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Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Universe Out There


I learned something interesting from scientist Fabiola Gianotti, who is working with the Hadron Collider. She said, “Today, we only know five percent of the universe’s composition, meaning that only five percent of the universe is made from ordinary matter—the matter of which we are made—atoms. The rest, 95 percent, is made from a form of energy and matter that we don’t know; and for this reason also they are called dark energy and dark matter. 20 percent is made from dark matter, so—clearly, discovering the particle that will allow us to explain 20 percent of the universe will improve our knowledge from five percent to 25 percent, that is obviously revolutionary.”* That is, if and when the Higgs Boson (nicknamed “the God particle”) is understood, it will radically change scientific knowledge.

My mind goes crazy!

What don’t we see?

What don’t we understand?

Well, we could take off into the realm of extra terrestrials, life on Mars, and parallel planets like the earth. We could go off to ghosts and spirit beings that we can’t see—except in unique circumstances. Our fascination with those things is real. We honestly want to know “what’s out there.” Are “they” trying to communicate with us? Do they communicate with us? Little green men . . . . I’m kidding!

According to Ms. Gianotti, we know 5% of what exists.

There is another world, another dimension, maybe several other planes and different frequencies. Just yesterday I asked my husband if he thinks the universe is eternal. Is it like God, non-ending? We discover more and more galaxies, stars, “worlds” every time a telescope sees farther.

I love the these glimpses into other dimensions. They’re all found in the Bible:
  • Consider Elisha’s response after the city of Dothan was surrounded by an army. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha (2 Kings 6:17). Elisha and God wanted Elisha’s servant to actually see God’s protection. What kind of a veil was between the observable world and the other one? Wouldn’t we like to know!
  • Isaiah’s vision in 739 B.C. was of the Lord Jesus seated on a throne that Isaiah describes as high and lifted up. He saw seraphim—special angels of God—and heard their praise. They said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. The temple shook, and the house was filled with smoke. The vision produced in Isaiah a profound realization of his sinfulness. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me (from Isaiah 6:1, 3, 6-8). Can you even imagine?
  • The Apostle Paul had an experience he could hardly put into words. He wasn’t sure whether he was even actually alive or not. He was caught up to the third heaven. Later, Paul calls it paradise. Paul heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter (from 2 Corinthians 12:2-4). What did he see and hear? Where exactly is the third heaven? Don’t you think he was transported into another world, another dimension?
  • The book of Revelation was written by the last living apostle, John. He describes the scene he saw and heard: After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. . . . And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. . . . And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come (Revelation 4:1-3, 5-6, 8). A door opened in heaven! A literal door? Somehow, I think it’s the way that John described his glimpse into the world beyond. Can you imagine being summoned by that Voice—like a trumpet talking—and getting to see all the color and majesty of heaven? Then, John got to return and tell about it! Totally awesome. 


There is a world beyond ours. There are probably several worlds we know nothing about. God is omnipresent—everywhere at once. He inhabits the universe! His train fills the temple. Out of His throne is a sea of glass like crystal. Colors, voices, angels . . . .

God has given us these glimpses through the testimonies of His servants. Through God’s Holy Word, we can “see” paradise, heaven, angels, and other visions of things that are real but invisible. There truly is more.

Yes, Ms. Gianotti, there’s a lot out there that we don’t know about.

Yet.

For now we see through a glass, darkly;
but then face to face: now I know in part;
but then shall I know even as also I am known.
(1 Corinthians 13:12)

*Euronews TV interview with Isabel Kumar

6 comments:

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    1. I just love having my mind boggled by the greatness of God! Thank you, Barbara, for being awed along with me.

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  2. I find such thoughts fascinating, intriguing and, yes, mind-boggling. How blessed we are though to have a heavenly Father who created it all and understands every nano-particle and beyond -- and to know that He loves us more than anything else in His creation. Now, THAT'S mind-boggling!

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    1. Sandra, this is SOOO neat! Thank you for sharing my enthusiasm. God bless!

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  3. Esto es fascinante y saber que el Señor todo lo puede, es alucinante como Él responde. Como nos enseña lo que hemos de saber o como nos deja saber lo que el cree que debemos saber.
    Bendiciones.

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    1. Sí, para mí es super interesante que pueda haber MUCHO más--como cada vez más están viendo. Como Dios es infinito ¿el universo también? Es algo para pensar.

      Gracias por tu comentario. Bendiciones.

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