Tuesday, 8 March 2016
Tortotubus – the oldest fossil of a land-dwelling organism. First Life on Land? Examples were discovered on the Scottish island of Kerrera. Meet the 440-million-year-old Scottish fungus which kick-started the human race
Where were you when creatures like the one above existed over 400 million years ago?
An early Christian called Origen believed that souls existed before they were born.
In Jeremiah 1:4-5 we read:
Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,’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.’
According to Lisa P., in the book Coming from the Light:
“I was putting three-year-old Johnny to bed…
“Johnny said ‘tell me of Grandpa Robert.’ I was surprised…I had not told stories of him, and I could not imagine where he had heard his name. He had died before I had even married.
“‘How do you know about Grandpa Robert?’ I asked. ‘Well, Momma,’ he said with reverence, ‘he’s the one who brought me to earth.'”
Dr Bradford Skow says that the past, present and future all exist together
According to the Buddhists, it is best not to keep on being re-incarnated.
“To transcend suffering one must cease the cycle of arising and cessation. Of birth and death.
“Early Christians, before Constantine took over the religion, had a much different view of the soul and its relationship to God than mainstream Christianity does today.
“It viewed the soul as having a past history with God and was destined to rejoin God in the future, and that Christ came as an example of how we accomplish this task and to make make it possible in an all new way for us to achieve our union with God.
“In many ways this teaching wasn’t that much different than what Buddha taught concerning the soul and its relationship with the Absolute. Christ taught we must be reborn in the spirit and Buddha taught we must transcend this world and our attachment to it.”
Where were you over 400 million years ago?
Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor of philosophy Dr Bradford Skow says that the idea that time flows like a river is not correct.
Instead he claims the past, present and future all exist together
“If we were to ‘look down’ upon the universe, we would see time spread out in all directions.
“Events exist in different parts of space-time.
“While installing central heating in the cellar of the Treasurer’s House in 1953, Harry Martindale was witness to an astounding sight.
Dr Bradford Skow says that space-time is a ‘block universe’.
A ‘block universe’ can be compared to a movie reel, where all the parts of the movie exist at the same time.
Dr Skow says that events, such as the American Revolution or 9 11, exist in different parts of space-time.
Shawn Radcliffe has written: The Flow of Time in a Timeless Universe
He points out that according to quantum physics, “the future isn’t set until we measure a quantum object – at which point its state becomes fixed.
“Viewed this way, we live on the leading edge of a growing block universe, with future possibilities coming into existence every time we take measurements.
“So each ‘now’ determines the future, a future that is always just beyond our reach.”