Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Physical Nature of God's Realm

On the heels of a most interesting post concerning Quantum Physics, I would like to delve into the physical aspects of God.

Prior to beginning, I would like to define a few terms in order to minimize any confusion.

Enjoy: The ability to experience and have command.
Experience: The ability to physically relate but have no control.
Perceive: The ability to reason, come to a conclusion, based on indirect evidence alone.
Supernatural: A sensed or perceived control of dimensionality above the subjects own dimensionality.

In this first part, let’s look at our basic physical dimensionality and how it relates to God.  As discussed in my friend Dan’s previous post on Quantum Physics, we live in at least a ten dimensional reality. Three physical dimensions we enjoy and have command over are width, length and depth.  We also experience our dimensionality of time, while we are able to perceive at least an additional six dimensions that appear to be rolled up tightly in a physical space of 10 -32 cm.

In our three physical dimensionality, we have the ability to move around and physically command our environment. We can manilpulate ourselves and physical elements forward, backward, up, down and sideways at different angles. We enjoy a freedom to explore within our physical reality.

Now, how about beings that enjoy less than a three physical dimensionality?

The following is a great example of this that was popularized in the book,  Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott. In this book, we are introduced to a two dimensional character that has width and length but no depth. He can move sideways and up and down but has no concept of forward or backward.

When moving around in his dimensionality, his only experience of others is when talking to them or running into each other. He can’t move forward or backwards around them, only sideways, up and down around them. Similar to viewing germs, on a slide, under a microscope. He can’t look sideways because he doesn’t enjoy that dimensionality. If he could, he would see nothing, because they have no depth.

This character is visited by a three dimensional character that can interact with him in his dimension and open a supernatural window into his dimensionality. Let’s think about this for a moment.  Think of the smallest measurement known to you. Now, place this as a depth measurement between the two realities.

The three dimensional being can can now enjoy an existence closer than that measurement than any two individual dimensional beings can enjoy themselves. The two dimensional and the three dimensional being now share an intimacy greater than any intimacy the two dimensional beings can enjoy within his own reality.

When this three dimensional being actually intervenes into the two dimensional reality, it can be only experienced by the two dimensional beings that are directly interacted with. It can only be perceived by other two dimensional beings as supernatural. At this point, they can dismiss or explain it or accept it on faith. When the interaction ends, it leaves only the memory and joy of the experience with the one being interacted with.

Now, what if there were beings that enjoy a dimensionality greater than ours? They would be supernatural to us. This is how God relates to us. In fact, he enjoys a dimensionality much greater than our physical dimensions of time and space. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

I Want To Be Saved.

Saved. To most, it is a very ambiguous word and concept. It has been thrown around by many to mean different things for many situations. As far as God is concerned, the following explains what he means by it. I will attempt to keep it brief. By all means, please request any additional information in the comment section below or at the following email address: keith.oder@gmail.com

Let’s begin at the beginning..

God created the time-space continuum in which we live. This world was part of this creation which also included mankind. The first man formed by God was an individual by the name of Adam. Adam, was joined little later by his mate, Eve.

After a certain amount of time, Adam and Eve, disobeyed the one rule that God gave them. He told them not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. After being tempted, Eve took of the fruit of the tree, followed by Adam. This disobedience created a fracture or separation between God's existence and ours.

In addition, and unfortunately, for Adam and Eve and the rest of mankind, God required a penalty for this disobedience. From this point on, man would experience both physical death and spiritual separation from God for the next 4000. For those 4000 years, God showed man, through his Law, that he required a perfect sacrifice to pay for their infraction. Those 4000 years were also an object lesson to show mankind that no matter what, they could not supply a sacrifice acceptable to God. This was due to God requiring a flawless blood sacrifice of the likes of the one who committed the infraction, otherwise a perfect human blood sacrifice.

The problem, with that, is there was not and never could be a perfect human, since disobedience now resided in the very nature of man. Since no man, born of a man/woman union, is perfect, God had to provide a solution. The solution was to provide a man through an undefiled woman impregnated by the Spirit of God. This resulted in the supernatural birth of Y’shua, Jesus.

According to scriptures, The Tanakh, The Old Testament, where God revealed to us his salvation plan, Y’shua was borne with the Spirit of God and of a virgin woman. He lived a perfect life as a man and was crucified upon the alter of God, the Cross. During his crucifixion, the scriptures tells us that he was made sin for us all. In reality, God withdrew himself from the man Y’shua and left the perfect Jesus to die upon the cross, as the ultimate sin offering.

He was buried in a tomb, guarded by Roman soldiers.

As a side note,  the Jewish leadership feared that the followers of Y'shua would steal the body and claim resurrection. They asked Pontius Pilate to secure the tomb. Pontius Pilate was the Roman Prefect in Israel at this time and the one who condemned Y'shua to death. Pontius Pilate makes a great comment. He said, "Make it as sure as you can." That meant a minimum of four soldiers would guard the tomb for the length of Pesach, Passover.

However, three days later, in fulfillment to scripture, and before the Body would naturally see corruption, God rejoined the man and together resurrected Y’shua in a transformed body and left the tomb.

Later, on Shavuott, Pentecost, Y'shua ascended to his rightful place, the right hand of his Father in Heaven, where he makes intercession for us on a daily basis. With his blood, he is now a sin covering for all of us who relies on that sacrfice for reconciliation with God.

The only thing God requires from any of us is to accept and believe that Y’shua was the perfect sacrifice.

After that, when we confess ours sins to him, he will be faithful and just to forgive us.

As part of the new relationship, a true believer will desire to get to know God on a more intimate basis through his Word and understanding how his creation reveals him to all. Usually, the first act of obedience of a true believer is to follow Y’shua and be baptized. Baptism is being immersed in water to publicly display your dedication to a life in the Messiah and a ever-growing close relationship with God.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Miracles. The Fingerprints of God.

When you sit down to read a book from your favorite author or view a work of art, drawn by your favorite artist, you realize that there are things that sets the author’s writing or the artist’s strokes apart from others. These things are of particular interest to and for the edification of the true fan. The same can be said about the masterpiece of creation.

Miracles are fingerprints or the master strokes of our creator across the canvas of creation.

Sure, God has the capability of making a sterile perfect rendition of his creation. However, how is his creation supposed to realize, appreciate or praise his true mastery without slight deviations from what is natural?

In a free will reality, miracles are expected in a creation where it appears that God is absent from the day to day. We need occasional reminders that show God is still in control.

Also, these reminders have to be supernatural in nature in order not to have a natural explanation that could be written off as a natural occurrence, and build the faith of those who recognize the fingerprint of God as for what it is. That is how God works. God planned these slight deviations before the beginning of time. I don’t want to go off on a predestination tangent, but it plays right in.

On our side of the window, our reality is natural and we have the free will to do and believe anything we want. On God’s side of the window, he sees the beginning from the end and has determined when a Godly fingerprint, or miracle could be place upon his canvas in order to say, “Don’t worry, I’m here.” He has determined, or predestined, when to perform his miracles, without upsetting the applecart, and giving the observer a choice to believe or not.

On our side of the door that separates our reality from God’s, there a sign that says, “Enter, if you so desire.” Once you enter, you notice a dinner banquet where you are the guest of honor. God says, “Welcome, you were expected.” You turn and notice the sign on the inside of the door. It says, “Preordained before the beginning of time.”

God is in control and is the Master Painter.


God inspired my to write this through a blog entry by my Brother in the Messiah, Daniel Tattersall. His entry can be found here.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Now That's a Faith Greater Than Mine!

I believe in God because he has revealed himself to all who are faithfully looking for him. I faithfully believe that there is evidence of God throughout the universe. However, in the known universe, I freely attest that there is absolutely nothing that proves beyond a shadow of doubt, that there is a God. However, I and many others, by faith, attest that there is a God.

A believer will tell you that it is strictly by faith that we come to the decision to believe in God by looking at pointers. Things that have no real explanation by itself but accumulatively point to an intelligent designer. We call him God. I freely admit that I do not have tangible proof and am running on faith alone.

With that said, there is a greater faith than mine and that is of those who freely decide that there is no God. They look at the same evidence and decide that there is nothing to our God. As a matter of fact, many do call God, "nothingness". They ask us how we could come to our conclusions with no real proof. They call it a blind faith.

The pointers I mentioned earlier are based on the belief that everything in the universe, known and unknown, the something and the nothing, points to something greater than man. I can show you how everything and the nothing points to something beyond our understanding. However, when those who do not believe make their decision on the known universe, it is a small sampling of the known universe.

Present scientific consensus states that only 5% of the universe is knowable matter. The other 95% is nothingness, Dark Energy or Dark Matter with little or no understanding what Dark Matter or Dark Energy or nothingness actually is. Based on that 5%, non believers freely decide and proudly proclaim that there is absolutely no God and are willing to risk their immortal souls on it. A decision based on a 5% sampling rate……

That my friends is a Faith greater than mine.