‘GOD!’

Have you noticed that, should GOD’ ever be given a thought, this ‘thought’—when annunciated is usually in the form of an expletive—something like ‘O God’ or ‘For God’s sake’ (could be replaced by a four-letter-word that has the same intent). On other occasions— when there’s less angst/tension etc.—a conversation might take a more philosophical direction—especially regarding ‘post-mortem’ existence #survival—particularly the idea that of us all becoming some kind of celestial beings (there is plenty of #space for this possibility though I’ve no idea how any such incorporeal existence might resemble the ‘old physical us’).

I once worked with one of those, most intelligent, atheists (I was an atheist—though not that intelligent).Though he ‘dismissed’ the notion of a deity that created and sustains all life within the universe—particularly within the earth’s biosphere—he had a belief in ‘post-mortem existence. [there isn’t the space here to delve a little deeper into his particular ‘Monistic World View; we’ll save this for another ‘occasion’ 🤔].

Psalm 90: 11,12 refers to both the power and the anger of GOD ( I know, God isn’t allowed to be either angry or judgemental nowadays). “If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due.” One of the things that occupied some of my, pre-Christian, thinking (apart from my desire to see the triumph of socialism) was that of some kind of universal justice, I.e. that if there were no post-mortem judgement, there could be no JUSTICE. Obviously, for there to be any kind of post-mortem justice there has to be some kind of ‘soul-survival’. Verse twelve of Psalm 90 says: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Derek

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First and foremost, I became a committed follower of Jesus Christ in 1976, previously having had ‘strong leftish/ atheistic tendencies’.I’ve been married to Jackie since September 1963. We have four [grown] children and ten grandchildren—the  latest, Faith Jemima, born on 1/8/18. Four of the grandkids live, with their parents, in Australia, and three in Scotland. We also have two great-grandsons. I have been (present perfect tense) in Christian leadership in various roles: An elder (eleven years) at Bournemouth Community Church,a deacon at Lansdowne Baptist Church Bournemouth (nine years) ,a founder director of the International Training Network, Bournemouth, training centre/center for the teaching of English as a foreign language, and a teacher/principal/director [1987-2010] at the Christian English Language Centre/Center in Bournemouth and Christchurch, England. Since December 2014 my wife and I have been attending St Mary's Church Ferndown, where we are seeking to use our gifts for the Mission of Christ. Publications: I I am the joint author (along with Rosemary Griffiths) of a book entitled ‘Walls that Divide’, which is 'due'to be revised/re-edited. I am also hoping to re-publish my MRes thesis entitled ‘God, Evolution and The problem of Evil: Towards a Solution’—under a new title.... My ‘academic’ background includes forays into the world of:Sociology, Theology,Philosophy, English-Language pedagogy,linguistics and Philosophical Theology in The Open University, The University of Sheffield, Canterbury Christchurch University, Trinity College, Newburgh USA, and The University of Exeter. I have #begun the task of editing my MRes Thesis (awarded by The University of Exeter in 2015), with the view of either publishing or developing it further...God,Evolution and The Problem of Evil.., Derek J. White: In the year of the Global (Chinese #people’s Republic) Pandemic—May 6th 2020.

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