Let’s not get into a discussion of space-time or a Theory of Everything—that could take all day! But suppose, as some scientists and others say, the world is not a RWOT—a real world out there. I mean we do know for sure two things:
A. What we thought was “matter” is really some type of vibrational energy and
B. This “matter is effected by awareness/consciousness.” (Look up “double slit experiments.”)
With this in mind we don’t have to get into the old time-travel/changing history conundrum. Look at it this way—the “flow” of life does not happen in a fixed, outside world that we just bounce around in through a linear process we call “time.” What man’s science is pointing at but can never fully understand or prove, as in a merely physical realm, is that the world is mental—caused and held up by some combination of divine Mind and the mind of man. Many scientists do agree, however, that the mind is not in the brain! This begins to explain the origin of many phenomenon generally ignored by science—intuition, creativity, prayer, spontaneous healing of disease, effects of mass meditation and the placebo effect. The placebo effect has even been tested in reverse causing a convicted murderer to die, having been made to think he was slowly bleeding out when, in fact, nothing had been physically done to him.
So imagine for the moment two things: first, that as famed scientist, Robert Lanza has said, “the world comes from us, not the other way around,” and second, that this is what Jesus Christ meant when he taught “in [God] we live and move and have our being.” One of the fathers of quantum physics, Erwin Schrodinger, once said, “The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived.” If the world we see is one of perception, then it is changeable. If it is changeable then could it be said the world is merely a very convincing illusion? This is entirely consistent with the basic premise of the bible and most other ancient and modern wisdom—God is eternal, omnipresent, omniscient Spirit, Truth and we must let go of attachment to the apparent physical to access or experience the eternal reality.
So why then do most Christians believe there is temporal, powerful world of matter in continual conflict with God who is all knowledge and is everywhere? In other words, if God has all power and is everywhere, how can there be anything ELSE? As the Christ taught in the human form of Jesus and still teaches today, in order to experience the “Truth that passes understanding” we must “slay the old man”—“guard our thoughts” against the belief that the world we see is worthy of fear, let alone belief. Jesus also said, “fear not those who can kill the body”! What could this mean but that we are not our bodies and death of the body is a non-event? What I am saying is that when Jesus healed the multitudes of every conceivable malady, even death, he was not “healing” anything real, but rather expunging illusion through faith in the eternal reality of Spirit.
OK, now this may sound radical, unbelievable or possibly even enticingly interesting, but it would be just mental play if devoid of substantiation. If this is to be regarded as possible Truth, even science, it must be subjected to experimentation and testing. This brings us back to our initial question, “What if you could change your history?” When the convicted felon believed himself dead, did he change his history? If I take a placebo and believe myself healed, have I changed my history? When Jesus brought Lazarus back from death, was the history of whatever “caused” his death canceled? Jesus said, “he that believeth on me, the works that I do, he shall do also.” What did he know that most of us don’t?
Mary Baker Eddy, author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, once said, “It is well to know…that our material, mortal history is but the record of dreams, not of man’s real existence.” Mrs. Eddy, as a struggling and sickly young women spent years alone in boarding houses with little else but a bible trying to put Jesus’ word into practice to heal her body and find the Truth that the Bible promised. She did find healing through prayer and faith, but also realized she must deeply understand how this healing occurred in order to teach it to others.
When we learn to understand what Paul said, “I live, yet not I but Christ liveth within me,” and “all things are possible through Christ who strengthens me,” do we not change our history for ever?—past and future? We have learned that what we thought was a fixed, chronological history is actually just a faintly remembered dream and neither the dream or the dreamer are reality.
The true Gospel or “good news” brought by Jesus is better news than that taught by any seminary. It’s this: The “knowledge of Good and Evil is a false dream. You can, in the faith in and from God, the unseen, wake from this dream, erase its “history,” and live forever in the eternal “peace that passes understanding.”
Jim Gleeson, December, 2018