You have probably seen the Larry King interview when Neil deGrasse Tyson eloquently explains why he would not want to live forever. He said, “If you could live forever would you?” Then he added, “The way I look at it is the knowledge that I am going to die is what creates the FOCUS I bring to being ALIVE. The urgency of ACCOMPLISHMENT. The need to express LOVE now not later. If we live forever why ever even get out of bed in the morning because you always have tomorrow. That is not the kind of life I want to live.”
If we knew for sure we will live forever, I think Neil deGrasse Tyson might have a good point. Instead it seems to me Tyson has explained why God’s plan requires faith and not a full knowledge.
The question I have ask myself is– why, if there is a God, do we need to live a mortal life in the first place? The pain, the fear, the unknowns of physical life are sometimes overwhelming. For what purpose must we experience joy and happiness mixed with a healthy dose of tribulation? Why not just skip the travail and go straight to the eternal happiness.
To have that sought after everlasting happiness made me realize there will have to first be a sorting. The purpose of mortal existence is somehow tied to gaining a resurrected immortal body by first experiencing temporary physical law at the same time learning eternal moral law from the good and the bad of physical choices.
In life we learn as Tyson says, to FOCUS on being ALIVE, to ACCOMPLISH, and to express LOVE. When we FOCUS on motivating faith that there is an everlasting ALIVE, we will not procrastinate because we know there will be an accounting. We will want to ACCOMPLISH great and wonderful things. We will want the ability to LOVE and be kind so we can live with kind and loving people. The Savior told us the number one most important commandment is in Matthew 22:37-40, “Love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Why would I want to be ALIVE forever? Why? To live without fear. To be separated from those who do not want to LOVE or be kind. To compensate those who died young or had their lives wrongfully taken. To allow joy to those who had none on this earth. To ACOMPLISH things we cannot even imagine. To FOCUS on progress and helping others progress. To be with those we LOVE for eternity.
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There are many, many more examples but here are ten times the scriptures predicted the scientific theory:
SCRIPTURE: Around 700 BC, Isaiah defined the stretching outward of the universe. Isaiah 40:22, “It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, . . ; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:” (Also Genesis 1:3, Moses 7:30, Psalms 104:2.)
SCIENCE: In 1981 cosmologists introduced the theory of inflation which states for less than a millionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the universe’s birth, an exotic form of matter exerted a counterintuitive force. “It only has to be a speck,” Alan Guth, Big Bang theoretical physicist and cosmologist, “But when that speck starts to inflate, the expansion is exponential.” Thus creating a universe for us to dwell in.
SCRIPTURE: Anciently the New Testament told about a special everlasting record. Matthew 10:30, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Revelation 20:12, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life:”
SCIENCE: DNA is a type of alphabetical numbering system, the carrier of our personal and genetic information. Biologist James Watson and physicist Francis Crick discovered DNA in the 1950s or perhaps Fredrich Miescher, chemist, in 1860s. Still it was a long time after scripture suggested this built in amazing record keeping system.
SCRIPTURE: Biblical scholars, in the 13th century BC, recorded Genesis as the first book ever written. Genesis 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
SCIENCE: It wasn’t until the early 18th century AD we began to have an understanding of chemistry and elements. Only then did we realize elements found in dust of the ground make up the physical human body.
SCRIPTURE: John the Revelator writes about the power of four beasts. In his day ‘beast’ could represent power. Revelation 6:1, “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, and one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.” There is a lot of symbolism in this scripture, the Lamb is the Savior and perhaps the seal the dimensions or periods of time, ‘thunder’ gravity, ‘come and see’ electromagnetism, such as visible light, and obviously the four beasts represent the four forces of nature.
SCIENCE: The four forces of nature are considered to have been discovered in the following order: gravity 1687, electromagnetic force 1814, weak nuclear force 1933, and the strong nuclear force 1935. The Prophet John knew there were four beastly strong forces a long time earlier.
SCRIPTURE: Elijah appeared to travel through a wormhole. 2 Kings 2:11, ” . . . there appeared a chariot of fire, and horse of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”
SCIENCE: In 1928, Hermann Weyl proposed a wormhole hypothesis. Wormhole is a speculative structure linking incongruent points in space-time, and is based on a special solution of the Einstein field equations. Many people who have a near death experience recall moving quickly through a bright tunnel.
SCRIPTURE: Joshua 24:15, ” . . . choose you this day whom ye will serve; . . . as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” The scriptures are full of references to the blessing of agency and choice. Psalm 143:10, “Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me unto the land of uprightness.”
SCIENCE: The uncertainty principle was first introduced in 1927 by German physicist Werner Heisenberg. It is an measurement problem that arises from the intimate connection between the wave and particle nature of quantum objects. The more you understand the position of a particle the less you can predict its momentum and vice versa. Roger Penrose, Nobel Laureate in Physics, claims that brains function according to interactions at quantum levels. If will is directed by an individual by quantum effects this would allow for choice and agency.
SCRIPTURE: It seems our Creator knows all truth and we are still learning. It is amazing that we are aware of our existence and know that we will eventually physically die. Isaiah 55:9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts, then your thoughts.”
SCIENCE: String theory was first studied in the 1960s as an elementary string that looks like an ordinary particle, with its mass, charge, and other properties determined by the vibrational state of the string. String theory is a study of quantum-mechanics. Quantum mind or quantum consciousness posits that quantum-mechanical phenomena, such as entanglement and superposition, may play an important part in the brain’s function and could explain consciousness.
SCRIPTURE: When we look at the night stars, we do not see the actual stars but the light left behind. Psalms 90:4, “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it has past, and a watch in the night.”
SCIENCE: In 1676, the Danish astronomer Ole Roemer became the first person to measure the speed of light.
SCRIPTURE: Colossians 1:16, “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him.”
SCIENCE: The electromagnetic spectrum is the range of frequencies of electromagnetic radiation and their respective wavelengths and photon energies. Humans have always been aware of visible light. Not until 1666, with Newton’s help, did mankind begin to realize there might be invisible light. It was not until the 1800s that William Herschel accidently discovered infrared light.
SCRIPTURE: We know God formed physical living beings from the dust of the ground (elements) but not how as demonstrated by Ecclesiastes 11:5, “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.” This scripture seems to indicate spiritual matter plays a great part.
SCIENCE: In 1859 Charles Darwin wrote On the Origin of Species, but he didn’t write about the origin of life. Sir Roger Penrose, Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, suggested there are three great mysteries in the realms of mathematics, one of which is the mystery of the conscious experience. He said, “It’s not just a matter of complicated computations; there’s something much more subtle going on.” I would suggest that subtle something is deeper spiritual matter’s contribution. (See Read Out of the Best Books in this Website for all three Penrose mysteries.)
“Best way to enjoy this very unusual fictional life story and philosophy, Marty’s Dark Matter, is in paperback which allows you to return and mull over the words. Also it helps if you have an interest in the cosmos and are open to there being a Creator.”