Conferinta John Piper la Bucuresti – Sesiunea – Suprematia lui Dumnezeu in rugaciune cu Daniel Grigoriciuc

Published on Jun 11, 2012 by  Puterea Rugaciunii 46 – Suprematia lui Dumnezeu in rugaciune – Seminar Daniel Grigoriciuc (Prebiter Crestin dupa Evanghelie) de la Conferinta organizata de Alianta Evanghelica (compusa din Biserici Baptiste, Penticostale si Crestini dupa Evanghelie) cu ocazia conferintei John Piper – Dumnezeu este Evanghelia 3-5 Mai, 2012.

Suveranitatea lui Dumnezeu si Rugaciune

Seminarul incepe la minutul 3:00

Astazi vreau sa va vorbesc despre un subiect delicat, controversat, dar pe de alta parte foarte practic si Iacov 5:13-18:  13 Este vreunul printre voi în suferinţă? Să se roage! Este vreunul cu inimă bună? Să cînte cîntări de laudă! 14 Este vreunul printre voi bolnav? Să cheme pe presbiterii (Sau: bătrîni.). Bisericii; şi să se roage pentru el, după ce -l vor unge cu untdelemn în Numele Domnului. 15 Rugăciunea făcută cu credinţă va mîntui pe cel bolnav, şi Domnul îl va însănătoşa; şi dacă a făcut păcate, îi vor fi iertate.16 Mărturisiţi-vă unii altora păcatele, şi rugaţi-vă unii pentru alţii, ca să fiţi vindecaţi. Mare putere are rugăciunea fierbinte a celui neprihănit.17 Ilie era un om supus aceloraşi slăbiciuni ca şi noi; şi s’a rugat cu stăruinţă să nu ploaie, şi n’a plouat deloc în ţară trei ani şi şase luni.18 Apoi s’a rugat din nou, şi cerul a dat ploaie, şi pămîntul şi -a dat rodul.

Ora de rugaciune in bisericile noastre- cele mai neglijate servicii?

Este rugaciunea o practica de a vorbi cu peretii? Sau avem un Dumnezeu care ne asculta? Unii vad in Dumnezeu o persoana distanta, retrasa, transcendenta, un Dumnezeu ascuns undeva in ceruri unde isi vede de treaba Lui care a pornit ceasul istoriei si este indiferent fata de problemele care se intampla pe pamant. Oamenii acestia considera ca a te ruga este cel mult o autosugestionare. Daca rugaciunea in sine nu schimba lucrurile, trebuie sa spunem ca si in biserica exista oameni care desi nu au imbratisat acest concept teologic, in practica, ei sunt niste deisti, semi deisti. Ei spun: Nu prea are rost sa ne omoram cu rugaciunea. Acuma, sa va intreb. Nu-i asa in bisericile noastre cele mai neglijate servicii?   Cele consacrate rugaciunii?

AStazi vrem sa vedem de ce este important sa ne rugam. De ce rugaciunea nu este un timp pierdut. De ce nu vorbim cu peretii. Ci cu un Dumnezeu care este interesat de fiecare dintre noi.Sunt cateva intrebari majore pe care trebuie sa ni le punem in momentul acesta.

  1. In primul rand, daca stim ca Dumnezeu este neschimbator, si ca are un plan, pe care l-a intocmit inainte de intocmirea lumii, ce rost isi au rugaciunile noastre?  Nu cumva totul este in van.
  2. Daca El stie totul, in conformitate cu cuvintele Domnului Isus Hristos din predica de pe munte: „Tatal vostru stie mai dinainte de ce aveti trebuinta”, ce rost are ca eu sa-i spun asa lucruri lui Dumnezeu?
  3. Daca noi neglijam rugaciunea, este cumva afectata implinirea planului divin?

Cu siguranta, nu sunt doar acestea intrebari care se pot pune vis a vis de relatia intre suveranitatea lui Dumnezeu si rugaciune. Acestea sunt cateva intrebari mai importante.

Partea 1-a

Dintre primii crestini, primul care a scris ceva referitor la acest subiect a fost Origen si el spunea in felul urmator: In primul rand, daca Dumnezeu stie ce va fi si ce trebuie sa se intample in viitor, rugaciunea este zadarnica. In al doilea rand, daca totul  se petrece dupa voia lui Dumnezeu si daca ceea ce voieste El este stabilit si nimic din ceea ce doreste El nu poate fi schimbat, atunci rugaciunea este zadarnica. Filozoful Kant a etichetat ca o iluzie absurda si plina de si plina de trufie, faptul de a crede ca rugaciunea cumva poate schimba planurile lui Dumnezeu.

Daca ne gandim la Calvinism si nu ma gandesc la Calvinismul moderat, ci la cel extrem sau radical, Calvinismul a mutat efectul rugaciunii  de pe Dumnezeu pe om si acestia spun in felul urmator: Dumnezeu nu se schimba, dar oml se schimba prin intermediul rugaciunii pe care o rosteste. De pilda, Jonathan Edwards spunea, ” Nu avem cum sa credem ca Dumnezeu e miscat sau induplecat de rugaciunile noastre. Totusi Calvin, in Institutele sale scrie, „E de-a dreptul absurd sa-i sfatuiesti pe oameni sa renunte la rugaciune pretinzand ca providenta divina care vegheaza mereu asupra universului e in zadar asaltata de implorarile noastre.

Iata ca e dificil ca sa gasim o solutie simplista la o problema atata de complexa. Vedem ca au existat oameni care s-au pronuntat fie ca in favoarea ideii ca rugaciunea n-are nici un rost, iar altii au zis ca daca Dumnezeu o porunceste, trebuie ca rugaciunea sa aiba o anumita eficienta. Astazi vom privi in Scriptura impreuna si il vom asculta pe Iacov. Iacov este o voce autorizata in ce priveste rugaciunea. Si stiti de ce?

Iacov nu vorbea din teorie, ci din practica. In Vers. 16 spune: „Mare putere are rugaciunea fierbinte a celui neprihanit”. Iacov foloseste un exemplu din Vechiul Testament, ofera aplicatii pentru credinciosii carora era adresata aceasta epistola, iar noi astazi vom extrage cateva invataturi cu privire la „Un Dumnezeu care este deasupra tuturor lucrurilor, care controleaza totul, care a planuit totul si rugaciunile noastre.

Ce inseamna- Rugaciunea are mare putere?

Scrie ca „Mare putere are rugaciunea”. Dati-mi voie sa spun ce nu inseamna. Rugaciunea nu inseamna ca are mare putere daca este facuta cu multi decibeli. Nu inseamna ca nu ar putea fi. Stiti ca Domnul Isus Hristos, asa cum il prezinta epistola  lasata evreilor, in timpul vietii Sale pamantesti cum se ruga? Cu strigate mari si cu lacrimi. Spunea Psalmistul: „Cand striga un nenorocit, Domnul aude”. Avem multe evidente in Scriptura ca au fost oameni care au strigat catre Dumnezeu. Dar, nu inseamna in mod automat ca aceea este rugaciunea care primeste raspuns sau ca aceea e rugaciunea puternica.

Privind in textul acesta, ne dam seama ca atunci cand Ilie s-a rugat, el nu a strigat cum au facut proorocii lui Baal. El s-a rugat simplu si Dumnezeu l-a ascultat. Stim ca o femeie s-a rugat, doar buzele si le-a miscat si totusi a fost ascultata. E vorba de Ana.

1. Un Dumnezeu puternic

  • Puterea rugaciunii depinde de puterea lui Dumnezeu. Dumnezeu este puternic, omul este slab. Textul acesta spune ca Ilie a fost un om supus acelorasi slabiciuni ca si noi si s-a rugat. Stiti ce a fost important? Catre cine a fost adresata rugaciunea. Nu omul este inaltat atunci cand vin raspunsuri la rugaciune, ci Dumnezeul care raspunde rugaciunii. Eu cred ca exista anumiti oameni care sunt importanti in ochii lui Dumnezeu. Cand a inceput sa se roage Daniel, din prima zi a zis Dumnezeu ca i-a dat raspuns. Daniel a fost numit om preaiubit si scump. Dumnezeu a considerat ca trebuie sa dea raspuns unor oameni, dar nu prin aceasta intelegem ca rugaciunea are putere. Rugaciunea are eficienta si primeste raspuns  datorita faptului ca Dumnezeu este puternic. Pentru om, cea mai umilitoare activitate religioasa este rugaciunea pentru ca in rugaciune recunoastem ca suntem totalmente dependenti de Dumnezeu. De aceea, oamenii increzatori de ei insusi nu se roaga. Considera ca n-au nevoie. Se descurca fara Dumnezeu. Dar, omul care realizeaza ca nu poate fara Dumnezeu, se agata de Dumnezeu. „Cum se uita ochii robului la mana stapanului, asa ne uitam noi la  Tine Doamne”. Asa ne uitam la Dumnezeu. Omul este mic in rugaciune, iar Dumnezeu este inaltat. Cand omul primeste raspuns la rugaciune il proslaveste pe Dumnezeu. De aceea, un om puternic in rugaciune este legat de Dumnezeul cel atotputernic. Nu omul este cheia, ci Dumnezeu. Secretul consta in adresarea rugaciunii unui Dumnezeu puternic. Noi nu putem sa explicam intru totul cum este Dumnezeu. Dumnezeu este incomprehensibil, nu poate fi cuprins cu mintea omeneasca. Dar, tocmai pentru faptul acesta, ca este inaltat, El are putere.
  • De aceea, Domnul Isus spunea: La Dumnezeu toate lucrurile sunt cu putinta.
  • Iar, Dumnezeu l-a intrebat pe Avram: Este ceva prea greu pentru Domnul? deoarece sotia lui Sara a ras in momentul in care Dumnezeu a zis ca va avea un fiu, in ciuda varstei inaintata.
  • Iov spune: Stiu ca Tu poti totul.
  • Ieremia declara: Tu ai facut cerurile si pamantul cu puterea ta cea mare si cu bratul tau intins; nimic nu este de mirat din partea Ta; esti Dumnezeul cel mare la sfat si puternic la fapta.
  • Un Dumnezeu suveran, atotputernic poate sa raspunda la rugaciune. Fara El, noi am putea sa facem intalniri de tot felul, nopti de rugaciune. Daca n-ar fi un Dumnezeu care sa raspunda, toate acestea ar fi un zero.

2. Un Dumnezeu preocupat de fiintele umane

  • Dumnezeu este puternic, dar nu este doar puternic. El este un Dumnezeu sensibil, empatic, un Dumnezeu caruia ii pasa de noi. El nu este ca un monarh rece, distant, plasat undeva in ceruri– noi, aici pe pamant, nebatem cu capul si incercam sa rezolvam problemele noastre de unii singuri- e un Dumnezeu care se numeste Tatal nostru. Noi ne rugam si spunem in conformitate cum Hristos i-a invatat pe ucenici: Tatal nostru, care esti in ceruri… si prezentam lucrurile noastre marunte din viata noastra si inseamna asta ca Dumnezeu priveste la viata noastra si se ingrijeste de noi.
  • Vedeti Ilie, intr-o perioada de criza, de seceta este ajutat de Dumnezeu prin intermediul unor corbi care ii duceau mancare. Cand a secat paraul, ii spune: Muta-te in alta parte. Si o vaduva impreuna cu fiul ei sunt hraniti intr-un mod miraculos cu ceva faina si putin ulei de un Dumnezeu care priveste din ceruri la fiecare detaliu din viata noastra si la care ii pasa.
  • Deci, Dumnezeul nostru nu e doar un Dumnezeu puternic ci este si un Dumnezeu interesat de fiintele noastre. E un Dumnezeu bun. Bolnavii din textul lui Iacov sunt indemnati sa caute vindecare pentru trupurile si pentru sufletele lor la acest Dumnezeu. Asta inseamna ca Dumnezeu nu este dezinteresat de noi, ci are in atentia Lui viata noastra cu toate detaliile.

3. Un Dumnezeu care are putere/autoritate in numele Sau

  • Rugaciunea pentru bolnavi, asociata cu acea practica de ungere cu untdelemn, trebuia sa fie facuta in numele Domnului. Nu exista nimic special intr-un lichid pe care il pui pe capul cuiva, de pilda; nu este nimic special i rugaciune daca nu este facuta in numele Domnului. Rugaciunea in sine nu are valoare daca nu este facuta in baza creditului pe care Il are Hristos in fata tronului lui Dumnezeu. Noi nu venim prin noi insine in fata lui Dumnezeu. Daca am veni prin noi insine, n-am fi primiti. Este cineva care are trecere inaintea lui Dumnezeu si acesta este Isus Hristos. De aceea noi ne rugam in numele Lui. De aceea noi suntem primiti, altfel Dumnezeu nu s-ar uita la noi.
  • Este interesant ca noi, atunci cand ne rugam in calitatea de copii ai lui Dumnezeu, noi nu suntem singuri. Ne rugam Tatalui, i =n numele Fiului, si ne rugam in sau prin Duhul Sfant. Noi suntem incapabili. In Romani 8:26 spune ca „nu stim sa ne rugam si totusi Duhul ne ajuta in slabiciunea noastra”. Noi ne rugam in baza autoritatii Domnului Isus Hristos si Dumnezeu din ceruri ne spune cum sa ne rugam si Duhul mijloceste in noi cu suspine negraite.
  • Nu a-ti avut experienta aceasta sa va asezati la rugaciune si sa nu stiti ce sa va rugati?

Partea 2-a

Anunțuri

Tales of persecution – Ethiopia

Released Christian finds kids missing

Ethiopia (MNN) ― Tamirat Woldegorgis, a Christian in southern Ethiopia falsely accused of desecrating a Qur’an, has just been released after serving two of his three sentenced years in prison.

However, Tamirat has lost more than just two years of his life in prison. Due to cramped and harsh conditions, one of his legs is now paralyzed.

Furthermore, when he returned home, Tamirat discovered that his two children, ages 6 and 15, are missing.

„I have been trying to locate my children, but all in vain,” says Tamirat. „My life is ruined–I have lost my house, my children, my health. I am now homeless, and I am limping.”

According to Voice of the Martyrs, Canada’s source Compass Direct News, Tamirat is staying with a friend in an undisclosed town. Tamirat believes Muslims from his area may have taken his kids to restrict his influence.

Tamirat used to work in a cloth-making business before his arrest. When Tamirat was arrested back in August 2010, it was because his co-worker found that Tamirat had written “Jesus is Lord” on a piece of cloth.

Tamirat’s co-worker further accused him of writing “Jesus is Lord” in the cover of a Qur’an, but with no evidence. But Tamirat was still sentenced to three years in prison on November 18, 2010 for desecration of a Qur’an, a serious offense according to Muslim Shariah law.

Ethiopia is nearly 35% Muslim. Jijiga, the town where Tamirat was imprisoned, is the capitol of Ethiopia’s Somali Region Zone Five, which follows Shariah principles.

Persecution of Christians in Ethiopia is only getting worse. Ethiopia moved up to #38 on the World Watch List of countries with the worst Christian persecution, where last year it was #43.

Pray for the safety and salvation of Tamirat’s children, and for reunion with their father. Pray for courage among persecuted Ethiopian Christians and for the spread of the Gospel there.

How Immorality Leads to Unbelief

An explanation as to why people become atheists that has a biblical nature through a recap of parts of Dr. Speigel’s book „The making of an atheist”:

Dr James S Spiegel The Making of An Atheist

The following are my notes from the lecture video below:

Dr Speigel rejects the idea that people become atheists or agnostics because there is some kind of ambiguity regarding the evidence that it is not clear in creation that there is a God. He thinks it is abundantly clear, in looking at a few biblical passages. The Bible tells us that it’s clear, so that begs the question: Why are there atheists?

Does Scripture speak to this issue? It does. Paul writes, „18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20

It seems pretty clear there that Paul is saying you don’t have any excuse to be an atheist or even an agnostic. Paul’s not talking about a „flu orbed Christian Trinitarian Theism„, we need special revelation for that.You need Scripture to get a doctrine of the trinity or to know that Jesus is God incarnate. Ah, but you don’t need special revelation to know there’s a God. Even Helen Keller,  who could not hear and she could not see, when her teacher, Annie Sullivan, taught her the name of God, Helen said, „Now I know the name of Him whom I’ve known all along”. So, there’s a general revelation that even she was able to become aware of and somehow become aware of the God behind all of her tactile sensations. How much more so are we without excuse if we see and, or hear all the beauty of creation.

Here’s another passage that speaks to this Ephesians 4:17-18, Paul again says: 17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Before I unpack this, here’s a passage from one of the Gospels. This is Jesus speaking: This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of lightbecause their deeds were evil. John 3:19

Again, you have this terms of behavior impacting belief and attitude. Usually we think about it the other way around. We usually think that because a person loved darkness, they did the evil deeds. Well, it works the other way around too, apparently, according to Jesus and the other biblical writers. John 3:20- Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. Again, deeds preceding this discovery  that whoever lives by the truth will come into the light so that it may be seen plainly that what has been done has been done in the sight of God.

This is the core claim of my book „The making of an atheist”, is that unbelief, when it comes to God, unbelief is the consequence of disobedience. It is a kind of rebellion that results in atheism. And, to borrow a theme that Alvin Plantinga has been developing in recent years, particularly in his book „Warranted Christian Belief„, it is a contemporary philosophical classic. He talks about the cognitive consequences of sin, you know the fact that sin has an effect on the body, we get sick and we die. The fact that human beings die a death at all is a consequence of sin. But, we don’t immediately think of the effect of sin on the mind, the so called noetic effects of sin, but sin has had an assault on or minds as well. It corrupts us cognitively. It screws up the way we think and this is especially the case when it comes to moral and spiritual matters.

Plantinga also talks about something the reformer John Calvin talks about in the Institutes of the Christian Religion. That is the „sense of the divine”, we’re all born with a kind of innate sense or awareness of God. I am sure a lot of you are parents and some of you with small children are going through this right now, kind of introducing them to the very idea of God, telling the Bible stories, starting when they are very young. It certainly (also) bears out the idea that if we are image bearers of God that we would have a special awareness of God.

But, this is something that like all of our cognitive abilities it can be damaged, it can be corrupted, it can be warped. And it can be undermined by various factors, not the least of which is indulgence in sin. And so, all of the clear evidence for God and creation when we sin and we indulge over and over in certain sins and we are unrepentant, we’re going to be less likely to perceive the clear evidence for God because our sense of the divine has been dampened and tampered.

And, so I will explore some of the psychological research to unpack this thesis and there is a very provocative claim that was made by a psychologist, a former atheist Dr. Paul Vitz and other former atheists I have had discussions with, colleagues of mine at Taylor, I have asked if this tailors to their experience and I haven’t met anyone that said „No”.  Paul Vitz says that there is a unique dynamic here, or a kind of correlation between atheistic belief or attitude and a certain broken relationship with his father. He is really taking the cue from Feuerbach and Freud. Freud is well known for trying to reduce religious belief and belief in God, to try and explain it away in a cosmic projection of one’s feelings or thoughts about one’s father. But could it be that it’s actually atheists who are making sort of projections to the absence of God because of a significantly broken father relationship? He calls it a defective father hypothesis. Atheism is precipitated by broken relationships with fathers. One needs the nuance to be very careful here. He is not saying, he makes it clear over and over in his book. He is not saying that anyone who has a broken father relationship is going to be an atheist. But rather, those who are atheist, and particularly the more militant sorts, in every one of those cases, apparently there is some sort of broken relationship with the father either because the father died, the father was abusive, the father left home, some significant break. And the reason he comes to this conclusion, he looks at dozens of major atheists in the modern period, all the way up to the 20th century and in every case- Hume, Feuerbach, Camu, Dewey, Russell, Freud, Marx- all of these guys, either their dad died when they were very young or their dad left or was extremely abusive, everyone of them.

And then as a kind of control he looks at the major theists, in particular, Christian theists of the period and everyone of them had a decent father relationship or if their dad did die, there was a really strong, positive male father figure in their life. And again, this is not saying that if you have a defective father it’s guaranteed or that it’s even likely that you’re going to be guaranteed that you will be an atheist. But, rather that if anyone is an atheist, then there is some sort of causal connection with a defective father situation. At least food for thought; it’s a very interesting thesis.

Then, there is Paul Johnson’s „Intellectuals”. It, too is very provocative. He looks at a number of intellectuals in the modern period, notes that in so many cases where you have scholars that are often presented as authorities on how human beings should live, so many of them were absolutely debauched in their personal lives, from Russo, to Shelley, to Ibsen, to Hemingway that their philosophies, their moral ideals were in so many ways attempts to kind of try to rationalize their own behavior. E. Michael Jones said the same things in degenerate moderns. He picks up where Johnson leaves off. The books are important studies of some of the leading figures in western thought. Even as disturbing as they are, in reading both of these books I felt almost dirtied learning about the person and the lives of these people, but it helps you understand why their thinking is so skewed on so many issues that they researched and wrote upon. It’s the whole range: political, philosophers, poets, novelists, theologians, psychologists and sociologists and anthropologists like Margaret Mead, etc.

So the lesson here is that what appears to be rational inquiry may actually be rationalization of one’s own bad behavior. Again, provocative and even controversial idea, but I really think that their data and their arguments are sound and it certainly helps to fill out this biblical model of atheism, or even more generally, skepticism about the existence of God as being the result of bad behavior.

William James is my all time favorite philosopher. He is an American pragmatist, late 19th, early 20th century and he wrote the classic „Varieties of religious experience”. You wanna read something that’s scholarly, but riveting? It will keep you up, it’s a page turner. He’s got all these accounts of people who have had these amazing mystical experiences, not just within the Christian tradition, but in others as well. This guy was open minded because he came to believe very fervently (that) there had to be some kind of supernatural reality that Christianity and other religions are informed by.

There’s another essay he wrote called „The will to believe”, where he argues that in many cases, our beliefs are the result of a kind of willing, active desire. In many cases, people don’t arrive at their beliefs as a result of dispassionate review of the evidence, it’s a result of willful choice and this can be on the positive side or on the negative side.

How is it that atheists become so obstinate? Some are more open minded, but others don’t want to take seriously or engage with the evidence  in a fair minded way. Here I borrow from philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn and his idea that we all are operating in light of theoretical paradigms or models, and I say worldview. He is the one that introduced the concept of paradigm into the now popular parlance, but this was a strictly philosophical term up until the 1980’s. His idea is that scientists always view their data through their theoretical paradigm and so they are blind to evidence  that might undermine their theory. And this is why theoretical paradigms hold on so long and why, in spite of counter evidence, old paradigms die hard because people are passionate and emotional and not just hawk like totally objective scientists.

Kuhn talks about this: you can get hardened into a paradigm where you are really blind to counter evidence and I call this paradigm induced blindness. I am not saying it just applies to the atheists either; it applies to the marxist, it applies to the hindu, it applies to the Christian and everybody else. I tell my students I am closed minded on at least the creedal points. In fact, at this point in my worldview career I can’t even imagine a world without God; I can’t even imagine life without Jesus as Lord and without Him having risen from the dead. So, I suppose my mind is closed on those things too. I think that’s paradigm induced insight.

On self deception – there’s a lot of interesting research that’s been done on this phenomena and there’s a number of different paradigm theories on models of self deception. The one that I find most convincing is the one that says that self deception is a kind of motivated bias where someone believes that in some sense they know it isn’t true because they have a motivated bias against the truth. So a classic example of this would be the mother or the father whose son or daughter has been arrested for dealing drugs, not for the first time, but for the 3rd or 4th time, and they’re still saying,”Oh, it’s just the crows they’re running with, the drugs were planted in the car again”. You would say that he or she is self deceived; they have a motivated bias to believe their son or daughter is innocent. Who wants their kid to be guilty of such a thing? But this can apply to a level of worldview and if you are so devoutly indulged in a sinful lifestyle, whether it’s sexual or otherwise, they would not want to give an account to a God who exists.

The positive side of all that is, if we obey as Christians and live virtuously, we will experience a kind of cognitive benefit. And the Scriptures, particularly in the Wisdom literature refer to the fact that, as we obey God He will grant us wisdom and understanding. That God grants wisdom and understanding to the simple. This is just a fulfillment of the biblical promise that if you obey God He grants understanding and insight. Even Jesus says, „If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will (and here’s the cognitive fit) find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak of my own”, and there are other passages that point in this direction. As you read Scripture, keep an eye out for their recurrent theme that obedience brings insight and understanding, cognitive benefits.

Lastly, if you are a theist, you have a right to complain to God about things that go wrong and Psalms are full of them. We are blessed with the privileges to ask, „Why o Lord?…is this happening in my life” and we have the privilege to thank Him for all the beauty and the wonder of nature and that’s something the atheist doesn’t have, but can have, of course, if they come to God and repent and find forgiveness in Him.

In awe of God’s creation: Scientists will be able to watch a gas cloud being sucked into a Milky Way black hole in real time (live) in 2013

photo and story from Daily Mail UK

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have discovered the doomed cloud to. It will be the first time such an impact with a supermassive black hole has been observed.

The results will be published in the journal Nature.

During a 20-year program using ESO telescopes to monitor the movement of stars around the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, a team of astronomers led by Reinhard Genzel at the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physicsy, has discovered a unique new object fast approaching the black hole.

‘The idea of an astronaut close to a black hole being stretched out to resemble spaghetti is familiar from science fiction. But we can now see this happening for real to the newly discovered cloud. It is not going to survive the experience,’ explains Stefan Gillessen, the lead author of the paper.

The gas cloud will pass at a distance of only about 40 billion kilometers from the event horizon of the black hole, a distance of about 36 light-hours – very close, when it’s an encounter with an object as powerful and destructive as a supermassive black hole.

As it approaches its doom, the cloud is glowing under the strong ultraviolet radiation from the hot stars around it in the crowded heart of the Milky Way.

As the cloud gets ever closer to the hungry beast, increasing external pressure will compress the cloud.

At the same time the huge gravitational pull from the black hole, which has a mass four million times that of the Sun, will continue to accelerate the inward motion and stretch the cloud out along its orbit.

The cloud’s edges are already starting to shred and disrupt and it is expected to break up completely over the next few years. The astronomers can already see clear signs of increasing disruption of the cloud over the period between 2008 and 2011.

The material is also expected to get much hotter as it nears the black hole in 2013 and it will probably start to give off X-rays. There is currently little material close to the black hole so the newly-arrived meal will be the dominant fuel for the black hole over the next few years.

One explanation for the formation of the cloud is that its material may have come from nearby young massive stars that are rapidly losing mass due to strong stellar winds. Such stars literally blow their gas away. Colliding stellar winds from a known double star in orbit around the central black hole may have led to the formation of the cloud.

‘The next two years will be very interesting and should provide us with extremely valuable information on the behavior of matter around such remarkable massive objects,’ says Reinhard Genzel.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2074165/Supermassive-black-hole-eat-gas-cloud-heart-Milky-Way-galaxy.html#ixzz1z6ZYVn5P

Published on Jun 27, 2012 by 

A giant gas cloud is on a collision course with our galaxy’s supermassive black hole. This will give scientists the ability to watch the spaghetti-fying destruction of the cloud in real time. Credit: Youris.com / ESO / NASA

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