Friday, April 3, 2015

Prof. Hawking, Did Jesus Finish Our Universe?

"Do you know the difference between a star and
a theoretical physicist? One is a big ball of super-
heated gas and the other is a stellar body."
Dr. Stephen Hawking, probably the most famous physicist alive today, had a unsettling insight about the end of our universe recently.

To wit, it may already be collapsing - or exploding - or whatever.

You see, physicists have found that there is an essential particle, called the Higgs boson or "God Particle" that holds our universe together by imparting just the right amount of mass to balance out the universe. Effectively it sounds like "the Force" in Star Wars that permeates everything. Or, if you are a believer, like I am, the very power of Christ that "holds all things together" in Colossians 1:17.

Yeah, you might want to get another cup of coffee.

So there is this particle holding the universe together by imparting mass to other particles. It is like we are looking at the atoms of God - and when I mean God, I mean The God who Shows Up & Eats Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with You: I mean Jesus. Don't get confused. I am not a general deist or theist.

I am a geek-turned-pastor Christian. Yes, I think this is wild, too - but there it is.

Christians have proclaimed the Good News of Christ for nearly 2,000 years: that God, being just and holy, did something awesome and awful to ensure that we can be with Him forever: He had his only son, both divine and mortal, die on a Roman cross between two condemned men.

It happened in history, and if you do any, and I mean any decent research, you will find some remarkable corroborations and historical support. It is one faith that has not just long pedigree, but multiple internal and external attestations.

In street speak, it happened, and there ain't no denying it.

You yank a thread, and out of the woodwork come extra-biblical accounts of that God-awful event, the Day God Killed His Son.

Power of Jesus = Higgs boson Particle, Was Just Round One

Hawkings et al. said something else that intrigued me, something that touched a theological button I ran across a decade ago.

The universe may already be defunct and we would not know it.

You see, if there was a Higgs boson cataclysmic event, the process would happen faster than the speed of light, and so - well - it would happen faster than you could see it coming. Like a bullet outracing the speed of sound, we'd be hit and then hear it.

For us comic book geeks, it sounds like Crisis on Infinite Earths meets the final showdown with Adrien Veidt in Watchmen, doesn't it?

Here's one that will screw with your rational thought processes, especially if you were taught to be a Christian, but later thought it a fairy tale or nice myth.

I hate being late to the party, don't you?
In the gospels we are told that "a great darkness fell on the land," as Christ died. Metaphorically and spiritually, as Jesus "the light of the world" was dying, the world itself went dark. [See also Matthew's account.]

In movies they often do this with a great dark thunderstorm that rolls in suddenly. They did it this way in Ben Hur and they did it this way in The Passion of the Christ.

In other words, Jesus' death had the supernatural effect of upsetting the natural order. It is a fair interpretation, I suppose. It just doesn't explain enough.

You see, the darkness covered the whole Roman Empire.

I mean, the Romans recorded it. It was not natural, at all. Furthermore, it could not have been a solar eclipse [Passover is a full moon, not a new moon - 180 degrees from the correct position]. Furthermore, it lasted three hours.

I have seen eclipses: they last minutes at most.

So what proof do we have - outside the Bible mind you - of this Great Darkness that Covered the Known World?

This casual reference was by Phlegon, a secular Greek slave who wrote a history of the Roman Empire called The Olympiades. He says in one section:
"In the 4th year of the 202nd Olympiad, there was a great eclipse of the Sun, greater than had ever been known before, for at the sixth hour the day was changed into night, and the stars were seen in the heavens. An earthquake occurred in Bythinia and overthrew a great part of the city of Nicæa."
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He thinks it is an eclipse of the sun, but that was impossible as I said.

He does remark how dark it got, however. You could see the stars in the heavens. It looked like nighttime.

We are told it lasted for hours by the gospel writers. We are told nothing was ever like it before by the non-believers.

So what happened? Why the special effects if it was God? Was it seriously just a literary device to improve the death of Christ?

Well, I think Jesus is God, right? And we think God has a particle to hold the whole universe together, right?

And we understand everything was made through Jesus and say He holds it all together, right?

I think when Jesus died, He pulled the plug on the whole universe.

I think we saw the event, the particle wave pulse that ended everything.

I think when Jesus said "It is FINISHED!" He did not just mean our sin payment.

He meant the whole shebang. The Earth. The stars. The galaxies. You know, Everything made through Him.

Think about it.

I just looked at the clock. It is Good Friday now in America.

But at three o'clock, in Judea, precisely one-thousand nine hundred and eighty-two years ago, our universe ended on April 3rd, 33 A.D.

It is finished, indeed.

It is finished.