EXISTA Dumnezeu !!! – The heavens are telling the glory of God!!!

Photo credit Vocea Cerului

Photo credit Vocea Cerului

John Piper:

One of the main points of Nehemiah 9 & 10, indeed, one of the main points of the whole Bible is that God does not exist for the sake of our enjoyment of Bible stories. But, Bible stories exist for the sake of our enjoyment of God. And the reason I begin with that and say it that way is not only because it stands out amazingly in chapter 9, to be the case, but also, because we live in a day when there is enormous fascination with story and narrative, and tracing themes through the Bible according to its storyline, and I simply want to wave the flag that says: There is a point to the story, there’s a point to the narrative. And the point is a Person. Bible stories are no more ends in themselves, then the universe is an end to itself, or history is an end in itself.

There’s a point to the universe. There’s a point to history. The heavens are telling the glory of God. That’s what the universe is about: the glory of God. The heavens, the universe is telling that. And history is what it is in order to show that God is who He is. That’s what history is for. God writes His story, He acts His story in order to make known who He is.

John Piper ( Traducere in Limba Romana ):

Unul din punctele principale din Neemia 9 si 10, desigur, unul din punctele principale din intreaga Biblie este ca Dumnezeu nu exista pentru a ne bucura pe noi de istorisirile din Biblie. Ci dimpotriva, istorisirile din Biblie exista pentru a ne bucura pe noi de Dumnezeu. Si motivul pentru ca am inceput in felul acesta si am spus-o in acest fel nu este numai pentru ca aceasta iese in evidenta uimitor, in capitolul 9, in acest caz, dar deasemenea pentru ca traim zile cand exista a fascinatie enorma cu povestirea si naratiunea, si urmarim teme din Bible conform acestor povestiri, si eu pur si simplu vreau sa ridic un semnal de alarma care spune ca: Exista un scop in aceasta povestire, exista un scop in aceasta naratiune. Si scopul este o Persoana. Povestirile din Biblie nu sunt singurele scopuri in sine, la fel cum nici universul nu este singurul scop in sine sau istoria nu este singurul scop in sine.

Exista un scop in univers. Exista un scop in istorie. Cerurile vorbesc despre gloria lui Dumnezeu. Aceasta este ceea ce insemneaza universul: gloria lui Dumnezeu. Cerurile, universul spun aceasta. Si menirea istoriei este ca Dumnezeu sa arate cine este El. Pentru aceasta este istoria. Dumnezeu isi scrie istoria, El o infaptuieste cu scopul ca sa faca cunoscut  cine este El.

When man first saw planet earth – Astronauts Describe The ‘Overview Effect’ That Transformed Their Minds

„He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke. By his power he churned up the sea…. By his breath the skies become fair…. And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! How then can we understand the thunder of his power?” (Job 26:7-9, 11-14)

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 1:20)

A short film released by Planetary Collective called „OVERVIEW” has some interviews and some fantastic video footage, with astronauts who described their experience seeing Earth from space.

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OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.

On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.

Omul care a pasit pe luna

Charlie Duke a calcat pe luna impreuna cu colegii astronauti de la Apollo 16, in data de Aprilie 16 – 27, 1972. El a fost al 10-lea om care a calcat pe luna. Am citit inca ceva ce a spus Charlie Duke care nu mi-a fost cunoscut pana acum. Charlie Duke spune  ca Statele Unite a fost pe luna de 9 ori.

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Charlie Duke, astronaut Capcom, a fost persoana responsabilă cu comunicaţiile dintre misiunea Apollo 11 şi baza de la NASA. A crezut că a fost cel mai important moment din viaţa sa, dar s-a înşelat. Trei ani mai târziu avea să devină cel mai tânăr astronaut care să calce pe Lună. A crezut că nimic nu va depăşi această experienţă, dar s-a înşelat din nou. Şase ani mai târziu avea să îl cunoască pe Isus.

astronaut_400„Plimbarea pe Lună a durat trei zile. Dar drumul alături de Iisus durează o veşnicie,” spune acum Duke, pentru CharismaNews.

Pe 16 aprilie 1972, Duke a început plimbarea pe Lună. A durat 71 de ore şi 41 de minute, dintre care a petrecut doar un sfert plimbându-se efectiv pe Lună, explorând, recoltând mostre de sol şi pietre.

În acea misiune, împreună cu astronautul John Young, Duke a fost fermecat de frumuseţea Lunii, care spune el „nu avea culoare, doar mai multe nuanţe de gri şi cerul negru deasupra, catifelat. Ce contrast. Luna pentru mine a fost incredibil de frumoasă.” Duke a avut timp să comtemple şi Pământul, „o bijuterie în spaţiul negru”, dar nu a petrecut prea mult timp gândindu-se şi la divinitate.

I-a luat şase ani de la plimbarea pe Lună, să ajungă să se plimbe cu Dumnezeu. „Acum că sunt credincios pot spune ca şi psalmistul că cerurile proclamă gloria lui Dumnezeu, munca mâinilor Sale.”

Duke s-a întors din misiunea Apollo 16 la o casă destrămată. Avea 36 de ani, nu ştia ce va face în continuare, se îndrepta vertiginos spre un divorţ care implica şi doi copii. Într-un weekend a ajuns din întâmplare împreună cu soţia sa la un eveniment creştin. La sfârşit soţia sa i-a spus că a încercat tot, în afară de Iisus. Aşa că i s-a predat Lui.
Duke povesteşte că a observat imediat schimbări la soţia sa. Nu mai era depresivă, avea un spirit de iertare, dragoste, pace. Lui i-a luat însă mai mulţi ani să accepte schimbările şi în dreptul său, dar studiind Biblia în fiecare zi, pe nesimţite au avut loc aceleaşi schimbări ca şi în cazul soţiei.

Acum la 76 de ani, Duke se gândeşte câteodată la ironia situaţiei: „Oameni de peste tot vor să cunoască un om care a păşit pe Lună. Dar eu vreau să le fac cunoştinţă cu singura persoană perfectă care a păşit pe Pământ.”

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In awe of God’s creation – What an Astronaut’s Camera Sees

An intimate tour… in 1080p… of Earth’s most impressive landscapes… as captured by astronauts with their digital cameras. Dr. Justin Wilkinson from NASA’s astronaut team describes the special places that spacemen focus on whenever they get a moment.

We start with the coast of Namibia in southwestern Africa, the very dry desert coast of the Namib Desert. You can see a cloud band butting up against the shore and some straight sand dunes in the lower left of the picture. Yeah those are big red sand dunes that the astronauts say is one of the most beautiful sites that you can get when you’re flying.

Coming into the view on the left is an impact crater right in the middle of the picture, right about now and some wind streaks. We know where this area is because it’s a bit unique. We’ve got a major dune field coming into the picture on the left there: the Oriental Sand Sea, as it’s called in French, and on the top is the Isawan Sand Sea.

This is the island of Sicily with cloud over Mt. Etna, so you can’t quite tell there’s a big volcano in the middle of the picture right now. And there’s the toe of the boot of Italy coming into the picture from the left. See a good example of sun glint on the right with the sea reflecting the sun.

This is the smooth east coast of the Kamchatka peninsula again. As you move inland it gets even more striking as a picture because of all the volcanoes on this peninsula and the snowy mountains. There’s a volcano just coming into the picture from the top left there. You can see a knob-shaped feature.

Here is a smaller finger of land in China sticking into the Pacific Ocean. In winter you can see all the snow lower left. This is called the Qindoa P eninsula and we recognize it. And again, the sun glint point moving along the coast upper center.

In a very clear picture, the Zagros mountains with snow on them in Iran, in the country of Iran.

Here we have the north coast of Australia and the gulf of Carpenteria and some islands. The biggest island at the bottom of the screen there is Groote island, which means the big island in Dutch.

When you see a huge powerful feature like this and the astronauts do shoot them a lot and we have had some detailed views looking right down the eye, looking at the eyewall. In fact I seem to remember views of breaking waves on the sea surface at the bottom of the eye. Amazing detail.

Look at this neat picture of Great Salt Lake in Utah. And the variation in color? That’s due to an almost a complete blockage of the circulation of the lake by a trestle for a railroad that crosses from one side to the other. It stops the circulation and things get a little bit saltier and certainly saltier at the north end of the lake.

Here you see two circles coming in to the top of the view now. These are either volcanoes or effects from inside the earth producing circular features. We think this is the Big Bend area of Texas.

This is an interesting sideways view of the peninsula of Florida, with the Keys stretching out into the lowest part of the picture there. And the shallow seas around the Bahama Islands top right. And Cuba coming into the picture lower right.

And this I believe is the coast of Northern Chile in South America. It’s a very straight coast, except for that strange headland out to the right just disappearing. And so the desert is the first part of the inland zone, and then you see much blacker at the top of the picture the Andes Mountains with some many dozens of volcanoes.

Here is a thunderhead. The typical look of the thunderheads, the big rainstorms, that develop over the Amazon Basin. And another one coming in top right. Here’s an obviously a major river. There’s an even bigger one coming in on the right. That looks to me like it could well be the Amazon River, with one of its big tributaries on the left. And the flow would seem to be from the bottom of the picture to the top. Uploaded by
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