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God Is the Creator of the Universe

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

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God created the universe

God created the world, meaning everything we can perceive and everybody you will ever meet. I think a look around tells us He is incredibly creative as evidenced by the number of species we continue to catalog; the perfect balance of the earth's life-sustaining capabilities unique in the unfathomable vastness of the universe; and that the universe appears to be equally infinite through a telescope or a microscope. God also sustains all life, and the plane of existence we are in, through His awesome powers.

ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPH OF DNA

ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPH OF DNA

God created DNA

People have a tendency to take Him for granted or outright ignore Him when all is well. There are some who deny He exists. According to them, human beings and all life came to be through some sort of random, cosmic accident; even though it is virtually impossible mathematically for this theory to be true. God says He spoke this universe into existence in an instant and the Big Bang Theory confirms this.

People exist in time and space that is full of great mysteries. Faith is required to believe in any worldview. Darwin speculated that humans evolved from monkeys and that all living things evolved from other simpler forms of living things. Most children are taught in public schools that this is fact, but theories are not the same as facts.

I wonder why, in at least six thousand years of written observations by humans, no one has ever seen anything change into anything else—not even once. And why do primitive forms of life such as alligators persist? God said He formed the first man from dirt and biology confirms we are made of dirt (and water). Science now agrees all humans had one common ancestor.

HUMAN BABY IN ITS MOTHER'S WOMB

HUMAN BABY IN ITS MOTHER'S WOMB

God formed each person in the womb

Mankind's highest calling may be the search for Truth—or the search for God. God says He is Truth so that would make either search the same search. God says He is Love and very few people disagree that Love is the most important thing in Life. God says He is Life and we know how important Life is to all species of living things. The will to live is the most powerful force on earth.

God says He formed every person in the womb to be who He wanted them to be and each with a purpose He planned out for them to accomplish. He granted people free will to accept their purpose or not. I have friends who think everything we do has been planned out for us and everything that is going to happen has been planned out by God—all predestined. Others think God just watches as events unfold and doesn't interfere.

Some think certain people have been pre-selected before they were born to live forever in Heaven after they die but that most people are born to burn up in Hell after death and that there is nothing any of them can do to change this destiny. Others hold that Eternal Life is available to all human beings—and that it can be had and then lost through "backsliding."

Love, Hope and Faith

Does God ever change His mind? In particular, can fervent prayers cause God to change His mind? It is one thing to say that God knows what is going to happen—even if He did not directly cause it to happen. On a cosmic scale this would be because space and time were created for us to experience but He exists where there is no time so one could say everything happens at once for Him.

In a simpler way, maybe He knows what we are going to do because He knows us so well. I know that if I open my front door right now my dog will bolt out and run down the street because I can usually predict his behavior. Is God ever surprised?

I don't believe everything is predetermined because if it was we would be similar to robots or worse: pawns in some kind of celestial game. It seems to me the middle path makes the most sense, that some things are predestined and some things are decided by the free will of human beings; that sometimes God allows people to decide their own fate and sometimes He steps in to alter that fate; that sometimes He changes things based on prayer and sometimes He doesn't.

For instance, if one had a saintly person in their family who prayed incessantly for the Salvation of a particular child or grandchild in their family God could decide to honor His Saint by taking an active role in forcing the action in that case. If God wants you, He is going to get you. You can go quietly (recommended) or you can resist and force may be applied. If a whisper works, great, but with some people God has to shout to get their attention and this shouting can be quite painful to experience.

It does seem as if God has His favorites and that sometimes that is because of the relationship He enjoyed with a parent, grandparent or other ancestor. It also appears that God favors entire nations that honor him—Divine Providence. God enjoys the relationships He develops with people and works through those who love Him to bring Love, Hope and Faith to the world.

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Comments

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 02, 2019:

T ~ Yes, well, I am not saying it is impossible that angels physically mated with human women. I just don't think it likely. What I think more likely is that demons can enter and possess human men and 'have' human women vicariously, using the human man's organs, and who knows, maybe in such cases the child born is a 'demon seed,' or somehow spiritually deformed.

The Logician from now on on November 27, 2019:

Well then how can you see that God could reproduce with a human?

Oh, yeah, He is God lol!

Well, I didn’t see it either but when Gentry points out the distinction between “angels in heaven” as opposed to angels not in heaven it does create the possibility that angels not in heaven may have 23 chromosomes to provide. As he points out we when in heaven (who have 23 chromosomes to provide on earth) will not reproduce in heaven.

Doesn’t the Bible give account of angels appearing on earth as humans? Wouldn’t in that form they likely have chromosomes? Who knows?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 27, 2019:

T ~ Thank you for the link I am listening to it right now. I think Peter IS talking about the angels who fell with Lucifer, personally, which your host denies.

I really like the presenter though, Dr. Gentry. He us learned and yet humble and gracious.

I just don't see how angels could have penises capable of provided 23 chromosomes to reproduce with a human woman.

The Logician from now on on November 23, 2019:

Yeah, I felt the same way about Nephilim, too little info but Dr. Gentry’s take was illuminating and similar to what you just said (no surprise there). That link I gave you featured this video but it appears SBTS changes the featured videos on the link. But here it is:

https://youtu.be/qKtHwc3mMY8

My wife works with Dr. Gentry and has great rapport with him. For his notoriety and confidence in his field he is quite a humble and down to earth person.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 23, 2019:

T ~ I have some friends who are really into the Nephilim, some with elaborate ideas about them. It has never been my cup of tea. I looked at it a few times and was unsure what to think really. So I just left as something I probably will not understand on this side of the Great Beyond.

Your link pulled up an article about marriage. Was that the right one? An hour long video?

One of my study Bibles says the word means 'heroes' and is being used sarcastically to refer to vicious warriors. Moses reminds us that such men also existed in his time, men who filled the Earth with violence.

Others refer to the Nephilim as giants who were bullies and tyrants.

Some seem to think they are angels who bred with human women but if so I would have to think they possessed human men who bred with women while under demonic possession because demons and angels are spirit beings that do not reproduce.

What do you think?

The Logician from now on on November 20, 2019:

James, I’ve been looking through your hub pages for something pertaining to the nephilim but haven’t found anything yet. I have always been curious about their reference in Genesis and was wondering what you think about it. I recently found this by Dr. Gentry who is a world renowned Hebrew scholar, you are probably familiar with him. Just listen to how he interprets scripture, views I haven’t heard.

https://equip.sbts.edu/

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 04, 2019:

T ~ You are most welcome. I hope you enjoy the book. I sure did. A Hub of Great Books is a good idea. I have read so many. And I always have a few going. 'From Dawn to Decadence' by Jacques Barzun is an awesome book. Anything by Roger Scruton, Paul Johnson, or Erwin Lutzer is top notch. The 'Politically Incorrect' series are all brilliant books.

The Logician from now on on March 03, 2019:

James, thank you for the book recommendation, "Eternity In Their Hearts."

I see that there is a revised edition I can buy on Amazon used for less than $10 shipped so I ordered it. Looks very interesting.

I learn so much from your Hub Pages and books, I just want to tell you that your efforts and time spent in writing is an investment that is paying off in my life and so certainly in the lives of everyone you touch - keep writing, it's so inspiring to read what you write knowing it comes from a perspective of diverse worldly personal experiences and astute research and not from someone with a hidden (or not so) agenda like we get from today's left wing "journalists" and "book" writers (IOW propaganda).

I know the Bible (Believer's Instructions Before Leaving Earth :-) is top on your list but I'd like to see a list of the books you have read that most profoundly affected your life and why, maybe make a good Hub Page?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 03, 2019:

And I thank you, T, as well for the link to the fine article by Answers in Genesis, one of my favorite websites although I had not seen that particular article before.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 03, 2019:

T ~ I had not seen that particular video, no. but I was aware that the Chinese, as well as men everywhere, once knew the One True God, before the myths of man confused the issue. The video is very interesting and I appreciate you giving me the link to it very much!

During research for my first book, 'Jesus in the World: The First 600 Years,' I read 'Eternity in their Hearts.' Highly recommended. Check it out.

The Logician from now on on March 02, 2019:

James have you ever seen this?

https://youtu.be/YjGUC9GNqfE

When I first saw "Genesis Code Hidden Within The Ancient Chinese Language" I wondered if this was a hoax or just biased or poorly done research so I searched for an explanation and anything I found negative was cursory and without depth.

This however, as most everything I read from "Answers in Genesis," I found to be the best commentary on it.

https://answersingenesis.org/bible-history/do-chin...

What do you think?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 28, 2019:

T ~ Thank you for the video to that outstanding video. I enjoyed watching it. God Bless You!

The Logician from now on on February 27, 2019:

James, this is interesting. The more science reveals the closer it moves to a creator in spite of the scientific community's rejection of God.

https://youtu.be/7reR-zAYYVw

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 27, 2019:

SirDent ~ I apologize for not responding sooner to your comments, Virgil Newsome. I somehow missed the notification. I love the way you explain what God did in your remarks below and what is our place in His Cosmos. Well said, brother. Thank you for visiting and I appreciate your gracious compliments.

SirDent, (Virgil Newsome) on November 22, 2017:

Very well done, James, not that I would expect anything less. I have been reading your articles for a few years now. You have explained it quite well to those who do not understand.

I do have something to say to those who believe some are predestined to go into Heaven. Man was not created to go to Heaven. He was created to take dominion over the Earth and care for it. The Garden of Eden was the dwelling place made for man in particular.

Man gave up his rights to paradise when he ate the fruit of knowledge of good and evil. He gave the devil dominion over the earth.

Atheists speak of facts, facts, facts, but they never consider how the age of the earth and the universe keep changing as time goes by. The fact is, the age is being increased because they realize that what they theorize needs much more time to work out the way they presume.

God created and hung the moon and stars on nothing. He never used a nail or a pin. He didn't use a level or a square, but everything He created was good.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 12, 2017:

Shahidur Rahman Sikder ~ Thank you for your wise comments. I agree with you that God imagined the Universe before He spoke it into existence. Of course, no one created God. He has always been.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 12, 2017:

Thank you ever much, Vladimir, for taking the time to read my article and leaving your gracious compliments.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 12, 2017:

PAUL BAKER ~ I am sorry you feel that way. I suppose you believe that life suddenly came from non-life by accident and that this universe sprang into being all my itself one day. How did that happen according to your faith?

Shahidur Rahman Sikder on May 30, 2016:

What was God doing before He created the universe? Answering of the question: As I see it- Before creating the universe, the God Imagined about it.

God Created Everything, Who Created God? Answering of the question*******

The God or That the field of single dimension or dark energy or nature how occurred? In or under no circumstances: In that case there is no answer because it is not possible to take our imagination power or philosophical reflection before it.

Vladimir on August 28, 2013:

Brniaillce for free; your parents must be a sweetheart and a certified genius.

PAUL BAKER from winsford on April 19, 2013:

A cartoon - - excerpt from the Zeitgeist depicting a dinosaur saying can you tell the way to the ARK!!! . Just about sums up the logic of

religion to me

Paul Baker Winsford UK

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 12, 2012:

Stella B.— You are right on! Thank you very much for sharing your wise and discerning words.

I appreciate the visitation! God Bless You!

James :-)

Stella B. on April 11, 2012:

Typical question "If God created the universe, who created God?"

My question "If a hot mass created the universe, what created the hot mass?

Think people!!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 10, 2012:

murli— Thank you very much for taking the time to read my article. I appreciate your thoughful and insightful remarks.

I agree with you totally that we should fulfill our true purpose in life and not do bad to others. Wise words indeed.

I am grateful for your visit and your comments. :D

murli on January 09, 2012:

this universe has been created by strong centralised force...I agree that and we humans dont have capacity to know completely about it...hence we give it a name and call it as "GOD"....so instead of thinking how or what he would be (even christianity express that no one should test the ultimate lord)..we can play the role given to us in a good way without doing bad to others..:)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 30, 2011:

ronnie— Thank you ever much for these spirit-filled comments. I am glad we are in agreeance. I appreciate this visitation from you. God Bless!

ronnie on August 28, 2011:

You are absolutely right , GOD only created the universe and for Him nothing is impossible . No one created God , He was from the beginning................ and Jesus will come again to save God's children from sin..................

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 14, 2011:

m.t.— Hello! Thank you for visiting my Hub. I sincerely appreciate your thoughtful, insightful comments and I am grateful for the compliments.

I so enjoyed your outstanding ruminations. You wrote: "Truth is the most noble pursuit. There's so much to consider. Christ Jesus said you'll know the truth and the truth will make you free."

Amen! Well done!

m.t. on August 12, 2011:

Hello. Great commentary. Truth is the most noble pursuit. There's so much to consider. Christ jesus said you'll know the truth and the truth will make you free. First. What is truth. Second. What is free. Third. What do I need to be free from. It is clear that jesus was referring to himself when he said you'll know the truth. So one should thoroughly be familiar with how all scripture points to him. Then how creation points to him. Then how the father points to him. Then how the holy spirit points to him. Then how history points to him. Then how opposers point to him. Most importantly one must know all the symbols that point to him. For the vast bulk of knowledge about jesus is hidden in occult knowledge. May we never be satisfied till we come into the full knowledge of the truth that is hidden in jesus. Amen!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 22, 2011:

Shahidur Rahman Sikder— It is my belief that something more than a mere physical brain exists in human beings—a soul, a mind, a spiritual self that transcends the matter which makes up a brain.

I am not certain what you mean by your emphasis on "imagination." In fact, your entire post is hard for me to understand. I will pray for enlightenment.

Thank you very much for coming back to visit. I do appreciate your extraordinary commentary.

Shahidur Rahman Sikder on February 20, 2011:

James A Watkins, Himangsu Sekhar Pal & All are- With due respect, I would like to stress upon viz. request yours esteemed organization to exactly evaluate and uphold the sketch of the present universe in the midst of mankind of the Universe. There is no denying the fact that it is possible to feel or assess it through the depth of our brain and nothing else i.e. no other means. Hence, it is crystal clear that our very brain is the only specimen or sample or cent-re or key of the Universe.

“Earth is present before us, likewise just at this time it is again submerged into the depth or the past from another place of space” In this way- we are looking everything has creation yet same event or very moment, from the nature is nothing creation in the universe thought that imagination. That is to say- at this event whatever shall be received through imagination for any borders on the spiritual of the universe shall be vanished at this very moment i.e. nothing creation- in reality- early and play of imagination i.e. in everything of the nature’s plan is the imagination. Hence, we can take the decision that- happening of lifeless position is something happen- Nature’s plane is another universe from her another imagination through that 3rd Universe. So see- Allah/God/creator is at once and always omnipotent, omnipresent, omnivorous or united in all things.

Yes Mr. Pal- Remaining a question may be arisen that the field of single dimension or dark energy or a black hole or a source or originating cause or first cause or omnivorous or nature or creator how occurred? In or under no circumstances: In that case there is no answer because it is not possible to take our imagination power or philosophical reflection before it.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 14, 2010:

Himangsu Sekhar Pal— Thank you for taking the time to post this fantastic message here. I savored each word, as I nodded my head and thought "yes!" You are surely a wise one. It is my privilege to treasure these words and provide a place for them to be exhibited forever on this page.

James

Himangsu Sekhar Pal on November 13, 2010:

IF GOD CREATED THE UNIVERSE, THEN WHO CREATED GOD?

Earlier it was impossible for us to give any satisfactory answer to this question. But modern science, rather we should say that Einstein, has made it an easy task for us. And Stephen Hawking has provided us with the clue necessary for solving this riddle. Actually scientists in their infinite wisdom have already kept the ground well-prepared for us believers so that one day we can give a most plausible and logically consistent answer to this age-old question. Let me first quote from the book “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking:

“The idea of inflation could also explain why there is so much matter in the universe. There is something like ten million million million million million million million million million million million million million million (1 with eighty zeroes after it) particles in the region of the universe that we can observe. Where did they all come from? The answer is that, in quantum theory, particles can be created out of energy in the form of particle/antiparticle pairs. But that just raises the question of where the energy came from. The answer is that the total energy of the universe is exactly zero.”

Here the question stops. So the clue is this: if we can ultimately arrive at zero, then no further question will be raised, and there will be no infinite regression. What I intend to do here is something similar to that. I want to show that our God is a bunch of several zeroes, and that therefore no further question need be raised about His origin. And here comes Einstein with his special theory of relativity for giving us the necessary empirical support for our project.

God is a Being. Therefore God will have existence as well as essence. So I will have to show that both from the point of view of existence as well as from the point of view of essence God is zero. It is almost a common parlance that God is spaceless, timeless, changeless, immortal, and all-pervading. Here we are getting three zeroes; space is zero, time is zero, change is zero. But how to prove that if there is a God, then that God will be spaceless, timeless, and changeless? From special theory of relativity we come to know that for light both distance and time become unreal. For light even an infinite distance is infinitely contracted to zero. The volume of an infinite universe full of light only will be simply zero due to this property of light. A universe with zero volume is a spaceless universe. Again at the speed of light time totally stops. So a universe full of light only is a spaceless, timeless universe. But these are the properties of light only! How do we come to know that God is also having the same properties of light so that God can also be spaceless, timeless? Scientists have shown that if there is a God, then that God can only be light, and nothing else, and that therefore He will have all the properties of light. Here is the proof.

Scientists have shown that total energy of the universe is always zero. If total energy is zero, then total mass will also be zero due to energy-mass equivalence. Now if there is a God, then scientists have calculated the total energy and mass of the universe by taking into consideration the fact that there is also a God. In other words, if there is a God, then this total energy-mass calculation by the scientists is God-inclusive, not God-exclusive. This is due to two reasons. First of all, even if there is a God, they do not know that there is a God. Secondly, they do not admit that there is a God. So, if there is a God, then they have not been able to keep that God aside before making this calculation, because they do not know that there is a God. They cannot say that they have kept Him aside and then made this calculation, because by saying that they will admit that there is a God. At most they can say that there is no God. But we are not going to accept that statement as the final verdict on God-issue, because we are disputing that statement. So the matter of the fact is this: if God is really there, then total mass and energy of the universe including that God are zero. Therefore mass and energy of God will also be zero. God is without any mass, without any energy. And Einstein has already shown that anything having zero rest-mass will have the speed of light. In other words, it will be light. So, if God is there, then God is also light, and therefore He is spaceless, timeless. So from the point of view of existence God is zero, because he is spaceless, timeless, without any mass, without any energy.

Now we will have to show that from the point of view of essence also God is zero. If there is only one being in the universe, and if there is no second being other than that being, then that being cannot have any such property as love, hate, cruelty, compassion, benevolence, etc. Let us say that God is cruel. Now to whom can He be cruel if there is no other being other than God Himself? So, if God is cruel, then is He cruel to Himself? Therefore if we say that God is all-loving, merciful, benevolent, etc., then we are also admitting that God is not alone, that there is another being co-eternal with God to whom He can show His love, benevolence, goodness, mercy, compassion, etc. If we say that God is all-loving, then we are also saying that this “all” is co-eternal with God. Thus we are admitting that God has not created the universe at all, and that therefore we need not have to revere Him, for the simple reason that He is not our creator!

It is usually said that God is good. But Bertrand Russell has shown that God cannot be good for the simple reason that if God is good, then there is a standard of goodness which is independent of God’s will. Therefore, if God is the ultimate Being, then that God cannot be good. But neither can He be evil. God is beyond good and evil. Like Hindu’s Brahma, a real God can only be nirguna, nirupadhik; without any name, without any quality. From the point of view of essence also, a real God is a zero.

So, why should there be any need for creation here, if God is existentially, as well as essentially, zero?

But if there is someone who is intelligent and clever enough, then he will not stop arguing here. He will point out to another infinite regression. If God is light, then He will no doubt be spaceless, timeless, etc. Therefore one infinite regression is thus arrested. But what about the second regression? How, and from whom, does light get its own peculiar properties by means of which we have successfully arrested the first regression? So, here is another infinite regression. But we need not have to worry much about this regression, because this problem has already been solved. A whole thing, by virtue of its being the whole thing, will have all the properties of spacelessness, timelessness, changelessness, deathlessness. It need not have to depend on any other external source for getting these properties. Thus no further infinite regression will be there.

H. S. Pal

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 24, 2010:

Shahidur Rahman Sikder— I surely agree with you that God is indeed omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. I did follow the link you provided to your blog. Thank you for reading my Hub. I appreciate your interest.

Shahidur Rahman Sikder on October 23, 2010:

Dear James A Watkins, see- God/creator is at once and always omnipotent, omnipresent, omnivorous or united in all things. See into- “Wonderful Creation” http://bit.ly/9L85W7

Consequently, if you don't understand about the facts, ask me any question or put up to note sheet about the information.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 20, 2010:

ArundhatY— Thank you for reading my little article and for your kind compliments.

In answer to your question, I suggest you read this Hub.

https://hubpages.com/hub/Life-of-Jesus

ArundhatY on October 19, 2010:

Loved your insights surely you are Gods chosen one to enlighten some of us who are willing to learn, show us the path to enjoy Gods Blessings in the true sense.What according to God is GODS WORDS ...In a normal life WHERE ONE IS BUSY WITH WORK ,CHILDREN,etc how does one get close to the Almighty...how does one know whether they are doing the right things cz in this world what may be right for one is wrong for another ....please explain to me in very simple words.thanks.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 12, 2010:

Avik Mukherjee— You are right—God is in the hearts of even morons. I surely agree that God exists but not all agree. I perform no superstitious rituals myself, but they are a comfort to billions of people.

Thank you for visiting my Hub. I appreciate your comments.

Avik Mukherjee on August 11, 2010:

If you people really wanna find God then please don't ever try to find anywhere else because he's always within your heart morons.search HIM in there right inside of your heart and focuse yourself on to this divine and eternal energy flowing through your blood vessels and try feel him...Why always make question that he doesn't exist???

He's the time...going so slowly...whatever the way you choose,may be you're a Christian or may be Hindu or may be Muslim,whatever you are is doesn't really matter trust me...you don't need to perform superstitious rituals just focus on that matter I just said...

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 29, 2010:

Shahidur Rhaman Sikder— Thank you for visiting my Hub. I appreciate the link you provided. You also ask a very good question. I can't say I know the answer.

Shahidur Rahman Sikder on May 28, 2010:

See about- http://digg.com/d31GlVu as i see it that encouraging the spirit of discovery and sharing of fundamental knowledge about “the Universe and our place in its midst” Yet, remaining a question may be arisen that the field of single dimension or dark energy or a black hole or a source or originating cause or first cause or omnivorous or nature or creator how occurred?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 11, 2010:

lefseriver— Thank you very much for your kind compliments. You're welcome. It's nice to hear from you again. :-)

David Walli from Northern Minnesota on April 10, 2010:

Well written and thought provoking. Thanks.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 08, 2010:

OpinionDuck--- You are most welcome. Thank you for your readership and ongoing conversation. You are an interesting person.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 08, 2010:

Obscurely Diverse--- This has been an interesting discussion. But as you, I have new fields to plow.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 08, 2010:

OpinionDuck--- You can say that again. :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 08, 2010:

OpinionDuck--- Very light on the details? I don't think so. God gave us the details He wanted us to have. That is His prerogative. It is not to be read like an encyclopedia. It is to be studied prayerfully. A finite human mind can only understand (and have time to study) a finite amount of information. God chose what He wanted us to know. We can't know everything with three score and ten to learn it. Rather than focus on what He didn't tell us, we are wise to focus on what He did tell us. After all, what He did tell us must be important to Him over and above what He didn't tell us.

I have no problem with believing that the first generations of humans lived to be hundreds of years old. Why not?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 08, 2010:

Obscurely Diverse--- Yours are interesting comments. Thank you for your participation.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 08, 2010:

OpinionDuck--- This is a non-union stage, my friend.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 08, 2010:

OpinionDuck--- That's OK. I thought I did respond to your commentary. Let me look at it again . . .

In my response I asked you four questions, which you did not answer. I wanted you to clarify your thoughts on these issues before I responded further. I also thought the link I provided would have answered many of your questions.

I then proceeded to write fourteen lines of my own thoughts about the issues you raised but you say I didn't respond. This I find puzzling.

As far as the dominance of evil in a world ruled by human free will, surely there is a lesson in this that you can realize. God tells us that it will be this way.

The Bible does pose many questions. Any good book makes one think and answer questions. I am glad my tiny article has made you think and pose questions, too. Thank you for the engagement.

OpinionDuck on March 05, 2010:

Obscurely Diverse

Thanks, I think that I will take your drift, and wait for James to do another hub, that might be appropriate for further quacking.

James,

Thanks for your usual hospitality and I will await for the enlightenment of your next hub.

Obscurely Diverse from Tennessee, U.S., Earth, Milky Way via Cosmos on March 05, 2010:

Ha-ha! Opinion Duck, I'd throw you some bread crumbs if I seen you in a pond. Quack-quack, LOL! Okay, you need to visit the forums or something; I think you'd have a blast. You can find some real opinionated viers, there. I'd hate to see James W.'s 'comment field' on this hub, end up looking like forum threads, so I'll depart. Thanks, Ducky. :)

OpinionDuck on March 05, 2010:

Obsurely Diverse,

Like the play on the word Union.

BTW, the duck is never speechless, however, sometimes the speech is unintelligible to humans. :)quack

OpinionDuck on March 05, 2010:

James,

I was again looking over Genesis, and it should be the cornerstone of religion. Unfortunately, it is very light in the details and no much agreement by the researchers of Genesis over the years.

Start with Cain, Abel and Seth, as they appear to be late bloomers. Adam, they say was about 130 years old when he and Eve had Cain. Considering that the Jewish Religion believes that a boy becomes a man at the age of 13, Adam was ten time that age when he became a father.

The math is a little unbelievable, it would be more likely if it was a 130 months, instead of years.

BTW, we also don't know how long after the 6 days of creation that Adam was created. Nor do we know how how after that time, that Eve was made from Adam. These events are not totally in the same passages in Genesis.

Sorry, the computer was running fast today, longer comment.

Obscurely Diverse from Tennessee, U.S., Earth, Milky Way via Cosmos on March 05, 2010:

Opinion Duck,

The world provides the stage within a global union of humanity, and from that union, there is a chance to live a life. If you deduct monetary obsession from your last comment, you would be speechless and without strife. Ha-ha! :)

OpinionDuck on March 05, 2010:

Obscurely Diverse,

If the world was a stage, I would have to join a union.

Clearly, I am not getting union wages.

Thanks

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 04, 2010:

Obscurely Diverse--- The world is a stage and we are but the players. Thanks for coming by and leaving your witty words. :)

OpinionDuck on March 04, 2010:

James

I did send you the same comment twice, and I certainly didn't check my typing on my last comment.

Twice, because you really didn't respond to it.

I think my computer is corrupted, I have to wait to type the next character, hence so many typos.

May have to quit making long comments.

It does come and go, and right now it is more responsive, but not quite right.

Sorry about that.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 04, 2010:

OpinionDuck--- I think you sent me the same commentary twice.

Obscurely Diverse from Tennessee, U.S., Earth, Milky Way via Cosmos on March 04, 2010:

James Watkins & Opinion Duck need to play chess or checkers! Settle this dispute via game boards, as life is merely a game of survival, experience, and conquest...but can, at times, be fun to play... Ha-ha!

OpinionDuck on March 03, 2010:

Jaems

you didn't make a move, so it can be your mate.

But nice try.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 03, 2010:

OpinionDuck--- Mate

OpinionDuck on February 28, 2010:

Check

OpinionDuck on February 26, 2010:

James,

The issue is not about Lucifer's britches, it is about the reason that a third of the Angels agreed with him. This shows a lack of faith by these Angels in God. And unlike stories, they experienced God in his own environment and on a continuing basis. From this experience they chose to follow Lucifer.

Maybe God, Lucifer and the Angels are beings that cannot be destroyed, in which case God cannot get rid of him. In any case why should humans be the pawns in the battle between God and Lucifer. That battle happened before we existed. There was no reason for any higher lifeform other than Adam and Eve to be in the Garden of Eden, be it Satan or something else. In fact the story of the Garden of Eden sounds like a metaphor for the Lucifer britches comment that you cited, so God is going to punish mankind for something that was similar to what Lucifer did to God.

Even the story about Cain and Abel is a metaphor of Lucifer's jealousy, with Cain playing the part of Lucifer.

Humans have remained consistent over recorded history, none of the events in either Bible has changed how they act as a species. There is only minimal containment of Evil in the world through the belief in God, and from the laws of society. in fact, the trend towards Evil is waxing rather than waning.

Even religion is breaking down, with the Holy Jihad and Islamic Extremists, a gays in the clergy.

If the game of life is called, as mentioned in the Bible, then the score at that time would show Evil was winning. God would have lost, and the game needed have gone on for as long as it did.

The Bibles are not only unclear to me, they are vague, ambiguous, contradictory, and static. The Bible poses much more questions than it answers, and that is why Faith is required to believe it.

I think that religion and the Bibles are necessary for humans, even if it might now be true. Good is an acquired behavior, while Evil is dominant and is inherent in human beings.

For example, one bad apple can turn a barrel of good apples bad, but the converse is not true.

People need laws to keep them from being Evil.

my opinion and still seeking...

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 26, 2010:

Yes??

OpinionDuck on February 26, 2010:

James

??

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 26, 2010:

OpinionDuck--- The question I would ask is not why but why not? Not why me Lord but why not me? What kind of world would you have created? This is the school of the soul. What school could be more instructive than planet earth?

Augustine followed a line somewhat like yours as you articulated Original Sin. I would recommend the City of God. Here is a nice brief recap:

http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/1201.htm

The Bible is very clear to me. God created the world in which humans live. Everything about that our finite minds could never comprehend. God created the first pair of human beings. God made covenants with man on several occasions--with Adam, with Noah, with Abraham, with David, etc. The history in the Old Testament shows us--because all people understand being shown more than being told--that man was unable to follow simple rules of conduct. Jesus died on the cross as atonement, a sacrifice, for the sins of those who believe, those who believe in God, who believe that Jesus is their savior, who trust God, who have faith in God, who allow God to transform their hearts, who love God and their fellow man, with love being an action verb. For these who take the narrow path, eternal life will follow with no tears, no night, no hunger, no pain, no sorrow.

OpinionDuck on February 26, 2010:

James,

The issue is not about Lucifer's britches, it is about the reason that a third of the Angels agreed with him. This shows a lack of faith by these Angels in God. And unlike stories, they experienced God in his own environment and on a continuing basis. From this experience they chose to follow Lucifer.

Maybe God, Lucifer and the Angels are beings that cannot be destroyed, in which case God cannot get rid of him. In any case why should humans be the pawns in the battle between God and Lucifer. That battle happened before we existed. There was no reason for any higher lifeform other than Adam and Eve to be in the Garden of Eden, be it Satan or something else. In fact the story of the Garden of Eden sounds like a metaphor for the Lucifer britches comment that you cited, so God is going to punish mankind for something that was similar to what Lucifer did to God.

Even the story about Cain and Abel is a metaphor of Lucifer's jealousy, with Cain playing the part of Lucifer.

Humans have remained consistent over recorded history, none of the events in either Bible has changed how they act as a species. There is only minimal containment of Evil in the world through the belief in God, and from the laws of society. in fact, the trend towards Evil is waxing rather than waning.

Even religion is breaking down, with the Holy Jihad and Islamic Extremists, a gays in the clergy.

If the game of life is called, as mentioned in the Bible, then the score at that time would show Evil was winning. God would have lost, and the game needed have gone on for as long as it did.

The Bibles are not only unclear to me, they are vague, ambiguous, contradictory, and static. The Bible poses much more questions than it answers, and that is why Faith is required to believe it.

I think that religion and the Bibles are necessary for humans, even if it might now be true. Good is an acquired behavior, while Evil is dominant and is inherent in human beings.

For example, one bad apple can turn a barrel of good apples bad, but the converse is not true.

People need laws to keep them from being Evil.

my opinion and still seeking...

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 26, 2010:

OpinionDuck--- I think that Lucifer, angels & demons are the same type of beings, or at least were. Just as Stalin and Mother Theresa were both human beings, Satan and Michael the Archangel are the same type of beings. God is not the same type of being. No angel ever created a universe. No angel can impart the breath of life.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 26, 2010:

Globetrekker---You're welcome. I am glad I have caused some rumination. I definitely believe that God intercedes because of prayer. There are many examples of this in the Bible.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 26, 2010:

OpinionDuck--- Satan surely did see a God. He just got too big for his britches. Satan knows who God is. I have never seen it expressed that Satan's rebellion was about God. It was about Satan.

Of course it is Free Will. If you tell your kid not to play in the street and he does it anyway, he has exercised Free Will. If he doesn't, he has still exercised Free Will. The idea that to obey is not Free Will is ludicrous. If you have a choice to disobey--which you obviously do--then you have Free Will, period.

I am sorry that the meaning of the Bible is unclear to you. Regardless of what I know or don't know about Satan's rebellion, the meaning of the Bible is very clear to me. Sure, there are fine points that people needlessly argue over. As you say, people will argue over anything and they do.

OpinionDuck on February 25, 2010:

James

Still seeking

With your admission of not knowing about Lucifer and his demons, isn't it then possible that Lucifer, the demons and Angels are the same type of beings. Taking that premise one step further, one could make a valid argument that God is also that same kind of being.

Is there anything that you know of to invalidate the premise that God and Angels are not the same type of beings?

Globetrekker from UK (South Wales) on February 25, 2010:

Hi James -- Thanks for your kind feedback on my comments. Yes I agree that God keeps his promises and if God makes a promise that something will happen then for sure it will, which is fortunate for all of us. This has opened up a whole new question in my mind as to whether God makes a promise based on what he has pre-ordained, or whether he interceeds to make something happen in line with his promise. I think I need to give that one some time !

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 25, 2010:

OpinionDuck--- I don't have enough information to explicate what happened with Lucifer and his demons. Free will in heaven? Great question. I'm not sure I know the answer to that. I'll be glad when I find out. :D

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 25, 2010:

Globetrekker--- As to your second comment: I surely appreciate your point of view. My view comes from my grandmother, God rest her soul, who was herself a prophetess and a saint. She told me a long time ago that yes, there is free will BUT if someone like her prayed vigilantly for me, for my salvation, and if God spoke to her one night and promised her personally that I would be joining her in heaven, that it would come to pass regardless because God always keeps His promises and He is able to do anything He wants--including that. :D

Luckily for me.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 25, 2010:

Globetrekker--- Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

Thank you for your excellent comments. I enjoyed reading your wise words. Yes, as you says everybody is equally slave or free to their beliefs. Everybody, even Atheists, has a world view and a set of values and beliefs. And these ideas are based on something. It is a bit tiring to hear over and over again that only the ideas of Christians must be some kind of slavery but the ideas of Atheists or Agnostics represent some kind of freedom. That is plain silly.

OpinionDuck on February 25, 2010:

James,

Still seeking,

My point about Satan was that he knew God personally, yet he didn't see a God, and neither did a third of the Angels. One has to believe that compared to humans, Satan and all the Angels are Gods, at least super human.

Their choice was not made on faith, but first hand knowledge about God and Heaven. No human can make a judgement about God with the same perspective as Satan and his fallen Angels.

Like the Big Bang Theory, we know nothing about God, Satan and the Angels before the event. We don't know anything about their creation, just like we don't know what happened before the Big Bang.

The human Kingdom of God mimics his own Kingdom, and the common thread to both Kingdoms is they both are written with the hand of man. Therein could lie the key to understanding the mysteries of God.

I also respectfully disagree with your comment that obeying God is an expression of free will. There is no free will when obeying someone, or God. You cannot both obey and exercise free will. In Heaven, everyone there will be doing the same thing, obeying God, otherwise they wouldn't be there in the first place.

The US Constitution was written by men for man. It was written to be the core values of this county. It was also intended to be dynamic and move with the times and the needs of the country. Boy, that dynamic concept didn't really work out well for us and the county.

The fact that there are two Bibles, could indicate that man is not meant to change these documents, not in writing, not in interpreting and not in any form.

It is hard for even a small group of people to agree on where to have lunch, so how is the world going to be able to agree on the meaning of the Bible(s)? They haven't done that well so far.

The Bibles need preachers to digest the meaning of its words, sentences, verses, books, all because only the words existed in its original form.

Contrast that with, how many preachers does it take to get the message in its entirety, when you put your hand on something hot enough to burn it?

God did that with the Great Flood, but with all of the catastrophic events of floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and the like, it is more like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. No clear message can be found because these events don't discrimminate good or bad.

I would feel really bad if someone lost their faith after reading my opinions, I am only using the limited power of the brain.

Ok, I know what some of you are thinking, you should be ashamed of yourself.

just kidding.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 25, 2010:

OpinionDuck--- Absolutely not! People who exercise their free will to strive to come to know, understand, love, and obey God are far from robots. This is not the easy path. Having faith is not a loss a free will but the highest use of it. As far as the devil wanting to be his own god, people make that same choice every day by the millions on earth today, do they not? That is faith of a different color. I do appreciate your opinion. You are a seeker and that is the kind of person I like.

OpinionDuck on February 25, 2010:

The Devil and the Fallen Angels have all seen God and been in his presence and at one time in His Grace, yet they chose to follow Satan and not God. Is that Free Will, or is Free Choice or is it something else?

Maybe if people were in the same place as Satan and the Fallen Angels, they might see things differently.

Free choice but not from hearsay, it was from being there and experiencing all that no human has been able to do.

Have you ever looked at a food menu that has pictures of the food, but when you order the food it comes out looking not that good.

Satan and his followers have seen and tasted the food.

BTW, will you have free will in Heaven?

Globetrekker from UK (South Wales) on February 24, 2010:

James

A fascinating hub and there are some thought provoking gems tucked away in there ! One point in particular that I'd like to delve into is where you suggest that "...if God wants you He is going to get you."

I agree that God's overwhelming desire is to have each and every one of us believing in Him, accepting Him and to have a personal relationship with Him. God wants to give everyone of us opportunities to hear His word and to experience the fullness of His glory in our lives. But accepting Him has to be out of free will, a free choice.

Certainly if God wanted to He could very easily MAKE every person accept Him as God but it is not His will to do that because it would not be out of our free will, and that above all else is what God wants.

Yes God does work miracles, Yes He speaks to anyone who wants to listen and hear Him. But to those who by choice continue to be blind to his miracles and deaf to his word, even though God wants them, He is not going to get them.

Globetrekker from UK (South Wales) on February 24, 2010:

OpinionDuck

Evil and Good. There has to be some form of yardstick against which to measure in order to define what is evil and what is good.

For people who believe in God that yardstick is God's word. God's people accept His word as being the yardstick or law by which they agree to live. They accept this out of free will, and therefore when they chose to live according to God's word they are acting out of free will. So God's people are not slaves to God (or robots as you put it) but rather are simply in agreement with God's word. Yes it is by faith that they live believing in God's existence, but they have not exchanged faith for free will. Rather they are exercising their free will to decide for themselves if they agree with God's word and to follow it.

Now everyone has their own standards and those who do not believe in God will set their standards against some other yardstick, most likely this will be whatever they believe to be acceptable to them. If they abide by their own standards then in line with your thinking they too become salves (robots) to the standards they set, even if these standards change at times. But inevitably they would argue that they are free and they act out of free will. So in this respect there is no difference between those that choose to obey God's word and those that do not. The simple truth then is that either everyone is a slave or everyone is free, and very few people would say they are slaves to what they have CHOSEN to abide by.

As for Lucifer, he also had free choice, as did the one third of Angels that chose to follow Lucifer. Lucifer became envious of God and wanted some of what God had and in his pride and arrogance he tried to take from God the world that He created along with His children. Lucifer chose to do this out of free will, the fallen Angels chose to go along with Lucifer. A free choice made out of the free will.

OpinionDuck on February 23, 2010:

James

It was that free will that you mention, that got us here and banned from the Garden of Eden.

Evil is not free will, Evil is the flip side of Good.

Didn't all the people that follow God's word and preach for others to follow God's word, give up their free will and become those robots that you mention.

They have traded in Free Will for Faith.

All those with Faith therefore don't exercise Free Will, they exercise the word of God.

The Devil and the Fallen Angels have all seen God and been in his presence and at one time in His Grace, yet they chose to follow Satan and not God. Is that Free Will, or is Free Choice or is it something else?

Maybe if people were in the same place as Satan and the Fallen Angels, they might see things differently.

My opinion...

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 23, 2010:

poetlorraine--- I calls em as I sees em. :)

You are welcome. Thank you for reading and for your well received compliments.

poetlorraine on February 23, 2010:

it's always is nice for some to be open and up front about their beliefs, i admire you for writing this hub.... you are very diverse. Glad there are such brilliant writers on hub pages, when i am in the mood for reading, thankyou

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 23, 2010:

OpinionDuck--- Thank you for visiting what I believe was my very first Hub. :)

Maybe we have simply made a mess of it. The presence of evil shows us that we have free will. There is no evil in the universe except among people and demons. That is because people and demons exercised their free will to rebel against God's purposes. Had this possibility not existed we would be robots without free will for the definition of evil is to do that which is against the will of God. The fact the one of the first brothers killed the other does forecast much about the human race--and we have not disappointed the forecast.

I think it is good to seek God, to understand Him, to love Him. But to tell Him who to be or what to do is in the spirit of rebellion in and of itself.

OpinionDuck on February 22, 2010:

James

If God created everything then he also created a mess.

He created evil and unfairness.

There is no guarantee that those people that suffer the most in life will go to Heaven, nor that people that have the most in life will not go to Heaven.

God of the Bible, unfairly called the Garden of Eden a failure. Also, if Adam and Eve didn't fail in the Garden of Eden, there would have not been any Heaven for them.

God should have called Adam, Eve and humans a complete failure after Cain Killed Abel.

Since then there were numerous times that he should have terminated this experiment.

God's reactions to Adam, Eve and Humans is not rational. Too harsh in the Garden and too patient since then.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 04, 2010:

Amez— Thank you. I humbly accept your compliments. And you are welcome. I love your words here. Amen.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 04, 2010:

Low Power Microscope— Thank you for your kind compliments. They are much appreciated. :-)

Amez from Houston, Texas on December 30, 2009:

Truly inspiring, and just what we all should be questing within ourselve, If everyone was on the same wave length what a fiber optic path would be shot across this Great Universe. Thank you for your Hub.

Low Power Microscope on December 25, 2009:

Always a pleasure to come across some work that is useful, thankyou for the information keep the good stuff pouring in

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 07, 2009:

DeBorrah K. Ogans— This was the first Hub I wrote. Maybe I peaked too soon! :)

"Iridescent Gem" I do like that. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, God is Awesome. And yes: Jesus Loves Me!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on December 07, 2009:

James A. Watkins, Wonderful thought provoking hub! Another "Iridescent Gem" of the many beautiful array of articles you share here on The hubpages!

As you say: "Mankind's highest calling may be the search for Truth—or the search for God. God says He is Truth so that would make either search the same search. God says He is Love and very few people disagree that Love is the most important thing in Life. God says He is Life and we know how important Life is to all species of living things. The will to live is the most powerful force on earth." God is AWESOME! As always in HIS Love & Blessings!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 06, 2009:

Taylor Finch— Thank you very much for saying so. Welcome to HubPages!

Taylor Finch from United Kingdom on December 06, 2009:

A very thought-provoking hub.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 26, 2009:

TimeHealsAll— I am going to read your Hubs soon. I am so glad you enjoyed this one. Thank you for letting me know that you did.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 26, 2009:

Lowell's Notes— Thank you for saying so. Lord willin', I'll keep plugging away.

I see you already have over 100 fans. That's great! We are both ex-musicians, too. We have a lot in common, my friend.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 26, 2009:

Tina Irene— Thank you, dear. I apologize for not responding sooner. I have been in Israel!!!

Vicky Gentry from Las Vegas, Nevada on October 25, 2009:

I am facinated by God's creation's! All things work together for the Glory of God! I have a hub "Everything in Balance" speaks of the same. Enjoyed!

LD Lewis on October 25, 2009:

James, I like what you've done here. Keep it up! :)

Tina Irene on October 16, 2009:

Great photos, James.

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