Two years ago, I was one of over four hundred people who accepted an early retirement package at my company, after working there for over twenty years. What did I do with my newfound time? I wrote a book – actually two if you count the book’s second edition. People generally reacted positively when I told them about what I was doing. However, when they heard what the book was about – a science-oriented justification for a belief in Christianity – a graph of their responses might resemble a particle collision diagram from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.
My most memorable comment was, “Why would you do that?” And why did I do it? Because I knew that what Jesus taught while he lived on earth was true. And how did I know it? Because I am a spiritual experiencer, not a scientist, philosopher or theologian, and those experiences had convinced me that Jesus, spirits and the spirit world were real. I was intent on proving this truth and this is what drove me to write this book. After months of searching, here’s the idea I developed to prove what I believe.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus instructed his followers to accept his teachings “in faith,” but over the past few decades, skeptics have been challenging the faithful to provide tangible evidence that supports what they believe. Christians have struggled to respond to these calls – but has anyone ever stopped to ask why Jesus’s teachings needed to be accepted in faith in the first place? I did, and I believe I found an answer.
Maybe Jesus said what he did because none of the worldviews at that time could comprehend what he really wanted to say – that we were eternal spiritual beings coming to earth to learn things that could not be taught in the spirit world. Until people could understand the real story, Jesus had to resort to teaching about “the kingdom of God” in parables and hope a time would come, one day in the future, when people would realize the truth.
People believed that we live in a matter- or particle-based existence until the 1920’s, when the field of Quantum Mechanics began to take shape. Now, scientists generally accept the paradox that matter can exist as either particles or waves, since at the smallest scales, particles and waves can behave like each other. My book, Christianity from a Different Perspective, proposes that our reality is completely wave-based and that our particle-based existence is simply one state of it. This idea is not new. It was originally proposed by Nobel laureate Erwin Schrodinger as a way to explain Quantum Mechanics, but it was overshadowed by particle-based Quantum Mechanics theories in debates that occurred soon after the end of World War II.
This single change to our understanding of reality has the potential to explain many of the things that Christians believe and could have other profound implications as well. The book justifies a wave-based reality through a series of explanations as to how it could exist. These explanations include:
- Our Reality: Each chapter in Section Two presents a straw-man, or a proposed interpretation, of an aspect of a wave-based reality – to promote discussion. These prototypes include:
- Showing how the structure of atomic nuclei could promote the existence of multiple wave-based realities (Chapter Four)
- Proposing how multiple wave-based realities could co-exist on earth (Chapter Five)
- Mapping out a wave-based reality that includes both physical and non-physical dimensions (Chapters Two, Six and Seven)
- The Paranormal: Section Three shows how human paranormal abilities could simply be how spiritual beings communicate, travel and manipulate physical objects, and since humans could be spiritual beings, it explains how humans could be born with or acquire these abilities. It also shows how the supernatural events recorded in the Bible can be explained.
- Human Spirituality: Section Four shows how earth could be used as a spiritual education center by laying out a sample education plan for spiritual beings. This section also includes a framework for spiritual development that people could find useful in their daily lives.
- The Afterlife: Section Five imagines how spiritual beings could live eternally. Across its chapters, it proposes the existence of an iterative Spiritual Cycle of Life through which all spirits pass. It also offers a wave-based explanation for how God could exist.
You may notice that I used the word “could” a lot in the description above. It’s because scientific theories have been based on the premise that our reality is made of matter or particles. Until experiments can be designed to test for the existence of wave-based realities, all we can do is speculate, and as those familiar with science know, it could take years of discussion, debate and experimentation before opinions on this topic could begin to change. Hopefully this book will help start that change.