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Greetings Brad,

If I understand you correctly, I think you're basically right. It is pointed out over and over again that to deny the personality of God results in the choice between only two philosophic dilemmas: materialism or pantheism (1:5:11). Thinking about grass growing, even asking questions about it from now into eternity without asking those question of the personality of God, results in either materialism or pantheism.

In other words, the contemplation of nature only reveals the God of nature. It does not reveal the nature of his personality, nor does it reveal anything concerning personal survival, spiritual values worth taking with us into eternity. God cannot be found through contemplation of blades of grass, but after finding God, contemplation of those blades of grass can add to our understanding of him (see quote below).

The contemplation of nature does logically point in the direction of intelligent guidance, even living supervision, but it does not in any satisfactory manner reveal a personal God. On the other hand, nature discloses nothing which would preclude the universe from being looked upon as the handiwork of the God of religion. God cannot be found through nature alone, but man having otherwise found him, the study of nature becomes wholly consistent with a higher and more spiritual interpretation of the universe. 101:2:9

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Yes Rexford...agreed. I think the difference which makes such contemplation more truthful, with both meaning and value, is the insertion of ourselves within the wondrous reality observed while acknowledging the hand of God in all things, both - the relationship of the each to the all and the all to the each within God's creation. When the contemplation of the material creation awakens and stirs the discovery or appreciation of the Spirit and our belonging in the circle of time and eternity, we are really thinking!! This is a connection of our dual nature of material and spirit origins to both natures in our observation/contemplations, or it is not a connection or contemplation of merit, importance, and value.

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Never think alone. Real thinking is a shared activity.


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