Sunday, January 6, 2013

Let There Be Photons. . .

Genesis 1:1-5
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (3) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (4) And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. (5) And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

In the ETV (The engineers translation version) of the Bible, in verse 3. . . and God said let there be photons, and there was light. . . Four little words. . . ‘let there be light’, yet it would take a thousand textbooks to come close to fully describing what happened with those words. The universe was filled with light. . . and heat. . . and energy. . . ‘LET THERE BE LIGHT’, and the universe came alive.

Photons are the smallest very tiny units which carry light, but they are much more than that. Photons also carry energy, which is sometimes visible as light, and sometimes only felt as heat, and sometimes neither felt, nor seen as x-rays or gamma rays or ultraviolet rays. Photons are mysterious. They have no mass. . . no weight. . . no charge. Put one photon on the end of your finger. . . put all the photons of the universe on the end of your finger, and the weight is the same ~ zero. . . no weight at all.

In a way of looking at them, they are without any physical properties of substance. They may be thought of as pure spirit. In any normal sense, photons cannot be destroyed or created . . They have no ‘anti’. An electron has an antimatter counterpart, as do protons, and neutrons, but a photon has no anti-particle. They can be reflected, and absorbed, emitted and absorbed, and re-emitted again over and over. Physicists do not fully comprehend these most fundamental aspects of photons, and of the universe called quantum mechanics. There are mysteries and contradictory observations here beyond our ability to understand. The universe looked at on this level is a very strange place of bizarre poppings in and out. . . linkages, of charge, spin, and a property called color, but having nothing to do with actual color. . .a very strange place indeed.

When a beam of light with uncountable photons strike an object, the light excites the electrons of the atoms, and the electrons absorb this energy. . . the electrons absorb the photons and the energy carried by the photons, and the electrons gain energy from the light and move to higher pathways around the nucleus of the atom. These electrons cannot remain in this position they must eventually return to their lower orbit, and when they do the energy is re-emitted, radiated again as a photon. Again in any traditional sense photons are never known to be destroyed, but they are seemingly in a mysterious manner endlessly emitted and absorbed, and re-emitted again as energy levels increase and decrease. We don’t know where these photons come from when they are emitted, and no one knows where they go when they are absorbed.

I am reminded of:

John 3:8
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

These photons. . . we don’t know where they come from when emitted, and we don’t know where they go to when absorbed. . . They are eerily to me as spirit. . .

I am not meaning this to be a physics lesson, but the Bible is not in any way in contradiction with modern science, but indeed the glory, the power, and the majesty of God is in vivid display by the investigations of science.


Psalms 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

In a way of speaking, in a way of looking at it, the light of Genesis 1:3 still exists today. That is a mighty thought to ponder upon. God said let there be light. . . and there was light and that light still exists. . .Still fills our universe, propagating outward from the moment of creation. In every direction that astronomers look, they see primordial light from that initial moment of creation. They call this light, the cosmic background radiation. In every direction we can see detectable light and heat from Genesis 1:3: and God said let there be light and there was light. . .

But it is difficult to understand Genesis 1:4 in physical terms:

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

In the physical, it is not possible to divide light from darkness. There is no magnet, or electrical field by which you can bend, deflect, and move light. Gravity will bend light, but as a general rule, light travels in a straight line, until it meets an obstacle. Darkness in the physical is not a noun. Darkness is not a something. The very same as cold is a lack of heat. Darkness is a lack of light and nothing more.

Without a physical barrier, there is no way to make a division between light and darkness. We can find no part of the physical universe where light is excluded from entering. From our understanding of light that is not possible. Only by something physically blocking light and casting a shadow is it possible to block light from an area, but that is not what God seems to be saying. . to have done here. . .

So many times in the New Testament, Jesus would be speaking spiritually, and the disciples would be trying to understand His words in a physical sense. In Matthew chapter 16, Jesus spoke of the leaven of the Pharisees, and Sadducees. . . His disciples wrongly thought he spoke of bread. In John chapter 4, Jesus spoke of meat. . . His disciples wrongly thought He spoke of lunch. . . And again and again, the Bible speaks of Spiritual things which cannot be understood or cause misunderstanding if viewed in the physical.

This separation of light and darkness can only be understood in spiritual and not physical terms. From the very beginning. . . from the moment of creation, the light was divided. . . separated from the darkness. . .to be holy is to be divided from. . . to be separated from the unholy. . . This divided. . . separated light of God was from the moment of its creation holy. . . not mixed with or diminished or tainted by the darkness.

There is much in the details of this separation, which we do not know. Lucifer’s sin was the ‘original’ sin. In his pride he thought himself equal with God, and along with 1/3 of the angels was cast out. . . separated from God’s presence in heaven.

The original natural state of man, before the fall was pure and white. . . basking in the light of God. . . we were created in the image of God without sin, but by sinning we were divided from God. . . we were separated from God. Our nature was changed when we were divided from His presence. . . separated from His energy. . . divided from His light. The light of God was not destroyed. The photons of His original spoken light still existed within us, but now because of being divided from God, at too low of an energy level to be seen. Spiritually we became absorbers, rather emitters of light.

At the lowest energy level, a photon displays itself not as visible light, but rather in the infrared as heat. Feel your chest. Is it warm? If so then you are alive. This warmth you feel is the emission of the lowest energy level photons, a dim reflection of the light God spoke into existence in the first day of creation. All men who draw breath. . . who were created in the image of God, no matter their spiritual state. . . no matter their distance from God. At a very low level, they are still reflecting. . . emitting energy created on that first day when God spoke in Genesis 1.

By Adam and Eve’s choosing to eat of the forbidden fruit rather than to obey God, we as mankind sinned, and we were separated. . . we were divided from God. We were no longer in His light. We were in darkness, and for the first time we knew death. . . We were in a dark place. . .we were in a dark valley of sin, under the shadow, now under the penalty of death. Sin became that which divided us from God. The light and darkness were divided, and we no longer knew the presence of God.

The 23rd Psalm famously speaks of the shadow of the valley of death, but this shadow. . . this valley is explained in another Psalm:

Psalm 107:8-15
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (9) For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. (10) Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; (11) Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: (12) Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. (13) Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. (14) He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. (15) Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

When you are in sin, you are in rebellion against God. You are in the valley of the shadow of death. You are divided from the light of God. Because of sin, death holds dominion over you but even there God is with us. Even before I knew God, the hand of God was in my life. God was with me. Separated, but still along side of me. . . waiting for me to reject sin and to worship Him.

Within each man and woman, no matter their spiritual condition. . . within each man and woman resides the primordial light. . . the reflection of our created image of God, though when separated from God the energy level of that light diminishes to an all but undetectable level. It is still there, but not seen. The clouds of sin divide us from Him and cloak the light of God within us.

Matthew 5:14-16
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. (15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

The light of God, the range of energy of photons starts at the invisible. . . the infrared heat. Feel your body. If you are alive, your body is warm. This heat is expressed as low energy photons. Not visible to the eye, but detectable by infrared film and cameras. Physically In darkness, an absorber of photons, but not an emitter.

This infrared light. . . this heat, might be thought of as the glowing warmth of God’s love and is directed to and emitted from all living creatures equally without discrimination. As you climb the energy scale of photons, you next come to the visible light spectrum. These are photons which we can see the world around us. . . by which our paths are lit. Continue to climb the energy levels into again the invisible, but more energetic. . . the ultraviolet. . .x-rays alpha, beta, and gamma rays. . . The realm of the violently intense light of the sun. HIgh energy light so powerful that it can pierce not just clouds and darkness, but even pierce solid items. Discerning light of such intensity that no darkness is possible within its presence. A burning violent consuming light. . .able to penetrate even inches of solid lead plate. None can stand within this unshielded high energy illumination.

John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (5) And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

In Genesis 1 we tried to understand God’s division of light and darkness in the physical, and failed. Now in John’s paraphrase of the beginning in his Gospel’s first chapter, we can clearly see that it is spiritual what is being spoken of. . . The dark are those whose sin is shielding them from the light of God. . .

John 1:12
But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Interesting choice of words here. . . If you receive Him, you have the ‘right’ to become a child of God. . . If you meet the residency and age requirement, you have the ‘right’ to vote, but until you vote, you are not a voter.

Likewise, having the right to become a child of God does not make you a child of God. . .

Romans 8:14
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

You must be let by the Spirit of God, before becoming His Son. . .The Spirit of God must guide your path. . . must lead you. . . must manifest Itself within you. . . must shine brightly in your life.

In the Greek, there is no relationship between the word ‘son’, and the word ‘sun’, but I am going to use this metaphor. . .

as many as are let by the Spirit of God, these are the suns of God. . .
as many as are let by the Spirit of God, these are the suns of God. . .
as many as are let by the Spirit of God, these are the suns of God. . .

If you are lead by the Spirit of God, then you are a son of God. . . Now let that Spirit shine brightly and become a SUN of God. . . An emitter of the full range of God’s light in our life. . . from the invisible non-discriminating warmth of God’s love. . . to His illuminating visible light. . . and upwards to most energetically shining His radiating light which reveals truth and cannot be shielded. . .

Let our flesh become so spiritually transparent, that no cloud of sin is found within us. Allow the Spirit of God within you to burn so brightly, that Spiritually you become as a sun. A star in the darkness. . . brightly shining, illuminating. . . sweeping away the darkness. . . revealing truth.

Emitting the entire spectrum of God’s light, from the great warmth of God’s love, to the pure clear light of the visible spectrum, into the high energy realms of the penetrating photons of x-rays and beyond. . . Allow God’s light . . . the light of God’s Spirit living within you to shine brightly. . . to illuminate the darkness. . .

I love you my God. . .
Let us worship Him. . .
Thank you my God. . .

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