Can the Bible tell us what lies beyond space and time?

universe-1Scientists are increasingly suspecting that the laws and forces that rule the universe, come from a non-local and non-temporal realm. This means that if the universe is rational, has order, inner consistency, coherence and orientation, the laws that have been correctly identified by scientists have a non-physical equivalence at their pre-space origins. (Otherwise the laws and forces that rule the universe have no inner consistency. If there is no inner consistency, no theoretical model or understanding of the universe can offer us a unified system.)

According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, God’s Holy Word exists both beyond and before space and time. In John 1:1-3 we read that God was the Word and that all things were created from the Word. So religion also looks to a non-physical beginning.

This non-physical beginning is just as much a mystery to theologians as it is to scientists.

What interested me most about Swedenborg’s interpretation of Holy Scripture is that he discovered that its sacred infrastructure contained both doctrinal and scientific elements. What he discovered is that creation was an unfolding of spiritual realities into the constraints of space and time. So nature was a theater representing (mirroring) spiritual dynamics.

One could also reverse (back engineer) this top-down direction into the space/time arena to reclaim objective theology.

Swedenborg provided tons of evidence that the narratives within the Holy Word could be elevated to communicate non-physical meanings. For instance, the Seven-Day Creation Story could be interpreted as an allegory for the re-creation and rebirth of a person’s inner spirit. The science involved in this rarefied approach to grasping Holy Scripture is that all process, on all scales, advances through a similar seven-step trajectory—from beginning to fruition to a new beginning. (This is consistency on steroids!)

Studying the non-physical equivalence (correspondences) of scientific laws in nature and the stories of Holy Scripture will become the science and theology of the future!

My award winning book Proving God addresses this new investigative direction.


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
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