God – Quantum Physics – Human Mind – String Theory
Posted by hotcrowd on August 13, 2010
Does God really act in the world? I am inclined to think that God does act in the world, but only occasionally. If the occasion justifies God’s action to carry out his will, he is fully capable to do so and acts accordingly, but the occasions may be few and far between at times or more concentrated at other times. It is not the indeterminacy of quantum mechanics that controls when God acts but the situations in the lives of people.
It seems to be people and their actions that may determine whether God acts or not. Hence, we should focus on people from the beginning of their creation by God, and such a focus brings up at the outset of how God created man. There are the creationists that argue vehemently against the evolutionists and vice versa. I think there is a solution in this debate that could possibly satisfy both factions. Archeological findings scientifically analyzed suggest rather strong support for the evolutionary side of the argument, and I favor these findings. On the other hand, I would argue that the human being was probably created suddenly. How do I hold both positions?
I hold this position based upon the assumption that there are more worlds than our world and universe of three physical dimensions. The worlds that I speak of are the worlds of higher dimensions. Almost one hundred years ago, Albert Einstein introduced the physics profession to the concept of time as the fourth dimension beyond our three-dimensional world in his theories of Relativity. Since then, the fourth dimension has been integrated into our three-dimensional world by thinking of the physical concept of time as being an extension into the fourth dimension of the three-dimensional space of the world we know. The fourth dimension gradually took on the name of space-time and the hyphen was later eliminated and physicists now speak of the spacetime continuum.
My interest in physics began to develop in my high school days during the 1920’s. Reading popular accounts of the developments in physics since then, set my mind to thinking in the 1950’s that if the fourth dimension existed, which we cannot see or go into, there might be yet higher dimensions beyond the fourth. We live in time but we cannot go back to yesterday; we are locked into the current moment of time. Has yesterday been destroyed? We can remember what we did yesterday, but how can we remember yesterday if we cannot go back to it? I try to explain this phenomena in my paper, String Theory and the Human Mind. The mind may function in the fifth dimension, transcendent to our brain in the third dimension when we lived through yesterday and which has now passed into the fourth dimension of the spacetime continuum.
Animals have minds just as human beings have. They may not be as well developed as the human mind, and there might be a reason for that. Human beings also have a spirit and the spirit may be the reason for the human mind to have developed to a greater extent than the minds of animals.
Let us back up in time to the creation of man and even prior to his creation. In studying the whole Biblical account of man’s history, the Old Testament as well as the New Testament, the likelihood seems to be that angels were probably created even before man, but in a similar manner to the creation of man. They might have developed through the evolutionary process as all living matter and human beings developed. In this long evolutionary process, God might have eventually chosen an animal that closely resembled his lower dimensions [See my paper God is One.]. This could have been a Neanderthal or Cro-Magnum type of being to which God added a spirit to produce an angel or angels. God may not have given them the freedom to break away from God as in the freedom that God gave to man in his creation. This could be the chief difference between angels and human beings, such as us. I recognize that the Bible speaks of some fallen angels such as Satan, but these might have broken away in spite of their not having been given that permission.
When human beings were created by God, possibly by adding a human spirit in the sixth dimension to the five-dimensional animal which became man, God might have chosen to give to man the freedom to break away from him which freedom he did not give to angels. It could have been God’s thought that if he created man as he had created angels by adding a spirit to a well-developed animal, and man chose of his own free will to seek God, that would be even better than angels who did not have that option. The experiment, however, backfired in the face of God. Man chose to be himself without any need for God. This could have occurred only a few thousand years before Jesus Christ, which could satisfy the creationist, but the long evolutionary development of the animal-man before the adding of a human spirit could probably satisfy the evolutionist.
To support the relatively short-term of the creationist in the historical life of man, I refer you to a book by Professor Julian Jaynes of the Psychology Department of Princeton University. The summary of the book, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, is as follows:
At the heart of this book is the revolutionary idea that human consciousness did not begin far back in animal evolution but is a learned process brought into being out of an earlier hallucinatory mentality by cataclysm and catastrophe only 3000 years ago and is still developing. The implications of this new scientific paradigm extend into virtually every aspect of our psychology, our history and culture, our religion — and indeed, our future. In the words of one reviewer, it is “a humbling text, the kind that reminds most of us who make our livings through thinking, how much thinking there is left to do.” [i]
The history of man has been a breaking away from God rather than adhering to him as he had hoped. Such breaking away became so great that God began again with the flood and Noah. Again the breakaway occurred and God appeared ready to narrow the field and concentrate on one chosen nation. That nation, however, broke away time and again and God allowed a large part to be captured and assimilated into Assyria. God allowed the remaining part to be captured by Babylonia and only a remnant returned after about 70 years to Jerusalem. Even the remnant continued to break away and finally God decided to focus upon each individual person and the Incarnation and Crucifixion ensued. I have expanded upon this brief historical account of God’s dealing with his created humanity in other papers on this website and will not go into more detail here, but this gives something of the background of God’s activity in the world.
Quantum mechanics has been used by many physicists/theologians to explain God’s activity in the world of man, but these attempts seem rather vague and possibly futile. On the other hand, I have found the concept of the higher physical dimensions greater than the three dimensions of our currently known world to have been of value which I will outline later in this paper.
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Objections in the use of quantum mechanics to understand God’s activity.
Much has been written in attempts to relate God’s activity in the world of people using the concepts of quantum mechanics in the broad field of physics. These writings appear to be rather abstract and do not seem to achieve their ultimate purpose. In this respect, the use of quantum mechanics alone seems to be a “dead-end–street.” Professor Nicholas Saunders of Cambridge University concludes his paper in the journal Zygon, Does God Cheat at Dice? Divine Action and Quantum Possibilities saying, “…it thus seems reasonable to conclude that a theology of divine action that is linked to quantum processes is theologically and scientifically untenable.” I agree fully with Professor Saunders. Professor Saunders says in part in the abstract to this paper:
The recent debates concerning divine action in the content of quantum mechanics are examined with particular reference to the work of William Pollard, Robert J. Russell, Thomas Tracy, Nancy Murphy, and Keith Ward… The conclusion reached is that quantum mechanics is not easily reconciled with the doctrine of divine action. [ii]
In the same issue of Zygon Professor Peter E. Hodgson, Head of the Nuclear Physics Theoretical Group of the Nuclear Physics Laboratory, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College, has a paper entitled, God’s Action in the World:The Relevance of Quantum Mechanics. In the abstract of this paper, Professor Hodgson says in part:
It has been suggested that God can act on the world by operating within the limits set by Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle without violating the laws of nature… However, according to the statistical interpretation of the quantum mechanical wavefunction represents the average behavior of an ensemble of similar systems and not that of a single system… This statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics is supported by reference to actual measurements, resolves the quantum paradoxes, and stimulates further research. If this interpretation is accepted, quantum mechanics is irrelevant to the question of God’s action in the world. [iii]
Also in the same issue of Zygon is another paper by Professor Carl S. Helrich, Professor of Physics and Chair of the Department of Physics, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, entitled Quantum Physics and Understanding God. Concluding this paper, Professor Helrich says:
I am suggesting that to look for God’s interaction with us in the quantum indeterminacy is to study the problem at the wrong level. I have considered here two levels above that, neither of which is well understood, and I have tried to point out that for scientific reasons we should consider the problems at these levels. I do believe that the final level is the important one.
…I am arguing that attempts to search for what has been called the “causal joint” between God and us in quantum indeterminacy is misplaced for scientific reasons… I have suggested, however, that the actual problem is at yet a higher level, at which we become the system being studied and at the same instant are the measuring instrument. This introduces an entirely new set of problems that are not encountered in discussions of quantum indeterminacy. [iv]
Another paper, also in the same issue of Zygon, by Jeffrey Koperski, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan entitled, God, Chaos, and The Quantum Dice, says in the abstract:
A recent noninterventionist account of divine agency has been proposed that marries the probabilistic nature of quantum mechanics to the instability of chaos theory. On this account, God is able to bring about observable effects in the macroscopic world by determining the outcome of quantum events. When this determination occurs in the presence of chaos, the ability to influence large systems is multiplied. This paper argues that, although the proposal is highly intuitive, current research in dynamics shows that it is far less plausible than previously thought. Chaos coupled to quantum mechanics proves to be a shaky foundation for models of divine agency. [v]
Finally, in the same issue of Zygon there is a paper by Alfred Kracher, Assistant Scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University entitled, Stories and Theories: A Scientific Challenge to Theology. The abstract to this paper says in part:
Stories about the divine are meant to help our imagination cope with what is ultimately not fully imaginable. In the process we make use of metaphors that rely on quantitative relationships to express the qualitative difference between the reality accessible to us and the transcendent reality of God… A rethinking of many traditional concepts, such as immanence and transcendence, seems to be indicated. [vi]
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String theory could be a useful extension of quantum mechanics.
I would like to suggest to physicists/theologians to move on to the ensuing step in physics, namely, string theory. This is not a completely separate theory from that of quantum mechanics which has been developed by physicists since the 1920s following the work of Schroedinger and Heisenberg. String theory had its inception in the late 1960s or early 1970s by John Schwarz of the California Institute of Technology. It gained some momentum among a few physicists after he and Michael Green presented a paper on this extension of quantum mechanics, string theory, in 1984. At that time the ball was picked up by Edward Witten, then of Princeton University and now a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has been one of the chief spokesmen for string theory since then.
String theory is not an entirely separate concept from quantum mechanics, but it does appear to go beyond quantum processes in its ability to deal with quantum gravity which quantum mechanics apparently cannot do. A brief article in an early August 2000 issue of Time magazine told of an Associate Professor of Physics at Harvard University who was able to form a mathematics bridge between quantum mechanics and string theory: Juan Maldacena. I quote several paragraphs from this article:
Juan Maldacena with a set of mathematical equations is like a magician with a wand. He can take rows of arcane symbols that describe the gravitational weirdness of a black hole and, with a flourish, pull from them equations that look suspiciously like those that govern the will-o’-the-wisp interactions of subatomic particles. What’s more, the associate professor of physics at Harvard University can perform the same trick in reverse, effectively concealing the rabbit back inside the hat.
In this playful way, the 31-year-old native of Buenos Aires has been able to suggest a way to knit together two theories previously thought to be incompatible: quantum mechanics, which deals with the universe at its smallest scales; and Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which deals with the very largest. Even as an undergraduate at Argentina’s Instituto Balseilro, Maldacena had been intrigued by the idea that a bridge spanning the two might be constructed using string theory — so called because it assumes the fundamental constituents of matter are not pointlike particles but tiny, vibrating loops of string.
When Maldacena transformed his string-theory black hole into something resembling conventional particle physics, his colleagues reacted first with disbelief, then with delight, dancing and singing (in a spoof of the Macarena), “Ehhhh, Maldacena! [vii]
I have written briefly as a layman and not a physicist on string theory in other fairly recent papers and I will not repeat myself again in this paper on this subject. I refer you, however, to my papers in this website entitled String Theory and the Human Mind (September 1999) and God is One (March 2000).
That string theory is gradually becoming more acceptable among physicists is an article in the August 2000 issue of Scientific American. This article was written by three physicists who were together at Stanford University in 1998: Nima Arkani-Hamed, an assistant professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, Savas Dimopoulos, a professor of physics at Stanford University, and Howard Georgi (“Gia” Dvali), a professor of physics at Harvard University. I quote a few excerpts from this article as follows:
The theory solves the hierarchy problem by making gravity a strong force near TeV energies, precisely the energy scale to be probed using upcoming particle accelerators. Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider due to begin around 2005, should therefore uncover the nature of quantum gravity! [This Large Hadron Collider is located at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Nicholas Saunders, mentioned above worked for a time at CERN conducting research toward the development of this collider.]
A completely different type of experiment could also substantiate the theory, perhaps much sooner than the particle colliders. Recall that for two extra dimensions to solve the hierarchy problem, they must be as large as a millimeter. [See the graph in my above mentioned papers and reference to the string theory model of Horva and Witten.] Measurements of gravity would then detect a change from Newton’s inverse square law to an inverse fourth power law at distances near a millimeter. Extensions of the basic theoretical framework lead to a whole host of other possible deviations from Newtonian gravity, the most interesting of which is repulsive forces more than a million times stronger than gravity occurring between masses separated by less than a millimeter. Tabletop experiments using exquisitely built detectors are now under way, testing Newton’s law from the centimeter range down to tens of microns.
Quantum gravity and string theory would become testable science. Whatever happens, experiment will point the way to answering a 300-year-old question, and by 2010 we will have made decisive progress toward understanding why gravity is so weak. And we may find that we live in a strange Flatland, a membrane universe where quantum gravity is just around the corner. [viii]
In my papers String Theory and the Human Mind and God is One, I have set forth the concept that a human being is more than three-dimensional creature. There are parts of us that we cannot see. We cannot see each others’ mind but we know certainly that humans do have minds, indeed, all animals have minds and the human being in this respect is similar to other animals. You might respond, “You cannot see my mind because my brain is in my skull and you cannot see within my head.” That is, what you are saying is that my mind, and your mind, is the brain or is in the brain. This is the belief of most neuroscientists. They are looking desperately for the functioning of the mind within the brain, particularly how the mind remembers past events or even abstract concepts. Professor Daniel Schacter, chair of the Psychology Department of Harvard University wrote a book in 1996 entitled Searching for Memory: The Brain, the Mind, and the Past [ix] but he has not yet actually found the mind or the reason for memory even though he and neuroscientists can identify certain locations in the brain that become active when certain thoughts prevail in the mind. These locations, however, as I understand, are scattered throughout the brain suggesting that the whole brain is the mind. On the other hand, it appears more reasonable to me that the mind is transcendent to the brain and causes various sections of the brain to become active in thinking various types of thoughts. I have discussed this type of transcendency in more detail in my paper String Theory and the Human Mind.
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God’s Action in the World in the concept of Higher Dimensions.
I do not attempt to say that the concept that God acts in the higher dimensions can be proved scientifically, at least not yet, but I am encouraged by the article in Scientific American, mentioned above, by three physicists in three prominent universities doing research in the field of physics. On the other hand, the Biblical account of God’s action in the world among human beings seems so clearly to call upon the concept of the higher dimensions to “explain” in a reasonable manner much of the mystery of miracles and God’s influence on how people act toward one another. This concept is not scientifically provable as yet, but if theologians would use their reasoning ability to think through the concept of theology expressed in higher dimensions, theology might be five or ten years ahead of science in its broadening acceptance of the reality of higher dimensions. But first, recall the story of Flatland.
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The Story of Flatland.
I urge you to become acquainted with the relatively short book by Edwin Abbott, Flatland, re-published by Dover Publications, New York. Edwin Abbott (1838-1926) was a graduate of Cambridge University in the fields of mathematics and theology. He became a headmaster of a boys school in London, a clergyman and a Shakespearean scholar. He wrote this book over one hundred years ago, before the days of Einstein’s Relativity Theories and the ensuing theories of quantum mechanics in the field of physics. It describes the people of a two-dimensional civilization. They are geometrical figures, triangles, squares, polygons and circles.
The women are merely straight lines of only one dimension but they are very sharp at either end and can penetrate any man even to the possibility of killing him. The soldiers and lowest working class of men are isosceles triangles with small bases.. As they become more skillful their bases widen. The middle class men are equilateral triangles. The professional men and gentlemen in management positions are squares. The nobility begin with hexagons and the higher ranks are polygons with increasing numbers of sides. When the number of sides become very large they become circles which is the priestly order.
The crux of the story centers around a person named A. Square. He is sitting in the living room of his two-dimensional pentagon-shaped house. The other members of his family have retired for the evening and A. Square is contemplating whether there is anything greater than his two-dimensional world. He cannot conceive of anything beyond his world but he is wondering if there is any possibility of a higher dimensional world.
Suddenly he is startled to see the person of a circle in the middle of his living room. All of the outside doors are locked and bolted. How did this priestly person get into his living room? This was a very peculiar priest. He could become larger and then smaller, shrinking to a mere point and disappearing completely only to reappear. A. Square was terrified but finally the circle spoke to him saying that he was really not a circle as Mr. Square sees him but that he was a three-dimensional person from the world of three dimensions. They began to engage in conversation. In this rather extended conversation, Mr. Sphere is trying to tell Mr. Square about the relative grandeur of the three-dimensional world. He is trying to tell Mr. Square of height above and below his two-dimensional world but Mr. Square could not comprehend such a dimension. Finally Mr. Sphere, in desperation, grabs the hand of Mr. Square by his hand and literally drags him into the third dimension of our three-dimensional world — a traumatic experience for Mr. Square but he soon begins to comprehend to some extent. He cannot see three-dimensional perspective as we do, however, because he has only one eye.
The conversation between Mr. Sphere and Mr. Square continues when they are in the three-dimensional world. The climax of the conversation and, indeed, the climax of the whole book is told in the closing pages of this conversation. I quote a few excerpts of this closing conversation from the book as follows:
The Sphere would willingly have continued his lessons indoctrinating me in the conformation of all regular Solids, Cylinders, Cones, Pyramids, Pentahedrons, Hexahedrons, Dodecahedrons, and Spheres: but I ventured to interrupt him. Not that I was wearied of knowledge. On the contrary, I thirsted for yet deeper and fuller draughts than he was offering to me.
“Pardon me,” said I. “O Thou Whom I must no longer address as the Perfection of all Beauty; but let me beg thee to vouchsafe thy servant a sight of thine interior.”
Sphere. My what?
I Thine interior: thy stomach, thy intestines.
Sphere. Whence this ill-timed impertinent request? And what mean you by saying that I am no longer the Perfection of all Beauty?
I My Lord, your own wisdom has taught me to aspire to One even more great, more beautiful, and more closely approximate to Perfection than yourself. As you yourself, superior to all Flatland forms, combine many Circles in One Supreme Existence, surpassing even the Solids of Spaceland. And even as we, who are now in Space, look down on Flatland and see the insides of all things, so of a certainty there is yet above us some higher, purer region, whither thou dost surely purpose to lead me — O Thou Whom I shall always call, everywhere and in all Dimensions, my Priest, Philosopher, and Friend — some yet more spacious Space, some more dimensionable Dimensionality, from the vantage-ground of which we shall look down together upon the insides of Solid things, and where thine own intestines, and those of kindred Spheres, will lie exposed to the view of the poor wandering exile from Flatland, to whom so much has already been vouchsafed.
Sphere. Pooh! Stuff! Enough of this trifling! The time is short, and much remains to be done before you are fit to proclaim the Gospel of Three Dimensions to your blind benighted countrymen in Flatland.
I. Nay, gracious Teacher, deny me not what I know is in thy power to perform. Grant me but one glimpse of thine interior, and I am satisfied for ever, remaining henceforth thy docile pupil, thy unemancipable slave, ready to receive thy teachings and to feed upon the words that fall from thy lips.
Sphere. Well, then, to content and silence you, let me say at once, I would shew you what you wish if I could; but I cannot. Would you have me turn my stomach inside out to oblige you?
I. But my Lord has shewn me the intestines of all my countrymen in the Land of Two Dimensions by taking me with him into the Land of Three. What therefore more easy than now to take his servant on a second journey into the blessed region of the Fourth Dimension, where I shall look down with him once more upon this land of Three Dimensions, and see the inside of every three-dimensional house, the secrets of the solid earth, the treasures of the mines in Spaceland, and the intestines of every solid living creature, even of the noble and adorable Spheres. [x]
It is the concept of the Land of Four Dimensions, spacetime, to which I direct your attention as we begin to consider God’s actions in the affairs of man. But why could not the Sphere show the Square his insides by going into the fourth dimension of spacetime? That is because, in the wisdom of God, at the time of creation, the whole of our three dimensional world, including us, are locked firmly into the current moment of time and we cannot escape into the fourth dimension of spacetime. As said in the Scientific American article mentioned above, “…we may find that we live in a strange Flatland, a membrane universe where quantum gravity is just around the corner.” We can not escape from our “membrane” world into the more spacious world of spacetime possibly until we die. Our living bodies the moment before our death may then be released at the moment of death into all of past moments, the fourth dimension of spacetime. That may be heaven, the dwelling place of God and all persons who have been saved.
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Some of the Healing Miracles of the Gospel Accounts.
During his public ministry, Jesus, the Son of God, did many acts that appear to have been miracles. Is there any satisfactory explanation as to how these events occurred? I have not seen any such explanations. The only expression that I have seen is that they are miracles wrought by God, they are too complex for the human mind to grasp or even consider, and that we should not inquire further. My curiosity, however, is not satisfied with such a negation.
On the other hand, Professor Michio Kaku in his book Hyperspace, suggests that if higher dimensions are considered, the complex becomes more simplified. [xi] I agree with his point of view. The story of Flatland helps us to lift the curtain beyond our three dimensional world to see how the concept of higher dimensions sheds light upon miracle stories of physical healing performed by Jesus. Mr. Square wanted to see the internal organs of Mr. Sphere, but they would have had to move into the spacetime continuum to do that. Mr. Sphere, however, could not do that. He, and we also, in the wisdom of God at the time of creation, are locked into the current moment of the spacetime continuum, or the fourth dimension. As suggested in the article cited above from the August 2000 issue of the Scientific American, “And we may find that we live in a strange Flatland, a membrane universe where quantum gravity is just around the corner.” We could be locked into that “membrane universe” and may not be able to escape from it possibly until we are released from the current moment of time at the moment of death of each of us. God, however, in his lower dimensions, or the being of Melchizedek, does probably exist in the four dimensions of spacetime. [See my paper on this website God is One.] If, from the fourth dimension Melchizedek can see and even touch the inside of a person, he, being God, could correct a possibly kinked optic nerve to restore sight to a blind person or do whatever in necessary to correct any malfunction in a person.
This is a simple “explanation” of how some of the healing miracles occurred. Jesus, during his public ministry, was in close communion with God his Father inasmuch as Jesus’ human spirit was connected to the Holy Spirit of God the Father at the time of his baptism and the beginning of his public ministry. I use the term “welded;” his human spirit was welded very securely to the Holy Spirit to make them one and the same Spirit. Immediately thereafter, Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted for the purpose of testing the “weld” and it was found to be secure. That “weld” was not broken until the last minutes that Jesus hung on the cross in agony and humiliation to open God’s Holy Spirit to all of humanity for salvation.
Therefore, when Jesus was asked to heal a person he had access to Melchizedek, the lower dimensions of God the Father, through his human spirit and the Holy Spirit being one and the same through the weld that was made at the time of his baptism. Melchizedek, being in the fourth dimension had access to the inner physical body of the person to be healed. Melchizedek could then manipulate a nerve, an organ, a muscle, etc., to set the person’s physical body to function properly. A very mundane analogy might be that of an automobile mechanic. The mechanic, with the hood raised so that he has access to the motor, repairs the motor and the car is made to be in running order.
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Does God control the nature of the world?
When God expelled man from his original creation, known in the Bible as the Garden of Eden, he punished man by saying:
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life, thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat of the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust and to dust you shall return.” [xii]
In the Garden of Eden, or as God originally created the planet Earth, storms and other natural catastrophes as we know them today probably did not exist, or did not exist in the severity that they do today. There might have been a very high cloud of ice particles enveloping the earth that could have acted as something of a greenhouse that more evenly distributed the temperature from the sun. This more evenly distributed temperature over the surface of the earth may have moderated the severity of the weather as we know it, or such storms may not have prevailed at all. This condition that then prevailed might have permitted forests to exist in the polar regions and could explain the coal deposits that currently are found. I recognize that the usual cause that has been expressed for these coal deposits is the shifting of the continental crusts of the earth, but the cloud of ice particles enveloping the earth, similar to the heavy cloud of other materials that has been found enveloping the planet Venus, could be a more likely explanation. This would not preclude the shifting of the continental crusts. Furthermore, it has been proposed that the extinction of the dinosaurs was caused by a very large meteorite striking the earth. This could have been the cause. The meteorite, however, might have caused the envelope of ice particles to collapse when it first struck this envelope before hitting the surface of the earth. The collapsing envelope, as it was drawn to the surface of the earth could have melted and become rain that caused the flood to destroy the population of human beings, dinosaurs, and all living creatures. This allowed God to begin again his experiment with humans beings having a free will starting with Noah rather than Adam. An evidence that such an envelope existed is the Biblical promise of God to Noah that he would never again destroy the earth with a flood of that sort, and he would set the rainbow in the sky as a continuing reminder of that promise:
“I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you [Noah] and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.” [xiii]
When the envelope of ice particles surrounded the earth, the light from the sun was diffused and the rainbow as we now view it could not have occurred. Since that new beginning, however, storms of all sorts probably became more violent. God apparently did not choose to alter the situation and we experience violent and destructive storms at the present time. God must have not wanted to change the laws of nature, and it became more difficult for human beings to live in such an environment. It became another obstacle for the human spirit to grow in love, but if it did grow in love to fellow beings, God in turn could possibly rejoice that such a person could grow in the spirit in spite of devastating storms.
Even though God might not have wanted to alter the laws of nature, nevertheless, he is transcendent to our three-dimensional world and with his hand he could push the highs and lows around slightly as shown on a weather map. To protect a person he wanted to serve him by molding their thought or spirit, as discussed in the next section or two, God may divert the path of a storm through the power of his transcendent hand as he viewed the storm from the space-time continuum.
An evidence of God’s power over weather conditions is the Gospel account of Jesus Christ, during his public ministry, stilling the waves on the sea of Galilee:
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him.” [xiv]
Jesus Christ, through God his Father and Melchizedek, must have moved that storm that was swamping the boat on that occasion. On the other hand, God probably did not violate the laws of nature. From his transcendent position, he must have merely pushed the center of the storm far enough away so that the wind ceased.
These are the simple forms of God’s acting in the world of mankind. The lower dimensions of God in the being of Melchizedek would reach into a person’s body to heal it, or move a storm by a wind or his hand from his transcendent position in the fourth dimension of the spacetime continuum. But, what of the thinking minds of persons? God acts through persons, but to do that, how does God induce a person to act as his agent at a certain time and place to accomplish his purpose? How does God speak to one’s mind?
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God acts through men and women.
I am very impressed by an account as told in the twelfth chapter of Numbers in the Old Testament of the Bible. Miriam and Aaron complain to God that he seems to favor Moses over them and they don’t like it. God orders them to come to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting together with Moses. When they come, the Holy Spirit of God appears as a pillar of cloud as during the Exodus experiences. God, through his Holy Spirit, said to Miriam and Aaron:
When there are prophets among you, I the Lord make myself known to them in visions, I speak with them in dreams. Not so with my servant Moses, he is entrusted with all my house. With him I speak face to face — clearly, not in riddles; and he beholds the form of the Lord. [xv]
The reference to Moses, “And he beholds the form of the Lord,” is a very positive statement that God has a physical form and can enter our three-dimensional world so that Moses can see him — this is the three dimensional form of God, indeed Melchisedek, who appeared to Abraham as well as to Moses and with whom Jesus Christ is equated in the Epistle to the Hebrews as a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
But, hark back to the first statement, when prophets are among his people, “I the Lord make myself known to them in visions; I speak to them in dreams.” This is how God speaks to some people, through dreams. We all dream, and for the most part our dreams are probably not the voice of God. Our usual dreams are likely dredged up by past experiences, hopes and fears. Nevertheless, God does have access to our minds which may function in the fifth dimension just as he has access to the internal structure of our physical body from the fourth dimension. It could be the Holy Spirit of God in the sixth physical dimension, transcendent to the possible fifth dimension of the mind, that God has access to our minds.
Our minds could be, and likely are, rather plastic and can be molded either by ourselves, or by the Holy Spirit of God, or a combination of both. We can say that a person has a great mind, or of another person, it is a shame that he has not developed his mind, it is still very small. The development of one’s mind on the part of the individual person, however, takes a long time and much effort. On the other hand, in the hands of God, the mind of a person might be changed quickly. This could have been the situation with the prophets of the Old Testament times when God spoke with them; he could mold their minds to dream dreams, and understand those dreams.
There are probably no persons living today who would be as were the prophets of the Old Testament. God may not speak to today’s “prophets” as he did 2000 or more years ago, but he may still speak, or cause a person or persons to think and act in a certain manner to carry out his wishes in our “membrane” world. I do not intend to say that God continually controls the mind of any given person because God has given every person since he created man the freedom of making his or her own decisions. What I do wish to suggest, however, is that at times, God can and possibly does choose to act in this world through a person or persons by molding his or her mind to accomplish his purpose. That molding might have changed the mind of that person to change his or her thinking and mode of life permanently, but it could also be for only the passing moment. I would further suggest that God’s molding of a person’s mind could be only temporary in all occasions but if that molding changes the thinking and mode of life of that person, it is that person’s decision to change his or her thinking permanently. Of course, God might have selected a given person who God could see would change permanently to act in the world, thereby carrying out his will, but it would be that person’s decision and will to change and not God’s coercion.
An interesting verse from the Gospel of Matthew seems to highlight God’s ability to see the physical shape and contours of any and all persons’ minds from his transcendent position. It is as follows:
But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. [xvi]
The key word in this verse is “sees.” God, your Father, transcendent to the fifth dimension of the mind, actually may see the mind of a person in physical form. That is to say, God may actually see your prayer by the form that your mind takes during your prayer. God not only sees your mind, but if he sees it, he can also touch it, and if he can touch it, he can also mold it if he wished for the person to carry out his wishes in our “membrane” world.
I think that God may thus act in the world through nudging the minds of persons. This raises another question. Is having access to the third dimension of persons in the process of healing, and having access to the minds of persons in the fifth dimension, the only ways in which God acts in this world? I think that there is yet one more method.
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God acts through the human spirit.
If it is eventually found that the mind functions in the fifth dimension, transcendent to the brain in the “membrane” world of three dimensions and of the more solid world in the spacetime continuum, the human spirit could be conceived of as acting in the sixth dimension. This would be the crowning aspect of the human person. Both the spirit in the sixth dimension and the mind in the fifth dimension might be nourished by God through the “water and bread of life.”
There is a story in the Gospel of John that sheds some light upon the nourishment of the human spirit. Jesus is passing through Samaria and comes to a well which Jacob dug hundreds of years before that time. A woman was at the well to draw water. Jesus asked her for a drink. The Samaritans were outcasts in the eyes of the Jews. She asked him why he, being a Jew, would ask her for a drink or even speak to her. Jesus responded as follows:
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life. [xvii]
How is this water of life delivered by God to be “a spring of water gushing up to eternal life?” In my paper “God is One,” which is on this website, I have tried to describe the purpose of the Incarnation, Jesus’ public ministry, and the last minutes of the Crucifixion when Jesus cried out, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” [xviii] It was at that moment that the “weld” of Jesus’ human spirit that he received from the humanity of Mary, his mother, to the Holy Spirit at the time of his baptism, was broken. Jesus lost all connection from the Holy Spirit of God, but probably that break opened a “womb” in the Holy Spirit wherein all human beings from that moment onward in time became in effect in that womb during the whole of their lifetimes, from birth to death. It could be, on this line of reasoning, the Water of Life could flow from the Holy Spirit of God through a six-dimensional umbilical cord. How could all of the millions and even billions of people living in this world be in the womb of the Holy Spirit?
Turn with me to this section of my paper String Theory and the Human Mind which is on this website. The new Horva and Witten model of string theory indicates that the “length scale of quantum gravity, which hitherto has been equated to Planck’s constant… may be much larger… In principle this could allow extra dimensions approaching a millimeter.” This seems to suggest that a sub-atomic particle or string as extended into the higher dimensions could approach a millimeter in size! If I interpret this correctly, the higher dimensions as compared with the dimensions of our three-dimensional world could be very great [See the graph in the paper String Theory and the Human Mind.]. By comparison, our three dimensional physical bodies could be as ants in relation to the measurements of the higher dimensions of our minds and spirits. But, if our spirits are so large relative to our physical bodies, the question remains how could all of the human beings living in the world today fit into the womb of the Holy Spirit? The answer might be the size of the human spirit in the sixth dimension could still be as ants in comparison with the possible enormity of God. Furthermore, if our human spirits during this life until we are reborn in heaven, as Jesus said to Nicodemus, are mere fetuses in the womb, they might well fit into the womb of the Holy Spirit. After our death, they may mature to much greater size in heaven, or else die in heaven because they may mot be able to partake of the food of heaven.
The point that I wish to make is that human beings in the womb of the Holy Spirit are fed both the Water and Bread of Life that causes the human spirit to grow in the practice of agape love toward our fellow beings with whom we come into contact. This is not an easy task. I am not speaking of love toward people at a distance whom we see only rarely. I am speaking of love toward people we often come into contact — brothers and sisters, people in the office or school, people who can get on our nerves because of our close association with them. If we develop agape love toward them, even though it is an imperfect love, such love then easily spreads to the people more distant from us. It is this type of growth in agape love that is nourished by the Water and Bread of Life through that six-dimensional umbilical cord.
Many persons who have grown sufficiently in their sixth dimension of the spirit serve God in numerous ways. Their manifestation of love to their fellow beings can be influential to cause their friends to do likewise and to grow in the spirit. This could be an important aspect of God’s action in the world. These people carry the message of God’s Love to others and some of the others in turn spread the influence of God’s Love to still other people.. The message thereby proliferates and eventually spreads to peoples of all lands throughout our world.
The functioning of the human spirit in the sixth dimension is transcendent to the mind in the fifth dimension. It is therefore influential upon the mind to act in love toward other persons. The larger the spirit becomes, the more dominance that it has upon the mind. Hence, a great spirit dominates the mind to such an extent that the person with such a spirit functions almost automatically in love. On the other hand, an individual person may refuse to accept the Water and Bread of Life. That spirit withers because of a lack of the spiritual nourishment. The spirit looses more and more of its dominance over the mind and as its dominance diminishes the dominance of the mind increases. The mind becomes more like the mind of an animal whose survival is often of a violent nature. It is the survival of the fittest, often through violent action. God sometimes acts to cause such violence in persons, possibly through the shrinking of their human spirit. This is another way in which God acts through people.
Think with me of the mind and spirit of Pharaoh at the time of the plagues of Egypt. It is said many times that God hardened his heart. How might God have done that? The time of the Exodus, of course, was before the opening of the womb of the Holy Spirit; hence, the human spirit was not then nourished by the Water and Bread of Life and that source of Love could not be cut off from the human spirit of Pharaoh. On the other hand, the Fatherhood of God being in the seventh dimension [see my paper “God is One” which is on this website], transcendent to the sixth dimension of the spirit, could squeeze the human spirit of Pharaoh. He could literally wring out any love that he might have, at least for the moment.
The same reasoning could apply to other persons prior to the crucifixion when the womb of the Holy Spirit was opened to all of humanity. Think of the first King of the Hebrews, Saul. While he was yet King, David, without any military armor, but under the care of God, fought with the Philistine Goliath and killed him with a stone from his slingshot. This seemed to infuriate Saul and the ensuing chant of the Hebrews, “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands,” [xix] rung more love from Saul’s spirit by his own will. God might have even assisted in this ringing out of love because Saul did unrepentant evil in the sight of God. I mention that Saul, at least in a major part, brought this lack of love in his spirit toward David by his own will. We today, in spite of possibly being in the womb of the Holy Spirit, can ring our own spirits of love of another person by our will without God having anything to do with our actions. This could be our own downfall brought on by our own willful actions.
Another situation somewhat opposite to that of Saul was the case of King Cyrus of the Persians. Read with me the opening verses of the book of Ezra:
In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, in order that the word of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of King Cyrus of Persia so that he sent a herald throughout all his kingdom, and also in a written edict declared: “Thus says King Cyrus of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all of the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of those among you who are of his people — may their God be with them! — are now permitted to go up to Jerusalem in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel – he is the God who is in Jerusalem; and let all survivors, in whatever place they reside, be assisted by the people of their place with silver and gold, with goods and with animals, besides freewill offerings for the house of God in Jerusalem. [xx]
This is an amazing account. A very powerful king, who at that time ruled “all the kingdoms of the earth,” is chosen by God to carry out the will of God. What did God do to Cyrus to convince him to let any and all of the Hebrews return to Jerusalem who had been taken captive some years before by Babylon, which nation in turn had been captured by the Persians. I, of course, do not know what God did to Cyrus, but in the concept of higher dimensions, God must have kneaded or molded both the mind and spirit of Cyrus in such a manner that Cyrus spoke to his world as though it was his will to do what he proclaimed. Truly, it must have been the will of Cyrus, but it was in reality the will of God for Cyrus to allow the remnant of the Hebrews who were still living and who chose to return to Jerusalem, to so return. God might also have injected love into the human spirit of Cyrus, possibly as doctors today inject serums into the bodies of persons, except that hypodermic needle would have to have been a six-dimensional needle because God was then acting in the sixth dimension transcendently from his position of God the Father in the seventh dimension.
For the past 2000 years, everyone may be connected to God through the womb of his Holy Spirit through the six-dimensional umbilical cord whereby we can feed upon the Water and Bread of Life. That umbilical cord acts as the hypodermic needle did as suggested in the case of Cyrus. God can, and probably does have control of the volume of that nourishment, subject to the will of the individual person as to how much of that nourishment he or she will receive. Keep in mind, however, that God might choose to mould the mind of that individual, at least for the moment, so that that person may want to receive an abundance of that nourishment of love and act according to the will of God.
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I think that research on the higher dimensions greater than our three-dimensional world will dominate the minds of scholars during the 21st century. Articles such as the one from the August issue of Scientific American and research in string theory point strongly in this direction. This type of research will likely spread to many other subjects such as neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, philosophy and not least in theology.
Christianity and the Christian Church are in dire need for a reformation in the understanding of doctrine. Nothing has fundamentally changed in the interpretation of doctrine since the 4th and 5th centuries. Some Churches are prospering because they have a very positive message. But the “main-line” Protestant Churches do not seem to preach or teach doctrine because so much of it must be taken on faith without reason. In the scientific age that we have just now completed in the 20th century, people want strong reason for what they are told they should believe, and they are not getting it from either the pulpit or the teaching desk.
This is the reason that I have worked to write papers on this website and many others in the libraries of some universities, colleges and centers of learning. I hope that my work will stimulate other persons to study and do likewise.
To summarize what I have tried to say is this paper: God, being a seven-dimensional Being as compared with man being of only six dimensions, is transcendent to all human beings and indeed to all created things and matter. Therefore, God can control all things as he wishes just as you or I can control geometrical paper objects in a two-dimensional civilization on a table top as we stand beside that table. We can pick it up, turn it over, and return it to the table top civilization and its left hand becomes its right hand in a very mysterious fashion to the Flatlanders, but entirely knowledgeable to us and without violating any rule of nature.
This may be the way in which God acts in this world, chiefly through his created people.
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© William Witherspoon – 2004
[i] Janes, Julian, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, 1976, Houghton Mifflin Company.
[ii] Saunders, Nicholas T., Zygon, September 2000, pages 517-544.
[iii] Hodgson, Peter E., Zygon, September 2000, pages 505-516
[iv] Helrich, Carl S., Zygon, September 2000, pages 489-503.
[v] Koperski, Jeffrey, Zygon, September 2000, pages 545-559.
[vi] Kracher, Alfred, Zygon, September 2000, pages 481-487.
[vii] Nash, J. Madeleine, Time magazine, August 7, 2000. Page 68.
[viii] Arkani-Hamed, Dimopoulos, Dvali, Scientific American, August 2000, pages 62-69.
[ix] Schacter, Daniel L., Searching for Memory, 1996, Basic Books, A Subsidiary of Perseus Books, L.L.C.
[x] Abbott, Edwin A., Flatland, Dover Publications, Inc.
[xi] Kaku, Mdichio, Hyperspace, 1994 Oxford University Press, page 11 and forward.
[xii] The Bible, Genesis 3:12-19.
[xiii] The Bible, Genesis 9:11-15.
[xiv] The Bible, Matthew 8:23-27.
[xv] The Bible, Numbers 12:6-8.
[xvi] The Bible, Matthew 6:6.
[xvii] The Bible, The Gospel of John, 4:10-14.
[xviii] The Bible, Matthew 27:46.
[xix] The Bible, 1 Samuel 18:7.
[xx] The Bible, Ezra 1:1-4.