Once upon a time there was a physicist named Pete who was reading the Bible. From respect, he decided to treat it without preconceived notions or prejudice. He sincerely wanted to determine if any of its truth claims could be substantiated within the framework of modern scientific discovery.
Pete’s eyes were drawn to particular passages from John 1:1-3 where it stated that the Word was God, that it existed before creation and that all things were created from the Word. He immediately recognized that the Scriptures were actually making a sophisticated scientific claim—that the act of creation originated from sacred principles beyond the spacetime arena.
Pete noted that some of his pioneering physicist friends were looking into the possibility that the laws ruling the physics of the universe might be non-material. Certainly, quantum physics was showing that on the tiniest scales things seemed to happen in a non-temporal and non-local manner. So ancient Scripture was quite advanced on that account! But that also would mean there was a pre-physical Bible?
If the Bible was God’s Word, Pete wondered how such a tangible document could exist without having any relation to time or space. After all, its stories and events seemed to portray a historical account of God’s bumpy relationship with the human race.
Suddenly a beautiful angel appeared before Pete. While startled, he decided to study this unexpected vision with objective, scientific discernment and see where it would take him.
“I am here to show you how the Bible narratives existed before creation in the non-material realm that religion calls heaven,” said the beautiful angelic being.
She then quickly grabbed Pete’s hand in a strange way that yanked his mind out of his physical body.
“I am taking you to the spiritual realm,” she explained. “You are now a spirit.”
Pete now found himself in a world similar to the natural world but under an entirely different dynamic. After making some experiments, he realized that his movements and forward motion were not physical but correlated to the changes in his heart and mind. He was in a psychoscape!
“Now read your Bible,” said the angel with a smile.
Pete now realized that his Bible somehow traveled with him into this non-physical realm. He was quite curious to find out how the historical narratives of Scripture would maintain their structure and integrity in this non-material environment.
As he read the Holy Word, new meanings seemed to be abstracted from some deeper activity in his mind. The biblical stories were perfectly adapted to this new realm and could now be read and grasped as analogies and correspondences depicting humankind’s deeper, spiritual history.
“Wow,” exclaimed Pete. “These stories portray the changes taking place during the orderly process of spiritual growth within the invisible realm of the human heart and mind!”
The angel grabbed Pete’s hand and took him to an even higher level of heaven. “Now read your Bible again,” she said with a smile that was full of subtext.
Again, Pete read over the very same biblical passages but now his intellect had the power to take their meanings to yet another level of abstraction and elevation. “This is wonderfully unexpected!” remarked Pete. “Now these same stories that I grew up with are expressing the steps and process of how God’s divine truth became living flesh. Pete could then see that these higher meanings lawfully terminated into the literal words of terrestrial human language. The Holy Scriptures contain within their stories, the top down process of how Divine Love became fixed within the lower constraints of spacetime, through the Lord’s life and glorification while living on earth. Why, yes,” explained Pete excitedly to the angel, “how else could God and the Holy Word be scientifically viewed as the same thing without sharing the same dynamic complexity?”
The angel listened to Pete’s words of illumination, then said, “In the same way that nature becomes more expanded in higher dimensions, the meanings of God’s Holy Word become more expanded in higher dimensions as well. This is how creation gets its template from Holy Scripture.”
Pete marveled over all this and blurted out, “Why hasn’t religion told us scientists about the multi-leveled dimensions of Holy Scripture—dimensions that are even more explanatory than our current 11-dimensional model of string theory?’
“This information is part of the descent of the Holy City, The New Jerusalem, from heaven. Consider yourself forewarned,” said the angel with a serious look in her eyes.