Did Jesus promote ignorance or did He try to stretch our neurons?

One of the big reasons scientists have problems with religion is that it seems to promote ignorance. In other words, the strength of a person’s faith is measured by “belief,” in the absence of intellectual investigation.

Scientists like to have their neurons challenged. They also believe that ultimate truth is related to beauty and rational order. It doesn’t help scientists to approach God when they are told that God’s miracles are a suspension of the laws of physics. However, if it could be shown that the “physics” ruling the universe on the fundamental level is based on theological principles (and God’s character) that would indeed give them something to sink their teeth into.

Scientists would certainly like to know the “origins” of the laws of quantum physics, which embrace non-classical ideas like non-locality and non-separability (instantaneous communication and connectivity between all things within fundamental reality).  Wouldn’t it be great if God could lend them a hand?

Would God give us a large brain, only to demand that we have mere faith? What if Jesus came into the world to share deeper knowledge? What if Jesus’ teachings were based on real scientific principles?

For instance, physicists believe that as nature gets closer to foundational things, it becomes more unbounded and abstract (compared to classical definitions). Isn’t this what Jesus did when He spoke in parables? After all, a parable contains a higher level of meaning in which physical qualities and process are removed from their involvement with time and space, communicating a non-physical (abstracted) or spiritual message concerning issues of the human heart and mind.

When Jesus brought several disciples to a mountaintop and they saw Him “transfigured,” was this an attempt by the Lord to open their minds and challenge their neurons to think in non-classical ways?

On the road to Emmaus, did the Lord share secrets about Scripture with His disciples that God’s Holy Word and the physics ruling reality on the fundamental level were equivalent? (He certainly shared information about Scripture with them that they were unaware of—which is ludicrous if Scripture is to be taken only as a literal/historic document!)

These are some of the formidable issues I tackle in my new book Proving God. It attempts to unify science and theology by demonstrating that God’s Holy Word contains a multi-leveled architecture and scaffolding that illustrates the patterning principles for top-down causation in the universe and within the hearts and minds of humans.

Both science and theology are on the brink of a major revolution. Even more surprising, this paradigm change will be the result of the Lord’s Second Coming and His desire to get inside your head and reveal new things to you!


About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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