Melodii neobisnuite – Nu imi rupeti petalele

de Mihai Sinogaci

Pe pamint sunt flori frumoase si ca si oamenii la fel
li-e de dor sa fie-ntelese si respectate bineinteles.
Sa ne-acceptam asa cum suntem caci viata e destul de scurta
Sa n-ajungem ca acea floare strigind jignita de vorbe ucigatoare

Nu-mi rupeti petalele, nu-mi rupeti petalele
Nu-mi calcati petalele din interior
Nu-mi taiati petalele, nu-mi zdrobiti petalele
Nu-mi calcati petalele caci altfel mor.
,
De vrei tara ta sa fie altfel, mai miloasa si mai blinda
Incepe tu, sa fi acela nobil si cu intentii bune
Vorbeste-acolo unde-altii tac; mingaie unde e durere
Fii curajos cind toti se retrag pentru ca azi multi striga-n tacere

Sub soare-am mai vazut si fete frumoase si inteligente, dar
mai tirziu erau strivite de acei ce-aveau inimi de pietre
Ah tara mea de mult suspina de dor dupa a ei vecina, dar
nu Te-aud ce cete calca,  cum strigi, cum plingi, acum ca niciodata

Azi toti se uita cum actorii in noapte in patimi chiar in friu
si nu dau tonul la morala din contra ii dau tonul la desfriu
Ei nu-nteleg ca toti odata vom sta in cer la judecata
De-aceia ne previne Domnul, „Vegheati ca sa nu va cuprinda somnul!”

Emil Mestereaga – Intre echipare si motivatia slujirii

Emil Mestereaga este Pastor al Bisericii Vestea Buna – Bucuresti, Profesor de Limba Greaca la Institutul Teologic Penticostal si Pastorul Studentilor (ITP).

  • „Am venit la institut in anul 1990 pentru nevoia slujirii in zona Simeria. Obiectivul meu a fost sa ma pregatesc pentru slujirea pastorala si apoi sa revin in zona respectiva si sa slujesc ca Pastor, ceia ce s-a si intimplat in primii ani. In anul 1993 cind am absolvit institutul am pastorit 4 biserici nou formate in judetul Hunedoara. Imprejurarea prin care am venit la institut a fost plecarea profesorului de limba Greaca, fratele John Tipei. Acesta a fost primul obiectiv cu care am venit sa predau limba Greaca, care este o mare unealta a exegezei si interpretarii Noului Testament.

Cind eu am raspuns chemarii lui Dumnezeu de a sluji oamenilor nu am avut nici un fel de preferinta. In momentul in care am fost solicitat sa predau Limba Greaca am socotit asta o slujire care avea impact asupra multor tineri care apoi vor fi folositori si vor sluji in bisericile in care se vor intoarce si unde vor fi implicati in slujire.

Erorile care vin din interpretare vin tocmai din aceste erori ce tin de scoaterea din context. In procesul interpretarii este foarte importanta exegeza care trebuie sa porneasca de la limba originala, limba in care a fost scris textul. Stim cu toti ca orice traducere implica si o interpretare.

Exegeza – este procesul in care in interpretarea Scripturii de la textul biblic ajungem la mesajul pe care textul acesta transmite. Exegeza are in sine mai multe actiuni, in primul rind traducerea. Un exeget trebuie sa traduca din original cuvintul, expresiile, textul. Pe linga traducere, pentru aducerea sensurilor la intelegerea sau semnificatia pe care le au in vremea noastra in care le citim si le transmitem mesajul este foarte important ca ceia ce am tradus sa devina o invatatura folositoare, relevanta. Acest proces de la exegeza trebuie sa ne duca la ce a intentionat autorul sa scrie si ce au inteles primii destinatari . Apoi in procesul interpretarii sintem preocupati si ce relevanta si ce seminificatie are pentru vremea in care aplicam Cuvintul respectiv. Acest proces intreg se numeste interpretare sau ermeneutica, daca folosim terminologia din cuvintul grecesc care inseamna a interpreta.  Chiar si toti cei ce citesc Biblia si spun ceva si transmit un mesaj din ea, interpreteaza.

  • Am invatat Greaca, Ebraica si Engleza pentru ca la scoala am facut doar Franceza si Rusa. Nu mi-a fost usor dar Dumnezeu m-a binecuvintat cu abilitati de a invata toate 3 limbile paralel in cei trei ani la ITP.
  • Paralel cu predarea Limbii Grecesti, eu am venit la institut si am avut surpriza ca rectorul de atunci, fratele Trandafir Sandru mi-a spus: „Sa pregatesti si cursul de exegeza cursului Noul Testament. Am facut un curs, a trecut un an si in anul urmator pentru ca altcineva a venit si preda exegeza m-am trezit cu cerinta sa i-au si cursul de Etica Biblica (Crestina) si a trebuit sa ma opresc si sa fac un curs de etica. Dupa cursul de etica a fost nevoia de cursul de ermeneutica. Apoi fratele Trandafir s-a imbolnavit si am preluat cursul fratelui Trandafir. Odata cu predarea cursului de teologie pastorala am preluat si cursul de practica pastorala care inseamna indrumarea studentilor in practica prin care sint formati ca pastori. E foarte complex lucrul acesta pentru ca dincolo de formarea omiletica, care vine din exercitiul lor din predicare si la capela aici si in bisericile unde sint repartizati, era vorba de a-i ajuta cu deprinderi ce tin de slujirea pastorala mai mult decit predicare, adica cum pot sa devina un model celora carui le predica, ce raspunsuri si ce sfaturi pot sa ofere celor care vin sa solicite.
  • Cind fratele Trandafir nu a mai putut sluji la scoala, eu am preluat slujba pastoratiei a studentilor care inseamna acest indrumator a practicei pastorale si apoi in viata studentilor inseamna indrumarea lor in procesul formarii. Aceasta se refera la ajutorul acordat studentilor in situatiile in care au dileme cu privire la directia in care sa se indrepte, sa se accentele pe care trebuie sa le puna pe cursuri, echilibrul intre pregatirea teologica si cea practica. Ispita unui student la teologie este sa vina sa se preocupe foarte mult de dezvoltarea sa intelectuala, de echiparea in acest domeniu si sa neglijeze partea spirituala. Eu cred ca in procesul acesta a formarii ca slujitori trebuie sa fie in paralel echiparea teoretica, teologica si cea spirituala. Formarea spirituala fiind felul in care el creste, de la statutul de credincios care incearca sa vada cae este aportul lui si voia lui Dumnezeu pentru viata lui in comunitate pina la statutul de slujitor, care inseamna mai mult si ce statura spirituala are in fel asa cit sa poata deveni un model pentru ceilalti, sa poata fi ocupat de nevoile lor, sa poata anticipa nevoile lor, sa le poata oferi solutii si indrumare pentru viata lor- de la trecerea de la membru in biserica incercind sa-si implineasca rolul in trupul lui Hristos la cea de slujitor, in care ai atentia indreptata asupra celorlalti  de ai sprijinii; trebuie sa existe o transformare, o crestere.

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John Piper on „old earth” age and evolution

Old Earth vs. Youung Earth (Biblical account) chart from Answers in Genesis Click on photo to read more on this comparison between the two beliefs.

Glad to know John Piper’s view:

By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org

The following is an edited transcript of the audio.

Do you accept „old earth” and evolution?

If by „accept” you mean, „Are there people on our counsel of elders who hold to the old earth theory?” then, Yes.

If by „accept” you mean, „Is that my view?” here is what I said the other day when the church staff was talking about this. We spent about an hour, talking about how we as a church should orient ourselves in the conversation about old earth and young earth, and I said that there seem to be two viable, biblical views for me. (This is going to offend a lot of people.)

One is young earth, because it seems to me that the natural reading of Genesis 1 is 24-hour days, not Day-Age.

And two, the view that John Sailhamer wrote in Genesis Unbound or in his other books, which says that all of creation happened in verses 1 and 2. It may be as old as 4 trillion years, as far as he is concerned, and what was happening in Genesis 1 each day was not the bringing into being of the earth and its various forms, but rather the ordering, managing and structuring of things. This allows for 24 hour days but also allows for an old earth.

I lean that way. I don’t believe in evolution as the way that Adam came to be a human. I think God created Adam from the dust of the ground. I think he was unique and that he is the father of all humanity—Adam and Eve—and that he is not the product of a long evolutionary process. I can’t make that jive with the way the text reads.

And I think that it’s very important that Adam be a historical figure, because that’s the way he is treated by the other biblical writers. The heart passage in Romans 5 collapses, and the whole nature of God’s making with Adam a covenant and then him failing and then Christ being a second Adam comes to naught, if he’s not a historical person.

© Desiring God

Does Biology Make Sense Without Darwin? Dr. David Menton

Dr. David Menton brings a wealth of knowledge from a long career to answer the important question, „Does biology make sense without Darwin?” It is often claimed that nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution, but this is simply not the case. Examining evolutionist claims about the eye, the origin of feathers, and human hair, Dr. Menton shows that the answer to the question is an emphatic YES!

When we start from a biblical perspective, we can make sense of the world around us—no Darwin required.

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The Evolutionary Paradigm – „Our present knowledge indeed forces us to view that the whole of reality is evolution – a single process of self transformation. – Julian Huxley, What is Science, 1955 p.278

Everyone in this box  is quite sure that there is nothing outside this box. That’s a paradigm: thinking outside of this box is simply unthinkable. Now, when someone believes that the whole of reality is evolution, that there is nothing else, that everything is just spontaneously self transforming through natural processes, their best argument for evolution is 2 words: How else? There isn’t any other way.

They cannot think of any other possibility that does not include random chance processes. Because of this we have what is called Dobzhansky’s Dictum: Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. (Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900-1975) was a leading 20th century evolutionist.

Evolution would appear to be „highly superfluous”

Some evolutionists have come to the same conclusion (as non evolutionists), that evolution is not essential. In the years that I taught at the medical I school, I didn’t bother to teach anything about evolution.  Adam S. Wilkins: „Evolution would appear to be the indispensable unifying idea and, at the same time, a highly superfluous (unnecessary) one”.(From his introduction to Evolutionary processes).

Mark Kirschner, Boston Globe, October 23, 2005: „In fact, over the last 100 years, almost all of biology has proceeded independent of evolution, except evolutionary biology itself. Molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology, have not taken evolution into account at all”. He is Chairman os Systems Biology at Harvard’s Medical School and very distinguished, well known evolutionist.

Isn’t it incredible that over the last 100 years we have had the most incredible breakthroughs all over biology. Think of just molecular genetics, DNA all by itself and in many other fields.

What kinds of questions have they answered with evolution?

What about the origin of life?

P. Davies (Director of the Astro Biological Research Center at Arizona State University)in the New Scientist vol 163-2204  (1999) p 27-30: „How did stupid atoms spontaneously write their own software, and where did the very peculiar form of information needed to get the first living cell up and running come from? Nobody knows. 

The only new source of genetic information is mutation. Normally cells divide only 15-20 times, maybe that is why we only live to be so old. But in cancer  (An example of mutation) cells can divide forever.

What do we know about mutations? 

Dr. James Crow (Chairman of Genetics at U. Wisconsin Medical School 1997) : The typical mutation is very mild. It usually has no effect, but shows up as a small decrease in viability or fertility„. This is interesting because natural selection, which we hear as being the explanation for everything, „It’s not chance,” the evolutionist will tell you, „It’s natural selection”. It takes it out of the realm of chance in order to make it inevitable.  How do we define natural selection?  We can define it in 2 words: Differential reproduction. Basically do you leave more offspring or don’t you? It has nothing to do with you being the meanest, baddest animal in the forest. You don’t go around kicking the other animals and taking their food away. If you don’t leave any offspring, what’s the difference? It’s differential reproduction. Yet, Dr. Crow tells us that the typical mutation shows up only as a small decrease in viability or fertility. Precisely the opposite of what we want for natural selection, where we want to have a progressive increase in the number of offspring.

One gentleman who studied this whole business of mutations and natural selection a great deal is Motoo Kimura PhD, Evolutionary Geneticist and he came up with what’s known as Kimura Distribution, it shows the effects of mutation on the population. In it, Kimura says he doesn’t even know of any natural mutations. Kimura came up with this: He said we have a no selection zone. Most mutations fall below the radar and you know what this means? It means we are collecting them. It’s called a genetic load.

Did evolutionists have the answer or did creationists have a better read on things?

Let’s start with the human eye. Bad design or bad science? Some people say the human eye is very badly designed. For example, Frank Zindler, a retired biologist says, „Although the human eye would be a scandal if it were the result of divine deliberation, a plausible evolutionary explanation of its absurd construction can be obtained quite easily…” He is saying that the eye is so badly designed that if a god of any kind were to lay any claim to it, it would be a scandal. Then he goes on to say, „However, you expect junk from evolution”. After all, you take a process that is mindless, purposeless, goalless, random chance processes… try going on a fishing trip that way, with no planning, no goal, no objective. That is why he says that is the plausible explanation (evolution) for its port construction.

The construction of the human eye – good or bad?

Why does he say the eye is absurd? In fact a lot of biology textbooks make this same point. Dr. Menton shows a view of the retina. Did you know the retina is part of the brain? The whole eye with the exception of the cornea and the lens is part of the brain. Because it’s part of the brain, you do not have nerves in there, there’s fiber tracts and you have ganglia cells and what have you and you see the layers. It’s like a layer cake. On the more superficial aspect, we have the optic nerve fibers, then we have the ganglia, bipolar neurons, and other cells and nuclei in there and then way down in the bottom, that’s where the photoreceptor cells are. These are those cells that you may have heard of that have the rods in the cones. Cones, sensitive to color light and rods to just black and white. At the very bottom you get the pigment layer. This layer is just full of pigment. It is pitch black down there and it has a virtual lake of blood. Not just blood vessels, but big, huge channels full of blood and the reason for that is these photo receptors at the bottom are among the most highly metabolicly active cells in our body. They require a lake of blood.

What the evolutionists are saying is this: Where’s your God? He got the film in the camera upside down. Years ago I used to do photography and when loading the film in the dark, if you weren’t careful you would load it backwards and when you’d take a picture you’d get nothing. So the evolutionists say: Your God got the film upside down. You see the light coming from the top down and at the very bottom are the rods and cones. So, a photon of light has to come down from the top, going through all those layers, until it finally gets down to the bottom and the evolutionist proposes, „Wel, there goes your resolution. The retina’s going to have really lousy resolution because the photon’s been bumped around through all that stuff (the other layers)  and then of course it’s going to interfere with light sensitivity”. We have 2 problems just for starters.

What they say is true enough. It would appear that it would interfere with resolution and light sensitivity. And yet, neurophysiologists have demonstrated that those rods and cones are sensitive to single photons of light. And as far as resolution is concerned, the retina is better than the lens in the cornea. Our eyes are what we call refraction limited. They’re limited by the optics, not by the retina. The retina is way ahead of the optics. There are very good reasons why you want the retina upside down: you want to keep these very demanding cells right there in that lake of blood. Another reason is, when a photon comes down to that retina, when it finally gets to the bottom it fires a photoreceptor cell and then the next thing that must happen to it is that it must be trapped in that retinal pigment layer, because if it refracted off things and came back and hit the receptor a second time on a bounce you would burn out the receptors faster than you do now. Do you have an idea how fast you burn out your rods and cones right now? They’re to be turned over about every two weeks. So there are good reasons for having it down there and I could give you a lot of others.

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