Maureen and I recently sent in a DNA kit discover more about our ancestry. This made me think of my recent post titled, “The myth of separation,” where I looked at how Scripture reveals that we are all of one blood (Acts 17:26) and, even more amazingly, that the whole cosmos is bound up in Christ.
I shared some of those passages last time, but I would like to look at the following passage again. Here’s Paul’s revelation of the magnitude of Christ (bold-type added):
“He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.” (Col.1:17 NLT)
What’s fascinating about this is that the latest advancement in physics and cosmology is agreeing with our connectedness to everything else! If you’re a lay physics geek like me you already know this.
For you non-geekish people, basically, what is happening is that we’re finding out that everything in existence is connected to everything else.
If you’re interested, Nassim Haramein, Director of Research at the Hawaii Institute for Unified Physics (HIUP) is the author of the paper that has been validated and published in the peer review journal, Physical Review and Research International. His “Connected Universe” theory says everything in the universe is connected, and that everything spins and interacts with everything else..
Here’s a somewhat non-technical lecture by Haramein on YouTube about our universal connectedness. You may enjoy it. He is funny for a physics geek.
Haramein proved, mathematically, that the atom is basically a mini black hole. He showed that a single proton has the same volume as vacuum in space, which is technically speaking, infinite.
What this means is that everything in creation goes to infinity in both directions–both outwardly and inwardly. To infinity and beyond! (Thank you, Buzz Lightyear!)
It’s almost like the Kingdom of God is within you or something…
Now, this is not some acid-trip new age nut-job gobbledygook we’re talking about here. This is proven mathematical evidence that science is just beginning to tap into. I don’t agree with Haramein’s conclusions about what this connecting force is, nor do I have to in order for what he discovered to be true about our reality.
The stunning fact is, both Scripture and science are beginning to point to the same thing–or should I say, same Person.
Do you think the church might just be positioned to be a voice in this cosmological revolution we’re in the middle of right now?
What if the church unpacked her rapture bags and, rather than waiting to escape reality, actually began to engage in these kinds of conversations about how and why we’re here? Just a thought…
But this also sheds light on why we, as so-called “Bible-believing Christians,” need to jettison some of our medieval Newtonian and deistic notions about spiritual reality–those compartmentalized myths we’ve created about being separated from Christ.
Beloved, we are living in an absolutely amazing time in human history! Do you understand the implications of what’s going on here? Science is actually starting to agree with what Paul declared almost 2,000 years ago, even though they don’t know it…yet. 🙂
Paul said that everything in the cosmos consists and finds itself in Christ.
Of course, physicists don’t see it this way, they may call it something else. But what they’re discovering is what it is, nonetheless. We’re all connected together.
And…IF these things are so, which I believe they are, I return to my original questions. How should this inform us about the world around us?
And just who is our enemy? Other churches? Other political parties? The government? Other nations and creeds? How should we interpret the news?
How is our perception of other people affected by this?
If everything is connected and interacts and affects everything else, then how should we treat other human beings? How should we treat our environment in general?
What is our responsibility as human beings in light of this connectedness?
How does this reality help us interpret our theology? How does it inform our message of reconciliation, the gospel that we preach? (2 Cor.5:19-20)
Think about it. Paul said we don’t fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers that blinds people from finding the truth…the truth about themselves and our wondrous mystical union in Christ.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world and
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph.6:12 NIV)
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers,
so that they cannot see the light of the gospel
that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Cor.4:4 NIV)
Beloved of God, who is the enemy here?
Who is “us” and who is “them” in the light of Jesus Christ?