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  1. SmartrykFoster

    Did God Create Himself? And What Is The First Cause?

    One thing we have not asked is, "The beginning and the end of what?'" The answer is in the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet in the original Hebrew language script. The 'Aleph' and the 'Tav' spell out God's plan of salvation. Those two letters are together in Genesis 1:1, untranslated in the English Bible, but they are there in the Hebrew Bible. The 'Aleph' in the ancient Hebrew language script is an ox head, representing God. The 'Tav' is two sticks that form a cross, meaning 'covenant.' The 'Aleph' and the 'Tav' indicate that God is the covenant and the sacrifice. And the first word in the Hebrew Bible, that is often translated 'In the beginning' in English, spells out God's plan of salvation in the ancient Hebrew language script. Watch this video:
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    Did God Create Himself? And What Is The First Cause?

    Proverbs 25:2-3 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. 3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable. Revelation 1:3-7 3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; 5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 1 Corinthians 6:2-5 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 2 Timothy 2:10-15 10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. 14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. John 16:12-15 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. Hosea 6:6 6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
  3. SmartrykFoster

    Did God Create Himself? And What Is The First Cause?

    I accept that God was not created (because the Bible says so) and that God always was and always will be. Being your father's son is not the same as your father being in you and you being in your father. Jesus prayed that we would all be in the Father and in Jesus the same way that the Father is in Jesus and Jesus is in the Father. And there was a man who had a Legion of demons inside of him and they could all fit in there somehow. The topic of 'two people being inside each other' has nothing to do directly with a parent-child relationship. God has a mind that we do not fully understand. God does not have a mind that we cannot understand. We are made in the image and likeness of God. Jesus went so far as to say that we are gods (and quoted Psalm 82 as evidence). We can understand everything that God understands if God explains it to us.
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    Did God Create Himself? And What Is The First Cause?

    The other side of the earth. 'Infinity' is counted as a 'limitless' number in Math, so nothing comes after infinity; it is the last number. No, the word 'beginning' in the King James Bible is often translated from the word 'commencement' which, by definition, means that there was no commencing before the 'commencement'. That is existence without progression. That is called 'eternal state' or 'eternity.' Jesus said, 'I am in the Father and the Father is in me.' That's an accurate description of 'eternal state.' There is no progression because everything that is established stays established. There is no movement of time because every possible action can exist simultaneously. Every possible thought can exist simultaneously. Everything can exist in the same location as once. That's why God created everything (including 'time') for His pleasure. Eternity on it's own is a little boring.
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    Did God Create Himself? And What Is The First Cause?

    There, I disagree. I can fully believe that God existed before the 'beginning' because the 'beginning' was the beginning of time. God created time and, therefore, God had to exist before time existed. God put events in motion. The name 'Jevohah' means 'Self-Existing.' That is the same concept as 'I Am'. We only perceive time because we are in time. It affects we know and everything we do. But think for a moment... what if time stopped? What if there was no need for time? What if everything simply 'existed' and there was no wear-down, no progression of age? That is the native state that God is in. We believe that God exists and that God was not created. But we can also believe that God exists outside of time - that God is eternal. We can also believe that God is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, because God ordained the beginning and will cause the end. And after the end, there is still eternity. That is the point of 'everlasting.' Hebrews 1:10-12 10 And, You, Lord, in the beginning have laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of your hands. 11 They shall perish, but you remain, and they all shall wax old as does a garment, 12 And as a vesture shall you fold them up and they shall be changed: but you are the same and your years shall not fail. Revelation 22:13-17 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie. 16 I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hear say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. There's a simple way to think about this. God created things by speaking. God's Word is the coding of the universe. God can stop the universe in motion, if He wants, by speaking. God can cause the 'end' to fold over to the 'beginning' and make the time stream look like a donut, of He wants to. God can do anything. God created all. God is the beginning of everything that has been created. Therefore, God can also be the end, because nothing exists without God and God is Self-Existing.
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    Did God Create Himself? And What Is The First Cause?

    'No time' is Eternity, which it outside of time and is eternal. Matthew 25:46 KJV "46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." In that verse, the word 'eternal' is translated from a Greek word that means 'perpetual.' God has Eternal life and God gives us perpetual life (because we have a beginning point and therefore cannot have eternal life, but we can have life without end). God is Light, but God is also Love. God's law is based on love. God's commands are based on love. And God, being God, would not disappear into nothingness, and therefore would not let us disappear into nothingness, because God is eternal and God is Love. Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." Isiah 45:17-18 KJV "17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. 18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else."
  7. SmartrykFoster

    Did God Create Himself? And What Is The First Cause?

    The Hebrew name 'Yehovah' (or Jehovah) means 'Self-Exisiting.' I have found evidence in the Bible that God created the beginning of time and existed before the beginning of time. Therefore, God existed in a state in which there is no time (called 'Eternity'). Therefore, since God is the 'Self-Existing' one, God existed in a state in which there is no cause and effect... because an effect follows a cause which, of necessity, requires a flow of time. God created time and, therefore, knows the beginning all the way through to the end. 'Alpha' is a beginning and 'Omega' is an end. Therefore, God is both the beginning of time and the end of time. But outside of time, we still have 'Eternity.' Therefore, even if heaven and earth, and time, passes away, God (and us) can still exist outside of time in Eternity. The end of time does not mean 'nothingness,' so don't worry about that.
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    List Of Genres We Write/critique/read

    Writes: Bible studies (but I have written a screenplay based on a comic book in the past, and started writing more than one original sci-fi stories) Critiques: I can critique just about anything ...but I prefer not to critique stories that require specialized knowledge (e.g. police/investigative stories, medical, historical, anything that would require me to do research before I can critique it). Reads: I have read thousands of comics (manga and north american comics), watched thousands of episodes of cartoons, anime and television shows, and watched many movies of a wide variety of genres. I don't watch horror (or stories that are intended to put fear into a person), I don't like demonic fantasy (witches, vampires, werewolves, orcs, elves, zombies, mythological fantasy, etc.), and I don't like stories that have a lot of death and violence in them (especially unnecessary violence). But other than that, I've read/watched just about every genre I can think of at the time of writing this. I tend to prefer: Thrillers, Sci-fi, Comedy, Action, Mystery, Romance (don't ask me to critique romance, please), Slice-of-Life, and some fantasy (I define 'fantasy' as anything that's not based on how the real earth/world works). A little bit about my writing experience: I read and watched stories until God unlocked my mind to know how they work. Then I wrote a book, titled 'How to craft a Story,' in which God info-dumped information into my mind that was knew to me as I was writing the book. When I read my book, I think, 'This is good information. I need to read this a few more times and study it.' I do not have experience as a published fiction writer (screenplays are my forte - novels are new to me), but I am able to break down the structure of a story and analyze problems in it. Example: Catwoman (2004) movie The movie was widely looked down on as being a bad movie (Hallie Berry won a Razzie Award for worst actress because of her performance in Catwoman on the same night that she won an Oscar for her performance in Monster's Ball). After analyzing the movie (not reading the script), my conclusion was that the script was solid and most of the problems in the movie (actor performances, continuity errors, logical messes, etc.) were in the realm of the director. I can point out problems in the movie and suggest how to make it better (at least as good as Batman Begins). My personal opinion: A critique doesn't need to be intentionally hurtful. Flaws can be pointed out without being unnecessarily hurtful. And I want to respect the story as it was written. I point out problems in the structure of the story, continuity issues, etc. and make suggestions regarding how to change the way that the story is presented, but I feel that the author should decide whether, and how, the story itself should materially be changed if there are problems in the story. I can make suggestions if the author asks me to, but I don't want to make those suggestions unless the author asks me to. I'm not sure how much time I can put toward critiquing, but if I find your story interesting, I can try to make time for it.
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    List Of Editors/add Your Name

    I'm not a professional editor, but more like a 'story mechanic.' I can analyze your story and (likely) explain what's wrong with it and how it can be fixed. But I leave the fixes up to you. I can suggest improvements in word choices, pacing, story flow, and I can ask questions about things that don't seem to fit right in the story. What I do is the early stages of the editing process, before a spelling and grammar check. That's why I don't advertise my services. If you want my help, feel free to send me a PM or to contact me through my website: http://smartrykfoster.com/ We can talk about what you need done and the length of your work. I reserve the right to reject a project for any reason. One reason why I would reject a project is if the story portrays things that God says is evil as being good (e.g. a witch or wizard as one of the good guys, 'white magic' being good, 'creatures that are a mixture between human and something else' being a good thing, etc.) Isaiah 5:20-21 (KJV) "20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"

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