Monday, September 19, 2011

Another strange thought

No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.
 – John 1:18
In the Bible, we learn that no one can see the face of God. If they do, then they perish.

I had a dream or vision in which I imagined that seeking God was like diving underwater. We can hold our breath for only so long, so we can only dive so deep. And God lies at a much deeper level.

I imagine that searching for God, and searching for the ultimate scientific or mathematical truth are essentially the same. Science has come up with a method to search deeper. It is like creating an artificial living space at a certain depth below the water. And then we can use a submarine to get down to this underwater colony.

But at some depth, the pressure becomes so great that there is no way to create a structure that will survive. This will not stop people from trying.

Some scientist will explore these depths of knowledge and gain an insight so profound that he will instantly die or go totally mad. This is the scientific equivalent of staring into the face of God.

Such things actually exist in the world of mathematics. There is something called Goedel's Incompleteness Theorem. And some mathematicians have actually gone insane while trying to fully explain it.

The sciences seem to be lagging in this sort of deep understanding. Although, it seems like physics may be approaching this level. Will we soon see top physicists going insane as they explore at ever increasing depths?

As physicists explore deeper in the world of subatomic particles, will they simply find smaller and smaller particles with more and more bizarre properties? Particles that seem to exist at one moment and cease to exist at another. Particles that change from one into another without any apparent reason.

And if physicists are able to explore down to the deepest depths, will they find a world that is at once an empty void and also a bubbling chaos? And will they then theorize that unlocking the secrets of the smallest unit of matter is the same problem as unlocking the secret of the beginning of time? As if there is an instance of creation that is constantly occurring at the deepest level of subatomic particles.

Is this God, busy at work in sustaining the universe he created? Is the answer to the deepest riddle simply another riddle? This is the conclusion that the non-believer must come to, but for the believer the answer is simply God.

The universe cannot create itself, nor can it sustain itself. The universe has a creator and the universe has a Lord that guides its along its proper destiny and keeps it from falling into utter chaos.

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Have you not known? Have you not heard?
 The LORD is the everlasting God,
 the Creator of the ends of the earth.
 He does not faint or grow weary,
 his understanding is unsearchable.

  – Isaiah 40:28
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Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

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