Spoiler to A Point of Life, The Riddle

Clues are underlined, and the spoiler is at the bottom.

A Point of Life -The Riddle
by Susan Ector Ward

I occupy a point.

The point is a location on a particular line.

The line is located on a particular plane.

Within the plane, I am occupying a location on an infinite number of other lines.

The location of my point is claimed by an infinite number of other planes each of which incorporates an infinite number of other lines whose path also claims my point.

My point is the center of an infinite sphere.

I may move in any direction along any of the infinite number of lines occupied by my point.

Successively and momentarily as I move, I will be occupying one of an infinite number of other points each one not only located on the line along which I move but also located on an infinite number of other lines and also located on an infinite number of other planes, few of which are occupied by the point at which I began.

As I move, each point whose location I occupy becomes the center of a new infinite sphere.

I may change my direction by choosing to move along any of the infinite lines whose path claims the point of my new location.

As I move, I find that I have influenced an infinite number of spheres whose center I have occupied.

If I move backward to retrace my path, though I will again pass through the center of every one of the infinite spheres whose center I had occupied before, I cannot influence any sphere in the same way I had influenced it before because I have been influenced by each of the infinite spheres along my path.  The fact of my movement has changed me.  Though I go back, neither I nor my point can ever be the same as we once were.

Who am I?
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I am a living soul.

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A Present Moment of Reality

Clock in mistThe movement in Time
of the collective consciousness
constantly creates reality
in the ever changing present moment.

The past is gone.
Yet, the past has left evidence
that it was present.

The future hasn’t happened yet;
it doesn’t exist.
It’s still in the planning stage.

 

definition: collective consciousness -the sum of every individual awareness of every conscious being

Building New Earth Now

New Earth Comes Forth

Wood, Hay, Stubble, Gold, Silver, Precious Stones
The material of our building will be tried as by fire.

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon,
he shall receive a reward.
1 Corinthians 3:10-14

What sort of materials will endure? Endure as what? Where will they endure?

Paul gives an imaginative picture of wise master builders and workmen building a physical structure. This passage reminds me of another imaginative story.

Tolkien’s Imaginative Creation of Middle Earth

J.R.R. Tolkien‘s epic The Silmarillion begins with Ainulindale the story of the Ainur. The name means The Music of the Ainur. It is the creation story of Tolkien’s mythology of Middle Earth. Blind musical creatures  called Ainur spring from the thought of Iluvatar the Creator. Iluvatar conducts as the Ainur create music which culminates in a great symphony. They sing and make harmonious music until one of them becomes purposely dissonant and draws others after himself. Yet the music continues. After all the music has come to completion, Iluvatar opens the musicians’ eyes to see for the first time. When given sight, the Ainur view the imaginative world their music created. Their music had initiated and developed the whole world of Middle Earth, including its characters and its histories.

What if our experiences in this world are building a new world?  The Kingdom of God – New Earth and New Heaven!

We are laborers together with God:
… I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.
But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon…
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  
If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:
but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God
1 Corinthians 3:9-16

Anybody who builds with unworthy materials, Paul continues, “shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”  Paul said that some of what we build will not endure. “The fire shall try every man’s work.” What we do matters. Paul is admonishing us to build our lives with lasting and beautiful materials that will be like gold, silver and precious stones.  God will have His Temple.

Like Tolkien’s musical Ainur, one day we will see what we are building, and it will be glorious!

 

A  Second Thought:
Should Children Be Taught Fairy Tales?

I confess; I love fairy tales. (Hey, I even love fairies.)
Mythologies and fairy tales are imaginative attempts to describe earthly truth.

Earthly depictions of truth are like a shadow cast by Heavenly reality. The writer of Hebrews says it this way:

They [Levitical priests] serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven.
This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle,
“See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”

Hebrews 8:5  

We, like children and like Tolkien’s Ainur, see shadows and patterns until He opens our eyes.

 

Representational Intercession

[The following is an excerpt from chapter nine of my book He Who Bleeds.
The chapter is titled Intercession Within the Veil.]

 

A Prayer Closet Becomes a Holy Place

A Prayer Closet Becomes a Holy Place

Under the Old Covenant priests offered representational atonement.  Under the New Covenant we are His priests, and as such, we may offer representational intercession.  We may offer ourselves in the victim’s role in prayer.  The prayer closet transforms spiritually into an entrance to the Holy of Holies.  We may bring into that holy place the blood of many innocent victims representatively by our sacrificial prayer.

Intercessors can be counted as a life laid down for another.  This is the call of our Lord Jesus to take up our cross daily and follow Him.

What is happening inside that holy corporate prayer closet?

As the priests of old made atonement, we are making intercession with our Lord. The corporate cry for mercy rings in God’s ears.

We have shown that the victim may waive the Law’s sentence.  The victim may release vengeance away from the prescription set in stone and into the hands of the Righteous Judge.

The prescriptions of the Law are weak[1].  They cannot purge sin from the conscience of the sinner[2].  Only the Merciful Almighty can find the prescription that will purge each sinner.  Only He can bring the sinner to full repentance.  His vengeance will not stop short of a purged conscience.

The ministry of reconciliation is committed unto us.

Reconciliation of the world can only be accomplished
through holy vengeance released by intercessors
into the hands of Him who said, I will repay.

 

 

[1] Romans 8:3  “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:”

[2] Hebrews 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

 

The Watchman -a poem

Before his ear can hear it,

Before his eye can see it,

He perceives the coming.

From lonely heights atop the wall

The watchman waits and scans the sky

For bird or cloud or dust or smoke.

He feels and knows, yet does not see.

He looks below at brick and earth

And gropes the ground for movement there.

There’s something in the air beyond,

A song or distant melody

Beyond the audit of his ears, a most familiar strain.

Perceive he must, and grips his silver trumpet fast.

The blast he may not sound too soon,

Or, “Wolf,” would be the cry.

With trembling hand and firming lip

He lifts the trumpet to his mouth.

The time has come for war.

Mark 13:34-37
For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey,
who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work,
and commanded the porter to watch.
Watch ye therefore:
for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:  Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
And what I say unto you I say unto all,
Watch.

A Wave Begins

Copyright Greg Stablein

Photo credit Greg Stablein

A wave begins at a point of agitation,
like a ripple in a pond.

What if your prayer is the source of agitation?
Imagine the following verse in terms of a chemical bond.

 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  -Jesus in Matthew 18:18

Jesus cursed the fig tree, and by the next day it had withered. (Mark 11:20-26)

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 
Mark 11:22

God, Elohim, is the Supreme Ruler, the Ultimate Authority. Have faith in the Ultimate Authority. Say to the mountain,

“Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea…” 
Mark 11:23

Jesus continues:

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24

Jesus sets parameters for this kind of authority in prayer.

First, we may notice the word desire. This is not just whatever you want. This prayer is for something that is due by your actual authority to ask for such a thing.

desire – Strong’s Concordance #154: to demand what is due

Second, the authority to demand in prayer exists only in love and forgiveness.

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. 

Mark 11:25-26

There you have it. The problem of your unanswered prayer may not be your not lack of faith. Two other hindrances to your prayers could be:

  1. You must have the authority to ask for the thing you pray for.
  2. You must forgive those who trespass against you.

Jesus demonstrated this principle also in the healing of the paralytic man.

They brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”  3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”  4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?  5 “For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?  6 “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” — then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”  7 And he arose and departed to his house.  8 Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men. 
Matthew 9:2-8

The chief priests asked Jesus,

By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority to do these things?
Mark 11:28

Jesus could heal because Jesus forgave.

The intercessor forgives and therefore is authorized to heal.

He who has the authority to forgive is he who has the authority to heal.

Picture+4[1]A wave begins at a point of agitation,
like the ripple in the pond.

What if your prayer is the source of agitation?
Imagine the following verse in terms of a chemical bond.

 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  -Jesus in Matthew 18:18

 

Nothing – A Poem

by Justice Ward, 10 years old

Nothing is a never ending abyss.

It has not one atom.

It is a mystery.

It is dark,

And nobody has ever seen nothing.

It is easily killed,

And nothing can live inside it,

Or it would be something.

Nothing is scary and interesting.

by Justice Ward, 10 years old

In the quest for higher learning,
we would do well to continue to cultivate
the logic of 10 year olds.

Home schooling my three grandchildren, I gave them an assignment to copy any paragraph of their choice. Justice asked, “Can I just make something up?”

I answered, “Yes, what do you want to write about?”

He responded, “Nothing.”

I said, “Well, it’s okay if you write about nothing, but you may not write nothing.”

He wrote the above in paragraph form. I saw a poem.

I asked him about the line, “It is easily killed.”
He said that it is gone even if only one atom enters it, so in his mind to be killed is to be gone.

(I am home schooling these grandchildren because they lost their mother to cancer four and a half years ago.)