering all of the facilities along the border would be guarded and connected by physical barriers.
- It's undoubtedly an expensive and complicated proposal, but the team argues that border regions are ideal spots for wind and solar energy, and that they could use the jobs and fresh water the energy park would create.
It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
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