Sergey Bilovytskyy Research Labs

Theology #

After taking a theology course in High School, I have found that my beliefs most closely align with Orthodox Christianity-possibly being influenced by the background of where I was born. I hope to attend an Orthodox church when I get older and move to a place with an Orthodox church to get a deeper understanding of Orthodox Christianity.

The Four Loves

Agape (Heavenly Love). Phileo (Brotherly Love). Storge (Familial Love). Eros (Romantic Love).

Filioque

I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not created, of one essence with the Father through Whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father; And He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets.
In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come.
Amen.

Sola Scriptura

This is one of the weird topics since the Bible never claims this, hence it violates its own doctrine. I believe that when Scripture speaks on a subject, it is important to follow it. On the other hand, when Scripture does not speak on a subject, it is important to follow oral tradition.

"Therefore, we also give thanks to God without ceasing: because, that when you had received of us the word of the hearing of God, you received it not as the word of men, but (as it is indeed) the word of God, who worketh in you that have believed."
 - 1 Thess. 2:13

"And we charge you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother walking disorderly, and not according to the tradition which they have received of us."
 - 2 Thess. 3:6

The reference to "He shall be called a Nazarene" cannot be found in the Old Testament, yet it was “spoken by the prophets” (Matt. 2:23). Therefore, this prophecy, which is considered to be "God’s word," was passed down orally rather than through Scripture.

Gnosticism

Gnostic means to know, so when I claim to be a Gnostic-Theist I only mean that I believe to know that God exists and that I know him personally. I believe that belief takes faith, and cannot be fully proven-it is a deeply personal experience. I believe that there may be some strong indicators that there is a God, but the foundation of my faith is on my own personal experience.

I will talk more about Gnosticism later-when I dive deeper into the subject.

Evangelism

I believe that everyone has been called to serve the Lord in different ways. I believe that when Jesus said to go out to the world and spread the good news, he wasn't strictly commanding to preach the good news via words, but to go and live a Christ-driven life. From living a Christ driven life, people will start to take notice and ask you about it. It is at this point where you tell them about Christ and tell them the good news. If you preach on the street, people tend to be turned off of the good news and they either don't care or they are driven further from the truth. This is because it is not convincing to only preach the good news-you have to live it. This is a tall order, but people live the good news in their own way. For some, this may mean to talk extensively about their faith (usually to people who are genuinely curious or are on the fence). For others, this may mean to have a strong work ethic and from this they may bring glory to God.

Hamartiology

I believe that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. While I believe all sinned, I believe that all can be saved by the free gift of God - Christ's sacrifice on the cross. I believe that when saved, people still fall into sin. When we sin, I believe it is our duty to confess the sin to God and seek to be freed from the grasp sin has on us. For example, think of the story of Jesus and the tax collectors. Although they were still sinners, Jesus dined with them and their hearts were changed. From this change, they sought to right the wrongs and gave back to the community they stole from - showing a change of heart. I am sure they sinned after this experience-it is in our nature-but the important thing is that they confessed and repented their sin and took steps to right their wrongs.

Programming #

My first experience with writing any instructions for a computer to interpret was when my father introduced me to HTML5. After playing around with it for a little while, I quickly switched over to Java as a primary language and I also learned a bit of Windows Batch scripting as well. My first project was working on a platform game in Java, where I used the Netbeans IDE and followed a tutorial. During this time period I had also started working on an Astrophysical calculator and a simple 2-d Game engine in Java. I had also worked on a small quiz in Windows Batch for a school project and also tried to mimic 'telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl' in windows Batch with delays - which never ended up panning out but had me learn a lot about the tools in the Windows' command line. I had also tried to program in C++ but never got the environment set up correctly.

2 years later my school had a Unity 3D game development seminar that intrigued me and prompted me to start learning C# programming and setting up a Unity3D environment. While I did make a few things outside of the tutorials, I mostly stuck to the given tutorials and then expanded upon them after I was finished. About a year later, I was beginning to get bored of Minecraft but I was interested in trying to make Minecraft mods - so I set up a modding environment in Eclipse with Minecraft Forge and followed a few tutorials, but since I had no big graphics design experience I didn't take it too far other than learning more about how the Game Engine works and how to interface with it.

My first official program was a small parsing program in Java for the company I started working at which needed to have an interface to abstract the process away while also quickly processing the data. At the same company around 5-6 months later I had also made another parsing program in Python to automatically extract information using Regex from an email and put it in a spreadsheet for engineers to view and manage. While at this time I was primarily developing in a Windows environment, I was also just beginning to learn Linux-primarily focused on Kali Linux with a bit of Ubuntu. Also, at this time I had started programming a bit in NASM assembly and was enjoying it a lot and diving into scripting with Windows PowerShell to automate administration on Windows machines.

In the second semester of my first year of College I took a deep plunge into the world of Linux. My first install was Manjaro but only a few days later I wiped it out in place of Arch Linux since I wanted to do an install on my own. During this I learned a lot about scripting with POSIX shell, bashisms, but ended up using zsh as my default shell. Also, I started developing in C, as well as NASM, and with a bit of Python for prototyping/ plotting with matplotlib. Now, I primarily develop in Assembly(gas and NASM), for x86 and ARM architectures, and C(gcc). I have programmed a bit in Rust but I found that it is not as portable to embedded environments and not as suited for low level development that I am used to. I have exposure to Hardware Descriptor languages, Verilog and VHDL, but do not have as much practice on them as I do in Assembly and C. (I worked on a DE10-Lite Nano).

Hardware #

While I do not have as much experience with hardware as software, I have enjoyed it just as much. As mentioned before, I have experience with the DE10-Lite Nano FPGA. As a child, I loved tearing apart computers and other electronics, either to get batteries or to see how the devices work under the hood. The other microcontrollers/computers I have experience with are Arduino Unos and Raspberry Pi 2, 3B, 4. Lately, I have been working with a Zilog Z80 to try and make a simple computer. I primarily focus on embedded/ bare-metal environments - that is where I have the most fun and learn the most.

Mathematics #

My deep love for wanting to figure out how things work on a deeper level has given me a deep love for both Theology and Mathematics. Before my second year of College, my view of Mathematics was just as a tool to use to solve equations-which in turn explain how the world works to some level. Starting in my second year of College, my view of Mathematics changed radically and immediately made my favorite subject Mathematics. During this time, I had been writing out all of the classes I would need to take through my senior year, and I found that I was further on a Mathematics degree than my Physics degree. Additionally, I found that I had just enough room to squeeze a Mathematics second major along side of my Physics major, which is why I am now a Mathematics-Physics dual major. Anyway, what prompted this radical change was that I was finally exposed the writing proofs and learning the fundamentals of Mathematical Logic - I was hooked! While I would not recommend most people to go to University, I think my mathematical education in college, along side some cool Physical principles and formulations, has made my college education worth it in my case.

Physics #

From my passion to learn about the fundamental principles behind everything that I can, I sought out to study Physics. There was only one physics class taught in my High School and so I took that in my senior year--the earliest I could. I learned the basic principles, but I only really started learning Physics in college. Starting out my College physics classes I learned about basic Newtonian dynamics, electrostatics, basic thermodynamics, optics, and modern physics. At this time I learned lots of the formulas and a bit on how to think like a Physicist--something that I had already started acquiring in my self-taught programming journey. Recently, I have learned the Lagrangian formulation of mechanics, something I hadn't known or had been exposed to prior to the course, the basics of Electrodynamics with Differential Equations, Mathematical Physics, as well as a deep dive into the Theory of Quantum Mechanics-3D, Variational Principle, Time-independent Perturbations, etc. Most of what I have learned after the basic Physics classes has been very interesting and worthwhile to learn. I especially enjoy my Quantum Mechanics classes since I get to use my linear algebra knowledge of vector spaces and commutators-Linear Algebra and Mathematical Logic have to be my favorite mathematical subjects followed by Real and Complex Analysis.