It is a part of science’s recorded history that in the 1920s astronomers discovered that the universe was not static, but expanding. Later, it was discovered that this expansion was even speeding up!
This expansion is not just an explosion of matter (Big Bang) or the mere distribution of energy and momentum into space but the expansion of spacetime and reality itself. To account for this expansion and its acceleration, physicists theorize that the universe might also consist of “black energy,” which opposes the force of gravity.
I would like to challenge the premise of the two above paragraphs. First, that the concept of an expanding universe is a 20th century discovery. Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg made the same assertion in the 18th century.
Second, Swedenborg did not attribute this expansion to any kind of physical principle, but to a theological one. His model of reality starts with an Infinite Creator-God. He maintained that all created (finite) structures are recipient forms of God’s creative influence. To put this into scientific language, God’s perpetual influence represents the fluxes of active information. Information is form, therefore it is a form adapted to the disposition of the quality of its dynamical force.
Since this force has its origins in God’s Infinite love, there is a succession of causal processes by which love finds form in usefulness and utility from spiritual first principles all the way down into inert matter and its subsequent cohesion into more complex structures, including the human brain.
Nothing emerges into time and space unless it has utility or serves some purpose. This usefulness in all things of the universe are analogs of God’s goodness (love) and is the reason why all created forms are in relationship and are simultaneously connected non-locally from the non-material unifying force of love.
So all nature is formed by and reacts to God’s essential nature of infinite goodness and utility. Nature is expanding because in order to reflect and express a more perfect conductivity to this divine influence, it must constantly expand in its operations. This expansion takes place horizontally and vertically. Horizontally through the continuing creation and expansion of spacetime and new matter (star nurseries). Vertically through the increase and evolution of complexity and the emergence of intelligent life forms and human consciousness.
It is through human consciousness that God can make Himself known to humanity and form real relationships with each of us through spiritual principles of reciprocal love. By choosing spiritual values to live by, we help the Creator form a spiritual body within us that can live beyond the constraints of space and time and expand our serviceableness to eternity. Religion refers to this infinitely expansive realm of evolved and noble utility as heaven.
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