Could Heaven be in Outer Space?
- Tuesday, May 08, 2012
I’ll try to make this very simple. As Dr. Harry Ironside used to say about his preaching, “I try to put the cookies on the shelf where everyone can get them.” Billy Graham often said that he tried to preach at the eighth-grade level.
Current String Theory predicts that every elementary particle is a tiny string that vibrates at a particular frequency. Change the frequency and change the type of particle. I’m not surprised about this. The Bible says that music plays continuously throughout God’s universe (Psalm 19:1-4).
String theory postulates that God created a universe with at least ten spacial dimensions (or twenty-four, but that is another story). Six of the dimensions were rolled up like lines inside of “tiny straws” (try to imagine that!). The other four dimensions are those we know: length, width, height and time.
Here is the point. Mathematically speaking, if we keep moving on to higher dimensions, as we pass through the 10th spacial dimension into the 11th dimension, everything becomes a single point.
Think of the implications! This can explain how God is everywhere all the time because everything is where He is all the time.
This can explain how God knows everything going on in the universe because he is everywhere to observe it all the time.
This can explain how God instantaneously powers and controls anything that He wants to anywhere in the universe.
The Book of Hebrews teaches that God created the universe from nothing. The creation occurred at a single place, at a single time, and at a single point (Hebrews 11:3; and John 1:1). This point of creation is called a singularity. I wonder if the universe that God created as a singularity is, in eleven dimensions, still a singularity and explains the interaction of the spirit world with ours.
All of this comes together in my mind when I think of Jesus’ words of comfort He gave to the disciples in the upper room the night before He was crucified.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:1).
Jesus knows the very moment that we die because He is in position to know everything. He is able to take us immediately to Heaven because He is always present with us. Finally, because of His awesome power, He has more than enough strength to take us right into Heaven.
Thanks, Simbi, for the great question. I like to think about the “stuff,” especially when it may provide insight into the Bible and into the nature and character of God.
Simbi, I hope that you find my answer helpful.
Dr. Roger Barrier recently retired as senior teaching pastor from casas church in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to being an author and sought-after conference speaker, Roger has mentored or taught thousands of pastors, missionaries, and Christian leaders worldwide. Casas Church, where Roger served throughout his thirty-five-year career, is a megachurch known for a well-integrated, multi-generational ministry. The value of including new generations is deeply ingrained throughout Casas to help the church move strongly right through the twenty-first century and beyond. Dr. Barrier holds degrees from Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Golden Gate Seminary in Greek, religion, theology, and pastoral care. His popular book, Listening to the Voice of God, published by Bethany House, is in its second printing and is available in Thai and Portuguese. His latest work is, got guts? get godly! pray the prayer god guarantees to answer, from Xulon Press. Roger can be found blogging at preach it, teach it, the pastoral teaching site founded with his wife, dr. julie barrier.
Publication date: May 8, 2012
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