Light is the demarcation and the entry point from Newtonian or classical physics into relativistic Physics and into Quantum Physics. Light is also the Biblical entry point of the created universe. In the beginning there was chaos: “The earth was formless and void”. ”Then God said ‘Let there be light’”. The rest of creation followed. Jesus enters our world on earth, and announces, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
Jesus was a master of teaching with parables and metaphors. A parable is a similitude, a prolonged metaphor, a story or image that conveys or imparts meaning to another reality which is similar or congruent to it but in another realm. Seeds and soil, vines and branches, fruit, and much more take on spiritual, moral and eternal significance requiring some understanding of basic agriculture, and in the culture and history of the times of Christ, which were common knowledge at the time.
Our Creator God is intentional in His creation. When He designed man He conceived of a designer environment for us. Scientists who search for other worlds that could support human life, they list all the necessary factors. If you string these factors into a sort of equation, and assign probability – or rather improbability – to each factor, you are faced with just how nearly impossible it is to reproduce a habitable planet by random chance. God’s intentionality and a designer creation is the only possible conclusion, intuitively, rationally, and even scientifically.
So, did Jesus have a knack for finding random examples in nature for teaching spiritual realities? Or is it possible that this amazing creator-designer God actually wove the same principles into seeds and soil as are at work in the truths they illustrate. Could there not be a multitude of undiscovered parables designed into creation that we are only now able to understand through science? I’m certain of it! And I think light has the greatest potential for the mining of contemporary parables.
The more I study science, the more I see semantic similarity¹ between natural phenomena and supernatural realities. Bearing in mind, all the while, that “natural” merely implies phenomena in the vibrational wavelength of time-space – the 4 dimensions – and super-natural meaning phenomena and realities of the 5th and higher dimensions.
Science unwittingly provides the insights, within the scope of its latest and greatest theories and experiments, for us to understand what similitude God has provided within time-space, which shed light on, illuminate, enlighten, elucidate, spiritual realities (funny, there doesn’t seem to be a synonym that doesn’t contain a word for light, whether from Latin or other language).
On the other hand, religion ignores science in about the same way we might ignore philately, the study of postage stamps, as irrelevant curiosity. At worse, religion rejects and opposes science, in an effort to flex political muscle and spiritual abuse. Of course the most amusing illustration is the Papal edict that the earth was flat, which was not only outside their area of expertise, but even contradicted Scripture: “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth”. (Isaiah 40:22)
Science, on the other hand, has taken a religious position of its own, equally narrow-minded and blind, which precludes the involvement of a creator/god in the workings of our universe. Ever since the flat earth debacle in the fifteen hundreds, science has taken a blind faith approach against anything of a supernatural nature.
Suffice it to say, that dogmatic approaches to science or religion are doomed to extinction. Sadly, very few scientists know the Bible to any great depth, and very few bible scholars know much if anything of science. Richard Feynman, a theoretical Physicist with the whit of Will Rogers, sums it all up saying, “The old problems, such as the relation of science and religion, are still with us, and I believe present as difficult dilemmas as ever, but they are not often publicly discussed because of the limitations of specialization.” Otherwise put, ignorance on both parts.
Science and religion behave like oil and vinegar: they refuse to get together. But add an egg yolk and they get together intimately and they emulsify and the result is that heavenly concoction known as mayonnaise. Perhaps in some small way I could be a human emulsifier. But as in the old joke about how many psychiatrists it takes to change a light bulb, it really has to want to change!
Hope you’re as eager to share upcoming insights about light, special relativity, holographic effects and the binary world we live in.
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¹ Semantic similarity. I’m borrowing a technical term meaning: “semantic similarity or semantic relatedness is a metric defined over a set of documents or terms, where the idea of distance between them is based on the likeness of their meaning or semantic content as opposed to similarity which can be estimated regarding their syntactical representation (e.g. their string format). These are mathematical tools used to estimate the strength of the semantic relationship between units of language, concepts or instances, through a numerical description obtained according to the comparison of information supporting their meaning or describing their nature.” (Wikipedia)
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Appendix:If you’ve been wondering why we should be interested in science, I hope these few thoughts serve by way of explanation. Should you be wondering where you can you find other human emulsifiers, Here are a couple of suggestions:
Chuck Missler – coast library: http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/66-40/listen/Or goggle chuck Missler on Youtube
Phil Mason – “Quantum Glory”, an excellent book on quantum physics written from a Biblical point of view by an Australian pastor after four years of intense study.
To catch up on science so you too can have your own revelations, you might want to see a number of symposium web casts and courses on http://www.worldscienceu.com/ Professor Brian Greene, who founded the World Science Festival and foundation, keeps his beliefs to himself, but he is both brilliant and a gifted teacher. I’m currently taking his on-line course on Special Relativity and loving it. Also check out these symposiums, and many more:
1) http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/2011/09/a_thin_sheet_of_reality_the_universe_as_a_hologram/ 2) http://worldsciencefestival.com/videos/multiverse_one_universe_or_many> 3) http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/2014/01/full_program_infinity/