This is the first of four assignments for the Koinonia Institute course Science and the Bible. This course follows the KWL format and below are my answers for the first two lectures titled: Beyond Time and Space. This is part of the coursework for my Unschooled Master of Theology program.
Ready to discover the true nature of our reality and what lies beyond it?
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What I Knew Before I Started
There is but one, original, accurate, fundamental nature of reality. There is only one reality that actually exists, all other reality descriptions that are not that one reality are fraudulent at best, blind at worst.
Is there a spiritual world?
Are there spiritual beings that are not at all human? What is their story? Where did they come from? Why are we not told anything about where they came from or how they got here or why they have the powers they do?
Why the trickery inherent in what we see and sense and have come to know? Why all the deception?
What I Would Like to Learn
There is only one original, accurate, fundamental nature to reality. Existence does not manifest in a plurality. There is no subjectivity to who or what we are, what other living creatures are, or what the planet or the solar system or galaxy is.
There is only one, definitive definition for those things that are real and accurate.
There are a myriad of opinions, ideas, hypotheses that champion one worldview over the other (in which a particular worldview stands as the explanation for the nature, existence and origin of reality), but these remain untested presumptions (i.e. evolution, Christian, Buddhist, etc).
Only one of these worldviews is actually valid (or none of these are valid and the reality that is true and accurate is something else entirely).
Is there a spiritual world that somehow resides in close enough proximity our our physical, external world that ethereal beings from that spiritual world can cross in and out of the physical world at will? Are these ethereal beings what we describe or identify as extraterrestrial beings (and responsible for the UFO sightings), or are their distinct beings who exist within our physical, external world, but are also extraterrestrial in nature and/or origin?
What is the origin story of the ethereal beings from outside of our physical, external world? Where did they come from? Why are we told next to nothing about them in the biblical text? If they are separate and distinct from extra-terrestrial beings (who reside in our physical, external world), then why are these extra-terrestrial beings not mentioned in the biblical text?
Why is there so much secrecy in the biblical account? Why is the subject of these spiritual, ethereal beings handled so cryptically?
What I Learned from this Course
There is a question posed to all life: are we free to choose or has our fate been sealed, predestined before the foundation of the world?
In reality, from the biblical worldview, the answer is both. We were predestined to do certain things, make certain choices, yet, simultaneously, we are free to make whatever choice we would like, go in virtually any direction we want. The paradox is in the perception of time, and the observer of that time. Perspective is important, since as perspective shifts, so does the answer to this question.
From our perspective, we are free to choose. We have the option to make any choice we desire. A or B. We can choose to participate or abstain. But when we look at the question from God’s perspective, who exists outside of time, and is, in fact, the creator of both time and space and everything within this reality, he can see all three, past, present, and future, simultaneously. Because of this, he knows what we’ve done, what we are doing, and what we will do at the same moment.
God is not bound by time or the directionality of time. He knows what we will do, what choices we will make, every choice we will make. He knew those choices before we were even created.
He knew what Pharaoh would do, what decision he would make and this is why God raised Pharaoh up and hardened his heart.
Likewise, we each die at a specific time and place in reality. Some die in bed. Others die in terrible auto accidents. Still others are murdered. Some take their own lives.
But, the lecture argued we could each end up before the Lord at the same exact time, simply because we would, at the moment of death, regardless of our departure time and place, will step into eternity and immediately enter the presence of the Lord.
The problem I have with this argument is Lazarus and the Rich Man. It does not state outright or even allude to instantaneous transportation to the throne of God and to judgment. In fact, it states once Lazarus died, he was carried away by the angels to Abraham. Neither Abraham nor Lazarus were in the presence of the Lord, nor were they standing before the judgment seat with all the others. Likewise, the Rich Man was presumably dealt with in a similar manner, and was whisked away to torment (hades), where he suffered under intense flame. Torment was immediate. Not judgment. It’s an interesting idea that time seems to continue on in this intermediate state between life and afterlife.
The location of Lazarus and Abraham, is this Paradise that Jesus spoke of when assuring the theif hanging next to him on the cross? Was Jesus in the intermediate place (paradise for him and Lazarus and Abraham and the thief) but torment for the Rich Man, but once he was resurrected, he left the intermediate state and entered the state of immortality, having conquered death? Did the thief remain (and still remains) with Abraham and Lazarus (and virtually every saved individual that has ever lived and died)?
If so, then it is not possible to conclude that once we die, we are immediately transfixed to the throne room of God.
Chuck then goes on into the biblical codes found in the bible. I’m personally not a big fan of micro codes. They are interesting, a little provocative. I was very excited about them when first exposed, but that excitement has waned over the years. More important, I think, are the prophecies fulfilled in the bible, by which we can authenticate the biblical text and message, that it is at least from an intelligence that has access to accurate information that is beyond the limitation of time.
Maybe God is an alien? Is that possible? Is just the thought of it a heresy?
Freewill, predestination, they both fall under the umbrella of the observer’s perspective. But, in the end, it does not matter what we think we might know about the reality of existence, about the nature of the physical, external world, or what purpose we serve within its context. All that really matters is the original purpose for which life and matter were created. All that matters is the motivation of the creator. We, as the creation, might pass judgment arbitrarily, but, when all is said and done, we have no say. We have no stake. We have no means of defense before the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Until my next assignment….
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Excerpt from Seeking Light Aurora:
Thomas opened the front door of the diner and leaned inside, holding himself up by the door frame.
“What’s the matter?” Terrance said, looking away from Peg and Carol. They were all huddled together at the counter.
“Her truck is still freaking out. I’ll try to keep her busy for as long as I can, but I’m running out of ideas.”
He looked over at Derrick who was quietly sitting at the back booth reading one of his books.
“You’ve got to keep her busy,” Terrance said. “We don’t have any other choice.”
“Look –” Thomas hesitated. “This isn’t all on me you know. I’ve already told you. I don’t know jack shit about trucks or engines. I’m sure as hell not a mechanic.”
“It’ll be fine,” Peg said.
“We all know there’s nothing I can do to fix that truck.” Thomas was shaking his head. “She’s going to figure out that something’s up. What if she starts asking questions?”
“Stall her,” Terrance said. “We just have to keep her busy for a little while. Remember, whatever it takes.”
“But, what about –” Carol had tears welling up.
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Terrance said. “We’ve all been through this before.” He looked at Thomas. “Just take a deep breath and relax.”
“Relax my ass,” Thomas said. “Save that bullshit for her, okay?”
“Just keep her occupied in the garage as long as you possibly can. She’s focused right now on getting her truck fixed, so use that.”
“Whatever you say.” Thomas pushed off the door frame and let the door close behind him.
“It’s not going to work,” Carol said. “She’ll figure out something is wrong and that will be it.”
Terrance put his hand on Carol’s arm, gently trying to reassure her.
“It’ll work, Carol,” he said. “Have faith. It’ll work. Whatever it takes.”
Buy my book Seeking Light Aurora to find out what in the world is going on at this strange, out of the way diner in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness!
But, you better strap in, because this is definitely not child’s play. People are getting hurt right and left – it just might be you next!