As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" ~ Isaiah 55:9.
In the chapter titled - Dimensional Capacities of Created Beings, Ross informs us of humans capacities. Reading page 118, we learn that humans
are soulish creatures endowed with self-awareness and God awareness,
innate moral and ethical standards and a proclivity for religious
expression and exploration. Humans exist in God's given (to/for man) space and time
dimension of the universe and yet He also gave man the capacity to venture beyond
that given through an additional dimension - a spiritual reality (established in man's awareness of God) which allows man to go
beyond the given
temporal dimensions of his temporal existence. Yes, men are subject to natural laws, social laws, and spiritual laws but the later only if he answers God's calling to that higher dimension (Ross: pg. 118).
The dimensional capacities are our ability to think outside the box of the visible physical world, to imagine and to see beyond what is. How else could we observe and understand the quantum reality? For many, the greatest obstacle to accepting our Creator is a lack of understanding dimensional aspects of time and space. Many tend to live and perceive the world from a universe zipped up in a sleeping bag. For them, even if they were to tumble down a hill inside of it, they would not be able to consider that there is something outside of it as they hit a bump or two as they roll down. It is the built in dimensional capacities that Ross impresses in his book that reveals man's ability to think outside the box and or sleeping bag.
The difficulty for some people to think outside the box is due to their rejecting what is written in their default mode. One can imagine that any robot man creates will have the desire to know its creator and to either reach out to him or to reject him. The rejecting comes from the inability to understand the dimensional aspect of creation. If I am me, then how did I get here and from where... ? And, though that is written in us, there is also given free will which can be understood as an AI being a fully functioning creation with dimensional capacities so that the creator does not have to continually reboot, upgrade and write new commands daily.
This kind of contemplation is not new. Today, one can use computer programming to describe our imagining a relationship with our Creator. Aristotle called Him the prime mover as a Creator who creates outside of what He himself, the Creator is. Plato too reasoned that since all time dependent phenomena are temporal then to some degree they must be illusory and valueless, for only what is timeless and unchanging and eternal retains ultimate reality and value (Ross: pg. 43)
It is time and space that most often comes up in such discussions, as in our temporal world, it seems that they control everything that happens to us. It is because we have a limited perspective of time and space in this dimension. Time is defined by the operation of cause and effect. Again, because we have limited dimensional capacities, we cannot understand that there is connection between time and space and our dimensional capacities to imagine beyond them. If were so embedded in just a 3D reality, then we would not even imagine a 4th or its existence which is the space of our moving in time. We imagine today at least 10 dimensions that is only because we have already dimensional capacities... the first being to think outside the box.
Christ was the patch to remind us that there is a higher realm waiting for us. Dr. Ross proposes that there will be multiple time dimensional experiences that God has in store for our unending timeful life with Him (Ross: pg. 67). It is a choice... rejecting the Creator's offer only leads to permanent deletion.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
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Man is not just a 'sentient' being... he is more than that. If we are sentients at all. Given that we are information housed and executed in/from the locus of the mind - Charles H. Cooley. As information we are the biggest consumers of information, selected on the basis of what it means to us, not by our senses...though our senses are an aspect of our being. The most amazing aspect of the social imagination is that it is curious, not just a 'responder' to elements. We are able to contemplate the cosmos which is information and we exchange that information which gives us meaning about who we are and our position in the universe. We are information and we exchange information, freely. This is the full understanding of the 'social imagination'. The exchange of information and what it means to us has a greater impact on our senses as it shapes and changes what/ how we see, smell and taste!
Man is a composition of information. That effectively makes him an avatar, information in the flesh but not to be controlled by it. Yes, that is man's problem. He thinks more of the flesh than the kingdom within. He is more than a sentient being, a creature that perceives the world through senses. And, what are they? Means of taking information. Yes and no. How much of what is taken in is actually what it seems to be at 'face value'. An apple or orange is just an object until it is smelled, it is touched and tasted. But, even then what does it mean. It may only mean food to the mere animal but to man it means much more. The way it smells, feels and tastes - the entire experience of it for the man provides meaning in time and space.
Man also remembers the experience of consumption differently from the mere animal. For example, he may have had his first smell, tough and taste with a friend on a sunny day from his grandmother's tree or while walking along a country road in the late fall. Many foods have become symbols for circulating information that has nothing to do with the object as a thing to be consumed. The apple is a symbol of fertility, a symbol of intellect and curiosity. For that reason, as a symbol, it has sold a lot of merchandise. Animals, other kinds of 'sentient' beings don't have such experience with food that we as humans could ever understand. We might assume they have some preferences when it comes to taste, sweet or sour but likely that is all.
Man has yet to realize his potential. He keeps looking to the cosmos of outer space and fails to look inwards and within his sphere of interaction ~ the social imagination. Within that alone, there is an enormous quantum field of potentiality. Man is far more than a sentient being, he is no mere animal.
*In this illustration, there is no intent to denigrate sentient beings... only to recognize man's uniqueness.