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God Papers

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Introduction 9

GP 1: God's Paradoxes and Name GP 1:1 | Pg 23

Law Of Contradiction GP 1:7 | Pg 29

Attributes Of God GP 1:12 | Pg 34

Problem Of Evil GP 1:15 | Pg 37

Titles or Names Of God GP 1:25 | Pg 47

The Name of God GP 1:30 | Pg 52

"I Am" Doctrine GP 1:41 | Pg 63

Unchangeableness of God GP 1:48 | Pg 70

God, Gods GP 1:52 | Pg 74

Israel's Gods is One yhwh GP 1:54 | Pg 76

One Yehowah GP 1:57 | Pg 79

More Details GP 1:66 | Pg 88

Yehowah or Yahweh or Jehovah or Lord GP 1:66 | Pg 88

Massoretic Text GP 1:75 | Pg 97

More Language Details GP 1:81 | Pg 103

More on "I will be" GP 1:84 | Pg 106

Review of GP 1 GP 1:86 | Pg 108


Introduction

This book attempts to prove in a logical way who or what God is, assuming a few premises. Although most people believe in God or gods, some do not. Why, if God is good and all powerful, is there suffering? Why do innocent children suffer through no fault of their own? Why do we die? (God is supposed to be all powerful: he could have made us immortal.) Why do we get diseases? Sure, we may bring on some of these things by ourselves (eating poorly, starting wars, taking unnecessary risks), but why are there diseases caused by mosquitoes or microscopic germs or genetic causes? Didn't God create mosquitoes, germs and genetics? Didn't God create everything? Isn't God good? Or is the idea of God just some superstitious idea based on fear or naivety, an idea made obsolete by the scientific era? Are people more intelligent if they do not believe in God? Or are atheists 'fools' as the Bible relates (Psa 14:1)? An atheist or an agnostic can say, "you cannot prove there is a God" and, "we do not see anything being created or any miracles by God." Today we do not see any Moses parting the seas or anyone being resurrected from the dead by the power of God as reported in the Bible. We see what may be good and we see death, diseases and destruction all throughout history. We see the hypocrisy of those who claim to believe in God as well as those who do not believe.

I believe in a powerful God. But with all the suffering and pain how can I believe in God? How can such a being be good, if he allows so much misery? My answer is, I do not believe in the stereotypical God of the major religions. After years of study I wrote this book to explain the results of my study. Instead of describing God in a few words, I had to use tens of thousands of words because of the confusing and self-contradictory ideas people have about God. I do not have to believe in God merely because I was raised to believe in God. I was also reared as a member of a certain religious group which I no longer believe in or follow. If there is no God, why would I have to believe in him?

I believe in the scientific method. In this book I use the scientific method as far as possible to do my research on the essence of God. (1) Since God is invisible, I can only use indirect methods. But, whether you know it or not, modern Science also uses indirect methods to study the universe and its origin (See my Science Papers). The most fundamental and extensive 'scientific' theories (the big bang theory, the age of the universe, the quantum theory, the string theory, (2) and the general theory of relativity) were theorized through indirect methods (mathematics, experiments, induction-logic and assumptions) and not through direct observation. Since God is invisible (spiritual) we cannot see God, except indirectly, and only as much as he wishes us to "see" him. People do not need to know if God exists; humans also do not need to know how the universe came into existence. But something inside of many of us needs to know, as we need to know who our parents were, or where our race came from, or who invented the first watch, or who first discovered America, or who first discovered or invented calculus. An orphan has an inner need to know who his parents were; many of us have an inner need to know where the world/universe came from. Why, or how, is there life? Is death permanent? How can God, if there is one, be all powerful, all good, yet allow evil, misery and suffering?

Although we cannot yet prove (as some define proof) in a scientific manner that there is an all powerful God who created the universe, we also cannot prove or show in a scientific method any other alternative for the genesis of the universe. No one can prove in a scientific manner that evolution created the universe because, apparently, we have no witnesses (observers) for the beginning of the cosmos. (The Bible mentions that the angels witnessed the creation [Job 38:7 (3)].)

I believe God did create the universe and here are a few reasons why I do.

There is a God who Created the Universe

Law.  The evolutionary theory always starts with, and assumes, the eternal existence of laws like those of mass, energy, motion, gravity, and so forth.  Laws, in and of themselves, are systematic order and project intelligence and power outside of the law itself. For example, the genetic code of life found in our DNA also projects high intelligence and power. How can the code of DNA evolve or any law such as gravity evolve? How can any code or law itself have any power? What gives a code power? I am speaking about the code itself, the order of the elements within the code. How can the arrangement of the code itself have power? The apparent connection between the code and its effect on the body projects or strongly suggests some kind of force or power behind the law. The basic laws of the universe must have come from somewhere and the power behind these laws must have some source, some connection to the law.  Evolution has yet to explain the power or source behind universal laws such as gravity. Science can only describe gravity (through mathematical methods) and describe the code of life, but it has no idea how the power of gravity works or how the code of DNA gets its power. I believe that God is the creator and power behind all universal laws. And I believe it is more naive to believe in a cosmic soup theory (evolution) than in God, although I agree that common descriptions of God are naive and do not explain the paradoxes pertaining to God.

Beginning.  Radioactivity and laws of thermodynamics indicate there was no eternity of matter.  If matter always existed, without a starting point, then the "life" period of the radioactive elements would have long ago run its course and the whole universe would be the same temperature (thermodynamic laws). The radioactive elements would have run down and there would not be any radioactive elements left; the whole universe should be the same temperature.  Thus, there was a beginning of matter, and it wasn't that long ago, since there are still radioactive elements. The "science" of evolution cannot explain energy or matter or its source nor will it ever because it has no witnesses and has no real explanation for their beginning. A mathematical description of energy doesn't explain it, it only describes what it does in a quantitative manner in our solar system. God created matter and energy and in some way God is matter and God is energy as we attempt to explain in this book.

Life.  The relative harmonic-symbiosis of the ecosystems, from the biochemical cell to the earth-sea-heavens, projects design. There is a co-operation, interaction and mutual dependence among life forms; one species cannot live well, or at all, without mutual-beneficial interaction of the whole: the flowers need the birds and insects for pollination in order to continue to exist and vis versa. Our bodies need a heart, lungs, liver, intestines and so forth in order for us to exist: we need our whole factory of body parts to live. The whole cannot live without the parts; the parts cannot exist without the whole. The theory of evolution maintains that life is arbitrary, for life came from a hit and miss adventure ("natural selection" or "mutation," etc.). If life is arbitrary, then the universe would be filled with the inferior products of this evolutionary process, and the inferior and half-made life-forms would greatly outnumber the surviving species. There should be fossils of the inferior products of the evolutionary process in all strata, in the rocks everywhere.  In other words, the rejections of the evolutionary process should be polluting the universe. Where are the fossils of these inferior life-forms? Life came from God, not from mindless soup of evolution.

The Source - The Proof. The big bang theory and other theories need to explain where the material and energy for the big bang theory came from. God, the all powerful Being, by definition, must have always been there, or else there is nothing and we are nothing and so this dialogue doesn't exist. Either the all powerful god of Evolution (mindless soup) was there at the beginning or the all powerful Being was there. Of course we cannot prove God by definition, but there is a way to settle this disagreement.