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Jesus -- the Cornerstone of Creation

by: Thomas Lee Abshier, ND
1991-1997


The following essay is a theoretical apologetic for the supreme universal Lordship of Jesus the Christ, The Son of God.  


 The hypothesis of this examination is that the words and testimony of the Holy Bible are true, and that it accurately reflects the underlying nature of the physical universe and God's creative and sustaining relation to it.  The Bible is not a physics book, nor a book of apologetics for the faith.  Rather, it is a book of historical record and evidence about God's interaction with man.  It presents a multi-faceted model of life in the form of parables and clues about the nature of God and the proper behavior of man.


In John 1:1 & Colossians 1:15 refer to Jesus as creator and foundation of the universe.  If these scriptures are true and accurate testimony about the relation of Jesus to the Father, it is clear why He deserves honor and worship.  As the second member of the Godhead, He was given the responsibility and authority to create everything in the entire universe.


John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2  The same was in the beginning with God. 3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.


Again in Colossians 1 we see that Jesus referred to as the Creator of the creation.  In some way we as humans and creatures are also enlivened by the spirit which enlivens Jesus.


Colossians 1:12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;


When He was born on in Bethlehem, Israel and given the name Yeshua (meaning Savior).  In the English language we call Him Jesus.  He was the Son of God long before being born as a man, in fact, He was with God from the beginning.  It was He, the Son, The Word, who was given the job of creating all of the created universe.  The Son obeyed the Father in all things.  Ultimately, God the Father is the owner, creator, and supreme lawgiver in that the Son listens to the Father and implements His will,  And, God the Father has put His Son as the gatekeeper to His presence.


John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

 

Secular Humanism: The Religion of Modern Man:

 Modern man in general does not bow his knee in reverence to the Christian God.  A common conception about Christianity is that it is a primitive religion, based upon folklore, ancient stories of miracles, myths, superstition, and pre-technological concepts.  Further, the belief about such primitive myth-based religions is that they are now obsolete, superceded by a more rational and fact-based belief system.  It appears that since we have reached such a pinnacle of understanding in so many areas of knowledge, we need no longer embrace the old, quaint, and primitive religions of that less enlightened age.  After all, we have reached an almost god-like understanding in nearly every area of the natural and social sciences such as: astronomy, cosmology, particle physics, geology, history, mathematics, statistics, engineering, life science, psychology, world religions, and social science.  


 Based upon this heady new understanding of life, secular humanism has arisen as the de facto religion of modern man.  And, science has become one of the primary institutions and methods that validate this religion.  To use theological terminology, science is the apologetic for secular humanism.  Einstein has been installed as on of the major prophets for this religion, by his supposed declaration that "everything is relative".  The common belief is that because this religion is based upon science, it is not a religion, and therefore, there is no faith involved in believing its tenants.


 But, believing in secular humanism requires faith also.  An illusion of undeniable validation of the secular humanist world-view has been created by the apparent consensus about its truth by intellectuals, scientists, and the media.  From this bastion of investigation and propagation, secular humanism is presented as a fact-based belief system.  In particular, there is a background belief that those who are committed to the pursuit of an objective reality have come to a unified and unbiased conclusion about the origin of life, the evolution of man, the creation of the universe, and the nature of matter, energy, space, and time.  And, even if there are holes in the current theories, the fact that we humans have discovered so many principles and so much workable truth using the methods of science, we will be able to eventually determine the absolute truth, in its entirety, given enough time, energy, and intention.


The Validity of Science:

 To the layman, it appears that those who develop these theories are intellectually endowed beyond the level of the common man.  It appears that they have reached conclusions that are accurate because they have devoted their lives to scientific experiment and theoretical understanding.  In general, science is to be trusted because it is objective, validated, verifiable, an extension of the knowledge of the ages, and has produced incredible benefit to the quality of life.  To a large extent, the prestige and honor we give to those who engage in the pursuit of knowledge is merited.  But, the fact is that science is limited, and evidence can be used to support or deny a theory based upon a personal or social bias.  Such subjective bending of conclusions may be intentional, but similar errors can arise without awareness when the data is limited, or when the questions asked are incomplete.  


Developing a Theory

 When a theory is developed to explain a phenomenon, all the available evidence may support a particular conclusion.  But, that conclusion may not be reflective of the actual larger reality.  For example, the currently available evidence about evolution provides powerful support for its viability and accuracy as a theory.  Nearly every major scientific journal of the modern era has accepted the "theory of evolution" so implicitly that the validity of the the theory is seldom challenged.  Rather, it has been elevated to the status of a fact or law.  Scientific American, is a large circulation magazine for the intellectual scientifically oriented thinker.  Its bias toward evolution as a fact is so strong that writers have been dismissed for writing articles challenging the premise of evolution.  In its articles, new scientific discoveries, questions about life, and psychology phenomenon, are framed in terms of how they fit into the evolutionary model.  


 In other words, science is not looking for alternate theories to explain the data,  In fact, the universe may have expanded from a very small volume to its current large size.  And God may have populated the earth over a long period of time with very simple organisms that were slowly modified by His divine intervention.  Thus, the apparent paradox of Biblical story, and evolutionary evidence may in fact be compatible.  


 The theory of Evolution and Creation have both been developed by inductive reasoning.  Science uses inductive reasoning when evidence must be merely observed in nature because no experiments can be performed to validate or refute it.  Deductive reasoning is the method of reaching conclusions by doing experiments.  Using deduction, the variables can be controlled, data collected and analyzed, a new hypothesis can be made, and more experiments can be done to confirm or deny the hypothesis.  All this is to say, that the scientific method is subject to limitations which can introduce error because of only having a partial data set.  


 Science is also subject to social and professional inertia.  This happens when an idea gains preeminence and general popularity.  People are creatures of habit and group acceptance.  We rely on people with authority in a field of their expertise to tell us the truth in areas where we cannot engage in our own personal independent study.  As a result, the scientists function as a type of priesthood, being the caretakers and diviners of truth about the physical universe.  Thus, science can become like a religion with its precepts and belief structures.  New ideas that challenge old and cherished theories can be seen as heretical and dismissed or even persecuted.  Thus, the momentum of widely accepted belief structures can make it difficult for new ideas to gain support, even though the very nature of science is a dedication to the truth.  Such a closed-minded approach to new concepts should not be present in a truth-seeking profession such as science, but in reality, this social force is unavoidably present.


 This is not to say that all science is in error or resistant to accepting new concepts.  Even when there is outright deception, or inadvertent error, the truth will eventually arise.  It may take decades, or even centuries, but if a theory is false, it will eventually become the quaint concept of the past.  The theories and hypotheses that arise from scientific evidence can be in error because of wrong interpretation, blind bias because of preconceptions, and/or incomplete data sets because of ignorance of all the factors involved.  


 Sometimes, a new scientific truth arises through means which are almost supernatural.  Thomas Edison was deeply inspired by a drive to light the cities of America.  He was driven by this vision, and committed to engaging in the effort it took to reach the goal.  He pursued this vision because he had discovered a phenomenon (a filament which would glow when electric current passed through it).  But it required 1000's of trials with different substances before he was successful.  He had faith that success would eventually come, but it required huge amounts of effort to realize the fruit of his faith.  This is typical of the principle of faith and works.


James 2:15  If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16  and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17  Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18  But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19  You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe; and tremble! 20  But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21  Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22  Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23  And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God. 24  You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. 25  Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? 26  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.


 The German chemist Friedrich Kekulé von Stradonitz, who discovered the atomic structure of benzene, envisioned the closed-carbon shape of the molecule in a dream of a snake grasping its own tail.  From this dream he saw carbon molecules in a swirl, finally forming a benzene ring.  He had been wrestling with how the benzene molecule could be formed, but had not been able to make it fit from what he knew about valency of the atoms.


 In another example, Elias Howe dreamt he was in a jungle, surrounded by savages.  They lifted their spears toward him, then lowered them.  Each spear had a hole in the tip.  Howe later invented the sewing machine.  This dream inspired him to move the position of the needle's hole from the problematic location of the base to the tip, an aspect of his invention with which he had been struggling.  In these examples we see how the conclusion must be known before the truth can be validated by science or implemented as technology.  And in each case, a great deal of work was involved, in addition to the inspiration, faith, or vision.


The limitations of science:

 Even if the truth of today is in actuality true, the fact remains, that not all truth is known.  And as humans, we may always be ignorant of some unknowable aspect of the universe.  But, in general people believe that what they currently know or believe is true, and if they don't know it, then it probably isn't that important because they are doing just fine with what they currently believe.  In general, humanity has been fairly happy with leaving the work of science to the scientists and trusting in the validity of the work they do.  And, given the power of science to beneficially affect our lives, there appears to be little need for faith in the conclusions and world-view that arises from the scientific method and its underlying assumption.  As a result, the secular humanist/scientism beliefs, appear to simply be facts, and thus the concept of faith and belief appears to be irrelevant.  There appears to be very little need for faith in the concepts and theories which arise from demonstrable experiment and solid archeological/historical data.


The need for Faith in Secular Humanism/Scientism:

  The professionals and serious students of science know that our knowledge is actually limited in every field of study.  But even so, the general view is that the holes in knowledge and belief will soon be known, that new theories will simply be more refined versions of current theories, and that whatever is not known can and will be known eventually.  It is true, Man has been able to uncover the mysteries of the universe to a certain depth.  The accomplishments have been significant, such as: the discovery of the particulate under-structure of matter, harnessing the energy of the atom, observing the astronomical depths of the universe, and modification of the molecular coding for life.  All these accomplishments have arises out of the faith and works of intellect and creativity.  The fact is, that gaining knowledge by describing and understanding the processes occurring within the creation makes us more powerful.


Proverbs 18:15  The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

 

 One of the most pervasive and accepted theories of inductive science has been the belief in evolution by a spontaneous process of time and random chance.  It is a fact that there is a connection between the Kingdoms, Classes, Phyla, Families, Genra, and Species of animals.  This fact is an obvious conclusion from examining the genetic similarity between apes, mice, and humans.  The common genetic coding is on the order of 98% being identical.  Such a similarity makes the leap from separate creations, to evolutionary development an eminently reasonable hypothesis.  But, to assume that this evolutionary tree of life was entirely populated by chance and time is not logically defensible.  The probability of every life-form arising by chance and time is vanishingly small given the maximum 4-15 billion year evolutionary time limit.


 To imagine that there were small adaptations and modifications to species which had been created due to pressures for survival of the fittest and adaptation to the local environment is eminently reasonable.  For example, it is common knowledge that bacteria modify their biochemistry to elude the toxic effects of antibiotics.  We see clear evidence of a species of tree or herb modifying its characteristics when it was isolated by a mountain range or body of water.  Because of the different environmental pressures, the plants appear to modify their characteristics so as to better survive and thrive to in the new terrain.  Thus, the principle of modification of a plant or animal species to adapt to local bio-niches appears to be a valid assumption.  But, to extrapolate that the entirety of all life arose by the method of random mutation with resultant improved survivability is not borne out by even modern experiment.  In fact, when bacteria mutate to acquire resistance to an antibiotic, the bacteria itself is in general less able to survive.

  

  It is tempting to make the hypothetical extension that life is simply an accidental phenomenon that naturally arose due to chance and time.  And, if a person wished to believe that there is no God, and chose instead to walk by sight, then science would appear to provide a justification for that belief system.  If the creation and life plausibly arose by chance, then there is no need for God to explain our existence.  The restrictive sexuality and code of morality which the Christian God has given can be ignored as cultural mythology, superstition, and/or irrelevant tradition.


2 Corinthians 5:1  For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3  if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4  For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5  Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 6  So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7  For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8  We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 9  Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.


Faith and Evolution:

 Science has not conclusively proven evolution, but then, neither has theology conclusively proven God.  The fact is, that both belief systems require a measure of faith to fill the gap between what is known and seen and what is believed to be true.  There are still many gaps in the scientific evidence for evolution, and as such, to believe in evolution requires faith.


 Currently, these two parallel belief structures compete for allegiance.  The undeniable empiric fact is that life and the creation exists.  The concept that all of creation is an imagination, and nothing exists at all, that life is simply an illusion, is actually a broadly held competing cosmological viewpoint, and is an important precept of a number of the world religions.  In my own theory, I believe that all three of these theories (nihilism, evolution, and creation) have elements of truth.  And, if each is held in the proper mix and perspective, a world-view arises which allows life and the creation to be held in the most beautiful and sacred way.


 Science relies on observation, hypothesis, experiment, and conclusion to prove its theories.  Christianity bases its apologetic arguments on a constellation of "word vectors" which all intersect at the same point, and thus inferentially validate the truth of the Bible.  But, neither method of validating truth can stand


 on its own and say, "this is the whole truth" relying solely on their respective method.

 Thus, again faith is the ultimate glue we must apply to our evidence and reason to fill up the cracks and gaps of knowledge that support our particular theoretical world-view.  The evolutionist, scientist, secular humanist, nihilist, and Christian all must admit to using faith since knowledge is incomplete.  For example, a belief based on history is inherently incomplete.  The characters and events are unavailable for manipulation and experimental testing of alternate hypothesis.  Thus, evolution based on historical/archaeological evidence cannot be validated by observation alone, only by induction and inference.  Evolution cannot even be taken as a theory which is universal, total, complete, and self sufficient even by the modern day examples of micro-evolution/adaptation.


 The writers for Scientific American have taken data and attempted to create a body of theory which can explain all phenomenon, psychological, social, and organismic as examples of evolutionary pressure.  To create such a theoretical structure is the equivalent in appearance to having described the "Truth".  In effect, the underlying reality of life should be understandable and explainable in terms of a relatively small number of forces or organizing principles that all spring from a common underlying principle.  In the case of evolution, the precept is that the universe arose out of nothing (or some alternate primal substance/dimension -- whose origin is unknown), and then organized itself randomly into the inorganic and life-form structures we see in our current world.  Such an ontologic regression inherently requires faith.


 The fact is, the same data and observational data can be explained by the divine intervention of a creative God who has created a creation, and continued to intervene in the miraculous process of creating modifications which were truly strengthening as well as adaptive.  


God as the Evolutionary Force:

 Thus, rather than random mutations arising which allowed for adaptation to new environments, God may have intervened in the processes of life on a molecular level.  Such intervention would have produced an identical outcome to the evolutionary model.  It would have produced a world populated with life and incredible variety, due to the wide variety of environmental niches that could be filled with life.  The complexity of the ecological web of life could have been woven in an intelligent, real-time manner.  Eons of adaptation, which depended on chance and interrelated dependence would not have been necessary.  Rather, the modifications of one species, that required the participation and adaptation of another, could have been expressed by purpose, plan, and intention.  The ecological building blocks could have been put in place as micro organic/inorganic eco-systems during a particular climatic era.  Thus, as the earth changed over the millions of years of geologic history, the life-forms that populated it could have gone through stages of adaptation to the planetary landscape.  An age dominated by bacteria and single celled plants would have changed the macro environment to be more hospitable for the multicellular plants and animals.  As would their presence have modified the biological terrain to allow feeding and support for larger animals such as insects and invertebrates and land flora.  And, their presence would have allowed the support of the larger animals such as reptiles and birds.  And catastrophes such as asteroids which could have changed the environment so radically that only smaller plants and animals could survive.  


God as the Ultimate Nihilist:

 Ultimately there is nothing in the entire universe.  Possibly in that pre-creation state, only God existed in the nothing.  Possibly there were other God's, all attempting to create and manifest their own universes.  But regardless of the level of manifestation or emptiness in that pre-creation state, there was nothing manifest in this universe.  And, there was no meaning or purpose present in a universe of nothing.  


 Thus, if meaning is to be created, it must be created from nothing, simply out of intention and desire for that which is beautiful, full, and relational.  Since the Father's nature is Love, it was this power and pressure that drove Him to create a universe full of relationship.  The really hard part of all this is to create meaning, when the original and ultimate state of the universe is -- nothing.  As such, God had to create a very elaborate layering of structure.  


 Man, compared to the size of the quark, is about 10-34 orders of magnitude larger.  And, man is about 1034 orders of magnitude smaller than the size of the universe.  We are balanced roughly between the largest and smallest structures of the universe, and are thus deeply layered in the center of this universe.  Structure, name, and form provide the set and props that provide for a drama where meaning can arise.  The perception and experience of pain and pleasure give life significance.  With a variety of structure and names in place, it is now possible to create pain and pleasure in many forms, and create a complex drama of minimization of pain and maximization of pleasure.  The tokens of pleasure and pain include: scarcity and plenty, work and rest, depreciation and appreciation, wealth and poverty, hunger and satiety, learning and ignorance, wisdom and foolishness, life and death, legacy and barrenness, pride and dishonor, lust and repulsion, fear and safety, anger and justice, grief and companionship, joy and sorrow, etc.   


 God has additionally layered the universe with emotions, the feeling sense of life.  He gave us the desirable feelings of love and happiness, and the opposing feelings of loneliness, anger, and fear.  He has made Himself, and the understructure of His universe almost invisible to the perception of his creatures.  There are clues as to His purpose, plan, and existence, but those clues are subtle and inferential rather than being clear and conclusive.  


 When God's people live in His world without a defining center and purpose to their lives, humanity is lost in a swirl of attempts to define and experience meaning.  The pleasures of the senses can be pursued, but that only produces a deadening of the senses to the pleasure with time and overuse.  Meaninglessness or nihilism can be adopted as the accurate, appropriate religious view of life, but there is little joy, other than the satisfaction associated with survival and avoidance of pain.  In the nihilistic world-view, the significance of the actions and consequences of life are no more than the feelings of the moment.  Thus, a sense governed experience of life would be the most logical and prudent -- minimize pain, and maximize pleasure.


 In fact, a philosophy of pleasure maximization and pain minimization is the way that the Christian should also choose to live life.  But the actions taken, and the reasons behind those choices would probably be considerably different.  For the man living in the renewed Mind of Christ, the pleasure of the moment would arise simply by simply participating fully in the daily experiences of living in this world.  Life becomes a constant experience of worship.  The Christian would ideally love his fellow man with the love of God, but pity the error and sorrow of his life.  The mature Christian would recognize the evil in the world, shun its temptations, and prefer the long and slow rewards he would reap from following the rules of social and personal life embeded within the human psyche.  


Psalms 118:20  This is the gate of the LORD, Through which the righteous shall enter. 21  I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation. 22  The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. 23  This was the Lord's doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. 24  This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.


God as the Provider of Meaning:

 Ultimately the feelings we experience, our emotions, and the pain and pleasure of life give us our strongest drives and motivations for action.  As such, feelings ultimately are the most important determinant of meaning.  But, just because we desire something does not necessarily indicate that it is healthy, Godly, or proper to engage.  The most obvious examples are the feelings of sexual passion and desire.  If they are satisfied in a way that is outside of God's prescribed pattern, then sooner or later, the transgressor will experience the sorrow and despair associated with missing the mark.  Happiness and sustained joy can only survive when the foundation surrounding that passion is stable.  As a result, any long term view of life needs to temper the pull to satisfy the short term prospect of pleasure.  The laws of God that are written on the hearts of man and must be honored for the human psyche to experience sustained and deep joy.


 The Nihilist declares that there is no meaning in life.  Given the ultimately empty nature of the universe, this declaration is plausibly true.  But, God has constructed and sustained the universe in such a way as to provide for the possibility of a full body/mind/emotion experience of satisfaction and meaning.  The meaning is embedded in the payoff of feelings, joy, and ongoing satisfaction while living and working in God's eternal heavenly kingdom.  Since the spirit is eternal, and God is the determinant of meaning and significance, all of life is significant and has meaning.  But, from the human level, the sense of life having meaning is dependent upon how the soul holds life.  Thus, when properly framed, meaning can arise from this universe of essentially nothingness.


 On one level, this universe is significant and meaningful just because it is made from the stuff of God's mind, and God found existence inside his mind to be valuable and worth living.  But, he choose to create life, rather than to simply stay in that level of unmanifest universe.  Thus, in effect He has paved even the common roads of life with royal riches.  But, such a recognition of value and meaning can only come when one has surrendered fully into the joy of having the honor of living and serving in God's world.


Meaning in Perfection:

 God is the source and creator of meaning, and we as humans only secondarily experience that fullness God has planned and intended for us.  We, as humans, cannot create sight, or consciousness, or the feelings of love or pain.  And just as we cannot create the other fundamental intangibles of life, we cannot create meaning.  Meaning is another word for the sense of significance and purpose.  And, since this entire universe was made out of nothing, by God, there is nothing that is inherently meaningful -- nothing that is self existent (except God) and thus nothing (except God) which can be used as an eternal standard by which all else can be measured.


Phillipians 1:18  What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice. 19  For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20  according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21  For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22  But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23  For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24  Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. 25  And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, 26  that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again. 27  Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, 28  and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. 29  For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30  having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.


  Having recognized God as the standard of and source of meaning, it is reasonable to pursue perfection in Godliness.  After all, Godliness is the most broad term under which we could categorize all of the virtues which are pleasing to God, such as lawfulness, righteousness, and love.  But, even though it is reasonable to pursue one's perfection of virtues, everyone who pursues this goal quickly finds it elusive.  The closer one comes to reaching the perfection of one's current behavior or attitude, the more stringent becomes the criterion for victory and attainment.  The pursuit of perfection appears to be endless, as though the world is conspiring against attainment.  Life appears to be a fractal of endless mazes and obstacles, with the "cheese of satisfaction and meaning" ever-receding.

 

 In fact, the pursuit for perfection is destined for failure because of the intertwined nature of the physical universe.  Too many factors must be controlled to actually attain perfection in any real-world enterprise.  Thus, if the manifestation of perfection is the only endpoint that will satisfy the sense of meaning, there is little hope of experiencing fulfillment in life.


 Clearly, the pursuit of perfection is important, but the sustained attainment of perfection is impossible.  So, it appears that the place where we must rest is simply to walk peacefully with God, learning His way, and doing our best to mature and attain perfection.  Thus, performance and relationship are together aspects of experiencing meaning in our walk of life.  If there is no relationship, it is simply an effort of self attempting to achieve the unachievable for the purpose of self gratification.  And ultimately, such self-oriented effort is much like dancing alone in the dark -- it is empty.  

 As a human, the attainment of perfection in any sphere is unreachable.  But, the man with a renewed mind can see that each of the trials, failures, and challenges are opportunities to exercise faith while engaging in the works of life.  While so doing, he can deeply experience the passions of humanity such as joy, sorrow, love, anger, fear, and happiness as he fully participates in the various tasks of life.  To him, the events of life are felt as significant, and the actual outcome of each trial is important.  As such, victory is always more desirable than defeat.

 

 Inevitably life will bring times of loss, failure, sorrow, guilt, and regret.  But those times of defeat can provide value, richness, and perspective.  Thus, the integration of the feelings, the actual experience, the lessons learned, and the relationship together create the amalgam from which the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment arise.    


Romans 8:25  But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. 26  Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27  Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. 31  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33  Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34  Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36  As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter." 37  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.


 But, for any of the drama of life to have any real pull, there must be feelings of desire.  Ultimately all feelings are God given, since everything is simply an experience of God interacting with Himself.  But, He has created within us the miracle of separation, desire, and purpose.  In this world we express our passions as we push toward the accomplishment of a goal, as we relate with man and God during the process, and as we experience the fruits of our effort in victory or defeat.  It is the complex of desires, the consequences of reward and pain, the sharing of burdens, and the personal responsibility for outcome that makes up the journey of life.  It is within and from this complex that we find the substrate, substance, and meaning of life.

 

 There is no eternal victory ceremony that will give meaning to life.  The fact is, victory is better than defeat, But even so, victory is important.  But, without caring enough to be pierced by the pain of failure, we cannot fully experience the differential joy that is available from accomplishment.  Thus, some of the important aspects of life which provide meaning are: intense desire to accomplish, significant but not insurmountable resistance, and the possibility for both positive and negative consequences.


 It is in the process of doing, overcoming, and experiencing that the meaning of life arises.  There is no one point or event to which we can reach where we can say we have found the origin, or aspect of life which gives the real sense of meaning to life.  Rather, the sense of purpose and meaning rises and falls as the intensity of involvement, experience of victory and defeat, the difficulty of the involvement, and the level of desire.  And again, none of the striving and experience would have any significance at all, except that our participation in life is creating within God's mind the experience of relationship, which in turn satisfies His own internal need for companionship and love.  The stuff and drama of life are merely the medium through which relationship can be played.  And, since it is His play, the rules of proper relationship are His to make.


 Thus, in the play of life, we are both the players and the audience.  We are the co-scriptwriters and co-directors with God.  We please God, and do our part as we should in His world if we play our part well.  He desires that we love being in His world, and participate enthusiastically with him as sincere actors.   He wants us to be fully involved in the drama and consequence of the acts, and strive to resolve each plot and subplot with  Godly principles and action.  Again, we see that we are both actor audience, and that from this dual process the possibility of meaning can arise.  If we engage our parts with fervor, if we work hard at expressing the passions that arise in our hearts, we can experience the fullness of the spice and juice of life.


 We must listen to Him, but He also listens to us.  He has His agenda for the big picture of history, but He allows us to override His immediate plans with our personal preferences and individual desires.  He will intervene in the events of man, using forces and methods that are subtle and unseen by the human perception.  And, ultimately life will manifest the course He has prescribed.  As it plays out for eternity, we will have participated in the never-ending-story of God's love relationship with man.


 Understanding that meaning arises simply in the process of life, and the full bodied, enthusiastic, service full expression of it, allows us to engage in this process with purpose and conscious acceptance.  Without an understanding of the meaning of life, we wander about like blind men, kicking at the goads of life which are pointing us toward the directions of righteous participation.

 

 Thus in summary, meaning is the sense of significance one experiences when engaging in any life process.  There are many layers of meaning to life, since there are many inter-layered and interwoven eras, tasks, purposes, and processes.  The macro-level purpose of life is to Love God and experience His world, and engage in His companionship inside this world of His making.  By so doing, we fulfill His nature, His desire for love.


God as the Ultimate Engineer and Architect:

 To manifest the universe required commitment and work.  He created a universe where work was done by force and He allowed Himself the option of intervening in this world of force and physical law by miraculous modification of the processes an structure of the universe.  


 In the manifest universe nothing moves without force.  But, God can operate with facility and autocratic fiat in the realms of faith.  Thus, the spirit can move instantly, and creation can happen without delay.  The plan must merely be in place, the idea mature, the implications and ecological interrelationships must be computed and compared to the long term goal, and then implemented instantly.  Simply viewing a TV documentary about the forces of nature, such as the National Geographic specials, makes it clear that the plan has many threads, all woven together tightly and intricately.


 But underneath all of the passion and fury of nature and biological life is the quiet emptiness of the Mind of God.  Ultimately all this complexity, passion, and drama sprang from the vast unpainted canvas of God's Mind.  


The Soul and Spirit of Plants, Earth, and Animals:

 Every animal has a soul.  The soul is the automatic energetic, non-physical accompaniment and organizing force-entity embedded within every life-form.  The spirit I have defined as that portion of the life-form which is which is divine, eternal, and the conscious light of life.  It is my hypothesis that animals have a spirit, but that the spirit is not individual.  Rather, the spirit that enlivens each animal species is a single spirit, living through the body and soul of many creatures.  We see evidence of the divine nature living within every animal in Colossians 1:12-20 where Christ is referred to as being the substance of all creatures.


Colossians 1:12  giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.


 While this scripture does not say that every creature does, or does not have its own spirit, it confronts the question as to the externality of every life-form.  As a hypothesis, and a matter of personal conjecture, I propose that God has enlivened each species with an over-spirit, possibly such as the totem spirit that was worshiped, or recognized, by the Native Americans.  The polytheistic religions appear to look at plants, animals, and the Earth as having a group spirit or archetypal spirit.  In this conception of life, while one expression of the spirit, a particular bird or dog may die, the spirit of the herd, the over-spirit lives on.

 

 We see in life that the individual animal follows its inborn passions to maintain life.  That heart to live is embedded within the programs that are impressed upon the soul of each animal.  While everything in life is made of the stuff of God, He has created some vessels for honor, and some for dishonor.  The props and extras on the set of life are important, just as are the central actors and stars of the play.  Thus, while it may seem cruel or dishonoring for man to eat the flesh of another animal, it may have nevertheless been God's plan for these supporting souls to live and die in the service of God's drama.  

 Ultimately, the soul of each animal, plant, or planet may be extinguished or preserved as God chooses.  The eternal destiny of the souls of these lower life-forms is not discussed in scripture.  It appears that the life of some animals has become strongly bonded to that of their human companions.  The passion and love that animals and man can have for each other brings about the question of whether our loved pets have a life in eternity with us.  And, while the Bible does not address this issue directly, I suspect that possibly the souls of those animals which bonded with humans will be preserved as companions for their joy and fullness in the heavenly realm.  


Faith and Religion:  

 Religion is inherently historical, except when the avatar, guru, teacher, or visionary is alive.  Thus faith is required in a religion where one cannot directly interact with the founder of the religion.  But even then, the followers of the teacher do not have the same experience as the teacher, and can only record his teachings and works.

 It could be said that science requires less faith than religion, because the results of the experiment are currently available for personal or expert examination.  And possibly science is more valid than history because the historical record could be corrupted, whereas the scientific process is subject to peer review and repeated independent experiment.


 This is true, history can be corrupted, limited, biased, slanted, and/or  But, science has no central guiding principle in place to insure that the experiment addresses an issue of central importance, that the examination was complete, or that there were not alternate explanations which were equally or more valid.  


 The Bible is a historical account of the prophets of God, their messages, his Chosen People, their interaction with Him, the life and teachings of Jesus, and the letters of His disciples,  It is possible that there are errors in it, but archeological evidence has to date proven it to be accurate historically.  The claims of documents being altered at the council of Constantine in 235 AD are inaccurate.  There are 4 families of manuscript copies in the Mid east, numbering in the 1000's, which are identical to within 1%.  It an indefensible diminishment of Biblical reliability that a new scripture was manufactured to remove all the offensive references to reincarnation, or insert male dominated dogma.


Faith as a Central Required Theme of Christianity:

 Again, it is literally impossible to prove that a religion is true.  The Bible states this principle as, "we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7.  In Christianity, the fact of the necessity of faith is stated overtly.  Thus, if the Bible reflects absolute truth, God wanted us to believe in Him even though we could not absolutely verify His existence by direct experience.


 The fact that faith is required for us to be in proper relationship with God does not relieve us of the requirement that we use analysis, evidence, and convincing logical argument to determine the truth of our beliefs.  There are many religions, and each one is in some way pulling on the heart and mind to engage in its path to God.  Each path asks me to submit my will to their particular philosophy or guru.  Thus, I must make a decision how to fill that place in my heart that calls for having a relationship with the divine.  And, each decision has with it an inherent world-view, explanation of the mysteries of life, and a resultant implication associated with those mysteries.


 Religion helps fill the need to know "why", to fill in the mystery with something.  Most religions give some sort of philosophical context for creation, as well as instruction or declaration as to the principles of proper social and personal behavior.  But, submitting one's will to the "code of ethics" is dependent upon believing that this religion indeed has a divine origin.  In other words, if a religion is only a list of man's rules, there is no reason to follow it, other than an agreement that they are the best, and most workable system of personal and social behavior.  For a religion to be attractive in its greatest depth, the origin of the precepts must have real weight, authority, commanding and compelling authority.  And, the only one who has that kind of elevated authority status is God.


 Most religions offer a moral structure, give divine explanations for the origin of life and nature, and provide an vision and hope for life eternal.  The gurus claim God-like insight, the teachers declare superior reason, and others claim a lineage and mantle of anointing extending back to a pure God-realized man and they therefore transmit knowledge that comes directly from God.  In some way each religion offers an explanation as to why their truth and testimony rises to a level above that available to the common man.


Which Religion is True?

 There are many world religions.  To a greater or lesser extent, each of them claims some sort of divine insight, vision into the supernatural realms, or at the very least, exceptional worldly wisdom.  This provides a great intellectual and moral challenge for a person who wishes to objectively examine each path and choose only the one (those) which is (are) of Truly of divine origin.

  

 To choose correctly, we must first examine each religion to insure that it meets the verifiable standards of authenticity.  There is an aspect of religion which is inherently mysterious, the existence of God, the speaking of divinity into the realm of humanity, the subjective experience of Divine communication.  Thus, by its very nature, religion is a message from God to man, and it cannot be validated by double blind methods.  Rather, it must meet the standards of verifiable correspondence such as natural evidence compared to its claims.


 Thus, we must examine every religion's teachings about the mysteries of life.  And, those explanations must in some way connect with the real world.  For example, for a religion to be true, its teachings about physical law must be consistent with actual, experimentally determined, physical law.

 

 Likewise, its stories about people, miracles, social events, and governments must have absolute historical accuracy.  While consistency with physical law and historical accuracy is not sufficient for proof of the absolute validity of a religion, it is nevertheless a necessary condition for a religion to be the true religion.


 Typically, it is assumed that God has a view of life which is larger than that available to common man.  Thus, additional strong evidence of the validity of a religion is given if the religion makes accurate predictions about historical events which are yet to occur.   

 And finally, a religion that is from God, would speak about physical law in a way that is accurate, descriptive and possibly even predictive of new and as-yet undiscovered natural law.


Consistency with Natural Law as a Necessary Condition for Truth


Thus, the necessary conditions for truth of a religion are:

1. Physical law is described accurately,

2. History is recorded correctly,

3. The future is predicted precisely.


 If these conditions are met, then one can infer that there is a higher probability that the predictive or descriptive teachings about the mysteries of life might also be accurate.  This increased trust in the higher probability of truth of a religion which was accurate or predictive about physical law is an implicit validation of that religion.  The implication is that a God who was the creator of the creation would have intimate and accurate knowledge of physical law.


  Likewise, our trust would be increased in a religion which was historically predictive.  Such historical pre-knowledge implies that the mysterious aspects of the religion were being written by a God who was knowledgeable about the entire course of history because it had already happened on His level of vision.  Or possibly He was pre-knowledgeable of coming historical events because He is a God who is the creator of history.  Thus, He could know future events because He knew what events He wanted to create.


 There are already many fine books on Christian apologetics which examine the prophetic and predictive aspects of the Bible.  This book, The Jesus Physics -- The Theory of Absolutes, will examine the aspects of the Bible as it relates to physical law and the structure of the universe.  The Bible does not talk about physical law overtly, but I believe the correspondence with clues, cues, and implications in the Bible are consistent with the hypothesis of the Jesus Physics--The Theory of Absolutes.  If this theory is in fact true, it provides a roadmap for a larger understanding of why and how and who to love, God's motivation for creating this world, sexual and social and economic morality, law, the soul and sprit, salvation and damnation, work and play, and the purpose of life.


Connection of the Bible with Science:

 The Bible lays down patterns which are predictive, or at least consistent with the concept of a set of elementary conscious particles that form the substrate of the universe.  The entire Jesus Physics -- Theory of Absolutes will be based upon these ultimately small elements of consciousness.  In this theory, it is assumed that the structure of the universe is built upon this elementary building block of God-Consciousness.


 The foundational principle of the conscious particles arose from an inspiration that arose from the description that God gave to Moses about Himself in Exodus where He told Moses that His name was 'I Am that I Am'.


Exodus 3: 13  And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15  And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.


  Please note, I do not declare or purport to speak the final or authoritative truth with regard to the the structure of the universe, or the theological implications of viewing the Bible in this light.  Rather, the cosmology I present is an attempt to validate the truth of Biblical scripture through providing a plausibly consistent view of science, the Bible, and God.  No earthly examination or human revelation can provide proof of a transcendent God.  But, having said that, I must personally testify to the satisfying and convincing nature of the correspondence this theory has with the Bible and Science.  


 I believe the secular humanist rhetoric is valid to an extent, but incomplete in its explanation of meaning, life, nature, morality, and God.  The Secular Humanist desires a fairness and mutual benefit from transactions in the social, economic, political arena.  Thus, fairness and mutual benefit becomes an important standard upon which the moral structure of life stands.  Such equitability is desirable, and I believe it is in fact weighed by God.


Proverbs 11:1  Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.  Thus, fairness and honesty are important to both man and God.


 This is an illustration of the coincidence of belief structure between the man who believes in the righteous fulfillment of the needs of man, and the commands of God.  And if we are to examine the most pure and honest theology of the Secular Humanist, we would probably find that there was little if any divergence between the two philosophies of life.  So, the question arises, why add in the extra layer of complexity?  Why do we need to listen to God giving laws when the laws of man could be simply derived from the first principles of fairness.  


Matt 22:37  Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38  "This is the first and great commandment. 39  "And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40  "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."


Sexuality and the Secular Humanist:

 The reason we cannot simply let man be the final arbiter of right and wrong is because there is a higher law, and there are laws which the secular humanist appears unwilling to judge soberly.  In particular, the laws surrounding sexuality.  The Secular Humanist would typically allow the consensual relation between adults, engaging in any form of mutually satisfying sexual behavior.  While it might be obvious to the honest observer that sex between various combinations might cause difficulties, for example: unmarried partners, adolescent unmarried, adults and children, married and unmarried, married but not to each other, sex for hire, and same sex relations.  In each of these transactions the long term difficulties associated with each relationship could be known and seen.  But, the Secular Humanists in general seem to be unwilling to honestly examine the full implications of this "no-fault, no-limits, no-harm/no-foul" sexuality philosophy.


 This apparent willing blindness to the implications of unrestrained sexuality is one of the indicators of the need for sanctification of the secular humanist philosophy and placing it within the bounds of righteous and Godly law.


 Thus, even though the secular Humanist has attempted to free himself from the laws of God, he has remained ensnared by the passions of his own soul.  It is here that we see the need for the saving grace, the "reborn spirit".  Man's heart is inherently drawn toward passions which God has placed injunctions upon fulfilling.  Thus, there must be a transformation of the heart if one wishes to reach the highest heights, to "be with the father in heaven".  In this passage we are told that a type of heavenly rebirth takes place, and it comes from believing on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.


John 3:1  There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2  This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him." 3  Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 4  Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" 5  Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6  "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7  "Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8  "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." 9  Nicodemus answered and said to Him, "How can these things be?" 10  Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? 11  "Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 12  "If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13  "No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 14  "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15  "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17  "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18  "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19  "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20  "For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21  "But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."


 I believe the minimum pattern of salvation can be seen in the interaction of Jesus with the two thieves who were crucified with him on the cross.  


Luke 23:37  and saying, "If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself." 38  And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.39  Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." 40  But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41  "And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong." 42  Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." 43  And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." 44  Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45  Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46  And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, 'into Your hands I commit My spirit.' " Having said this, He breathed His last. 47  So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, "Certainly this was a righteous Man!"


 Here we see the "criminal" saying, "Lord, remember mw when You come into your kingdom."  He had also defended Jesus as a righteous, pure, holy, undefiled man.  In his heart he was convicted, recognized the difference between his life, and the life and power of Jesus.  He believed.  The criminal knew that Jesus had a kingdom, was going beyond this earth, and had the power to take him there.  


 The method of rebirth, the actual conversion that takes place in the rebirth is one of the fundamental mysteries about man's soul, his spirit, and his relationship with God.  There are earthly things that connect with the edge of eternity which are beyond our full comprehension, such as the origin of matter, consciousness, time, energy, and space.  These mysteries will continue to be outside the grasp of science because the realm into which they connect is unavailable for experiment.  


 In short, science does not obsolete the need for faith.  We would like to remove all questions, understand the cause, effect and origin of all things, and conclusively base our religious convictions on irrefutable and totally complete knowledge and evidence.  But, God has chosen to keep a veil over that side of eternity.  And, until he removes that barrier, faith will almost certainly continue to be necessary.  But, even when the next layer is removed, and we ascend into the next realm of life, there will probably still be mystery of some sort.  Although, we can be sure that at some point, we will behold at least some of the mystery that has been held from us.


Revelation 10:7  but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.

   

Scientific Christian Apologetics:

 There is a branch of Christian apologetics which attempts to bridge the gap between science and faith, scripture and belief.  Hugh Ross, with his work, "The Fingerprint of God", and Gerald Schroeder with his works such as "The Science of God" have provided evidence for the scientific validation of faith.  My work, The Jesus Physics--The Theory of Absolutes is written in that vein.  It is meant to be a bridge between scripture and science, and an argument that Christianity is indeed the true religion.


 I believe that Christianity is consistent with the larger data set of scientifically verifiable and historically accurate information.  Science is a bit of a moving target as far as its expression of "truth".  Each generation has seen the dogma of scientific truth evolve as greater understanding of the nature of the universe arises.  History reveals that the heresy of one age has been the enlightenment and orthodoxy of the next.  Thus, given the errors of science, it is likely that the actual "Truth" may be contrary to the science of any particular era.  


 The true religion will indeed have no errors, factually, or historically.  In fact, there truly is an absolute physical and spiritual truth.  As humans, we have no absolute standard by which to measure absolute truth other than the methods of science and the indicators of scripture.  Thus, faith must fill in the gap between knowledge and belief.  Ultimately each man must make his best evaluation of truth, and then attempt to live consistent with his faith.


 This does not negate the value of comparing science and history with religion.  It would be foolish to merely pick a religion because it 'sounds right', or because everyone else believes it is true.  Rather, a religion must be chosen based upon each person's best understanding of life, history, science, and the tenants of that religion.  

 Most religions are self validating, or put themselves in the crowd of "other paths to God."  Christianity does not do that.  Jesus clearly says that "He is the Way, the truth, and the light, no man cometh unto the Father but by me."  Thus, if this is true, the stakes are high in choosing properly.  Note, this passage does not say that everyone who chooses wrong is going to Hell, but it does say that we are condemned already.  The level of condemnation may be the Separation from God the Father.

 

 Thus, when choosing a religion it is important to examine the facts.  And, if one is diligent and intellectually honest, the errors or truth of a particular religion as compared to history and science should point toward the more likely 'true' religion.  And, if there is a God, and He wants to be known, then He will honor the sincere quest for truth and bring as much light and truth as is possible into a given context of history and science for the sincere searcher to know the taste, feel, sound, and look of truth in his heart.


 This book, "The Jesus Physics", will be a comparison of physical phenomenon, law, and history as presented in the Bible, with the physics, law, and history as predicted by the 'Theory of Absolutes'.  In the process of developing the 'Theory of Absolutes', many of the theses were generated by directions and hunches that were given by patterns expressed in the Bible.  Then, using those initial theorems, the validity and universality of them was challenged by applying them to currently understood phenomenon to see if a result was obtained that was contradictory to well established scientific observation.  Finally these theorems were applied to unexplained phenomena such as gravity, time, consciousness, spiritual phenomena.  It is in the realm of the unknown phenomenon where the predictions of the Theory of Absolutes will receive its greatest challenge.

 

 If the Theory of Absolutes is true, (that is, if the TOA reflects accurately the way God actually made the universe) then we may assume by logic that the religious scriptures which pointed toward the theory may also be true.  However, again, full proof, and absolute certainty that Christianity is the True Religion, is too great an extension of the proof available as shown by the correspondence.  But, the unusually tight correspondence between theory, which has been shown to be predictive and accurate, and the biblical patterns, suggests highly that the Bible's scriptures are accurate, and the religion and God to which they point are true.


 Again, even though there are great correspondences between science and the Bible, Christianity is still based upon faith.  But, when we see such a profound correspondence with reality between the Bible and science, the objections raised by modern man to Biblical accuracy quickly fall.  Instead, the objections are reduced to a more personal and subjective level.  The objections become based upon preference and taste.  In other words, if man does not like the injunctions against immorality, against selfishness and pride, then he may reject the Bible on these more subjective grounds.


Rejection of God, Even After Personal Vision and Witness of Miracles:

 In fact, the Bible is full of the history of a people who were fully convinced by the science of the day.  The empirical data of 2000 BC convinced them that God was God, and that His way was the right way.  But, the lusts of the flesh were strong, and even though pillars of fire led them, even though manna fell from the sky, even though the Red Sea parted, the self seeking mind of man chose instead to worship the god of the Golden Calf.  To think that such blindness of humanity would not occur in the more modern, more sophisticated 20th and 21st century is naive.  


 In the ancient times, the periods when righteousness was restored to the land, was when the rulers were Godly men.  When the rulers lead the people in ways of righteousness, the people followed.  The opposite is also possible,  But, if nothing else, the people usually get the leaders they deserve.  But it appears that the more rapid  method of transformation of a society is from the head down.  Ultimately the goal is for the people to put on the righteousness of Godly principle and life.


 There is a large gap between where man wants to go, and where God wants man to go.  The self-elevating religion of secular humanism is seductive because of its apparent justification of the belief that each man is a moral island unto himself.  The moral arguments generated from secular humanism are not internally self-consistent, in that they do not apply universally to both personal and social situation.  It appears that one of the primary stumbling blocks to an acceptance of God, and his Way. is the short term payoff of sexual pleasure outside of the Biblical patterns.


Moral choices and judgement of religion:

 Thus, while it would be wonderful if modern man had rejected the Biblical governance of life only because of the belief that secular humanism embraces a more scientifically accurate position.  The fact is that man's heart longs to justify his urges, and secular humanism has given him the cover upon which he can justify his actions and still claim moral purity.  The teachings of the Bible and the Christian God stands as an irritant to modern man's heart.  To feel justified, the scientist, philosopher, theologians of the secular humanist priesthood have attempted to invalidate the entirety of the structure of the Bible and its teachings by challenging the Bible's historical accuracy, moral admonitions, prophesies, and religious tenants.  


  With the foundations of the Bible under such serious question, modern man has not felt the need to seriously consider serving Jesus as the Lord of their lives.  And, the Christian God need not be seen as the Lord of the universe, if God exists at all.  Thus, with this Christian God removed as a valid entity, the criticism of their lives is removed, and their conscience is not pricked.


 Modern man has an philosophy of tolerance that holds all religions are acceptable and valid (except possibly Christianity, a religion which could not possibly be valid because it claims to be the one true religion).  Modern man tolerates religion only to the extent that it seems to be an aspect of the human heart and psyche which mankind seems to need.  Religion seems to fill an emptiness in the human heart, and while possibly not rational, religion is tolerable as a social institution because it is a way of dealing with the fact that there are unknowns, intangibles, and incomprehensible mysteries in life.  


 While mystery is not something that modern man wishes to have present in his life, the fact that life is fundamentally a mystery is unavoidable.  In fact, the very nature and purpose of science is to overcome the mystery, the unknown, and to advance the edge of knowledge.  Thus, religion is a place for mankind to harmlessly discharge the passion that it feels inside to deal with the unknown in an effective way.


The Group Spirit of a Philosophy:

 While I have made sweeping generalizations about modern man, and his rebellion against God, we must understand that not all secular humanists are committed to active and conscious rebellion against God.  There are a wide spectrum of those who are enrolled and participate in supporting the spirit of the secular humanist philosophy.  There are leaders, there are followers, and there are seekers.  Not even all who lead are rebels from a place of full awareness, anger with God, or a commitment to undermining His kingdom.  


 It only takes a tiny bit of yeast to cause a whole loaf to rise.  Likewise, it only takes a small amount of persuasive philosophical ideology to create a kernal around which a group spirit can rally.  Once surrounded and energized by a cadre of true believers, followers, promoters and leaders, the philosophy which has the appearance and plausibility of truth can take on a life of its own.  A philosophy can develop a soul and become a semi-independent life-force, with all the self perpetuating drive and behavior inherent in the eternal human spirit.  But, for a philosophy or belief to take on feet, hands, and heart, it must be embraced by humanity.  It is the co opted life-force of humans that give their spirits over to energizing the soul of a philosophy.


The Spiritual Forces Working Against Christianity:

 The followers of secular humanism may not all be rabid promoters and believers of the philosophy, having been energized by their life-blood, will inevitably create a spirit in the heavenlies.  As a result, there is now existent an ever more powerful spiritual force that adds to its strength with each convert.  Modern man has rebelled against Christianity.  not just because of his commitment to reason and verifiable science.  It is not just that man has a need for bringing order out of chaos.  It is not just the need to fill our fear of the unknown that stimulates us to generate myths and religions.  


 There is a spiritual force, a conscious spiritual plot, a cabal, a moving upon the waters of the minds of man which is directing him against Christianity.  The fact that all religions are tolerated, except Christianity, is in itself a marker that points toward the fact that there is something unusual about Christianity.  


 I propose that that force which is moving against Christianity is Satan and his legions.  I propose that the reason Satan fights against Christianity is that it is true, and that all other religions are to a greater or lesser extent incomplete, distorted, or false.  Satan desires that our minds and hearts believe anything except the truth.  Satan will use anything, even a near miss, even a truth that is slightly askew to pull us away from the truth.  Thus, vigilance, discernment, ever questioning and awareness is required to avoid the traps.


 Christianity claims to be the only true way.  And, if it is truly the blueprint for spiritual, social, economic, scientific and political life; and if in fact Satan exists and has been created by God to oppose Himself; and if in fact Satan's plot is to divert attention from truth, bring belief in false religion, focus effort and attention on destructive, divisive activities; then, there should be clues that all of this is true.  And, if it is all true, the truth should present itself as an integrated whole.


 Thus, to impact the belief structure of modern man, the Bible must be shown to truly reflect the actual nature and law of the universe.  Thus, if the Bible accurately describes the origin of the creation, the method by which the creation was created, and the fundamental structure of the universe, then its assertions in the realm of Law, religion, and morality must be seriously considered.


 Sadly, the beliefs of the masses will not change simply by presenting a logical proof of consistency of physical law with Biblical prediction and pattern.  The spiritual forces from the Satanic realm are ever-seeking to gain control of the minds of the masses of mankind.  There will be blindness which comes out of preconception, ignorance, and misunderstanding.  And, there will be those who will consciously choose not to believe because their deeds, their morals, their way of life is inconsistent with the Way of Truth.


 Thus, those who have chosen the "other path" will willingly, but perhaps unknowingly, ally themselves with the forces of Satan, as pawns of evil, darkness, and untruth.  People have a need for internal consistency, the sense that their lives and beliefs are reflective of Truth.  Thus, if a man's deeds are dark, then validation for those deeds can be found by embracing a false religion, hence satisfying the need for an integrated world-view.


 But, even though the intent of the man who falls into the trap of false religion may be benign, a false religion cannot be identical to the truth on all levels, and there will be evidence which indicates that it is false.  Evidence of falsehood is seen when there is properly collected and evaluated scientific data that contradicts a particular phenomenon.  If relevant and accurate evidence contradicts data predicted by a current theory, then the theory is reduced in its probability of accuracy.


The Bible as a Source of Truth:

 When examining the Bible in the light of science, we can use the Bible both as data and as hypothesis.  The historical records of the Bible could be considered as data.  The various declarations of moral precept could be seen as hypothesis about the "right way" for man to behave in economic, political, family, and interpersonal relationships.  Likewise the declarations about the nature of God, and the reports of God's interactions with men could be seen as data and hypothesis.  


 For theory to rise to the level of accepted natural law and fact, that theory must withstand the rigors of comparison with experimental data.  In the Jesus Physics, the whole of modern physics is taken as the experimental data set.  The Theory of Absolutes is a hypothetical proposition about how Biblical statements relate to physics.  That is, how does the understructure of the actual physical world relate to patterns, predictions, methods, and structures presented in the Bible.


 The Jesus physics is meant to be a seminal work, a seed, a point around which to crystallize the thought and beliefs of our culture, nation, and world.  If the physics understructure presented in this theory is correct, the ramifications will be profound.  Many disciplines and technologies will be affected.  It will change our thoughts about economics, politics, education, and religion.  


 I believe that the Theory of Absolutes/Jesus Physics will validate the Bible, Christianity, and Jesus as Lord.  I believe that it will provide a structure around which the world can build a fully rational explanation and understanding out of the chaotic presentation of theology, sociology, morality, and science seen in the Bible.  This is not to say that any explanation which could arise would be simple.  Nevertheless, the hologram that would arise from it would be full, it would be satisfying, it would pervade deeply into all areas of society.


 The Jesus Physics -- The Theory of Absolutes, is my attempt at making a logical/scientific/reason-based connection between the teachings of Biblical scripture and a scientific metaphysical understanding of Jesus.  For me, as a rational, evidence based thinker, it was easier to accept Jesus as Lord when I had plausible explanation as to how He could have created the universe.  And, since this theory is consistent with both the observational data of physics and the written word of scripture, it provides an opportunity for validation of the moral teachings of the Bible, and a reason-based adoption of Christianity.


 The scientific/western mind has little willingness to adopt the morals, lifestyle, religious practices, and heart posture that are required of a God, whose evidence for existence is no more plausible than an imaginary metaphysical entity.  And given that man has an inherent drive toward 'unbiblical' behavior, there will be no reason why man would choose the injunctions of the Christian religion unless he was absolutely convinced of the validity of the Biblical precepts.  In other words, unless man actually thought that God was the God of the universe, and that the Bible was his inspired message to man, no one would be interested in devoting the time, effort, and study to interpret, the apparent unfairness and inconsistencies that appear to be present in the Bible.


 Even if modern man has an inner sense that there must be a God, he will in general be opposed to the God of the Bible on several grounds.  Men will turn away from the way of the Lord Jesus Christ and look for an easier, more human-nature-satisfying view of life.  He will choose another more apparently intellectually satisfying belief system.  He will choose a religion which allows more freedom to indulge in the pleasures and payoffs of this world of name and form.


The Perspective of the Bible:

 The Bible is not a book of logical and sequential explanations of all the implied consequences of the historical narrative and moral precepts.  Rather, it book of data and declaration.  It speaks with the voice of unimpassioned reporting as well as with the voice of imperative command.  It gives examples of a life that does not work and has bad consequences.  It takes multiple perspectives and offers wisdom about the outcome of certain attitude and actions in various life situations.  


Objections to Christianity:

 There are many theological, and logical reasons that modern man uses to rationalize and motivate his repulsion to Christianity.  Thus, it is important to consider those objections, to examine them in the light of a broader view of God's perspective, and look for hints of resolution for the apparent contradictions, unfairness, and inaccuracy of some Biblical doctrine.  


Salvation by Grace, Faith, and Works:

 First, let us examine the accusation that is so commonly brought against Christianity about who will and will not be saved.  The argument is stated in terms such as, "How can I believe in a God or a religion whose central theme is that everyone is going to hell who doesn't believe in a God that they had never heard of, or that they didn't believe was truly God."  This concern is usually stated as, "What about all the savages in Africa or pygmies in Australia that never even heard of Jesus?"


 Simple reason and fairness dictates against accepting any religion that has within its belief complex an item which is patently absurd.  This principle is inferred from a corollary of Occam's Razor, "The simplest explanation is the right explanation." Or in this case, rules which do not explain reality are not rules about reality.  Thus, the modern, sophisticated, rational man will deduce from simple principles that this religion must be false if it contains false doctrine and untrue principles of life.


 If this objection had no qualification, no context, no mitigation associated with it, then this would be a strong argument against the validity of Christianity.  From my experience with non-believers, I have heard this argument as justification for rejecting Christianity.  

 Looking at this argument at face value , it is hard to believe that a religion which declares that God's nature is Love, could also require that everyone go to Hell who had not heard of Jesus.  How could He create all these people, put them in circumstances where they would not, and could not, accept Jesus as their savior, and then sentence them to an eternity of unquenchable torture?


 If such is the justice of God, then not only should He be rejected, He should be combated on the basis of fairness, righteousness, and justice.  So, to develop a theological argument which is consistent with the Bible and is also consistent with a larger view of God, who He is, His plan, and the mechanisms and strategies by which he built this world is important.  


 In attempting to resolve this paradox, we must examine both aspects of the dilemma carefully and fully.  The most famous and obvious biblical statement which substantiates that God will send the African savage to hell is the statement that says, "No man cometh unto the Father except by me."


 But, if we examine this scripture in the context of the full Bible, we see that this passage is not a statement about sending the heathen masses to hell.  Rather, it refers to the criterion man must use to reach the highest heights.  We know that there are levels to heaven since Paul reported that he was taken up into the 3rd heaven.  Thus, a likely possibility is that those who have not fully come into a personal relationship with Jesus will go to a different level than the highest levels of heaven.


 Likewise, there is scripture that states that even nature speaks of Him, so that every man will know that God is real.  Scripture also states that each man will be dealt with according to his knowledge, and likewise, scripture states that God is not mocked.  In other words, God will deal fairly with each man.  But, even so, it is still a requirement that each of us bend the knee to the Lord and creator of the universe.


 This is not to say that there is no hell.  Jesus spoke more about hell than heaven.  While not a proof of its existence, there are many who have had NDE's (Near Death Experiences) who have gone to a place that can only be described as hell.  Interestingly, the experience is so terrifying that those who have it will almost always suppress it and completely forget that they had it.  The only way to know that it even happened is to question people who have gone through a clinical death experience immediately after they are revived.  God will be the judge of who has been sufficiently atoned, who has sufficient heart for His way, who has sufficient relationship with Jesus, and who has developed enough affinity for the will and way of the Lord.  (Note: the reason for this judgement criterion will be presented later in this chapter.)


 When we examine scripture, a case could be made for Ultimate Atonement.  In other words, when the play of God is finished, at the end of earth time, or after death, the door may be open for anyone, at any time.  Scripture states that the door is always open.  But, the balance of that statement is that heaven is compared to 10 virgins, 5 wise, and 5 foolish, waiting for the arrival of the bridegroom.  The foolish virgins were locked out because they were unprepared.  Clearly there are conditions of some sort by which one may be locked out of heaven, at least temporarily.  Conversely, it appears that there are options which have been left open by which one may later enter.


 These 'ultimate reconciliation' verses are well shrouded in the Bible.  Certainly one would not say that they are its major and overt message.  In fact, many denomination, if not most, would consider the possibility of reconciliation after death to be a heretical teaching.  But, if one is to look at the big picture, both in terms of scripture, and in terms of the play of God with man, we see the need of having both the fear of hell, and the possibility of heaven playing simultaneously.  If we look deeply, we can see hints of why God created the world with a shroud of secrecy.  We can start to imagine why God found it necessary to create a world with veils, ambiguity, confusion, and diversions.  True, scripture states that God is not a God of confusion, but it also states that He has made all things for His purposes, including he evil one.  


 Thus, when considering the reasons why the Bible so overtly states that everyone is going to hell unless they repent, and that it covertly states that the door was always open, it is obvious that this is the way that God had to design the universe.  God did not design man for destruction, he designed him for companionship and love.  But he designed man to choose Him out of free will, and to choose Him not out of duress or trivial deduction.  God has designed the world as a maze, as an exercise is true free will.  The drama between God and man is the same as the best play between lovers who are seeking to find each other.  In the play of lovers, there must be an attraction, a pursuit, and a resolution.


  In the play of love between God and man, there are the elements of attraction, choice, difficulty, and reward.  Certainly man is pulled by his inner desires to fill his longing for relationship with God.  But, inside man it is not clear that God is the object of desire, only that there is desire.  This is much the same as the hunger of man for woman and woman for man, there is a desire, but who specifically the desire is for is unclear.  Clearly, God has designed it so that there are many options and seductive possibilities which can pull man away from his relationship with God.  Therefore, with this wide variety of options, with the disguised object of desire, with the attractiveness of the other options, it is clear that the search is not easy, nor was it meant to be.  Thus, the meaning of the parable of how heaven is like the pearl of great price is understood in this context; it is hard to find, but it's worth everything when it's found.  Also, the statement that Jesus made about speaking in parables is relevant, He said, He spoke in parables lest the unrighteous understand, repent, and be forgiven.  In other words, He meant the struggle for truth to be difficult, it was intended to require effort, and searching, and a commitment to righteousness.


 Thus, it is the combination of desire, righteousness, searching, free will, in the presence of seduction, distractions, and confusion that makes man's choice to love God such a valuable prize for God.  In man's normal frame of reference, we do not think of God needing, or wanting anything, but scripture does say that God desires our worship, affection, devotion, and love.  


 Therefore, it should be obvious that there is more than one drama going on between God and man.  There is the drama of maturation of the human spirit into a righteous king and priest; the drama of overcoming of the temptations to do evil; the drama of overcoming the evil that is present in one's life; and the drama of coming to love God and His Law.  It is the interplay of these major themes of life that give a context to the Bible.  Each of the passages of the Bible is applicable and allegorical to an aspect of one of these major life dramas.


 Thus, the Biblical admonition to 'Repent or go to hell', is much more motivating for righteous behavior than is the more lenient and covert fact that, God always leaves the door open.  The problem with following the more lenient path, is that there is still no free lunch.  There is still a price to pay for playing, a reaping of what has been sown.  Even though the door is open, I will not be able to choose to go through the door until I have worked off my debt.  Scripture talks about the prisoner that is thrown into the prison and is not released until he pays off the last cent.  Scripture also talks about the man who sins repeatedly, and receives numerous warnings, and finally he is broken without healing.  Scripture also mentions that the man who is stiff necked will be broken.  God is not mocked.  And yet, the man who has true contrition, true repentance, works only the last hour of the day, he still receives the gift of heaven.


 Thus, the more aware I am that there is a path of righteousness, the more that I have been warned, and the more that I am aware that I am consciously choosing the path of the flesh, the greater is the difficulty of walking through that door even though it is open.  There may be tricks, chains, and deceit, or there may be a self imposed sense of unworthiness and separation, but the final outcome is that there is a gulf between heaven and hell.  Thus, the years of life engaged in self, lust, and pride obscure the door.  Hence, the admonition to spread the good news is still valid.  The concern about reaching the lost is still appropriate.  But, it isn't as though God is evil, unrighteous, or unjust because he has allowed those who were ignorant to go to hell.  Rather, God had to make the world a place where free will could exist so that we could choose to love Him.  By having made this world a free will place, there is consequence, reward, punishment, and an element of the unknown.  Life becomes interesting, it is real, and it has stakes.  It is a gamble, it is a percentage, a numbers game, it is random, chaotic, indeterminate, and statistical.  The unknowns of life make life interesting, they make it risky, and they give it consequence and meaning.  It was all necessary as part of God's structure of the universe.


 On earth, the conditions for leaving our life of servitude of the flesh, Satan, and sin is a transformation of heart.  This transformation is probably the same one that is required for leaving hell.  The change of heart that occurs in the man who has entered the salvation experience on earth is roughly: a change of heart, putting on the mind of Christ, a love of God, a love of God's law, a love of neighbor as self, a surrender of one's heart to the heart and will of the Holy Spirit, an allegiance to the Lordship of Jesus as Lord of life and the universe.  


 Those who reject Christianity as the true religion are in essence judging God with the statement, "This religion that you gave us is wrong.  And, it is clear that it is wrong because it doesn't make sense."  But, before we are so presumptuous as to say that we know what makes sense, and what does not, we must have a great deal more understanding about what is involved with creating a universe.  


 In general, we as humans do not know the methods, rules, and structures that we must use to make an eternal, love based, free will universe.  Our tendency would be to establish rules and conditions that would produce fairly rapid satisfaction of desires, clear rules of right and wrong, and a clear view of God and the path to salvation.  


 But, God did not design this world to be a straightforward and easily reasoned universe.  If anything, His standard methods used in creating the universe are complexity, obscuration, hidden and veiled reason, and near arbitrary, capricious, chaotic, or random sequences of events.  God clearly did not want us to look at the creation and be able to quickly, or easily determine and understand the reasons, rules, structures, or processes at work in the universe.  But not everything is very complex, on the other hand, there are aspects of the universe which are mechanistically simple, and follow cause and effect with utter obvious regularity.  Clearly, the universe is neither fully complex, nor fully obscure, rather it is a mix of both.  To be sure, the major criterion that God used for designing this universe was not ease of deciphering for the human mind, assured gratification of the human heart, or simplicity of cause and effect.  Rather, it appears that the universe is built with a gradient feature, simplicity for survival, but an almost never ending, fractal like branching of complexity, for those who would seek to master the creation in its ultimate extent to understand God.


 The complexity and structure of the universe can be compared to a hologram.  All of God can be seen in the most tiny snippet of the universe, but the resolution and detail is very limited in that small view.  The larger slice of the creation we take, the greater resolution, the greater detail, the greater complexity we are able to discern.  When explaining things inside a hologramic system, the use of metaphor, simile, and parable is very appropriate way to describe phenomenon.  Since everything is related to everything else in a hologram, it works well to say, 'this is like that'.  Metaphors do not describe an identical relationship between the two objects of comparison, rather, they only give a general framework of similarity, using one object that is known to describe another object which is unknown.


 Likewise, the Bible is a hologramic presentation of God's mind.  It is a metaphorical presentation of His plan, His rules, and His play.  It is an abstract representation of His mind with regards to the necessary conditions and patterns of a creation that lasts forever.  It is a metaphor describing Heaven, right and wrong behavior, salvation, and the flow of history.


 We are told in scripture that he who cannot be trusted with temporal things will not be given control of true riches.  Possibly this refers to the power and authority that is given to use when we are in Heaven.  Possibly in Heaven our thoughts have creative power, and if our character is not in alignment with His mind, then our very thoughts could wreak havoc on the very structure of creation.  Thus, we must be tested, trained, and honed to become a subject who can be trusted with the true power, control, and authority so we can engage in the truly independent action as co-creators.  Such creative power and authority could only be given to those who are fully knowledgeable, wise, and submissive to the plan of God.  


 The need for perfecting one's self to be trusted with true riches, and the promise of being given rulership and dominion are both alluded to in scripture.  Maybe this refers to the possibility that the creative act of the will may be engaged in heaven, and thoughts may become manifest.  Possibly the true riches that scripture refers to is the very structure of heaven itself.  Possibly the purpose of hell is to act as a partition and barrier to those who would attempt to 'take over' heaven.  Hell may be a training ground, a correctional institution, a place which holds the spirit captive while training those who have not learned the lessons on earth.  


 The number of lessons that need to be learned are truly numerous.  Lessons about self and immediate gratification, lessons about relationship, and lessons about authority and responsibility.  Life on Earth should teach us these lessons, but hell may be necessary to do the job.  Hell may be the place where we our spirits are imprinted with the pain of disobedience as a teaching and training method.


 When God created this complex system, He also embedded the possibility of avoiding the 'training camp' of Hell.  He offered forgiveness, salvation, and the renewal of mind by accepting Jesus as Lord.  The fact that He gave another method by which the pain of Hell could be avoided says a great deal about God's true desire for us.  Scripture states that, "He desires obedience not sacrifice."  Thus, God would prefer to us to bow the knee to the Lordship of Jesus than for us to go through being housebroken by a training program in hell.


 One may then ask, what is so effective or valuable about saying, "Jesus I love you, be the Lord of my life."  The answer may be that the act of surrender of one's will, surrender to the Lordship of Jesus may be the spiritual equivalent of a heart transplant.  It may be that by surrendering one's will to Jesus as Lord that there is a transformation which takes place which makes it possible for God to control your actions in Heaven.  In other words, by having submitted one's will to Jesus as Lord, one would be 'safe' to allow in Heaven.  Jesus, the Son, is committed to eternal and perfect service of the Father, thus, any actions that we commit in Heaven would also be in perfect alignment with the will of the Father if our Lordship allegiance was to the Son.


 Another argument that has been used against God is the argument against the rationality of God building a world where chance, luck, and circumstance play such a profound effect on our lives.  And again, not only do we experience the pain of bad circumstances, but then, our character is molded in bad ways, not even of our own choosing, and then after it's all over, we go to hell because of the rail of the lives we lived.  While this is not the exactly the same situation of the savage in Africa who never heard the gospel, it is similar.


 An example of the arbitrary nature of chance and circumstance is the child who grows up in the ghetto, he sees his peers getting the good life, girls, and respect from a life of crime, drugs, and loose morals, and he follows that early training and environment to its ultimate end.  We are all aware of this kind of scenario, it happens all around us.  While the life of debauchery is not the inevitable outcome of the bad start in life, it is certainly the most common, and it does seem harsh that a person must go through the experience of extreme pain of hell just because the child was born into bad circumstances.  While God probably does administer justice appropriate to the victim of such circumstances, it does all seem like a world where a person's fate is governed by the roll of dice.  Again, how is it possible that God could have created such a world where punishment lands on the heads of those 'victims of social circumstance.'


 While it is impossible to know exactly the mind of God and His ways, it is nevertheless consistent with a free will universe that there will be those children, those created humans who will choose the wrong way, and will pass it on to their children.  While possibly there is an element of victimization, not choice, involved in this scenario, there is nevertheless a need for such decay to exist in a world if there is to truly be free will present in this created world.  And, as we shall see, the creation of free will, so that man could have the actual free will choice available to him to love God was the highest criterion upon which God created the universe.


 Thus, since the world is created as it is, and since there really are consequences to not following His way, and since life will degenerate and become exactly like this above scenario, we see the necessity of actually going out and witnessing.  It really does make a difference that we go out and help other people come under the Lordship of Jesus.  It makes a difference for their lives, it makes a difference for the lives of the generations that follow them, and it makes a difference for the society of which they are a part.  It is important for men to become servants and kingdom workers of the Living God and come under the Lordship of His Son.


 The fight is not so much a fight to insure that they all don't go to Hell, although that is important, the real reason is that there is a kingdom to win, a goodness, joy, wonderful world to walk into.  When anyone is infected with the spiritual diseases of pride, immorality, and lawlessness their disease will not only bring down their quality of life, it will affect the circle of all those around them.  


 Thus, the motivation for witnessing, bringing them under the Lordship of the Son, is love for them, love for God, and love of self.  Everyone wins when one more person transfers his allegiance to the Lordship of Jesus.  But, the price of witnessing for the Kingdom is not small.  There is massive opposition associated with transforming this land, this world, this government, this economy, this society.  It is a spiritual battle, the subjects of the satanic kingdom are defending their territory fiercely.  There is strong allegiance to Satan by those in his camp.  It truly is a war.  


 While there are probably only a few who would overtly state that they are subjects of Satan, the fact is, that anyone who does not hold Jesus as Lord is a de facto member of the camp of Satan.  Those who live in benign ignorance are not very active, or effective in fighting for their master, but the fact is still that they are a citizen of his country.  Likewise, those who are inactive in their participation with Jesus, they raised their hand once for an alter call, but they don't go to a church or fellowship.  These are people who do not contribute to the kingdom.  Their influence has been neutralized, they are not a threat to Satan's kingdom, in fact, since they call themselves Christians, and their lives bear no fruit, and they cheat around the edges of the law, they are really examples of the impotence and ineffectiveness of Christianity.  Thus, these Christians are a witness to how pointless it is be a Christian.  


 Thus, the only really valuable position to take with regard to Jesus is one of full allegiance.  It doesn't work too well to just tell people that they are going to burn in hell forever, so they better repent and accept Jesus as Lord.  Rather, we are to be a witness of the transformed life, the life of joy, the life of peace, the life of relationship and purpose.  When the opportunities of life arise where we can share with our friends, co-workers about the meaningful parts of our lives, that is the time when we are being vulnerable, that is the time we need strength, that is the time when we take the Kingdom by force.  We are to be a sweet smelling aroma in the nostrils of God.  If our lives are a testimony, if we are open and ready to give a defense for the faith that is within us, then, God will arrange the circumstances miraculously where we can share our faith and hope.

 We can only share what we understand, we can only engage in the great commission to the extent that we have studied.  But regardless of our level of expertise, we are all called to be ambassadors of the king.  


Mark 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.


 The universe truly has been created to go where it is going, to hide the truth, and to enroll the unfortunate victims of ignorance into the bondage of lawlessness, immorality and evil.  Thus, we are to fight this natural devolution, this slide into chaos.  We are to enroll as many into the kingdom as we can, not because the victims of evil will go to hell forever.  A good argument can be made for hell being an 'age lasting' experience rather than eternity, given that the Greek and Hebrew word that is interpreted as forever, actually means, 'age'.  But, even if hell is only for an age, this is too long, and even one second in hell is too long, too terrible, and too horrific for anyone to experience.  


 This line of reasoning is being followed to counter the argument of the skeptic who has chosen to discard Christianity as a clearly false religion since it proclaims, "people will be sent to hell forever even if they are ignorant of the gospel."  The above argument should cast doubt on the validity of this criticism of Christianity.  Instead, our witnessing should focus on being a beacon, an example of the life that has hope, comfort, and purpose.


 The unfortunate side effect of even opening the possibility of ultimate reconciliation is that people will be drawn by the seductive nature of pleasure, sin, the flesh.  The temptation is to believe the lie that today I'll enjoy myself, and then tomorrow I'll transform, repent, change, and live the heavenly good life, that way I can have the best of both worlds.  While such reasoning is the most obvious, and seductive, the problem is that those who choose evil, immorality, and lawlessness out of choice, rather than ignorance, have a more deep lesson to learn, a more fundamental chastening of the soul that they must traverse.  Thus, to choose a life of evil, when the path of good is known, is to condemn oneself to a punishment even more severe than the corrective fires that are applied to those who are merely ignorant.  


 Such reasoning implies that there are not only levels of heaven, but there are levels to hell.  Such hypothesis is certainly not a common topic of sermons.  But, the concept of hell having various levels is a report that has been made by some who have had NDE's or the more profound experiences of being 'taken up into glory' or 'taken down into damnation.'   The concept of ultimate reconciliation has an added unexpected benefit.  It of course defuses the criticism of Christianity based on its senseless punishment of innocent or ignorant victims.  But, also, it exalts the free will aspect of the universe.  By allowing free will, even in hell, Satan's trump card, his apparent possession of you after death, has been trumped.  Satan's primary motivation and activity is tyranny.  His offering of sensuality, lust, wanton behavior as freedom is actually only a bait upon which the hook of slavery is embedded.  It is the seduction into slavery by the apparent casting off of the restraints of righteousness which Satan uses to lure his unsuspecting victims.  Tyranny, slavery, and bondage are the bill of fare served at Satan's table.  Hopelessness based on a disbelief in mercy and forgiveness are the illusions which Satan uses to prevent his captives from even attempting an escape from his clutches.  He uses and leverages the human desires for sensual gratification, as well as the lust for power beauty, and wealth.


 The good news is that even the tyranny of Satan can be overcome by the ultimate trump card of, 'free will submission to the perfect law of liberty of the Lord'.  Salvation, freedom, eternal life, love, all depend upon submission.  Paradoxically, that submission leads to freedom.  Yet, it appears that paradoxes of this sort are consistently found within God's world.  Scripture states that one must lose one's life to gain it, die to live.  This principle of paradoxical resolution is important in the divining of the true path, the ultimate nature of the universe.  Paradoxes resolve when a larger context is seen, and they remain insoluble as long as a single small perspective is maintained.  Paradoxes are another means by which God can hide himself, hide his way, and make it possible for this universe to be a free will journey, while appearing to be controlled, random, or tyrannical.  Paradox is another principle to embed within His laws, His design, and His plans.  


 The way God made it is probably much different than the way that man would have made it.  This could also be seen as another test regarding putting on the mind of Christ.  The Bible states that 'the wisdom of God seems like foolishness to men.'  Thus, it is very likely that the conditions which we, as humans, consider to be the 'right thing to do' are exactly the wrong thing to do when constructing a universe.  


 In fact, it is probably a design criterion that God used, to make a world where the motivation of man is for instant gratification.  It is these desires of man which makes him subject to the temptation for the instant gratification offered by Satan.  Man wants a world that is predictable, controllable, and manipulable by his intent and actions.  Man wants a world where there are clear rules and quick and sure justice.  These desires and motivations make man vulnerable to the easily believed philosophies of false religion.  Clearly, two religions, claiming opposite natures of God, different moral codes, and ascribing different characters to God are not both correct.  Thus, the stage is set for the play of Good v. Evil, the Lord v. Satan.  The prize of this battle is the minds and hearts of men.  The tapestry of life and the play of God's drama uses the desires for instant gratification v. delayed reward, and the desire for quick and sure justice v. the victory after long struggle.  These elements are involved in the hologramic mix of forces of his universe, and each need to be included in a free will universe, in a 'world without end'.

 Most likely there are laws, rewards and punishments, causes and effects which God found it necessary to include in his creation which seem utterly wrong and unjust to the human perspective.  But, from God's perspective, and given His motivations, and His viewpoint on how to create a universe, it becomes obvious that these were the methods He had to use to create a free will, love centered, and eternal universe.

 There are conditions which could best be described as representing 'the mind of Christ', or 'the renewed mind'.  These traits are the positive traits of personality and character such as: desire, faith, hope, love, persistence, patience, temperance, knowledge, and wisdom.  These are the human characteristics which allow us to engage in positive action.  Character is the part of the human personality which is a pattern of habitual thought coupled with a desire to engage in these behaviors.  Thus, work and action is the final manifestation of character.


 Salvation is attained by confessing Him with your lips, and believing with your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Such a procedure is the equivalent to an initiation, to the beginning of a pathway.  While an initiation into a path is necessary to walk on a path, the initiation is not the end of the journey, it is a first step on a journey.  Thus, to be realistic, the Christian walk is far more complex than merely saying, "I believe."   Even the demons believe, and they tremble.  


 The great theological debates of all time have centered around this issue.  The reformation of Martin Luther declared that it was salvation by faith alone.  While the message of salvation by faith is an important, and even foundational doctrine of Christianity, it is not the fullness of the doctrine presented by the Bible.  Rather, as stated by James, "Faith without works is dead."  Thus, clearly, the concept of salvation by faith alone, is clearly not a full understanding of the biblical doctrine of salvation.


 Salvation?  From what?  Clearly there must be that which one is saved from for the concept of salvation to have a literal meaning in this usage.  In the biblical context, salvation refers to having been saved from the possession by sin and the kingdom of darkness.  The word "sin" means to miss the mark.  Everyone misses the mark of perfection.  Our imperfection in character, ability, perception, processing, and judgement make it impossible for us to live lives of perfected marksmanship.  And, if the punishment for all sin is death, then it is impossible for us to escape the inevitable result of our inherent imperfection.  We can only conclude that we were born to be damned, that our punishment was as inexorable as day following night.  


 Again, if God set up the universe so that man was merely an automaton, who could do nothing more than follow a natural slide into destruction, then to hold man culpable and give him such ultimate punishment for nothing more serious than following his nature, is foolishness.  It sounds like a trivial setup.  It looks like an exercise in foolish application of the law.


 There appears to be multiple dramas that can be played out by the human.  The deathbed salvation, such as the thief on the cross, would appear to have had sufficient faith, repentance, and relationship to have produced the initiation of the spiritual life in Christ.  While, on the other hand, Paul speaks of running the race, and not faltering in the final steps of the race.  Such losing of spiritual position could refer to the outcome of turning away of one's commitment from the way of the Lord.  While salvation may not be lost, the rewards for service may be lost.


 We marvel at the universe, and we ponder about how it could possibly have been created.  The Bible gives us an outline, but certainly no mechanisms or details about how God was able to create this creation.  It appears that uncovering this mystery is a job which God has left to man to discover.  Proverbs states that it is a king's glory to uncover a thing, and God's glory to cover a thing.  Thus, this book is an examination of the possible why's and how's of God's world.  The mechanisms by which God created the universe are a fundamentally unknowable mystery.  Those mechanisms are "truth", they are the actuality of how the universe 'is'.  Those mechanisms a subject of study themselves, and underlie all human knowledge.  Thus, this theory of theology and physics is only one man's best guess at the mind of God.  It will be supported or will fall by the comparison of the theory, its predictions, with the actuality of scientific experiment.  

 Behind the theoretical hypotheses which I have made about the physical universe, there are an equally important set of questions about the motivation and nature of God.  These are the questions that intersect with the questions about why He did what He did.  It is my thesis that the motivational and the structural as well as behavioral aspects of the universe must all reflect a unified consistency on all levels.  That is, the universe in its moral, legal, physical, and metaphysical levels must all be a self consistent reflection of God's nature, his abilities, his plan.  Thus, in attempting to divine the fundamental physical laws of the universe, it is impossible to separate the metaphysical considerations from that examination.


 In other words, the entire creation is cut from one cloth, the entire world started with God only, there is no other substance, no other dimension, no other rule set, no other culture of Gods, no other models which must be considered.  God was the beginning, he is the end.  There is no other than Him, this was true at the beginning of time, it is true now, and it will always be true.  Thus, every aspect of the creation will to some degree reflect every aspect of Him.  


 To illustrate the above principle of hologramic thought, let us take a small bit of flour.  The thing we make is going to be made out of flour.  We multiply the quantity of the flour, and it is still just flour.  We bake it and it is still just flour that has been bonded and combined in a different way.  We shape it into a piece of bread, and it is still just flour that has been heated and shaped.  


 Similarly, the creation in which we live, if it truly was made by God, and if there was nothing else here besides himself when it was made, then the creation will be fundamentally of the same nature as God, but merely modified in aspect, proportion, emphasis, shape, and extent.  Further, if this hypothesis of the full singularity of God is made at the beginning of the universe, then our analysis must reflect the fact that a very strong unifying principle of concept and nature must pervade the physical and metaphysical aspects of the creation.


 Thus, this examination of the seen and unseen worlds will use this principle of 'God reflected in the creation', as a strong measure against which all theories must be consistent.  It is a well known principle about examination of any field of knowledge, that the whole cannot be fully known from within a system.  And, since we are within the system of this universe, we are limited to a viewpoint which is necessarily limited to the perspective provided by the examination of the system from the inside.  

 This is not to say that a true reflection of the universe cannot be deduced from observation of phenomenon within the system.  Rather, it says that the whole cannot be fully known.


 In the process of proving that the theoretical physics work is correct, we will use an examination of multitudes of well known scientific observations.  We will make a general hypothesis about the nature of space, light, force, energy, time, spirit, and consciousness.  Then, we will use a comparison or correspondence technique of proof to increase our level of confidence in the hypothesis.  The proof of accuracy is in the assumption that if all observations correspond to all of the hypothetical predictions and models, then the hypothesis may in fact be a statement of actual construction of the universe, the law governing its interactions, and the maker of that universe.


 Sadly, the tools of communication are limited to linear addition of concept, and the nature of the universe as I have hypothesized it is extremely nonlinear, multidimensional,  multiforced, self modifying, locally unique, and hologramically reflective of the entire universe.  In my model of the universe, there is no perspective which can be locally determined as the center point of the universe, although in actuality there is such a point.  In general, no experiment will provide an indication that a particular location, direction, or speed is more absolute, more central, more preferred than any other point.


  Thus, we have two problems, 1) the problem of determining the correct theoretical model, 2) communicating the model accurately when the model is so complex, 3) how to determine truth, given that every viewpoint has inherently the nature of being the absolute center of the universe.  


 Thus, the question of what is truth, how to determine truth, and the hypothesized nature of the universe being almost totally viewpoint central makes for a very difficult truth extraction, and truth conviction problem.


 It is exactly this universal phenomenon of viewpoint centeredness which makes the universe such a rich place to live.  Every atom, every IAMon, every animal, every human has its own egocentricity, its own sense of being the center of the universe.  Thus, each viewpoint will continue to interact with its environment in a way which is cooperative, yet individual.  Hence, there will be an ongoing interactivity, an interrelationship with the individual and the environment, a transformation of one by the other, which in turn transforms them both.  Such interactivity, such interrelationship between object and subject make absolute statements seem as though they may not exist.


 Certainly, Einstein's speed of light hypothesis, and our medium and mechanism of light transfer models incorporate and validate our observation of a viewpoint centered universe.  Physical law is foundational to the operation of the entire rest of the universe, whether mental, emotional, or spiritual.  Function inherently must follow form, thus, if the universe is structured a certain way, there are certain things which it can do, and there are certain things it cannot do.  Given the initial conditions of mass, velocity, force, and position, the conditions at a later time may be predicted with a degree of accuracy dependent only upon the completeness of knowledge of all the forces operating in that system.


 If the world truly is viewpoint centered, if the speed of light truly is dependent upon local conditions, if it really is true that every reference frame is identical to every other reference frame in that there is no experiment which will change as a result of being in another frame of reference, then, it will be most difficult to determine an absolute frame of reference.  As such, the veil of separation between the physical and spiritual world is thickened.  It becomes almost impossible to even determine that the spiritual world exists because there is such a shroud the two.


 If there really is a spiritual universe where God resides, and if God is related to man in some way, then the spiritual and physical universe must in some way intersect, interrelate, connect, cooperate with, and transfer with each other.  And if this is the case, then in some way, some aspect of the spiritual world is also known.  The challenge is to find the transform which interrelates the physical world with the spiritual world.  Certainly it is likely that processes such as birth and death are spiritual-physical transforms.  Spiritual guidance, visions, prophecy, and prayer would also be spiritual-physical transforms.  But, every spiritual phenomenon has a plausibility of being only a natural physical phenomenon.


 Determination of absolute spiritual truth is difficult because of this phenomenon.  It is plausible that there is no spiritual world at all, and it is plausible that every viewpoint is correct.  The fact is, that when frames of reference are being accelerated, or when they are extremely close to the speed of light, it is possible to tell the difference between that frame and another frame since the experiments do not come up with the same answers.  But, if a frame is not being accelerated, and is not traveling close to light speed, then everywhere, and everyone appears to be in an identical place and everyone place appears to be at the center of the universe.  


 Since every viewpoint and every person has the appearance and feel of being the center of the universe, it is very difficult to convince another person of anything and it is hard to develop a model which is convincing to everyone that it is correct.  Thus, it is hard to determine if something has met the criterion for absolute truth.


 Thus, in the search for truth, it is always important to make sure that all the details match, that everything is sequential, that there is cause and effect accurately connected in any frame of reference.  But, in the search for the absolute frame of reference, one must look for evidence of acceleration and high light speed.  In other words, each life has within it some error of perception and belief, and those errors are the psychological equivalents of a force that is acting on a frame.  Thus, when attempting to compare belief systems with another person, there will appear to be a disparity between the two systems.  The reason for the disparity is that the experiment has not been done under identical conditions, which is the equivalent of performing the experiment in a non-accelerated lab frame, and in an accelerated frame, or between two accelerated frames.  Truly, the results of the experiment will not be identical under such laboratory conditions.  Thus, given the illusion of viewpoint centeredness of each person's universe, it will be very difficult to convince the other person that there is an error, that is, a force, operating in their world which is not a universal force, but rather, an individual force.


 Unless one stays very open to data from other labs, that is, stay open to the point of view of other people, it is hard to recognize the fact that one has one's own biases, one's own forces, one's own peculiar set of agendas operating in the world.  The point of staying open is to find the universal point of view, the truth which will never vary.  The facts must be compared with the concepts to see how they compare, evidence for force, and bias operating in a frame of reference must always be examined.  


 The point of this examination is to determine an absolute frame of reference, and the nature of God.  The tools of observation and comparison are what we have available for our analysis.  Thus, an examination of various points of view, triangulating, examining for evidence of force will be done.  Since the Bible is self proclaimed as the Word of God, as a representation of absolute truth, then, this is a most important point of view to examine.  The experimental response of the physical universe is another perspective.  And, we will use human nature, the observation of the human mind, and the drives within the human psyche as additional perspectives and observations.  It is the comparison of these points of view which reveal truth, which reveal the absolute frame of reference.

 

 The Bible, being the self proclaimed standard of truth, would most appropriately be examined as to its validity in its claims as to the true nature of the physical universe, and the absolute standard of right and wrong human behavior.  The structure of the Bible depends upon understanding the relationship of the Godhead within itself.  For example, how could the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all be God?  How could they be 3 persons in one?  Then, when we begin to include the play of man, there are questions about how God designed the universe such as: What is evil?" and, "How could a good God allow evil to exist?"  This then leads us to questions about why Jesus' death was an atonement for our sins and how could His death on the cross be applied to our lives, or even have any effect at all on our lives?  And, how could it be that Jesus is the 'only way' to the Father?  Then, when God was initializing the play of man, what was his motivation for allowing Adam and Eve to have the opportunity to eat from the tree of Good and Evil, when He knew full well that they would eat it, and that the consequence would be the fall?  Then, once the play was going, why did God say that Cain's sacrifice was not good, whereas, Able's was acceptable?  Why did God demand animal sacrifice for the remission of sins?  Why did God consult with Satan and tell him to consider testing Job?  These are all theological questions, but in a Theory of Everything, the theoretical answers to such questions must fit cohesively with the entire spectrum of the human experience and life, namely, physics, sociology, theology, and cosmology.