While it may seem a random distraction in our “scientifically materialistic” era to learn about gods, I suggest you bear in mind that these gods have been evoked throughout far more of humanity’s lengthy history than in extremely recent and short technological age. Most of all, even scientists continue to hope that supernatural beings from outer space will come to earth to rescue us from our self-destructive ways.
I first met Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, head of the Vatican Observatory and sometimes called “the pope’s astronomer,” after an event on science fiction and theology we did…
with the stunning “60 Minutes” segment on UFOs this week [May 2021], it is now fair to say not only that we have something close to strong evidence that we are not alone in the universe but that the idea has gone mainstream…
our becoming aware of the existence of other rational creatures in the cosmos would likely reinvigorate theological inquiry quite dramatically, and the church’s intellectual tradition on these questions would be brought to bear in exciting and important ways.
So bring it on, director of national intelligence and Pentagon. Let’s see what you got. The Catholic intellectual tradition stands ready to help humanity interpret and process the fact that we are not alone in the universe.
What does science have to say?
According to superstring theory, there are at least 10 dimensions in the universe (M-theory actually suggests that there are 11 dimensions to spacetime; bosonic string theories suggest 26 dimensions).
That’s a bit of a mind-boggler: Most people understand the basic three dimensions, and many know that the fourth dimension is time…
For the purposes of this study, I’ll just limit the number of dimensions to body, soul and spirit, with the fourth dimension of time as one of the 10 dimensions that expands to eternity in the hyper dimensions.
I will also primarily use biblical references regarding contacts with hyper dimensional beings as a resource since this is what is best known in our culture.
Ancient depictions of gods / aliens fit a model of an individual with three dimensions of body, soul and spirit.
- God’s body is what enables him to interact with others as one of multiple discreet entities.
- God’s soul is his unique personhood / personality, “a characteristic way of thinking, feeling, and behaving… attitudes, and opinions and is most clearly expressed in interactions with other people.” This is a form of energy, recognized in humans from the electrical activity of the sodium-potassium pump. In the nervous system the brain and peripheral nerves send sensations and instructions back and forth controlling behaviors. The stored memories in the brain comprise the unique personhood.
- The Singularity’s Spirit is the infinite source of energy which, like electricity or the wind, is not confined to any single time and space like a material body is, but can split off and converge, and can only be perceived by humans in its actions through physical substance.
“And the LORD [YHVH] appeared unto him [Abraham] in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day… and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord…And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat…And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham…” (Genesis 18)
“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him…And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (Genesis 32:24-30)
A hyper dimensional being can control m=E/c2 to appear to be four dimensional instead of hyper.
According to the Book of Enoch, celestial beings are indeed shape-shifters who can appear as humans as well as other forms.
Before all these things Enoch was concealed…He was wholly engaged with the holy ones, and with the Watchers in his days…and when they pleased they assumed the likeness of men.(Enoch 12)
This revelation is confirmed in the canon of scripture.
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 13:2)
“There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.” (I Corinthians 15:40)
“And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend [i.e. a peer, an equal, in a form compatible with human senses, which we often find in the Old Testament accounts of interactions between God and humans]…And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory [major upgrade in the software from human-like to truly hyper-dimensional God]…And he said, Thou canst not see my face / unique expression of myself: for there shall no man see me, and live. [Think of it like encountering any huge force-field. Humans are overloaded by high electrical voltage, radioactive nuclear energy, etc.] And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts [think of a tail of a comet, less intense]: but my face shall not be seen….And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there…
And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped…And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water [obviously his life was maintained by another transfer of energy]…And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai…that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him…And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face. But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. [like any sun worshipper absorbing all the rays they can.]” (Exodus 33:11-23, 34:5-8, 28-34)
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…Who is the image of the invisible God…by whom all things were created” (Colossians 1:1-8)
Soul: will, desire, emotions, intent behind behavior, personality.
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And…it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will… (Genesis 6:5-7)
“And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD…and his anger was kindled.” (Numbers 11:1)
“Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God.” (II Chronicles 9:8)
The development of a unique person, occurs through social interaction and is permanently stored in the brain’s neuronal electrical activity. This includes hyper dimensional beings, whose personalities and desires change as a result of social interaction with humans.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14)
This leads to a fascinating theological question – Did God’s personality develop as a result of his interaction with humans? Take love, for example. If there is no-one to love, can a person ever be loving? Can one loving without interacting with another individual in being forgiving, merciful?
“O LORD / Singularity, our Lord / Sovereign, how excellent is thy name / attributes in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens…What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast…crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands.” (Psalm 1)
“And the LORD / Singularity descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD / Singularity…The LORD / Singularity, The LORD God / Singularity Power, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty.” (Exodus 33:5-6)
“the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:…that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church / assembly of believers the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord…of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named….That he would grant you [humans], according to the riches of his glory…to know the love of Christ...Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end…(Ephesians 3)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
Certainly humans change as a result of social interaction with other humans as well as spirit beings.
“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God…Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it…So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:” (Ephesians 5)
“there are certain men crept in [to assemblies of believers]…these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities…These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage….mockers…who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.” (Jude)
Spirit: energy, empowerment
“And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent…I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth?…have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth…and thou shalt be to him [Pharaoh] instead of God. (Exodus 4)
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel…And the LORD came down in a cloud…and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease…And Moses said…would God that ALL the LORD’S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!” (Numbers 11:16-29)
“Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning…for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil…And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon ALL flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” (Joel 2:12-32)
“And when the day of Pentecost [Jewish feast] was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak….Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them…this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel…ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:1-33)
Each unique individual is, by definition, a soul. Mortal human souls are able to recharge expended energy by connection with the bodies’ in-spir-ation of oxygen. Death occurs when the body no longer delivers oxygen to the brain. Without the life energy provided by in-spir-ation, the body ex-spir-es and the physical components dissociate into the elements of the earth – water, hydrocarbons, iron, sodium, etc. Without the body’s active neural networks, the soul is inactivated.
However, it is not destroyed or insensate. The soul is not mass. It is energy, and cannot be destroyed.
Like lightening and household electrical current, it is grounded.
Mortality can thus be defined as the condition of the person / soul being only temporarily connected to the life-giving spirit.
Immortality, then, can be defined as the soul being permanently connected to the energy spirit.
Creator God manifests the ultimate freedom of movement, since he is the Singularity infinite source of all spirit life.
- “In the beginning was the Word
- and the Word was with God,
- and the Word was God.
- The same was in the beginning with God.
- All things were made [expression of soul’s desire to create] by him…
- And the Word was made flesh [mortal body] and dwelt among us…(John 1:1-2, 14)
“I came forth from [visualize a cloud splitting into two clouds] the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father [the two clouds converging back into one].” (John 16:28)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father…Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake…
- And I will pray
- the Father, and he shall give you
- another Comforter [besides me in the flesh], that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth [acknowledges] him not, neither knoweth him:
but ye know him; for
- he dwelleth WITH you [right now guys – it’s me!],
- and shall be [future tense] IN you. I will not leave you comfortless: I – I! – will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see [perceive] me: because I live, ye shall live also [through the presence of life-giving spirit].
- At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth [chooses to be in unity with] me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him…
If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode [permanent residence] with him…Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I [bound in human flesh as I now am].” (John 14:2-30)