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Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 13:24:32 -0300
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COLUMN: FIELD NOTES

While the Earth Remains
  by Michael E. Brooks

   "And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then
   the Lord said in his heart, 'I will never
   again curse the ground for man's sake,
   although the imagination of man's heart is
   evil from his youth; nor will I again
   destroy every living thing as I have done.
   While the earth remains, seedtime and
   harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer,
   and day and night shall not cease'" (Genesis
   8:21-22 NKJV).

I am currently involved with preparations to rebuild
several church buildings in Bangladesh which were
destroyed last year by Cyclone Sydr.

My part includes designing permanent buildings of
masonry construction. These will have tin roofs, and I
am concerned with efficient use of materials,
therefore, I need to match the overall dimensions of
the building to standard material sizes.

How do I know how long a pitched roof will actually be
from the peak to the eave, without physically measuring
it? Once again, high school geometry comes to the
rescue. The Pythagorean Theorem states a relationship
between the sides of a right triangle. One only needs
to follow that formula to deduce the length of the long
(slanted) side once the height of the peak and the
width of the building are determined.

The wonderful thing about that principle is that it
works everywhere, all the time. It does not matter
whether one is building in America, Asia or on the
moon. The physical laws of creation apply to all. One
can plan and base expectations on a constant reality,
which makes much human activity possible and
predictable.

What is sometimes not recognized is that God's
spiritual laws follow this same principle.

God who created the material universe also rules the
realms of the spirits and of the eternal souls of
mankind. His laws regulate the seasons, the harvests
and all other cycles of this world. His laws also
regulate man's eternal nature and the activities and
relationships of all other spiritual beings.

The consistency of the material creation, that is, the
regularity and inflexibility of its laws, is a feature
which may guide us in the spiritual realm. If the same
God, of the same unchanging nature, fixed all spiritual
laws, also, is it not a logical conclusion that they
would be similar in nature and consistency to the
physical principles that we can observe and measure?

This may not constitute absolute proof in a scientific
sense, but is a good starting place on which to base
investigations.

This assumption is validated by the Biblical record.
The commandments of Christ are given in absolute terms,
bound upon all humans regardless of age, race or class.

Paul's declaration, "For there is no partiality with
God" (Romans 2:11), is given as explanation of his
previous statement that God "will render to each one
according to his deeds" (Romans 2:6).

There is an absolute standard of judgment, and a
perfect and righteous judge by which it will be
administered. We can depend upon God's promises, as
given by one "who cannot lie" (Titus 1:2).

Those promises encourage us with rewards for
faithfulness, but also warn of punishment for unbelief
and rebellion.

"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a
man sows, that he will also reap" (Galatians 6:7).

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