The Holographic Universe: Its Implications For Christianity   Leave a comment

Introduction

I see in many new age circles these days the notion that the universe is a hologram and at the heart of this hologram is Mind, all things that happen are controlled by the Mind. This notion is not too far-fetched as science is starting to show that Creation Could Indeed Be A Hologram. What does this mean for a Christian however? Is it a sign that there is no God or does it confirm that there is indeed a God behind it all? If there is a God what kind of God is this, that would make a creation such as this? This post is my first scientific current events post, and I want to express my thoughts on this rather deep and profound issue.

Does It Matter If Creation Is a Hologram?

If we read from the article itself we see that in practical, everyday terms of our existence it really does not matter if creation is or is not a Hologram, as the article linked above says,

“Whether reality is as you see it, or you’re the representation of interactions on a surface at the edge of the universe, getting run over by a truck (or a representation thereof) will still kill you.”

This is an important fact, from a New Age perspective there is this feeling [at least in my experience] that was conveyed that suggested indifference and apathy, and we should not care what happens because its all an illusion anyway. At the heart of such thinking seems like a Platonic Dualism between Mind/Spirit and Matter: “Who cares what happens at the physical level its not real anyway.” The article however, based on the quote above, does not threaten the Christian perspective but rather upholds it, whether creation is a representational hologram or physically and objectively separate from you and your thoughts it does not matter because it can still affect you. However, even though at the practical level of the everyday this does not matter, in terms of Philosophy and Theology, I believe it certainly could possess powerful ramifications.

The Reality of the Logos/Tao Is Confirmed

The problem with considering the notion that “All is Mind” in the popular phrasing of the word, is that people to tend to think that, “All is MY Mind” that somehow, if I just make myself think something than it is real, this opens the door to a perverted subjectivity that lends itself to relativism, which then lends itself to a tyranny of indifference and apathy toward whatever others subjective whims and fancies are. In the first chapter and verse of The Gospel of John we are told that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

But what is The Word? When translated, The Word means in the West “Logos” and in the East particularly in China it means, “Tao.” The Word, is the Reason, the Divine Reason, or the Rational Aspect of God, The Mind of God. So The Mind of God, “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” All things were made through Him, all things carry at the deepest root of their being a “logos/tao” guided by the Supreme Logos/Tao. So yes, all things are Mind, but not my mind rather All Things are of God’s Mind. Through knowing the “logos/tao” that is within us, we can get in touch with the Higher Logos/Tao that creates and sustains all things. This Divine Reason or Intelligence having created all things places into creation an intelligence mirroring its own as the article goes on to state that,

“Somehow each particle always seems to know what the other is doing. The problem with this feat is that it violates Einstein’s long-held tenet that no communication can travel faster than the speed of light. Since traveling faster than the speed of light is tantamount to breaking the time barrier, this daunting prospect has caused some physicists to try to come up with increasingly elaborate ways to explain away Aspect’s findings.”

According to the Taoist, the Tao is considered to be, the “essence or pattern behind the natural world that keeps the universe balanced and ordered.” It does this through spontaneous, self-giving action.

Perhaps that is why in the Beatitudes it is said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherent the earth.” The meek, the humble is the nature of the Tao/Logos, and those in line with their inner “tao/logos” are those who will get what they need, when they need it, because we are aware of the connection that surrounds us at the Cosmic and Ontological Level. In the Ancient Greek Philosophy of Heraclitus who articulated the notions of the Logos, he made it clear that: (1) We are not aware of our connection to the Logos even though it guides all things including those not aware, (2) That All is One, and (3) The One is the Logos.

In Spiritual Christian Theology, the Nous “Spiritual Mind” of Man is darkened and cannot see God, through a life of Faithful Love and Dedication to God our Nous can be Purified and the Vision of God be experienced as well. This is only possible however through developing in conformity with Jesus Christ who is the Logos/Tao made Flesh and whom made it possible for Man to become Divine by Grace. In growing conformity and development with Christ, our Mind is once again in Communion with the Divine Mind that creates and sustains the Cosmos: Again very similar to the notions described earlier, such a communion is at once Cosmic and yet Ontological. For those more interested in the Tao/Logos and Christian Relation Click: (1)Here for an earlier writing of mine on this blog or (2)Here for a more thoroughly researched work on the issue. I also have a Video Playlist from Dr. Pierre Grimes on Heraclitus and his notions of the Logos:

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