God of the gaps

Some theists are often accused by atheists of having a God of the gaps. By this the atheists mean that as each scientific discovery explains something the theists retreat to moot God as the explanation of whatever more fundamental (precursor) part of the updated scientific theory still cannot explain.
This accusation is not of course levelled at literalist or so-called fundamentalist theists, who make no retreat at all, but sadly in the case of some Christians often fail to justify their literalism by showing that it offers a credible and scientific evidentially compatible cosmological and biological explanation.
Sceptics demand proof and wave Occam’s razor yet regardless of the fact that their alternatives are themselves but theories – mutable and forever incomplete.

Allow me to help them try complete one. God told me this stuff, and there’s plenty enough clues in the Bible to figure it all out.

You can see height, width and depth – you perceive the three standard dimensions. You also perceive the fourth – the passage of time – but you can’t look or go or point in the fifth dimension, or any of the others – there are about eleven altogether.

Wrong. Kinda.

You are in those other dimensions. IN them. Inside them. All of them, just like you are in the 3+time. Right now.
You can and do travel in them, constantly. EVERYTHING does.
You are inside the usual mundane 3+1 and THOSE ONES are BIGGER than you, about 13 billion light years radius. Yes they are curved, but don’t get sidetracked by that just yet.

The point is you can see stars a long way away – up, sideways and in front of you – because the “normal” dimensions are all a lot bigger than you and you inside them.
OK now we can do the sidetrack bit.

I said they are curved not straight. The Earth seems pretty flat and the horizon pretty straight – so much so that people once thought the Earth was flat. But we know it isn’t, and if you travel in what feels like a straight line for enough days you will go all the way round and end up back where you started. It is an imperceptible curve in a direction you are simply not perceiving very well.
Well our “normal” 3 dimensions of space are also curved in a direction you are simply don’t perceive because the curve s very, very, slight. OK so now you understand dimensions are curved – rolled up like a scroll.

The other “not normal” dimensions are rolled up really, really, tight. Their curves are extreme, not slight – dimensions 5 to 11 are tightly curved.

Our big three are “rolled up” very big wide – 13 billion light years radius. The tiny dimensions are rolled up smaller than an electron.

But we and the electron are still INSIDE the “tiny” dimensions – just like we are inside the “normal” dimensions.
We are (and the electron) are inside something smaller than us. Like a Dr Who TARDIS, kinda.
So actually we are wrapped round and round but its OK it doesn’t hurt because we are used to it ever since we existed, so we don’t even notice it. We only notice the great big “normal” dimensions.

So of course all the information (about us, and all the rest of the universe including our friend the electron) is wrapped round inside the tiny dimension. It completely spans the whole of that aspect of the universe, all at once.

Therefore information takes no time to travel across it, because it is already all over it.

INFORMATION TAKES NO TIME TO CROSS IT.

That;s a lot quicker than the speed of light yeah?

That is how quantum entanglement happening instantly does not break any rules about the speed if light.

When a physicist tells you any change in an electron simultaneously affects every other electron in the universe but he doesn’t know how it can that without breaking the speed of light, that’s the how bit he doesn’t know.

When physicists declare it’s a bit strange that quantum physics stuff and classical Einstein/Newton stuff seem a bit separate and hard to reconcile and we don’t perceive quantum’s strange ways at our physical human level, that’s why it is that way.

Now here’s the neat bit.

All this means you are omnipresent. Like God.

Yep, we really are made in His image. It’s just really hard to see it from here. Ain’t that a fact.

Grounded in truth

Skeptics question where the water of the great flood could have come from and gone to. The Bible says it was mostly from underground.
–  Genesis 7:12 “.,,fountains of the great deep… “
Now “Scientific American” magazine 12 March 2014″ reports a “Nature” article that confirms a mineral called olivine exists in Earth’s mantle in quantities that contains more water than all the existing oceans put together.

The Lord of the dance was at my wedding.

Another interesting but short-lived blog. At best that may well be what some of my readers may have thought when I stopped writing this blog two or three months ago. Well real life got busy.

I met the girl I love 39 years ago. She was the first girl I ever kissed when I was 16, We lasted a day, I spent the next 38 years regretting how we broke up and wishing I had married her. I don’t know how many times ovrr those years I cried actual tears.

I went off and lived a life that was all the things a Christian should not be. Use your imagination. Wrong sex, the occult, wrong religion, cars, motorbikes, some violence and drink, lots of diverse and very bad company and quite a lot of different chemicals too – I was a bad boy and I was good at it. I have had some incredible adventures in quite a lot of countries, meeting the highest and lowest, seeing the world in it’s lightest and darkest.

Don’t think this stopped me having three good suit-wearing responsible careers either. But nothing satisfied.

About 5 years ago something inside me snapped. I just walked out of my house and headed for town. I needed something but I didn’t know what. An unsuitable friend had once said he has a social life plan B and that it was dancing. Proper dancing not nightclubs.

I remembered his words and that night by a strange route I ended up at a peculiar tango dancing lesson which was taking place in a shop window as people walked past watching. It was interesting and exotic enough for my jaded personality and I went to tangos every week for four years.

Tango people were funky and intelligent, and dancing with pretty women of all ages but without any sexual agenda was what I needed to lead me away from the darkness toward the light. Even after a couple of months dancing I had changed deeply. My tango teacher had said at the very first lesson to “Beware because tango changes you.” God has a sense of humour and there are no coincidences – as we know as Christians, no such thing as luck – the name of that tango class is “Tango Serendipity.”

In that first two months I changed so much that I said goodbye to my old life. People who I had known couldn’t understand and I couldn’t explain because I didn’t know the reason either. I didn’t know it was God yet. He had me on his fishing line and was gently pulling me away from the dark to the light so subtly I didn’t know it.

Like an object falling, the change got faster and faster. It became exhilarating. One night what I now know was the Holy Spirit came upon me as I was driving home. All those things people say about it feeling like electricity and things, yes but you can’t really describe it.

I searched for answers. I didn’t know it was God yet. I went online to try to find people I could talk to who had the same experience of change. I wanted to avoid the corruption and bad places on the internet and I found a little chat room full of Christians where I felt there would be nothing nasty and I could talk honestly. I was not yet  knowingly a Christian but God had put me where I could learn what had happened to me and who had done it. I went there many times for a few months and chatted with some lovely people. In the end I had exhausted all other possibilities, just as my old life had tried everything except the right thing. I knew there was no other possible explanation. It was God that had changed me. I finally knew.

A few months later God arranged I should “coincidentally” have opportunity to meet the girl I had loved lost and missed all those many years ago. She had been a Born Again Christian for around 30 years. There are no coincidences. I asked her to the tango dance. I was born again, she prayed with me. We got engaged, we did it properly, I had a wonderful baptism we went to our wedding pure. In our church this last year I have so many new lovely friends. The first time I walked in there with the lady who was to become my wife I felt I had come home. One if my favourite songs now us “Come Home” by Johnny Cash.

A few weeks after that first Sunday, up on stage in that church. I gave testimony of who and what I had been and how Jesus had saved me, not because I had asked, known, or earned it, but because of His Grace and Love. I asked my love up onto the stage and proposed to her.

A year later, six weeks ago, we were married. It was a fabulous wedding with all our friends andvfsmilies. Our first dance was a of course a tango.

Jesus likes weddings. His first public miracle was at Cana. He certainly arranged my wedding! He invites everyone to His – the Church is His Bride.

So that’s why you haven’t heard from me a few weeks. I’ve been getting married, going on honeymoon to Scotland, moving house and settling in with the girl I loved all my life. Thank you Jesus my beautiful lovely friend, what words can I say…

Dance dance wherever you may be, for I am the Lord of the dance says He, and I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, I’ll lead you all in the dance says He.

Amen!

Service report

I’ve not been blogging recently because I am getting married in 9 day’s time. Yes it is a busy time. Then it’s honeymoon for 2 weeks, then move house, then maybe another big change after that as well. No I don’t mean a baby… they take 9 months and we have no idea whether we will have one or not. We’ll take what God gives on that one. My lady is the first girl I ever kissed, 39 years ago. We went separate ways after a few days and I went off into a life far from what life should be. I never stopped loving and missing her, always regretting not marrying her. 5 years ago Jesus reeled me in by His grace and I gradually discovered Jesus and was born again. By strange circumstances I had been reunited with my lady just over a year ago and the love blossomed again. Thank you Jesus.
Jesus is love freedom and the path to the best life you can have in this world and the next. No ifs no buts, I know it for sure and will tell anyone that simple truth written in my own life. God Bless you all, see you all again in a while.

Approach

Jesus is clear that to enter the Kingdom of Heaven we must become as children. Jesus is also clear that we must be born again. Becoming as a little child flows from being born again. Children are the result of births. When Jesus said to suffer the little children to come unto Him, He gave us a subtle reminder that bebirth is necessary to become again as His trusting loving children because the only way to approach His Father’s Kingdom, is through Him, the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6)

Cogito ergo… none!

Assuming the observer affects the observed (recent work in quantum mechanics challenges this or at least tries to explain/trivialise the effect away as being an artifact but let’s keep the accepted model for a while) if matter arises from consciousness (probability wave collapsed into existence) then consciousness did not arise from matter. If there were no observers matter could not arise so the mind (observation) of God was necessary for the universe’s matter to be created and His constant observation sustains it (not ours). Somewhat as the Bible says.

God speaks things into existence. Words express thought. It seems reasonable that God thought all the arrangements necessary for the universe, then expressed them as the universe.

There is likely and strangely more to it than that – a relationship between the numbers and meanings of the Hebrew alphabet and fundamental qualities of the universe may exist and if explored could bring much fundamental insight into physics – at an instrumentalism level.

So “I think therefore I am” is a trivial statement of existence compared to “He thinks therefore we are” that allows all of us – even Mr Kant who would say it doesn’t – such navel gazing.

The message of the Bible of course moves quickly on from how we came to exist to what a wonderful purpose we should put that privilege to.

Numskulls

This is about the end times. Signs and symbols seem to all around hidden in plain sight. Never mind freemasonry street layouts in Washington DC, just check out the world right in front of you.

All those happy skulls on handbags purses kids’ toys skull-shaped vodka bottles.

Is it a coincidence that the trend seems to have been boosted  by a guy called Damien with his bejewelled skull art?

This collect a skeleton model magazine I photographed is typical of the multiple representations of the skull I can see around my local area.

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In London, England last week I saw a building that seemingly has red horns and what look like cameras in the part that looks like the eyes of a horned beast.

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Check out the vodka bottle with what looks like a Dragon in it.

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Look at the de-personalised  images where people have their heads obscured by spheres – bingo balls on heads, the phone company advert ironically behind bars that I photographed in London, I’m sure you can find more, just look and see.

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More obscured people subsumed to the robots at this televised award show I snapped.

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Images of barbed wire and war were a feature too.

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Not quite the holodeck yet, but along with the robot checkouts tellers this one has replaced another human. Arnie makes an interesting skull in the Terminator movies. I think those movies are quite prophetic.

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Interesting symbols on this game controller huh?

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Heavy metal

The Bible says:
…so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the mark of the beast, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a person. It is six hundred and sixty six.

The Bible says:
The weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and sixty six talents of gold.

Wisdom. Who was wise? – Solomon. What do you need to buy or sell? – Gold. What was the number of Solomon’s gold? – Six hundred and sixty six.

What is the mark in the hand? It is the gold in your hand – money. What is the mark in the head? – The love of money.

What does the Bible tell you about the love of money? – (It)… is the root of all kinds of evil. …

The (probably deliberately) hidden origin of the word “Dollar” is “Talos” – a Talent, a measure of gold. If valleys are your thing etymologically however, you could consider the valley of death for a little irony.

Jesus cannot be captive to money having no need of gold to buy or sell because He owns everything.

He showed by metaphor the value in the fish he helps us catch (men) by paying the tax, which He said explicitly did not really have to be paid, with the coins He had His followers find inside the mouths of fish. He showed us money is meaningless in His realm but that we have value in us to Him.

The earthly dollar debt will not be redeemed by men, it is too big as anyone with wisdom can calculate, and so the beast will wreak its havoc, but the redemption that actually matters is not counted in money, and it is a price already paid in advance in full by Jesus.

What use all the gold on earth when just thirty pieces of silver bought so much more? Money might be handy but it will buy you nothing on judgement day.

Improving reception

The Bible has subtlety. Tiny remarks can be overwhelmed by the main event and easily be dismissed in the mind of the reader as unimportant, but actually the information in them is there to convey something deeply important by subtle means.

There is debate amongst Christians about how the Bible should be read – literally? as metaphor? as a secular history? as a blend of accreted different things translated and edited over generations by many with motives?

I suggest all of the above.

I’m getting married in a few weeks time so have a particular interest in the story that contains Jesus’ first sign – the water into wine miracle at the wedding in Cana.

Reading the NRSV version it notes in the verse John 2:9 that the Steward did not know where the wine had come from although the servants who had drawn the water did. Yeah obviously, minor point, pass over move on nothing to see here… Whoa! Back up a little. WHY mention something so obvious?

Who at the wedding knows where this wine came from? Not the Steward, not the Bridegroom, but the servants do. Jesus only reveals Himself here to the lowly, those who serve.

He points up the inadequacy of the important people who have run out of wine by providing embarassingly better wine to them, and conspiratorialy lets those who serve see this, letting the servants know who’s side he sits on politically (with a lowercase p).

Doubtless the lowly servants were having a hard time dealing with a drunken wedding party short of wine – the story even mentions the drunkenness of wedding parties and the supply of wine.

So the story tells us about Jesus – His sympathies and pointed subtlety in how He handles a situation with Grace and kindness but gently making a point to all.

There is of course a depth of other meaning and symbolism in the Cana wedding story – water, wine, transformation, gifting in secret, the Lord’s provision, the importance of marriage – dig as deep as you like. I’m not unaware of the more usual and perhaps more important aspects of the story, but I am saying don’t miss out on the back-story atmospherics – God put them in your Bible for you for a reason. You can get to know our Lord better through them and discover better what a clever gentle funny meaningful cool guy He is.

I love patterns. The story of Jesus has a meal at the beginning where water turns to wine, and a meal at the end where wine becomes blood. Even as literature the story of Jesus is exquisite. He lived it so elegantly.

My Fiancee knows Him even better than I do, and He is certainly invited to our wedding.