The mention of the word “Nonaeroterraqueous” might, at best, conjure up memories of an old Commodore 64 game, “Nonterraqueous.” It was, in fact, the game that inspired our internet name. The computer game name meant, “not of the land or sea,” which implied that it was “of the air.” I’m not exactly sure if anyone knows what it was, other than just some flying thing. However, we took it one step further to say “not of the air, land or sea (water).”

The ancient Greeks believed that there were only four elements, which were Earth, Wind, Water and Fire. Socrates added a fifth element, Spirit. Not being of the air, water or land, then leaves only spirit and fire. Originally, the idea was that Nonaeroterraqueous was to mean “spirit” only. The traditional categories of the phases of matter are solid, liquid and gas, therefore a nonaeroterraqueous thing would be something other than matter. It is true that scientists have added a fourth phase category called plasma, which is the category that fire, lightning and various other phenomena fall into. Whatever the case, our name falls into the realm of intangible things. Mere physical objects are just things. These things can be a means to an end, tools, if you will, but they are not ultimately the ends, and they provide no purpose. Rather, they are the things to which purpose is given. Only spirit is the originator of purpose.

A computer can think, and so can a brain. Both are physical, and both would sit idly if they had not been given purpose. The computer is given its purpose from the mind of a human, and the mind of the human is given its purpose by the spirit of that human. All life as we know it is also physical machinery, and every last living being is given its purpose by the Spirit of the living God, himself.

Besides, we are bored by the ordinary. Yet, even the ordinary has an extraordinary dimension. A simple tree is more sophisticated than the eye can see and more marvelous than the mind can contain. It’s no wonder that people are capable of making the gross underestimation that such a thing can come about by random chance.

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in the heaven above on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God….

Exodus 20:4,5

Here, we can see a bit of the nonaeroterraqueous, spelled out. The image of God is not found in the air, on the land or in the water.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27

We are created in the image of God, whose image is nonaeroterraqueous. Therefore, we are nonaeroterraqueous.

“I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”

John the Baptist, Luke 3:16

Do I know you from somewhere?

There was a time when one could Google this name and get only results that were pertinent to this author, but that time has passed.  Others have borrowed this name, and we do not mind.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all.

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