THE FINAL FRONTIER: THE PHYSICS/METAPHYSICS SYNTHESIS

   

     What we discretely refer to as 'Science' vs. 'Spirituality', or 'Physics' vs. 'Metaphysics', are not mutually exclusive systems. In fact, the very same phenomena observed by physicists and the like, are also referred to in the Scriptures. From the Book of Genesis and on, naturalistic phenomena are recorded which we are merely referencing in the annals of humanistic discovery. That is to say, we are merely reiterating in our observations, the verity of pre-existent actualities created and set forth not by humankind, but by God Himself. In the Book of Revelation, we also find eschatological references which correspond with inferences drawn in the 'hard science' and 'soft science' realms of Cosmology, Astrophysics and Quantum Mechanics (this area of study, while steeped in 'hard science' datum, may be considered by some 'purists' to be a 'soft science' due to the theoretical base imposed upon it by quantifiably observable naturalistic limitations). For example, when our sun exhausts its nuclear energy and begins its transformation into a red giant star, thus baking all of the earth and those who dwell upon it in cosmic radiation, after which it may collapse into a black hole, we find parallels in 2 Peter 3:11-12 “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!” as well as in Isaiah 34, verse 4 (possible black hole reference) “And the sky will be rolled up like a scroll...”.

     Furthermore, the findings in Physics, Quantum Physics, Astrophysics, and just Physics in general concerning what is most commonly know as Albert Einstein's 'Theory of Relativity', also bear Scriptural precedent. For example, in 1 Timothy 6:16 it refers to Jesus Christ as someone "who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.” This could be a reference to the constants as observed by scientists regarding the limit imposed upon earthly biological entities regarding superluminosity, gravity and quantum mechanical limits such as Pauli's Exclusion Principle which observes how no two electrons ( of which no atom can have more than two electrons) can occupy the same space at the same time (or have the same four quantum electronic numbers, hence 'spin' in atoms with half-integer spin such as electrons and fermions). This Principle also more metaphorically parallels the infinite complexity and uniqueness of each and everything and being which God has created.

     Moreover, the verse which refers to “unapproachable light” by many is thought to allude to the speed of light constant, which no human entity since Christ has been able to breach. Furthermore, according to Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, and what physicists who study black holes have correlated, as one approaches the speed of light, time, to an earth-dweller would appear to come to a complete stand-still. This could be just another way of describing what happens when one has surpassed the light-speed constant for earth, or in essence has breached 'eternity' or timelessness. Of course, to us it would appear to have 'stopped' for the individual who has reached beyond the event horizon of a black hole, because the ability to observe 'time' is limited to our current biological and physical calculations and extrapolations. Also, when pondering things such 'eternity' and 'infinity' in a theoretical sense, we, upon our glimpse into areas such as physics and quantum physics, more specifically regarding astrophysical bodies named by theoretical physicist John Wheeler as 'black holes' (a term first introduced by him in 1967), (who also introduced the term 'wormhole' in 1957), begin to see striking and fascinating parallelisms. Polish theoretical physicist Nicodem Poplawski has made striking observations related to black hole behaviour. Instead of the postulation that the intense gravitational pull of every black hole inevitably leading to a singularity, he has postulated another viewpoint, with torsional vortexes being instead created which lead to a 'white hole' portal into another universe. This strikingly parallels the Scripture which refers to the Kingdom of Heaven as being "many mansions" being created. (John 14:2)

     When Albert Einstein proposed his Theory of Special Relativity in a paper published in the German physics Journal Annalen der Physik in 1905, he posited the existence of an electromagnetic particle which he called a 'photon' which would have be the cornerstone for what would develop into the area of Quantum Theory later. He also posited in this Theory of Special Relativity, that only non-accelerating observers would experience a uniformity of the observed laws of physics regarding the speed of light outside of a vacuum. His theory of General Relativity, which postulated gravity as being not a 'force' per se, but a warping of space-time due to the presence of a massive object, took him about ten more years to flesh out. Yet there is an undeniable correlation between Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and Biblical concepts such as the 'eternity' or 'timelessness' of the nature of God, or God's omniscience and the nature of His dwelling or Kingdom: Isaiah 46:9-10 "Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, 'My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.”

     2 Peter 3:8: “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.” Psalm 90:2: “Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” Romans 16:26: “But now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith.” Isaiah 40:28: “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired His understanding is inscrutable.” 1 Corinthians 2:7: “But we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory.” Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”

     Proverbs 15:3 - “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” Psalm 33:13 - “From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth…” 1 Chronicles 28:9 - “…for the Lord searches every heart, and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, we will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” 1 Kings 8:27 : "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built!” Jeremiah 23:24: “Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?" declares the LORD "Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?" declares the LORD.” And many more...

     In finale, one could reasonably surmise not only that Physics are just as legitimate as Metaphysics, that 'Science' is just as legitimate as what we call 'Spirituality', and that religious/spiritual concepts and beliefs in things like 'Eternity', 'Infinity' and 'Everlasting Life' are just as much a part of 'hard science' observed phenomena as 'Special Relativity', Quantum Physics, and the like. We have seen their effects, no matter which language we use to describe it. And what humans are capable of 'seeing' and 'observing' I believe, doesn't even come close to what ultimate reality actually is in its totality. Thus, as physicists and like-minded people all across God's great Earth continue their search for the Holy Grail of Physics and Quantum Physics: Grand Unified Theory, the Creator of it all is the one who ultimately decides what humankind needs to know and will be granted access to. But nevertheless in the end, all will have been given adequate knowledge and insight, and all will be without excuse.

-Valerie Lynn Stephens (2019)

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