This is bad physics, and bad theology, but bear with me, because I think, from a wide or large enough perspective, it is true. And PLEASE don’t take offense if I misstate, mangle, or mutilate one or more of your religious or scientific principles. I absolutely mean no offense!
Consider the big bang, when our universe went from a measureless singularity of uniformity, to a rapidly expanding cauldron of differentiation. As a result of this supreme catastrophic event, the universe took its present shape, (whatever that is – don’t ask me, I don’t understand the math!), and its present set of behaviors. We live in an expanding universe where the extreme differences created by the big bang are returning to a state of complete homogeneity. Entropy rules!
Consider the perfection of Heaven. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, something “bad” happens: a piece of this “perfection” rebels, and after a tumultuous fight Satan and his followers are cast into Hell. Imperfection, sin, has been created. We, because of our sinful natures, are separated from a perfect God, until He willingly takes on our sins, allowing humanity, over time, to become perfect, (sinless), again.
Now suppose these are just two different attempts to explain the same thing, the separation of a harmonious unity into discordant pieces?
Now also consider this: could the scientific principle of evolution, whereby living things are becoming MORE complicated, rather than less complicated, (swimming upstream against the current of Entropy, if you will), be equivalent to the theological principle of Grace, whereby a loving God saves his creatures from a painful destruction, to which, by their very nature, they are doomed?
Humans are just the latest stage in the development of the universe, as it attempts to restore itself from the big bang. Our minds somehow dimly comprehend this, and we develop a theology and a scientific narrative to try to understand in some feeble way what is happening. But it is ultimately beyond our grasp.
The universe will one day be an all knowing, all encompassing “universal mind” again. In fact, it is that already; we are just trapped in the flow of time, unable to simultaneously exist in the past, presence, and the future, so we can’t perceive that. We work with what we are able to understand. Thus the need for science and religion.
A final thought: could the development of self-referencing consciousness, (cogito ergo sum – I think, therefore I am), be the first attempt of life to develop the ability to exist outside the flow of time?
Notes for the edification of the esteemed reader of this flight of fancy:
This is another article I first posted on Bubblews, as arph001. I thought it was one of my better articles, and even tried to promote it a bit, but it proved less popular than almost every other Bubblews article I wrote. I guess I shouldn’t try to think so hard, and limit my efforts to meandering rants and limericks. Cogito ergo noceat.