There is a lot of information that goes into planning a trip, and the further away that destination is (not just in terms of distance, but in terms of culture, foreign language, etc.) the more daunting the task can be. While preparing for a trip to Japan, I have been discovering that there are many pieces of helpful information that I never even thought to ask about. But now that I’ve learned a wealth of knowledge about preparing for a trip, I want to compile it here for any fellow first-time travelers (and for my own reference). I’m going to sort it chronologically so that you won’t be overwhelmed with all the things that need to be done. On the contrary, if you take it one step at a time, then it will be very easily manageable. And of course, the earlier you start the better. So without further ado, here we go.
And Elohim said “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kind: livestock, and creeping things, and beast of the earth according to their kind,” and it was so.
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֗ים תֹּוצֵ֨א הָאָ֜רֶץ נֶ֤פֶשׁ חַיָּה֙ לְמִינָ֔הּ בְּהֵמָ֥ה וָרֶ֛מֶשׂ וְחַֽיְתֹו־אֶ֖רֶץ לְמִינָ֑הּ וַֽיְהִי־כֵֽן׃
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
וַיֹּ֥אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֖ים יְהִ֣י אֹ֑ור וַֽיְהִי־אֹֽור׃
And God said… Now begins the creation proper. The presence of the conjunction “waw (and)” informs us that God’s speaking occurred in the next step of a linear account. “1:2 The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 1:3 AND God said….” Such a usage of “waw” to attach consecutive events also happens in Genesis 5 and 11, both of which are genealogical accounts. After God had laid down the great waters of the Earth, He now went to work shaping it. He made light first, meaning that it is so important as to be given preference over any other thing.
by John Everett
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No one can deny that there are many problems facing us today. Poverty, illiteracy, corruption, and so on are enduring obstacles in our lives. Many people do their best to combat these problems, but in order to do this effectively we have to first figure out what is causing these problems. The trouble is, people can’t seem to agree on the causes of most of these issues. It seems that everyone has different answers. Depending on the person you ask, you might hear the answers: because of the poor, because of immigrants, because of rich corporations, because of lobbying, because of corrupt politicians, and so on. What I would like to discuss now, however, is an answer that hasn’t been very popular but is steadily gaining traction. There is a radical movement that puts forth the idea that government in general is the primary cause of most societal problems. Not a certain Government in particular, mind you. Not a Republican Government or a Democratic Government. Not a parliamentary or congressional Government. Just government in any of its myriad forms. Such a simplistic worldview suffers from a fundamental problem, and I want now to explain what it is.
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Just as with many things in life, it is not enough to simply read the Bible to have a deep understanding of it. You must also analyze what you have read. We are quite fortunate that the most important parts of the Bible are the easiest to understand; the Bible’s central message of sin and redemption by sacrifice can be easily understood by even a child (see 1 Peter 2:2). But there is much more to the Bible than just the gospels; there are 62 other books yearning to be understood. Almost everyone thinks they are experts on scripture but few actually are experts. If you wish to be among the latter instead of the former, I invite you to read this commentary. It is the result of countless hours of studying scriptures, praying for understanding, and carefully reviewing past commentaries by other authors. By the time I have finished this commentary, I believe it will be the most comprehensive ever written.
I would feel remiss in my duty if I did not offer an introduction of myself and an explanation of my agenda. My name is John Everett. I am a Christian; I believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God. I do not believe that the Bible needs to be re-written. It needs to be reread. I believe that God and His word are always correct (when properly translated, anyway). Any time that a person disagrees with the Bible, it is the person’s opinion that must change. In writing this commentary, I have made the utmost efforts to ensure that what I am writing is correct. Know this well: I am not trying to push my opinion onto you. My goal is to change my opinion so that it matches the truth, and then push the truth onto you. I abhor bias in all its forms. I do whatever I can to challenge my beliefs and make sure that I change if need be. As soon as I find that something is incorrect, I stop believing it, and I demand the same of everyone else. No one ought to have any emotional attachment to their false beliefs, especially if such emotions impair proper judgment. While reading this commentary I am certain that you will read something you don’t like. When that happens, there will be three possibilities:
- You are wrong, in which case you need to get over it and stop being wrong.
- I am wrong, in which case you need to let me know so I can stop being wrong.
- We’re both wrong, in which case we need serious help.
All I can really say is, “Don’t be biased.” After that, it’s in God’s hands. With that having been said, let me reassure you that great pains have been taken to avoid any inaccuracies in my commentary. I truly, genuinely want to teach God’s word and help my brothers and sisters in Christ to have a deeper understanding of the Bible, and in turn deepen their relationship with Christ. And I want to convert any non-Christian who may happen to read this. That is my full agenda. I don’t mean to make any crackpot claims about a hidden prophetic code concerning first contact with space aliens, or a secret interpretation making myself the Messiah, or any other such garbage as cult founders are wont to do. I wish neither to add to nor take away from scripture (see Deuteronomy 4:2, Revelation 22:18–19). My goal is simply to explain what the Bible says, and to prove my claims with scripture and other evidence.
Without further ado, let us begin.
In the beginning God created Heaven and the Earth.
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The Divine Principle and True Understanding of God’s Word
By John Everett
In the 20th century there emerged a prolific religious leader named Reverend Sun Myung Moon who founded the Unification church in 1954. Over a lifetime of tireless and heartfelt service to others, he left behind a large corpus of religious teachings. As with many great leaders, he was often a subject of controversy during his life. His writings were said by Christians to be heretical, as they allegedly contradicted the teachings in the Bible; many people are afraid of change and will denounce something new. This paper will dissect Reverend Moon’s teachings in his book Exposition of the Divine Principle, especially the second chapter “The Human Fall,” and will determine whether or not these teachings are sound doctrine or are indeed heretical. And furthermore, what greater ramifications would such soundness or heresy imply?
“Asking a liberal where prices and wages come from is like asking a six-year old where babies come from.” -Thomas Sowell
It’s all come to this, the final showdown. The third and final part of my debate with Mr. S begins on page 2 after a brief aside. This third part contains a lot of graphs and charts that present data in an easy-to-digest form, but also has enormous walls of text. Wait, that’s how I’m going to start this? Let me try this again: Inside you’ll find many of my arguments presented with pictures to visually represent vast amounts of data, making it easier to see and understand. (There, that’s much more fun!)
“There is only one difference between a bad economist and a good one: the bad economist confines himself to the visible effect; the good economist takes into account both the effect that can be seen and those effects that must be foreseen.”
When dealing with the economic effects of a policy it is paramount that we are able to see the unseen. In my debate with Mr. S last week several studies on minimum wage effects were referred to but not sufficiently analyzed (my bad). Especially in regards to the Krueger & Card study, it is important to realize that economists with an agenda will make the info say what they want the info to say. For example: the gender gap!