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    One of my first elective classes in college was Psychology 101, on the first day of class, the teacher came in and introduced himself and started an introductory speech that I found had nothing to do with the topic of psychology. He was explaining that religion on a whole, has got it all wrong and that religion teaches that they have the answer to man's problems; he went on to say that the Bible is just a book of myths and fables and we should not place our trust in it. He then went on to say that the Bible has many errors! Example, the Bible teaches that the world is flat!! Obviously I was very shocked that he was saying these things to the students. The teacher seemed very uninformed and had a lot of prejudice; he obviously did not study history. Historians, even the ones who do not particularly believe in God, treats the Bible as one of the most accurate historical documents that human beings have, they may not believe in the miracles found in the Bible, but they agree that something happened that they cannot explain, this includes the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible is also viewed as one of the most literary writings, surpassing Shakespeare and all others by leaps and bound.

    When the teacher said that the Bible teaches that the world is flat, I said to myself..."I never heard that before? in fact, I I had never read that before in the Bible?" I went home and started searching for the scripture verse that said the world is flat, I could not find it anywhere, I even searched in different translations and still I could not find it? What I did find is in Isaiah 40:22, it described the earth as a circle, closer to what we now know as a globe. Although the Bible was not focusing on describing to us the shape of the earth, it sure did not call the earth flat. As I researched further, it seemed that the teacher was indeed misinformed in this area of History too, because the Greeks in 4th century BC knew the world was a spherical shape as seen in some of their maps and writings. Recent scholars has argued that, with few exceptions, no educated person in the history of Western Civilization from the third century B.C. onward, believed that the earth was flat; rather, the prevailing view was of a spherical earth. The idea of a flat earth was merely a myth that started spreading in the 19th century from popular writings and may have been around before, but was not the popular view.



    The Book we studied in the class was: 'Looking Out For #1' - "Looking out for Number One is the conscious, rational effort to spend as much time as possible doing those things which bring you the greatest amount of pleasure and less time on those which cause pain."

    If Jesus studied and lived by this book, we would not have saving grace :)

    Isaiah 40:21-22 ask us some serious questions to give us a little perspective on which we are compared to God

    "Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in."

    We are nothing compared to God. When man first stepped out of the atmosphere, went into space and looked back down on the earth, we got a little perspective from Gods point of view, we were so small we disappeared.Psalm 8:4 asks, "what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?"

    There are things that God made that are greater than us and even the things that are smaller than us are so complex we can't figure them out entirely; when man first discovered the cell, he thought wow!, we found the smallest thing ever!, then now we found out that the cell has smaller parts and is more complex than the city of New York!! We then found out about the atom which is way smaller than a cell!

    The God we serve is a Powerful and Holy God but he has a special place for you and me, we are His creation and He seeks a personal relationship with us. He loves us so much that even after we messed up, He sent His Son to die and suffer on a cross for our sins. - loswl

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    1. vivsirena ( *On & Off* ) 66 months ago | reply

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    2. Heart Windows Art 66 months ago | reply

      Gods Glory is here !
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      Thanks so very much! ~Kathie Luther

    3. KHEPRA DESIGN 66 months ago | reply

      SO NICE as always, u really great

    4. Ka Red 66 months ago | reply

      Picture with Bible vers
      The Bible which is the word of God:
      Infallible, Inerrant, No mistakes, will not return to God Void,
      The only basis of Christian Faith.
      The only tool for Evangelio-Evangelism

    5. artland 65 months ago | reply

      wonderfulllllllllll !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    8. alcca 64 months ago | reply

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    10. EmanzinOz 56 months ago | reply

      Hi there - thanks for the pic - the thing about the Bible is that it's hard to expect it's been translated time after time over the centuries without errors or omissions, but certainly it's a classic.
      I know the reason we are here is to find our purpose and love ourselves (and each other), but it's the authoritarian approach from the church that puts me off - too many "orders" and not enough honesty and love.
      Re the photo - Australia is backwards - can you turn the image round please?

    11. loswl 56 months ago | reply

      @ EmanzinOz : Hi, glad you like the pic :o) You said

      "it's hard to expect it's been translated time after time over the centuries without errors or omissions,"

      I can certainly understand your mindset, and you not trusting what the Bible is, with a little understanding of the History of the Bible and how much pain and hard work went into making the translations accurate, you would then see that the Bible is the most accurate piece of historical document that man has in his possession.

      I am not just saying this because I am a Christian, here are the facts, and the only book that comes close as far as accuracy is the manuscripts (copies) of "Homer" which were copied 500 yrs between the times of the original documents. 643 copies still exist and the writings are 95% correct. The original document was written 900 B.C. the earliest copy was done 400 B.C.

      Compare those stats to the “New Testament” writings of the Bible

      The “New Testament” Documents were copied less than 100 years between the time of the original documents 5600 copies still exist and the writings are 99.5% correct. The original document was written 1st Cent. A.D. (50-100 A.D.) and the earliest copy was made 2nd Cent. A.D. (c. 130 A.D. f.). The original copy still exists today. Historians can still compare the copies against the original, the only reason why the Bible may not translate fully at 100%, is because of language differences in the interpretation.

      Note: The Old Testament is not taken in as a factor yet, in the equation.

      To call the Bible a “Classic” is diminishing it’s importance and shows that you are not talking from a full understanding of the History and present statistics on the Bible. The Bible is the most translated book in the history of mankind, it is still being translated into many of the world’s languages and the current goal is to translate it into all the languages of the world by 2015. The Bible is the number 1 best seller of all time, surpassing every book that has ever been written. In fact The Bible consists of 66 books: 39 in the OT and 27 in the NT. The Bible took about 1600 years to write. It was written in 3 languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, & Greek) by about 40 authors from about 65 different countries around the world and is internally consistent throughout.

      I say the things above not to convince you of anything, because I myself did not know these facts before I became a Christian, It was the Holy spirit working on my heart and letting me know that I need the saving grace of Jesus . When I gave my life to Christ a miracle took place and I became a new man, I cannot explain the supernatural but the natural things in life gives evidence of it.

      I cannot speak too much about the Authoritarian approach from the Church, because my experience maybe much different from yours. The Church is given the authority to spread the Good news of Christ and what He has done, not to Lord it over people but to show it in Love, people must make up their own minds what they want to believe. As humans we naturally do not like authority and rules, we are like sheep and we like to go our own way until we are lost and start to look for a savior. Jesus is that savior and He is the only one qualified to save us, because He came and live a sinless life, died and resurrected and went back to heaven with a promise to return and give that same resurrection power to us, so that we too can live forever.

      If you check any other religion, you will not find anyone qualified to save us from our sins or gives any evidence of resurrection power coupled with the promise of eternal life, so as for me, I will continue to place my trust in the Bible, the inspired word of God and the Messiah Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

      Here are some links that have more information on the Bible if you are interested.

      General Bible Info: www.carm.org/apologetics/cut-and-paste-information/bible

      Manuscript evidence for superior New Testament reliability : www.carm.org/questions/about-bible/manuscript-evidence-su...

      Codex Sinaiticus www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/

      I will flip the image and re post it soon, sorry about the flipped image, the entire world is flipped, not just Australia. :o)

    12. icemy05 55 months ago | reply

      And the truth shall set you free
      Jesus

    13. digital kid2007 53 months ago | reply

      Your Photo Has Inspired Me!!!
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    14. ishrikrishna 52 months ago | reply

      Great Image...

    15. Dean 1968 52 months ago | reply

      Love your work and i hope to someday reach such beautiful artistry. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. May our Lord Jesus Christ Bless you and your journeys to come my friend.

    16. australianpolicyonline 50 months ago | reply

      Thanks from Australian Policy Online. This pic is our feature image (with attribution) for APO's International section for a week or so from 11 March 2010. See www.apo.org.au/international (illustrating a paper called ‘Reforming the global order'). And again on 1 July 2010 in our Environment & Planning section, see www.apo.org.au/environment-planning (illustrating a report called ‘Our future world: an analysis of global trends, shocks and scenarios’)

      PS. APO is a non profit website making the latest Australian social policy research available to the public. Thank you for listing your image with a Creative Commons license.

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    18. chiaralily 47 months ago | reply

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    19. Annies Pics 44 months ago | reply

      Beautifully composited image - wow!

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