On the Nature of the Christian Universe
Holy, Holy, Holy is the Name of the Lord! In these dark days His Name is all but forgotten, a perverted symbol of the struggle of good against evil, and for so many years human beings have struggled! This is the first universal truth pertaining to the curses against humanity (Gen 3:14-18), that above all else life must be a struggle. This spiritually bound conflict finds everyone of all ages and walks of life, not to be forgotten when considering God’s Love, Grace, and Mercy — it has become increasingly evident when given simple observations of the world. Humanity’s curse traces it’s lineage back to the very beginning, that the wages of sin are death, and the path that human beings walk from creation of dust to returning to the dust of the earth is shared by all. Nature itself groans for the return of the King, for the balance of sin and the reunion of spiritual humans with God the Father.
Speculation on the depth of the mechanics that plague humanity is debatable and discernable. As a Christian scientist, one should be open-minded to the point that neither Christian theology contradicts the rational laws of nature, nor laws of nature contradicting Holy Scripture. In this event, there is a discrepancy that must be resolved; the error will lie either in a misinterpretation of the Biblical doctrines that are concerned, or a faux understanding of the laws of nature that are called into question. In this way we should look at scientific inquiry and set about discovering and explaining the nature of the universe according to a fundamental obedience to the Creator of the universe. This was the way that the world was originally meant to be enjoyed (Gen 1:28-30, 2:19-20), yet today as in antiquity, an inheritance mankind has proved to be varying degrees of unthankful for.
There are both tempered scientific theories as well as theological doctrines that are called into question as Christians and scientists attempt to reconcile world views. Such examples include evolution, the age of the Earth, Mosaic Law, miracles, and contradictions of the Nature of God — while generally each subject deserves it’s own apologetics and Truth as the explanation for which human beings yearn, they are united in that they operate within the confines of the universe. One must not forget that the universe operates the way that it should, and for reason, the interconnectedness of everything in existence that is inherent by virtue of having a Creator. Evolution happens to perpetuate life on our planet (also creating diversity, showcasing altruistic beauty), the age of the Earth and other celestial beings are what they are to play their role in the development of human beings, different laws were given to peoples of antiquity (Israelites) than Jews or later Christians, and so forth. This is the second Truth of the universe: everything happens for a reason. While sometimes this reason is not plainly evident, this principle does serve as a base understanding for explaininig and accepting scientific observations and endeavoring in scientific as well as theological inquiry. Inversely, committing to one side or the other would render only half truths and deprive one of a full understanding of the nature of what is being studied, or the whole.
One of the first contradictory arguments that is raised is the existence of unsavory entities in the present universe. Why does God allow evil in the world? Why do bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people? Essentially, why is the universe the way that it is, and retain an incredible distinction from being created by a perfect being?
Why would God create something that is in it’s nature, understood to be corrupt? There are many key examples of when God’s Will was violated: Adam and Eve chose to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Lucifer chose to disobey God’s plans for humanity and lead them astray. The Egyptian Pharoah chose to deny Moses’ people freedom and sanctuary away from Egypt. Jewish authorities chose to execute the very Son of God who came down from Heaven. While there will always be mysteries that are privy only to the eyes of God, just like with the existence of unimaginably far galaxies that exert their existence on Earth, one can find solace in the Truth that the present universe is as it was meant to happen. Ordained by the Lord, Lucifer played his role as accuser and tempter of humanity and humanity in turn accepted the temptation into their hearts. Pharoah played his role by allowing his heart to be hardened and Hebrews were not granted their freedom. Jesus of Nazareth played His Role by revealing the Glory of God to mankind and purchasing the salvation of all with His Sacrifice. The universe would not be the same today if tragedies were not condoned by God. Many of these tragedies teach lessons that humankind could not understand any other way. Without false idols, the father of the chosen people would perhaps never have made contact with God. Without the execution of the Son of God, many people might never have developed a relationship with the True God and found forgiveness and mercy for their sins. And so even nature plays it’s role in teaching lessons, that infants are not spared their mortal lives, that homosexuals are allowed to practice forbidden behavior, that terrible things are allowed to exist in a world yet blessed by God — even Angels lay down their lives so that God’s Will be done.
What is God’s ultimate Will? What is His plan for humankind? We have already been blessed with revelation as to parts that make up the whole — we were created in His Image to be stewards of the earth and have dominion over heavenly Eden. (?) Despite turning our backs on God (?), He laid out a plan for salvation and redemption in an effort to bring us back to His divine family. The standards for excellent quality of life are evident in recollections of the wealthiest kings, and the treasures laid up in Heaven are unimaginably fulfilling. An observable Truth exists through a comparative examination of the social order of almost all societies: every one has their own calling and every one’s path is solely one’s own to walk. This Truth calls into question certain theological concepts including predestination and free will, rectified by understanding the difference between God’s knowledge of the future and a human being’s knowledge of the future (and a further difference noted comparing an Angel’s escatological(?) knowledge). Yet despite the role of destiny in the unique paths that we all take, the existence of freely willed lifestyles almost makes them necessary. In an ideal world, good lifestyles would dictate good paths and in turn a good world that is shared by all life.
Not everyone is called to be a servant of the Lord, although servitude should be incorporated into every Christian’s life. There exists multitudes of vocations for every human being despite the singular eternity of God’s omnipotence and omniscience. The co-existence between the perfect, all-powerful Glory of God and the imperfectly tainted nature of human beings demonstrates the elasticity in which the universe unfolds with every generation of every Age. Often the separation gap between Godhood and manhood creates internal conflicts with the relationship between God’s Chosen and Himself. Nonetheless a universe does not exist that does not owe it’s thankfulness to God the Creator irregardless of the corruption of the times e.g. those constructing Towers of Babel in an attempt to become independent of God, the triumphs of godless science by anti-theists such as Richard Dawkins, etc. If you could bear the full weight of the Yoke of the Lord, you would be perfect; if not, bear what you are able (?).
It seems right to have a Truthful comprehension of the universe in the terms in which God, His blessings, and His plan play roles, before making negative spiritual decisions such as choosing atheism, anti-theism, or apostasy. Oftentimes this may mean that an entire lifetime goes by without any clear rewards for even the most pious lifestyles — the weight of living a good life but a hard life with no clear incentive to do well, irrespective of religion, is demotivational at the very least. A scientist’s life encompasses all of the vanity and pride reminiscent of unthankful blasphemy against the Father like unruly children. It is a Truth that the Truth itself can only truly be understood by leaning not on one’s own understanding, but by trusting in God with all one’s heart. The result: He will make any one’s path straight. (?) Doing so can cause one to unaccept former truths that were once taken for grantedly believed. Physical and mental health symptoms can manifest as side effects of the conflict and turmoil associated with changing such profound personal understandings about our universe.
To understand the entirety of the nature of the universe concerning both physical properties as well as spiritual properties, requires one possess the totality of the knowledge and wisdom of that universe. It is noteworthy that no single religion nor philosophy nor science (or even a synchretous encompassing one) holds would be capable of holding such vastness. Yet the universe contains every opportunity to experience the fullness of creation in parts. The virtues of hope, faith, and love remain but of these, love is the strongest (?). Love, the interconnecting tendons of the human race, continues to drive human beings into the future today. These virtues are the basis on which a Christian life is formed, combined with chastity, obedience, and poverty to form the spine of the human Christian, and will to greatness (or lack of) to “elevate” one’s position to servant of the Lord.
I have always found a content solace with the realization of how every individual factors into the Divine Plan, the eminent end of the Age detailed in John’s Apocalypse, and acceptance that the world is how it is because that is how it is meant to be. I too, have been burdened by Christian enslavement, and through no experience but my own and what little divine revelation I have been graced with, it is my wholehearted wish to go about my life with a dual commitment to both my Lord God and Father as well as my natural scientific inquiry and curiosity. In doing this, I have found personal truths, those which reflect my own desire for righteous humility, applied concretely to my life although I also believe these precepts would be prudent to be applied to the life of any Christian:
There is a sort of cognitive dissonance involved with condemning sinful behavior as a Christian while at the same time accepting it’s place in life’s opera. This acceptance comes with any of life’s events, whether notably secular such as life’s affairs and traumas or those that would occur on a universal scale such as self perception or in living a small existence.
Furthermore, I am always delighted to encounter meaningful synchronicities in the world, uncurtained reveals of the show behind the scenes. Not only have I found God to have a certain profound sense of humor, but glimpsed profound connections of the world. Being suspended in a spiritual state, or perhaps a receptive state, has led to me believe that numbers of these encounters incline in such periods.
In this spirit it seems fit to me to establish a Christian Science that encompasses the laws of the natural world as supplemental and resonant with all spiritual theology that has or will ever be passed down from God — to support religious doctrine on the properties of the world with scientific findings, through concrete quantitative values, and to popularize this Christian Science as an answer to both Christians that desire to think about the universe in scientific terms as well as scientists who wish to think about the world in Christian terms. To name it Christian Science seems unfit etymology for the subject; human beings have drawn a distinction between these two major schools of thought and segregated them. The subject should be novel as well as definitive, and why not? God the Greatest Scientist who has created the medium and the ends for which we study science, and mankind the creation that has been passed down both the means to speculate and define science the same as divine revelation from Heaven. Just as physiological psychology was once at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs, Christian psychology and Christian Science must endure the same rite of passage.
Such examples of Christian Science range from the Big Bang — the merging of our understanding of the Bang itself as well as the Reason for which God chose to create the universe in this matter; evolution both as a science of the origin and development of species as well as a system for God to populate the earth; certain matter that exist serving both as stabilizers (anti-matter, dark energy) as well as having their own divine purpose. A topic of particular interest to me is the physics of consciousness and the methods that God created and uses physical energy and matter as a means to construct systems of consciousness and specifically souls. And a physical, scientific explanation for the theology that the Forces of Evil are kept at bay not by anything more than the sacrifice and righteousness of 10 good men that still inhabit the earth else [the earth] would fall into utter destruction (?)
Christian Science has yet to have it’s foundations laid for the physical and physiological laws and theories that are acceptable and supplemented with Christian theology. It seems one of the benefits of a prevalent Christian Scientist community would be the agreeability and condoning of good world models, systems that through democracy or other means are passed in an effort to make this world a better place.
Good world models are societal structures that support both the freedom and equal benefit of mankind (?)(for God gives heavenly treasures openly, how much should you do with earthly treasures) as well as mandates that resonate closely with the Will of God. Examples of such approvable ideas include a brand of capitalistic communism, proper platforms for encouragement in education and intellectualism, any type of social reform derived or copasthetic with Christian ideals, or any societal structure that is permeated with wholesome love.