Hi Shalag,Originally Posted by shalag
That's a nice sounding story, and I can see why you would want to share it since it causes us to think about the Omniscience of our God, and it reminds us that God always cares and has all the time in the world for us. That is great!
But ... as you know, I have degrees in math and physics, with a specialty in Quantum Physics (dealing with subatomic particles, relativity, and all that), and so I can not enjoy these kinds of stories if I can see that they are wrong and misleading. There are two main problems:
First, it is wrong. The statement that matter becomes energy when it reaches the speed of light and then "moves into the fourth dimension" is gibberish. It means nothing in terms of actual physics, in which matter is understood as energy through the equation E = mc^2 no matter what its velocity. The statement that follows it - "Then whatever that matter is – it is immortal." - is even worse. These words have nothing whatsoever to do with the understanding of the world we gain through the study of modern physics.
Second, it is biblically misleading. The story displays an invalid hermeneutic. Peter was not talking about time dilation. He was talking about the eternal nature of God; the fact that He is outside of space-time and so a thousand years, or a million years, or a billion years, or a single second are all the same to Him. Thus, to suggest that there is a mathematical conversion factor of 1000 to convert from our time to "God time" is an absurdity. We don't want to encourage people to interpret the Bible this way because it does not lead us to the understanding that God intended, which is our greatest task as teachers.
Please don't take this as a criticism of you. Its nothing like that. I am talking about the story that hoodwinked you. I am compelled (of God's Spirit, I believe) to aim at the absolutely best possible exegesis of the text of the Bible. Of course, we both must keep in mind these passages. They help explain my intent:
NKJV James 3:1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
God bless you my sister!