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This section comes from chapther 3 (pp. 14-20), of God's Science: A New Look at the Bible, Stars and Universes.

 

Biblical Inspiration and Interpretation

Throughout generations the Bible has been the most widely read book. Inspired prophets clearly sought the will of God and revealed what they considered to be the truth. Yet, can an individual explain truth very much beyond the cultural and then personal level of understanding? Symbols and metaphors can communicate to a degree, yet interpretations are always neccessary. Fortunately, today's science provides clear ways of describing reality. With proper understandings, real scientific data that illuminates reality can be seen spiritually embedded within the Bible. Before beginning an account of the creation based on the Milky Way Model [currently called the Celestial Cosmology], I will trace some core understanding located in the Bible.

Concerning the "Bible," in the book title God's Science: A New Look at the Bible, Stars and Universes, the "new look" refers to interpreting sets of scriptures in a unique way. Of course others have written about and/or acquired similar understandings, but seen in terms of this cosmological model, this can be considered a fresh, new look. Quotes from the Bible will proceed from a) God creates spirits in Preexistence, to b) Satan and his followers choose to reject God and embody evil, to c) the two Biblical accounts of the creation, and to d) the celestial potential of human beings.

a) God creates spirits in preexistence.

"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone — while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?" (Job 38:4-7)

The word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you" ... May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all mankind … who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him … chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (Jeremiah 1:4-5; Numbers 27:16; Zechariah 12:1; Ephesians 1:4)

b) Satan and Satan-like characters choose to reject God and embody evil.

One day the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. … Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. … And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. (Job 1:6, also 2:1; Revelations 12:3, 4, 7-9)

“I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." ... How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn [the translation of Lucifer]! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High." (Luke 10:18; Isaiah 14:12-14)

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. … Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: `Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'" (Matthew 4:1, 8-10)

Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. ... You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (Corinthians 11: 14-15; John 8:44)

If you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. (James 3:14-16)

The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10)

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. ... Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
(1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7-8)

While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown." When he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." … "This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. (Luke 8:4-8, 11-15)

This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother. This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. (1 John 3: 10-11)

c) The two Biblical accounts of the creation

[The accounts are located in the very beginning of the Bible in Genesis 1-3. The first version recounts the creation in six days with a seventh day where God rests. In the second version, God appears to create man "from the dust of the ground," before any plants or animals. With Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the serpent entices Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This in turn causes the fall of Earth from God.]

God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. …
God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." … Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. … And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. …
God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. … And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day. …
God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day. …
God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. … And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

The second account of the creation begins in Genesis 2:4, directly after the first account. After a slightly different version concerning the creation of man and woman, God's perfect creation becomes infected by the actions of the serpent. Evil from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is experienced. Earth and humanity are traditionally said to have "fallen" from God.

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens—and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground—the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. … And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."
The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. … The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. ... The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"
"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"
He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."
And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"
The man said, "The woman you put here with me, she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."
Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?"
The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." ...
And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

As God mentioned, the human being, "has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil." Humans have the potential to "live forever," and be as God.

d) The celestial potential of human

[This directly relate to the stars. Stars were and are often referred to as the heavens, and/or intermingling therein.]

(God) determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. ... "Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades? Can you loose the cords of Orion? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God's dominion over the earth? (Psalms 147:4; Job 31:31-33)

There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The Sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. ... Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. (1 Corinthians 15:40-42; Daniel 12:2-3)

"Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
(Genesis 15:5)


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