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Jesus’ life: inspired and scientific

Ours is a world of immense complexity and confounding questions. Mankind’s devotion to science and to religion reveals our deep desire to make sense of it all.

Science and faith have revealed otherly realms normally unobservable to our physical senses.  Both have uncovered universes we never knew existed. From the macro to the micro, our accumulated knowledge has yielded information and wisdom which have partially tamed the physical universe and freed us somewhat from the bonds of materiality.

“You will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” Jesus’ statement uttered over two millennia ago is the impulse for the theology he taught. It also happens to be the underpinning of all scientific enterprise. Revealing fundamental truth is the incentive of religion and scientific endeavor. The resulting discernment encourages freedom to express mastery over life’s perplexities.

Jesus’ life was divinely inspired. His service to God, love of mankind, and unrelenting reliance on an infinite wisdom he referred to as “my Father” is obvious and recorded in Scripture for the ages.

At the same time Jesus’ life was profoundly scientific. How so?   Read more…

Now, I’m not a highly metaphysical man

It’s not very often you get to hear the word ‘metaphysical’ in a hit pop tune.  But American musician and poet, Michael Franti, accomplishes the feat in Say Hey (I Love You) where he admits, “Now, I’m not a highly metaphysical man.”

 I like to think of myself as metaphysical man, a metaphysician or metaphysicist if you will. 

 

What does ‘metaphysical’ mean? Webster’s: concerned with first principles and ultimate grounds, as being, time, or substance. You can think of metaphysics as a discipline outside physics or matter, a science of Mind (Mind in this case referring to God).

Christian Science approaches those biggies (being, time, and substance) from a metaphysical standpoint. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, a book based on the Bible and studied by Christian Scientists, includes this statement, “Metaphysics is above physics, and matter does not enter into metaphysical premises or conclusions. The categories of metaphysics rest on one basis, the divine Mind. Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul.”

In Say Hey (I Love You), Franti’s lyrics open and close with a quandary that all metaphysicians struggle with, “It seems like everywhere I go, the more I see, the less I know.”  In metaphysics, the deeper one looks into matter-substance, the fewer answers to life you find.  Creativity and causation are not connected to what you see. There’s something else.

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