Our consideration of the convergence of scripture and modern science begins with this expanded version of a post published on 18 February 2016. We’ll learn how the theories of relativity and quantum physics – under-girded by the ‘queen of sciences’, mathematics – may match the supra-natural nature of God’s word in the holy Bible. Attention is drawn in particular to the important concept at the concluding section – last but not least!
This graphic is so apposite in view of my references to Time’s spiral nature, as in earlier posts on The Nature of Time and Eternity & Prophecy, as well as the mini-series on Time starting with Prophesy to 2014 and Talking to Time seems to work.
Most importantly I’d remind everyone that Jesus Christ is Lord of Time and so you may also like to read the prophetic word, “I Am The Lord Of Time”.
In an intellectually demanding session at Glory Revolution in Melbourne, Australia, Justin Paul Abraham talks about how he engages with TIME and how this fits in with the Word of God.
This of deep personal interest because of what I’d sensed of the ‘book beyond the Bible’s back cover’ – ie, The Age to Come (see On Eternity and Prophecy).
So, I tracked fully with him, listening a few times and recommend your taking time to listen to his Podcast here, as announced on Company of Burning Hearts. Justin attests this is life-changing material for Christians – it’s certainly cutting edge!
“This is a sweet truth that will liberate your days! You are not a slave to time!”
He claims the Lord taught him the necessity of learning to master Time because when the antichrist comes he will attempt to change times and seasons (Dan 7:25 – ie. usurping the Almighty’s function of changing times and seasons, as at Dan 2:21). Justin was told that if he doesn’t stick with the difficulty of teaching it, then the Lord would use someone else!
For ease of reference my close transcript of the first quarter-hour is next. In the meantime – if you have opportunity. Savour the session’s full impact via the preceding link to the podcast. May the Lord bless your listening, weighing and waiting upon Him.
As Justin refers to science and the ‘observer effect’ in quantum physics, you may find the following brief glossary helpful (emphases mine). Its startling discovery isn’t so ‘spooky’ to born-again Christians!
Light – small section of the electromagnetic spectrum (EM), all of which is measured in frequency of oscillatory wave motion. Renowned dual-slit experiment demonstrated that light is waves, or particles (ie. quanta; singular = quantum), or both! Similarly for sub-atomic matter.
Counter-intuitive – earliest experiments revealed astonishing fact of quantum mechanics that light adjusts itself before, and according to, later experimental observation; thus affecting results and as though displaying intelligence!! (Known as ‘the observer effect‘.)
Sub-atomic particles – ‘It is a unique property of the quantum world that sub-atomic particles have the capacity of being in two places at the same time. In our macroscopic world of classical physics the last thing we would expect is to see someone bi-locate right before our eyes so that suddenly they can be in two places at the same time. Yet in the counter intuitive world of the quantum universe this is exactly what is going on all the time’… ‘Quantum Glory’ p 68, Phil Mason. (Also see link below.)
Tunnelling – quantum process whereby particles pass through impenetrable walls and barriers (like Jesus at John 20:19).
‘Without quantum mechanics’ explanation of how electrons move through materials, we would not have understood the behaviour of the semiconductors that are the foundation of modern electronics…would not have developed…microchip and modern computer… without the advances in our knowledge thanks to quantum mechanics there would be no lasers and so no CD, DVD, blu-ray players…would not have smartphones, satellite navigation or MRI scanners’ (‘Life On The Edge’ pp 21-22).
Entanglement – “probably the strangest feature of quantum mechanics. It allows particles that were once together to remain in instant…communication with each other despite being separated by huge distances…its implications are so extraordinary that even Einstein refused to accept it, deriding it as “spooky action at a distance”! (Profs. Jim Al-Kahlili & Johnjoe McFadden, University of Surrey, Guildford, ‘Life On The Edge‘ p 30.)
Also, this from ‘The Nature of Reality’ by Stuart Clark and Richard Webb (New Scientist 24 Sept 2016) – for very good summation of six main problems in physics visit Intropy.
Solution 6 – Information
“…But entanglement does seem to be at the root of many mysteries, and the recent hints that it could be the warp and weft that holds space and time together. In that case what is entanglement? The best we can say is that it’s some sort of collective information shared between particles. That highlights a common theme in more cutting-edge physics: that understanding space-time, and the route to the more unified picture of nature generally, lies in treating information – not matter and energy – as the most fundamental thing in the universe and understanding better how it works.”
Particles sharing information across time and space – just a faint hint of how believers in Jesus are linked across heaven and earth to Him and our Father through His Holy Spirit.
For another briefing see this blog’s Does Extraterrestial Intelligence Exist?