Relational and Potentially Substantive

Just as the premise of science was philosophy, the foundation of divine activity in the world is usually pre-empted with God revealing what He is going to do in advance, or someone sharing something that sparked in their imagination, originated by God. Aristotle was long heralded as holding the insights for many concepts that empirical science would later confirm. But without experimentation, it remains only words spoken, or words scripted on a page. Galileo would break the astronomical mold of the planets rotations, and many other things, once he had backed up his claim. Likewise, Einstein made some very outlandish claims in his day, until his theories were tested and found to hold weight.  God knows that people want to see the manifestations of major claims, like when Moses burst back into Egypt and told Pharaoh God was going to unleash ten horrific plagues on them, but everyone stopped laugh when things started happening.  Its not Gods preferred method to use the “shock and awe” approach, but it did establish a precedent to everyone that what God said He would do, He would do.  He was true to His word.  The later kings of Israel didn’t believe that God would actually let Babylon invade, destroy the temple, and drag them to Babylon as slaves. It would be tempting again to disbelieve that there would be a return to Israel in the later generations.  And then again, the prophet Isaiah proclaiming a valiant Messiah was to come.  By now, the prophecy was believed, but the actual outcome was very different than the zealotist perspective taken of a conquering Messiah that would come and extract the Roman military might from Israel.  

God always brings an answer to His (or our) claims.  But the initial power comes in that relationally-crucial element: trust.  We can trust God even before we see the events be made tangible and substantive. Gods track record is excellent bar-none.  But when we trust Him before hand, we can rest in that trust.  Anatomical and pathological problems have been found to be resolvable with surgeries and pharmaceuticals, but God’s warming supernatural touch can recharge the beating of a heart, replace lost limbs, restore lost vision, correct spine alignment, and even restore life into an empty corpse. I believe God has allowed medical knowledge to be utilized by us, but it leaves scars, staples, bandages, false objects, and artificial chemicals in and on our bodies. God made us, He would know best how to maintain us.  I would claim to be big on gifts of the Holy Spirit – but I trust God, and what and when He does things…

Light speed and Time: Is reality really bendable?

What if theoretical time travel could be scientifically arrived at? What would happen if it didn’t work as predicted?

Ultrafast Electron Microscope

Femto Photography (Slow motion at 1 trillion frames per second)

If Einstein’s theory of relativity is correct, exceeding the speed of light allows us to travel backwards in time. While this sounds very concise and dependable, what if that supposed speed could actually be reached or exceeded, and time could supposedly be “travel backwards” in. What is time? In order for us to approach this paradoxical new dimension of reality, we have to start thinking more philosophically. If time began when the universe began, then there was a point that there was no time, but if there was nothing, and then something, that would suggest that the moment before time existed would be included in the time line, would it not?

On the other hand, taking more of a theistic approach, and allowing for the possibility for a Creator to have eternally existed, it is only the predicted time measurements and resulting time line that is finite. But if there is no end or beginning of time, does that mean that is an illusion? Time is relative to those who are watching it transpire from a limited perspective. But to a being who is capable of existing in all possible places simultaneously, who knows all things knowable, it would be no stretch of the imagination to give Him the benefit of the doubt that He can make accurate predictions what what will happen in future events. But is time really bendable and malleable? If time is conceived as an ongoing sequence of events that follow each other, then any event that follows a previous point continues to be the future, even if it’s in the opposite direction.

Lets consider a mathematical time line. Starting at zero, we move ahead ten points, and then ten more. And then we choose to move back 30 spaces. We have crossed the zero point, but it is still one consecutive movement on the time line. It is still a chronologically consecutive event. It doesn’t matter which direction the event happens in, it is still following previous events. I am certainly no theoretical physicist, but I would venture that predictions about how time works are taken from observations of what has been seen from four dimensions. If any supposed time traveling were to ever happen, we would have already seen it, and it would probably have been quite bit news by now. Since there is no evidence of this, the conclusion is that time doesn’t work that way.

The concern here is that so much of our world relies upon this theory of relativity. It this is proved wrong, then everything has to be recalibrated. Science would once again “learn” a more accurate picture of what reality looks like. To be completely honest, science seems very unpredictable, because it relies upon observed evidences from equipment created from observed “certainties” in the universe. But what if certain “observed certainties” were never really certain at all. It means science has been fumbling along with incorrect measurements because of incomplete observations of the universe we live in. Don’t get me wrong, I love science, and especially technology. But I know myself well enough to know I can be deceived by what is alluring. What is true is what should be the foundations of our growth and forward momentum. The question is: do we know Truth?

What is the physical Universe?

The observable universe in view around us is exponentially vast, and extraordinary. It begs our declaration of it’s wonder. Due to the beauty shows up on so many levels, an exposition of it’s magnitude is the least we, as men, can do. The endeavor this paper takes is to define what the physical world is, and how it functions? In doing so, there is a natural expectation of the premise at which such an explanation comes from though – man’s finite mind. Continue reading