5 Sep 2014
Does science have any evidence to demonstrate that God knows possibilities and certainties as certainties? Could God change the past at the request in a prayer? Is quantum physics permissible as a specimen for the objective theologian?
I love science, and yet at some point, I get to the point where I need to have something concrete that man hasn’t been able to conclude. It is true, and solid, and it is more dependable because it goes beyond what science can measure. Of course, on the other hand, God is a God of reason, and as He created the universe, there is legitimate reason to find hard facts that point to Him. At what point does science begin to have the potential to “pass by” God’s immense agape influence on us? Can God really become “old news”? Certainly our ontological questions of life, the cosmos, where we come from and what we’re here for will keep coming up.
Possibilities of choice
Quantum physics has a concept called “quantum tunneling” which states generally that a particle (entirely “solid”) can turn into a wave, and yet appear solid when it’s observed as if it had never been a wave. It’s kinda ridiculous, but when I think about how God might know our potential choices, instead of knowing all choices, I am able to link scientific endeavors to God’s gift of free will. Imagine, if you will, that man has a choice to do something. The Choices are before him, does God already know which choice he will make before he makes it? Is free will kept intact if God already knows what going to be chosen? If a particle, at a certain point, is able to tunnel through solid objects, the quantum theory states that the object emerging from the other side is actually duplicate of the original. The topic of the sovereignty of God is a hot button. But it seems to me that quantum physics is the science equivalent if there ever was one. If one focuses on the scientific perspective, then the very cutting edge of science is pushing for something that it can’t really hope to explain, but somehow has discovered.
For the individual learning more about God, the Bible is *ALOT* more reliable as a resource then the supposed evidence of theoretical physics. Since the Bible has a number of different ways it can be interpreted, the objective Bible student needs to look at the main character of the Bible: God. What is God’s character like? And if discovered that it is really love, then the freedom to choose must be paramount. Freedom of the will opens up into the topic of morality. If I can make another parallel to quantum physics, this would equate a multi-verse. Once a choice is made though, this is where science and theology part ways, as I see it. Once a choice is made, then the other choice dissolves. Going back in time is not so much an impossibility: it’s undoing choices previously made. How does one *unmake* a choice? Can a time machine erase memories of not only one person, but everyone else who was directly or indirectly influenced by that choice? And if backward, then forward: how can the future be known beyond choices that are made? Sure, predictions can be made, but certainty?
Quantum Physics describes a number of dimensions that we categorize our existence into. The first 4 are very tangible and recognizable. They are height, width, depth, and time. But what about the others? Can there others exist at those greater dimensions? It’s as if we, as 2d creatures, are looking up at 3d creatures. Are ghosts, demons, angels, and God real? The quantum theory of several dimensions seems to bring some validity to the concept of the supernatural. While the science is in it’s infancy, it is encouraging to see it bring some evidence to the table. But at the same time, is it possible that we are witnessing the boundary of scientific measurement? Is this the unpassable line for empirical observation?