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Physics & Cosmology - 1

by Bruce Malone

Only A Personal Test Matters

I n another universe and another time, there lived a civilization of two-dimensional people (which we will call the "Flats"). For them, two dimensions (a flat plane) was reality and they could not conceive of beings which inhabited more than these two-dimensions. One day a three-dimensional being visited the universe of the Flats. Since they were two-dimensional, they could only see, touch, and feel the two-dimensional outline at the bottom of this creature's foot. Even more mysterious was that this footprint would disappear from their plane of reality without a trace... only to reappear in another location. This happened each time the three-dimensional creature stepped in and out of their two-dimensional plane. Some of the Flats proposed that there existed a reality which was outside their known science (therefore it was deemed supernatural). They proposed that this universe was inhabited by creatures possessing more than just two-dimensions. They also reasoned that an entity possessing one more dimension could move in and out of a universe which possessed one less dimension. Although this explanation of the mystery explained the observations, it was rejected by most of the Flats because it could not be scientifically tested and it relied upon the supernatural.1
The very definition of science has been redefined over the last 50 years. In 1930 the dictionary defined science as "the systematic study of the universe in search of the truth." It is now commonly thought that things which cannot be observed and tested are either unscientific or non-existent. Yet there are areas in our own universe which are neither observable nor testable. For instance, it is impossible to observe what is happening at the point of singularity inside an area known as a "black hole." A black hole is an area in space where it is believed that matter is so concentrated that the gravitational pull prevents even electromagnetic waves, such as light, from escaping. As any known particle approaches a black hole it disappears at what is known as the "event horizon." Anything which comes closer than the event horizon is sucked into the black hole and can not escape. At the center of the black hole is a point of singularity where (supposedly) matter accelerates to the speed of light, time stops, and mass become infinite. Here is an area in our own universe about which we can only speculate. Experimentation is absolutely impossible. Yet science acknowledges that the point of singularity does exist.

These illustrations show that just because you cannot see, touch, or feel something does not mean that it does not exist.

The great miracles described in the Bible demonstrate control over creation by the One who has created the known universe. The accounts of Jesus walking on water, appearing in locked rooms, healing the sick, changing water into wine, bringing food into existence from nothing, coming back from death, and ascending into heaven are easily explained by the assumption that He was God. Therefore, He had the ability to take on extra "dimensions" in time and space. Thus, just as in the first illustration the three-dimensional entity could step in and out of two-dimensional space, Jesus has the ability to step in and out of three-dimensional space and presently abides outside of time as we know it. The Bible is not unscientific because it can not be tested in a laboratory any more than a black hole is unscientific because we cannot go inside one.

Christianity is based upon one, and only one, thing - personally accepting the death and sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment for your own wrong doing. Many of the historical events described in the Bible are testable and verifiable by archeology, historical documents, and scientific study. But ultimately the only test of Christianity which matters is a personal one. Until you are willing to submit to His authority and accept His payment for your sin, you cannot know whether Christianity is true. Only by personally testing the promises of God will YOU know the Truth. The Truth will set you free but only if you are willing to test His promises.

1. This illustration is used by Dr. A.E. Wilder-Smith in his book A Scientific Alternative to Neo-Darwinian Evolution, 1987.

These articles are sponsored by the Christian Celebration Center. If you would like a full set, stop by the church office or write to Bruce Malone; 3275 Monroe Rd.; Midland, MI 48642. Permission granted to copy for non-profit use. Copyright 1998.

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