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Sent: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 15:50:52 +1000Neville why would the aether be moving at all?
Because without this movement the motions of heavenly bodies become too contrived and unexplainable in the geostationary system.
And why, does Robert claim there are three different aethers ? Perhaps he is getting trinity in by the back door.. I've seen it happen..
Yes, he tends to sneak everything in by the back door. Maybe his front door is stuck?
Yes I'm wee bit Phul at the moment.. gotta give it up , its giving me tender feet in the morning..but be serious Neville.. Why do you think the Holy Ghost , or God if you prefer, would select you out of all the billions of people from the time of Adam, till this day, alone , just you alone, to be given the sole understanding, to be able to select which written words amongst the thousands of available scripts known and unknown, are actually the real WORD OF GOD. AND TO BE ABLE TO REJECT ALL OTHERS. That makes you truly unique, none higher, but Jesus Himself.Of course you are not alone in this.. Jack believes he has that honour, and he really is upset that you do not accept his choice of books.Did you guys know that St. Martin Luther threw out revelations? Of course his offspring put them back... but it took time.
Yours is a very legitimate point. How can I claim to be the only man who can tell the earth, at this time, which scriptures are genuine and which are fraudulent? I do not. My commentaries are personal opinions. Only an annointed man (or woman) could tell you that for sure. Their annointing would be conveyed to you by God, just as it was when the man Jesus was chosen to proclaim and demonstrate the word of God.
You must recall the truly excellent study of male behaviour and prejudice in the film, "12 Angry Men." Remember how Henry Fonda stands alone to start with against all of the other 11 jury members. What does he say to them? "I know the kid's innocent"? No. He actually says, "Perhaps he's guilty, perhaps not, I don't know. It certainly looks as though he's guilty."
On trial for murder is an 18-year-old kid, whose name we are not even told. Henry Fonda's character in the film wants everyone to talk about the case and think for themselves for just one hour, because the life of someone that none of them has met depends upon it. All hell then breaks loose, because the case is apparently "as clear as the nose on your face."
On trial in this earth is God, whom no man or woman has ever even seen. The evidence is overwhelming: God said this. God said that. God did this. God did that. God didn't do this. God didn't do that. Where was God when this happened? Where was God when that happened? Why did God allow this? Why did God allow that?
Wait a minute! ... Let's look at the evidence and see for ourselves what makes sense and what just might be made up. Never mind what opinion another has reached, what opinion do you reach?
Let's say that the date is 10 BC. You have done something wrong. The Torah instructs you to take a lamb to the priest. To lead it to its slaughter.
It's from your flock. You were there when it was born. You watched it grow. You watched it skip and play with its mother amongst the clover. Its mother trusts you and comes up to you. Then you lead the lamb away. Take it to the priest. It quickly senses something is wrong (animals are very far from dumb). It calls out to its mother in vain. When it approaches the blood-soaked altar it hears the screams of the other animals. It smells their sweat and blood. It walks through the mud and faeces where the other animals have messed themselves with fear. It follows suit. It turns to you, pleading with its eyes. The priest pulls out a very sharp knife. What do you do?
Do you say, "It's only a lamb"? Do you think to yourself how God is going to enjoy the "pleasing aroma" of this creature's flesh being cooked (as it states over and over and over again in Leviticus, for example)?
Now consider a piece of evidence which does not fit in with Leviticus. God states, "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." (Hosea 6:6.)
A few years later, Jesus would tell you to go away and consider what this scripture means, but the evidence was there for you, even without Jesus being there.
Do not swim with the tide. Dead fish swim with the tide. Shout out, "STOP! STOP!!" Rescue your lamb and return it to its mother. It was YOU who did the bad deed, not the lamb. YOU have to pay for it.
It is our heart condition that counts, not our mental ability (or lack of it, in my case). The true spirit of God guides us through our heart, not through our head.
What do we know of God, who we have never seen or met? Only what we can sense and feel.
The Devil is a very clever adversary. A very able false witness in God's trial. What is called, in legal terms, an unreliable witness.
I therefore regard some scriptures as unreliable, and proclaim God to be totally innocent as charged. This is why I deny writings to the contrary, even if they are printed between the covers of the black book.
Whilst I might seem frivolous, I'm really sad. My own daughter believes the self same thing as does you and Jack, Neville. I must of course account much of the blame for this upon myself, having never given her in her entire life any good example such as a real Catholic Christion should, but that only serves to prove that I am not unique.
I do not have much common ground with Jack, but as regards your daughter I understand your position. If you have tried 70 times to convince her of something, then put the kettle on, have a cup of tea and, when you have finished pulling your hair out, start all over again. But keep in mind that you (and the black book) just might be wrong this time, and that she might actually see something clearly which you do not presently see at all.
Neville.Phil er Phul