Casting Art to the Net
Art is a celebration of God's gifts, both in our minds and the rest of His Creation.
Ed's Art Net is a free Christian public web exhibition designed to encourage others.
September 28, 2007
Hint: Underlined text is a Hyperlink.
drawings, paintings, expositions, Bible references
Thanks to 1&1 IONOS for their supportive web hosting.
Special thanks to all the people that help make the Internet operate! Especially my good friend Billy Whiten!
An appreciative thanks especially to Bible.com for all the helpful and informative web resources linked throughout this site!
Glory belongs to God!
God's incredible Works and Words awakens our senses and heals our soul!
God is the reason I am alive and have a loving family. God deserves all the credit for the good you find here... I deserve credit for any errors.
Evil belongs with Satan!
1. Love God
2. Love our neighbors
3. Love ourselves
Many of us have been failing to do all three.
I was failing to love myself because of my sins. I learned at puberty that I was supposed to try to be perfect.
That nearly killed me. More than once.
I failed to forgive myself for my sin.
I also fail to love all my neighbors. Some I would like to punch in the face!
Loving our neighbors doesn't mean putting up with the Devil's influence. It means showing them kindness and understanding. If everyone did that it would be a lot easier.
Artists finish their work and an audience completes it.
We are without excuse...
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"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." 1 John 4:18 NIV
Good ultimately prevails over evil...
If we reject God, we are spiritually alone and left with only our own designs and conclusions to deal with Satan. We're no match by ourselves
against the Devil. Without God we have to explain away our world so that the universe conforms to our man made rules... And without God our rules are imperfect leaving us with an artificial
sense of purpose or no sense of purpose at all. Without God we become our own flawed god and remove ourselves from the great goodness and reward that comes from seeking a relationship with our
Creator. see Hebrews 11:6
Without God we fall prey to Satan, easily hating and raising ourselves above others since we perceive ourself to be the highest authority. We need God because we cannot grow properly without Him. Without God we are like lost or spoiled children living without supervision pretending to successfully fend for ourselves. see Ezekiel 5:10
We need God so we can more readily overcome evil. All of us need God's love! We need God because without Him we become self-righteous. Even us good intentioned Christians can act with self-righteousness by uninvitedly imposing our own belief doctrine onto non-Christians. We need God's Word to guide us into properly loving others to celebrate that we are all uniquely different. see 1 Peter 3:15
God communicates with everyone and everything at the same time
without blinking an "eye"... which is mind boggling to us... but must be routine for Him. I love God with all my being. It's the easiest thing I do. When you know God, you will agree! Knowing
God means that you realize He is beyond our understanding and treasures us when we reach out to Him. see Job 37:5
see Malachi 3:17
God disciplines us when we seek Him and listen. Listening is not always easy. When we're actually able to finally listen, we sense unimaginable compassion for all of us. He let’s us know that He loves us deeply in many different ways! see 1 John 4:16
Problems we face usually work out for the good, even the difficult ones when we persevere. Jesus tells us not to worry about our lives. see Matthew 6:25-34 I know that's a tall order but trusting in His goodness and light is what He wants us to do, especially in trying times. Not all of us are equipped to battle evil at the same level, but all of us need to trust in God... Evil can win a battle but it cannot win a war... In time, and most definitely at the end of time, goodness and light will prevail. see Revelation 21:1-8
Each one of us has a God given purpose. Some are called for battle. Some are called for teaching or healing. Many are called just to be a good neighbor. see Romans 15:2
Our military, firefighters and law enforcement warriors are following a high calling. They too often lose their mortal lives, limbs or mental faculties in pursuit of peace, respect, safety and security for the rest of us.
Warriors battling for good are sometimes taken for granted. The good neighbor that lifts us up. the media warriors
that keep us informed of the truth, the teaching and healing warriors that help us grow and heal, the political warriors that honor the people
and especially not military, fire and policing security warriors that physically protect us from evil's many selfish schemes.
These good and purpose driven warriors deserve far more reward from us than what they typically get. It's regrettable that we tend to hold various performing artists of stage, screen and sports in higher esteem, especially financially. That tendency is a sad reflection of our culture. We are more focused on entertainment than we are enlightenment and well-being. This cultural trend may not end until God's children reach Heaven. This old Earth is a fallen world where wide and well traveled is the road to destruction.
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Perspective, Path and Purpose...
We are all traveling a spiritual journey. We are constantly making "steering wheel" decisions. Our final destination is indicated by our interaction with others which is a reflection of our relationship with God.
In the above BRP photo, we are heading north. North is up. Up is toward Heaven. I can see the shape of a cross in a tree that’s up and around the bend on the horizon. I enjoy finding subtle messages from God like that. It’s affirmation for me because that’s what I choose to see. It's my faith and God's Spirit that enables me. see 1 Corinthians 1:18
God is reflected in everything. Also in the above BRP photo, the reflection of the sun on the camera lens is another pareidolia that I choose to see... God explains to us in His Word and when we study the intricacies of life and the universe that He is beyond our understanding. God seeks us when we seek Him. He rewards us infinite times over what we deserve. I see the sun reflecting on the lens (apparently pointing at the pareidolia tree forming a cross) as God beaming with pride in His Son Jesus Christ (God in human form) who died on the cross as spiritual payment for OUR sins. see John 3:35-36
God in Christ Jesus sacrificed His human mortal life so that we would be able to live in His holy presence. see John 11:25 This will physically happen for those of us who are still living our mortal life when Jesus returns for the second time after His resurrection (the Rapture). see Thessalonians 4:17 God's home will be among us. We will live eternally in His holy presence without pain or sorrow and all things will be new. see Isaiah 65:17 Those that had already passed will have been with God in Heaven "waiting" for us. Heaven is outside our space time dimension as evidenced by Christ's appearance in a locked room after His resurrection. see John 20:19
Road to Death
Road to Life
If we repent, we can overcome the second death by seeking a relationship with Jesus Christ. see Luke 23:38-43 If you have yet to seek a relationship with Christ, I recommend beginning with the Bible book of Job. Some Bible scholars believe Job is the oldest writing in Scripture. Job teaches us a fine lesson in humility, which is a good preparatory introduction into meeting with God. If you want to find God, you will... and you'll be amazed by how loving and receptive He is and at how prominent He is reflected in everything. Just remember that God's love includes His discipline... evil will not enter Heaven. see 1 John 4:16
Jesus replied, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." Luke 9:62 NIV
I would love to know more about the writers of Scripture. I expect they would be fascinating people to meet. Much of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah's writing is beautifully and emotionally charged. John had a special relationship with Christ. James grew up with Jesus and although she probably didn't write about it, Mary would most certainly have more stories to tell about Jesus's childhood. I'm looking forward with hope to living outside time constraints.
Faith in God means we shouldn’t worry and that we should keep a positive eye on the future.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27 NIV
God commands us to treat each other how we want to be treated. We ALL are God's
see James 1:19
God gave each one of us independent thought. We can choose to be inspired by the abundant miracles in life we encounter
or we can pick our inspiration from a perceived single endpoint of death... everything points from and to nothing. If we choose death as an end, we won’t mind lying, cheating and disrespecting
others. That destructive road is well traveled. see Matthew 7:13
But if we choose to focus on life, then we will want to respect others and take inspiration from even the "simplest" things that God has provided. The living road leads to God’s good and perfect plan for us to meet Him in His loving and peaceful presence... for the rest of eternity.
God teaches us how to behave through the writers of Scripture. i.e., see Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7 God also tells us that He loves us through Scripture (see 1 John 4:16) and His love is also revealed to us by the world we live in. God's signature "fingerprints" are everywhere. So we are without excuse. see Romans 1:20 He explains through Scripture (see Job 36:26) and we learn through our own scientific study that we cannot fully understand Him nor can we explain life's intricately designed detail without Him. see Job 37:5
End of the Road
God lovingly teaches us how we can die or else live renewed in His truth, beauty and goodness for eternity. see Galatians 6:8 No one but God the Father knows when this world will end. see Mark 13:32-33 He has always known... He knows EVERYTHING! We do well to listen. When we listen, we realize that God works everything out in His good and final earthly purpose. see Revelation 21:1-8
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"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes." Ephesians 6:10-11
One of the Devil's schemes is to try and confuse us regarding God's three persons. How can three persons be one... It's not simple so Satan takes advantage.
God's mentoring SPIRIT is everywhere. When we study the Bible, we learn that God is not seperate from His creations. His Spirit is inside us and we decide on our own whether to communicate with Him or not.
When our redeemer JESUS was created by God in Mary's womb, God became a human. After Jesus's resurrection, He ascended to Heaven to join his Father and became fully God. Remember, all things are new in Heaven. Christ's purpose was to lead us into Heaven. God had to use Himself and Mary to accomplish that because none of us are perfect.
The FATHER created all things and knows all things. He is wise and powerful beyond our understanding.
As our focus on God becomes clearer, we realize that the Father, Son and Spirit are
one GODHEAD separated only by function.
I'm not comparing my wife to God but merely making a simple point... she is a spouse, mother and grandmother... three different major functions in one person.
A typical traffic signal is one thing with three major functions. Color helps us communicate and differentiate. I am using five colors to help symbolize and highlight the Trinity and the three major functions.
WHITE symbolizes the Godhead (Trinity), sum of the Father, Son and Spirit since white reflects all of light's colors (God is reflected in everything throughout the universe. He is the Artist with the largest palette and singular divine infinite and perfect skill.) see Isaiah 40:28
Warning: We cannot look safely at the sun without machines because damage will occur to our naked eyes!
YELLOW symbolizes the Father as reflected by the sun when photographed through the Earth's atmosphere at certain times of the day. (The Father is the "life source" that sustains us.) see 2 Corinthians 6:18
RED symbolizes Jesus's life and purpose as our savior making it a good color for Christian church front doors. (Jesus's blood is our "door" to Heaven.) see John 14:6
BLUE and BLACK symbolize the Holy Spirit like the beautiful daytime and nighttime sky all around us. (God's mentoring Spirit interacts with us constantly like the atmosphere we breathe. When we are "still", He is readily apparent.) see Psalms 46:10
"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." James 1:19 NIV
Color is a blessing. Thank God our universe is not just black and white... what a bore that would be. — Unless we didn’t know anything about color. I suppose that if God wanted to He could have made us all blind to color. But that limits our potential.
"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12 NIV
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"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10 NIV
Signs, Space and Hope...
This website reflects me and what I realize about God and Satan. Nothing is more inspiring than God's love. Nothing is more disastrous than succumbing
to the Devil's influence.
When we pursue God, we learn that He is, and always has been, walking with us. He loves us more than we can fully grasp! He is infinitely communicating with us but we mostly choose to ignore Him. (How great and patient is God!) We get caught up in the daily grind of dealing with life’s stresses and shut Him out. And we sometimes take the miracles of our surroundings for granted.
God understands us better than we understand ourselves. But God does not have infinite patience. He has benevolent
patience and is always here for us whenever we are ready and willing to listen. God helps us deal with Satan's pursuit when we pray and pay attention. The more intently we pursue obeying God's will, the easier it is to listen and shun Satan.
If we choose to pursue EVIL we will die twice. see Luke 8:12
When we seek God, we discover His redeeming Message. see Job 19:25
"But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding." Job 32:8 NIV
God knows our heart.
He knows us better than we know ourselves!
A vaccination relatively gently introduces a potentially deadly virus to our body. Upon injection of the scientifically altered virus our body’s immune system begins to miraculously manufacture antibodies to battle the invading viral enemy. And just as a vaccine helps us physically counter a deadly virus, when we seek knowledge from God's Word, we develop mental armor enabling us to spiritually battle Satan’s deadly schemes. We learn from our Bible study in the pursuit of God that we have a valiant redeeming hero in Jesus Christ.
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8 NIV
The more we resist life’s evil temptations and make ourselves aware of Satan and his evil ways, the weaker his influence on us. Satan wants us dead. see Luke 22:31 He was cast out of Heaven and is extremely bitter. Satan is God the Father's most beautiful angel creation, but he has a
purposeful kink in his get-a-long.
God communicates with Satan and God knows ALL about our thoughts and behavior.
Black Hole of Death
Satan is not funny. Beautiful, but not funny. He is deadly like a black hole. And just like a black hole, Satan wants to draw us into his singularity of death. Pray to God and ask Him to help you... He WILL and you will grow stronger in God Christ Jesus! see 1 Peter 4:11
God is omnipresent and omnipotent... in simple words He is everywhere and anywhere at the same time and in control. Our free will can make it seem to us that God’s not in control but that is due to our mortal human limited sight distance perspective. When we recognize that God has no limits, we begin to understand how great He is. The more we seek to know God, the more our eyes are opened to His power and compassion. God knows everything... past, present and future. His plan for us has always existed. And God's timing is impeccable. Jesus Christ was born at just the right time to seed Earth's civilization with His Message. see 1 Corinthians 1:18
Jesus’s death was the greatest tragedy and yet the greatest humanitarian event of all time. Why did He have to die at such a young age. The answer is found in Scripture. Jesus Christ tasted death for all of us. Yet, none of us deserve Christ's sacrifice but it was God's plan to overcome death before this universe existed. see 1 Corinthians 2:7
God is perfect without sin. God wants us to live with Him for eternity. God made a provision for us by compressing Himself into human form and living a perfect, free from sin, human life. see John 16:33 Jesus provides us a surrogate to do our best to live through. His teaching opens our eyes to proper behavior. see Matthew chapters 5,6 and 7 His crucifixion opens the door for us sinners to enter Heaven. By His blood we are saved through God's grace. Only through Jesus's spotless death can we enter Heaven. see 2 Timothy 1:9 If we are repentant of our sins and have Jesus Christ in our heart we will live a second time thanks to God’s good and perfect plan! Which was in place before time began!
"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22 NIV
God has a plan. He loves us all. His plan is proof... His good and perfect plan! He spells His plan out for us many times over. His messaging
is broadcast multiple times throughout Scripture and Nature. Sometimes we miss God’s "show" because we are too caught up in producing our own show.
God will wait, but not forever, for us to recognize His good, pleasing and perfect will. But the Devil is strong... it takes a lot of prayer and perseverance to overcome the Devil's influence. Satan does not want us to know God’s good and perfect plan because when time terminates... it will be the end of evil, and of course, Satan’s demise. The Devil works hard to confuse us. Satan knows he is doomed but he doesn’t know when. Satan knows he is evil and that God rules over him but he is hardened in his purpose. Satan does his job all too well. The Devil lives up to his purpose. see Philippians 2:13
What does God reveal to us about Heaven... There’s some key details that, for His own good reasons, He leaves out. For example, God doesn’t let us know what happens to unborn children at the
Rapture. He also doesn’t let us know how we will appear physically in Heaven. Jesus wasn't easily recognized by His friend Mary
Magdalene or His followers after the resurrection.
God does not reveal EVERYTHING to us at once. Sometimes he waits a lifetime. Some of us need to digest life first. Many of us are afflicted and need time and experience to enable our ability to fully understand His messaging.
God does reveal to us that we will be with Him and that ALL things will be new! Those two nuggets of information seed infinite possibilities. We know that our sins will not come to mind, plus pain and sorrow won't exist. Jesus healed many people suffering physically and mentally during His earthly ministry. God explains enough for us to understand and know that Heaven is where we want to be. see Isaiah 65:17
God makes it abundantly clear that we are the apple of His eye. We are all God's toddler children. He created an entire universe so we could experience His great Love for us in this mortal lifetime. His good and perfect plan is for us to grow from this tiny finite earthly cradle into His very glorious and beyond beautiful infinite kingdom paradise!
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