Jesus Autobiography

Written by Lawrence Hilliard

"Inrepparttar Fullness of Time..."

"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, Torepparttar 126929 last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to a dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour uponrepparttar 126930 stage, And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing." --Macbeth, Act V, Scene v.

One's weltanschauung is determined byrepparttar 126931 aperture through which time and history is viewed. Modern secularism, consisting of humanism, relativism, pragmatism, pluralism, statism and neo-Darwinism, each in correlation, perceives history asrepparttar 126932 consequence of impersonal natural forces acting at random in a blind movement of energy in cyclical fashion. Secularism's foci isrepparttar 126933 present world, its focus isrepparttar 126934 experiential now. Time is devoid of any purposeful design renouncing any symmetry by which sequential events withinrepparttar 126935 individual orrepparttar 126936 nation are progressing unto a consummation. The enhancement ofrepparttar 126937 self inrepparttar 126938 existential now is secularism's raison d' etre. Each fleeting nanosecond is demanded to bring meaning and fulfillment butrepparttar 126939 ever passing present is incapable of such grand expectations. The attempt to extract fromrepparttar 126940 momentary what is immutable, stable and enduring is fruitless. It is what one philosopher calls trying to "eternalize time." The secularist ends up in what Thomas Altizer describes as a "...a total immersion in historical time, and an immersion that is totally isolated from any meaning or reality that might lie beyond it." (Dialectic ofrepparttar 126941 Sacred, p. 23) Late 20th century cosmopolitan man or woman lives in a calendar prison as constricting and oppressive asrepparttar 126942 walls and bars that encloserepparttar 126943 inmate of any maximum security prison. With each passing hourrepparttar 126944 reduction of life grows more pronounced and controlling. Having rejected any meaning or reality that might lie outsiderepparttar 126945 constricted moment, man has become time's prisoner. Within this enslavement, time has inflicted him with a disease from which there is no endemic antidote. "Eater of all things lovely--Time! Upon whose watering lipsrepparttar 126946 world poises a moment (futile, proud, a costly morsel of sweet tears) gesticulates and disappears." (E. E. Cummings, Puella Mea, p. 20) Modern secularism, having discounted any realm or dimension outsiderepparttar 126947 present world has becomerepparttar 126948 embodiment of myopia.

Inrepparttar 126949 late '60s, three British astrophysicists, Roger Penrose, George Ellis and Steven Hawking made a discovery that impinges onrepparttar 126950 prevailing world view of time and history. Expanding on Einstein's original equations of general relativity, which impliedrepparttar 126951 origin for matter and energy,repparttar 126952 three physicists established that matter was not only finite but that time and space also had a beginning and thus was not infinite. " real time,repparttar 126953 universe has a beginning and an end at singularities that form a boundary to space-time and at whichrepparttar 126954 laws of science break down." (Steven Hawking, A Brief History of Time, p. 139) The space-time theorem of general relativity has enormous implications, theologically and philosophically. For time isrepparttar 126955 dimension in which cause and effect phenomena take place. Without time there is no cause and effect. If time had a genesis, concurrent withrepparttar 126956 origin ofrepparttar 126957 universe, then there must, by necessity, be an antecedent reality or dimension, that existed before time and was its matrix. This dimension would not be subject to time or space in any contingent manner, but would berepparttar 126958 determination of such. Astrophysicist Hugh Ross sums uprepparttar 126959 point of divergence betweenrepparttar 126960 measurable andrepparttar 126961 immeasurable, "If time's beginning is concurrent withrepparttar 126962 beginning ofrepparttar 126963 universe, asrepparttar 126964 space-time theorem says, thenrepparttar 126965 cause ofrepparttar 126966 universe must be some entity operating in a time dimension completely independent of and preexistent torepparttar 126967 time dimension ofrepparttar 126968 cosmos. This conclusion is powerfully important to our understanding of who God is and who or what God isn't. It tells us thatrepparttar 126969 Creator is transcendent, operating beyondrepparttar 126970 dimensional limits ofrepparttar 126971 universe. It tells us that God is notrepparttar 126972 universe itself, nor is God contained withinrepparttar 126973 universe. Pantheism and aetheism do not square withrepparttar 126974 facts.." (The Creator andrepparttar 126975 Cosmos, p. 76)

"Inrepparttar 126976 beginning, God createdrepparttar 126977 Heavens andrepparttar 126978 Earth." (Genesis 1:1)

3,500 years beforerepparttar 126979 discovery ofrepparttar 126980 three British scientists, in a succinct and understated declaration, there is set forthrepparttar 126981 axiom of time and history; time is a creation from a transcendent God. It isrepparttar 126982 dimension into whichrepparttar 126983 Eternal God would condescend to display His eternal nature to his handiwork, withrepparttar 126984 ultimate intent to prepare those created in time for eternal communion with Him. Inrepparttar 126985 words of William Blake, time "isrepparttar 126986 mercy of eternity." It exists by God's appointing to make eternity accessible to humanity, forrepparttar 126987 God of eternity pervades time. Time being a consequence ofrepparttar 126988 Divine fiat presents no boundary, constraint or limitation to God. He is revealed as a God of infinitude; without boundary, measureless and unlimitable. Not sequestered by time orrepparttar 126989 events therein, God can operate simultaneously in myriad dimensions. One ofrepparttar 126990 prominent names inrepparttar 126991 Old Testament for God's relation to time and history is "First and Last" (Heb. aleph and tau,repparttar 126992 first and last letters ofrepparttar 126993 Hebrew alphabet, Isa. 41:4, 44:6, 48:12). The name indicates that God encircles, boundaries and encloses all of history. He initiates it, sums it up and is present in all its movements. God is controlling every nanosecond, directing it along to its consummate goal. The title pictures God as standing at time's birth and omega point simultaneously and within every intervening second saturating it with His providential preservation, direction and redemptive grace. God has enclosed time with His abiding presence. Solomon describesrepparttar 126994 theistic perspective of time, "He has made everything beautiful in its time..." (Eccles. 3:11). Solomon utilizes a Hebrew word frequently used inrepparttar 126995 Old Testament forrepparttar 126996 contour of a beautiful woman. He sees in history a symmetry, a harmony, a contour of interrelatedness and design, not a discordant morass heading mindlessly toward a cul-de-sac. The historic Christian view of time has always embraced early Judaism's perspective of God's sovereignty over history. "History inrepparttar 126997 Jewish conception is not a chaos leading to nowhere. But an overall progression with a definite goal which it derives from God who is above history, and who rules and controls history. For God in Jewish teaching is not onlyrepparttar 126998 Lord of nature, but alsorepparttar 126999 Lord of history. History isrepparttar 127000 arena wherein God's activity on behalf of man is made manifest, and in which, and through which, His eternal purpose is being fulfilled." (Isidore Epstein, The Faith of Judaism, p. 258)

Tales of the Warner Brothers

Written by Stephen Schochet

The four Warner Brothers, which includedrepparttar womanizing Jack,repparttar 126928 conservative Harry,repparttar 126929 quiet Albert andrepparttar 126930 visionary Sam, had risen from obscurity with The Jazz Singer (1927)repparttar 126931 first famous and financially successful talking movie ever made. Tragically, Sam Warner,repparttar 126932 real brains behindrepparttar 126933 whole project, died of a brain tumor two days before The Jazz Singer's debut. Jack was thrilled byrepparttar 126934 film's success, but crushed by his brother's death. He became difficult to deal with forrepparttar 126935 rest of his life. His older and more conservative brother Harry and he fought constantly over money and Jack's womanizing ways. One time Harry chased Jack throughrepparttar 126936 studio with a two by four threatening to kill him. The feud became so bitter that Jack opted to play tennis rather than attend Harry's funeral in 1958. One time Jack met Albert Einstein," Mr. Einstein, I have my own theory of relativity. Don't hire them."

Warner was fascinated by Einstein especiallyrepparttar 126937 physicists detailed descriptions of stars. After he left Jack told a staff member," Sign this Betelgeuse guy to a contract. Einstein think he has potential."

Despite or maybe because of his aborted singing career, Jack Warner seemed to resent similar ambitions in others. One day her was strolling throughrepparttar 126938 studio lot when he heard a young man singing with a beautiful voice. It was coming fromrepparttar 126939 security guard shack. Curious,repparttar 126940 mogul walked up to question his startled employee.

"Young man, was that you singing?" "W-why yes Mr. Warner." "Young man you have a beautiful voice." "Oh thank you Mr. Warner." "MM. Tell me, young man, what would you rather be? A security guard or a singer?" "Oh Mr. Warner, I dreamed of being a singer." "Ok young man. You're fired!"

Jack Warner treated all of his employees with derision, but none worse thanrepparttar 126941 writers. Many of them although better paid atrepparttar 126942 studio than they ever were writing novels, resentedrepparttar 126943 nine to five routine they were forced to adhere to atrepparttar 126944 Warner's factory. Whererepparttar 126945 actors were free to leaverepparttar 126946 studio at lunchrepparttar 126947 writers had to be "chained" to their typewriter. One time Warner called a writer intorepparttar 126948 studio screening room for his suggestions on how to fix a weak script." I'm sorry Mr. Warner. I have no ideas after five."

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