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Please do not hesitate to point out mistakes of any kind that are found in any of my contributions.--Zephyr Axiom 17:33, 24 February 2007 (EST)

Having finished reading the book The Days of Peleg this last week of June, I must say it is one of my favorite novels so far. For anyone into sci-fi or historical fiction, I certainly recommend it.--Zephyr Axiom 23:08, 29 June 2007 (EDT)

My fall classes will be starting on September 4, but hopefully they will not be as involving per unit of time as in this past summer. --Zephyr Axiom 17:16, 23 August 2007 (EDT)

Articles written

Hm, since so many other people are doing this, and since it might help in finding the correct author if constructive criticism is due....

Who am I?

Well, for starters I’m a Young Earth Creationist Christian. I am a relatively young and inexperienced college student, though my favorite habit is to read, and my number one hobby is to write. Here are my core beliefs:

  • There is an eternal and perfect God who created the universe and everything in it
  • This God reveals Himself and His actions through the written word of the Judeo-Christian Bible
  • This Bible was inerrant in its original form, and its content is exquisitely preserved to this day
  • The universe was created in the span of six days, the meaning for which is the modern sense of a twenty-four hour day
  • This creation process occurred at most ten thousand years ago, but closer to six thousand years ago
  • Everything was created perfect, but both mankind and a third of the angels chose to rebel against God and enter into sin
  • For humans, the natural outcome of sin is death
  • There was a Global Flood which wiped out all of mankind except for eight people, who were saved aboard an Ark
  • Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is God
  • Jesus Christ existed at creation, was born to a virgin woman around the division in time which bears His name, was killed on a cross, was kept in a tomb for three days, rose from death on the third day, rose to heaven after some time, and will return at some point in the future just as He left
  • Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross atones for the sins of all who believe that He is God and that He sacrificed Himself to save us
  • There will be a physical Resurrection
  • When Jesus Christ returns He will set up a thousand year reign on earth, in which all the followers of Christ will take part
  • Eventually there will be no more sin, due to the mercy and grace of God

Complimentary views

I'm attempting to move this to my blog. It may take a while.

1 Corinthians 11 & 14

What exactly is the nature of church meetings supposed to be? I find it rather strange that we should gather every Sunday morning to a specialized building in order to listen to a preacher’s monologue and occasionally eat some crackers with grape juice. Why does the Bible tell us to do such a thing?

Or does it?

The basis for the crackers and grape juice we’ve all encountered is, obviously, the Lord’s Supper. But doesn’t supper refer to a somewhat fuller meal?

And what of this preacher business?

What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church. 1Corinthians 14:26

I find it a bit of a stretch to see "everyone has" as meaning we all sit staring at a single orator for an hour or two, even if he is a good speaker with plenty of great stuff to say.

When it comes to a church building, I must ask where in the New Testament support for this can be found. Did not the early church meet in their homes? Does not a whole building dedicated solely to periodic meetings require significant amounts of money to maintain, a situation which causes many churches to seek government financial assistance? Many churches in times past and present alike have had invested into their construction great sums of money, investments that are ultimately vain foundations of pride rather than generous help to the poor. Not that all churches fall into this trap, but the question must still be asked, what is the purpose of a church building?

These are but a few of the things that were brought to my attention by a book called Ekklesia: To the Roots of Biblical Church Life. After having read this book, I am more convinced than ever that most of our modern churches have it all wrong, and that the Protestant Reformation didn’t go quite far enough.

Luke 3:6

"And all mankind will see God’s salvation." Luke 3:6

...he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces... Isaiah 25:8

…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11

"…He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Revelation 21:4

I may possibly be misreading the above sections, but I am currently a "Universalist".

One more thing

Now, this final point is one for which I have no single distinct verse or chapter for undeniable support. It is a complicated matter, and one that I may not be able to adequately convey in brief. However, I believe it to be in line with God’s nature and in line with the concept of creation. It is that disease comes not as a result of pathogens and genetics, but as a result of poor eating and living habits. Due to personal experiences, it is my family’s belief that certain "advances" in the food and medical industries have gone hand in hand with an increase in godless behavior in order to send our "civilized" world into a downward spiral of deteriorating health. Following Darwinian principles, scientists have taken it upon themselves to improve health and agriculture through drugs, pesticides, herbicides, artificial preservatives, and feed lots. In so doing, the balance put into nature by God has been ignored. God specifically created plants, animals, water, the sun, and the earth to be all that is necessary to good health, so that even the poorest of people will have a chance. At the same time Solomon wrote:

When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive. Proverbs 23:1-3

I believe that the industrialized (rulers of the) world, and America in particular, produce very deceptive food. Concerning the medical community, I do not trust anyone who specifically gets more money when I’m ill, having a monopoly on the cure. Many people seem to look up to the doctors and the pharmaceuticals as being irreproachable prophets of health. They have all manner of wonder drugs. But does it make sense that God would place the main venue for health solely in the hands of those who can pay for expensive treatments of almost magic drugs administered by doctors who are required to go through years of secular training? Not only that, but there are all the multitudes of people who did not live in the age of drugs. Are they all left with nowhere to turn when afflicted with life threatening disease? Or is God the God of the poor, the meek, and the humble? It is my belief that God’s commandments to Adam and Noah were instructions on how nature is designed to work.

Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' " Matthew 4:4

God told Adam to work the land to produce his food. I think that’s how the people today should live.

By the way, I do not believe that pharmaceutical drugs are truly that marvelous. Many of them certainly do not have a grand success rate, they very often have side affects that are worse than the original disease, and the money oriented producers have a habit of keeping dangerous pills on the shelves for as long as legally possible (or longer). So that no one can say tha I'm advertising some herb product, I stress that I think everyone should grow their own and become knowledgeable in God's medicine. I find it interesting that no other Creationist that I know of outside of my family has a similar line of thinking. [This may have changed: see talk page]