In the Beginning

As a member of the human race it is my privilege to impart some semblance of personal truth to anyone who wants to read this bit of writing. I refer back to my very first blog where I said that we are all interconnected beings that influence each other and the future! Our decisions, no matter how small, affect thousands of souls living and interacting with us, or near us, or for that matter not even in close proximity to us.

What an enormous responsibility!

The fact that we can affect the future means that we cannot live irresponsibly and without consequences for our actions. We must have a code to live by. We must have direction and we shouldn’t have to make decisions in a vacuum without any outside help, including the internet.

We should not have to re-learn how to handle all the problems our parents and their parents had to learn from scratch. We do not want to repeat the sins of the past in some kind of cosmic loop that we and our future selves cannot escape.

So I propose that this blog be sort of a guidebook for you young people to ponder and question in order to find a code to live by so that you don’t get stuck in that nightmare cosmic loop that keeps destroying your joy and peace.

So sit down and relax and then ask yourself the primordial question for all time:

What do I believe to be the truth?

Yes okay, I stole that one from Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher. But really that does not matter since I admitted that I stole it. What really matters is that you try and answer the question honestly with your own truth.

While you are pondering your answer I am going to give you my truth whether or not you want to hear it (or read it).

Here is what I believe to be the truth as I take my first sip of lemon water:

There is a God who created everything that is seen and unseen. The Creator created this universe we live in and this planet we live on for a reason. HE created it with a purpose in mind and not for any random laughing matter (no pun intended, although that is funny!)…

I do not believe in chaos. I do not believe that nothing can create anything and conversely I do not believe that anything can be created out of nothing. This is mathematical certainty. For all you non-believers in the Almighty Righteous One True Living God of Abraham, you will have to get up and stop pondering your navel. You non-believers will have to get up and go across the room to where there is a painting hanging on the wall.

I want you to stare at that painting for one minute without saying one word. Examine it carefully by studying the perspective the painter tried to express through the artwork. Ask yourself if you believe that this painting actually exists along with the painter who created it or is it a figment of your imagination due to the hallucinogenic drug you just took?

Did you answer, “Yes, I believe this painting to be real and that it does exist and I believe that the painter of this painting exists” ?

If you answered in the affirmative then we are moving closer to you figuring out your truth and your code to live by. If not, then seek professional mental health immediately.

Now, I want you to go outside your door and look at your surroundings. Now that you are standing looking out at creation, I think you will agree that this is the point of my truth where everything gets interesting.

You have to say to yourself, “How did all this wonderment get created?” “How am I even here looking at this marvelous scene?” (Hopefully you are not standing in the middle of a busy intersection). “What are the mathematical probability odds that I should be here at all asking all these questions in this time and space continuum?”

For all you doubters of my truth so far, you are probably saying something like, “This guy believes in fairy tales. Not me, I believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution. At least it is a theory that I can understand and it is a theory that is grounded in scientific facts!”.

Well, yes Charles Darwin was a very fastidious scientific gatherer of data. I have to concede that point but he was only a man with a scientific mind who rejected the spiritual collective human mind (which I referred to in my first blog) along with the all-knowing spiritual collective mind of God.

In the book, Darwin’s Doubt, written by Stephen C. Meyer, Darwin admits that there are flaws to his theory, one of which is that he admits there was some sort of event where animals first appeared in fossil history. (Not going to discuss time concept again since I covered that in my first blog).

So then, Darwin’s theory of evolution cannot disprove my truth of creation by God.

“Yes you say but… what about the dinosaurs? How does Twill Runnage explain them when it comes to the Bible? You can’t really believe that God created everything in 6 days and that everything just appeared all at once. We know that the dinosaurs lived millions of years ago etc.. “

I can explain why you are confused about all of that dinosaur stuff but I think you need to watch a movie which can best depict why you are so confused. The movie is called “The Genesis Code” and in it the creator of the film very adequately lays out the scientific proof that God did create everything exactly as the Bible says. Please watch it and come back to my blog to continue our discussion.

This is where I start, at the beginning of our creation. To be more specific about my belief and my truth, I have to quote the Holy Bible which I believe to hold my truth.

John 1 New International Version (NIV)

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

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Now you have read about where my truth begins. But what I did not understand as a baby follower of Jesus the Messiah was that our creation was created for Him not the other way around.

The Father did not allow His Son to sacrifice himself for us after creation but rather since God does not exist in time, HE therefore created us for HIS Son to save us from our sinful nature before creation.

The Father created us for HIS son! We are HIS people! We are HIS children! We are HIS friends! Jesus saved us from ourselves so that we could live in immortality with the Father through the sacrifice of HIS Son. And all of this was done by the Father through HIS willful mind prior to creation.

So you are probably saying to yourself right about now that I believe in predestination. Yes, I believe that from God’s perspective everything is already done. But from our human perspective it is a linear time-space continuum where our decisions matter and where we require responsible minds to make responsible decisions on how we act in response to each situation.

And that is why we all need a guidebook to help us make good decisions on how we live our lives, not only for ourselves and our immortal souls but also for all those other people we interact with on our journeys around the sun.

To be continued…

Who the Heck is Twill Runnage Anyway?

Twill Runnage was created out of a desire to advise the young men and women of the world who feel like they have no purpose or destiny in living the lives they were given. I feel like everyone on this planet had or has or will have a destiny to fulfill whether they are from the rice paddies of Asia, the Serengeti of Africa, the Siberian mountains, the Mongolian desert, or plain old New York City.

You follow my meaning when I say we all are related and we all have thousands of tiny interconnections to thousands of people we might never meet. Our lives are like an elegantly woven tapestry where each of our lives intersect with those around us. Each of our decisions affect the lives of those around us whether we realize it or not and those lives affect the lives of those around them, etc. etc. etc… ad infinitum.

We live our lives day to day in some sort of routine that we feel comfortable repeating over and over again. Why? We live this way because that is the way we feel secure about our surroundings. It is human nature to want to feel secure in a hostile world, a world fallen from grace that was once designed and spoken into existence by our Creator God, Jehovah, the one true Living God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.

Our world, planet Earth, was not created to be a fallen world but rather to be a paradise for Adam’s descendants to care for it with all the creatures it calls forth in life.

Well, we have certainly mucked it up over the past five thousand years or so,(speaking in God’s time not mine; for God is timeless and time is relative to the context in which it is used). For example, if God can put flesh back onto dry bones in less time it takes for me to write this sentence then worrying about the age of the planet seems silly especially if God can do whatever He wants whenever He wants and that concept makes our science of carbon dating not at all accurate. In fact God shows us how primitive our science is when we come to realize that God is infinite and cannot be conceptualized in human thought.

Yes you heard me correctly, I am proposing that the reality we define ourselves in is constructed by our collective minds through a framework of interconnected experiences since the Fall of Adam and Eve. That means that from God’s perspective we humans living on planet Earth do not perceive reality the Way God intended us to perceive it. We have created our own reality in the physical realm that has been separated from the spiritual realm of God’s mind and purpose.

This means that our perception of time and space is an artificial man-made reality. Measuring the age of rocks through carbon dating is an artificial man-made measurement as are all our laws of physics as we know and understand them.

Since the Fall of Adam, we as a species have tried to understand our hostile environment with all of its life-threatening dangers through the eyes of the physical world. This ability to perceive the physical reality around us in a commonly understood visual landscape allowed us to survive the Fall.

Shared family experiences in the beginning brought comfort and security and happiness to human life just as it did for the flora and fauna who were also thrust into this dangerous adventure for no fault of their own.

As scripture says –

Romans 8:19-23 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

So what does this all have to do with Twill Runnage, the author of Joe Bell? Who is Twill Runnage anyway to have the audacious attitude of trying to figure out how to communicate his message to the world?

Well, I am just a man who loves the world. I am a follower of Jesus.

I want to impart what I consider and declare to be the righteous path for anyone that wants to listen to my stories. I want to give young and old alike a lighted footpath so that their journey through this dangerous place can be full of joy, happiness, and love along with all the other unpleasantness that awaits us on our adventures.