Modern Science Shows the Resurreciton of Christ is Possible

Title: Modern Science Shows the Resurrection of Christ is Possible

Text: Jeremiah 32:26-27, Matthew 6:9-10; 28:5-7

Time: March 14th, 2013

 

 

We’re into the Easter season for 2013, we’ve just seen the election of a new Roman Catholic pope, and there’s even more news from the scientific world that confirms the existence of the Higgs-Boson or so-called “God Particle.”  I just watched an interview between a scientists and a reporter for NBC, and the claim was made that it’s now possible for science to go back before the beginning, before the Big Bang, or even before Genesis 1:1. In fact, that’s what the scientist said, that we’re now able to roll the tape back even before the first chapter of the Book of Genesis. According to this scientist, the so-called “God Particle” demonstrates how the universe came into existence, how there are parallel universes, how something can seemingly come from nothing in the Big Bang billions of years ago. Wow, that’s a big claim. Of course, contemporary scientists also have a reputation of making outlandish statements to the press, only to later clarify what they’ve said in more moderate terms. I think this scientist, Michio Kaku, will probably have to back off of some of his more grandiose claims as time goes by. That’s not to say that what science is discovering isn’t important – it is, but not as important as scientists like Kaku claim. But there certainly has been a shift in scientific thinking in the last few decades, from one of reserve to one of full-blown speculation and imagination. In other words, in the past scientists have tried to be somewhat reserved in their claims or discoveries, but today scientists trumpet their latest findings as if they are confirmed and tested facts. In the interview I mention before with Michio Kau, who by the way is a popularizer of science who appears on television and is heard on radio explaining the latest scientific findings for the popular audience, concepts such as parallel universes, black holes, speeding up and slowing down time, and so forth, are spoken of casually, as if all of these are confirmed truths. To many scientists, they are. Well, I’d like to take the popular concepts of science, the ones that are bandied about so much today, and apply them to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ – and see where they lead us.  It’s my belief that if we apply some of the concepts of modern science to the resurrection of Christ, we’ll find that nothing that the Bible says about Jesus rising from the dead is impossible. In answer to the question, “Knowing all that we now know about quantum physics today, could science categorically rule out the possibility of resurrection from the dead?” – we’d have to say, “No.” Let me explain.

 

First, current scientific thinking includes a lot of strange, mysterious, and seemingly supernatural or miraculous ideas. Jeremiah 32:26-27, “Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: ‘I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?’” As scientific knowledge progresses the weirder it gets, as if it’s going in the direction of the Bible all along. Before, in the early days of science and the centuries immediately thereafter, scientists began to think of nature as a closed system. For example, with Isaac Newton, the universe was seen as a huge clock, having been wound up is slowly winding its way down in a predictable and understandable way.  To many early scientists this was a comforting view because it meant that everything, eventually, could be understood using mathematical calculations and observation. This early view of scientist began to crowd out the biblical Christian faith, with its supernatural miracles, such as the parting of the Red Sea, the virgin birth of Jesus, and of course, his resurrection from the dead. All of these, and more, were seen as impossible under the old, mechanistic view of science. But today, that old view is gone. Today, scientists talk about parallel universes, quantum fluctuations, time travel (both forward and backwards), and so forth. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for a scientist today to state categorically that something like the virgin birth or the resurrection couldn’t have happened. In other words, whereas before, under the older view of science, with its strict rational, natural, and mechanical perspective, the miracles of the Bible looked odd, if not impossible. But today, with the new science, with more quantum physics, with talk of parallel universes, with serious discussions of how time can speed up or slow down, with other rather bizarre but serious concepts, can any scientist claim today that the resurrection of Christ absolutely couldn’t have happened? Hardly. For example, I’m still amazed at what physicists today call “quantum entanglement.” It means that two particles, for instance, could become separated, yet still interact in such a way that moving one causes the other to move correspondingly. If one particle is still entangled with another particle, say, on the other side of the universe, then bumping into one might cause the other to move too. How can this be? It’s strange, it’s weird, but it’s nevertheless where science is today. Now this has implications for the Christian faith.

 

Second, current scientific thinking leaves room for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:5-7, “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. Now I have told you.’” Before scientists started tossing around the vocabulary of quantum physics it seemed almost impossible for science to make any sense of the resurrection of Jesus. But today, with the new concepts, ideas, understandings, and theories of quantum physics it’s possible to look upon the resurrection with new eyes. It’s not obviously impossible now; in fact, it might even be scientifically explainable, that is, the resurrection of Christ, using known scientific concepts. For example, if we see the resurrection as a consequence of some kind of quantum entanglement we might be able to explain it in rational terms. Here’s how such an explanation might go. Jesus was tortured and crucified on the cross; he died. He was placed in a tomb and after three days rose to life. How could this be? One possible explanation, using the known and recognized scientific principle of quantum entanglement, is that something, some part of Jesus, departed from his body after his death and went to another place where there it received reconstruction that produced a corresponding reconstruction in the physical part of Jesus left in the tomb. Quantum entanglement. Did some part of Jesus go to heaven after his physical death? Probably. Did some part of him go to some other place? Maybe. It’s not important that we determine exactly where Jesus was for the three days between his death and his resurrection. The Apostles’ Creed states that “He descended into hell,” but that doesn’t mean he was there the full time. He could also have visited other places as well. My point is this, all of Jesus wasn’t in the tomb, locked in his dead body for three days. His soul or spirit or personality was presumably some other place, and if some part of him was someplace other than the tomb, then the principle of quantum entanglement might apply between the part of Jesus that was out of the tomb and the part of Jesus that was in the tomb. Remember, the principle of quantum entanglement is that when two connected particles are separated, there’s the possibility they still might be entangled enough so that moving one moves the other.

 

Third, current scientific thinking gives us a possible rational, scientific explanation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Matthew 6:9-10, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed by thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This is the beginning of the famous “Lord’s Prayer,” or “Our Father.” Now what it’s saying, what it means here at the beginning, is that we are to pray that God’s will in heaven might also be what happens on earth also. Or in other words, that there might be a correspondence between what is happening in the will of God in heaven, with what in fact happens on earth. Now as we all know there is a lot that happens on earth that’s not God’s Will in heaven, but our prayer should be that what happens on earth corresponds with the perfect will of God in heaven. Now how does this relate to attempting to explain the resurrection of Jesus in rational, scientific terms? Well, it has to do with quantum entanglement. If human existence on earth consists of both mind and body, or body and soul, or mind, body and spirit, or a combination thereof, then at death we may see a separation of one of these characteristics of human existence. Again, it’s not important right now to define what gets separated, only that it’s possible, it’s conceivable, that something gets separated from something else at death. The body, obviously, remains on earth at death, and in the case of Jesus, was laid in the tomb for three days. If an autopsy were made on Jesus, doctors could determine exactly the cause of death in medical terms. But science doesn’t know all the connections between the mind and body. For example, some people who lose a leg or arm report that they sense a “phantom” leg or arm. There mind is telling them they still have their missing leg, for example, that it itches or aches, even if it’s not there. So there’s a connection between the mind and body that isn’t clearly known. What if Christ’s consciousness, his mind and/or his soul or spirit left his body, departed from his body, and traveled someplace else. And what if somehow it received healing or reconstruction in that other place that also showed up as corresponding healing or reconstruction in his body in the tomb. What if on the third day, Easter Sunday morning, the entangled mind and body of Christ rejoined completely healed?

 

Does that scenario seem far-fetched? Not if we use the quantum physics concept of entanglement and apply it to the relationship of mind and body in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now I’m not claiming that I have the rational explanation of how Jesus rose from the dead, I’m simply saying that I’ve outlined a scenario that is at least plausible. It doesn’t answer all the questions. For example, where did Jesus go during the three days his body lay in the tomb? Going along with my scenario, presumably, God the Father in heaven did the reconstruction of Jesus before the resurrection because when he emerged from the grave on Easter morning he wasn’t bleeding, he wasn’t bruised and battered. He wasn’t in need of medical attention. He wasn’t in pain or hurting in any way. He was completely healed and in full health. In fact, according to the New Testament he possessed a new spiritual physical body, that is, a body that could eat solid food as before, although a body that now could never die again. All I’m saying is that according to the quantum entanglement theory I just outlined, the part of Jesus that was separated from the broken body could have received complete healing from God the Father and when this was done the body in the tomb could have perfectly mirrored it. The particles, whatever kind they were, that received the healing could have triggered healing in the physically broken body of Christ in the tomb. When the healing process was complete the resurrection occurred on what we now call Easter morning. Now to be honest, I don’t know if the scenario that I painted is actually what happened, because, of course, we don’t know for sure that quantum entanglement actually works as we think it does, or if it applies to all particles or just some. But I just wanted to give an example of how modern science now not only cannot rule out things like the resurrection, but many contemporary scientific principles actually go further along in helping explain such things as, for example, the resurrection. Or they at least give us some new possibilities in explaining them. Ultimately, we believe in Jesus by faith. We are saved by faith alone, in fact. But it’s also interesting how science today is moving along and actually making the Christian faith even more believable. Let’s pray.

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