On God Theories and Free Will

sun-rays-2I recently listened to an interview with noted astrophysicist Bernard Haisch, author of the book The God Theory wherein he proposes a new answer to two old questions: why and how did everything come into being? From his background in both science and religion (he is also a former Catholic seminarian), Dr. Haisch hypothesizes,

 (Ultimately), it is consciousness that is the origin of matter, energy, and the laws of nature   in this universe and all others that may exist. And the purpose is for God [1] to experience his potential. God’s ideas and abilities become God’s experience in the life of every sentient being. What greater purpose could there be for each of us humans than that of creating God’s  experience? God experiences the richness of his potential through us because we are the incarnations of him in the physical realm. [2]

Haisch conjectures God created us so that He could live out the potential of His creation vicariously through us. God uses His humans, as it were, to get in the game He engineered in order to step down from mere metaphysicality to see, hear, taste, touch, and smell physicality, a little like a seamstress trying on her new gown to experience the fit and feel.

By this premise, Haisch goes one better than an ancient who conjectured we could only become like God. Haisch suggests we serve to enable God do what He can’t do by nature of His spirit nature. In this way, one might conclude, we have a leg up on God (figuratively and, well, literally, too).

Which reminds me of another concept: the power of free will which is evident by the incredible love of God Who is willing to let His beloved creatures freely come or freely go by thought, faith—or theory. He does not force us to believe Him nor to receive His gift of eternal life through His Son, Jesus. [3]

And many will resist until that day when every head will bow and knee, bend…

In the meantime, even among the intellectual elite, there is no set-in-stone, scientifically and metaphysically sound, irrefutable moment when all doubt is erased, all questions are answered, and no other option exists other than to believe God at His Word. (And theories continue to surface in an attempt to explain what science calls “the hard problem.”)

Indeed, if The Moment existed, this would negate the concept of free will entirely.

(I am greatly touched by the risk God takes, here…)

And I marvel at how the pivotal question, this one directed at us, remains the same for both, indeed all, intellectual demographics: “Who do you say I (Jesus) am?”

In alignment with Haisch’s theory, one might answer that Jesus is simply another God-made-human extracted from the petri dish of creation engineered to help the Designer experience the day-to-day of a first-century holy man among so many other holy men. By faith, another would answer that Jesus is God Made Man Who arrived on the planet to demonstrate the Father’s love for us in the flesh by His sacrifice on the cross.

For the brightest as for the least, the question, the simplicity and the profundity of it, remains the same.

And God listens for each one’s answer with, I imagine, great hope, for as long as He can…

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[1]  Haisch assigns this “intelligent consciousness” the name “God,” though not to be confused, he insists, with a “religious” God or the God of the Bible Whom he rejects as a “nutcase,” at least in the Old Testament, killing innocents, and wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting (perhaps he left his religious training before unpacking the layers of law and grace nestled in and in-between the lines of the original languages and historical context,  viewed through the lens of redemption…)
[2] http://www.thegodtheory.com/preface
[3]  See John, 3:16.

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How Did Jesus Treat Women?

I am re-posting a recent blog article written by Shirley Taylor at “bWe Baptist Women for Equality’s Blog,” found here: https://bwebaptistwomenforequality.wordpress.com/

Shirley’ promotional material notes that she “writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.” Continue reading

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Out of the Fire: On Leaving Roman Catholicism 10 (Called to Peace)

To the post script of my series on “Is it The Silent Treatment or Emotional Survival”* a commenter responded by acknowledging his own realization of the sometimes call to silence which prompted this next post in my series on leaving Roman Catholicism. May you find your peace today. Continue reading

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Is it The Silent Treatment or Emotional Survival? Part 5, Post Script

Post Script: lastly, in this series on the difference between the harmful “silent treatment” and appropriate (emotional) “survival treatment,” this reminder and direction from the book of Ecclesiastes:

(There is) “a time to be silent and a time to speak,” (3:7).

When we face down enemy, we need to discern.

As one preacher noted, sometimes our words accomplish what needs to be done in a fray, but at other times it’s our silence that facilitates resolution. Image result for image with ecclesiastes chapter 3 public domain ***

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Is it The Silent Treatment or Emotional Survival? Part 4, Medium Chill and Gray Rock

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Is it The Silent Treatment or Emotional Survival? Part 3, a re-blog, “Love: A Redemptive Force or an Enabling One?” ©, Cindy Burrell

Note: there are those called, I believe, to unwrap the riches of God’s Word on specific matters and by their faithfulness we get a glimpse again of the unfathomable love of God running deep in the Scriptures—despite other interpretations by some who would co-opt the Word for their own ends. The following re-post is one such example of the clarion call of God’s love revealed through the Word in the text and the Word “in the flesh,” Jesus Christ. It seems a fitting “part 3” in my series for targets of abuse in so-called Christian marriages. May those drawn to this message today be enlightened and encouraged. Continue reading

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2014 in review

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