January 06, 2012
My own "theory of everything"
1> The only absolute truth in the universe is there are no absolute truths.
2> The only constant in the universe is change.
3> Trees falling in forests don't care if there is a human around to hear them.
4> Natural systems are dynamic, static systems are either dead or dying.
Put'em together and you have a working theory of everything.
I stumbled into a theology discussion on Facebook this morning. As a result, I wound up writing out something I have been thinking about for quite some time now. One caveat, I can only speak for myself so this may sound arrogant and presumptive but that is not my intent.
It starts with how one understands the Christian Trinity. One in Three vs. Three in One vs. Triune Godhead. Or, as a minister I knew in Japan once put it, "how big is your God?"
And then it sequines into the paradox that is predestined freewill. Or, as an atheist I was talking with once put it, "If God knew ahead of time who would believe and who would not, why not just skip the process entirely and only create those people he knew would believe?"
The only constant in the universe is change and since God created the universe, that constant change must also in some way reflect God. As I type this, I constantly delete and rewrite typographical errors, phrasing, and word choice. I, as a person created in the image of God, also reflect the essence of God in my constant self-correction process of creativity. So then, God is constantly changing the script as the creative process unfolds, therefore, the universe is constantly changing all around us. In my Trinity, God and Christ are different perspectives of the same being. As the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob he reveals his omnipotence, as Christ he reveals his personability. Same person, two different roles, not unlike a woman who is both a schoolteacher and a mother. At school she is professional, detached, and in command while at home she tries to be warm, loving, and a caregiver to her husband and children.
Therefore, Christ is constantly changing because not only is he an active participant in the ongoing process of creation, he is the creator doing the creating. As we grow and walk with him, we are also active participants in this ongoing process of creation. The Holy Spirit, another role of God, works through us to modify and influence the universe as it unfolds.
God creates the universe through the daily actions and activities of his people, who for their part, are also creative agents exercising their ability to freely choose between different actions and activities. This is why the fallen angels and their supporters hate God's people so much. They can neither create nor exercise freewill. Their role and personalities are static, and static systems are either dead or dying. They know their role is narrowly defined, and since they cannot create, they pervert and corrupt, which in turn, will eventually lead to their obsolesence and defeat, a.k.a. their death. The Seven Days of Creation in Genesis (or the big bang and evolution if you prefer) did not complete creation because, like this theory of mine, creation is an ongoing process. That is why Genesis seems to contradict reality. The creation of this world is complete, but the creation of what this world is becoming is not complete, and never will be. Creation is an ongoing process and humanity is God's toolkit for bringing about one set of details. By giving us his creativity and freewill, God allows those details to constantly surprise, sometimes pleasantly and sometimes unpleasantly. The unpleasant details (sin and corruption) are from time to edited out through cataclysmic judgements which in turn allow us to fill in that portion of reality with something new.
There are no absolute truths because there is constant change. Something that exists in one moment may be annihilated in the next. People are born, they grow old and die. Plants become seeds that sleep during winter and bloom in spring. Entire galaxies collide into one another, dissipate and reform. Change is the only constant in the physical universe, and while that might seem an absolute truth, it can only be verified in the here and now. Many cosmologists cite entropy as the ultimate end of our universe and by extension, every possible universe. Unless, of course, entropy's exhaustion of all universal energy is nothing more than the precursor to another big bang (or as the Bible puts it, "a new heaven and a new earth"). Constant change, therefore, means no truth remains eternally true, thus, no truth can ever be absolute, except of course for the single absolute truth that there are no absolute truths.
As I said, it's still just a working theory. A lot of bugs to work out.