First off, please don't be offended by my opening statement, which is to say that it is my absolute personal conviction that the Judeo-Christian
worldview holds the ultimate Truth of Reality, as the question pertains to the nature & purpose of Man in relation to the Universe & to God.
The detail work, is the work of science - but the overarching purpose? That's the work of religion/ spirituality.
Whether we have, as Christians (or Jews) correctly interpreted that Truth, is up for debate. I don't claim that I myself, or any other
Judeo-Christian group across the centuries has 'got it right' thus far.
There are several reasons as to why I believe that we are likely to find the ultimate Truth of the spiritual condition & purpose of Man in the
Judeo-Christian worldview. I won't labour the point here, because I woud have started a thread very specifically addressing that argument if that had
been my intent. I will say that I believe thusly based on a combination of personal experience, on the systemic coherence of the Judeo-Christian
development, the refined precepts of the faith, which went from dozens, to ten, to two, to one. The ultimate measuring stick concerns our conduct one
to another, and it has been distilled down to the simplest expression, which is that we are to love one another. If we do so, all is well. If we do
not, all manner of problems arise. The penultimate measuring stick also involves our attitude to God, and the sacred - but if we are not sure about
the existence of God, we can at least agree on the command to love one another as being absolutely 'True' & absolutely 'Just' as concerns its
relevance & bearing to our lives here on Earth as humans.
With that said, I would like to forward a little theory which struck me as I was watching a presentation by an evolutionary biologist, regarding the
fact that our human perspective on Reality is more of a convention than a true representation of Reality 'as it is'. We do not see Reality 'as it
is', and neither do any of our other senses convey the absolute truth of Reality. The senses, and the way we experience the data they present to our
brains, are more a matter of convention, or convenience - a useful approximation of Reality, which allows us to function in our environment, to
survive so as to pass on our genes. It probably goes without saying that I believe that our existence is more meaningful than the simple matter of
surviving long enough to reproduce, and it's probably exemplified by discoveries in modern physics which strongly suggest that the universe is almost
'designed' to be populated by observers, who can experience the universe, and tacitly, it seems, appreciate
the universe. Another way of
saying that we are here in order to appreciate the universe (and thus derive enjoyment from it) is to say that we were created 'so that the works of
God could be made manifest'. Or we could say that 'the heavens declare the glory of God', and that would be a remarkably fulfilling way to think of
life & the universe of which we are, apparently, an important component.
If we as human observers can appreciate & enjoy the wonders of the universe, and yet not actually be perceiving the universe as it actually is (reams
& reams of data are not available to us, in our 'narrow band' sense derivations & internal brain interpretations of the data we do perceive), then
could the remarkably internally self-consistent, vivid & richly symbolic apocalyptic imagery of such spiritual works as the revelation of St John (the
Book of revelations in the Bible), including their numerological & alphabetical encoded informational content - even such wide diverse mechanisms as
the number of lampstands, the number of wings on a particular class of angel, the colour of the bowls, or the four horsemen, the sounding of the
trumpets in a particular order, and so forth....
... Could it all in fact be one enormous KINESTHETIC hallucinogenic experience which is portrayed in a confusing, but internally &
eschatologically/doctrinally self-consistent way to the brain/mind of the prophet?
Yes, the various apocalypses are confusing. But they are not so incoherent as to merit being labeled wild flights of fancy. The details, the
details, the details - is it perhaps that we are witnessing pure information, relevant to the spiritual well-being of mankind, being portrayed
kinesthetically as one giant cypher of the actual underlying structure of not only reality, but the intertwining nature, purpose & responsibilities of
God to Man & the Universe, and Man to God, and to the Universe? Are we witnessing all of nature, all of anything, as it is, in one continuous &
contiguous information stream of extremely precise terms, which thereby causes an hallucinatory experience in the mind of the observer which is so
rich & detailed, that it begs introspection & unfolding, ceaseless study across millennia, never being fully interpreted, but often being partly
interpreted, and thus remaining relevant, mysterious, fascinating, raw, powerful, frightening, and humbling?
Could it be that we are witnessing the rending of the veil, the totality of all information relevant to the progress of Mankind, yet encoded, as a
cypher - perhaps with details that can only be uncovered, and 'decyphered', once we have achieved a certain level of material, social, scientific &
spiritual progress? What if the colour of a seraph's wings denoted the fundamental mathematical constant representing the strong or weak nuclear
force? What if the number of stars around the throne is representative of the specific quantum gravity of gold?
This idea I propose, this nugget of a thesis, that the apocalyptic visions represent pure reality, pure information, the rent veil, the uncovering of
God, Universe & Man, to the mind of a prophet, in a KINESTHETIC HALLUCINATION (one which conveys a pure & internally consistent truth concerning
spiritual reality), is, I believe, accurate, and worthy of more investigation. I offer it to ATS members, and to the world, because I have other
things to attend to, which will prevent me from looking further into the matter at this time in my life. I hope that someone will pick this up & run
with it, at least investigating it personally, if not necessarily spreading it to others who may wish to investigate using specialist research
materials, tools, and assets/ resources.
edit on FebruaryWednesday1802CST05America/Chicago-060003 by FlyInTheOintment because: parentheses, spelling