Religion and Time
An Article by
Dr. David Lewis Anderson
Time and Spirituality
An example of how these new discoveries will shatter our view of the world and our reality can be seen in the new views we see in the simple and most basic concepts of reality, like the concept of time.
As science continues to make us doubt our own perception of reality it forces us to ask an important question. What will the impact be on our views of spirituality and religion? Physicists have always been separated from the world of philosophy and religion by the strict walls of analytical science.
Rediscovering Ancient WisdomBut something very exciting may be happening. Is it possible that today’s physicists are simply rediscovering the ancient wisdom that shows the sense of wonder that connects us with the universe and God?
The new discoveries of what is being called the new physics is crossing into and driving support for many long-standing views that have been held sacred by some religions for thousands of years.
In the last ten years, high energy scattering experiments have continued to show us the dynamic and ever-changing nature of the sub-atomic particle world in the most striking way. Using particle accelerators and super colliders, which are enormous circular machines with circumferences of several miles; protons are accelerated to velocities near the speed of light and are then made to collide with either protons or neutrons.
Matter has appeared in these experiments to be completely mutable. All particles can be transmuted into other particles, matter can be created from energy and it can vanish into energy.
A Reality of Only Information and EnergyOne scientist ahead of his time in this area is Mihai Draganescu of Bucharest. In Dr. Draganescu’s view of the world classical concepts such as elementary particles, space, time, material substance, or isolated objects have lost their meaning. Instead he sees a universe and reality whose fabric is woven only of information and energy.
A Single Dynamic Web of EnergyWithout a doubt, these new scientific tools, theories and research are closing a circle and leading to the same conclusions of many ancient beliefs. This conclusion is that the world, and everything, and everyone in it are all part of the same, inseparable, dynamic web of energy.
Since we are a part of this web of energy is it also possible then that the human mind could master time? Or is it possible that the human mind itself is a time machine.
In physics the special theory of relativity states that by accelerating and moving at close to the speed of light we can actually dilate time and make time pass more slowly for a person who is traveling so fast. In this way one could travel forward in time.
Is the Human Mind a Time Machine?Neurophysiology states that the process of the brain, including thinking, are achieved through the process of depolarization and repolarization of the membranes of the neurons that build the nervous system. The end result is the creation of electrical currents and energy.
We know from Einstein’s famous equation “E = MC2” that mass and energy are interchangeable. But it is certain that energy will be far superior than mass if we were trying to accelerate one to near the speed of light. Any mass no matter how small would require infinite energy to reach the speed of light.
According to modern physics this is not possible and light speed is a real limitation for any object. However energy may be a different story.
Pure energy can travel very easily at the speed of light. By considering all the above can we conclude that thinking, which is an energy-mediated process, should allow for the processes that govern time viewing, time travel and phenomenon such as precognition?
These possibilities are now being explored around the world. The ground-breaking work of people like Dr. Bruce Goldberg, Rick and Louisa Clerici and others continue to deliver new techniques and promise that will help people around the world tap into this power of the human mind.
By continuing to explore the energy-mediated processes of the human mind we may begin to better understand that it may be just as easy for our mind to interact and possible control time itself.
The New Alignment of Science, Religion and PhilosophyThe effect of these new discoveries on our culture will be staggering in its power to lead the people of the world to enlightenment. The majority of our world population still embraces the material and scientific as the only real truth of reality.
It’s ironic that for the first time it may be these very scientific beliefs that will cause many to look beyond the walls of analytical science and step into a deeply personal, thoughtful and inspiring journey that will help them find their true place in the universe, and the universe within themselves.
The impact of science, religion and philosophy now aligned so closely for the first time cannot be underestimated. This could open a floodgate ushering the masses of the world’s population into the new age and lead to a new enrichment of the human experience for more people across the globe than ever before experienced in the documented history of civilization.
It is very impressive that this “new” view of the universe, the same views held by metaphysicists and eastern mystics for thousands of years is now being rediscovered in the strangest of places, in the scientific laboratories all around the world.
Additional Thoughts on the View of Time in Religion
There is an appointed time (zman) for everything. And there is a time (’êth) for every event under heaven–
A time (’êth) to give birth, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to tear down, and a time to build up.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search, and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep, and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; A time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace. – Ecclesiastes 3:1–8
Linear and cyclical timeIn general, the Judaeo-Christian concept, based on the Bible, is that time is linear, with a beginning, the act of creation by God. The Christian view assumes also an end, the eschaton, expected to happen when Jesus returns to earth in the Second Coming to judge the living and the dead. This will be the consummation of the world and time. St Augustine's City of God was the first developed application of this concept to world history. The Christian view is that God is uncreated and eternal so that He and the supernatural world are outside time and exist in eternity. Christian Science defines time as "error" or illusion.
Ancient cultures such as Incan, Mayan, Hopi, and other Native American Tribes, plus the Babylonian, Ancient Greek, Hindu, Buddhist, Jainist, and others have a concept of a wheel of time, that regards time as cyclical and quantic consisting of repeating ages that happen to every being of the Universe between birth and extinction.
Numeric and Divine timeThe Greek language denotes two distinct principles, Chronos and Kairos. The former refers to numeric, or chronological, time. The latter, literally "the right or opportune moment," relates specifically to metaphysical or Divine time. In theology, Kairos is qualitative, as opposed to quantitative.