Sacred Scripture states that God’s words are “life and spirit.” While religious faith demands that we believe this statement as absolute truth, is it possible to put this concept into a plausible scientific theory?
How does one even begin such a formidable task? First of all, current science views reality as a universe full of systems in process. When we jump from physics to evolutionary biology we are still greeted with systems in process—although process has now become more complex, profound and organic.
In Scripture and its Historical and Prophetical narratives we see God’s perpetual efforts to save humankind as a process as well. Therefore, if all God’s words are living and spirit, could their series and order within Scripture follow a holistic organic pattern?
If you believe that God is infinitely wise and that all things are possible to God there should be no doctrinal obstacle for such a theory. First of all, Scripture informs us that all things made in the universe were made from God’s Word (John 1:1-3). We also know that when Jesus lived among men and women on earth he made the Word “flesh.”
A simple theological explanation for this is that the Lord’s life on earth represented a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. But the Holy Word also contains historical narratives that seem outside the parameters of becoming flesh through the life of Jesus. Did Jesus make the story of Abraham and his son Isaac somehow more divinely relevant during his actions on earth?
Yes! The Lord lived out all the stories of Scripture because, on a higher level, they all represent the spiritual and living process by which Jesus unified His Human (the Son) with His Divine (the spirit). This “process” led to the Lord’s ultimate Glorification and proceeded by organic and spiritual steps.
Consider this. No earthly individual is sacred or holy enough to be mentioned in God’s Word because the Word is God and exclusive to God. So how can Scripture portray the history of worldly men and women? The answer is that these finite individuals were cleverly written about in a way that allowed their actions to represent (metaphorically) a deeper drama that Jesus would have to face while in the world.
For instance, the story of Abraham and his two sons Ishmael and Isaac represent the mental process of the Lord’s human rational mind becoming a spiritual rational mind (one is born after the other). Like other men, the Lord was born with a natural mind, but it became more spiritual as He united Himself with His Divine Heavenly Essence (the Father). Details of this glorification process lie within the literal words of Scripture.
If this “higher” spiritual drama were not so, then God’s Holy Word could not have originated from Heaven, where time, space, and physical matter have no meaning. Everything in Scripture, from its source, had to be representative of God’s divine life and spirit.
My new book Proving God (available next Spring) not only explores these higher meanings within God’s Holy Word, it shows how our physical universe, and its processes, gets its holistic and unified patterning principles from the living and spiritual dynamics of the Word. I offer an actual model and schematic for how these novel ideas can be put into a plausible scientific theory (with explanatory and predictive powers).
Theology is about to step into the post-modern world and get exciting!