Further Study: Through a Glass, Darkly
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“I have been warned [1890] that henceforth we shall have a constant contest. Science, so called, and religion will be placed in opposition to each other, because finite men do not comprehend the power and greatness of God. These words of Holy Writ were presented to me, ’Of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.’”-Ellen G. White, Medical Ministry, p. 98.

Discussion Questions

Think about the “threefold curse” (Ellen G. White, Spiritual Gifts, vol. 3, p. 88) on [...]

Thursday: Through the Eye of Faith
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Psalm 8 is one of the best-loved of the psalms. To David, as a believer in God,

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the Creation spoke of the Lord’s majesty and love. What specific lessons did David see in the Creation, as recorded in Psalm 8? Also, considering what we know about the creation today-the moon and the stars and so forth-in contrast to what was known back then, why should David’s words seem even all the more remarkable?

Only in the last hundred [...]

Wednesday: The “Wisdom” of the World
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As humans, we have gained an incredible amount of knowledge and information, especially in

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the last two hundred years. Knowledge and information, however, are not necessarily the same thing as “wisdom.” We have also gained a much greater understanding of the natural world than our forefathers ever had. A “greater understanding,” however, isn’t the same thing as wisdom either.

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-21, 3:18-21. How do we see the powerful truths of these words manifested in our [...]

07: Through a Glass Darkly – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : God revealed Himself through special revelation and also through nature. But evil exists in nature because God has allowed it due to man’s fall.

[Teaching plan for Through a Glass, Darkly February 11, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 3:17-19.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does it mean that God cursed the ground?
C. Personal Application: How can we see God in nature and not [...]

Tuesday: The Ruler of This World
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“And the Lord said unto Satan, ‘Whence comest thou?’ Then Satan answered the

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Lord, and said, ‘From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it’ “ (Job 1:7).

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”(1 Pet. 5:8).

As we have seen, the world belongs to God, both by Creation and by Redemption. But we mustn’t forget, either, the [...]

Monday: A Fallen World
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One thing is certain: the world in which we now live is vastly different from the

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one that came forth from the Lord at the end of the Creation week. Certainly, powerful evidence of beauty and design exist almost everywhere; however, we are sin-damaged beings living in and trying to understand a sin-damaged world. Even before the Flood, the world had been negatively impacted by sin. “In the days of Noah a double curse was [...]

Sunday: The Earth Is the Lord’s
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A scientist once challenged the need for God; he argued that he could create

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humanity just as well as any God could. God said, “Okay, go ahead and do it.” The scientist began to gather some dirt, but God said, “Wait a minute. Make your own dirt!”

Though this story is only a fable, the point is clear: God is the only One who can create from nothing. God made all the material of the universe, [...]

Sabbath: Through a Glass, Darkly
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Read for This week’s Study: Job 12:10;1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Gen. 3:17; John 12:31; 1 Cor. 1:18-21.

Memory Text: “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness’” (1 Corinthians 3:19, NIV).

Theologian William Paley wrote a book in 1802 entitled

Natural Theology, in which he argued that one can use observations of nature in order to develop an understanding of God’s character. He wrote extensively on the ways in which the features of animals exhibited the [...]