TABLE OF CONTENTS
TIME AND ETERNITY:
CREATION AND THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY
Theory of Relativity has forever changed our concept of Time.
everyone 'knows' that time, viewed objectively, began "in
the beginning" and flows by with a past, a present, and
a future until it ends "when time is no more". Time
began, said Augustine, with creation. Time has no meaning or
existence, said Einstein, apart from the physical universe.
one asks, How much "time" was taken for creation? Did
God work "slowly" or did He create it all in a moment
of time? Would He create something and give it an appearance
of age it didn't have? Is eternity an extension of time? Can
time and eternity even be compared? And what will heaven be like
'knows' that time, viewed subjectively, is relative: it slows
almost to a halt in suffering but speeds by in joy. This has
a bearing on what happened on the Cross during those three hours
THREE TREES: AND ISRAEL'S HISTORY
The writing of the Bible occupied
some 4000 years and was written by at least forty authors. Yet
is is one book with a single philosophy of history, a single
value system in judging man's behaviour, a single answer to man's
need, a single picture of what God is like.
What is even more surprising is
that these authors, by some strange tacit agreement, undertook
to use certain symbols with certain meanings that were not self-evident
and could only be understood by those with spiritual discernment
� a powerful witness to the existence of a single guiding
Mind from Genesis to Revelation.
In this Paper we are concerned
with three of these symbols: the vine, the fig tree, and the
olive tree. They represent Israel's history from three perspectives:
the national, the religious, and the spiritual.
BETWEEN THE LINES:
AN ANALYSIS OF GENESIS 1:1, 2
This is admittedly
a difficult and dry Paper, dealing with questions of grammr and
syntax and volcabular. It is an effort to determine the meaning
of the original Hebrew of the opening verses of Genesis.
THE OMNIPOTENCE OF GOD IN THE AFFAIRS
A case can be made out for
a hiatus of time (of unknown duration) between verses 1 and 2.
verse 1, then, is taken as applying to the original creation.
Verse 2 is seen as a picture of an earth ruined just prior to
man's appearance. Verse 3 to the end of the chapter is viewed
as a record of its re-ordering, its re-creation, and finally
of the introduction of the human species.
The interpretation is not new, for it
was held by Jewish rabbis and Church Fathers. The Paper is an
examination, not of the geological evidence, but of the linguistic
This Paper is a grand survey
of the omnipotence of God in the Universe, in the world, in the
history of Israel, in personal history, and finally of His sovereignty
and human responsibility.
THE CONFUSION OF LANGUAGE
A survey of biblical statements
show to what extent evil acts form a part of God's deliberate
purpose and to what exten (and in what way) such evil acts become
sinful ones. It is a study of the vital distinction between evil
(which God and man do) abd sin (which man alone commits). Evil
is by no means the same as unrighteousness, and good is by no
means the same as righteousness.
This study also considers the vital
distinction between fruits and works, between justification (of
actions) and forgiveness (of motives), between the wishes and
the intentions of God, and the basis of God's judgment of human
it has been believed that Adam spoke Hebrew � or at least
something akin to it. Whether of not this can be known for sure,
it is certain that all men did indeed converse in one language
� until the time that the Tower of Babel was being
built. It was here that events, stated cryptically in Genesis
11:9, took place which have profoundly affected subsequent history:
"The Lord did there confound [confuse] the language of all
the earth and from there did scatter them abroad upon the face
of the earth."
So is there evidence of a
sudden break-up of a universal language? What was the nature
of this 'confusion'? What did happen at the Tower of Babel?
Was the whole human race involved? These questions are the basis
of this Paper.
CAIN'S WIFE: AND THE PENALTY OF
Cain, of course, did marry
his sister � for Eve became the mother of all living. This
Paper is a brief but instructive look at how beautifully consistent
Scripture is, both with itself and with the lastest assured findings
of research into the genetics of in-breeding.
1977 published by Zondervan Publishing Co.
Copyright © 1988 Evelyn White. All rights
1997 published online
2001 2nd Online Edition corrected, edited and re-formatted
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