Life is Good
Have you ever had one of those mornings where you just love being alive? The kind of morning where the air is crisp and clean, and when you walk outside and look out on a blue and cloudless sky, the world seems so perfect. The birds singing are like a Bach choir. The sound of children playing sounds like music. Every fallen leaf laying in the gutter is like a jewel. Life is so precious to us at these times. We drink it all in through our senses like a fine wine, this rich and wonderful world. It’s good to be alive, isn’t it?
We Are Told To Accept Death By Our Societal Institutions
But life has to end. Doesn’t it? Isn’t that what society tells us? That death is proper and natural? Turn on your TV set. Listen to it. It won’t be long until you hear a reference to death. Maybe you will hear someone refer to a departed relative as looking down on us from heaven. It is comforting to think of our departed loved ones in such a way. And although we all feel an aching void inside us when we think about the prospect of death, mainstream society encourages us to accept death. Popular culture seems to want us to see death as something that is natural and something that we cannot fight against.
God Does Not Want Us To Accept Death
But when it comes to the idea of accepting death, the Bible does not encourage us to accept death. Quite the opposite, in fact. The Bible itself does not see death as something to be meekly accepted. Instead, the Bible encourages us to aggressively seek out immortality right here on earth. In fact, the Bible — which is the voice of God speaking to us –commands us to take the necessary actions for living forever right here on earth. The Bible gives us a set of instructions on how we can have immortal life right here on earth.
God Has A Plan For Us To Live Forever
God’s plan for us to live forever here on Earth is perhaps best shown to us by how the Bible explains to us what is God’s ultimate goal for us. And just what is God’s Big Plan, as expressed in the Bible?
If you look at 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verses 25-26 (from the World English Bible), it says as follows:
He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death.
The “He” in this verse is referring to Jesus, referring to the Second Coming of Christ, when he returns again to Earth. So we see that the last enemy, the toughest enemy to defeat, is Death. We see here that God’s plan is to rid mankind of death. But God will not accomplish that goal until all other enemies have been defeated. Everything leads up to that final battle between God and Death. Beating Death is the ultimate goal.
As further evidence of this plan, let’s turn to Isaiah chapter 25 verse 8 in the English Standard Version Bible:
He [referring again to Jesus here] will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces…
So, no more tears and no more death. That is in our future, if we do as God wants us to do. Sounds like a good plan.
The Bible Gives Us Instructions On How To Live Forever
Does God tell us how to live forever? Let’s take a look at John chapter 8 verse 51 (from the World English Bible):
…if a person keeps my word, he will never see death….
Now, this verse is one of the many verses in the bible that show that God knows you are thinking about how to beat death. In this verse, God is talking to those readers who want to beat death, who want to live forever. God knows we don’t want to die. And through the Bible God is giving us directions, instructions on how to live forever. What instructions? Keep his word. That is what he wants us to do. The word “keep” in the verse above means “to guard”or to “watch over”, which is based on the Greek noun “teros,” meaning “guard.” Teros is the primary Greek root word from the original biblical text of John 8 51 (see Strong’s Concordance).
Another verse which shows that God knows what we are looking for, which is a way to beat death, is 1 John chapter 2 verse 17 from the Weymouth New Testament:
And the world, with its cravings, is passing away, but he who does God’s will continues for ever.
God Knows That We Want To Live Forever
Here we see that the Bible is talking to those of us who want to continue forever. To never really die, in other words. Or, if we are to die, to rise and live again.
So, from the Bible we see that God knows that death is always on your mind. And his plans include immortality for mankind. And he is talking to us through the Bible, telling us the way to achieve our goal of living forever. All we have to do is follow these commands. The Bible is a set of instructions on how to live forever right here on Earth.
God Understands How Horrible Death Is For Us
And let me tell you something else—God understands how horrible death really is. See Acts 2 24, from the World English Bible:
…whom God raised up, having freed him from the agony of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it.
The agony of death! That’s God talking to us, and he wants us to know that he understands the agony we experience when we think about how death awaits us. We may not feel the sting of death right now, if we are healthy and young, but when the time of death comes upon us, when death draws near, we will feel the agony of death more sharply. And God is telling us here that he understands. If you listen to the television set, to Hollywood, they would have you believe that death is inevitable, something to be accepted. But the Creator of this universe is telling us something different. He is looking for people who want to live forever, and he is speaking to those people, telling them how to achieve that goal.
In the New Living Translation bible version of this same verse (Acts 2 24), the bible uses the phrase “the horrors of death”. (NLT)
So God knows that you think death is horrible, and he agrees with you. Also see Hebrews 2 15, from the NET Bible, which reads as follows:
…and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death.
Another version of Romans 7 24, from the International Standard Version bible, says as follows:
Who will rescue me from this body that is infected by death?
Enslaved by death! Infected by death! That is God talking to you through Paul, and he is referring to death as an infection, as slavery. Yet Hollywood tells us death is natural and to be accepted. Our preachers tell us we will go to Heaven when we die. But the Bible portrays death as the horror it really is. Quite a contrast.
So, God understands how horrible death really is, the agony of death, the slavery of death, the infection that is death. God feels your fear of death, and he understands it, and God does not want us to go meekly to the grave. Isn’t that what all these Bible verses quoted above are telling us? That God does not see death as natural. That God does not want us to accept death meekly and go to the grave? Hollywood and the media and your friendly neighborhood preacher all tell us otherwise–that death is natural and that we should accept it and that Heaven awaits us. Who is right?
Do you remember–back when you were a young child–when you first began to realize that people die and that you were also going to die? God understands that empty feeling, that deep sense of loss that you felt when you first realized that you were going to die, that all people die, that you were going to lose all this, this wonderful world around you. God sees that empty aching spot inside all of us, the emptiness we try to hide from ourselves, the emptiness that is our awareness of death. However, the Bible shows us that God wants to end death forever for all of us. There is hope.
And isn’t it true—are we not all our lives held in slavery by our fear of death? Death hangs over all our heads, ever since that first day as a child when we learned that people all die.
We Can Defeat Death
From Romans 7 24 (New International Version), Paul speaks to us, and he says to us:
Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?
We have all secretly wished for that ourselves, haven’t we? Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? I don’t want to die…but my body, unfortunately, is destined for death. Or at least that is the way it has been for all mankind up to this point in time. But can we change that?
All of us have read various news media articles about scientific studies that speculate on possible cures for old age and cancer, heart disease, and just death in general. We have all seen reports on various scientific studies in the area of aging and so forth, which speculate on how science might be used to defeat aging and death someday. We have all seen articles on how we might be able to upload our minds into computers someday and thus live forever. And of course there are the cryonicists, who practice the science of cryonics, which involves filling the brain of the recently deceased with sophisticated anti-freeze solutions, and then storing the body or head of that person in liquid nitrogen so that decades or centuries from now, advanced science might revive them.
When we read these articles, we all ask ourselves, “When will it be possible for science to stop death? Will science rescue me in time from this body subject to death? Or will I also die like every other human?”
And God might hear you and answer your question this way: ”Rescue yourself.” Remember, God helps those who help themselves, those who help themselves through their own good works and deeds.
God Wants Us To Live Forever Right Here On Earth
And where does God want us to spend eternity as immortal beings? In heaven? To answer that question, let’s look at Luke Chapter 18 verse 30 from the World English Bible. It says that:
who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life.
The world to come–that is where we will live forever. That is where we will get eternal life—in the world to come, and not in heaven. Not the present world. The world to come. The future world. Do you know of anyone who is immortal in this present-day world? No, the world to come is where we will have immortality. Most likely the distant future. But we are not there yet.
And if we look at Mark 10 30 (Webster’s Bible Translation), it tells us that:
in the world to come [the faithful shall receive] eternal life.
Do these Bible verses say anything about living forever in heaven? No. It will be Earth for us. This planet is our home. That is what God is telling us.
Jesus Christ Said That No One From Earth Has Ever Gone Into Heaven
Jesus Christ said in John 3:13 (New International Version) that:
No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven–the Son of Man.
So here Jesus is speaking after Moses, David, Aaron and many other Hebrews have already lived and died. And yet Jesus is saying that no one from Earth has even gone to heaven (except Jesus himself). Moses could not get into heaven, but yet Hollywood wants you think that you can get into Heaven. Who is right–Hollywood or the Bible?
And who else tells you are going to Heaven if you are a good person? Your friendly neighborhood preacher, that’s who. Every Sunday morning, hundreds of preachers get up on a pulpit and tell us about how we can go to Heaven. But that is not what the Bible says, is it? Why are our churches, Hollywood and our other American institutions telling us that we will go to Heaven when we die?
God Will Use Mankind To Defeat Death
So the Bible tells us that God’s ultimate goal is to defeat death. But how is God going to defeat death? What are his tools for defeating death? Is it possible that we, mankind, are going to defeat death for God?
The Bible does tell us that we have been designed to do great works for God. In 2 Timothy 3 17 (New Living Translation), it says:
God uses it [meaning scripture] to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (NLT)
Every good work! Think about that. If there is a good work that God wants done, then he has prepared us to perform that good work for him. And since defeating death is God’s ultimate goal (see 1 Corinthians chapter 15 verses 25-26), wouldn’t it make sense that he has prepared us to do that good work for him, that he has prepared and equipped us to do that ultimate good work–to defeat death?
And from Ephesians 2 10 (New Living Translation), we see the following:
…we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (NLT)
The Bible is telling us that we need to do these good things for God. Surely defeating death is one of the good things he wants us to do. After all, 1 Corinthians 15 25-26 (World English Bible) tells us this:
[Jesus] must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death.
So if defeating death is the ultimate goal for God, and if mankind is equipped to do all of his good works, then defeating death must surely be something we need to do for God, and for ourselves.
Mankind Will Be Able To Defeat Death For God
Defeating death is a tall order. Can we do that for God? Ephesians 3 20 (New Living Translation) tells us this:
God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (NLT)
His mighty power at work within us! Think about that. Do we have any mighty powers? Enough to defeat death? More about that later.
Defeating death might seem beyond the capabilities of mankind, but God seems to have faith in us. Will we have what it takes to defeat death for God?
Philippians 2 13 (New Living Translation) says this:
God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (NLT)
So the Bible is telling us that God works through us. We are his mighty power. And we are here to do and accomplish the things he wants to do. And what does God want to do? Well, his ultimate goal is to defeat death and provide a future earth where there will be no tears.
Mankind Will Defeat Death For God By Using Science
But I don’t have the power to make us immortal. Do you?
Well, maybe we do? Does the Bible talk about the powers that God gave us to accomplish the things he wants done? What special qualities or talents of mankind might God find so useful that he can use them to accomplish what pleases him–to defeat Death for him?
Does the Bible refer to or mention any special skills or talents that we have or does the bible encourage certain ways of thinking?
Reason, Logic and Science Are Mankind’s Tools To Defeat Death For God
Let’s take a look at Isaiah 1 18 (King James Bible):
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD
Reason! Now that is a word for you!. Reason! The mighty power of reasoning. What has reason done for mankind? Look at all the products of science and technology that surround us today–medicine, cars, bridges, highways, skyscrapers, computers, the internet. All these are the product of reason.Could it be that science and the power of logical reasoning is the tool God gave us that can be used to defeat Death?
Reason, Logic and Science Are Mentioned In The Bible
The question then arises as to how many times the Bible mentions the power of reasoning and scientific thinking. Look at Luke 24 15 (Webster’s Bible Translation), which says:
And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
So Jesus himself saw the power of reasoning. It attracted him. An alternate version of Luke 24 15 from the International Standard Version reads as follows:
While they were discussing and analyzing what had happened, Jesus himself approached and began to walk with them…
And Job 32 11 (World English Bible) reads as follows:
Behold, I waited for your words, and I listened for your reasoning, while you searched out what to say.
And then we have Isaiah 41 21, from the English Standard Version Bible, which says:
Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob.
Proofs, which are a foundation of mathematics. Yet another indication that the Bible sees reason, logic and rationality as an important tool for us to use.
What other verses in the bible are along these same lines?
See now Proverbs 18 15 from the World English Bible:
The heart of the discerning gets knowledge. The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
And our modern society is indeed built on knowledge. Vast libraries dot our cities and campuses. And James 5 3 of the Weymouth New Testament says that:
your gold and your silver have become covered with rust, and the rust on them will give evidence against you….
Acts 19 8 from the World English Bible says that
He [Paul] entered into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for a period of three months, reasoning and persuading about the things concerning the Kingdom of God.
1 Thessalonians 5 21 of the King James Bible tells us to
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” An alternate version of that verse from the Bible in Basic English tells us “Let all things be tested; keep to what is good.
So what are we talking about here? Reasoning. Evidence. Testing. Proving. Analyzing. Gaining knowledge. And the Bible has many more verses concerning reason, logic and rational thinking. In fact, many Biblical verses consist of God showing us how to think logically and rationally, and how to put the power of science and scientific thinking to use in order to help make our lives better and longer.
God Used The Bible To Show Man How To Use Science, Reason And Logic
What is The Scientific Method? The definition given in Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method) is as follows:
The scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.
To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry is commonly based on empirical or measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning. The Oxford Dictionaries Online define the scientific method as “a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.”
From the Wikipedia entry on Knowledge (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knowledge#Scientific_knowledge), we have this description of scientific knowledge:
“Sir Francis Bacon, “Knowledge is Power”
The development of the scientific method has made a significant contribution to how knowledge of the physical world and its phenomena is acquired. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry must be based on gathering observable and measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning and experimentation. The scientific method consists of the collection of data through observation and experimentation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.”
God invented the scientific method
The Bible contains extensive examples of how God taught mankind how to think scientifically and how to create and design using the scientific approach.
God invented the scientific method. He invented design, architecture, sanitation, medicine, biological science, engineering, algorithms, the recording of information obtained from observation of the natural world, societal planning and organization, the long-term preservation of information, and many other aspects of modern industrial society.
God speaks to man via the Bible and exemplifies and models these ideas for us. Via the Bible, God told us to walk in his ways, and he models the sort of thinking that eventually formed the basis of modern science.
God used the bible, in particular, the old testament, to disseminate these ideas to the mankind…Eventually mankind adopted these ideas and created a civilization that is based on the scientific method, science, technology, reason, logic, design, architecture, engineering, algorithms, the written recording of the natural world, the long-term preservation of information, societal planning and organization…etc etc…
By walking in God’s ways (basing society on those ideas I listed above) we can develop the science needed to revive the dead cryonicists that are frozen in liquid nitrogen (the Resurrectables) and give immortality to man.
One of the cornerstones of science and of the scientific method is the observation and written recording of information, of data. Science cannot exist without data, data observed from the natural world and written down for later use.
One example of how God showed us in the Bible how to record written information is when God told Moses to enumerate certain of the Hebrews. Recording measured, enumerated or quantified information is integral to use of the scientific method…here, God is showing use how to use the scientific method…
From Numbers 3 of the World English Bible, we have these verses:
14 Yahweh spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, saying, 15 “Count the children of Levi by their fathers’ houses, by their families. You shall count every male from a month old and upward.” 16 Moses numbered them according to the word of Yahweh, as he was commanded. ….
21 Of Gershon was the family of the Libnites, and the family of the Shimeites: these are the families of the Gershonites. 22 Those who were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, even those who were numbered of them were seven thousand five hundred. 23 The families of the Gershonites shall encamp behind the tabernacle westward. 24 The prince of the fathers’ house of the Gershonites shall be Eliasaph the son of Lael.
27 Of Kohath was the family of the Amramites, and the family of the Izharites, and the family of the Hebronites, and the family of the Uzzielites: these are the families of the Kohathites. 28 According to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, there were eight thousand six hundred, keeping the requirements of the sanctuary. ….
33 Of Merari was the family of the Mahlites, and the family of the Mushites. These are the families of Merari. 34 Those who were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were six thousand two hundred. ….
Chapter 3 verse 14 through Chapter 3 verse 42 of the Numbers book of the Old Testament are devoted to the counting/enumeration of the certain segments of the Hebrews. That data is then used by God to conduct the financial operations of the Hebrews. That is 28 verses of the Bible devoted to enumeration–the gathering and recording of data, information, for further use. This sort of operation is fundamental to organized civilizations that operate using science and technology. This was a use of mathematics by God and recorded over 2000 years ago. God was showing us to how use reason and logic and science.
From Nehemiah 7 of the New Living Translation, we have the following:
5 So my God gave me the idea to call together all the nobles and leaders of the city, along with the ordinary citizens, for registration.
So, we see here that, at the behest of God, Nehemiah recorded detailed information about the men who had returned from the captivity of the exiles.
Here is an excerpt from Nehemiah Chapter 7 verse 7 through verse 72 of the NET Bible:
7….The number of Israelite men was as follows:
8 the descendants of Parosh, 2,172;
9 the descendants of Shephatiah, 372;
10 the descendants of Arah, 652;
11 the descendants of Pahath-Moab (from the line of Jeshua and Joab), 2,818;
12 the descendants of Elam, 1,254;
13 the descendants of Zattu, 845;
14 the descendants of Zaccai, 760;
15 the descendants of Binnui, 648;
63 And from among the priests: the descendants of Hobaiah, the descendants of Hakkoz, and the descendants of Barzillai (who had married a woman from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite and was called by that name). 64 They searched for their records in the genealogical materials, but none were found. They were therefore excluded from the priesthood.
65 The governor instructed them not to eat any of the sacred food until there was a priest who could consult the Urim and Thummim.
66The entire group numbered 42,360,
67 not counting their 7,337 male and female servants. They also had 245 male and female singers.
68 They had 736 horses, 245 mules, 69 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys.
70 Some of the family leaders contributed to the work. The governor contributed to the treasury 1,000 gold drachmas, 50 bowls, and 530 priestly garments.
71 Some of the family leaders gave to the project treasury 20,000 gold drachmas and 2,200 silver minas.
72 What the rest of the people gave amounted to 20,000 gold drachmas, 2,000 silver minas, and 67 priestly garments.
The elided verses 16 through 62 are not shown above in the interests of brevity, but what we have above is 65 verses that show how, at the behest of god, Nehemiah gathered and recorded detailed information about the men who had returned from the captivity of the exiles–this was to help the Hebrews rebuild and repopulate Jerusalem…if you are going to accomplish a difficult task, you need knowledge about your human resources…this is related to the modern science of logistics…God gave us this knowledge and instructed mankind in how to carry out such a task. Our God is not one of superstition–our god is one of knowledge, mathematical reasoning and analysis.
And from Numbers 4 of the NET Bible, verses 21 through 33, we have God giving detailed instructions to Moses regarding what data to gather and how to use that data:
21 Then the Lord spoke to Moses:
22 “Also take a census of the Gershonites, by their clans and by their families.
23 You must number them from thirty years old and upward to fifty years old, all who enter the company to do the work of the tent of meeting.
24 This is the service of the families of Gershonites, as they serve and carry it.
25 They must carry the curtains for the tabernacle and the tent of meeting with its covering, the covering of fine leather that is over it, the curtains for the entrance of the tent of meeting,
26 the hangings for the courtyard, the curtain for the entrance of the gate of the court, which is around the tabernacle and the altar, and their ropes, along with all the furnishings for their service and everything that is made for them. So they are to serve.
27 “All the service of the Gershonites, whether carrying loads or for any of their work, will be at the direction of Aaron and his sons. You will assign them all their tasks as their responsibility.
28 This is the service of the families of the Gershonites concerning the tent of meeting. Their responsibilities will be under the authority of Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.
29 “As for the sons of Merari, you are to number them by their families and by their clans.
30 You must number them from thirty years old and upward to fifty years old, all who enter the company to do the work of the tent of meeting.
31 This is what they are responsible to carry as their entire service in the tent of meeting: the frames of the tabernacle, its crossbars, its posts, its sockets,
32 and the posts of the surrounding courtyard with their sockets, tent pegs, and ropes, along with all their furnishings and everything for their service. You are to assign by names the items that each man is responsible to carry.
33 This is the service of the families of the Merarites, their entire service concerning the tent of meeting, under the authority of Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.
In the twelve verses above, God speaks to Moses, giving to Moses the description of a process, how to number/count/enumerate certain segments of the Hebrew tribe–the process of gathering data–and what to do with the data from enumerating these segments of the populace. This is in essence a mathematical algorithm that God gave to mankind. God was showing us how to gather data and how to use that data. Again, this sort of process is integral to the scientific approach to life. Verses 34 to 48 also continue on in the same vein, making 26 verses total in Numbers 4 which are devoted to God showing mankind how to collect data and use that data.
The Bible also shows us how God showed man how to objectively and scientifically measure the natural world in order to design and construct buildings, how to bend the natural world to fit our own plans.
Amos chapter 7 verse 7 of the New Living Translation reads as follows:
7 Then he showed me another vision. I saw the Lord standing beside a wall that had been built using a plumb line. He was using a plumb line to see if it was still straight.
8 And the LORD said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”I answered, “A plumb line.” And the Lord replied, “I will test my people with this plumb line. I will no longer ignore all their sins. (NLT)
Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plumb_bob)says that A PLUMB LINE (AKA a plumb bob ….is
a weight, usually with a pointed tip on the bottom, that is suspended from a string and used as a vertical reference line, or plumb-line. It is essentially the vertical equivalent of a “water level”. The instrument has been used since at least the time of ancient Egypt to ensure that constructions are “plumb“, or vertical.
So, here in Amos chapter 7 verse 7 God uses a tool to test the natural world…. He is showing us how to measure objects, one of the foundations of science and technology.
The use of the plumb line by god shows us how he uses testing and analysis to make decisions. This is part of the scientific method–you test something, you measure it, and then you use the results to make decisions. This is not a god of superstitions, but a god of science and rationality.
From Genesis 6 5-22 of the GOD’S WORD® Translation we see how God designed Noah’s ark:
5 The LORD saw how evil humans had become on the earth. All day long their deepest thoughts were nothing but evil. 6 The LORD was sorry that he had made humans on the earth, and he was heartbroken. 7 So he said, “I will wipe off the face of the earth these humans that I created. I will wipe out not only humans, but also domestic animals, crawling animals, and birds. I’m sorry that I made them.”
8 But the LORD was pleased with Noah.
13 God said to Noah, “I have decided to put an end to all people because the earth is full of their violence. Now I’m going to destroy them along with the earth. 14 Make yourself a ship of cypress wood. Make rooms in the ship and coat it inside and out with tar. 15 This is how you should build it: the ship is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 16 Make a roof for the ship, and leave an 18-inch-high opening at the top. Put a door in the side of the ship. Build the ship with lower, middle, and upper decks. 17 I’m about to send a flood on the earth to destroy all people under the sky-every living, breathing human. Everything on earth will die. 18 “But I will make my promise to you. You, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives will go into the ship. 19 Bring two of every living creature into the ship in order to keep them alive with you. They must be male and female. 20 Two of every type of bird, every type of domestic animal, and every type of creature that crawls on the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 Take every kind of food that can be eaten and store it. It will be food for you and the animals.” 22 Noah did this. He did everything that God had commanded him.
In verses 14 through 18 above, we see how god is a designer…he designs with precise units of measurement…every aspect of noah’s ark was meant to carry out some specific function…
God also designed the Ark of the Covenant using the same precise units of measurement. Yes, that same Ark of the Covenant from the Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark.
From wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ark_of_the_Covenant), we have this description of the Ark of the Covenant:
The Ark of the Covenant is a gold-covered wooden chest described in the Book of Exodus as containing the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments….
The biblical account relates that, approximately one year after the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, the Ark was created according to the pattern given to Moses by God when the Israelites were encamped at the foot of biblical Mount Sinai. Thereafter, the gold-plated acacia chest was carried by its staves while en route by the Levites approximately 2,000 cubits (approximately 800 meters or 2,600 feet) in advance of the people when on the march or before the Israelite army, the host of fighting men. When carried, the Ark was always hidden under a large veil made of skins and blue cloth, always carefully concealed, even from the eyes of the priests and the Levites who carried it. God was said to have spoken with Moses “from between the two cherubim” on the Ark’s cover. When at rest the tabernacle was set up and the holy Ark was placed under the veil of the covering the staves of it crossing the middle side bars to hold it up off the ground.
Exodus 25 GOD’S WORD® Translation tells us how God instructed Moses to build the Ark of the Covenant:
1 The LORD said to Moses…Then have them make a holy place for me, and I will live among them….
9 Make the tent and all its furnishings exactly like the plans I am showing you.
10 “Make an ark of acacia wood 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches high.
…..exact measurements and plans….that is what god spoke of to Moses–that is in the realm of science, not superstition….our god is an architect, and requires and uses exact measurements…he sees the world through science and mathematics, through reason and logic, and he wants us to do the same…he wants us to walk in his ways…to understand how he thinks…
Exodus 25 GOD’S WORD® Translation:
11 Cover it with pure gold inside and out, and put a gold molding around it. 12 Cast four gold rings for it, and fasten them to its four feet, two rings on each side.
Note that what is used to store God’s word here is made partially of gold –durable–made to last. God wants us to store his word in durable, well-designed containers.
More on the construction of the Ark of the Covenant, from GOD’S WORD® Translation:
13 Make poles of acacia wood, and cover them with gold. 14 Put the poles through the rings on the sides of the ark in order to carry it. 15 The poles must stay in the rings of the ark. Never remove them. 16 Then you will put into the ark the words of my promise which I will give you.
17 “Make a throne of mercy to cover the ark out of pure gold 45 inches long and 27 inches wide.
18 Make two angels out of hammered gold for the two ends of the throne of mercy,
19 one on each end. Form the angels and the throne of mercy out of one piece of gold.
20 The angels should have their wings spread above the throne of mercy, overshadowing it. They should face each other, looking at the throne of mercy.
21 After you put into the ark the words of my promise which I will give you, place the throne of mercy on top.
22 I will be above the throne of mercy between the angels whenever I meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.
23 “Make a table of acacia wood 36 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 27 inches high.
24 Cover it with pure gold, and put a gold molding around it.
25 Make a rim three inches wide around it, and put a gold molding around the rim.
26 Make four gold rings for it, and fasten them to the four corners, where the four legs are.
27 The rings are to be close to the rim. They are to hold the poles for carrying the table.
28 Make the poles out of acacia wood, cover them with gold, and use them to carry the table.
Above, we see that in Exodus 25, verses 9 through 28 god gave man a detailed and precise set of instructions on how man should construct the ark of the covenant, using scientific measurements and specifying durable materials to ensure that the covenant, which was to be where the word of god was stored and where god would live, would be durable and long-lasting. Also, in addition to verses 9 through 28, these same instructions verse 40 of Exodus 25, making 31 verses total from Exodus 25 where god showed man how to measure this physical world we live in order to create technology for a specific purpose.
God Showed Mankind How To Design and Build Structures Using Complex Blueprints
In 1 Chronicles 28 NET Bible we see how David commissions Solomon to build a temple using blueprints that God gave to David.
1 Chronicles 28 11-12 of the NET Bible reads as follows:
11 David gave to his son Solomon the blueprints for the temple porch, its buildings, its treasuries, its upper areas, its inner rooms, and the room for atonement. 12 He gave him the blueprints of all he envisioned for the courts of the Lord’s temple, all the surrounding rooms, the storehouses of God’s temple, and the storehouses for the holy items.
1 Chronicles 28 19 of the NET Bible shows us that David was guided by God with respect to the details of the blueprints to build the temple:
19 David said, “All of this I put in writing as the Lord directed me and gave me insight regarding the details of the blueprints.”
An alternate version of this verse from the New Living Translation version of 1 Chronicles 28 19 shows that God actually gave the plan/blueprints to David:
19 “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the LORD.”
Again the Bible shows us not a God of superstition, but God the architect and designer:
So we see the god gave david the architectural plans, the detailed blueprints, and david gave the plans to solomon, and Solomon proceeded to build the temple.
In 2 Chronicles 3 we are shown the exacting and detailed process of building the temple using scientific measurements and plans.
2 Chronicles 3, verses 3-15 of the NET Bible:
3 Solomon laid the foundation for God’s temple; its length … was 90 feet, and its width 30 feet. 4 The porch in front of the main hall was 30 feet long, corresponding to the width of the temple, and its height was 30 feet. He plated the inside with pure gold.
5 He paneled the main hall with boards made from evergreen trees and plated it with fine gold, decorated with palm trees and chains.
6 He decorated the temple with precious stones; the gold he used came from Parvaim.
7 He overlaid the temple’s rafters, thresholds, walls and doors with gold; he carved decorative cherubim on the walls.
8 He made the most holy place; its length was 30 feet, corresponding to the width of the temple, and its width 30 feet. He plated it with 600 talents of fine gold.
9 The gold nails weighed 50 shekels; he also plated the upper areas with gold.
10 In the most holy place he made two images of cherubim and plated them with gold.
11 The combined wing span of the cherubs was 30 feet. One of the first cherub’s wings was seven and one-half feet long and touched one wall of the temple; its other wing was also seven and one-half feet long and touched one of the second cherub’s wings.
12 Likewise one of the second cherub’s wings was seven and one-half feet long and touched the other wall of the temple; its other wing was also seven and one-half feet long and touched one of the first cherub’s wings.
13 The combined wingspan of these cherubim was 30 feet. They stood upright, facing inward.
14 He made the curtain out of violet, purple, crimson, and white fabrics, and embroidered on it decorative cherubim.
15 In front of the temple he made two pillars which had a combined length of 52 feet, with each having a plated capital seven and one-half feet high.
So we see that the above 12 verses from 2 Chronicles 3 are concerned with conveying to the readers of the Bible how God’s architectural designs were associated with exact measurements.
Moving on to 2 Chronicles 4, we are still dealing with the temple construction based on the plans designed by God and given to David, who gave them to Solomon.
2 Chronicles 4 1-5 of the NET Bible:
1 He made a bronze altar, 30 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 15 feet high.
2 He also made the big bronze basin called “The Sea.” It measured 15 feet from rim to rim, was circular in shape, and stood seven and one-half feet high. Its circumference was 45 feet.
3 Images of bulls were under it all the way around, ten every eighteen inches all the way around. The bulls were in two rows and had been cast with “The Sea.”
4 “The Sea” stood on top of twelve bulls. Three faced northward, three westward, three southward, and three eastward. “The Sea” was placed on top of them, and they all faced outward.
5 It was four fingers thick and its rim was like that of a cup shaped like a lily blossom. It could hold 18,000 gallons.
Now let us turn to the portion of the Bible book of Ezekiel wherein God directed Ezekiel to observe a special vision. This vision, which God commanded Ezekiel to observe, was of a man measuring a certain prophesied temple. The man doing the measuring in this vision is often called “the bronze man.” In this vision seen by Ezekiel in this vision the bronze man took a large number of measurements
For a long period of time during this vision, the bronze man shows Ezekiel the exact dimensions of this prophesied temple.
Let’s take a look at how this vision given to Ezekiel by God begins.
Ezekiel 40:2 – 4 New Living Translation:
2 In a vision from God he took me to the land of Israel and set me down on a very high mountain. From there I could see toward the south what appeared to be a city.
3 As he [God] brought me nearer, I saw a man whose face shone like bronze standing beside a gateway entrance. He was holding in his hand a linen measuring cord and a measuring rod.
4 He [God] said to me, “Son of man, watch and listen. Pay close attention to everything I show you. You have been brought here so I can show you many things. Then you will return to the people of Israel and tell them everything you have seen.”
As shown below in Ezekiel 43, God is giving Ezekiel the vision and using Ezekiel as a tool to communicate with mankind. He wants mankind to understand the design of the temple and its exact measurements.
Ezekiel 43 NET Bible:
10 “As for you, son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, so that they will be ashamed of their sins and measure the pattern. 11When they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple, its pattern, its exits and entrances, and its whole design – all its statutes, its entire design, and all its laws; write it all down in their sight, so that they may observe its entire design and all its statutes and do them.
Here God is showing us how to walk in his ways…which includes measurement and design and the logical and rational processes that go into creation of structures.
Let’s return to Ezekiel 40 and the beginning of the bronze man vision of measurement:
From World English Bible (WEB), Chapter 40:
5 Behold, a wall on the outside of the house round about,
and in the man’s hand a measuring reed six cubits long,
of a cubit and a handbreadth each: so he measured the thickness
of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed.
So the measuring reed was 6 cubits long, where the cubit was equal to a regular cubit plus one handsbreath long….The Near Eastern or Biblical cubit is usually estimated as approximately 460 mm (18 in)…
A handsbreath is 4 inches, and so the reed was 6 times 22 inches, making it 11 feet long.
The following passages Ezekiel 40 6-49 and Ezekiel 41 1-22 and Ezekiel 43 13-17, 45 2-5, 47 3-5, and 48 30-35, constitute yet another lengthy Bible passage concerned with mathematical measurements. Not with prayer, but with mathematical measurements.
In the quote below from the World English Bible (WEB) we see a long recitation of measurements from the bronze man vision….why did god think it necessary to include all these measurements in the bible?
6 Then came he to the gate which looks toward the east, and went
up the steps of it: and he measured the threshold of the gate,
one reed broad; and the other threshold, one reed broad.
7 Every lodge was one reed long, and one reed broad;
and [the space] between the lodges was five cubits;
and the threshold of the gate by the porch of the gate toward
the house was one reed.
8 He measured also the porch of the gate toward the house, one reed.
9 Then measured he the porch of the gate, eight cubits;
and the posts of it, two cubits; and the porch of the gate
was toward the house.
10 The lodges of the gate eastward were three on this side,
and three on that side; they three were of one measure:
and the posts had one measure on this side and on that side.
11 He measured the breadth of the opening of the gate, ten cubits;
and the length of the gate, thirteen cubits;
12 and a border before the lodges, one cubit [on this side],
and a border, one cubit on that side; and the lodges,
six cubits on this side, and six cubits on that side.
13 He measured the gate from the roof of the one lodge to
the roof of the other, a breadth of twenty-five cubits;
door against door.
14 He made also posts, sixty cubits; and the court [reached]
to the posts, round about the gate.
15 [From] the forefront of the gate at the entrance to the forefront
of the inner porch of the gate were fifty cubits.
19 Then he measured the breadth from the forefront of the lower gate
to the forefront of the inner court outside, one hundred cubits,
[both] on the east and on the north.
21 The lodges of it were three on this side and three on that side;
and the posts of it and the arches of it were after the measure
of the first gate: the length of it was fifty cubits,
and the breadth twenty-five cubits.
23 There was a gate to the inner court over against the [other] gate,
[both] on the north and on the east; and he measured from gate
to gate one hundred cubits.
25 There were windows in it and in the arches of it round about,
like those windows: the length was fifty cubits,
and the breadth twenty-five cubits.
27 There was a gate to the inner court toward the south:
and he measured from gate to gate toward the south
a hundred cubits.
28 Then he brought me to the inner court by the south gate:
and he measured the south gate according to these measures;
29 and the lodges of it, and the posts of it, and the arches of it,
according to these measures: and there were windows in it
and in the arches of it round about; it was fifty cubits long,
and twenty-five cubits broad.
30 There were arches round about, twenty-five cubits long,
and five cubits broad.
32 He brought me into the inner court toward the east:
and he measured the gate according to these measures;
33 and the lodges of it, and the posts of it, and the arches of it,
according to these measures: and there were windows therein
and in the arches of it round about; it was fifty cubits long,
and twenty-five cubits broad.
34 The arches of it were toward the outer court; and palm trees
were on the posts of it, on this side, and on that side:
and the ascent to it had eight steps.
35 He brought me to the north gate: and he measured [it] according
to these measures;
36 the lodges of it, the posts of it, and the arches of it:
and there were windows therein round about; the length was
fifty cubits, and the breadth twenty-five cubits.
37 The posts of it were toward the outer court; and palm trees
were on the posts of it, on this side, and on that side:
and the ascent to it had eight steps.
47 He measured the court, one hundred cubits long, and a hundred
cubits broad, foursquare; and the altar was before the house.
48 Then he brought me to the porch of the house, and measured each
post of the porch, five cubits on this side, and five cubits
on that side: and the breadth of the gate was three cubits
on this side, and three cubits on that side.
49 The length of the porch was twenty cubits, and the breadth
eleven cubits; even by the steps by which they went up to it:
and there were pillars by the posts, one on this side,
and another on that side.
1 He brought me to the temple, and measured the posts, six cubits
broad on the one side, and six cubits broad on the other side,
which was the breadth of the tent.
2 The breadth of the entrance was ten cubits; and the sides
of the entrance were five cubits on the one side, and five
cubits on the other side: and he measured the length of it,
forty cubits, and the breadth, twenty cubits.
3 Then went he inward, and measured each post of the entrance,
two cubits; and the entrance, six cubits; and the breadth
of the entrance, seven cubits.
4 He measured the length of it, twenty cubits, and the breadth,
twenty cubits, before the temple: and he said to me,
This is the most holy place.
5 Then he measured the wall of the house, six cubits;
and the breadth of every side chamber, four cubits,
round about the house on every side.
8 I saw also that the house had a raised base round about:
the foundations of the side chambers were a full reed
of six great cubits.
9 The thickness of the wall, which was for the side chambers,
on the outside, was five cubits: and that which was left was
the place of the side chambers that belonged to the house.
10 Between the chambers was a breadth of twenty cubits round
about the house on every side.
11 The doors of the side chambers were toward [the place] that was left,
one door toward the north, and another door toward the south:
and the breadth of the place that was left was five
cubits round about.
12 The building that was before the separate place at the side
toward the west was seventy cubits broad; and the wall of
the building was five cubits thick round about, and the length
of it ninety cubits.
13 So he measured the house, one hundred cubits long;
and the separate place, and the building, with the walls of it,
one hundred cubits long;
14 also the breadth of the face of the house, and of the separate
place toward the east, one hundred cubits.
15 He measured the length of the building before the separate
place which was at the back of it, and the galleries of it
on the one side and on the other side, one hundred cubits;
and the inner temple, and the porches of the court;
22 The altar was of wood, three cubits high, and the length of it
two cubits; and the corners of it, and the length of it,
and the walls of it, were of wood: and he said to me,
This is the table that is before Yahweh.
2 Before the length of one hundred cubits was the north door,
and the breadth was fifty cubits.
3 Over against the twenty [cubits] which belonged to the inner court,
and over against the pavement which belonged to the outer court,
was gallery against gallery in the third story.
4 Before the chambers was a walk of ten cubits’ breadth inward,
a way of one cubit; and their doors were toward the north.
7 The wall that was outside by the side of the chambers,
toward the outer court before the chambers, the length of it
was fifty cubits.
8 For the length of the chambers that were in the outer court
was fifty cubits: and behold, before the temple were
one hundred cubits.
16 He measured on the east side with the measuring reed five
hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about.
17 He measured on the north side five hundred reeds with the measuring
reed round about.
18 He measured on the south side five hundred reeds with
the measuring reed.
19 He turned about to the west side, and measured five hundred
reeds with the measuring reed.
20 He measured it on the four sides: it had a wall round about,
the length five hundred, and the breadth five hundred,
to make a separation between that which was holy and that
which was common.
13 These are the measures of the altar by cubits (the cubit
is a cubit and a handbreadth): the bottom shall be a cubit,
and the breadth a cubit, and the border of it by the edge of it
round about a span; and this shall be the base of the altar.
14 From the bottom on the ground to the lower ledge shall
be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit; and from
the lesser ledge to the greater ledge shall be four cubits,
and the breadth a cubit.
15 The upper altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar hearth
and upward there shall be four horns.
16 The altar hearth shall be twelve [cubits] long by twelve broad,
square in the four sides of it.
17 The ledge shall be fourteen [cubits] long by fourteen broad
in the four sides of it; and the border about it shall be half
a cubit; and the bottom of it shall be a cubit round about;
and the steps of it shall look toward the east.
2 Of this there shall be for the holy place five hundred [in
length] by five hundred [in breadth], square round about;
and fifty cubits for the suburbs of it round about.
3 Of this measure shall you measure a length of twenty-five thousand,
and a breadth of ten thousand: and in it shall be the sanctuary,
which is most holy.
4 It is a holy portion of the land; it shall be for the priests,
the ministers of the sanctuary, who come near to minister to Yahweh;
and it shall be a place for their houses, and a holy place
for the sanctuary.
5 Twenty-five thousand in length, and ten thousand in breadth,
shall be to the Levites, the ministers of the house,
for a possession to themselves, [for] twenty chambers.
6 You shall appoint the possession of the city five thousand broad,
and twenty-five thousand long, side by side with the offering
of the holy portion: it shall be for the whole house of Israel.
3 When the man went forth eastward with the line in his hand,
he measured one thousand cubits, and he caused me to pass
through the waters, waters that were to the ankles.
4 Again he measured one thousand, and caused me to pass through
the waters, waters that were to the knees. Again he measured
one thousand, and caused me to pass through [the waters],
waters that were to the waist.
5 Afterward he measured one thousand; [and it was] a river
that I could not pass through; for the waters were risen,
waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed through.
30 These are the exits of the city: On the north side four
thousand and five hundred [reeds] by measure;
32 At the east side four thousand and five hundred [reeds],
and three gates: even the gate of Joseph, one; the gate
of Benjamin, one; the gate of Dan, one.
33 At the south side four thousand and five hundred [reeds]
by measure, and three gates: the gate of Simeon, one; the gate
of Issachar, one; the gate of Zebulun, one.
34 At the west side four thousand and five hundred [reeds],
with their three gates: the gate of Gad, one; the gate
of Asher, one; the gate of Naphtali, one.
35 It shall be eighteen thousand [reeds] round about:
and the name of the city from that day shall be, Yahweh is there.
The verses above from Ezekiel 40 6-49 and Ezekiel 41 1-22 and Ezekiel 43 13-17, 45 2-5, 47 3-5, and 48 30-35 constitute yet another long Bible passage relating to mathematics and design.
Why is all this measuring included in the Bible? Why did God put this display of measurement in the Bible? One possible interpretation of this inclusion of measurements is that God wants us to see how important it is to measure and quantify the world around us…this sort of exact measurement is a fundamental basis of science and tech…there are traditionally a number of themes associated with the book of ezekiel, but experts typically never discuss the theme of measuring the natural world around us and how measurement plays such a vital role in human society. Measuring and quantifying the natural world around us, and then recording that information, that is a major component of how mankind rules nature. And God showed us how to do it.
And here are two other examples of how god uses the bible to talk about measuring the natural world around us:
Revelation 21:15 GOD’S WORD® Translation
The angel who was talking to me had a gold measuring stick to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.
Revelation 11:1 GOD’S WORD® Translation
Then I was given a stick like a measuring stick. I was told, “Stand up and measure the temple of God and the altar. Count those who worship there.
compare these lengthy records of measurement versus the account of prayer in the bible….there are far more verses dedicated to measuring and counting and recording information and designing than there are verses dedicated to discussing prayer.[insert prayer discussion text.
and yet modern christianity is to a significant degree centered around prayer…your friendly neighborhood preacher will give sermon after sermon focusing on prayer and your relationship with god…and ignore the science in the bible, which is far more prevalent in the bible….this is a failure of christianity…if we had focused more on science and technology instead prayer, perhaps we would have shown better progress in defeating death, which is god’s ultimate goal.
The Bible also shows how God Showed the Hebrews how to design their society:
Numbers 35 9-15 (World English Bible):
9 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 10 “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, ‘When you pass over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 11 then you shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person unwittingly may flee there. 12 The cities shall be to you for refuge from the avenger, that the manslayer not die, until he stands before the congregation for judgment. …. 15 For the children of Israel, and for the stranger and for the foreigner living among them, shall these six cities be for refuge; that everyone who kills any person unwittingly may flee there.
This passage shows god the societal planner…designing Hebrew society so that it would function more smoothly…logic, reason, analytical thinking…these are the tools that god uses…and that we have to learn to use.
here is another passage dealing with the planning of society and the organization of tribal divisions:
Numbers 2 –New International Version
The Arrangement of the Tribal Camps
1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: 2 “The Israelites are to camp around the tent of meeting some distance from it, each of them under their standard and holding the banners of their family.”
3 On the east, toward the sunrise, the divisions of the camp of Judah are to encamp under their standard. The leader of the people of Judah is Nahshon son of Amminadab. 4 His division numbers 74,600.
5 The tribe of Issachar will camp next to them. The leader of the people of Issachar is Nethanel son of Zuar. 6 His division numbers 54,400.
7The tribe of Zebulun will be next. The leader of the people of Zebulun is Eliab son of Helon. 8 His division numbers 57,400.
9All the men assigned to the camp of Judah, according to their divisions, number 186,400. They will set out first.
10On the south will be the divisions of the camp of Reuben under their standard. The leader of the people of Reuben is Elizur son of Shedeur. 11His division numbers 46,500.
12The tribe of Simeon will camp next to them. The leader of the people of Simeon is Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai. 13His division numbers 59,300.
14The tribe of Gad will be next. The leader of the people of Gad is Eliasaph son of Deuel.a 15His division numbers 45,650.
16All the men assigned to the camp of Reuben, according to their divisions, number 151,450. They will set out second.
17Then the tent of meeting and the camp of the Levites will set out in the middle of the camps. They will set out in the same order as they encamp, each in their own place under their standard.
18On the west will be the divisions of the camp of Ephraim under their standard. The leader of the people of Ephraim is Elishama son of Ammihud. 19His division numbers 40,500.
20The tribe of Manasseh will be next to them. The leader of the people of Manasseh is Gamaliel son of Pedahzur. 21His division numbers 32,200.
22The tribe of Benjamin will be next. The leader of the people of Benjamin is Abidan son of Gideoni. 23His division numbers 35,400.
24All the men assigned to the camp of Ephraim, according to their divisions, number 108,100. They will set out third.
25On the north will be the divisions of the camp of Dan under their standard. The leader of the people of Dan is Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai. 26His division numbers 62,700.
27The tribe of Asher will camp next to them. The leader of the people of Asher is Pagiel son of Okran. 28His division numbers 41,500.
29The tribe of Naphtali will be next. The leader of the people of Naphtali is Ahira son of Enan. 30His division numbers 53,400.
31All the men assigned to the camp of Dan number 157,600. They will set out last, under their standards.
32These are the Israelites, counted according to their families. All the men in the camps, by their divisions, number 603,550. 33The Levites, however, were not counted along with the other Israelites, as the Lord commanded Moses.
34So the Israelites did everything the Lord commanded Moses; that is the way they encamped under their standards, and that is the way they set out, each of them with their clan and family.
This is god speaking to moses and aaron, telling them in detail how to organize the tribal camps…note how god specifies in mathematical terms of the organization of the tribes and camps…our god speaks through mathematics, and he wants us to follow in his ways.
Our God is a God Of Algorithms, as shown in the Bible:
From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithm) a definition of algorithm:
In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm ….is a self-contained step-by-step set of operations to be performed.
here, god give a set of detailed instructions and tells moses when to perform certain steps in this algorithm….algorithms are a branch of mathematics… here in numbers 4, god is showing us how to perform algorithmic steps ….
Numbers 4 World English Bible:
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 2″Take a census of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, 3from thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all who enter into the service, to do the work in the Tent of Meeting. ….
5When the camp moves forward, Aaron shall go in, and his sons, and they shall take down the veil of the screen, and cover the ark of the Testimony with it, 6 and shall put a covering of sealskin on it, and shall spread over it a cloth all of blue, and shall put in its poles.
7 “On the table of show bread they shall spread a blue cloth, and put on it the dishes, the spoons, the bowls, and the cups with which to pour out; and the continual bread shall be on it. 8They shall spread on them a scarlet cloth, and cover the same with a covering of sealskin, and shall put in its poles. 9″They shall take a blue cloth, and cover the lampstand of the light, and its lamps, and its snuffers, and its snuff dishes, and all its oil vessels, with which they minister to it. 10They shall put it and all its vessels within a covering of sealskin, and shall put it on the frame. 11″On the golden altar they shall spread a blue cloth, and cover it with a covering of sealskin, and shall put in its poles. 12″They shall take all the vessels of ministry, with which they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a blue cloth, and cover them with a covering of sealskin, and shall put them on the frame. 13″They shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth on it. 14 They shall put on it all its vessels, with which they minister about it, the fire pans, the flesh hooks, the shovels, and the basins; all the vessels of the altar; and they shall spread on it a covering of sealskin, and put in its poles.
15 “When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary, and all the furniture of the sanctuary, as the camp moves forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to carry it: but they shall not touch the sanctuary, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the Tent of Meeting.
21 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 22″Take a census of the sons of Gershon also, by their fathers’ houses, by their families; 23you shall count them from thirty years old and upward until fifty years old; all who enter in to wait on the service, to do the work in the Tent of Meeting. 24″This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, in serving and in bearing burdens: 25they shall carry the curtains of the tabernacle, and the Tent of Meeting, its covering, and the covering of sealskin that is above on it, and the screen for the door of the Tent of Meeting,
29″As for the sons of Merari, you shall number them by their families, by their fathers’ houses; 30you shall count them from thirty years old and upward even to fifty years old, everyone who enters on the service, to do the work of the Tent of Meeting.
So, the above verses are examples of how God spoke to man and commanded man to record information about the world around and use that information. Again, we see the logical, scientific God, and not some superstitious, hocus-pocus God.
Our God is a God of Biological Science
From Leviticus 13 World English Bible:
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 2″When a man shall have a rising in his body’s skin, or a scab, or a bright spot, and it becomes in the skin of his body the plague of leprosy, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest, or to one of his sons, the priests: 3 and the priest shall examine the plague in the skin of the body: and if the hair in the plague has turned white, and the appearance of the plague is deeper than the body’s skin, it is the plague of leprosy; and the priest shall examine him, and pronounce him unclean.
Above, god knows how disease spreads, and he shows mankind how to observe the natural world and act accordingly to one’s observation. God, the biological scientist.
Below, an example of god using “If-then” logic–an algorithmic process that god was showing us how to use.
From Leviticus 13 World English Bible:
4 If the bright spot is white in the skin of his body, and its appearance isn’t deeper than the skin, and its hair hasn’t turned white, then the priest shall isolate the infected person for seven days. 5 The priest shall examine him on the seventh day, and, behold, if in his eyes the plague is arrested, and the plague hasn’t spread in the skin, then the priest shall isolate him for seven more days. 6 The priest shall examine him again on the seventh day; and behold, if the plague has faded, and the plague hasn’t spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean. It is a scab. He shall wash his clothes, and be clean.
7 But if the scab spreads on the skin, after he has shown himself to the priest for his cleansing, he shall show himself to the priest again. 8 The priest shall examine him; and behold, if the scab has spread on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is leprosy.
9 “When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought to the priest; 10 and the priest shall examine him. Behold, if there is a white rising in the skin, and it has turned the hair white, and there is raw flesh in the rising, 11 it is a chronic leprosy in the skin of his body, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean. He shall not isolate him, for he is unclean. 12 “If the leprosy breaks out all over the skin, and the leprosy covers all the skin of the infected person from his head even to his feet, as far as it appears to the priest; 13 then the priest shall examine him; and, behold, if the leprosy has covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean of the plague. It has all turned white: he is clean. 14But whenever raw flesh appears in him, he shall be unclean. 15The priest shall examine the raw flesh, and pronounce him unclean: the raw flesh is unclean. It is leprosy. 16 Or if the raw flesh turns again, and is changed to white, then he shall come to the priest; 17 and the priest shall examine him; and, behold, if the plague has turned white, then the priest shall pronounce him clean of the plague. He is clean.
God the biologist, god the algorithmist….
The descriptions of disease given below show us how God gave to man the beginnings of medicine:
From Leviticus 13 World English Bible, God still speaking to man here:
18 “When the body has a boil on its skin, and it has healed, 19and in the place of the boil there is a white rising, or a bright spot, reddish-white, then it shall be shown to the priest; 20 and the priest shall examine it; and behold, if its appearance is lower than the skin, and its hair has turned white, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is the plague of leprosy. It has broken out in the boil. 21 But if the priest examines it, and behold, there are no white hairs in it, and it isn’t deeper than the skin, but is dim, then the priest shall isolate him seven days. 22 If it spreads in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is a plague. 23 But if the bright spot stays in its place, and hasn’t spread, it is the scar from the boil; and the priest shall pronounce him clean.
24 “Or when the body has a burn from fire on its skin, and the raw flesh of the burn becomes a bright spot, reddish-white, or white, 25 then the priest shall examine it; and behold, if the hair in the bright spot has turned white, and its appearance is deeper than the skin; it is leprosy. It has broken out in the burning, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is the plague of leprosy. 26But if the priest examines it, and behold, there is no white hair in the bright spot, and it isn’t lower than the skin, but is faded; then the priest shall isolate him seven days. 27The priest shall examine him on the seventh day. If it has spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is the plague of leprosy. 28If the bright spot stays in its place, and hasn’t spread in the skin, but is faded, it is the swelling from the burn, and the priest shall pronounce him clean; for it is the scar from the burn.
29″When a man or woman has a plague on the head or on the beard, 30then the priest shall examine the plague; and behold, if its appearance is deeper than the skin, and the hair in it is yellow and thin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is an itch, it is leprosy of the head or of the beard. 31If the priest examines the plague of itching, and behold, its appearance isn’t deeper than the skin, and there is no black hair in it, then the priest shall isolate him the person infected with itching seven days. 32On the seventh day the priest shall examine the plague; and behold, if the itch hasn’t spread, and there is no yellow hair in it, and the appearance of the itch isn’t deeper than the skin, 33then he shall be shaved, but he shall not shave the itch; and the priest shall shut him up who has the itch seven more days. 34On the seventh day, the priest shall examine the itch; and behold, if the itch hasn’t spread in the skin, and its appearance isn’t deeper than the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean. He shall wash his clothes, and be clean. 35But if the itch spreads in the skin after his cleansing, 36then the priest shall examine him; and behold, if the itch has spread in the skin, the priest shall not look for the yellow hair; he is unclean. 37But if in his eyes the itch is arrested, and black hair has grown in it; the itch is healed, he is clean. The priest shall pronounce him clean.
38″When a man or a woman has bright spots in the skin of the body, even white bright spots; 39then the priest shall examine them; and behold, if the bright spots on the skin of their body are a dull white, it is a harmless rash, it has broken out in the skin; he is clean.
40″If a man’s hair has fallen from his head, he is bald. He is clean. 41If his hair has fallen off from the front part of his head, he is forehead bald. He is clean. 42But if there is in the bald head, or the bald forehead, a reddish-white plague; it is leprosy breaking out in his bald head, or his bald forehead. 43Then the priest shall examine him; and, behold, if the rising of the plague is reddish-white in his bald head, or in his bald forehead, like the appearance of leprosy in the skin of the flesh, 44he is a leprous man. He is unclean. The priest shall surely pronounce him unclean. His plague is on his head.
45″The leper in whom the plague is shall wear torn clothes, and the hair of his head shall hang loose. He shall cover his upper lip, and shall cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ 46All the days in which the plague is in him he shall be unclean. He is unclean. He shall dwell alone. Outside of the camp shall be his dwelling.
47″The garment also that the plague of leprosy is in, whether it is a woolen garment, or a linen garment; 48 whether it is in warp, or woof; of linen, or of wool; whether in a skin, or in anything made of skin; 49 if the plague is greenish or reddish in the garment, or in the skin, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in anything made of skin; it is the plague of leprosy, and shall be shown to the priest. 50 The priest shall examine the plague, and isolate the plague seven days. 51 He shall examine the plague on the seventh day. If the plague has spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in the skin, whatever use the skin is used for, the plague is a destructive mildew. It is unclean. 52 He shall burn the garment, whether the warp or the woof, in wool or in linen, or anything of skin, in which the plague is: for it is a destructive mildew. It shall be burned in the fire.
53 “If the priest examines it, and behold, the plague hasn’t spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in anything of skin; 54 then the priest shall command that they wash the thing in which the plague is, and he shall isolate it seven more days. 55 Then the priest shall examine it, after the plague is washed; and behold, if the plague hasn’t changed its color, and the plague hasn’t spread, it is unclean; you shall burn it in the fire. It is a mildewed spot, whether the bareness is inside or outside.
56If the priest looks, and behold, the plague has faded after it is washed, then he shall tear it out of the garment, or out of the skin, or out of the warp, or out of the woof: 57and if it appears again in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in anything of skin, it is spreading. You shall burn with fire that in which the plague is. 58The garment, either the warp, or the woof, or whatever thing of skin it is, which you shall wash, if the plague has departed from them, then it shall be washed the second time, and it will be clean.”
59This is the law of the plague of mildew in a garment of wool or linen, either in the warp, or the woof, or in anything of skin, to pronounce it clean, or to pronounce it unclean.
More from God and the Bible regarding biological science and germ theory, in particular God showed man how to use antiseptic solutions to prevent disease:
Numbers 19 World English Bible:
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying…..
16 “Whoever in the open field touches one who is slain with a sword, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days. 17 “For the unclean they shall take of the ashes of the burning of the sin offering; and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel: 18 and a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it on the tent, and on all the vessels, and on the persons who were there, and on him who touched the bone, or the slain, or the dead, or the grave: [ from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyssopus_officinalis — Hyssop ….essential oil. “The essential oil includes the chemicals thujone and phenol, which give it antiseptic properties” ] 19 and the clean person shall sprinkle on the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify him; and he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at evening.
God showed man how to use sanitation to prevent disease:
Deuteronomy 1 Holman Christian Standard Bible
1These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan in the wilderness,a in the •Arabahb opposite Suph,c between Parand and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth,e and Di-zahab. 2It is an eleven-day journey from Horebf to Kadesh-barneag by way of Mount Seir.h 3In the fortieth year,i in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the LORD had commanded him to say to them….
From Deuteronomy 23 Holman Christian Standard Bible, this is moses talking to the jews, giving them god’s instructions, instructions that would save lives through science. God knew about germs. Mankind did not understand about germs until maybe 2000 years or more after God told Moses to tell the jews to live in ways that would protect them from germs. God told us to walk in his ways. We failed to apply god’s logic and understanding of the natural world until 2000 years later. We are only now–over 2000 years later–beginning to have god’s understanding of science and nature for ourselves. Mankind only recently understood germ theory of disease. It took us thousands of years to catch up to god on science. We still have a ways to go.
From Deuteronomy 23 Holman Christian Standard Bible:
12 “You must have a designated area outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself. 13 Each of you must have a spade as part of your equipment. Whenever you relieve yourself, dig a hole with the spade and cover the excrement. 14 The camp must be holy [cleanliness is indeed next to holiness], for the LORD your God moves around in your camp to protect you and to defeat your enemies. He must not see any shameful thing among you, or he will turn away from you
From Leviticus 15 World English Bible
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them, ‘When any man has a discharge from his body, because of his discharge he is unclean. 3 This shall be his uncleanness in his discharge: whether his body runs with his discharge, or his body has stopped from his discharge, it is his uncleanness. 4 “‘Every bed whereon he who has the discharge lies shall be unclean; and everything he sits on shall be unclean. 5 Whoever touches his bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. 6 He who sits on anything whereon the man who has the discharge sat shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. 7 “‘He who touches the body of him who has the discharge shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. 8 “‘If he who has the discharge spits on him who is clean, then he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. 9 “‘Whatever saddle he who has the discharge rides on shall be unclean. 10 Whoever touches anything that was under him shall be unclean until the evening. He who carries those things shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. 11″‘Whoever he who has the discharge touches, without having rinsed his hands in water, he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. 12″‘The earthen vessel, which he who has the discharge touches, shall be broken; and every vessel of wood shall be rinsed in water.
So, god understood how germs spread. It took us thousands of years to understand germs. But God knew.
God Wants Us To Walk In His Ways, Which Means Not Just Obeying His Commandments, But Doing Things His Way, Thinking As God Thinks
Psalm 119:3 World English Bible
Yes, they do nothing wrong. They walk in his ways.
The ways of God include several things, even many things. But when we think about the ways of God, we do not usually think of such things as design, logic, algorithms, science, written preservation of knowledge. Yet we have already seen that there are many dozens of Bible verses that show that God is a scientist, an engineer, a scientist, a designer, an architect, etc. Those are his ways. We should do as God did in the Bible–use logic and reason and the scientific method to live our lives the way God showed us in the Bible.
Deuteronomy 26:17 New American Standard Bible:
“You have today declared the LORD to be your God, and that you would walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments and His ordinances, and listen to His voice.
This means more than just obey, but to do the things he does…And think the way he thinks…Defeat death through your powers of reason and logic and science.
Deuteronomy 11:22 King James Bible:
For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;
Here we are being told not only to do his commandments, but also to walk in his ways….what are his ways? To think rationally, to measure and describe this natural world…to use the tools of science and reason to shape the world to our desires.
1 Kings 2 World English Bible:
1 Now the days of David drew near that he should die; and he commanded Solomon his son, saying, 2 “I am going the way of all the earth. You be strong therefore, and show yourself a man; 3 and keep the instruction of Yahweh your God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, according to that which is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do, and wherever you turn yourself.
Deuteronomy 32 New Living Translation–This is Moses speaking god’s words:
1 “Listen, O heavens, and I will speak!
Hear, O earth, the words that I say!
2 Let my teaching fall on you like rain;
Deuteronomy 33 New Living Translation
3 Indeed, he loves his people;
all his holy ones are in his hands.
They follow in his steps
and accept his teaching.
So god is not only commanding us, but also teaching us, showing us how to think.
Sso here we see god telling us to not only obey and to do the things he commands to do, but also to ‘walk in his ways.’ What does it mean to walk in someone’s ways? It means to to do the things THEY would do, to think like they think. What would god do in a certain situation? What would Jesus do in a certain situation? When god was faced with a problem, he used reason and logic and design and scientific knowledge to solve the problem (e.g., designing an ark to save humans and animals from the flood, or to stop human waste from spreading disease via germs; using measuring devices to create a well-designed structure, etc.)..
Below, Jesus makes the distinction between the way man thinks and the way god thinks –from Mark 8:33 GOD’S WORD® Translation:
Jesus turned, looked at his disciples, and objected to what Peter said. Jesus said, “Get out of my way, Satan! You aren’t thinking the way God thinks but the way humans think.”
And from Matthew 16:23, GOD’S WORD® Translation:
But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get out of my way, Satan! You are tempting me to sin. You aren’t thinking the way God thinks but the way humans think.”
There is a difference between the way god thinks and the way humans think…God thinks rationally, with science and mathematics, humans with superstition and illogically.
God’s thoughts and deeds, and not just his commandments, should be an example to us.
But God does more than just think. He also acts.
From Revelation 15:3 GOD’S WORD® Translation:
and singing the song of God’s servant Moses and the song of the lamb. They sang, “The things you do are spectacular and amazing, Lord God Almighty…..
The things Goes does! What are the ‘things’ he does? Well, he showed mankind how to design, how to think logically, how to obtain, record and preserve information. These were indeed ‘spectacular and amazing’ things to do…
Psalm 111:2 New International Version:
Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Again, here is the Bible telling us not just to do this or do that, but the bible is also telling us about the works of the Lord. The works, the things he did. Doing things is important to God.
Psalm 143:1 King James Bible:
A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer….
[talking to God]
Psalm 143:5 New International Version:
I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.
So David was thinking about what God had done. Not just thinking about what God was telling us to do, but thinking about what God had done. What are his ways? Reason, logic, writing down information for future use, telling us about how to fight disease, how to design and construct buildings….etc.
Psalm 92:5 World English Bible:
How great are your works, Yahweh! Your thoughts are very deep.
So, what are God’s thoughts? So, don’t just contemplate his commands, but contemplate his thoughts–the way God thinks.
Isaiah 55:9 World English Bible:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” says Yahweh.
In those days there was indeed a difference between the ways and thoughts of God and the ways and thoughts of mankind. Man was steeped in superstition and irrationality, while god trying to use the Bible to show mankind how to observe the natural world and gather information about our world, and write down that information for future use, how to measure and quantify this natural world and how to analyze that information about the world, how to use the mind and logic and reason to design and construct buildings and other creations.
We have been told in the bible to follow in his ways…And we need to think as he thinks–rationally, analytically, we need to use the scientific method god taught to use.
Isaiah 55:9 NET Bible:
for just as the sky is higher than the earth, so my deeds are superior to your deeds and my plans superior to your plans.
This is god trying to tell us to rise above what we were and become more like him, to make plans like his plans…To do the things he does…But as long as the word stays in us, we are becoming like him.
Romans 11:33 GOD’S WORD® Translation
God’s riches, wisdom, and knowledge are so deep that it is impossible to explain his decisions or to understand his ways.
But we are trying…This is not just about following his commandments, obeying his laws…This is also about thinking like he thinks…God does not expect us to blindly and dumbly follow his commandments…He is expecting us to become more knowledgeable and wise…To understand his ways…And his ways includes biological science, math, the scientific method and much more.
Romans 12:2 New Living Translation
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
You are coming to think more like the way god thinks…You are coming to walk in his ways…The ways of reason and science.
All these words from the Bible are talking about the ideas and concepts that form the basis of modern science. Our reasoning and our powers of logic, our system of scientific thinking, our scientific knowledge, these are the tools God has given us to help him achieve his goals. Our logical mind and our powers of reason are the mighty power of God working within us, tools we can use to do the good things he planned for us long ago. We are his mighty power, that is what the Bible has told us (see the verses above), and science and reason is our mighty power. God uses us, and we use reason and science.
And what is God’s ultimate goal? To defeat death, to end death for all time and to give mankind eternal life, a life without tears… and we are the tool he will use to develop the science needed to defeat death. We are his mighty power. His mighty power is us, he works through us. And we work through science.
God Will Defeat Death via the Power of Man’s Science When Jesus Returns And The Dead Are Resurrected
Does the Bible talk about when all this is going to happen? When will God defeat death via the power of man’s science?
1 Corinthians chapter 15 verse 23 of the New Living Translation talks about the resurrection and the second coming of Christ… we read as follows:
“But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back…” (NLT)
So the dead will be resurrected when Christ returns to the Earth, when He comes back–the second coming. And it would seem reasonable that when the dead are revived, that is the beginning of the age of immortality for mankind.
1 Corinthians chapter 15 25-26 from the King James Bible says:
For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”
So we see here that after Christ (“he”) has returned to Earth, then death will be defeated, death being the last enemy to be defeated, the most difficult enemy to defeat.
So, it is in the future, probably the distant future, after the Resurrection and the Second Coming of Christ, that God will defeat death and make us immortal. And God will be using mankind’s science and reason as the tool to defeat death and give immortality to mankind–at least to those who deserve immortality.
After Resurrection, We Will Use Science To Create Our New Immortal Bodies
So how are we are going to be made immortal after being resurrected? Does the Bible address the method or the ways through we might be made immortal?
Philippians 3 21 of the New Living Translation tells us that:
“He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.” (NLT)
Remember, we are his mighty power that he will use to accomplish the good things he wants done. And God wants to defeat death. And we see here that our bodies will be made over, transformed. And the power to do so is mankind, and mankind’s mighty power is science and reason. So we will transform our bodies through science.
And from 1 Corinthians 15 50-54 of the Weymouth New testament:
“But this I tell you, brethren: our mortal bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, nor will what is perishable inherit what is imperishable. I tell you a truth hitherto kept secret: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the sounding of the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incapable of decay, and we shall be changed. For so it must be: this perishable nature must clothe itself with what is imperishable, and this mortality must clothe itself with immortality. But when this perishable nature has put on what is imperishable, and this mortality has put on immortality, then will the words of Scripture be fulfilled, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.””
So, the advanced science of the future will raise us from the dead and transform our bodies into indestructible (and imperishable) immortal bodies. And this will happen after the resurrection and the second coming of Christ.
Only Some Of The Resurrected Will Live Forever.
But what of Judgment Day, when the resurrected will be judged?
The question arises as to whether all of those who are resurrected will then go on to immortality, or will some or most of the resurrected go to death once again and not live forever?
If we look at Revelation 20 12-15 of the Weymouth New Testament, this is a passage that describes how the resurrected will be judged on Judgment Day:
“And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing in front of the throne. And books were opened; and so was another book—namely, the Book of Life; and the dead were judged by the things recorded in the books in accordance with what their conduct had been. Then the sea yielded up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades yielded up the dead who were in them, and each man was judged in accordance with what his conduct had been. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the Lake of fire; this is the Second Death—the Lake of fire. And if any one’s name was not found recorded in the Book of Life he was thrown into the Lake of fire.”
Anyone’s Whose Name Is Not Written In The Book Of Life Will Be Thrown Into The Lake Of Fire
So each resurrected person will be judged according to what they had done in life. Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. So if your name is written in the Book of Life, you can live forever. Otherwise, you go to the second death, even after being resurrected.
You Can Write Your Name In The Book Of Life By Helping To Raise The Dead
So how do you get your name written in the Book of Life? You get your name written in the Book of Life by doing what God wants you to do. What does God want us to do?
In Matthew 10:8 of the Weymouth New Testament, Jesus told his disciples to raise the dead:
“Cure the sick, raise the dead to life, cleanse lepers, drive out demons: you have received without payment, give without payment.”
Now, as good Christians we all give to charity, and part of that charity goes towards funding hospitals that are curing the sick, dealing with various illnesses, both mental and physical. In fact, as Americans a good portion of the sales and income taxes we pay already go towards helping others with their medical problems, with homelessness and so forth. And that sort of charity would seem to satisfy at least part of Matthew 10 8. But what about the “raising the dead to life” part of Matthew 10 8? Are you helping to raise the dead back to life? Raising the dead would seem a likely path to getting one’s name in the Book of Life. If God wants us to defeat death for him, then raising the dead back to life would seem critical to achieving that goal for God.
The Goal Of Cryonics Is To Raise The Dead
And indeed that is one of the purposes of the science of cryonics. When the cryonicists freeze (or cryopreserve) the brain for long term storage in dewars or cryostats, when they immerse the brain in liquid nitrogen for decades or centuries, they are doing so in order that advanced science in the future can resurrect these cryogenically preserved and bring them back to life. Those who are signed up for cryonics plan to have themselves resurrected and thereby obey Matthew 10 8 where Jesus told us to raise the dead to life. Cryonicists are currently the only group of people on earth who are working to raise the dead, which is what Jesus told us to do in Matthew 10 8.
Cryonicists hope to write their names in the Book of Life by preparing themselves for resurrection –helping to raise the dead – and thereby writing their names in the Book of Life. Indeed, the resurrection of the cryonicists from cryopreservation in liquid nitrogen may well be the first step in the resurrection as described in the Bible, and that resurrection may itself bring Jesus back to Earth again–the Second Coming.
When Jesus said “Raise The Dead,” He Was Talking To You and Me
However, the question arises as to whether Jesus was talking to you and me when he told the Apostles to raise the dead back to life. To answer this, let us turn to Matthew 28 18-20 of the Weymouth New Testament:
“Jesus however came near and said to them, “All power in Heaven and over the earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations; baptize them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; and teach them to obey every command which I have given you.”
We know that Jesus told his disciples to raise the dead in Matthew 10 8, and then later, here in Matthew 28 18-20, we see that Jesus told those same disciples (the Apostles) that they were to go and make new disciples, and that these new disciples were then to obey all the commands that Jesus had already given the Apostles. And just what commands had Jesus given the Apostles? For one, he gave them the command of raising the dead. So if you are a disciple of Christ, then he wants you to raise the dead. No mistake about that.
As further evidence that Jesus wants each of us to help raise the dead back to life, let’s take a look at John 14 12 (King James Bible), where Jesus is speaking to his followers:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
We know that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, and here in John 14 12, he told his followers to do the same works he had done, and that he also expects even greater works from you and me. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. That was one of his works. And here Jesus is telling his believers that they need to do the same works he has done. I am a believer in Christ. So I am helping to raise the dead. That is why I signed up for cryonics. That is what Christ told me to do. The only people on Earth engaged in raising the dead are the cryonicists. That is one reason why I am a signed up cryonicist.
So raising the dead is something that a good Christian should be doing. Or at least helping to raise the dead. And that is one of the primary purposes of cryonics. By working together to ensure healthy, functional cryonics organizations, cryonicists are helping to raise the dead who have been cryopreserved. Although that resurrection of these “Resurrectables” stored in liquid nitrogen will no doubt not take place for many decades, if not centuries, cryonicists are indeed working to carry out Jesus’s command to raise the dead back to life.
Mankind Can Raise The Dead Though Science
The question then arises as to whether it is possible for us to raise the dead back to life. Luke 1 37 (King James Bible) addresses this question:
“For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
Also, in Mark 10 27 (King James Bible), we are told that:
“…Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
And in Matthew 19 26 (King James Bible), it tells us that:
“…Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
So, yes, with God’s help, we can raise the dead, although it may seem impossible at this time. He gave us the tools to raise the dead—our powers of reason and logic and science. And he wants us to raise the dead. He commanded us to raise the dead.
So, to summarize what we have read so far, some people will not live forever after the resurrection — they will go into the lake of fire on Judgment Day because they had not written their names in the Book Of Life — and it is our deeds, what we do, that are the keys to whether we live on forever after resurrection, whether we make it past Judgment Day. Cryonicists believe that by helping to raise the dead, they will write their names in the Book Of Life. After all, defeating death is God’s ultimate goal, and if we cryonicists can raise the dead stored in liquid nitrogen (the Resurrectables), then we are helping God defeat death.
Those Who Are Resurrected First Receive The Better Resurrection And Will Live Forever On Earth
But what else might we need to do in order to please God and receive immortality after the resurrection?
The Bible does speak of differences in those who are resurrected. Some will receive a better resurrection and be resurrected first. Hebrews 11 35 of the New International Version Bible reads as follows:
“Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection.”
An even better resurrection! So, being resurrected would be good, in and of itself, but of course any of us would want a better resurrection.
Revelation 20 6 of the Weymouth New Testament describes the first resurrection:
“Blessed and holy are those who share in the First Resurrection. The Second Death has no power over them, but they shall be priests to God and to Christ, and shall be kings with Christ for the thousand years.”
The Second Death is the Lake of Fire. So, being resurrected first is something to be desired, certainly. You get to reign beside Jesus for 1000 years, and you do not need to worry about the Lake Of Fire. You are then assured of immortality on Earth.
We Need to Have Christ Inside of Us At Resurrection In Order to Be Resurrected First and Receive the Better Resurrection
But how then can we achieve that first resurrection–that better resurrection–and thus ensure immortality? What sort of deeds should we do if we want the better resurrection and immortality?
1 Thessalonians 4 16 from the King James Bible describes a certain characteristic shared by those who are resurrected first, presumably those would receive the better resurrection:
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first…”
So the “dead in Christ” get to be among the first resurrected, that being the better resurrection. What does being “dead in Christ” even mean? What does it mean to be dead and at the same time to be “in Christ”? How can we be anywhere if we are dead?
Furthermore, along these same lines, Romans 8 10 of the World English Bible tells us that
“If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness.”
So, we need to have Christ inside of us while we are dead in order to be righteous? In order to live forever, we need to have Christ in us even while we are dead. How can we do that?
From 1 Thessalonians 4 14 of the King James Bible, we see that:
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”
From the context of 1 Thessalonians 4 14 (see 1 Thessalonians 4 16, for example), it is clear that being asleep here means to be dead, and that the reference to God bringing with him those who sleep in Jesus means that those who are dead and who are also “in Christ” or “in Jesus” will receive the better resurrection, the first resurrection.
However, what it means to be “in Christ” while you are dead is still unclear. Romans 6 8 of the King James Bible refers to the same condition:
“Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him”
We can see that in order to be resurrected first and to receive the better resurrection, we want to be “dead with Christ”, or to be “dead in Christ” or “sleep in Jesus.” But what is the precise definition of this state?
Christ is The Word
To answer this question, let’s see what the bible says about the nature of Jesus. What is Christ?
From John 1 14, World English Bible:
“The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
This verse is referring to Jesus. So the Bible is telling us that Jesus is The Word who became flesh and walked among us. This is what the Bible tells us about the nature of Jesus. Jesus is himself the Word, the Word of God.
Revelation 19 13 of the King James Bible says this:
“…he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”
Referring again to Jesus—his name is the Word of God.
John 1 1 from the King James Bible says:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
So God is also the Word.
Wherever the Word is, there also is God
Exodus 25 New Living Translation deals with the tabernacle and ark of the covenant where the Hebrews stored the Ten Commandments, which were the word of God:
1 The LORD said to Moses.…[this is God talking to Moses here]
8 “Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them. 9You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you.
16 When the Ark is finished, place inside it the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, which I will give to you.
The stone tablets stored inside the ark of the covenant contained the ten commandments, the word of god…the ark was a sanctuary where the word was stored, and wherever the word is stored, that is where god is…god is the word…god lives where the word is stored….and when you read the bible, which is also the word of god, and you store those verses in your brain as memory, you are storing the word of god inside you…and so god also lives in you through those stored words…your brain is a holy sanctuary for the word of god, which is god inside of you…as long as the word of life is stored inside your brain, you can have eternal life.
The Ark of The Covenant Contained The Word of God
2 Chronicles 5 New Living Translation:
7 Then the priests carried the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant into the inner sanctuary of the Temple—the Most Holy Place—and placed it beneath the wings of the cherubim. 10 Nothing was in the Ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Mount Sinai….
EXODUS 40 GOD’S WORD® Translation:
1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Set up the tent (the tent of meeting) on the first day of the first month of the year. 3 Place the ark containing the words of my promise inside it, and hang the canopy over the ark.
19 He spread the outer tent over the inner tent and put the cover on top. Moses followed the LORD’s instructions. 20 He took the words of God’s promise and put them in the ark.
1 Kings 8 New Living Translation, here the Ark was being brought to the Temple:
6 Then the priests carried the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant into the inner sanctuary of the Temple—the Most Holy Place—and placed it beneath the wings of the cherubim. 7 The cherubim spread their wings over the Ark, forming a canopy over the Ark and its carrying poles. 8 These poles were so long that their ends could be seen from the Temple’s main room—the Holy Place—but not from the outside. They are still there to this day. 9 Nothing was in the Ark except the two stone tablets that Moses had placed in it at Mount Sinai, where the LORD made a covenant with the people of Israel when they left the land of Egypt.
10 When the priests came out of the Holy Place, a thick cloud filled the Temple of the LORD. 11 The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the LORD filled the Temple.
12 Then Solomon prayed, “O LORD, you have said that you would live in a thick cloud of darkness. 13 Now I have built a glorious Temple for you, a place where you can live forever!”
These verses establish that the ark is where the word of god and god himself lived…where god lives is where the word of god is present.
God lives in us through the word of God stored in our memories in our brains.
2 Corinthians 6:16 NET Bible
And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
In order for god to live in us, the word must be present in us, For god is the word. We store the word of god inside us by reading the bible…Our memories of the verses from the bible are god inside of us.
Exodus 25 New Living Translation:
16 When the Ark is finished, place inside it the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, which I will give to you.
21 Place inside the Ark the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, which I will give to you.
Deuteronomy 10 New Living Translation
1 “At that time the LORD said to me, ‘Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones. Also make a wooden Ark—a sacred chest to store them in. Come up to me on the mountain, 2and I will write on the tablets the same words that were on the ones you smashed. Then place the tablets in the Ark.’
3 “So I made an Ark of acacia wood and cut two stone tablets like the first two. Then I went up the mountain with the tablets in my hand. 4 Once again the LORD wrote the Ten Commandments on the tablets and gave them to me. They were the same words the LORD had spoken to you from the heart of the fire on the day you were assembled at the foot of the mountain. 5 Then I turned and came down the mountain and placed the tablets in the Ark of the Covenant, which I had made, just as the LORD commanded me. And the tablets are still there in the Ark.”
The Bible Is Also The Word Of God
And what is the Word of God? The Word of God is the Holy Bible. But how can God and Jesus be the Bible? When the Bible says that The Word became flesh and dwelled among us, what does that mean? Was Jesus a walking book? Did he have pages and a book cover?
The Word is Writing, and Writing is Information
No, The Word of God which is the Bible consists of writing. And what is writing? Writing is information. Pure information. Information that can be transferred from one form to another and to yet another form, and so on and so forth down through time.
All these centuries, the Word of God has been transferred from one book to another, from one Bible to another, an endless series of copies…all transferring the same basic information down through the centuries…and thus preserving the Word of God for us today…even though the original Bible has long since been destroyed by time and decay.
God And Jesus Are Both Information
The Word is writing, and writing is information, and so therefore, Jesus and God are also information. And information can live forever, if it is guarded, watched over, and protected against loss. As long as information can be transferred to a new format, a new container, that information is immortal, just as Christ and God are immortal. Just as God wants you to be immortal.
So if God and Jesus are The Word, which is writing, and if writing is information, then what are we as humans?
Genesis 1 27 of the King James Bible tells us that …
“God created man in his own image…”
Humans Are Also Information
So, if God is information, then it follows that we humans are also information because he made us in his image. Are we simply information? Is our soul information? Each of us has his or her life history stored inside the brain–a message that has a very special meaning. All our memories, our lives and our loves, our moods, our likes and dislikes, all this information is stored up there in our brain, right alongside the Word of God.
To Live Forever We Must Keep The Word (Which Is God) Inside Us Forever
If The Word, the Bible, is both God and Jesus, then what does the Bible tell us to do with the Word of God?
John 15 7 of the World English Bible tells us that:
“If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.”
This is a quote from Jesus (who is The Word), and he is saying that if the Word of God (his words from the Holy Bible) remain in us, then that means that we will be in him, just as he is in us. And that will mean that we can have whatever we want, even eternal life. But how does this condition address the question of having Christ in us while we are dead so that we may receive the better resurrection and not have to worry about the second death?
Luke 8 15 of New International Version:
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
We Must Maintain The Word Inside Us Even While Dead
The universe itself is held together by the word.
Hebrews 1:3 New International Version
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
We are part of the universe, and as long as we have the word in us, we can live forever.
So, we need to hold on to the Word of God tightly. But do we need to do that even while we are dead?
Revelation chapter 2 25-26 of the Bible in Basic English says that:
“But what you have, keep safe till I come. He who overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him I will give rule over the nations…”
Looking at that same verse from the World English Bible, it says that we need to
“…hold that which you have firmly until I come. He who overcomes, and he who keeps my works to the end, to him I will give authority over the nations.”
This is Jesus speaking to us via John. So, we need to keep (in the sense of “hold on to”) the works of Jesus (the Word of God) until “the end,” or in other words, until Jesus comes back again, and if we do hold on to the Word of God until the Second Coming, then we will be resurrected first, and thus receive the better resurrection, and rule beside him for 1000 years, and thus have no need to fear the second death.
And the original Greek of that verse above shows us that the word “keeps” here means to “watch over” or “to guard”, from the original Greek word “teros,” which means “guard.”
So Jesus wants us to guard or watch over his works (the Word of God) until the end, until the second coming and the resurrection, when he comes again. But is it even possible to keep the Word of God inside us until the second coming? More on that later….
And what are his works? The Bible…the Word of God…the information in the Bible which is stored inside each of us as part of our memories….the Word of God stored inside us is Christ, who is The Word made flesh who walked among us. Our memories of his teachings are the God inside of us.
John 14 24 of the World English Bible tells us that
“He who doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words.”
Again, the word “keep” here means to watch over or guard, from the original word Greek word “teros”, which is from the original biblical text.
From Luke 11 28: King James Bible:
“…blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”
Again, the original Biblical text here is the Greek word for “keep” –which is based on the Greek word “teros,” which means “guard”.
But what does keeping his word safe inside of you until the resurrection do for you? 1 John 3 24 from The Bible In Basic English says
“He who keeps his laws is in God and God is in him.”
So, if you have the Word of God inside you, he–the Lord Jesus–will be in you. Another version of this same verse, from the American Standard Version Bible says that
“…he that keepeth his commandments abideth in him, and he in him.”
The word “keep” as used here means guard or watch over, from the Greek word Teros, which was the original Biblical text, as before. So if you guard the word inside you, even while dead, Jesus will abide in you and you will abide in him. John chapter 8 verse 51 (World English Bible) says:
“if a person keeps my word, he will never see death…”
The word “keeps” means to guard or watch over, and that word from the original bible text has as its Greek root the word “teros,” which means guard. So the Bible is telling us that if we guard or watch over The Word that is stored inside us we can live forever. And that we need to guard The Word inside us even while dead, and keep it inside us until the resurrection, the Second Coming, when Jesus returns to us.
Christ lives in us via the word of God
Galatians 2 20 Berean Study Bible:
I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
Christ is the word made flesh, and he lives inside of us via the word stored inside of our brains.
By Freezing Our Brains Via Cryonics We Keep The Word (Jesus) Inside Us Until The Resurrection, Thus Ensuring The Better Resurrection And Immortality
To have Jesus inside you is to have immortality:
1 John 5 11-12 NET Bible
11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 The one who has the Son has this eternal life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have this eternal life.
Do you have him? Do you possess him inside you? If you do not possess the son of god inside you, then you do not have eternal life. You possess him inside you through your memories of the bible verses stored in your brain. The Son of God is the Word that became flesh and walked among us. Do you have the Word of God inside you? Is the word of god stored in your brain, in your memories?
If we want to be in Christ while we are dead, then Christ (The Word) must be in us as well. If he abides in us, then we will abide in him and will live forever. He is of course The Word, The Word of God is God inside of us. To be ‘dead in Christ’ or to ‘sleep in Christ’ therefore means to store and guard the word inside you even while you are dead. This is a primary purpose of cryonics–to store the Word of God (which is God and Jesus) inside of us until the Second Coming and the Resurrection. Doing this will assure us of the better resurrection, the first resurrection, and thus also ensure us of eternal life.
Let’s see what else the Bible has to say about long-term storage of the Word of God inside of us. In Revelation 3 11 (from the NET Bible), we hear Jesus say the following:
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one can take away your crown.”
Here, we have Jesus telling his followers that he will be coming back to Earth soon, and that we need to hold on to what we have until then. But just what is it that we have that is so important? We have the Word of God inside of us.
But what is the crown referred to here in Revelation 3 11?
In Revelation 2:10 (American Standard Version Bible), it says that
“Fear not the things which thou art about to suffer: behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life.”
So, we can have eternal life, the crown of life, but we need to hold onto the Word of God inside of us, even unto death. We have been told to guard it, to watch over it, even in death. By having the Word of God stored inside of us while dead, and guarding it there until Jesus comes again, and we are resurrected, we are thus “dead with Christ,” and are thus assured of being the first resurrected.
The Bible refers to keeping The Word inside of us a great many times. Here is yet another example of that command:
Deuteronomy 11 18 (Bible in Basic English):
“So keep these words deep in your heart and in your soul, and have them fixed on your hand for a sign and marked on your brow.”
2 Timothy 1 14 (World English Bible) tells us that:
“That good thing which was committed to you, guard through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.”
This ‘good thing’ is the Word of God.
1 John 2 24 (World English Bible) reads as follows:
“Therefore, as for you, let that remain in you which you heard from the beginning. If that which you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son, and in the Father.”
The American Standard Version of 1 John 2 24 offers a slightly different wording:
“As for you, let that abide in you which ye heard from the beginning. If that which ye heard from the beginning abide in you, ye also shall abide in the Son, and in the Father.”
1 John 2 24 in International Standard Version Bible uses a more modern wording:
“What you have heard from the beginning must abide in you. If what you have heard from the beginning abides in you, you will also abide in the Son and in the Father. “
So here we see another example of how Jesus is telling us that by having the Word of God inside of us, he will remain (abide) in us, and we will remain (abide) in him–even while we are dead. It must remain there for all time. Recall that in order to be the first resurrected, you must be dead in Christ, and in order to be in Him, He must also be in you. Who is He that must be inside you while you are dead? He is the Word of Life.
Philippians 2:16 New Living Translation:
16 Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.
1 John 1 New Living Translation:
1We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning,a whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. 2This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life.
you must have the word of god stored inside you in order to be resurrected first and be assured of immortality.
Romans 8:9 New International Version:
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.
Those who belong to christ when he returns to earth will be raised from the dead first, thus receiving the better resurrection…and thus not having to fear the second death…and thus being guaranteed eternal life…you have to have christ inside you–christ is the word of god that became flesh and walked among us…the word must be stored inside your brain…you must possess it at the time of resurrection, then you will belong to christ…
Being Buried Or Cremated Destroys The Word Stored In Your Brain
However, those Christians who die and go to the grave or are cremated will not be guarding the precious Word of God inside them until the Second Coming. The Word of God inside them will have been long lost to the decay of the grave by the time Christ returns.
Currently, at this point in time, mankind is nowhere near being able to resurrect the dead through science. It will certainly take many decades, and maybe even centuries before we are able to raise the dead for God. And by that time the dead who go to the grave will have lost the information stored inside their brain, and the Word of God and their own personal memories will have been destroyed due to decay, and all information that was stored in their brains will have been dissipated, lost to the ground, to worms, to tree roots and insects that burrow into their brains and destroy the information stored therein. Not only will the decay of the grave steal the Word of God, but it will also cause the loss of personal memories and other information that make us a unique person. Our soul, in other words. The Word of God and our personal memories are going to be necessary for a proper resurrection, the better resurrection.
The Decay of the Grave Cannot Inherit Immortality
Berean Literal Bible Corinthians 15 50
50 Now I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood is not able to inherit the kingdom of God, nor does decay inherit immortality.
Jesus did not decay, and he was resurrected from the dead….Avoid decay to inherit immortality..Avoid the grave….Keep the information in your brain safe from decay.
1 Corinthians 15 35 – 37 of the NET Bible addresses the information that will form the core of our new resurrection bodies once we are revived from cryostasis…it says here:
“But someone will say, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?’ Fool! What you sow will not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare seed – perhaps of wheat or something else.”
But what exactly is that “something else” that is the seed of our immortal post-resurrection bodies? Luke 8 11 (King James Bible) specifies the nature of that seed:
“…The seed is the word of God.”
The Word Inside Your Brain Is Crucial To Immortality, And Stopping The Decay of the Grave is Necessary For Immortality
The Word of God is the seed corn of our future resurrection body, that precious information, that is the seed corn, along with all our unique personal memories, which makes us who we are. But in order to reap the better resurrection, the first resurrection, the Word of God must be stored inside of us and guarded from decay until He comes again. We must protect the word against the decay of the grave. We must guard the word and our memories against the decay of the grave.
Indeed, the Bible shows us that the very act of stopping decay of the grave, becoming imperishable, is in and of itself Godly.
From Romans 1 23 (Weymouth New Testament):
“instead of worshipping the imperishable God, they worshipped images resembling perishable man or resembling birds or beasts or reptiles.…”
From Romans 8 21 (World English Bible), we see that:
“creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.”
Cryonics Stops The Decay of the Grave So That We Might Die Like Jesus, Without Decay
That is what the life extension movement, transhumanism and cryonics are all about–ending our bondage to decay…ending our slavery to death…defeating death for God and ensuring immortality on earth for mankind, or at least for those who have preserved and guarded the Word of God even after death…thus preserving God’s vital information until the second coming and the resurrection. By baptizing ourselves in liquid nitrogen at death for cryopreservation, we avoid decay.
The Bible tells us about how Jesus fought against the decay of death. Acts 2 27 (World English Bible) tells us that
“because you will not leave my soul in Hades, neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay.”
The Holy One here is Jesus. Acts 2 31 (World English Bible) explains how Jesus fought against decay and thus was able to be resurrected:
“he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was his soul left in Hades, nor did his flesh see decay.”
We cryonicists want to die like Jesus–without decaying, and thus preserving our memories inside us for all time, including the Word of God that is the Bible verses stored in our memories. The Bible says that Jesus did not decay and that Jesus is associated with being imperishable…while man decays, and is perishable.
God Wants Us To Not Decay In The Grave
As further evidence of how God is commanding us to avoid the decay of the grave, let’s look at Acts 13 35 (World English Bible):
“Therefore he says also in another psalm, ‘You will not allow your Holy One to see decay.’”
Another version of this same verse, from the New Living Translation bible, says:
“You will not allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.” (NLT)
As for more evidence regarding the resurrection of Jesus and how he did not undergo decay, see Acts 13 37 (World English Bible):
“But he whom God raised up saw no decay.”
And from Psalm 16 10 (New American Standard Bible):
“For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.”
Cryonics Preserves The Word Inside Our Brains By Stopping the Decay Of Death
A primary purpose of cryonics is to defeat death through avoiding decay, as did Jesus, thus avoiding the loss of information from our brain. That precious information includes the Word of God, which the Bible tells us that we must guard at all costs, even unto death.
Our Brains Are Holy Places Where God Lives In Us Via Our Memories of Bible Verses
God lives in us through the stored word inside of us–the bible verses we have read and memorized…just as the Ark of the Covenant was a holy place wherein lived god via the word, so too are our brains holy places wherein the word of god is stored…the bible verses we have read and heard are stored in our brains…where th word of god is kept, that is where god lives…
Philippians 3 10-11 (NET Bible) tells us that the the disciples of Christ also sought to emulate Jesus, to die like Jesus, and thus be resurrected like Jesus:
“My aim is to know him, to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings, and to be like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
Cryonicists see cryopreservation and baptism in liquid nitrogen at death, followed by long-term storage in liquid nitrogen as the path to avoiding the decay of death, and thus preserving vital information–our personal memories, along with the Word of God, which will become the seed corn of our new resurrection body, as as the pathway to immortality on earth.
Your Soul Is Pure Information
The spirit, your soul, is information, pure information, information that can be transferred from one form to another, from one body to another, for all time, down through the centuries, thus allowing immortality. Just as the Word of God is information, and can be transferred and copied down the centuries from one book to another, from one form to another, from one language to another, likewise, our personal memories, our soul, can also be copied and transferred for time everlasting, as long as the Word of God and our memories are guarded and watched over. God hates the loss of information, for it is He who created all information. Guard his information inside you for all time.
1 Corinthians 15 54 (International Standard Version) depicts the future that we immortalists, transhumanists, and cryonicists want to reach:
“Now, when what is decaying is clothed with what cannot decay, and what is dying is clothed with what cannot die, then the written word will be fulfilled: ‘Death has been swallowed up by victory!’”
The body without the spirit is dead
James 2:26 King James Bible
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
The spirit is information, the information contained in our brains, which includes the word of god….so if we are resurrected at the second coming, we are only alive if our brain contains that special information, our soul, along with the word of god inside of it.
To be immortal you must realize that our fleshly and sinful bodies are not what we really are…what we really are is information…which is the spirit –the word, aka god–as it is called in the bible…preserving your soul means preserving information in your brain after death, which requires science.
Realize that only the informational aspect of you–the spirit, your soul– will be resurrected to immortality–if there is no information left, or only very little, there will be no immortality.
Romans 8:9 New International Version
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.
The spirit of christ is the word, and the word must be inside you, stored in your brain in order to belong to christ.
Romans 8 World English Bible
10 If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
But the resurrection of the dead will probably occur a long time in the future…if you are buried, the word that is the spirit which is stored in your memories, will have been long lost.
Romans 8 16-New International Version:
For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.
[both his information and our information are necessary to become the immortal children of god]
Romans 8 18 – 19: New International Version:
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.
His children will be those with the spirit stored inside them–god is the word is the spirit….that future day is the first resurrection…and when those who have the spirit–god–stored inside them.
Romans 8 20 – 23, New Living Translation:
20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.
Cryonicists beat death by staving off decay after death. Our new bodies are those that will be provided us through science upon resurrection.
Just as Jesus was resurrected by the spirit, information stored inside his brain, so too will the Resurrectables be resurrected by the spirit.
1 Peter 3 18 International Standard Version:
For the Messiah also suffered for sins once for all, an innocent person for the guilty, so that he could bring you to God. He was put to death in a mortal body but was brought to life by the Spirit….
But Jesus was seen in a body after his resurrection…how so? God is the spirit, and so christ is the spirit…the spirit is the word of god, and the word is writing, and writing is information…Christ did not decay, so the information in his brain was preserved, and information is the spirit…we cryonicists seek to preserve the information in our own brains, including our personal memories along with the word of god so that we also may be resurrected by the spirit (via stored information).
God is spirit, which is information
2 Corinthians 3:17 American Standard Version:
Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:18 American Standard Version:
But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.
John 4:24 World English Bible:
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
God is spirit, and god is also the word…Therefore the word is spirit…And the word of god is writing, which is information, and so therefore the spirit is information. We cryonicists worship in spirit by working to preserve the spirit (information) inside us until the Second Coming and the Resurrection.
In order to become immortal, we must focus on preserving the information inside our brains
Romans 8:5 – 6World English Bible
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace;
The Spirit is Information, information which can be transferred from one form to another, free of the flesh…if you think that you are bound to a single body, you will die…
1 Corinthians 15 42 – 44 Berean Literal Bible :
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in decay; it is raised in immortality. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual.
Being raised a spiritual body means that your resurrection body will be built around your spirit, which is the information stored in your brain and preserved through death–if you prevent the decay of the grave from destroying the information in your brain. Our natural bodies include our brain, which stores the information that makes us a unique person. That unique information is our soul, which if preserved until the Resurrection and the second coming, will be transferred to an indestructible body and allow us to live forever. But the natural body helps create that unique information. From the time we come out of the womb at birth, we are building our spirit, which is the information stored in our brains. Our natural body is a container that protects our spirit/information. Mankind is moving towards a time when the natural body will give way, and the spirit will be protected inside a indestructible body, one that cannot decay, one that will give us immortality.
1 Corinthians 15 46 Berean Literal Bible :
46 However, the spiritual was not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. ….
1 Corinthians 15 50 Berean Literal Bible:
50 Now I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood is not able to inherit the kingdom of God, nor does decay inherit immortality.
AVOID DECAY TO INHERIT IMMORTALITY; the spirit, which is information, and which is your soul, will be able to live forever.
1 Corinthians 15 51 Berean Literal Bible:
51 Behold, I tell to you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For it behooves this, the perishable to put on the imperishable; and this, the mortal to put on immortality. 54 Now when this the perishable shall have put on the imperishable, and this, the mortal, shall have put on immortality, then the word having been written will come to pass: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
God wants us to fight back against Death
Referring to the quote below: this is an apostle daring to speak up, to fight back against death, saying, bring it, death, show me what ya got, death, give me your best shot, death, we are gonna beat you, death…why can’t Americans today be like this apostle? Taunting death!
1 Corinthians 15 55 Berean Literal Bible:
55 “Where O death, is your victory?
Where O death is your sting?”
56 Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law. 57 But thanks be to God, the One giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Information dies when it no longer has a physical container to hold it.
Information dies when it no longer has a container to hold it…when your brain has rotten, the information that is god’s word is lost to you, along with all your personal memories that make you a unique person….that is your soul, your spirit…and you cannot live again if you lose your soul.
God is spirit, and we are becoming spirit like God
2 Corinthians 3, 17-18 New Living Translation
17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
We are becoming godlike–immortal–via the word carried inside of us– in our memories..The longer we carry him–the word, the spirit, inside of us, the more godlike we become…God is the word and the word is writing, and writing is information, and so we are becoming information like god…when we are resurrected, if we are among the first resurrected, those who receive the better resurrection, we will have our souls, our spirits, the information that is us, transferred to an immortal body. That immortal and indestructible body will contain our spirit…essentially then we will consist only of our true essence–spirit, information, which can move easily from one physical container to another….just like god.
Satan is Death, destruction, nothingness, the void.
Hebrews 2 14 Berean Study Bible
Therefore, since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity, so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil…
Satan is death, so we should not accept death, but instead defeat death for God, instead of accepting death as hollywood tells us to do.
Satan is defeated by the word stored inside you
1 John 2:14 International Standard Version:
I have written to you, little children, because you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you have known the one who has existed from the beginning. I have written to you, young people, because you are strong and because God’s word remains in you and you have overcome the evil one.
Alternate version GOD’S WORD® Translation of 1 John 2:14 :
I’ve written to you, children, because you know the Father. I’ve written to you, fathers, because you know Christ, who has existed from the beginning. I’ve written to you, young people, because you are strong and God’s word lives in you. You have won the victory over the evil one.
The evil one is satan, who is death..the way to beat satan and death is to keep the word of god inside you…if you rot in the grave, you cannot do that.
Science Stops The Decay Of Death and Will Give Us Immortality By Preserving Our Personal Information
So when the science of the future ensures that we will be freed from our bondage to decay, freed from the slavery of death, and our bodies will not be subject to the decrepitude of old age, then mankind will be immortal through the power of advanced future science, then we will have defeated death for God. Remember that God prepared us to do good things for him. We are his tool. And science is our tool.
Cryonics Is Shunned By The Mainstream, But The Bible Predicted that This would Happen
Cryonicists and other life extensionists are often mocked in the media, and are seen by many as cranks or as deluded. Cryonics is often denigrated by the establishment. But the Bible tells us that those who faithfully follow the teachings of the Bible will be hated. 1 John 3 13 (World English Bible) says:
“Don’t be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.”
And from Matthew 10 22 (World English Bible):
“You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved.”
And Matthew 10 36 (King James Bible) tells us that:
“A man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”
If you decide to freeze your brain at death, and keep the Word of God safe inside you until the Second Coming, then you may be an object of ridicule. But don’t worry about it.
Isaiah 51 7-8 (New International Version) tells us:
“Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have taken my instruction to heart: Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals or be terrified by their insults.”
That’s right. Those who reject cryonics and life extension are indeed mere mortals. They will go to the decay of the grave without guarding the Word of God inside them. But if we follow the guidelines set out for us in the Bible, we can live forever. But if we do so, we will have to learn to have a thick skin and bear up to the insults cast at us by mainstream society.
Currently, there are around 2000 people signed up for cryonics. Not very many, considering the population of America, which is over 300 million.
However, the Bible tells us that few will chose the path God has set before us. See for example Luke 13 24 (World English Bible):
“Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in, and will not be able.”
Certainly cryonics and life extension is the narrow door. So very few Americans will choose cryonics and radical life extension. Almost all Americans go the grave or are cremated, thus losing their personal memories and the Word of God stored inside them, losing that information for all time.
As Matthew 22 14 (King James Bible) tells us:
“Many are called, but few are chosen.”
Indeed. The Bible calls us to eternal life, to immortality, but so few of us are willing to do what it takes to grab onto that chance for immortality.
Matthew 7 13 (American Standard Version) says:
Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby.
Indeed. The vast majority of mankind will not chose to help raise the dead. And the vast majority will go to the grave and fail to guard the Word inside them until the second coming. That is the choice they make–they choose the wide gate–and they will pay for that choice on Judgment Day. They will be resurrected, but they will not receive the better resurrection, the first resurrection, and without having guarded the Word inside them while dead, they will face the lake of fire and the second death. God told them via the Bible to raise the dead and to store the word inside them even while dead, until the Second Coming. But they disregarded his instructions.
God Gives You A Chance At Immortality, But You Have To Work For It
Romans 2 7 (NET Bible) says:
eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality,
So, eternal life to those who seek immortality, those who seek immortality through their own good deeds. You can be immortal, but God helps those who help themselves. You have to grab onto that chance!
God didn’t make you so that your essence –your memories and the Word of God stored inside you– could be destroyed by the decay of the grave. God made you to fight for eternal life, and to work for eternal life. God didn’t send his only begotten son down here to die on the cross so that your memories and The Word stored inside you could be destroyed forever by the grave. He designed you to fight for immortality.
God wants you to seek after immortality and to be pro-active about it. God wants you to guard the precious Word inside you, for it is the seed corn of your resurrection body.
One obstacle to obtaining immortality via freezing your head might be the expense. There are currently two cryonics companies. With the use of life insurance, the cost of the more expensive of the two cryonics companies might be somewhere in the range of 100 to 200 dollars a month for life insurance premium payment and cryonics membership organizational dues. The less expensive cryonics company would cost less, perhaps 25 dollars to 75 dollars month. If that is too expensive, you might explore the possibility of starting your own cryonics company, together with like-minded Christians in your area.
The important thing to realize is that if you want to live forever, the Bible is telling us that we need to take action to obtain immortality. Deeds are what matter in God’s eyes–raising the dead, healing the sick, preserving the Word of God inside you forever. This takes work. It is not enough to simply pray. It is not enough to just have a relationship with God. You need to do more than just pray and go to church.
As Galatians 6 7 (American Standard Version) tells us:
“…whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
If we want to reap immortality, we must first sow immortality. You are not going to sow immortality by just praying and going to church.
You can sow immortality by doing what God wants us to do–give to charity to help the poor and the sick, and also help to raise the dead back to life. You can raise the dead by putting yourself in position to become one of the Resurrectables, a cryonicist, one of those who will be baptized in liquid nitrogen at death, dying like Jesus — without decay — and thus being resurrected like Jesus–without decay, and thus keeping and not losing the precious Word of God stored inside you, along with your own personal memories. You reap immortality by being among the first resurrected, among those who receive the better resurrection.
The Bible gives us a choice–we can chose immortality by helping to raise the dead and preserving the Word of God inside us forever. Or we can chose the grave, the wide gate, the wide path, the path that leads to the destruction of the grave.
And what awaits those who go to the grave? Job 7 9 (New International Version):
“As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave does not return.”
That is the choice for all of us–do we go to the grave or do we go to the liquid nitrogen, for long-term storage in the cryostat or the dewar of the cryonics organizations?
Our Souls Are Information, But the Decay Of The Grave Can Destroy Your Soul By Destroying the Information In Your Brain.
But those who go to the grave, although they may be resurrected, will not receive the better resurrection and will not have their names written in the Book of Life. Thus, they face the second death and the lake of fire on Judgment Day. What does the Bible mean by “the Lake of Fire” and the “second death” that will await the resurrected that have not written their names in the Book of Life? No human can truly know the mind of God, but this is likely an allegory for the situation where the decay of the grave has caused loss of vital information, the information that makes each of us who we are. Once that vital information is lost, there is no chance of true resurrection. What will those resurrected from the grave be like? Zombies, perhaps?
This leads us to the question of whether the Bible commands us to preserve the Word of God inside us until the second coming because God knows that if we preserve the Word inside us while dead, then we must also necessarily preserve our memories and the other information in our brains that make us a unique person. Perhaps this task of preserving the Word while dead is simply a way for God to get us to preserve our personal memories.
The preservation of those memories would be necessary for resurrection. Hence, the name Resurrectables for those who are baptized at death in liquid nitrogen, and stored long-term in cryostats and dewars, thus staving off the decay of the grave and preserving memories.
The cryostats of the Cryonics Institute and the dewars of Alcor are akin to the Ark of the Covenant–they are well-constructed, durable vessels meant to preserve information….the ark of the covenant–yes, the same one from the movie Indiana Jones–was designed to preserve the information of the word of god….whereas the dewars and cryostats used by cryonics organizations are designed to preserve the information stored inside the brains of cryonicists. Those stored and frozen brains also contain the word of god…the word of god from the bible verses stored in the memories of the frozen cryonicist brains.
Your brain is a holy place where god lives in you–your brain stores the word of god, which is god himself…
God designed a sturdy and durable ark of the covenant so that the word of god might be preserved…likewise, you must guard over the word stored inside you…even after death…that is why alcor and ci store patients inside sturdy, well designed cryostats and dewars.
Perhaps God spoke to us through the Bible in a way that the people of historical times could understand. The people of centuries past did not understand the brain or how memories are stored. They did not understand information theory. They had no science in those days. So God spoke to them in a way they might understand. They could understand the command to save the Word inside them even while dead. That is a simple command. Hard to carry out that command, but at least understandable.
The Earth After The Second Coming Will Be Made A Paradise Through Science
To those who help raise the dead and preserve the Word inside them until the second coming, God promises a life without death and without tears. But what does that mean?
Is our life so sad these days? Yes, we all live with the prospect of death, but aside from the issue of death, could our lives be better? How will the advanced science of distant future make our everyday lives better? Hebrews 6 5 King James Bible speaks about the post-resurrection heaven on earth:
“And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come…”
The powers of the world to come! What wonders will science and God bring to us? It would not seem unrealistic to imagine that after the resurrection, we Resurrectables, we immortals who are God’s Children will inhabit a veritable Paradise on Earth, a technological Garden of Eden, all our needs and wants and desires satisfied by the science of the future.
We shall want for nothing, and we shall fear nothing, for with God on our side and with us wielding reason and logic and science as a tool, nothing is beyond us. We will surely travel the universe, given an immortal lifespan.
All we could possibly want or need shall be provided for us through science. That is what the Bible is telling us awaits us in the distant future, once science knows all and can do all. No need to work or fear death, either.
Drug use, terrorism, crime, etc other pathological behaviors are due to our hopelessness over the problem of death….There is no viable solution to the problem of death…Most cannot believe in heaven, because the bible does not offer heaven as a solution to the problem of death…But science is the solution, a solution shown us by the bible.
We can devote ourselves to learning, to traveling through countless galaxies, time itself our servant, the universe our plaything.
We are on a path to immortality, a path made possible by science, a path ordained by god…All our scientific and technological endeavors are godly and holy…Wherever and whenever science and technology are being improved/developed?, god is there, working in us to help us on our path to immortality.
When they split the atom, god was in that…He was there.
When the astronauts landed on the moon, god was there…He was pleased…
Every time a new cancer protocol is developed, god’s in it….
Every time a new life-saving drug is invented, god’s in it…He is there….
When a new particle is found by physicists, god is there….
When the first self-driving car was invented…God was there…And he was pleased that we were walking in his ways…
Accepting death is sin
God’s ultimate plan is to beat death, and he has prepared us to do every good deed….so therefore accepting death is sin….and working for immortality is righteousness.
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