Ask, Seek & Knock: Discovering the Mystery of Life

Ask, Seek & Knock

“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
~ Matthew 21:22

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Ask, Seek & Knock
A Religious-Themed AR Game for World Peace
The hottest craze right now is Pokémon Go. It has now topped Twitter’s daily users, and it sees people spending more time in its app than in Facebook.

Pokemon Go

Pokémon Go is an example of augmented reality (AR). Instead of using Pokémon (pocket monsters), we are developing an augmented reality game that uses similar game mechanics but with religious themes.
When we look at each other, we are seeing the past. That is to say, what we see before us has happened. Science, logic and waking consciousness all deal with things that have happened. Science and reason can only predict what will happen if what will happen repeats what has happened. They cannot predict absolute novelty. The creativity of religion, mythology, and dream consciousness is the present. It is becoming. It is our very becoming. And a person with an intuition on that level can intuit the destiny of nations.
Waking consciousness, science, rational life, perfectly good but don’t try to interpret religion and your dreams in terms of reason. And don’t try to interpret faith in terms of science and logic. Religious imagery is telling you what is becoming. Reason is telling you what has become. The mystery of life is on the level of faith and dreams. So have faith, keep believing, and don’t be afraid to dream.

John Shelby Spong, who was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark for twenty-four years, writes in The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic:
The good news of the gospel, as John understands it, is not that you–a wretched, miserable, fallen sinner–have been rescued from your fate and saved from your deserved punishment by the invasive power of a supernatural, heroic God who came to your aid….  John’s rendition of Jesus’ message is that the essence of life is discovered when one is free to give life away, that love is known in the act of loving and that the call of human life is to be all that each of us can be and then to be an agent of empowering other to be all they can be.

"God is not a Christian" ~ John Shelby Spong

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
~ Matthew 6:33
Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a memorial ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Monday. (EPA/Abir Sultan)

Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a memorial ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Monday. (EPA/Abir Sultan)

During a three-day tour of the Holy Land, visiting refugees, hugging clerics and honoring the victims of the Holocaust, Pope Francis had a very interesting exchange with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting in Jerusalem. “Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew,” Netanyahu told the pope, through an interpreter. “Aramaic,” the pontiff immediately corrected. “He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew,” offered Netanyahu.
Neil Douglas-Klotz writes in The Hidden Gospel:
[W]henever a saying of Jesus refers to spirit, we must remember that he would have used an Aramaic or Hebrew word. In both of these languages, the same word stands for spirit, breath, air, and wind. So “Holy Spirit” must also be “Holy Breath.” The duality of spirit and body, which we often take for granted in our Western languages, falls away.
Christ of the Desert ~ Br. Robert Lentz, OFM

Christ of the Desert ~ Br. Robert Lentz, OFM

Pope Francis also welcomed Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar and the highest religious authority of the Sunni Muslims, to the Vatican on May 23, 2016. This is the first time ever that the sheik of Al-Azhar has visited the Vatican to meet the pope.
Pope Francis gives the sheik of Al-Azhar medallion of the Olive of Peace.

Pope Francis gives the sheik of Al-Azhar medallion of the Olive of Peace.

The significance of the meeting cannot be underestimated. Some 22 percent of the world’s population is Muslim today, and 85 percent of all Muslims are Sunnis, while 13 percent are Shias. Al-Azhar, founded in 969 C.E. in Cairo, is the most prestigious center of learning of Sunni Islam and provides formation for thousands of imams each year, more than any other Islamic institution in the world.
In Islam, Isa ibn Maryam (Arabic: عيسى بن مريم‎, translit. ʿĪsā ibn Maryām, lit. ‘Jesus, son of Mary’‎), or Jesus, (b. ~4 AD), is understood to be the penultimate prophet and messenger of Allah (God) and al-Masih, the Arabic term for Messiah, the “Christ”, sent to guide the Children of Israel (banī isrā’īl in Arabic) with a new revelation: al-Injīl (Arabic for “the Gospel”). Jesus is believed to be a prophet, who neither married nor had any children, and is reflected as a significant figure, being mentioned in the Quran in 93 ayaat (Arabic for verses) with various titles attached such as “Son of Mary”, “Spirit of God”, and the “Word of God” among other relational terms, directly and indirectly, over 180 times
In the beginning was the Word (Logos),
and the Word (Logos) was with God,
and the Word (Logos) was God.
~ John 1:1
From a Bible.org article we learn:
In 1887, Sayce first noted the parallels between Genesis 1 and the Egyptian cosmogony of Hermopolis [City of Hermes]: “the chaotic deep; the ‘breath’ moving on the waters; the creation of light; the emergence of the hill ‘in the middle of the waters.’” Unfortunately, his work was largely ignored.
In 1933 and 1934, Yahuda identified several similarities between Genesis 1-2 and ancient Egyptian texts. He also identified Egyptian influence throughout the Pentateuch.
In 1982, Cyrus Gordon showed similarities between the Egyptian and Hebrew traditions of the creation of man. He drew several parallels between the creation tradition of Khnum, the potter-god, and Genesis 2:4-25
Because of Ma’at, the Ancient Egyptians knew that everything in the universe worked on a pattern, just as, later on the Greeks called the underlying order of the universe logos (meaning, order, pattern).
Central Park Obelisk

The obelisk in Central Park contains the throne name of Ramessess the Great “User-Ma’at-Ra” or Ra’s Ma’at is strong.

Virtues of Ma’at:
Truth, Justice, Righteousness, Harmony, Balance, Order & Reciprocity
Vatican Obelisk

The obelisk at Saint Peter Square in the Vatican is over 4000 years and originally stood in the Ancient Egyptian city of Heliopolis.

As depicted below in a scene from the Papyrus of Ani, the Feather of Ma’at was involved in the Weighing of the Heart, which was an essential stage of the journey into the afterlife. The heart of the deceased was placed on the scales and weighed against the Feather as a test of purity.
Papyrus of Ani

I am one with Djehuty, master of the truth, victorious, causing the weak to be victorious and avenging the wretched and oppressed against their oppressors. ~ Papyrus of Ani (c. 1250 BCE)

From an Alchemy Lab article we learn that Sir Isaac Newton studied the Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) god Djehuty (Thoth) in the form of Hermes Trismegistus:
By this means you shall have the glory of the whole world and thereby all obscurity shall fly from you…. Hence am I called [Thrice-Greatest Djehuty], having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
Hermes Trismegistus at Siena Cathedral

Hermes Trismegistus, floor mosaic in the Cathedral of Siena. The legend beneath the central figure reads ‘Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus, the contemporary of Moses’. Thomas Aquinas and Augustine considered Hermes Trismegistus to be a wise pagan prophet who foresaw the coming of Christianity.

Ask, and it will be given to you;
Seek, and you will find;
Knock, and it will be opened to you.”
~ Matthew 7:7

Pokémon Go has quickly become one of the most viral mobile applications of all time. The game is now the biggest ever in the U.S.; it has now topped Twitter’s daily users, and it sees people spending more time in its app than in Facebook, according to reports from various tracking firms.

Daily time spent in Pokemon GO

Most game players have never heard of Unity Technologies, but its software was used in the creation of a large number of the world’s top mobile games, including the current hit Pokémon Go.
On Wednesday, Unity announced that it had raised $181 million from investors led by DFJ Growth. Investors valued the company, which is based in San Francisco, at about $1.5 billion after the latest fund-raising round.
Unity makes what is known as a game engine, the code beneath the graphics and sound of a game that handles its basic operations. Game engines are essential for developers, greatly accelerating the completion of a game.
Unity’s game engine is especially common among mobile games, which are growing far more quickly than traditional console games. Unity estimates that its engine is used in more than 31 percent of the 1,000 top grossing mobile games.
Teach Them Computer Programming!
Robert Nay

Robert Nay at 14 years old built a number 1 iPhone app called Bubble Ball.

The Achievement Gap
For decades, educators have struggled to close the “achievement gap,” the persistent differences in test scores, grades and graduation rates among students of different races, ethnicities and, in some subjects, genders.
When it comes to technology skills, the U.S. comes in last place — right below Poland. In addition, there was a significant racial difference with non-whites scoring below whites.

The Genius Farm

Psychologists are finding evidence that short, simple interventions can make a surprisingly large difference. Terrance Jackson adopted some of these simple interventions in a class called “Creating Computer Games with Terrance Jackson” that was offered to local 5th-8th graders at Larchmont Library. The game that they created is below.
Roll-a-Ball

Roll-a-Ball

Click here to play.
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