Synopsis: The Elephant Books
"Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. Humanity's deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest."
--Stephen Hawking, 2005
"Science and religion are two windows that people look through, trying to understand the big universe outside, trying to understand why we are here. The two windows give different views, but both look out at the same universe... And both are worthy of respect."
--Freeman Dyson, 2000
"We never cease to stand like curious children before the great Mystery into which we were born."
--Albert Einstein, 1942
The Blind Man’s Elephant first two chapters show that when we closely examine Darwin’s theory of evolution, there is no disagreement between his theory of evolution of the species and the Biblical record’s account of the creation of life including adam. Agreement is found in the theological principle of the physical/spiritual duality.
Darwin believed in a Creator. He is quoted as saying so in chapter 13 of his keynote work, “The Origin of the Species.” And what we discover is that Darwin was observing the biochemistry of DNA and its coded ability for a species to adapt and change according to its environmental conditions. It’s just that Darwin didn’t know about DNA. This is what Darwin refers to as secondary causes.
The next chapter in The Blind Man’s Elephant unmistakably shows that according to the literal account in Genesis, the “heavens and the Earth” were not created in six, 24 hour Earth days, 6000 years ago. Again, there is no contradiction between science and the account of creation in Genesis that the universe is 13-15 billion Earth years old. In fact, we learn the concept that time is a singularity at the quantum level and that there is a space-time continuum mentioned in the pages of the Biblical record 3000 years ago long before Einstein re-discovered the same facts about one hundred years ago. [See the Sneakers article, Is Genesis 1 A Jolly Good Myth?].
The next chapter shows that human life has always begun at first breath and never at conception according to the Biblical record. It is consistent throughout the entirety of the Biblical record when we let it speak for itself. As life does not begin at conception, theologically, abortion cannot be considered murder. [See The Feature article, Life in the 'hood].
The fifth chapter is an indirect scientific proof God exists. Daniel was given a prophecy that extended more than 2500 years into his future telling of five empires, each with specific details, in sequence and to the exact year the prophecy would end. As we can easily note in our history books, the last of these five empires of Daniel's image of the beast ended less than one hundred years ago when its "deadly wound" was inflicted. The conundrum is that science has proven man cannot know the future. Ours is a universe of probabilities, described as the psychological arrow of time by Stephen Hawking in his book, “A Brief History of Time.” How, then, could Daniel specifically have known the future more than two millennia earlier? The theological arrow of time provides us with the answer.
The sixth chapter takes us through a 4000-year history of Israel’s twelve sons. Judah, the Jews, are just one of Israel’s twelve sons. Where are the other eleven now? They make up many nations of the world today exactly as the Biblical record’s prophecy in Genesis chapter forty-nine clearly spells out. It also traces Israel’s non-identical twin brother’s history into our current events that impact our daily lives resulting in, according to the Biblical record, the Apocalypse and the sixth empire in Revelation.
The Hijacked Elephant undeniably shows that all the major events of the New Testament are spiritual fulfillments of the archetypical high holy days of the Old Testament, or Covenant, given to all twelve sons of Israel today, not just the Jews. Each of these days has a duality to them. Christmas and Easter lack these duality markers and are imposters that have been hijacked into Christianity over the millennia. We discover in the original canon that Christ and the apostles never celebrated what we know as Christmas or Easter or anything remotely related to them. And we find plainly stated in the Biblical record that the celebration of Christmas results in the opening of the sixth seal in Revelation by Christ. This is more popularly known as the Apocalypse. And its events are directed at Christians, who turn out to be the lost sheep of the House of Israel, the only people in the Biblical record to whom Christ said he was sent. [See the Feature article, Christ Against Christians?].
The saga we find in the Biblical record, when we allow it to tell us its story, is far different from what we commonly perceive it to be in modern day Churchianity. The gospel, delivered by Christ to the lost sheep of the House of Israel, is unrecognizable compared to the "gospel" accepted by Christianity today. [See the Feature article, What Exactly Is The Gospel?]. These remarkable facts create a paradigm shift. And, as we discover, it has dramatic, real world relevance for us today.
The Curious Elephant completes the trilogy that comprises “The Elephant Books.” The primary focus of The Curious Elephant is a comparison of what first century Christianity is to what we experience today. And the two are light years apart.To begin with, we’ve lost knowledge of the relevancy of both the old and new covenants to Christianity. Recognizing their relationship is key to putting us on solid footing. Yet, we are totally lacking in this regard in 21st century Christianity. Without this foundation to build upon, we’ve built our modern day house on sand. To get us back on track, we have Christ’s promise, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send [now has sent] in my name, will teach youall things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” [John 14:26, NIV]. Therefore, the first of the seven sections in The Curious Elephant are chapters that deal with the covenants.
Once we understand the role of the covenants in Christianity, and to whom they were meant, then we can truly comprehend for the first time what exactly the gospel, or good news, is that Christ delivered. This is the second section. Our Christian misunderstanding of the gospel today has led to us walking a strange path, away from that for which Christ gave his life on our behalf. As a result, the prophecies directed to us proclaim, “But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit [because we’ve forgotten and fallen away from what he told us]; so He turned Himself against them as an enemy, and He fought against them.” Consequently, Christianity today is like a white rat held over a cage as a live meal for a snake. Christ is the one holding us up by the tail, yet we think, “All is well, we are in God’s hands.” [See the Feature article, Revelation 17: Big Brother].
The third section then delves into the prophecies that are meant for us. Once we know our relationship to the covenants and understand the gospel delivered by Christ, then we can readily find ourselves in the end-time Biblical prophecies. Equipped with this knowledge, we can choose whether or not to make the necessary changes to our way of life. For the time being, we still have the option to “pay now or pay later.” Commonly referred to as “The Apocalypse,” it is the opening of the sixth and seventh seals in Revelation. While this is the more costly option of the two, prophetically it will be the popular choice.The other related sections round out the book with the summary section reminding us of the answer to the question, “Twenty centuries later, why is first century Christianity more relevant than ever?”
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