Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Strength through submission to God (Father James)

Father James is a character from the novel 2077: Knights of Peace


Strength from submission
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Our strength in God derives from submission of our ego to God through the Holy Spirit so that His strength may be manifest in us, enabling God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. By submission of our ego we, that is our real greater selves, can participate in God’s cosmic plan for Creation.



How can our submission make a difference to God’s great scheme? 



It is because of the exquisite way in which all of Creation is related, networked and interconnected. ‘No man is an island’ said John Donne. He had no idea how right he was. In fact it applies to every thought, emotion and feeling of every living being, to the life of every creature great and small, to every action of every photon of light, every quark, atom, molecule, emergent system, black hole, galaxy, star and planet. Every event, on whatever scale, ripples out in ways beyond our power to conceive. 



All particles were entangled in the cosmic singularity from which the universe was created: they continue to be related   – past, present and future.

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Lord forgive my claustrophobic prideful non-belief of the past. I might have died of boredom without the music of Baroqo. Where did I think that came from? Perhaps I had to go through non-belief to appreciate your wonder and glory. Praise the Lord!
 

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

The Great Commission and the Divine Light (Father James)

Father James is a character from the novel 2077: Knights of Peace


16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:16-20

Image result for pen and paperThe submission to Christ of the world’s religions and denominations, which we now realize had been proceeding intermittently through the post-Renaissance centuries and before, sometimes quietly, sometimes noisily, became peacefully explicit and global in the months and years following my epiphany, the break up of Baroqo and the end of my non-belief. The world’s mystics, prophets and leaders of all faiths in all nations received similar epiphanies over the subsequent decades



That this was the work of some heavenly agency was apparent to all the religious leaders and there was at the top level no resentment among even the non-Christian religions, the ones who had received epiphanies or been close to those who had. It was to them clearly the work of the loving God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Yet to the bulk of the Moslems, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists, being more remote from  the divine aurora which had descended on humanity, there were still vestiges of resentment and confusion as the rituals, liturgies and cultures of the non-Christian belief systems adjusted  to the reality of a single loving God explicitly and unmistakably incarnate in humankind. 



It was therefore decided by the ecumenical leaders that this healing manifestation of the third member of the Holy Trinity – that is, the Holy Spirit – be called the Divine Light and that the human institution for dispensing and distributing the healing of humanity be called the Monastery of Divine Light rather than the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. The monks, both Christian and Buddhist,  were renamed Hermit Sages. Although for the Christians this also demanded some adjustment it was of course a less difficult one. 



The MDL has indeed been successful, with monasteries in Shanghai and on Mars. There is still progress to be made but God must be rejoicing in the fruits of the suffering endured two thousand years ago while incarnate in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord forgive us if we have offended in any way against the Holy Spirit by naming this particular manifestation of it the Divine Light.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Unicorns and a multiverse: the new dark age of the supernatural?




I grew up in a rational world of cause and effect in which the only supernatural events were those attributable to our Creator, e.g. the Resurrection of Christ and the creation by God of the universe from existential nothingness.

Also, everyone I knew  adhered to the Oxford English dictionary definition of the universe:
All existing things; the whole creation; the cosmos 

Since the confirmation of the Big Bang model for the origin of the universe there have been attempts to skate around the conclusion that every single entity in creation, from a quark to a human being, ultimately originates with an uncaused first cause – God. In this sense everything is spiritual or supernatural. Nobody can pretend that anything is truly secular.  Moreover, this God has made us in God’s image,  having concepts of love, justice, truth and beauty regardless of gender, physical appearance, health, sexual preference, intelligence, race or creed. 

It has also become established that the probability of morally aware, truth seeking sentient beings like us emerging out of nothingness is zero without invoking a Creator with the properties of personhood. This follows from the unimaginable degree of fine tuning of the physical constants, initial entropy conditions and much else to allow life of any kind to exist anywhere in the universe.  For human civilisation to emerge there are innumerable extra conditions, such as protection from cosmic rays, the availability of the minerals for technology, visibility of an ordered firmament, fertile soil and a freely available abundance of water in liquid form. It all had to be done by an act of will which also imbued humans with the imago dei.

For some obscure reason (the italics are to vent my exasperation)  certain people, including some who purport to base their life on logic and reason, refuse to accept this state of affairs. Instead they have resorted to desperate hypotheses, the most well known of which is the multiverse.

 The implication is, if you can’t stomach living in one universe having a Creator who has made one universe tailored to  achieve the birth of humanity (it is now beyond reasonable doubt that our universe had to be precisely the size and structure it is for humanity to exist) then why not imagine there are an infinite number of eternal universes of which we happen to be one?  That removes the need for  a God since the whole ensemble of universes is eternal, i.e. self existing and having no beginning. And we don’t have to worry about relating to or praising or satisfying or understanding any deity.

Quite apart from the multiverse concept being wholly against the foundation on which the exponential growth of peer reviewed science rests this leads to bizarre conclusions. 

For example, the unicorn. 

It is necessary to be clear on just what infinity means. The OED defines ‘infinite’ as greater than any assignable quantity or countable number. This means greater than any number or quantity you can imagine. It means that you can multiply infinity by itself an infinite number of times and the result is still infinity, since both results fit the definition. It is also defined mathematically as any number divided by zero.

To dispense with God (again, why in the name of God would you want to dispense with God?) you also have to invoke eternity, which is infinity applied to time.  An eternal infinite array of ‘universes’ would have to have existed forever, otherwise you would have to invoke a Creator to start the whole show.

It is not surprising that the use of the words ‘infinite’ and ‘eternal’ to describe reality is going to lead to bizarre and unscientific conclusions.  Applied to a hypothetical ‘multiverse’ it means that any conceivable event or being or set of laws can occur at any time in any place without anyone having to explain it. If one accepts the multiverse fantasy unicorns would be inevitable, along with anything you care to imagine, from Santa Claus to a flat earth.

 Every conceivable thing happens and it happens an infinite number of times. Even if we cheat and accept that our own universe started at the observed point 13.8 billion years ago, if we regard this as a purely random spontaneous irrational godless creation out of nothingness then anything goes; there are no constraints. If a whole universe can come out of nothing, so can a unicorn. Even within our own universe the laws could break down at any point, say in the place you are now sitting, and so permit crazy things to happen without need of explanation - unicorns, vampires, tooth fairies  or anything you care to imagine.

Not surprisingly, if the whole ensemble of universes is eternal it does not obey the second law of thermodynamics because it would by now have decayed into total disorder.

If you want to believe in an eternal, infinite ensemble of universes rather than a rational loving Creator and just the one magnificent tailor-made universe you live in, no one can stop you. But please do not claim it is rational.

John Sears, author
2077 AD: Knights of Peace.

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