Mysteries and Conclusions

Dear Readers:

There have been various behaviours, including environmental and human, that have baffled mankind for much of recorded history. Many of these mysteries have been subjected to rational analysis, and at this time in history, there are few mysteries that have not received a plausible explanation.

A conclusion should be preceded by an analysis of the evidence. Where a conclusion has been provided without the prerequisite analysis, then academics can be quite severe in their criticisms of the process. Their critical responses are appropriate given that various methods of analysis are taught at universities, and critical analyses can facilitate a high standard of research.

Sometimes the results of an analysis show that there is insufficient evidence to reach a conclusion. This can be difficult for some researchers to accept, especially those who believe that they are obliged to provide a conclusive statement by a specified deadline. This can lead to bad research where researchers make non-provable and improbable base assumptions, which, if unchallenged, can become the only significant evidence that is analysed in order to reach a conclusion.

Bad research can therefore occur when the integrity of the evidence is compromised. To reduce the risk of bad research becoming popular, qualified researchers generally critically review research work as part of the publication process.

The Bible has been the focal point of many conclusive remarks. The most derisive of them have come from university lecturers and their students, many of whom have concluded that the Bible is replete with erroneous statements and is an unreliable source of scientific and historical information. However, bad research is an increasingly common basis of their conclusive statements.

I have listened to, and been engaged by university lecturers and their students on discussions about the Bible over the past 25 years. To-date, I have not met a single university lecturer or university student who had criticised the Bible and who had actually read the Bible even once.

Their criticisms generally display an obvious misunderstanding that can easily be resolved if they would simply read the book. However, for some inexplicable reason they do not, but in the safety of their lecture theatres and classroom, they seem to use every opportunity to authoritatively make negative conclusive statements about the Bible that typically go unchallenged.

This is a great mystery. Why and how can persons who understand and teach analytical methods, and severely criticise those who do not use them properly, reach a conclusion while choosing not to review the evidence? How can such persons choose to boldly criticise what they have neither read nor understood? How can such persons choose to disbelieve what they simply do not know?

At a time when university students should be concentrating on their studies, university lecturers seem bent on influencing their students to reject their spiritual heritage and replace it with a selfish outlook on life. Why? What possible harm can believing the Bible, and the existence of God have on their studies or later careers? This must rank as another of the earth’s great mysteries.

The authoritative way in which some university lecturers criticise the Bible can leave some students disillusioned if they accept the view there is no God, no afterlife, no lasting meaning to life, and that all of life is by chance. They are encouraged to let go of the anchor that has benefited them and their communities so well and to hold on to nothing substantial in return. Those who have succumbed to this influence and have subsequently returned to God describe a life of regret and wasted years.

The criticisms and unfounded conclusive statements about the Bible will most likely continue. It is therefore prudent that persons read the Bible for themselves. It is also prudent that persons consider the cost of adopting a selfish outlook on life as they risk becoming old and immature due to the limited personal growth that occurs when chasing purely selfish objectives.

Regards,

Grenville Phillips II

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6 responses to “Mysteries and Conclusions

  1. It is refreshing to find a local blog that holds an opinion on social and spiritual matters. The apathy that appears to be apparent with the young with regard to politics is coming across with respect to religion and the existence of God.

    However I feel that far too many academics consider that the reading and contemplation of words (in formation) gives the reader knowledge. Information is more about awareness and knowledge is experience. Professors at University may read the Bible and still not recommend it as a doctrine that is necessary for adequate or satisfactory participation in life or the experiences that life has to offer. A scientist needs to undertake experiments to know if theories are true, otherwise he/she is simply believing; A carpenter needs to build a house to know he can do it and that the theory in the builders manual works out in reality.

    The Bible teaches us much more than how to pray and when to go to church. It shows us that faith is more than a mental attitude as many seem to believe.

    The Bible describes the actions of a virtuous woman, not what she thinks about. It shares with us the experiences of people that were close to God and this is the important message.

    Many believers (aware of the word, but not doing it) think that much of what the Bible describes and advocates are no longer possible and so they cut themselves a little slack. One argument I heard was that in the Bible times it was an agronomic society and that descriptions and experiences of tasks no longer apply.

    My wife can spin and weave cotton, she rises up early and ensures that her priority is her family, she has planted a garden around our home and used the finances to help maintain our family.

    I have chosen to farm (without using chemicals) and have received bountiful blessings from God which includes being paid to travel to many countries, to discuss farming and social issues. As the Bible promises I have met, spoken with and left information on farming with the future king of England, Prince Charles. Millionaires have donated equipment to our farms and spent moonlit nights sleeping beneath tents on the land.

    God has not changed his will for us, that which is required of us is still the same. We are asked to adopt a lifestyle that takes care of all our physical and spiritual needs, the lifestyle itself is the experience that we call God.

    Peace

  2. Hi Maat:

    Well done. You appear to be following the sustainable method of first doing it successfully and then teaching others. Some consultants and teachers attempt to teach others what they have never successfully done.

    I must note however, that I do not believe that “the lifestyle itself is the experience that we call God.” I believe that when we cooperate with God by inter alia, doing right things, that we experience His favour and ancillary blessings. When we do not cooperate with Him, then we experience guilt. The absence of guilt coupled with living responsibly provides us with a measure of almost constant joy. But this joy is not God.

    God is so much more.

    You may find the following article interesting:
    https://researching.wordpress.com/2007/04/11/the-kingdom-of-god/

    Best regards,
    Grenville

  3. It seems that I am responding to a great deal of your articles and I trust you will not get fed up with my opinion. Your articles are extremely interesting and thought provoking and it surprises me that more comments are not forthcoming.

    I have a question for you regarding mysteries.
    The Bibles describes Jesus as being a high priest after the order of Melchezedek.

    Others that I have questioned on the meaning of this and the significance of Jesus being ‘after’ the order of a human with the role of high priest, has being met with waffled confusion.

    What is your understanding of this relationship?
    Who is Melchezedeck and what is known of his historical lineage and purpose.?

    Peace

  4. Hi Maat:

    As long as my mind is active, I will respond to all comments where applicable.

    From the Biblical evidence, Melchizedec (Melchizidek) was a High Priest of God and the King of Salem.

    As a High Priest, he offered sacrifices to God for the sins of humanity, as opposed to the Levites who were appointed later and offered sacrifices principally for the Israelites.

    Jesus followed this example, being both priest and king. As a priest, He offered a sacrifice for the sins of all humanity, and not just for Israel. He is also king of all humanity, and not just of Israel.

    Beyond this, we can speculate.

    Regards,
    Grenville

  5. Cool site, love the info.

    Hi Bill:

    Thank you.

    Grenville

  6. This site rocks!

    Hi Bill:

    Thanks.

    Grenville

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