13 June, 2019

30. Eve: Mother of all Living

30. Eve: Mother of all Living

Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. 
—Genesis 3:20

According to an article in NewScientist (as well as many other researchers in human genetics), scientists can "trace back the DNA in the maternally inherited mitochondria within our cells" to what they call a "theoretical" common ancestor. They call her “mitochondrial Eve.”

Naturally, the ASA claim mitochondrial  Eve lived "between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago" and that she was "was not the first human" but that "every other female lineage eventually had no female offspring, failing to pass on their mitochondrial DNA."

In other words, EVERY single other woman was a #boymom and they and their descendants all became extinct, because everyone living today, male and female, can be traced back to "mitochondrial Eve."

Okay. Sure.

And in contrast to the Sumerian and other ancient legends where the gods created multiple humans, the Jewish record just happened to have a "myth" that lined up with the science that all humans came from one woman.

I'm sure it's just a coincidence.

SwordCraft Tip: If you have wide-margins, beside Genesis 3:20, write in your designated supernatural warfare color, "Maternally-inherited mitochondria DNA confirms all living people came from one woman."

Had you ever heard of "mitochondrial Eve?" Do you find it exciting that science is continually discovering confirmation of the Bible (even though the ASA won't admit it)? Share your thoughts on the Blogging His Story Facebook page!

Photo Credit: Pixabay

07 June, 2019

29. Adam: Son of God

29. Adam: Son of God

"...Adam, the son of God."
—Luke 3:38

In Jesus' genealogy (in Luke 3), Adam is said to be the son of God.

This title is also applied to angelsGen 6:2,4; Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7; and Deut 32:8 (in the Septuagint and Dead Sea version).

In my novel, Primoridum, it is this title being given to Adam upon his creation that fuels Lucifer's motivation to revolt against God.

Note that in Judaism, the title "son of God" is never a title of deity. However, it is eventually a title that applies not just to Adam but the line of Jewish kings, from whom the Messiah, the son of God would come. And it is a title given to all New Testaments believers (1 John 3:1-2).

Yet in Greek mythology, a son of God was divine, or at lest part divine (usually the offspring of a god with a mortal).

In 1 John 3:1-2, Christians are called "sons of God." If you are a Christian, what do you think of having a title that once belonged only to angels? Share you answers @ the Blogging His Story Facebook page!

Photo Credit: Cropped closeup from The Creation of Adam fresco by Michelangelo.

30 May, 2019

28. Imago Dei: The Image of God as Representative

28. Imago Dei: The Image of God as Representative

Shigir Idol
the oldest known wooden sculpture in the world
displayed in the Sverdlovsk Regional Museum of Local Lore in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

There is scriptural support for all four of the Image of God views being true (we and God have emotions and intelligence; we were created for fellowship; we were giving dominion over the earth; and we are God's representatives on earth).

But which one is the correct definition to the question, "What does being made in the image of God mean?"

In my opinion, #4.

The Image of God as Representation (we are His representatives/image-bearers.

The Hebrew word, tselem (צֶלֶם), translated "image" in Genesis 1:27 ("God created man in His own image") is the same word in Numbers 33:52 that refers to idols -- Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their  pictures, and destroy all their molten images..."

In ancient times, people held an Animation Ceremony for newly-carved idols in which the mouth was opened so that life could be breathed into them.

Judaeo/Christian Worldview

God = Creator of man
Man = Idol of God
Man = Animated by God's breath to Worship God
Man = Indwelt by God (Christianity)

Secular Worldview

Man = creator of the god's image
Wood = idol/image of a god
Wood = "animated" by man
Wood = indwelt by a god

Idolatry is not only a distortion of truth, but it's demeaning to us as humans. Imagine the ancients and how sacred they treated their idols, how they carried them around with the utmost care in liters during festivals, how they

We've replaced ourselves with wood. Instead of recognizing that we are the sacred thing, that we are the very image of God, we bow to wood, believing wood to be what we really are.

Public Domain

Swordcraft Tip -- In your spiritual warfare color, highlight Gen 1:27, and in the margin write: Image Bearers  (idols in Numbers 33:52, 2 Kings 11:18, 2 Chron 23:17).

So how does it feel to discover you are an idol? Share your answers here!