God and Man

 

God and Man As you survey the checkered history of Israel, what strikes you about the nature of human beings? What stands out to you regarding the nature of God as you see him dealing with the Israelites? What do you think God is trying to show us from his long history of dealing with Israel?

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God and Man

God`s relations with Israel were due to God`s goodness, love and compassion. God remained faithful, but we humans failed to be until the sin we committed was brought to light and then we confess with fury and call upon God for forgiveness. What stands out to me about God as He was dealing with the Israelites is the way He led them victoriously against their enemies, subduing one after another, until, as the record declares, “he left nothing undone of all the Lord commanded Moses” Joshua 11:15). Israel is in the perfect position to reveal God to the nations. They had seen and experienced Yahweh`s power and rescue for themselves. Yet God`s people continually fail at their task by worshiping other gods and participating in injustices and oppression.

and changes in the natural world (Nigel Holmes, 2017). This is shown in Isotype’s way of visualisation. Neurath wanted to show an image of a cow, for example, as a flat silhouette image that almost acts like a track or mark left by the animal (Nigel Holmes, 2017). Through our evolution and development as a species we may have a way of reading built into us, a commonality between all people and the way we understand information. By learning to read animal tracks, primitive people then learned to draw in this way and develop visual languages communicating what and who they were, what they did, showing to whoever reads it an exhibition of their way of life. […] ‘the most likely outcome is a method in which you can read the rock art like you can read a foreign language. There is a big difference in favour of rock art that this writing can be read in any language.’ (Anati.E, 2008). Ancient indigenous populations around the world share similar traits in the way they recorded information with icon-like silhouetted shapes and simple marks (fig.16). If all humans do have a common evolutionary trait when it comes to visual information, would this help in developing a pictorial language? How far would this go? Could this common trait extend to all potential intelligent life, from anywhere in the universe?

 

fig.16 Prehistoric rock painting, Catalan Pyrenees, Spain.

 

 

Many biological scientists today theorise that evolution is predictable, and that there is a convergency between species (Yong, 2013). Throughout Central America there is a type of lizard called an anole that is heavily researched by evolutionary biologists. A Puerto Rican tree-crown anole (Anolis Cuiveri), having evolved entirely on the island, is almost identical to a Jamaican tree-crown anole (Anolis Garmani) (fig.17). Both anole species evolved in similar environments with similar foods and so became almost the same. This type of lizard is a great example of convergent evolution, as there are many instances of similar anoles throughout the Caribbean, and therefore is evidence that if the same environment is created, living things evolve predictably (Losos, 2001). On another planet similar to Earth for example, a very much human-like species could emerge. It is also an indicator that living things evolve for the foods available and the general climate, so if there is prey there are predators, if it’s cold there are animals with fur (Dawkins, 2009). Humans around the world reco