One problem affecting Christianity’s relevance in the world today is the believability of its worldview. Two millennia ago, Jesus used parables to teach his followers about “the kingdom of God” and instructed them to accept his teachings “in faith”. Why couldn’t Jesus just state outright what he wanted to tell people? I believe it was because none of the worldviews of that time – or even today – could adequately explain the things he wanted to say. With this in mind, when we are challenged by skeptics to rationally explain Jesus’s teachings, or how the miracles recorded in the Bible were performed, we should not doubt the truth of what we have been taught, but rather, we should ask ourselves if our worldview needs to change.
Here is a simple thought experiment, which I call the Geometric Proof, that demonstrates an alternative worldview. Imagine the following stick figures, a point, a line, a square and a cube, and use them to evaluate these statements:
- A line can be turned in space so that to an observer it looks like a point, but a point can never be turned in space so that it looks like a line.
- A square can be turned to look like a line, but a line can never look like a square.
- A cube can be turned to look like a square, but a square can never look like a cube.
From a dimensional perspective, higher dimensional objects can assume a lower dimensional shape, but a lower dimensional object can never assume the characteristics of a higher dimensional one. Now let’s use this concept to consider our worldview, which science says is based on matter, or particles.
For hundreds of years, people have believed that the universe is composed of particles, but the emergence of Quantum Mechanics in the twentieth century changed that view. Now, our particle-based existence is linked with waves, using generally accepted theories, such as Wave-Particle Duality, which say that particles can behave like waves and vice-versa. People today, being generally more intellectually sophisticated, have adapted to this change. They understand that things may not be what they seem – but could it be that even our quantum-based reality is not what it seems? Using a Slinky, a child’s toy shaped like a big spring, to represent the shape of a wave, evaluate this statement:
- A wave [slinky] can be twisted or compressed to where it looks like a particle, but a particle can never look like a wave.
Wave-Particle Duality says that particles and waves can behave like each other, but as the statement above proposes, could particles simply be one state of a wave – and our particle-based existence be simply one state of a wave-based reality? Let’s assume for a minute that this is true, and that we live in a wave-based reality. Now, we can see that a rational explanation for the existence of heaven, or “the kingdom of God,” might be possible. Consider this analogy:
“Radio, television, wireless networks and mobile phones can operate simultaneously in the same space because they use separate frequencies to communicate. A wave-based reality could theoretically work the same way, with multiple realities existing in the same space, but at different frequencies. Then, just as with a television set, if we wanted to go from earth to heaven, we would simply change the channel, or in this case change the vibration of our wave-based body from one frequency to the other!”
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.”
I Corinthians 13:9-10
I think Jesus asked us to believe things in faith two thousand years ago because he knew our intellectual knowledge was imperfect, but that when we became sophisticated enough to understand our true existence, our past understanding of life on earth would fall away. Christians needed to believe in heaven through faith until they reached a point in their development where they could understand their true existence, which could be based on waves. This is what my book, Christianity from a Different Perspective, attempts to show.