Roy Masters from "Finding God In Physics"
Did the universe begin with a big Bang? Is time still flowing, expanding out from the big bang center of the Universe, as many say? How can this be so? What would be the continuing source of this fount? What is it that keeps time flowing from just one explosive event, and when will time run out?
Big bang proponent British theoretical physicist Steven Hawking says that time will eventually reverse, collapse back upon its origin, implode inward towards its beginning by some unknown gravitational force. This, he says, will cause time to run backwards, assumably carrying the universe with it, compressing it all back into a singularity of infinite density.
If time is going to run backwards, will people rise from the grave and become young again, all going back into their mother’s womb, folding into one another all the way back to the first generation of men and women? Will their natures telescope back into primordial slime from which the human race has supposedly emerged? Will the earth boil back into lava, collapse, and finally compress with the rest of the universe back into that big clump of infinite density-and then silence? Some say yes, despite the evident absurdity of the whole idea.
If time were to stop flowing, the entire universe would vanish in the twinkling of an eye. Everything: light, heat, stars, galaxies, would "pop" out of existence without so much as a puff-disappearing into the void of nothingness from whence it came before God said "Let there be."
This book is about how the universe was created out of "nothing"-rather than from an exploding infinite density. If the universe were created out of an existing something or other, we would be then forced to ask an embarrassingly obvious question: where did that "something" come from, and of what is it composed? With this treatise, this writing, there is no need to ask that obviously unanswerable question, for I will endeavor to show how matter is created out of a "no-thing"-but not nothing. The simpler the picture of creation that is presented, the more facts it can embrace, while at the same time reflecting the magnificent harmonious variations of the creation theme. (The more simple music is, the more capable it is of spinning off variations of its original theme.)
An absolutely new theory is presented here that flies in the face of conventional scientific wisdom. This theory says that time flows from an origin, that time has a beginning, and actually circumorbits its beginner.
There was never a big bang-but instead only a "quiet," creation event, more like a pre-time wind event, as if a hurricane swirled forth from its own calm center.
Just as a wheel cannot spin, unless the periphery revolves around an axle, or a hurricane wind cannot exist without some kind of center, so neither can the "ether wind" of pre-time flow without a still central creation event to cause all the necessary motions to shape creation.
This text proposes that the cosmos itself is created out of a parallel universe, organically designed based on the geometric variation of just two theme factors, absolute motion from absolute rest, both expressions of "Einstein’s missing relative".
Our purpose here is to seek this "missing relative"-not only in the purely scientific sense-the missing dynamic in the theory of relativity-but also to seek, in the personal spiritual sense, the presence of our Father God. He was there in the beginning (Alpha) and it is He within us who shall bear silent witness to whatever is true in this book about the Alpha (the beginning) and the Omega (the end)-for the home of God, in the final triumph of creation, is man himself, redeemed through spiritual knowledge.
Communication problems you will face in this writing
Before we begin our journey of discovery to prove that God is creator and scientist at work in the universe and ever present in us all, testifying to His Creation, you might well ask why a man who knows little or nothing about physics should write about a subject about which he has no formal schooling. What I am endeavoring to do here is what I have done before when writing on different subjects. I am again going on a journey of discovery, this time with you, to prove that anyone can be taught of the spirit, and I want you to come along. You be the judge as to whether it can be done or not. I want to show that it is far more joyful and meaningful to "discover" for oneself the truth latent within all of us waiting to unfold. Truth, inwardly realized and personally discovered, is superior to having ourselves stuffed with knowledge, fully formed and ready to be regurgitated back for the approval of some pedigreed human mentor. Knowledge, profoundly understood, possesses an extra dimensional meaning, a life-force growth factor. Ordinary learning or remembering does not inform us, rather it out-forms our character, often changing us into sleepwalking intellectualized automatons, literally the breathing dead who do not realize they are "dead."
Life then is not so much a matter of conventional learning, memorizing bone dry facts; it is more like remembering, rediscovering, seeing for ourselves what we have forgotten, a process of unearthing what was hidden within, awaiting the in-breathing of each awakening. Ordinary knowledge, while perhaps being similar intellectually, is like death warmed over by comparison-like eating dry straw. This is not to imply that we cannot acquire certain useful facts-indeed, we need both forms of knowledge. We need to know, and we need to understand what we know. Ideally, profound knowledge should flow in the context of understandable principles that give factual knowledge life. When the inner Creator who made those principles testifies to his external creation and we understand, it awakens in us a certain awe and wonder (reverence) that transfers our fascination with creation back to Him who made it, giving learned knowledge a certain life-love and sanctity. It truly makes the knowledge live.
This book is about real discovery, learning by way of an inner spiritual teacher, rather than a simple human one. What is important is what this book awakens in you rather than the book itself. Share my joy and come with me if you will on this journey to both inner and outer space.
When it comes to knowledge and understanding, this journey leads to both places at the same time; after all, if this universe is created by divine principle, and those principles inform all things created, then not only can we understand the stars by those principles, we can understand ourselves as well. If this were not so, these principles would not be the living knowledge (understanding) we are seeking, and from which we ought to be remolded through our minds from within.
"There was never a big bang-but instead only a 'quiet' creation event"
Understanding is that which the Declaration of Independence calls self-evident truth, testifying to cultural truths encoded in language, testifying to truths solidified and sculptured in science, and in creation. All education, lest it become neurotic and lopsided, should contain essences of both these forms of knowing.
The trouble with language is that it tends to be one dimensional in that it can only point to a fact. We need to know and we need to appreciate what we know. A computer can learn as well as people, maybe even better. We might even teach a computer to speak, but the computer can never understand or appreciate what it knows, or whether what it "knows" is even true. With all the information in its mega memory, a computer cannot make true judgments. But human beings are unique; we are capable of two ways of knowing, from an inner source as well as an outer. We can know something and we can verify it intuitively if we wish-that is, if our minds have not been dulled by too much meaningless rote learning.
It’s as though we have two minds, one, the computer with an electro-chemical capacity for absorbing facts-the finite mind which falls apart at the grave-and the other, an observer mind which is conscious of those facts-in other words, a thinker as apart to the thinking itself. However, there is beyond the "thinker" and the "observer" a third source, a presence which gives the conscious thinker a knowing (without knowing why he knows). This is the profound knowledge by which the righteous live, and trusting this knowledge is the bond called faith.
Ordinary knowledge-rote learning-enters our experience through our physical senses by way of a teacher. However that special way of knowing called conscience can enter through our mind into our brain without benefit of educational sources whatsoever, just from that guide within that wordlessly testifies to the observer soul whether any fact presented through our senses is true or false. The observing consciousness does not know of itself; it is just given to know without knowing why it knows; and thus, believing in this way, it becomes literally in-formed.
The ideal is for a noble teacher, parent, to guide us with truth in language to the threshold of the wordless realm where we experience the sweetness of sudden, clear realization-that "breath of fresh air" called understanding. Understanding is knowing made alive. To make this point about understanding even clearer, consider the traditional Christian view of Truth made real to mankind by the Jewish other-dimensional being known as Jesus the Christ-the wordless word made flesh for all to see.
Considered the first of a "new breed" of human beings, he bids us to follow Him to the Father. Truly, the spoken word should always bring us to the "wordless" way of knowing, unfolding from that inner source who causes us to be free from the bondage of rote knowing that imparts no understanding-the "letters that kill." Alas, instead of transferring us to the inner teacher and letting us go, the modern "Scribes and Pharisees" pressure and seduce us with the dry language of one-dimensional facts.
Life is not so much learning as it is remembering what we are born to realize-recalling the innocence we have forgotten through the clutter of superficial learning. Eating the forbidden fruit made knowledge an end in itself, separating us from its divine essence and purpose, that of guiding us to that place within. Alas, without its divine purpose, knowledge will only beguile and distract us, a false guide leading in a false direction. Herein lie terrible dangers. The worst of these tragedies, sad to say, is to become so egocentrically self-absorbed in rote knowledge that one is prevented from ever knowing the Creator’s will and purpose, deeply and intimately, nor ever experience the bonding with the Father’s offering of eternal life.
Too much of any kind of knowledge, too soon, feverishly imbibed, outshouts the conscience source, puffs up the ego like a King Cobra, puts it to sleep to the reality that God has prepared for those who love him.
We are taught by our various theologians that there is a God, but we don’t really "know" do we? It is something like being in a dark cave, reading about the sun by candlelight, learning that the sun is round and warm and gives radiant light like the candle. So then one day you leave that cave and experience the exhilarating warmth on your skin, the fragrance and the beauty of the flowers and the trees. What a difference from just reading about it in a book. Knowing God intellectually is good, but not good enough-it’s not complete. When true knowledge leads you to understanding, ordinary knowledge is no more. It’s done its job.
Psychologist Carl Jung said of this kind of complete knowledge that to truly understand a problem is to be divested of it. To truly know that God exists is in itself healing-the ultimate behavior modification from within, providing new meaning and direction to our lives.
The problem with language is that it invariably affects us emotionally as if we were really experiencing (or knowing) something when in fact, all we possess is the vocal symbol we use to communicate with each other. For example, the word "apple" is not the thing itself-it is the mere gibberish of language; yet, people emotionally identify with the object spoken about (the apple) as though it were the thing itself. Do we not throw words at one another in threatening fashion, and do we not react as if we were being hit by rocks?
To a man thirsting in the desert, the word "water" will cause a powerful emotional reaction, but it will not keep him from dying of thirst. Thus, do we confuse knowledge with understanding when only the latter truly sustains. Pseudo-intellectuals and false preachers are able to use your inherent sensitivity to words to beguile you and cause you to doubt the wordless word in your heart. And that dear friend is at the heart of all that’s wrong with you, and the world-you are separated from the WORD by the beguiling of words.
Sadly some "Christians" think they have Jesus in their hearts when all they have is a sound in their brain. These false Christians use "words" to escape from the living Word-science also uses science to deny God that way too, using facts to concoct theories that avoid the one thing that will give meaning to their search but also the one thing they do not want to see. The blind who will not see and who lead others into the ditch.
I have always known there is something seriously wrong with rote learning, the way it robs people of vitality, and blocks the wonders of discovery. I have seen how it dumbs down, blinding minds and hearts with recorded messages of dubious value. Share my joy and come with me if you will on this journey to both inner and outer space. See how such a path leads to both places at the same time (knowledge and understanding); after all, if this universe is created by divine principle, those principles inform all things created. Thus not only can we understand the stars, we can understand ourselves as well. If this were not so, it would not be the quality of living knowledge (understanding) we are seeking, and from which we ought to be remolded through our minds from within.