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From the Book "the Infinite Atonement" Tad R. Callister pag. 45

The accounts of the Garden in the canonized scriptures suggest that Eve did not receive her name until after she and Adam had partaken of the forbidden fruit. When Eve was first created, Adam decreed that "she shall be called woman" Genesis 2:23 Moses 3:23 Abraham 5:17. Any dialogue in the garden between Eve, and either God or Satan, conspicuously deletes any reference to the name of Eve. Instead, she is referred to as " the woman" or the  wife of Adam. There is a single reference by Moses to the name of Eve, but not in the context of any actual dialogue. He was merely referring to the woman, whom with hindsight he knew to be Eve. After the transgression in the Garden, the Lord announced the manner in which Eve should conceive:"In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children" Genesis 3:16 Moses 4:22. Then, just as the future parents of all mortals were about to be expelled from their garden home, Adam called "his wife name Eve; because she was the mother of all living" Genesis 3:20 Moses 4:26. Moses revealed that this appellation was of the Lord's choosing, "For thus have I, the Lord God, called the first of all women, which are many" Moses 4:26.

The timing of Eve's "naming" is important because it seems to confirm that she could not become the mother of the human race until after the effects of the forbidden fruit coursed through her veins. This is consistent with other scriptural accounts. In other words, she was not called Eve until she was capable of being Eve (i.e., the mother of all living)

From the Book "new insights into the old testament" written from Allan K. Burgess  pag 31

Because of limited perspective, some have felt that the flood was an act of cruelty. This could not be further from the truth. The Flood was an act of love. When we make a decision, we do so from the narrow perspective of the present. When God makes a decision, He considers what has happened in the past, what is happening in the present, and what is going to happen in the future. Our decisions usually revolve around us and the few people those have lived on the earth, those who now live here, and the unborn spirits that will live on the earth in the future. When God makes a decision, He considers all of His children. There are at least five groups of people that were affected by the flood, and all five groups benefit from it. The wicked adults were stopped from their continuous downhill slide into filthiness. Between the time of His death and that of His resurrection, the Savior visited the spirit world and established a program to teach these very people the Gospel. The young children of these wicked people were taken out of their destructive environment, and, as with all children who die before the age of accountability, they become heirs to the celestial kingdom and will receive every blessing that God has to give. Those people who were righteous between the times of Enoch and Noah were translated and lifted up to join the city of Enoch. Therefore, no righteous people were destroyed in the flood (See Moses 7:27) The Flood brought a stop to the persecution that Noah and his family had been subjected to; they were then able to start a new society where the Spirit of God was present. Last of all, the unborn spirits would now be born into a world where they have a better chance of accepting the Gospel and fulfilling the purpose of earth life.

From the sacrament of the Lord's Supper pag 8-9

Tearing of garments was a sign of willingness to have God destroyed them if they disobeyed ( probably was also an evidence that they were loosing their priesthood because the garment has that symbol Massimo's remark)

Ezekiel describes some interesting signs and tokens used when God made religious covenants with the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Ezekiel 16:8-10

Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.
Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.
I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk.
Baptism, atonement and exaltation are clearly defined in those verses.

from the same book pag 64

The principle of vicarious works.

In the workings of the atonement, the Savior was accepted as a substitute for man because of the law of  vicarious works. which permeates the whole system of Christianity. This law is that one being may stand-in for another in making contracts and covenants when it is not possible for the principal to do so for himself.

Permission must first be given by the one being represented, and usually subsequent ratification is given. These same practices are common in civil laws. Examples of these are proxy votes given by absentee stockholders to others who may vote for them, and stand-ins for civil marriages, permitted during war-time when the groom cannot be present. In religious activities, the baptisms performed by early Christians for those who had died are according to this law. (1 Corinthians 15:29). The use of the scapegoat was to ancient Israel a symbol and reminder of the actual vicarious work which Christ would perform when He came.

same book pag 29

Israel received the law of Moses at Sinai in the land of Horeb at the beginning of their journey in the desert. Then for forty years Moses sought to prepare them for reception of the gospel teachings. Finally he led them up to the land of Moab which was just across the Jordan river from the land which had been promised them. In Deuteronomy, chapters 29-31, is recorded a significant event which occurred there. The event was the second attempt to give the gospel to Israel. Moses received and recorded the gospel covenant.

Deuteronomy 29

These are the words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, BESIDE the covenant which he made with them in Horeb.
A careful study of the words of this covenant is enlightening. God spoke to Israel concerning the nature of this covenant which they had just been offered. It was a promise of life. The reader should keep in mind that the law under which Israel had lived for forty years could not bring them unto the degree of righteousness required for eternal life. "If righteousness come by the law" says Paul, "Then Christ is dead in vain." Galatians 2:21
Deuteronomy 30
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

So that Israel could remember this new message, Moses made a written record of it for his people.

Deuteronomy 31

And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,
That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,
Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.

It is important to note that Moses did not seal this covenant with blood as he had the law of Moses Exodus 24:6-8. This remained for Christ, the Testator, to do when He should come in the Meridian of time. Not until his earthly ministry did Jesus confirm and ratify the teachings which had before been revealed. Therefore, these teachings were not binding upon them but were available for those who would prepare themselves to receive them. Christ taught that the prophets had learned and practiced these teachings and that the law which included the ten commandments was based upon them. The prophets would have had to accept the gospel teachings in order to be ready to come forth at the beginning of the first resurrection as they did Matthew 27:52-53. When Jesus was asked during His ministry which was the greatest commandment He said that to love the Lord was the first one. The second, which was like unto it, was to love one's neighbor. The Savior did not indicate that these were new concepts. On the contrary he said,:"On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

Leviticus 19

Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

James confirmed that he had knowledge of this second commandment

James 2

If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:


From the Book "The Creator beyond time and space" by Mark Eastman.

In 1855 Matthew Fontaine Maury ( 1806- 1873), the "Father of Oceanography", published a book on his remarkable discovery that the oceans possess predictable currents or paths. He encouraged sailors to use these shipping paths to increase efficiency and decrease the number of accidents. Eventually, Maury was dubbed "Pathfinder of the Seas". In the book, Matthew Fontaine Maury: Pathfinder of the Seas, C.L. Lewis recounts the entire story. Though Maury's discovery was indeed important to his time, it was hardly a new revelation.

Neraly twenty eight centuries earlier the psalmist wrote:

"The fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas." Psalm 8:8

In the eight century B.C. the prophet Isaiah echoed this when he wrote:

"Thus says the Lord. who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters." Isaiah 43:16.

When these verses were written (circa 1100-703 B.C.) the only seas known to the ancient Hebrews were the Mediterranean  and Red seas as well as the large inland lakes (The dead sea and the Sea of Galilee). None of these bodies of water possess significant observable currents. Furthermore, at that time there was no empirical knowledge of "paths in the seas" or shipping lanes in any sea. Matthew Maury's discovery was based on observational data collected from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries A.D. Thouaends of years after that very concept was penned by the Psalmist.

The Hydrologic cycle.

Nearly 300 years ago European scientists Pierre Perrault and Edme Mariotte collected evidence about the flow of the Seine river that eventually led to an accurate and detailed understanding of the water cycle on planet earth. During the middle ages the source of rain water was something a mistery. The observations of Perrault, Mariotte and others eventually led to the discovery that rain clouds develop from evaporation of ocean water. In the twentieth century the nature of the water cycle is now well understood even by the average grammar school student.

Although their discovery was important to our understanding of global weather, it turns out that they were "scooped" by several thousand years. In the book of Job we find the earth's weather cycle accuartely described at least four thousand years before the discoveries of Perrault and Mariotte!

"For He draws up drops of water, which distill as rain from the mist, which the clouds drop down and pour abundantly on man." Job 36:27-28

Centuries later King Solomon wrote in the book of Ecclesiastes

"The wind goes toward the south, and turns around to the north; the wind whirls about continually, and comes again on its circuit. All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; to the place from which the rivers come, there they return again. Ecclesiastes 1:6-7

King Solomon lived around 3.000 years ago and yet he had an astonishing understanding of global wind currents and the earth's water cycle. The phrase, "The wind goes toward the south, and turns around to the north; the wind whirls about continually, and comes again on its circuit," is an accurate astonishing description of the circular flow of air around the earth, called the "Jet stream" well known to anyone who watches the evening news and weather reports. This verse also reveals that Solomon understood that the source of river water is the oceans. He states that the "sea" is "the place from which the rivers come, there they return again."

Finally, nearly 2.700 years ago the prophet Amos stated:

"He...who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the face of the earth; the Lord is His name.' Amos 9:6

Again we see an uncanny knowledge that the source of rain water is oceanic evaporation. When we consider that scientists did not discover these facts until nearly 25 hundre4ds years after the prophet Amos penned his book, these biblical pasages stand as truly astonishing.

Medical science.

In the book of genesis God specifically directed Abraham to circumcise all newborn males on the eight day (Genesis 17:12). For thousand of years this tradition has been faithfully exercised by orthodox Jews. Why the eight day?

A remarkable discovery by twentieth century scientists has shed light on a possible reason for circumcision on the eight day. When an infant is born the blood clotting mechanism is immature. Any cut or injury in the first few days of life can result in excesive bleeding. After several days of life, the vitamin K in the infants diet allows an important blood clotting factor, called prothrombin, to be produced in sufficient amounts to effect efficient clotting of the blood. Today infants are given an injection of vitamin K at birth. Consequently, efficient blood clotting is established within hours. Without such therapy, it turns out that the prothrombin concentration reaches its peak on the eight day of life! What a coincidence.

There are dozen of additional examples of advanced Biomedical knowledge in the Bible.

In the book of Deuteronomy 23:12-14. Moses instructed the Israelites to bury human waste products for hygienic purposes. While the merits of this procedure seem obvious to us now, during the Middle ages Europe was nearly wiped out because they failed to heed this advice. As a direct result of dumping human waste into the streets, millions of people died from the "Black plague" a disease caused by the microscopic organism Yersinia Pestis. These organisms thrived in the human waste and were carried into the homes by fleas on the backs of rats. Had they simply followed the biblical teaching these horrible plagues would never have occurred.

In Leviticus 17:11 God stated that:" The life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul." This statement implies that the blood contains vital ingredients that sustain the life of animals and man.

Though this statement may seem obvious to us now, this has not always been the case. In recent times it was believed that the blood needed to be "let out" when people fell ill. Consequently for centuries physicians practiced "blood letting" in an attempt to rid the body of unwanted poisons. As you migh guess many of these people died from the procedure. In fact, George Washington was a victim of this very procedure at the end of his life.

Historical proof of Jesus

From antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus

"Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man. If it be lawful to call Him a man, for He was a doer of wonderful works. He was the Christ. And the tribe of Christians  so named from Him are not extinct to this day.

In the Babylonian Talmud there are references to the historical existence of Jesus. Sanhedrin 43A

"It has been taught on the eve of the passover they hanged Yeshua. And an announcer went out in front of Him for forty days saying: "He is going to be stoned because He practiced sorcery and enticed and led Israel astray. Anyone who knows anything in His favor, let him come and plead in His behalf." But, not having found anything in His favor, they hanged him on the eve of the Passover.

Plurality of Creators

The Bible starts with Elohim and this is a word meaning Gods

Genesis 1

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Let us!

Ecclesiastes 12

Remember also thy Creators in days of thy youth, While that the evil days come not, Nor the years have arrived, that thou sayest, `I have no pleasure in them.'

Young's literal translation 1898

Isaiah 54

For thy Maker [is] thy husband, Jehovah of Hosts [is] His name, And thy Redeemer [is] the Holy One of Israel, `God of all the earth,' He is called.

In this verse the word "Maker" is the plural form of the word "Asa", which means to form or make.

But the Bible tells us also

Deuteronomy 6

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:


In this verse we are told that God is one. Anyway, when we examine the word "echad" translated "one", we discover an interesting meaning. This word "echad" comes from a Hebrew root which means " to unify" of "to collect together" a  "united one".

We can get a better fee for it's usage by examining a couple of additional verses. After the creation of man we find the establishment of the marriage relationship.

"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one (echad) flesh" Genesis 2:24 (Jewish publication Society Version) 1917

Regarding the people of the earth after the flood we read

"And the Lord said: They are one (echad) people, and they have all one language." Genesis 11:6 Jewish Publication Society version 1917.

In each of these verse we see the idea of separate persons viewed as a unified "one"

The word "yachiyd" is used to indicate "one and only one". This word is frequently translated into the English word "only". However, it literally means "only one". It is a word which suggest an indivisible one as opposed to the compound unity implied by the word "echad".

If God was an indivisible unity, as opposed to the compound unity implied by "echad", then surely the Holy Ghost would have inspired Moses to use the word "Yachiyd"

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