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(The) God In Us

(The) God In Us

Автором Johann Suboca

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(The) God In Us

Автором Johann Suboca

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129 pages
2 hours
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Aug 1, 2014
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9781310401473
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(The) God In Us starts with an introduction to basic astronomy, and then relates how Man has interacted with the perceived universe over time.
It further discusses how certain experiences and memories can influence the understanding and actions of individuals and groups, and how to change perceptions about ourselves and others, in order to manage our daily lives in a peaceful and sustainable way.

Издатель:
Издано:
Aug 1, 2014
ISBN:
9781310401473
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Книге

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Johann Suboca (pseudonym) is an author with a civil engineering background. He has a keen interest in astronomy, geology and psychology and how certain events in the development of the Universe, but more specifically Earth, have influenced certain processes as well as left a lasting impression on the development of mankind.

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(The) God In Us - Johann Suboca

(The) God In Us

Copyright 2014 Johann Suboca

Published by Johann Suboca at Smashwords

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Table of Contents

Prologue

Chapter 1 GOD THE ALMIGHTY CREATOR

DIMENSION IN PERSPECTIVE

OUR OWN GALAXY – THE MILKY WAY

BIG AND SMALL

Chapter 2 MAN’S INTERACTION WITH CREATION

Chapter 3 MAN AND CATASTROPHE

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CATASTROPHISM

ANCIENT HISTORY

Chapter 4 WHO GOD IS NOT

Chapter 5 THE GOD IN US

Chapter 6 THE GREATEST IMPACT EVER

HUMAN BEHAVIOUR AND REACTION

PRAYER AND ANSWERING TO PRAYER

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Chapter 7 FORCES OF NATURE

Chapter 8 THE WAY TO ETERNITY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Referenced and number in the text

General references used

Prologue

Ever since the creation of man, the human race wondered about his own existence and end, his heritage and his destiny. Through all these times and all over the world, there has been the overwhelming awareness of an unseen Force, a metaphysical Existence which they could not really explain or understand. From the most primitive to the highly educated religions in each and every corner of the world are experiencing the presence and interaction of God in a legion of different ways, beliefs and rituals. Wars and crusades have been started under the umbrella of religion and even today countless lives are lost daily for the sake of serving a God, a God who quite often is not the almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth any more, but a god which is rather the creation of the selfish minds of modern humankind. The emphasis has been shifted from people serving God, to a god of whom it is expected to serve the goals of people.

In recent times there has also been a gradual departure from any form of religion, with modern people, especially from the ‘developed’ countries, quite often clearly stating that they need no God - that modern technology and knowledge and human rights serve as a safer haven to ensure survival than some or other unseen supernatural power or superstition.

Before we can even dream of a better understanding of the omnipresence of God and our own place and calling on our planet, we should start looking at Creation itself, the un-describable magnitude, majesty and glory of the universe, and then turn our attention to the microscopic building blocks of all matter and the delicate interaction between them, including the intricacies of our own bodies. Only then can we begin to see the real power and influence of God in our daily existence and start living the life of excellence that we are capable of and that is expected of us.

Mediocrity is a self-inflicted curse

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Chapter 1 GOD THE ALMIGHTY CREATOR

The heavens declare the glory of God;

And the firmament shows His handiwork.

Day unto day utters speech,

And night unto night reveals knowledge.’

Psalm 19:1, 2

The Bible, in the book of Genesis, tells us about the creation of the earth and the heavens, ‘the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night. And God made the stars also’. All of these were to ‘be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night’ and to be ‘for signs and seasons, and for days and years’. How many of us have ever taken the time to see beyond the visible, to stare in utter admiration into the night sky and to start thinking about the wonders of the universe. All of us might not be able or interested to start exploring the ‘stars’ in detail, but let us briefly share in the knowledge of those astronomers and scientists who, since early times, have devoted their lives, skills and acquired knowledge towards a better understanding of the glory of God’s Creation.

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DIMENSION IN PERSPECTIVE

Most of our journey will be a visual experience, a clarification of what we see and what we don’t. Everything we see, is an image formed by the reflection of light on that specific object. Take away the source of light and the image vanishes, although the object is still there. The source of the brightest, or actually only light in our solar system is the Sun. All the other solar system objects like the Earth, Moon, planets and dwarf planets only become visible when the light from the Sun is reflected from their surface.

So let us start by clarifying a few measurements. Light travels at approximately 300 000 km/s and the distance it travels in one year is called a light year. This distance equals 9 460 563 614 000 km. The distance between earth and the Sun is given as 1 AU (Astronomical Unit) which equals 149 597 870 km or 150 million km! One light-year equals 63 240 AU. It takes the light from the Sun about 8 minutes to reach the Earth. These distances are still comprehensible by the average human being who is not involved in astronomy very often. However, when we start comparing the dimensions of outer space, the figures can easily become too much for us to really form a clear image of its magnitude.

Our Solar System is defined as the volume of space that contains the objects that move under the influence of the gravitational forces of the Sun. Until recently there were nine planets with their moons, as well as asteroids, meteors, comets and dust. In August 2006 the World Astronomical Union agreed to rename Pluto a dwarf planet with several other smaller would-have-been planets like Eris and Ceres, leaving only eight planets in the solar system. To get a basic idea of the vast expanse in which these bodies exist, imagine the following: Take the Sun as a ball with diameter 327 mm. The first planet, Mercury, will be 13,6m from the Sun with a 1mm diameter. The second planet, Venus, at 3mm diameter (about the same size as the earth) will be at 25m and the Earth at 35m. The Moon, 0,8mm in diameter, circles the Earth at 90mm. Mars (1,6mm) is at 54m from the Sun.

Our two giant planets, Jupiter (33mm) and Saturn (28mm) are at 183m and 336m respectively. Uranus and Neptune, both at 12mm diameter will be placed at 675m and 1km respectively. Pluto which is just smaller than Mars will be on average at 1,4km from the Sun. It is interesting to note that, due to the extremely elliptical shape of its movement around the Sun, Pluto will sometimes be closer to the Sun than Neptune, like it was between 1979 and 1999. Further than this, at about 2000 km on the same scale, is the playground of the comets while the closest star to our Sun, Proxima Centauri, is a massive 9500 km away! In real size this is 270 000 AU, or 270 000 times the distance from Earth to the Sun, the latter being 150 million km!

When early astronomers did their mathematical calculations, it was clear that there should be another planet between Mars and Jupiter at approximately 2.8 AU. It was only after the invention of the telescope that six astronomers decided to look for it in a joint effort, but before they could start, the first of a series of mini-planets called asteroids was discovered by coincidence by Piazzi on the first of January 1801. It was at 2.77 AU, it was called Ceres and had a diameter of about 800 km. Since then there has been a regular discovery of these planets of various sizes, the smaller ones measuring only a few hundred meters. It is estimated that there are more than 500 000 of them, but there is still much uncertainty about their origin. The most likely explanation is that they were formed during the early stages of the development of the Universe when one or more planets were destroyed during an interplanetary collision or near-collision. Instead of a planet orbiting the Sun in this area between Mars and Jupiter, we find this ring of debris, aptly called the Asteroid Belt.

Right at the boundary of our Solar System at about 60 000 AU

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