July 2008

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God” (Rev 3:14)

This phrase, “the beginning of the creation of God,” we are told by Jehovah’s Witnesses, says that Jesus Christ is the first creature, the first of God’s creation, and they assert it emphatically, so much so that they have blinded themselves to the fact that this phrase says no such thing. What it says is “the beginning of the creation of God.”

If you argue with them, they compare it with Col 1:15 and re-assert emphatically that both verses say Jesus Christ is the first of God’s creation, the first created being. Neither verse says any such thing.

Consider Col 1:16-17 which verses, please note, follow on the heels of v. 15, and state clearly that all things visible and invisible in heaven and in earth were created by Jesus Christ and that he is before all things and by him all things consist (1. intr. To have a settled existence, subsist, hold together, exist, be.). So we have here that Jesus Christ is the creator of all things, for so it plainly says. This being the case, let us now reconsider the phrase “the beginning of the creation of God.” I submit that Jesus Christ is the beginning of the creation of God, for he is the one who began it, the creator, as we have seen from Col 1:16 (and many more texts could be cited besides).

Now consider Isa 44:24 and ponder: how can it be that Jehovah claims to have created all things by himself, yet Scripture declares, as we have seen, that Jesus Christ is the creator of all things? Are there two creators of all things? Two supreme beings, both who created the heavens and the earth alone? I trow not. The only plausible conclusion that stands the test of Scripture is that Jesus Christ is the LORD (Jehovah) manifest in the flesh, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting (Mic 5:2), who was in the beginning with God and who was God who created all things. Thus it was said of the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost that “these three are one.” (1Jn 5:7)

Thus, we see that Jesus Christ is the beginning of the creation of God, for he began it.

It’s obviously been a while since I’ve posted, so I wanted to provide an updated. I’ve been inured with too many things that have distracted me from my Rails project for a time, though I hope to return to it soon as I hope it will be profitable for me in more ways than one. I’ve lately been playing with Grails, the need arising at work for a quick and simple blog-like tool to provide status updates via RSS to an existing Java web application.

This exercise has been interesting and helped me see the great similarities between Grails and Rails, as well as some differences. Truthfully I haven’t spent much time with Grails, so I don’t have much to report yet, except that Groovy is and since it compiles to Java bytecode that makes it a lot easier to use at existing Java shops than Rails. On the other hand, for side projects that will live on the Internet on commodity hardware, be it shared or private, Rails is a great framework.

One thing I will make note of in the hope that it will be useful to someone else, is that if you are working with Grails and wanting to deploy a WAR to some servlet container that only implements Servlet Specification 2.3 you can do the following:

grails -Dservlet.version=2.3 war

This requires, I think, at least version 1.0.1 of Grails. I did it with version 1.0.1 and 1.0.3. Of equal or more importance, though, is to set the app.servlet.version property in the application.properties file to 2.3, since that is the value that will actually be used when generating the web.xml for your application (where it really matters).

Unfortunately I ran into other problems (NoSuchMethodError on org.apache.tools.ant.ProjectHelper.getImportStack()) which I have yet to get around. I was deploying to WebLogic 8.1.6 and, so far as I know, the only version of ant in the classpath is the version deployed with the WAR, which is 1.7.0.

I hope to play around with Grails more, preferably on a real project that might start small and grow into something valuable to someone. And I somehow have to find time to get back to my Rails side project.