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The Mystery of Godliness

The Mystery of Godliness

by Bill Allen on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:58pm

1 Tim. 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

In this text, the source of godliness is examined. Godliness, true inner spiritual piety, awe and reverence towards God, which would be truely mysterious to those who do not posess it and which are only concerned with outward religious forms or those who fear not God, and also mysterious to those who do posses it but are uninformed from the gospel as to its source and therefore mysterious to both groups, is revealed to be the One who is God manifest in the flesh, who was justified in the Spirit, was seen of angels of both the heavenly and earthly kinds but particularly the earthly kind as they then preached it unto the Gentiles who then believed in this same One who was also received up into glory. The solution to the mystery godliness is none other that Jesus Christ who dwells within us, giving us a new heart and mind and is the source of true inner piety, love and devotion to God in all fear and reverence.

A geek celebration of Easter

def EasterDate(y):

# EASTER DATE CALCULATION FOR YEARS 1583 TO 4099

# y is a 4 digit year 1583 to 4099
# d returns the day of the month of Easter
# m returns the month of Easter

# Easter Sunday is the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon
# (PFM) date for the year

# This algorithm is an arithmetic interpretation of the 3 step
# Easter Dating Method developed by Ron Mallen 1985, as a vast
# improvement on the method described in the Common Prayer Book

# Because this algorithm is a direct translation of the
# official tables, it can be easily proved to be 100% correct

# This algorithm derives values by sequential inter-dependent
# calculations, so … DO NOT MODIFY THE ORDER OF CALCULATIONS!

# The / operator may be unfamiliar – it means integer division
# for example, 30 / 7 = 4 (the remainder is ignored)

#The % operator is for the Modulus operation

# All variables are integer data types

# It’s free! Please do not modify code or comments!
# ==========================================================
#The following is a translation of the BASIC code for the calculation
#of Easter dates to Python 2x. The comments from that code and
#variable names have been preserved. The preceding comments
#have also been preserved with only slight modification and additions
#that are necessary for properly understanding this Python version
#of the program. I encourage the reader to visit following website
#and compare the original BASIC code with the Python code presented
#here.
#The original documentation and code may be found at:
#http://www.assa.org.au/edm.html
#http://www.assa.org.au/edm.html#Computer
#
#Many thanks to the Astronomical Society of South Australia for
#the information that made this possible.
#http://www.assa.org.au/
#FirstDig, Remain19, temp are intermediate results
#tA, tB, tC, tD, tE are table A to E results

FirstDig = y / 100 #first 2 digits of year
Remain19 = y % 19 #remainder of year / 19

#calculate PFM date
temp = (FirstDig – 15)/2 + 202 -11 * Remain19

case1 = (21,24,25,27,28,29,30,31,32,34,35,38)
case2 = (33,36,37,39,40)

if FirstDig in case1:
temp = temp – 1
elif FirstDig in case2:
temp = temp – 2

temp = temp % 30

tA = temp + 21
if temp == 29:
tA = tA -1
if temp == 28 and Remain19 > 10:
tA = tA -1

tB = (tA -19) % 7

tC = (40 – FirstDig) % 4
if tC == 3:
tC = tC + 1
if tC > 1:
tC = tC + 1

temp = y % 100
tD = (temp + temp/4) % 7

tE = ((20 – tB – tC – tD) % 7) + 1
d = tA + tE

if d > 31:
d = d – 31
m = 4
else:
m = 3

return (m,d)

#A simple program using the EasterDate funtcion
year = int(raw_input(“Find the date of Easter for which year(1582-4099)? “))
month_day = EasterDate(year)
months = (‘January’, ‘February’, ‘March’, ‘April’, ‘May’, ‘June’, ‘July’,
‘August’, ‘September’, ‘October’, ‘November’, ‘December’)
print “For the year {0}, Easter will fall on {1} {2}”.format(year, months[month_day[0]-1],month_day[1])

 

A Blessing

Tonight, while familiarizing myself with SQLite3, I did what I often do when learning a new item or subject, that is I looked into its history and background. I even sought to read the licensing for SQLite. I found that the code for this remarkable database system has been utterly released to the public domain. Instead of a copyright or license, it offers this blessing, which I find very touching and in turn offer it to the kind readers of my blog. This is one of those rare times that the geek realm and spirituality intersect.

May you do good and not evil
May you find forgiveness for yourself and forgive others
May you share freely, never taking more than you give.

Please, also read this interview with Dr. Richard Hipp, the author of the above blessing and inventor of SQLite. http://www.simple-talk.com/opinion/geek-of-the-week/dr-richard-hipp,-geek-of-the-week/

The Star of Bethlehem

At this time of year, the nativity of Jesus Christ and the trappings of the Christmas holiday are much on the minds of many millions of believers. Very well, such is the tradition. I certainly would not cast aspersions upon the faith and traditions of so many, and hardly so as I was raised in these traditions as well and still enjoy them with my family to this day. However, as a believer, we are encouraged by the apostle Paul to “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1Th 5:21 This being the case, I would draw your attention to the highly unlikely nature of the date observed today to commemorate the incarnation birth of our Lord. It is known and recognised by most all that December 25 is surely not the true date but one adopted primarily from Roman culture, having previously been the date of the winter solstice Saturnalia festival and was picked as a transition from pagan Rome to Christian Rome under Constantine, and used to help establish Christianity as the state religion of the Roman Empire. The date stuck and is with us today! However, if this is not the real date of the birth of Jesus Christ, what is the correct date? Many say that it cannot truly be know. I disagree with this. I believe there is a preponderance of evidence that can surely give us a much better estimate of the date, if not the exact date itself. To this end, I would like to recommend a book to you that I believe to give a serious, and studied approach to the subject that takes into account what people of the era of Christ’s birth would have themselves known and understood. This approach is vitally important in any legitamate historical research as it is not our modern opinions that matter, it is what the people of the time in question knew, believed and understood. When we find clues into these things, then we find ourselves much closer to the truth. The book is The Start of Bethlehem, The Legacy of the Magi – by Michael R. Molnar. Michael Molar, astronomer and numismatist, gives an intriguing account of his chance discovery of a significant Roman coin and of his own research into the ancient astrology of the era to discern what it was that led the Magi to Bethlehem to find the new King of the Jews. What was the date they saw the Star of Bethlehem? April 17, 6 B.C. What was the “star”, why that date? Read the book. It is a very good read for those with scholarly and more casual interests alike. Here is the website:
Revealing the Star of Bethlehem

Regardless of the actual date of our Saviour’s birth, I still wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope the joy and peace of the knowledge of the birth of Jesus Christ enriches you throughout the year to come!