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Theory of Relativity and God

Science leads away from god. — Louis Pasteur.” (a poster in a Soviet Union classroom)
Science … brings men nearer to God.” (a real quote by Louis Pasteur)

Just over 100 years ago, Einstein showed that time is not constant but relative for each “observer”. The technical terms describing this are velocity time dilation and gravitational time dilation that derive from Einstein’s special theory of relativity and his general theory of relativity. In simple terms, these concepts mean that the objects perceive time differently depending on their location in relation to large-mass bodies that warp spacetime around them into non-euclidean shape or depending on their movement relative to each other.

The notion that time is not universally constant is so counterintuitive, and yet it is the bedrock of modern science. It has been demonstrated again and again. For example, time dilation is taken into account when NASA lands a rover on Mars or when you use GPS navigation in your car.

Over 1800 years ago before Einstein, Apostle Peter wrote,

“But do not forget this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8.

Even before that, Moses said in a psalm,

“For a thousand years in [God’s] sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4.

These passages appear to argue that time is relative thousands of years before science got wind of the notion. But do these Bible verses imply that God is moving close to the speed of light (velocity time dilation) or that he is so massive as to curve the spacetime around him like a black hole (gravitational time dilation)?

Actually, neither. Theory of relativity deals with objects localized in space and having mass. The Bible claims that God is not localized in space (he is omnipresent or present everywhere; 1 Kings 8:27, Jer. 23:24, Prov. 15:3) and has no mass (he is spirit; John 4:24). So, the theory of relativity would suggest that an observer that is present everywhere and has no mass is not subject to spacetime at all.

Just as the Bible says, God “inhabits eternity.” Isaiah 57:15. All points in space and all points in time are before Him.

“O my God,” I say, “… [your] years endure throughout all generations!” Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment.” Psalm 102:24-26.

 


P.S. Some scientists’ insistence on arbitrarily removing God from their understanding of reality and from their search for such understanding robs them and us of deeper insights.

If you only allow for God’s existence, it is so fascinating to contemplate cosmologists’ notions about the Big Bang, cosmic inflation, and accelerating expansion of the universe, cosmologists’ own admission that they can’t account for 95% of our universe’s matter and energy (so they are just calling what’s missing dark matter and dark energy), quantum fluctuations (physics of empty space), wave-particle duality of the quantum world, standard model of elementary particles, non-locality of quantum entanglement, delayed choice quantum eraser experiment, entropy’s inexorable arrow of time, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Gödel’s incompleteness theorems for mathematics, physics’ search for theory of everything and on and on.

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Kindle Catholic English-Latin Diglot Bible (with Direct Verse Jump)

Kindle Catholic English-Latin Diglot Bible (D-R and Vulgate) (with Direct Verse Jump)
Kindle Catholic English-Latin Diglot Bible (D-R and Vulgate) (with Direct Verse Jump)

This is the Holy Bible, which includes parallel texts of the Douay-Rheims (English) and Clementine Vulgate (Latin) translations of the Holy Scriptures.

The Douay-Rheims Bible was translated from the Latin Vulgate and diligently compared with the Hebrew, Greek, and Bible editions in other languages.

The Vulgate was translated by St. Jerome in late 4th-century, who was commissioned by Pope Damasus I in 382 to make a revision of the old Latin translations. By the 13th century this revision had come to be called the versio vulgata, that is, the “commonly used translation”. The revision of the Vulgate was sponsored by Clement VIII in 16th century, which became known as the Clementine Vulgate of 1592. The Clementine Vulgate had been the standard Bible text of the Roman Catholic Church until 1979, when the Nova Vulgata was promulgated.

Features of this version of the Catholic English-Latin Diglot Bible:

– Direct Verse Jump, a revolutionary new method to open the exact verse you need in mere seconds (see below)
– two other ways to navigate between books and chapters: (i) using a hyperlinked table of contents; and (ii) pressing the joystick right or left to move between chapters of the Bible books. Once you learn all of the three navigation methods, you will be able to open any verse in your Kindle Bible as fast as (or even faster than) in your paper copy
– the complete text of the Douay-Rheims Bible and the Clementine Vulgate, including all of the deuterocanonical books
– correct chapter and verse numbering, which corresponds to the Vulgate (not the KJV)
– the texts of this electronic edition of the two translations have been painstakingly verified to be true to the paper editions
– the electronic transcription of the Clementine Vulgate was made available by Michael Tweedale and received approbation of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales on January 9, 2006
– beautifully formatted
– easy to determine where you are in the Bible
– the traditional verse-per-line format
– as any Kindle book, the Catholic Diglot Bible is searchable; however, when you first install the file please wait for the Kindle to index the whole Bible (most of the time about 10 minutes; however, sometimes up to 8-10 hours). The file is large and it takes a long time to index. For this reason, the DVJ navigation method will be available only after the book has been indexed

Direct Verse Jump: new navigation method using the search functionality:

In this version, all you need to do is to type an abbreviated book name (see the table of contents for the complete list), then a period, then a chapter number, a period again, and then a verse number and finally press “enter” twice (you need not wait for the Kindle to display the search results) and you will be looking at that particular verse in seconds. If you only need to open the first verse of any chapter then the verse number is not necessary. Remember: do not forget periods and use only the book abbreviations, which are listed in the table of contents.

For example, if you wish to select chapter 3 of Genesis, you would:
1. type the standard abbreviation for Genesis (see the table of contents for a complete list), then period, and finally number “3”; in other words: ge.3
2. click “find” (or just “enter” if you have a Kindle 3) twice and you are there.

For John 3:16, you would type “jn.3.16” and double click “find” (or just “enter” if you have a Kindle 3).

Note that you should put the chapter number even for those books with only one chapter. For example, the Epistle from Jude verse 5 would translate to “jud.1.5” and a double click on the “enter”.

You may also be interested in an article Our English Catholic Bible by Rev. Sydney F. Smith in the Month (a Catholic magazine and review), vol. 89, June, July 1897

If you have any questions or concerns at all about this (or any other of my publications), please email me at osnova@gmail.com

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Kindle Bible (New Heart English Bible — modern English translation)

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Kindle French Bible – La Sainte Biblia (Louis Segond with DVJ)


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