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After the "Big Bang" by Jesse C. Jones -- Preface

After the "Big Bang" by Jesse C. Jones -- Preface

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Published by Sandra Crosnoe
About the Author: Jesse C. Jones retired from his position as Manager of the NASA White Sands Test Facility in December 1981, after spending 29 years as an Aerospace Engineer. After retirement He accepted a position as Instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Texas Tech University (TTU), Lubbock, Texas, where he taught senior mechanical design courses and performed research. While at TTU Mr. Jones co-authored two textbooks, one of which was widely used as a senior mechanical design course textbook. Since his retirement from TTU Mr. Jones spends his time teaching Bible classes and studying and writing articles and books on biblical subjects.
About the Author: Jesse C. Jones retired from his position as Manager of the NASA White Sands Test Facility in December 1981, after spending 29 years as an Aerospace Engineer. After retirement He accepted a position as Instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Texas Tech University (TTU), Lubbock, Texas, where he taught senior mechanical design courses and performed research. While at TTU Mr. Jones co-authored two textbooks, one of which was widely used as a senior mechanical design course textbook. Since his retirement from TTU Mr. Jones spends his time teaching Bible classes and studying and writing articles and books on biblical subjects.

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Preface
Writing a book was not on my mind when this effort was initiated a fewyears ago. In fact, it began when a member of my Sunday School classcommented that his son had talked about committing suicide the previousweek. As a result, I felt an urge to see what the Bible had to say abouthope, with a view toward helping his son cope with his feelings. The result of that effort was the chapter entitled: “
Hope and the 3-lb. Computer 
”. My nextwriting endeavor was a fallout from a Sunday School class discussion abouttemptations, or trials, and their purpose in our lives. The chapter on
TheTrials of Job
, resulted from that effort. After this I began to feel a proddingfrom the Lord to continue studying and writing. The chapters in this bookdocument what I subsequently learned about two of God’s greatest and mostmarvelous creations: earth, and the man He made to exercise dominion overit.I should point out that some of the material presented herein conflictswith commonly held viewpoints, and differs as well on the definitions of somewords used to explicate them. One thing I have learned through this effort isthat the meaning of many of the words used in the Bible is not uniformlyagreed to by expositors, and in many cases, not agreed to by the variousversions of the Bible. For example, in the KJV of the OT, the word “soul” is
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used over 780 times. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words notes that in over 400 of these uses, the Hebrew word usedis misinterpreted. I mention this not to heap criticism on the KJV, for it is mypersonal Bible, and I love it dearly, but to point out the importance of consulting Hebrew and Greek sources, and good conservative lexicons, whentrying to understand difficult scripture. The meaning of some words is notabsolutely clear even then. Nevertheless, this is the process I have followedin this effort.I am a retired engineer: my education and work experience sparked agreat interest in details. I found that to understand the technical difficultiesand problems that arise in the operation of complex machines, a goodunderstanding of the details of the design is absolutely necessary. What ispresented herein is an analysis of important details in God’s creation of theearth and man: his habitat and milieu. However, no description iscompletely adequate to portray the unbelievable complexity and efficacy of tripartite man. Scientists and engineers have tried to duplicate the varioussubsystems in God’s design of man for years, with limited success. Part of the problem is that we do not understand many of the operational details,but the greatest impediment is probably the fact that man is composed of three parts: spirit, soul, and body, two of which (spirit and soul) areimmaterial, and are thus largely beyond the scope of scientific and medicalanalysis. The third part, the highly complex body, is strongly influenced bythese two immaterial parts. God has given mankind a great challenge in
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trying to understand tripartite man. What better model could we find for ourstudy than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: spirit, soul and body in perfectrelationship. When Jesus came to earth He emptied Himself, and was formedin the likeness and fashion of a man. Like us, He was a tripartite being, butwithout a sin nature. Thus, He was the perfect man, the ideal for all toemulate.I read a book several years ago by Watchman Nee in which he made theobservation that one of the primary ways God speaks to us is through ourintuition. After that I began to try to follow the guidance I received in thismanner, and what is presented herein is largely a result of that attempt. Ihasten to add that all readers will not agree with my conclusions. I havelearned much about God’s creation, and His design of man through thiseffort: that may be the primary purpose He had in mind. My hope is thatreaders will find new ideas in these words that drive them to the absoluteauthority: God’s Word - the Bible.As references I have used the King James Version (KJV), the NewInternational Version (NIV), the New Living Translation (NLT), the RevisedVersion (RV), and Recovery Versions of the bible, as well as the InterlinearNIV Hebrew - English Old Testament (OT), and the Interlinear Greek - EnglishNew Testament (GNT). I have also used Vine’s Complete ExpositoryDictionary of Old and New Testament Words, Vincent’s Word Studies in theNew Testament, Moulton’s Analytical Greek Lexicon, the Brown-Driver-BriggsHebrew and English Lexicon. and Webster’s New World Dictionary for word
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