Contemporary Catholic Art; AnExhibit of 21st Century Art and portraits of the Lord, his messengersand his Saints: Realistic illustrations featuring historical andreligious themes inspired by 19th Century Realistic Paintings in a widevariety of mixed mediaalong with introductions to all the variousillustrations and essays with themes relevant to this kind ofspiritually inspired art.
The Purpose of The Bible is toreveal Christ and his salvation, (John 1:1, Acts 2:38) to equip us forgood works and arm us against this present darkness. Christ is thecenter and heart of the Bible. THE OLD TESTAMENT is an account of anation. THE NEW TESTAMENT is an account of a "man". THE NATION wasfounded and nurtured of god to bring the man into the world. GODHIMSELF became a man to give mankind a tangible concrete definite ideaof what kind of personality to think of when we think of God. Jesus notonly came to redeem mankind but to reveal the nature of God. The Bibleboldly teaches that Jesus Christ was the Son of God incarnate in humanform. His appearance on Earth is the central event of human history!The Old Testament sets the stage for it and the New Testament describesit.
Fromthe Book of Revelation...
The Passion of Christ; "The Robe"and "The Crucifixion of the LORD" [Also 1978 Graphite on Bristol]
""Into theLake of Fire" MMX (Mixed Media) from The Book of Revelation Ch. 20:"The Dragon that old serpent, that is the Devil, cast in the Lake ofFire where he will be tormented for ever and ever."
"... if we challenge the historicityof Jesus Christ, then Alexanderthe Great, Julius Caesar, andother legends of history would fade into myth, there is so much lessevidence of their existence."
"The Messenger" with visions of theFuture and "The Archangel Raphael" a piece of symbolist art with theTree of Life and Sephirothhinted at among other hidden symbols.
Different kinds of Holy Angels:The Angel of Deliverance" MMVIII and "The Angel of Comfort" MMVIII
"An Angel Blessing and protectinga home" MMVIII and "A vision of Angels and animals in the new Earth"MMVIII
Saint Michael cutting through Fear(left) "Escorting a Soul to Heaven" MMVII and"The Guardian angel" MMVII (mixed media)
The Archangel Gabriel (left)"Healing Energy of Raphael" (right)and Raphael with aCaduceus Staff (right)
Very differentinterpretations of Cherubim: "Saint Joan of Arc" MMVI (left) with thePutti and "Ezekiel's Vision" MMX (right) with more the accuratelyillustrated six-winged Angels with three faces each from the visionaryBook of Ezekiel ch.i.
*The rise of Russia ( Magog ) as a powerful enemy of Israel.
*The Arab confederation against Israel.
*The rise of a military power in China that can field hundreds ofMillions of soldiers.
*The revival of the dark occultic practices of ancient Babylon.
*The revival of the old Roman empire in the form of a mult- nationconfederacy. ( The E.U. )
*The unprecedented turn to drugs.
*Open homosexuality as a political force.
*The coming of plagues.
*The increase in internal revolutions.
*The increase of wars.
*The increase of famines.
*The increase in pollution.
*The increase in earthquakes.
*The increase in lawlessness.
*The decline of the family unit.
*The open departure of many Christian Churches policies from the Bible'steachings.
*The move toward a one world government.
*The move toward a one world religion. *
Many of these seemedabsolutely IMPOSSIBLE a generation ago... believe it - or not!
Dividing the Bible incorrectlyis where a lot of the off course or harmful interpretations comefrom. It's simple. Let me break it down: There is the Old Testament andthe NewTestament. The word testament means a contract, covenant or deal. TheOldTestament tells the story of the Creation of the world and has the Lawof Moses,many history books, books of poetry and 17 prophetical books. The NewTestamenthas the biography of Jesus Christ in the gospels, a history book in theBook ofActs, letters about church government and the prophetic Book ofRevelation. Forexample, you don't go to the books about the creation of the world tofind outhow to become a Christian today. The books of poetry and prophecy inthe OldTestament teach us the principles of God and serve asexamples.The beststudy Bible I've found is The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible. It isstillcommonly available. This is only a general introduction...
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The major criticism of science with regards to The Bible has been that itrequires a leap of faith to believe that GOD created the world, yetScience also has several leaps of faith of it's own. The Big Bang theory cannotbe proven as world renowned cosmologist Steven Hawking has stated and,if it cannot be proven - believing in it - in Hawking's own wordsrequires a "Leap of Faith".
Until atheory is proven in a lab or in the field, it is Philosophy, notPhysics.
EVOLUTION IS NOT A LAW OFSCIENCE. Darwin's Theoryof Evolution was proposed in 1859 andalmost a hundred and fifty years later it has still never achieved thestatus of a Law of Science. This is because of the Missing Link. Thereis no proof of a link between man and ape, hence the term"The missing link". This blind faith in Evolution has been taught withreligious dogmatism in the public schools for generations and is still merely a theory. The Theory ofEvolution, not the Law of Evolution is a mere UNPROVENhypothesis, which the dictionary defines as "a mereassumption or guess or a proposition, or a group of proposals, offeredas an explanation for the occurrence of some specified group ofphenomena."
Yet this "mere assumption orguess" is taught to childrenin public schools and young adults in colleges as if it HAD beenproven beyond any doubt. It was once a Law of Science that the atom was the irreducible particle of matter. AtAlamogordo, New Mexico in 1945 the atom was split and the atomic bombexplosion in the desert blasted that Law of Science out of existence.
Now, if a Law of Science is so unreliable, I ask you, why is a mere theory like Evolutionregarded so highly? Simple. It is about political control, not abouttruth.
In 1912 A.D. a respectablegeologist named Arthur S. Woodward and a lawyer named Charles Dawsonoffered their new “fossil discovery” to the London Geological Society.The “artifacts” included a thick portion of a human skull, a fragmentof an ape-like jaw, some animal remains and some primitive stone tools.These items found in southern England in a place called Piltdown wereestimated to be 500,000 years old.
For 40 years the remains wereaccepted by the academic community as an important part of ourevolutionary development. Piltdown Man was declared genuine and calledthe “missing link” between apes and man by important scientists of thetime. Because of this newfound “proof” men of God were openly ridiculedas ignorant and improperly educated. Piltdown man was debunked fourdecades later by chemical tests proving the jaw and skull were not thesame age, nor very old. It was a DELIBERATE fake. The bones had beenchemically treated and thoroughly stained to make them appearprehistoric. Recognizable anatomical features were broken off and fileddown.
Why did this fraud by lawyerCharles Dawson fool the experts? For many reasons, but it was neverseriously questioned because the scientists of the time were delightedby the way it validated their evolutionist beliefs. For more details ofthe debunking read: ”The Piltdown Forgery” by Joseph S. Weiner, theclassic account of the most famous and successful hoax in science. Thenew and revised 2002 edition is commonly available. Today, the term“Piltdown” is a term of ridicule, used to label fraudulent research,but the impact on the lives of billions of trusting people has hadpowerful political implications to this day.
Theprover proves what the thinker thinks and prejudice and political power seem moreimportant than the truth or the consistent practice of the scientificmethod. If truth were important to them, they would use the scientificmethod when criticizing The Bible but they do not. The scientific method requires going to thesource. Yet for these famous disparagements they use the King Jamesversion instead of the original Hebrew. Translated in 1611 bynon-Christian King James of England for political reasons the K.J.V. isone of the Colossal monuments of English Prose. The King JamesTranslation is not at all accurate enough to use as the sole source forthe defense of the Biblical Text.
Consider this example: One of the greatest conflicts between Scienceand the Bible is the teaching that the world was created in six solardays of 24 hours each. The word " yom" in the source, the original Hebrew text, which wastranslated as "Solar Day" had 56 other choices. Modern English has morethan 60,000 words. Biblical Hebrew had 3,000. The average Englishvocabulary has 6,000. My favorite choice of the 56 other options:" anunimaginably long but complete period of time" harmonizes with scienceperfectly. Another choice is: "time itself". So as we can see, going tothe source and using the Scientific Method brings very differentresults than not going to the source.
Getting past this, the order in which life appeared was identical tothe theory of evolution's claims in the Book of Genesis, leaving us todiscuss the stars, the next main source of conflict between Science andthe Bible. The Hebrew text says "a swaddling band around the Earthdissolved, revealing the stars. The Prover proves what the thinkerthinks. Here's a fun thought - What if GOD is in control of evolution?What if it's his hobby? What if there is really no conflict betweenScience and Religion? The scientists cannot disprove the existence ofGOD any more than they can prove the Big Bang happened.
Albert Einstein saw no conflict between science and religion. LikeGalileo, Newton and other immortal greats of science before him,Einstein believed in GOD.
Therefore, I present to you this idea: Modern Scientific beliefs arebased upon a leap of faith in the big bang theory. It has become abelief system based on faith and therefore another form ofreligion.Scientists, like priests can explain their beliefs butthe everyday people accept it all on faith. Scientists and doctors arethe priests of this new religion, getting angry and crying "heresy"when anyone respectfully disagrees with them. I once had one of mysupervisors in the UT anthropology department explain to me for threehours on a research expedition in mathematical terms how somethingcould have ALWAYS existed, needing no beginning point. When we agreedthat the math was good he then made a COLOSSAL leap of faith, saying"This proves the Universe has always existed and there is no GOD." Inone second I countered;" I could just as easily jump to the conclusionthat this proves the existence of an eternal GOD." It is this "jumpingto conclusions" or as Steven Hawking put it; "making leaps offaith." that infuses philosophy with their physics.Then there isthe infusion of politics; a perfect example is
Educated people know that carbon 14 dating istotally irrelevant to the theory of evolution. Scientists never statethat carbon 14 dating offers proof for the theory of evolution.Ignorant evolutionists, however, believe carbon 14 dating proves thetheory of evolution, and stubbornly make that claim based on faith inwhat they were told in our learning institutions. They wereDELIBERATELY lied to to gainPOLITICAL POWER. I will explain; Carbon 14 dating is ONLY reliable forfive thousand years as even its creator himself admitted in 1972.Carbon 14 or Radiocarbon Dating was firstdevised in 1949 by Dr. Willard Libby. It is based on the rate of decayof carbon 14 or its "half-life" of 5730 years. This method offersreliable dates up to 5,000 years ago, but its results requirecorrection since Dr. Libby's belief that the levels of carbon-14 in theatmosphere were identical through the ages has long since beendisproved. Volcanoes and floods for example skew the results to thepoint where guesswork or leaps of faith are required even in datingorganic material from historic times. Dr.Libby once expressed his shock when he found that radio carbon datesfor human artifacts extended back only 5000 years and older dates werefound to be unreliable. [W.F.Libby,`Radiocarbon Dating', (Chicago, 1952), pp. 4-9] [CRSQ, 1972, 9:3, p. 157] By this time tens of thousands of C-14dates had been published from tests in laboratories around the world.The textbooks and curriculums have yet to be revised. Instead, a MYTHis being taught in our schools. There are exciting new methodsbut wild guesses about the amount of Carbon 14 in the atmosphere do notPROVE anything. Believers in GOD are called foolish and ignorant on thepolitical strength of this deliberate lie that Carbon 14 dating provesevolution.
The gross disrespect and intolerance I have seen of certain members ofthe scientific and academic communities and their disciples toward anyonewho disagrees with them is just as arrogant and abusive as racial,sexual, religious, or any other kind of prejudice.
Here's a greatexample: Around 1910 in educated circles it was considered a mark ofignorance to believe the Biblical record. There was little scientificevidence available then to support the Bible's claims and academiccircles decided that was the end of the matter and as the decades movedon, the scientific and academic communities stubbornly ignored tidalwaves of new SCIENTIFIC evidence. One excellent example is in whatthe Bible says about Abraham. In the early 20th century expertsin the field of archaeology insisted that no civilization even existedin UR of the Chaldeans when the Bible records that Abraham lived there.On the basis that no evidence was currently available theydeclared Abraham a mythical character.
20th century evidence however has proven beyond any question theexistence of an advanced civilization in UR of the Chaldeans during the21st and 20th centuries B.C.-That was Abraham's day! Abraham'shistoricity is also confirmed by ancient inscriptions that bear thenames of almost very town mentioned in Ch. 12-14 of Genesis and oneeven has his father's name. Archeological discoveries also show thesetowns were in existence until about 2,000 B.C.- but not later!
No longer canthe Bible's critics get away with accusing us of being naive or foolishtoday when we believe what the Bible says about Abraham like they usedto in the 20th century.
This is criticalto the belief systems of the world's great monotheistic religionsIslam, Judaism and Christianity who all claim ascendancy from Abraham.Why isn't this commonly taught in schools? Many scientificprofessionals openly abuse the authority of their positions to pushtheir personal beliefs and ignore the confirmed scientificdata to hold on to political power.Other Biblical confirmationsfrom modern Archaeology include: Date and manner of Jericho's fall, Theexodus from Egypt, Major characters from the book of Daniel and manyothers. The SCIENTIFIC proof is all there waiting for you if you takethe time to look it up.
Certain scientists and academics like to act like they know everythingabout the origins of the Earth. They don't. Many of our long taughtideas about planetary science have recently been proven completelywrong. Did you know that The Gas Giants on the outside of our solarsystem and the surface of the Planet Venus are DRASTICALLY differentthan what I was authoritatively taught about them as a boy inschool? Ifthey can't even tell us reliably how the solar system is today how canwe rely on their ideas about its distant unobservable origins? Yet even in the face of constantly changing SCIENTIFICevidence most scientists are prone to UTTER DOGMATISM about theirbelief system. Science is supposed to be the sum of the best knowledge we have at the time -incomplete but always learning, always growing- but sometimes makingserious mistakes. Why admit things were COMPLETELY wrong aboutplanetary science within the solar system but NEVER MENTION thediscovery of the unreliability of Carbon 14 dating or the discovery of archaeological evidence of Abraham being a historical figure? Simple.There is no danger to the foundation of the belief system of this newreligion or it's social and political power base.
Mankind's only hope for continued survival on this planet is tolearn to tolerate each others differences and live in peace with oneanother and in harmony with the environment. We're all in the sameboat...
I do not believe that scientists should be exempt from this challengeto be tolerant, since they created the very things that couldwell destroy us, such as thermonuclear weapons & pollution.
We allhave a lot of work to do if we are to survive. I write this in defenseof my faith and of the faiths of others which have been disparaged bythese attacks on the sacred writings of the world's greatreligions...If we're going to have a better world we're going to needboth better leaders and better citizens.
Ipersonally believe that any belief in a higher power that mustbe answered to makes us better citizens than if we believed that we arethe ultimate life form in the Universe.