# how big is God’s work?

Let’s take the biggest star we know of – Canis Majoris – and compare it to earth. Remember – this is JUST one star and ONLY the biggest one we know of.

– It is 7 quadrillion times larger than earth – a quadrillion is 1000 million million.
– If we replaced our sun with Canis Majoris the surface of the star would reach Saturns orbit (Saturn being a planet further out from the Sun than earth – past Jupiter)
– Light takes more than 8 hours to travel around the star’s circumference – it only takes 8 minutes for our sun’s light to reach Earth.

Assuming a speed of 3 miles per hour for 8 hours a day – how big is it:
– it would take 2 years 11 months to walk around the earth
– it would take 310 years 7 months on the Sun
– it would take 665,000 years to walk around Canis Majoris

Remember – this is only 1 star.

Here’s a video on how big it (and God is).

# the age of the earth according to the bible

Some christians are quite literal in how old they say the earth is according to the bible.  I have got to admit I am on the side of the “the earth has been around for billions of years” crowd.

Anyways – if you take it literally from the bible here is the timeline:
Beginning with the archeological landmark event of the fall of Jerusalem (which has now been corrected to 588 B.C., instead of 586-587 B.C.) and counting backwards the prophesied number of years between this event and the division of Solomon’s kingdom (390 yrs. + 40 yrs., according to Ezekiel 4:4-7), brings us to 1018 B.C.

From the end of Solomon’s 40-year reign to the start of the Temple in the 4th year of his reign takes us back another 37 years to 1055 B.C.

From the start of Solomon’s Temple “in the 480th year” (1 Kings 6:1) back to the Exodus from Egypt (hence 479 years previous) brings us to near 1534 B.C.

From the Exodus out of Egypt to Abraham’s entering Canaan from Haran was exactly 430 years to the day (Gen 12:10/ Exodus 12:40/ Gal 3:17), thus around 1964 B.C.

Since Abraham entered Canaan at age 75 (Gen 12:4), he was born approximately 2039 B.C.

From Abraham’s birth to Noah’s grandson (Shem’s son), Arpachshad’s birth, 2 years after the Flood started, was 290 years (Gen 11:11-26), this places the onset of the Flood at around 2331 B.C. [definitely 4,300-4,400 years ago].

The genealogy of Genesis 5:3-32 precludes any gaps due to its tight chronological structure and gives us 1,656 years between Creation and the Flood, thus bringing Creation Week back to near 3987 B.C. or approximately 4000 B.C.

Therefore, the biblical age of the Earth (using Scripture itself as a guide) is 6,000 years !! (note: assume you are reading this blog around the year 2000, give or take a decade). Mankind did not evolve 4 million years ago on an Earth which is 4.5 billion years old in a universe which was “big-banged” into existence 18-20 billion years in the distant past.

Jesus Christ said He made mankind male and female in the beginning (Mark 10:6), and that when the heavens and the earth were commanded into being (Gen 1:1), they “stood up together” (Isa 48:13) not billions of years apart !!

Notes to self:

• have i taken something out of context?
• is this where the bible is ‘literal’ and a day is actually billions of years?
• did God include this in the bible for interests sake…but really he wants us to not spend too much time on this bit…and spend more time on loving him and loving others!

edit:  I wrote this post just to note it down.  Like I do for most of my posts.  It’s just stated.  As I said originally, I belong in “the earth has been around for billions of years” crowd.

# Will there be free will in heaven?

When asked about the problem of suffering in this world, and why an omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent, omnieverything God would stand by and do nothing in the face of so much human misery, Christians often use the phrase “free will” as a sort of catchall justification for their god’s foibles.

It begs the question as to whether or not there will be free will in heaven. Christians are divided.

On the yes side of those saying there will be free will in heaven, almost all say that even though there will be free will, there will not be any sin. Is this even possible? If free will means the ability to choose between good and evil and/or the ability to choose whether or not to love God, how is it that no one can sin in a heaven with free will?

On the other side are those Christians who come right out and say they do not believe there will be free will in heaven, since there will no longer be “a need” for free will. Yet God wants us to have the free will to choose to love him. Love with no free will is not true love?

My thought is that, yes, there will be free will…but God’s glory will be so over powering that we will choose to love him. Anyways, I am sure he has it sorted.

Thanks to here for this post idea.

# what does ‘grace’ mean?

To me it means ‘unmerited favour’. So God gives us unconditional love – despite all we do to him and each other.

God’s grace responds to hopeless situations. It responded to mine, and it will to yours.

The well known parable of the Prodigal Son, Luke 15:11 is traditionally understood by most Christians as containing the teachings of Jesus on grace. A son demands the family fortune and wastes it, then returns home expecting little in the way of good treatment. The father welcomes him handsomely and unconditionally, over the objections of his other son who stayed at home and served dutifully. The son did nothing to deserve his fathers love, but received it anyway.

Wikipedia says: “In Christianity, divine grace refers to the sovereign favour of God for humankind — especially in regard to salvation — irrespective of actions (“deeds”), earned worth, or proven goodness.” Bit of a mouthful…and not to be memorised.

Side Note: on wikipedia there’s a bit of a discussion on what grace is. Summary: lots of different views – and if christians cant agree on what it is – how are we to explain it to non-christians??

# why does god let me go though hard times?

• Does there seem to be a problem waiting for you no matter where you turn?
• Do you sometimes wonder if your dreams are ever going to come to pass?
• Maybe you’ve asked why God would allow you to struggle in your job, your relationships, your health, or some other area of life.
• God allows you to go through challenges because He knows it’s the struggle of life that builds strength in you.

If God simply delivered you from every struggle every time, then you may not continue to grow and learn to trust Him.

When you persevere through difficult times, you’ll begin to realize a greater level of joy, peace, victory, and abundance than you ever dreamed possible.

Remember, God loves you too much to leave you where you are. He’s preparing you for something better!

from joel osteen

# the bible is god’s word – according to the bible

2 Timothy 3:16
Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.

John 10:35
You can’t argue with the Scriptures.

my note: but it does not contain everything that jesus did!
John 21:25
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written