Hello ATS. I am a lurker who is joining your ranks, and must say a huge "thanks" to pretty much everyone. I've seen that intelligence in its
many forms is welcomed here, and that people are more concerned with the truth than dictating terms under which it may be understood. It's a good
place to open stuff up, and really get down to the bottom of things. That is best accomplished when there is critical thinking mixed with fundamental
respect for other people, so thanks, everyone, for continuing to make that kind of open exchange happen here.
I have been preoccupied with seeking truth since I was a child. Reading the newspapers at age 5, taking IQ tests, learning and seeking knowledge
through cultural studies, astrophysics, quantum mechanics, art, anthropology, engineering. I love learning how things work.
But the greatest discovery for me has been that faith and science are not incompatible at all. I once loved science and hated the Bible. Now my
two loves are one, and I have seen that the Bible I have heard preached is not a complete story, and therefore people do not realize the great truths
and answers it contains. Personally, as an atheist, I hated the fact that people were wiped out in the Promised Land, even the kids sometimes. I
hated the things that were said about women and rules, and so I ignored it as a historical anachronistic document, a subjective choice for each
individual. All that changed, however.
Today I am still a skeptic, but I love God. So I'm no longer skeptical of Him, but of those who have always oppressed others. I believe the
Bible is accurate scientifically, morally, and prophetically. What has been missing is our education of what context things happened in, the history
of our world and its people, and a complete lack of respect for "ordinary" people, who see and control more of this life and this world than TPTB
are ever willing to let on. We have not been deemed worthy of the truth, and have been systematically denied access to it, as we all are realizing.
The Book of Enoch, had it been available throughout history since it was written, would have fundamentally built a different world for us, and we
would not be struggling with the same basic questions we have for so many decades now, about other forms of life, the existence of God and what His
nature really is, how we got here, whether science disproves or underlines the things the Bible says, etc. Educated people, especially science and
industry lovers like me, are frowned upon if we bring up God in a formal setting such as school. No one mentions Isaac Newton's faith, as natural to
him as breathing, and the fact that he firmly believed the Bible, enough to search for the Bible code way back then, and determine a 2060 date for the
final end-times events. Anyone see that on cable? It didn't get a lot of hype, but it's been history for a few hundred years now. How come no one
taught us this? Who is to gain from our systematic alienation from God or from detailed books about Him and our early ancestors? Who indeed?
Don't mean to ramble. That's some of who I am. Hello, ATS. Hope we can solve some stuff together.