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It already now is well established that, regardless, whether in atmosphere of a planet, such as our Earth, or in outer space, the universe consists in transmutations of energy into mass, and transmutations of mass into energy.

A Transformation implies obviation of whatever precedes for arrival at some other thing. In context of a Transmutation, what precedes continues to be, yet produces something external to itself.

In presence of strength of the evidence, while it cannot be asserted to be obvious, alongside all of nature — plants, minerals in the earth etc. — man’s body is outcome of transmutation of energy into physical mass. Given energy is not directly observable, we arrive at interest in the realm of the metaphysical, that is, the realm of energy, as such, arrive at interest of Physics in Quantum Mechanics — the realm of the Metaphysical. …


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It takes contemplation to get to know God

Everyone needs encouragement sometimes — a shoulder to lean on, an encouraging word, help that arrives just in the nick of time. Encouragement is of so much importance in context of faith in the name of Jesus Christ that the given name of a prophet who excelled in encouragement, ‘Joses’ became lost to him, because, once the Apostles surnamed him, ‘Barnabas’, which means, ‘Son of Encouragement’, from that point on, all knew him only as ‘Son of Encouragement’ (Acts 4:36–37).

It is important that believers who show up at church services (focus on those who get to stand on the podium), or better yet, church fellowships (focus on one another — whether sitting side by side, or standing on the podium), be able to receive encouragement in respect of pursuits of this life. As is well articulated in Christian Scriptures, if church fellowships do not cater to physical needs of believers, they are exercises in pretense, and perhaps chicanery (James 2:14–17). …


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In Matthew 5:5, as part of what now is referred to as ‘The Beatitudes’, Jesus famously declares,

“Happy the meek — because they shall inherit the land (YLT).”

The ‘New King James Version (NKJV)’ and other popular interpretive translations of the Bible (translations that do not only translate words from the original language to English, but that attempt to convey what they consider to be meaning of the words that are translated) interpret Matthew 5:5 as follows:

“Blessed are the meek — for they shall inherit the earth (NKJV).”

It is straightforward that there exist two major differences between the verbatim translation of the ‘Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)’ of the Bible, and the interpretive translation of the NKJV, namely, substitution of the word, ‘Blessed’ for ‘Happy’, and the word ‘Earth’ for ‘Land’. We shall leave a discussion of juxtaposition of the words, ‘Blessed’ and ‘Happy’ for another time. In this post, I focus on a juxtaposition of the words, ‘Earth’ and ‘Land’. …


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Like a Lamp shining in the darkness is Faith in Jesus Christ that works through His Love

A verse in Christian Scriptures with which many persons of other faiths are extremely familiar runs as follows (words in brackets mine in spirit of an amplified reading of Christian Scriptures).

For God did so love the world, that His Son — the only begotten — He gave, that every one who is believing in Him may not perish, but may have life age-during (eternal life) — John 3:16, from Young’s Literal (Verbatim, no attempt at interpretation) Translation of the original Greek to English, acronym, YLT.

A perusal of the verbatim translation reveals a slight difference from the popular translations (e.g. NKJV, RSV etc.) that is of significant importance, namely, rather than, ‘whosoever believes in Him’, the verbatim of the Greek reads, ‘every one who is believing in Him’, should not perish, but may have life that lasts for as long as God’s purposes endure. …


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The word, ‘Yes’ means ‘Assent’. Typically, assent comes from either of a person higher up on a reporting chain, or a person equal in rank on a reporting chain.

Whenever a woman says ‘yes’ to romantic involvement with a man, it is a yes between equals — the two are equal in rank, but yet if their marriage is to work they must arrive at some sort of leadership arrangement. In this respect, every firm that ever has experimented with two CEOs eventually abandons the experiment, evidence that while all employees are equal in worth, still, always there is demand for clear identification of leadership. The benefit of clear identification? There is not any ambiguity as to who is to blame whenever things go wrong, meaning it is known a priori who is in need of ‘truly humble pie’. …


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If you turn on a conventional oven that is gas powered, you turn the knob, and select a temperature, typically somewhere between 300 and 450 degrees. You wait for the oven to power up to your choice of temperature, place the item you want to cook or bake in the oven, set the time, then wait. If your oven is configured exactly as those of a thousand of your neighbors, the item that you bake or cook will come out about exactly the same as those of those other thousand neighbors. …


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Courtesy: Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN

You probably have come across the following assertion, namely that time cannot be regarded to proceed in any sort of linear fashion. By this, proponents of non-linearity of time assert, conditional on evolution of time, that it does not appear as if history has much of logic of ‘cause’ during some current period, and ‘effect’ during some future period. In essence, history it seems is littered with a plethora of seemingly random events.

But is it true that just because there does not exist any tight causal link between the present and the future, that events, which characterize the future really are random? In this sense, can we really assert that, merely because it is impossible to directly extrapolate either of the horse and carriage or the Walkman to, respectively, the Model T Ford or the iPhone, that arrival of either of the two innovations have character of random events? In this respect, note each of the Model T Ford or iPhone had to have been under development for some period of time prior to their availability to the public. In presence of purposiveness of intent, arrival of the two innovations cannot be deemed to have character of totally random events. On the contrary, what seems inexplicable, or perhaps, yet random are, first, initial ‘blindedness’ of society to feasibility of either of the car or iPhone, and second, source of awareness of feasibility of the car or iPhone to, respectively, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs. …


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A Replica of the 1933 Dymaxion, Courtesy: The Lane Motor Museum, Nashville TN

The picture above is that of a replica of the 1933 Dymaxion, a vehicle produced by a fella by name, Buckminster Fuller. Only three units of the Dymaxion ever were produced. All three units were commissioned, meaning Buckminster already had full payment prior to commencement of production of each custom built unit. Of the three units commissioned, two were totaled in accidents and one never was driven, only was used as sort of a showcase by the very rich guy who commissioned building of the vehicle. The lesson from the commissionings?

Some rich persons always are looking for fanciful things to do with money. …


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If you believe in Jesus Christ, the command from God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ in respect of boasting is unambiguous, namely, you are not to transform anything that He, God has done for or through you into a boast. Further, you are not to boast that God’s power is evident in the fact that He can defeat any other entity who is put forward as deity by any other religion or system of beliefs.

How do we know this? Well, let us consider three texts from Christian Scripture, namely Jeremiah 9:23–24; Luke 10:19–20; and 1 Corinthians 8:5–6 (words in brackets mine in spirit of an amplified reading of Christian Scriptures). Note that the closest interpretation of the word translated ‘glory’ in the rendition of Jeremiah 9:23–24 in the NKJV is ‘boast’. …


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A Belief serves as guidepost for a person’s interpretation of his or her interactions with either of others or events that transpire in the world.

Ideally, beliefs ought to reside in realm of rationality, that is, not be subject to the accusation that they are inconsistent with either of principles of Mathematics, or objectively derived evidence in respect of others or events. In truth, however, beliefs have capacity for residing in realm of irrationality.

Beliefs feasibly can reside in realm of irrationality.

Suppose a belief resides in realm of rationality. Regardless, it remains eminently feasible that, simultaneously, such a belief has character of an objectively erroneous rubric for interaction with either of others or events. In this respect, consider man’s prior belief that the earth resided at center of the universe, a belief now shown, both via principles of Mathematics and supporting empirical evidence to be egregiously erroneous — it is not just that the earth is not at center of the universe, but rather that the earth does not even reside at center of its own solar system. …

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Oghenovo Obrimah, PhD

Educator and Researcher, Believer in Spirituality, Life is serious business, but we all are pilgrims so I write about important stuff with empathy and ethos

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