August 25, 2015

Can We Connect With God?

Of course we can.

“It would appear our active conscious, semi-conscious, and core conscious thoughts are influenced by quantum connections (or coherence) with an intelligence whose character we can only guess at, but whose universal principles frame our understanding of what is moral, what is virtuous, what is beautiful, and what is true. This omniscient cosmic intelligence may also be the creative source of our universe and all forms of life.”

- from Summa 21

This simple concept infers we are all connected with the omniscient cosmic intelligence through our natural active conscious, semi-conscious, and core conscious thoughts. All living things are able to make this connection. But it should be noted, as with many things in life, in order to fully understand the underlying philosophy we must understand the details.

First: a definition. When we talk about cosmic intelligence, or cosmic information, we are referring to the transmission of information through our physical universe, or between our physical universe and other universes – including the spiritual universe. The reception of cosmic information has been referred to as “intuition”, having a “sixth sense”, and so on.

There are two levels of connection: passive and active.

Flora (plants such as trees, shrub, grasses, lichens and so on), along with simple forms of fauna (such as animal microorganisms), have a passive connection. Most scientists agree they can only receive information. Although they may be able to respond to an external stimuli (by changing their growth rate or biological characteristics for example), there is no interactive response to external stimuli. They do not create and “send” a response to the information they receive.

Some species of fauna (including humans) have the biological mechanisms necessary to interact with cosmic information. Given the right circumstances, for example, we humans can interact with each other; as when a twin sister senses the emotions of her twin even though they are miles apart. It would appear information passed between flocks of birds or schools of fish enable the entire group to instantaneously change direction. It has been claimed that some higher order fauna (dogs and horses, for example) have the ability to exchange information. There is an interaction (response) to received intelligence; and the energy of conscious thought can be used to establish a cosmic link. All of these attributes infer an “active” role in the connection.

We humans are able to connect with God through the initiation of semi-conscious and core conscious thought processes. We reach out to make a spiritual cosmic connection. This is likely to occur, for example, when we pray, meditate, dream, participate in the euphoria of a joyful hymn, or have an out of body experience. If our minds are not preoccupied with the activity of present reality, we are able to interact with cosmic information.

How this all works is explained in Summa 21. For the purpose of this article, however, the key point is that most of us have the natural capability to receive or initiate a spiritual connection with God. It is most unfortunate the emotional stress of dealing with present reality, the caustic influence of negative beliefs, and the devastating effect of addiction all act to filter out the energy of this connection. Never-the-less it would appear our active conscious, semi-conscious, and core conscious thoughts are influenced by quantum connections (or coherence) the physics and biology of which we are just beginning to understand. It is also worth noting that in order to find God, we must actively seek to establish the connection.


TCE
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August 23, 2015

American Opportunity: Erosion of Belief

From 1952 to 1998, according to Gallup, over 80 percent of Americans agreed with the statement that "there's plenty of opportunity and anyone who works hard can go as far as they want."

By 2013 this was down to 52 percent.

In 1998, 68 percent said the economic system of the country is basically fair.

By 2013, this was down to 50 percent.

Has something gone wrong?


TCE
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August 16, 2015

What Is The Future of Euthanasia?

“Assassins!” a lone voice cried out, breaking the silence in an otherwise hushed parliamentary chamber. Belgian leaders were beginning to cast their votes, and the electronic seating chart lit up as the yeas and nays began to accumulate. As the last votes trickled in, the final tally appeared on the screen: 86 yeas, 46 nays, and 12 present. Belgium had just voted to legalize assisted suicide…for children. (Note 1)

A few European nations are way ahead of the United States on this one. Assisted suicide has become a valid option for those wishing to end it all. Call it progress. Call it an expression of liberal philosophy.

We all have the right to die. Up to now, the decision to exercise that right has generally been the province of the all-mighty. You know- God.  But liberal progressives firmly believe we humans should make our own life and death decisions in politically correct ways. They already support the right to terminate the life of unborn babies. What’s next?

Liberal democrats support the availability of euthanasia (the polite term for assisted suicide) for any adult who is in acute pain, is suffering from a severe physical trauma, or has a terminal illness. It is agreed - they have the right to ask for a lethal pill or injection.

But what is pain and suffering? They courts will eventually decide (little by little) that any definition of pain or suffering is arbitrary, and therefore any adult enduring any pain or any suffering can decide to commit assisted suicide.

We may also wonder: what is the definition of “terminal”, and how do we compute the time span of an illness which has been determined to be terminal? Since we all will eventually die, the courts will decide the definition of “terminal” is arbitrary, and therefore any adult can decide to end a terminal illness. As for the time span, is an illness considered terminal if it is expected to occur within three months?  Six months?  A year?  Again, we can expect the courts to decide any time span rule is arbitrary. As soon as a doctor tells us we have a terminal illness, we will have the right to commit assisted suicide.

Having decided euthanasia is an acceptable practice, what’s next? What about the rights of imperfect babies, sick children, old people, drug addicts, rapists, welfare recipients, criminals, or anyone else?

It should be obvious. Liberal progressives believe the rights of the individual are subordinate to the rights or needs of the community. Enter the concept of common good. Since it will be decided euthanasia candidates are unable to correctly determine their own rights, another person must assume that responsibility: a parent, a relative, a doctor, and – eventually – any person who has an interest in the life (or death) of the candidate. Here too, we can expect the courts will eventually decide the selection of a responsible person is arbitrary. Any interested party will be entitled to claim responsibility – even a government bureaucrat.

All these arbitrary decisions are – of course – extremely messy. Democrats will obviously want to dehumanize the elimination of humans. Liberal progressives have a simple solution. Let the government do it. Create an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services to initiate assisted suicide solutions for the good of the community. (Euthanasia is – after all – a human service.) Liberal philosophy will triumph. Sick, infirm, elderly, imperfect, undesirable, and terminally ill persons can be dealt with in an efficient and politically correct way.

Eugenics anyone?


TCE

Note 1: Following in Europe's Footsteps: The Chilling Endgame of the Right-to-Die Movement, Daniel Davis | Aug 15, 2015 | Townhall.com
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July 31, 2015

Five Consequences of America's Moral Collapse

By John Hawkins | Jul 25, 2015 | Townhall.com

Excerpts

Americans have become so “non-judgmental” that many people can no longer tell the difference between good and evil. ... Our country’s lack of morality has real consequences that are capable of eventually sinking us as a nation.

1) The Collapse Of Marriage: There used to be quite a bit of social stigma attached to getting a divorce or having a child out of wedlock. That’s no longer true and consequences for society have been horrific.

Although there is some dispute about the numbers, roughly 40% of marriages now end in divorce and “half of all children born to women under 30 in America now are illegitimate. Three in 10 white children are born out of wedlock, as are 53 percent of Hispanic babies and 73 percent of black babies.”

That’s important because children who have been raised without a mother AND a father are statistically worse off in just about every personal and social area imaginable.

"Controlling for socioeconomic status, race, and place of residence, the strongest predictor of whether a person will end up in prison is that he was raised by a single parent. By 1996, 70 percent of inmates in state juvenile detention centers serving long-term sentences were raised by single mothers. Seventy-two percent of juvenile murderers and 60 percent of rapists come from single-mother homes. Seventy percent of teenage births, dropouts, suicides, runaways, juvenile delinquents, and child murderers involve children raised by single mothers. Girls raised without fathers are more sexually promiscuous and more likely to end up divorced. A 1990 study by the Progressive Policy Institute showed that after controlling for single motherhood, the difference between black and white crime rates disappeared.

Various studies have come up with slightly different numbers, but all the figures are grim. According to the Index of Leading Cultural Indicators, children from single-parent families account for 63 percent of all youth suicides, 70 percent of all teenage pregnancies, 71 percent of all adolescent chemical/substance abuse, 80 percent of all prison inmates, and 90 percent of all homeless and runaway children.

A study cited in the Village Voice produced similar numbers. It found that children brought up in single-mother homes ‘are five times more likely to commit suicide, nine times more likely to drop out of high school, 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances, 14 times more likely to commit rape (for the boys), 20 times more likely to end up in prison, and 32 times more likely to run away from home.’ Single motherhood is like a farm team for future criminals and social outcasts."

Instead of trying to reverse the crippling damage being done to our country by the collapse of marriage, we’ve chosen to degrade it even further. ... If it’s true that marriage is the bedrock of society, then our nation’s house is built on sand.

2) Crime: Despite the fact that China and India have populations four times our size, it’s stunning that America has the largest prison population on Earth. Not coincidentally, America’s once sky-high crime rate dropped as massive numbers of criminals were locked away. ...

Kids who are taught about good and evil, right and wrong, patriotism, chivalry and honor are going to make mistakes. A few of them will even turn out to be bad apples. However, full though our prisons may be, they are not full of God-fearing men. They’re full of people who are morally adrift.

3) Poor Government: America seems to be becoming progressively less governable and there are many reasons for that. Government has become too big to effectively manage, both parties have moved away from the center, gerrymandering has decreased the power of voters and increased the power of special interest groups – we could go on and on. Despite the fact that it’s seldom discussed, one of the biggest factors is the dishonesty of our own politicians.

How does that play a role? Well, it’s impossible to cut any kind of meaningful long-term deal on taxes, spending, immigration or any other big issue because neither party can be trusted to stick to a deal. Politicians lie to the voters, they lie to the other party and they even lie to their colleagues on the same side of the aisle.

Barack Obama’s signature piece of legislation, Obamacare, was entirely built on lies. Hillary Clinton has been caught lying more times than Pinocchio – and it’s not much different for the GOP leadership in Congress.

On the one hand, it’s extraordinarily difficult to govern a nation without long term planning, but how do you plan for the future when no politician’s word means anything?

4) Dependence: Americans have traditionally been some of the most self-reliant people on the face of the earth. People used to be ashamed to be on the dole even if they felt like they had no other choice. Judging by the numbers we see today, that’s no longer true.

More than 1/3 of the population, 109 million Americans, are on welfare. That’s more people than there are in the four most populous states in America (California, Texas, New York and Florida) COMBINED. More than 45 million Americans are receiving food stamps. Nearly 11 million Americans, a number larger than the population of Greece, are on disability.

Does anyone care how many of these people are legitimately having hard times and need a little temporary assistance to get back on their feet versus how many are parasites who are looting the system? ... In fact, it’s probably more of a social faux pas to suggest that people should feel bad about living off other people’s labor than it is to sponge off the taxpayers without regret. That’s why it’s not just an economic problem, it’s a moral problem and it’s one that is likely to get larger as a smaller and smaller share of workers are asked to shoulder the load for people who don’t work for a living.

5) Lack Of Civility And Manners: The great Samuel Adams once said, “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”

Between the anonymity of the Internet, the crudity of much of modern music and TV along with our bad habit of rewarding every reality show star and jackass with 15 minutes of fame as long as they’re willing to go to any lengths to catch our attention, we’ve become a crass, rude and obnoxious culture.

We live in a country that often rewards sarcasm instead of wisdom, rudeness instead of insight and the squeaky wheel instead of the farsighted patriot. You’re more likely to get your way in America if you claim to be angry, offended or can just make enough noise on social media than if you’re plain old right. How well is that working out for our country?

- John Hawkins runs Right Wing News and Linkiest. You can see more of John Hawkins on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+,You Tube, and at PJ Media.
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July 29, 2015

Creative Consciousness

Atheistic science has limited itself to the mythology of the physical. It is therefore unable to answer a simple question: where did the information that underlies all the laws of physics, chemistry, biology, cosmology, and so on - originate? Have we substituted a seemingly infinite and excruciatingly complicated set of circumstances and explanations for what should be an obvious and simple solution? The atheist cannot explain the lawful nature of our universe. Who created the multi-variable differential equations? And who solved them before or during the process of creation? Why do inanimate particles obey these rules? How do we explain the origination of genetic material? Do we really want to believe the Cosmos had no beginning and it simply – is? Did our universe which had no intelligence, no will, no mind, and no consciousness devise the laws of nature and then create itself out of nothing? Isn’t the existence of a creative consciousness more logical?

The Aboriginal Australian concept of "Dreaming”, and the Taoist concept of the Tao which cannot be verbalized (the mother of all things), preceded the creation of the physical. Christian tradition may call it the Holy Spirit or God. Our awareness of a core conscious experience (frequently accompanied by a mixture of awe, bliss and euphoria) is usually subtle, transient, non-polar, and internal (our five physical senses are not directly involved). Transcendent experiences are difficult to describe in conventional physical terms and are thus often rejected by those whose thinking is inhibited by the restrictions of our five physical receptors. Therein is the conflict between empirical science, which is only able to deal with the physical, and 21st century theology (and emerging science), which is willing to explore the relationship of the not-physical and physical aspects of consciousness. If we seek to accurately identify and describe our reality, we must not allow the mythology of science, or the mythology of religion, to restrict creative inquiry.

Philosophers and theologians of multiple faiths from all over our planet have long believed we humans are all interconnected. Consciousness is energy. Energy is the basis of all life and matter. The energy of consciousness enables awareness. Since consciousness is not a material entity with length or volume, nor weight or mass, it must be treated as a singularity that surpasses our inadequate perception of the Cosmos. We can choose to believe our consciousness is linked to the fundamental geometry of space-time.

It would appear our active conscious, semi-conscious, and core conscious thoughts are influenced by quantum connections (or coherence) with an intelligence whose character we can only guess at, but whose universal principles frame our understanding of what is moral, what is virtuous, what is beautiful, and what is true. This omniscient cosmic intelligence may also be the creative source of our universe and all forms of life.

It would exist, even if we did not.

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July 19, 2015

And Now You Are Gone

We married in Livermore, California
A wonderful day in my life.
We joined together as one.
August 14, 1988

We took our vows and witnessed our love.
Two people who needed each other.
We lived together as one.
Twenty seven years.

My companion and my friend.
Always with compassion and affection.
We were inseparable partners.
It was so easy to love you.

Together we lived our dreams.
We built a house.
You turned it into a home.
I sense your presence in every room.

We traveled the world.
Two enthusiastic explorers.
Every trip an adventure.
Our home is filled with souvenirs.

And now you are gone.
My heart aches.
Sleepless nights and restless days.
I long for your touch.

But there is a living part of you here.
The little dog you rescued.
Mollie is always at my side.
She is life, and brings me your affection.

I love you.
And I know.
We are destined.
To be together again.

In loving memory: Your husband


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And so...
Cynthia and I lost a good friend to cancer.
We know Sharon is with the Holy Spirit.
Because she is definitely the kind of person God loves.

Ron

June 27, 2015

Hell, Heaven, and Us: The Four Dimension Thesis

The location and attributes of hell and heaven are described in my book “Summa 21”. The basic premise is that we live in a bi-polar Cosmos, where for every fundamental construct of reality, there is an opposite and complimentary construct of reality. Hence, if there is a physical universe, then there must be a not-physical universe. Our known universe, the one we can detect with our five senses and with the occasional help of specialized machines/devices, is one pole of our bipolar order. The other pole is the not-physical universe, which we have chosen to describe as the Spiritual Universe and the location of heaven. Given the reality of human suffering, it would appear our physical universe provides the location for Hell.

There are, of course, other philosophical constructs to describe the relationship of humanity (us), with hell and heaven. One of the more interesting is the four dimension thesis which has provided the basis of Christian theological dissertation for several centuries. A 21st century version of this thesis postulates the reality of our small part of the Cosmos includes four dimensions:

The material reality of our perceived physical universe exists within a single tangible dimension. Here we find the stuff of matter, energy and mass. The human soul exists within the structure of a physical body. Our physical senses (touch, vision, hearing, smelling, and taste) create a conscious awareness of this universe. Although this dimension exists throughout the Cosmos, we are only aware of its physical components.

There is a bi-polar opposite dimension of a not-physical universe (at least in the conventional sense) within which the components of reality exist as energy. The human soul resides within the structure of an astral form that replicates the energy of a human body, but not its matter. This dimension has often been referred to as purgatory, a place where we gradually become familiar with the accumulated wisdom of the Cosmos. The consciousness and awareness of people who are near death, or have a near death experience, may drift back and forth between the physical and not-physical dimension. Within this dimension we are able to reconnect with deceased life forms we have loved in the physical dimension. According to tradition, when we die most of us will spend some time in the not-physical dimension before going to heaven. The not-physical universe surrounds us and is everywhere in the Cosmos.

Heaven exists within a separate dimension of time and space. Here we find God, angels, and those who have learned, adopted and practice the wisdom of the Cosmos (the wisdom of the Holy Spirit). From Summa 21: “Heaven is good, desirable, joyful, pleasant, peaceful, and beautiful. In Heaven one may find love, companionship, friendship, wisdom, and truth. ...In Heaven there is plenty. ...In Heaven one has (the feeling of) good health.” When we speak of going to Heaven we are contemplating the transformation of our energy – our Life Force - from one dimension to another. Those who are worthy transform into the spiritual self that will live in Heaven. In simple terms, we become angels. We connect with the consciousness and awareness that is the Holy Spirit. We are aware of God’s divine unity. We are able to find and communicate with those who have also ascended into heaven. It becomes possible to observe, and - if God allows – to communicate with those we have loved in our prior life. The dimension within which God exists surrounds our being and is everywhere in the Cosmos. God and his angels encourage us to be good. If we experience the presence of God or an angel, we are connecting with this dimension.

The bi-polar opposite of heaven is hell. From Summa 21: Hell is bad, repellent, depressing, repulsive, painful, and hideous. In Hell one will experience hate, hostility, animosity, ignorance, and deception. In Hell there is hunger. In Hell one must deal with the experience of debilitating disease and painful injury. If there is a God who exists in heaven, then in our bi-polar Cosmos there is a Satan who watches over hell. If we are vile, inhuman, greedy, or arrogant; if we ignore the existence of the Holy Unity or ignore His commandments: or if we are vicious in the murder of other humans, then we may transform into a being who must exist, and experience, the ravages of hell. In simple terms, these souls are condemned to be unhappy ghosts and they will remain in hell until they repent. When we become the victims of evil, misfortune, illness, or pain in the physical universe, Satan and his ghosts (or demons, if you prefer) are at work. Satan and his helpers encourage us to be evil. It is likely; however, most souls desire to escape from hell and will eventually find their way into the not-physical dimension (purgatory) in order to acquire the wisdom to enter heaven.

From my point of view, I prefer the two dimension thesis described in Summa 21. On the other hand, the four dimension thesis works just fine – especially if you are into the occult.

Ron

June 10, 2015

Why Christian Values Still Matter

Armstrong Williams | Jun 09, 2015

Town hall.com

While America was undoubtedly founded upon the bedrock of religious freedom it is equally true that the Christian faith has been probably the greatest contributor the social fabric of this country. Even as the country seems to drift away from Christian values, there are still far more people in Church on Sunday than at the football stadium. Despite the fact that gay marriage and out of wedlock births have become more prevalent, the overwhelming majority of Americans continue to celebrate the Christian holidays. In fact the reason why many homosexuals seem to have fought for the right to marry is not because they merely want the same social benefits and legal rights as heterosexual married couples, but they also crave the spiritual and community benefits bestowed upon marriage by the Christian faith.

The debate over whether one can be both a practicing homosexual and a devout Christian has been waged from the pulpits and in the media very intensely over the years. Many Christian see such practices as homosexuality, abortion and sex outside of marriage as sinful and something that Christian values militate against. Many homosexuals in the Church feel that God loves sinners, for who is without sin at all? At the end of the day Christian values still matter because even those among us who are not Christian rely upon the Christian values among the rest of us. They rely upon Christian kindness, patience, charity and chastity – for it is those values that create spaces, whether in soup kitchens, homes for the sick and elderly, or safe places of refuge for everyone.

In fact Christian values act as a sort of spiritual inoculation for the country. Like Vaccines, values prevent the spread of harm, both physically and spiritually. The value which upholds the sanctity of life protects against murder, mayhem, and physical abuse of people at the hands of their neighbors. The value which upholds the sanctity of marriage preserves families and affords children the opportunity to grow up in a loving, stable, environment surrounded by parents who are committed by faith to work towards a higher spiritual union. The sanctity of marriage helps preserve bloodlines and reduces the confusion and hurt that arises when parentage becomes uncertain. The value which says one must not covet ones neighbor’s belongings, inoculates society against the ravages of jealousy, theft and enmity.

Once a sizable number of people in a society receive inoculation against a disease – say measles or polio, it reduces the overall number of people in the society who are exposed to the germs, and so even those who don’t get the vaccine benefit. It is the same with Christian values. Because so many Americans have grown up with Christian values – even those who no longer actively practice the religion –  benefits those who do not practice those values. And so people who do covet, who do steal, who do kill, nonetheless live in a society in which their actions are not immediately met with unbridled recrimination and endless blood-lust. For the most part, they too are treated justly and humanely even when they are caught and punished.

We have grown comfortable as a society with the benefits of Christian values that we don’t really know any other alternative. We have not lived in a society in which the strongest rule by might. We have not experienced a society in which someone in power can take another person’s wife or daughter and have his way with her. We are in a sense inoculated against social harms – not just by the letter and power of the law – but because for the most part our neighbors are good and decent Christians.

But these days there are a growing number of people who are opting out of getting basic vaccines for their children – the anti-vaxxers as they are known. They may look around and say ‘hey – no one I know has ever caught tetanus or polio. Why should I even bother with getting my child vaccinated?’ And then from there, egged on by their friends, they make all kinds of specious arguments about whether vaccines needlessly overload the immune system of children and make them susceptible to other conditions like autism. Despite the fact that the science is clear – vaccines have clearly eradicated many diseases which used to kill millions of Americans each year, and there is absolutely no known scientific correlation between increase in vaccine usage and the increase in autism – some people buy into this nonsense and refuse to vaccinate their children.

It is the same with Christian values. People who wake up in the morning and say, ‘Well, I’m a nice person who obeys the law and pays my taxes, why should I care about those Christian values?’ The fact of the matter is that those values were implemented long ago in a society in ancient Egypt which it was commonplace for people to steal and deceive and do violence against one another. The problem was especially prevalent among the more politically powerful, those who thought they were immune to legal justice. But then the society just got so corrupt that God ultimately destroyed it – or rather it destroyed itself because of inbreeding and corruption.

Even as the Christian religion comes under attack in the secular media and as Christians in many cases are ridiculed as backwards or ignorant, it is Christian values that form the thread that holds the social fabric together. And even those who would deny its truth cannot help but benefit from its protections.

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Armstrong Williams is a widely-syndicated columnist, CEO of the Graham Williams Group, and hosts the Armstrong Williams Show. He is the author of Reawakening Virtues.

June 07, 2015

The God Particle

Quantum mechanics deals with physical systems at the submicroscopic scale. This is the realm of molecules, atoms, electrons, protons, and so on. In comparison with the physical universe we can observe, where the workings of physics may seem stable and predictable, activity within these very small systems exhibit a dual wave and particle like behavior. The behavior of matter and energy is less certain. We speak of actions and reactions in terms of probabilities, rather than certainties. Yet despite the seeming indeterminate characteristics of a quantum observation, it is here we find the foundation of physics, chemistry, and biology.

Scientific investigation and theory has led us to compounds, elements, molecules, atoms, and all the trappings of the very small (leptons and quarks). Science has thus far identified 12 different matter particles: six quarks with protons and neutrons, and six leptons which are associated with electrons and the electron neutrino. It appears leptons and quarks are indivisible. Science has also identified four forces: gravity, electromagnetic, strong and weak. Put all of these things together, and you have the stuff of our universe: - Or maybe not.

 Our pursuit to discover the building blocks of our perceived universe has now brought us to the excitement of the final (?) piece of the puzzle – the Higgs Boson. Science wants to know: what gives matter its mass? It is currently believed each one of those four fundamental forces has a corresponding carrier particle, or boson, that acts upon matter. If there is a Higgs Field of bosons throughout our universe, then each of the twelve particles would act in a different way as it passes through this field. In order for a Higgs Field to affect other particles it would need a carrier particle to affect other particles. That elusive particle is known as the Higgs Boson. Through this interaction, the Higgs boson is responsible for all of the properties of mass in our universe.

Our quest assumes it has properties that can be described by conventional and theoretical scientific terminology. Perhaps it can. But:

  1. What if it is not a particle?
  2. What if it only exists as a form of energy in sufficient mass to be detected for a Pico-moment?
  3. What if it behaves like a particle but also has a wave nature?
  4. What if it partially/usually/momentarily exists in a dimension we cannot detect?
  5. What if this glue/element/energy/wave is really an undiscovered force?
  6. What is the relationship between the Higgs boson and that force we define as universal consciousness?

It would appear our search for quantum reality is interdependent with scientific speculation. As we discover the mysteries of reality, we become aware that energy, matter and mass may exist in forms we are unable to detect with our limited physical senses and tools.

The Higgs has been called the God particle because it is the stuff of creation. Without it, our universe would not exist.

Ron

April 26, 2015

Virgin Birth: God Has The Power

If the birth story in Matthew does not satisfy the Jewish Messiah (mashiach) prophecies found in the Old Testament, do Christians have to abandon the idea Jesus was the Messiah?

We do not. When we describe the character of Jesus, his life, his message, and his ministry, we are in fact describing a Christian Messiah. God prepared him for a mission. God gave Jesus a message. Jesus was instructed to bring that message to all humanity. Jesus carried out his assignment with a mixture of love, passion, intelligence, and dedication that has never been equaled.

In carrying out God’s mission,
Jesus defines the role of a Christian Messiah.

What about the idea of a virgin birth? Is it possible God created the fetus?

It is entirely possible. Let us look at this event from God’s point of view. We can start with two simple questions: What did God want to accomplish, and how could he guarantee the outcome?

God obviously wanted his message to have a maximum impact on human theology and behavior. God needed a way to deliver a very clear message that would have lasting value. The best way to have a lasting impact on human philosophy is to frame the message with a person who could not only preach with conviction and credibility; his representative must also be a living example of his teaching.

God had two choices: he could create his messenger (through a virgin birth), or he could influence the life of a person who would become his messenger (by adoption). Either way works, and in both cases God would have a very close spiritual relationship with the person who became his messenger.

God certainly has the power to create a perfect fetus (or zygote), and it would not be difficult for him to place it in Mary’s womb. In so doing, God can guarantee baby Jesus would be predisposed to have good health, strong intellectual capability, and emotional composure. He could even include the DNA to link Jesus with King David!

By creating the fetus (or zygote), God would also be able to make baby Jesus divine. Remember our discussion of core consciousness? These processes are faster and more efficient than active conscious activity because they apparently occur within the neuron (rather than between cells). That suggests we may have a profound spiritual connection with the conscious energy of the universe at this level of consciousness. If so, it is the link to our most powerful sense of the beautiful, the majestic, and the noble. It is on this level the adult Jesus would be able to connect with God, and -

Jesus is divine
because he has the God given power
to make this deeply spiritual connection.

Given the cultural environment within which Mary and Joseph lived, they would have been thrilled when the angel told them they would be the parents of a baby created by God. They would have joyfully accepted their responsibility. The basic structure of the virgin birth story remains intact.

TCE