Can It Be?

One of the most intriguing passages of Scripture is:

Romans 8:29 (RSV) For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the first-born among many brethren,


Romans 8:29 (KJ21) For whom He foreknew [Gr. troegn(o)], He also predestined [Gr. tro(o)risen] to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Such is similar to the idea expressed in:

Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."

That last applicable-against-abortion-homicide verse, as is the case in the Romans 8:29 one preceding it, reveals a rather bizarre capability of God to have foreknowledge to prophesy and predict.

The word "predestined" involves not forcing someone in the future to do things against that someone's free-will choice, but instead at least involves future planning for that person regarding what the Planner wants done by that someone. Perhaps it also involves bizarre prediction of the choice that that someone using their freewill choice to choose relating to the Planner's intentions is going to make. Clearly, you (as readily as all pro-abortion murderers) can perceive that this author is nonmistakably pro-choice - with the understanding that the Creator did not concoct mere humanoid robots operating solely on sensory-directed instinct.

On what basis does the Creator have to ability to foreknow and predictively prophesy?

Well, before He created "the heavens and the earth" as recorded in Genesis chapter one, He obviously had imaginative plans in His proverbial head which He actually implemented into reality. Within such included His nearly-incredibly-sized knowledge of possible human-genetic combinations of parents to child, and - believe it or not - exactly which combination was to actually occur. Thus, a partial explanation of the opening two verses stated above.

Many of us are familiar with the reality-altering and reality-distorting Hollywood shenanigans of not only Rod Serling with his Twilight Zone episodes, but a host of Lucasfilm-assisted and other fairy-tale fables attempting to irrationally misrepresent reality and rewrite history. The moralistic and messianic parables of such special-effects supermovies might have an applicatory merit when associated with certain spectacular events written about in the Bible, but can also be considered blasphemous satanic substitutions one not only should be wary of but sometimes even entirely avoid:

Matthew 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
Second Thessalonians 2:9 The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders,
Second Thessalonians 2:10 and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
Revelation 13:13 It works great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men;
Revelation 13:15 and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast should even speak, and to cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.

Mankind's knowledge is more finite and limited, and - dissimilar to God's - is usually based on mere keen observation and prospective logical progression as to what has already existed and likely to reoccur (or instead even happen for the first time).

Let's consider some examples in Scripture.

How did Moses (the assumed primary author of the Pentateuch) know what limited-information details he wrote about Creation Week, when Moses was not even existing during Creation Week?

His ancestors had existed before him, and a vast conglomeration of verbal-tradition explanations and stories logically was sourced all the way back to Adam, which Adam apparently did articulate orally with his Creator God. Also, much of what Moses wrote down about regarding phenomena occurring before the birth of Moses was acquired as described:

Numbers 7:89 And when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was upon the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him.

Nothing like getting the near-equivalent of voice-enhanced historic photos and videos of antiquity directly from The Voice of the LORD above the Ark of the Covenant.

With the LORD Himself originating and codifying the Hebrew alphabet with His own finger when etching the Ten-Commandment-tablets in rock on Mount Sinai, came the preservation of previous history and forthcoming predictions in various-language hieroglyphics.

Before that, the oral means of communication was apparently how the LORD told Noah about the Global-Weather-Changing, Never-Before-in-Earth-History, Cataclysmic Worldwide Flood which was to annihilate all life on the planet, except for that and those in a specially-constructed Ark.

But where did Joshua get the idea of commanding the Sun to stand still:

Joshua 10:12 Then spoke Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD gave the Amorites over to the men of Israel; and he said in the sight of Israel, "Sun, stand thou still at Gibeon, and thou Moon in the valley of Aijalon."
Joshua 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stayed in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.
Joshua 10:14 There has been no day like it before or since, when the LORD hearkened to the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel.

and Isaiah do similar action:

Second Kings 20:9 And Isaiah said, "This is the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he has promised: shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or go back ten steps?"
Second Kings 20:10 And Hezekiah answered, "It is an easy thing for the shadow to lengthen ten steps; rather let the shadow go back ten steps."
Second Kings 20:11 And Isaiah the prophet cried to the LORD; and he brought the shadow back ten steps, by which the sun had declined on the dial of Ahaz.
Isaiah 38:8 Behold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps." So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined.

One might speculate that the Earth temporarily stopped rotating on its axis for some passing-huge-asteriod-or-whatever-related cause, or that a very strange (albeit potentially-describable scientifically) refraction of sunlight occurred for a while in some limited-geographical area.

In either case, either Joshua and Isaiah - almost like witch doctors (if you will pardon me) - keenly perceived some strange and unusual scientifically-analyzable info to predict with which others did not know, or got some idea put into their heads by Divine inspiration.

Prophetic prediction need not always be said with an "...if the Lord wills..." blurb added, per:

Jas 4:15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that."

The lunancy of legalistic heretics who insist on always mouthing such utterances lamentably has no limits.

Many times, the sane and sensible already know (for all intents and purposes) what the Lord's will is. For example, if one suspends a bowling ball in a fragile fish net by a heavy-duty kite-string rope over a common window-pane sheet of glass, one can safely predict that by cutting the rope with a scissors, the Lord's bowling ball will both fall down because of the Lord's gravity, and smash the Lord's windows pane to the Lord's pieces of shattered glass....with no need to blatter an additional: "...if the Lord wills." The Lord DOES will, obviously.

However, when predicting what the Lord will or will not do, one should keep an open and humble mind. To arrogantly presume that a desperate man raising his hands at the Red Sea will not result in the waters parting, that fire will not come down from the sky and burn to ashes a thoroughly-watered sacrifice and a couple squadrons of national-guard troops, that water will stay water without being changed into wine, that someone trying to walk on water will sink and drown, that a man born blind cannot be spoken into sight, that a sea storm cannot be spoken into calm stillness, and that the dead cannot be raised....could be quite embarrassing (whether or not one proudly proclaims he is a "dispensationalist").

Have you noticed the apparent complete absence of miracles recorded in the New Testament attributed to Jesus after His resurrection? (We are not talking about similar miracles performed by His Apostles after they received the promised Holy Spirit at Pentacost).

Now, we might assume that the Lord had enough time to do a least a few miracles as He did before His crucifixion and resurrection, such as giving sight to a few blind persons, feeding a large group with a small amount of fish, changing water into wine, and raising some dead here and there.

But no.....nothing.....except vanishing and reappearing, then ascending into Heaven after 40 days.

Matthew 12:39 But he answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
Matthew 12:40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; because I live, you will live also.

During His pre-crucifixion pilgrimage and ministry from age 30 through 33, His miracles were witnessed by both Jews and jews....perhaps. Possibly, only those who called Him 'Lord' actually saw Him do any miracles, and the remainder of jews merely saw the effects of those miracles and heard news reports from those Jews actually seeing the signs performed.

Such was also the case after His resurrection: only those who believed that He was 'the Lord' saw Him, and He appeared exclusively to them alone. He would not and did not appear to snotty and sassy feminist-sexist chauvenists, pseudo-scientific anti-creationists prejudicially and superstitiously given in to evolution-heresy mythology (those who replace the words "origins theory" and "origins theorists" with the words: "science" and "scientists"), nor those who chose abortion homicide, nor homogay effeminate and sodomites, nor seasonably-immodest porn-is-art perverts. Not only did the lack of faith prevent the evil ones from seeing Him, but their wicked works also precluded them from observing Him alive.

The first to experience His resurrection event were men stationed as terrified Roman guards, paid off by jews to lie and purport grave-robbing by secluded disciples hiding away in perplexity.

The same type of jews had questioned the man born blind who Jesus restored sight for. It would not have done any good to query the theory of "how" Jesus did such repair, and would have been pointless:

Pharisees: "HOW did he restore your sight?"
Healed Man: "Well, the scientific explanation involves a detailed dissertation into ocular physiology."
Pharisees: "WHAT is ocular physiology?
Healed Man: "Don't interrupt me. Let me continue."
Pharisees: "Smarty. Go ahead."
Healed Man: Well, it involves an integration of the cornea, the iris, the retina, the optic nerve...."
Pharisees: "Whoa - hold on there! WHAT is the cornea, iris, retina, and optic nerve?"
Healed Man: "You don't have a clue as to what I am talking about, do you? Ignorant tards. What is the point of elaborating further to you non-scientific pathetic ignoramuses?"

Little if nothing is said about Jesus and/or His disciples ever urinating, defecating, vomiting, or having a nocturnal emission. Come to think of it, ditto in the case of Bach and Einstein, and a whole lot of others. Pity. Such vital info is missing in the Bible. And a huge pile of history books. Oh yeah. Stuff that in your test tubes and shove it.

To all you fool atheists out there, who take pompous-ass pride whenever you can query the theory:

Does it not seem eerie when you stare and gaze at a dead human body in the casket? It is not obvious that something not of this world is missing in the totally-nonreponsive, all-alone-by-itself, not-able-to-be-disturbed corpse? Or, do you ever really think at all rather than simply blattering your despicable doubts and disbelief like first-class a-holes? We all get so used to life from births, to plants sprouting from dead and decaying seeds, that sometimes only by viewing death of a lifeform can we perceive and appreciate life given from the breath of God the Creator.

It is true that some Biblical statements are prophecies of "faith" - but such consist of scientific statements of rational and honest observation....every time they occur, and they always occur over and over without fail. So much so is the relentlessly-repeated repetition that for all intents and purposes "faith" becomes irrevocable: law:

Job 11:12 But a stupid man will get understanding, when a wild ass's colt is born a man.

The pseudo-"scientific" scoffers should read other statements of common-sense FACT which Biblical scientists Job and Solomon stated, before they mouth off with scurrilous and defamatory mocking and mindless ridicule.

For example, rather than presuming and blaming an allegedly-caprecious creator who is the business of tricking his creatures with surprise-attack whims by blurbilizing: "WHERE did my keys go?" (as if such grew legs or wings and sadistically took off to hide) is instead appropriate to blame faulty humans by stating: "WHERE did I misplace my keys?" Judge and condemn who should be judged and condemned! It is great for the inclusive diversity of impenitent and non-humble egotistical and selfish self-esteem.

Ecclesiastes 11:3 If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth; and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. [The same applies for misplaced keys].

First Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called "science....."

.....with or without comparison of carbon-14 radioisotope dating to potassium-argon dating of God knows what initial amounts were present and then what was mixed up with what during Noah's Worldwide Flood. Even a brief study in Geology 101 reveals the logic of the explanation and consequences of such a massive and turbulent Flood.

Proverbs 18:2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

To declare "I don't know" is questionable itself. It can show a publicly-stated lack of knowledge, which is not admirable nor to be respected whatsoever. Sometimes it reveals fear-of-man cowardice and mentally-ill oversensitivity to potential criticism or confrontation.

To those who "don't know," the answer is: FIND OUT. Then be honest about telling the truthful answer without obfuscation. And then for all you genuine and authentic scientists in the true sense of the word, there is that intriguing black Master Book chuck full of 66 canonical books of phenomenal enlightenment one cannot, with all open-minded and non-bigoted/non-biased due respect, be ignored and disregarded and believably contradicted with irrefutable proof. Those who embrace such Divinely-inspired knowledge are those who do not hypocritically and dishonestly steal from sources and inventors who have already accepted the truths of the Bible.

We have heard many fairy tales so far during our lives.
We have seen intriguing and captivating displays of special effects done by Hollywood experts.
We have heard legends of tales perhaps having occurred or perhaps merely imagined or exaggerated in past history.

What is actually true, and what really contrast to what did not occur?

Even photos can be photoshopped by skillful artisans, and magicians have done wonders in reality using slight-of-hand manipulations and techniques sometimes termed "illusions."

Second Thessalonians 2:9 The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders,

Revelation 13:15 and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast should even speak, and to cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.

Which gets us to the subject of "miracles" recorded or at least proclaimed within the covers of The Holy Bible.

Both you and I have heard the rumors and the stories: The Red Sea being blown open by a strong wind long enough to let the Israelites escape the Egyptian army, Jesus changing water to wine and speaking a man born blind into sight, plus telling a dead man to come alive, besides feeding a horde of 5000 hungry men with nearly the equivalent of a McDonald's Happy Meal, rising up into the sky higher and higher until He was out of sight, and so on.

Is knowing the how of it all a barrier to belief?

Ecclesiastes 8:17 then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out; even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out.
Ecclesiastes 11:5 As you do not know how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.

Keep in mind that many of the phenomenal things we have already seen and touched are very unusual events which certainly do NOT occur every day. Such happenings are not common occurrences, but we usually do not "scientifically" know the intricate details of the how they all happen. Does that prevent our accepting the reality of such?

When we get into the why of the occurrence of written historical events (whether such are rumors, heresay, fairy tales, legends, Hollywood fantasy portrayals, magicians tricks, weird things in nature, and more), such neither establishes the proof of existence nor the proof of non-existence. The why is therefore irrelevent involving such.

Indeed, the sometimes childish (or in contrast: child-like) question of Why? to someone else is often rather irritating to that someone else, because the someone else is aware of the complete irrelevance of such questioning in contrast to and/or in place of simply doing whatever without the Why? needing to be asked or deserving to be asked.

The parent might respond to his child: "Just do it now, because I told you so," or "you'll find out later when you need to know."

The question Why? involves motivation and free-willed intention, and really has nothing whatsoever to do with the reality of the phenomena asked about. Consider the following:

Job 28:13 Man does not know the way to it, and it is not found in the land of the living.
Ecclesiastes 9:1 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God; whether it is love or hate man does not know. Everything before them is vanity,

Thus, leaving the irrelevance (in many instances) of Why? pertaining to the reality of phenomena, we get back to the questions of How? this or that works - always remembering that the How? is also non-related to the That It Actually Is and That It Actually Was and That It Actually Works.

Do you or I exactly know how the laser works in our CD player? How the different-metal elements in a toaster expand at different rates to cause the toast to pop up after a more-or-less consistent time period? How gamma radiation emanates from a geiger-counter check source of the Cesium 137 isotope? The precise details of how radar and radio waves work? How the color red is red? How oxygen is invisible? How gasoline is flammable and TNT is explosive? Exactly how gravity works (but, again, NOT asking "Why?" it works)....and you can rightly guess I could name a million or more other phenomena within our environment asking the How? without asking the Why?.

So let's return to the Biblical accounts. Exactly how - physiologically and microbiologically - did the LORD form and give breath to animals from the ground and the man Adam from the dust of the ground? How - scientifically and chemically - did Christ change water in a different molecular compound called 'wine?' How - medically - did he give sight to the blind, cause the lame to walk, and raise the dead.....simply by talking to them or even about them from a distant geographical location? What were the physics and engineering specifications of Him walking on water? Were advanced techniques of matter-energy transformation (involving E=mc2) the means He used to change a Kid's Meal into a gut-filling-and-satisfying feast for 5000 hungry men out in a remote desert?

John 9:26 They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?"

A complex mathematical description involving complicated and extended equations of such occurrences is not given in Scripture. Fancy Latin names are not applied along each step of the way. Pity. Oh well. Never mind - it doesn't matter, does it?

All that is not to say that we cannot wonder, query, and research the How? of it all. For example, did the multiplication of the loaves and the fish out in some desert occur right when Jesus was tearing apart the loaves and fish, or instead after He gave them to His disciples, or as the disciples were carrying them out to the crowd, or as the disciples were dispersing them out within the crowd?

How did the loaves and fish multiply? Instantaneously, as when God created the heavens and the Earth out of nothing? Or instead did each piece rapidly extend outward at some or all point like a fast-growing cancer or fast-forming crystal of ice on a car windshield? Any drinks included, and butter or jam with the rye or wheat or pumpernickel bread - or tartar sauce with the fish?

John 21:25 But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

Such details are not know at this time, but of course are clearly not necessary to know. That is NOT to say that the actual and specific processes of such phenomena cannot be wondered about and investigated as much as possible. The Lord does not despise nor prohibit scientific curiousity nor scientific search for answers nor scientific description of answers discovered or declared:

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.

Matthew 16:1 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven.
Matthew 22:18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why put me to the test, you hypocrites?
Mark 8:11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, to test him.
Luke 11:16 while others, to test him, sought from him a sign from heaven.

Luke 24:39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have."

First Corinthians 3:13 each man's work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.

Second Corinthians 2:9 For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything.

Second Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are holding to your faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? --unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

Galatians 6:4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.

First Thessalonians 5:21 but test everything; hold fast what is good,

Second Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

First John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life--

First John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

In conclusion, the next time we are carelessly inclined to utter a Why? when instead we should be asking a How?, and when we should not even be asking a How? but instead simply accepting an assumed (not presumed) FACT we declare in not-completely-blind "faith" as a non-disputed and in-your-face non-deniable That .....with all the ramifications and applications.....let us not waste time with admittedly irrelevant deviations of aberrant avoidance and senseless side-tracking into pseudo-scientific diversionary irrationalizations and the wickedly-cultic futility of wandering off in tangents and "beating around the bush" meanderings.

If we do not know and cannot honestly give a Yes! or a No! answer to some purported or alleged declaration, we can (for the time being) utter a Maybe! in reply - although eventually (if forced or required to give a Yes or instead No answer without knowing ALL the facts and ALL the scientifical details), it is safe to give a Yes! to what absolutely cannot conclusively be proven false by us or anyone else (even though the whatever in question is extremely unusual and bizarre), particularly if such comes from The Holy Bible - which still is and has repeatedly been proven over nearly-incredible time and effort to be THE Most Reliable Record humans have comprised and contributed to with Divine inspiration along with His impeccable and non-conquerable direction.