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Eschatology: The Real Unknown

Posted 03-20-2022 at 09:40 AM by MysticPhD


Our ancestors can be excused for thinking that everything that happens in this life or an afterlife is the result of God's judgments, but I am at a loss to understand why any educated modern intellect would ever accept such a concept. No subject is more characteristic of sermons and exhortations to spiritual repentance by fundamentalists than the ominous threat of hell-fire at the end of the world when God will pass final judgment on us all, so I feel compelled to deal with it. My own eschatology is still hypothetical and my current position is equivocal because of the inability to validate the plausibility of consciousness at the quantum level of existence.

Nevertheless, scripture is definitely not silent on the topic and the concept of hell figures prominently in the descriptions. I would hope that those who have some understanding of my viewpoint realize that the notion of hell as a form of punishment at the hand of God is NOT remotely supportable. You also should be aware that I cannot justify ANY eternal negative consequences for our finite life here.

However, a possibility remains that may be too unjust and mundane for the "high spiritualists" and too fantastic and absurd for the more "scientific-minded" among us to accept. Regrettably, it seems plausible enough given my current level of understanding to justify at least relating it to you, especially those who do believe in and accept eternal consequences.

Revelation, purportedly a record of a revelation to the apostle John, deals with the end of the world. It and other Christian scripture make predictions that are remarkably similar to our scientists' descriptions of the end of our solar system.

From Revelation 20:9,
. . . and fire from God came down out of heaven and devoured them. And the devil who deceived them was cast into the pool of fire.

and from II Peter 3:10,
. . . But the day of the Lord will come as a thief, at that time the heavens will pass away with great violence, and the elements will be dissolved with heat, and the earth and the works that are in it, will be burned up.

Our astronomers predict that, in our solar system, just before the sun's hydrogen becomes exhausted, it will expand to encompass the inner planets, at least as far as the earth. The expanding fire of the sun certainly fits those predictions and if the sun is not part of a pool of fire (our galaxy) nothing is.

Jesus gives us further descriptions of the fate of our system after the fire from heaven,

Mark 13:24,
. . .But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give off her light, and the stars of heaven will be falling, and the powers that are in heaven will be shaken.

and

Matthew 24:29,
. . . But immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give her light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken.

Our astronomers provide the following prediction of the fate of our sun after its expansion to engulf the inner planets. Once the sun starts cooling off, the escaping radiation from its surface will cool the interior. Therefore, our sun will not supernova, a phenomenon reserved for the really massive stars. Our sun will eventually cool until all light goes out and the sun will be "darkened." It will become a black dwarf moving through space with any unconsumed planets.

The pool of fire notion that is so prevalent in descriptions of the end needs to be elaborated on just a bit. Revelation describes death and hell with reference to the pool of fire,

Revelation 20:13,
. . . And the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and hell gave up the dead that were in them; and they were judged each one according to their works. And hell and death were cast into the pool of fire. This is the second death, the pool of fire.

The only truly descriptive metaphor for our universe or any galaxy is "a pool of fire." Literally, galaxies are enormous collections of stars (suns) that tunnel through the interstellar gas that has condensed to form each galaxy burning it up. Viewed from a distance, galaxies and globular clusters have the same appearance as whirlpools and eddies in the water, except they are comprised of fire (suns).

Our universe is an infinite cycle of energy change. Various stages of organic life transmute inorganic matter into organic substances. This is further changed into a higher-order living substance. All this life energy has its origin in the raw energy of Suns. Therefore, life is merely an ordered transmutation of energy.

In the mathematically sound but abandoned "continuous creation theory" of Fred Hoyle some of the life energy procreated in each galaxy may be used to create new galaxies while the rest becomes part of the expanding background material. This actually fits with the various reincarnation theories although not restricted to life on earth or human life, per se. The diversity of life throughout the cosmos may constitute all manner of sentient life with the same end goal, consciousness.

A quote from R.L. Wing in the Tao of Power reminds us that our scientists would basically agree with this idea of life as the source for the universe,

. . . A new generation of physicists are now postulating that a universe cannot even come into being unless it contains the possibility of life.

Metaphorically, each solar system that produces life is a part of this procreation. In fact, a symbolic picture of our own solar system could be as found in

Revelation 12:1,
. . . And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And being with child, she cried out in her travail and was in the anguish of delivery.

In our solar system, to our knowledge, humans are the only producer of life energy in the form of what we consider consciousness, but that could be anthropocentric and myopic. However, when we die, where our consciousness ends up depends primarily on the form that characterizes it. If, as I believe, the universe is God's consciousness, the consciousness that does not possess (resonate with) His characteristics cannot become part of and share His consciousness.

Not qualified as a cellular part of God’s consciousness, it must be relegated to become part of the interstellar background of the galaxies. The gravity of this dark matter forms the galaxies and is continuously consumed by stars to produce more life energy in selected solar systems. This could be the reincarnation cycle so prevalent in the spiritual fossil record.

The idea of becoming part of the pool of fire that is a galaxy is horrifying to any conscious life energy. However, all the unconscious life energy, which is the only kind that is supposed to end up there, would merely be changing form. There can be no pain without the pain sensors of a living physical body, so to all unconscious life forms, the change is inconsequential. The burning entails nothing more than a re-radiation of their energy as heat, light, and other forms.

The situation is quite different for life energy in the form of our particular consciousness. There is a form of pain exclusive to consciousness, namely regret and remorse. But in this instance, it is in no way a form of punishment. It is merely a natural consequence of the infinite continuous creation cycle of the universe. It becomes a sort of self-imposed punishment that results from working toward the wrong goals as a human being.

A consciousness that strives to be a superior animal is only qualified to endure the fate of all nonconscious animals. We have no way of knowing which animals are conscious enough to experience regret and remorse. However, absent such consciousness the fate would not be a punishment for them, self-imposed or otherwise because the punishment of "hell-fire" is regret, the metaphorical "weeping and gnashing of teeth" of an unprofitable servant as described in

Matthew 25:30,
. . . But as for the unprofitable servant, cast him forth into the darkness outside, where there will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The finality of this kind of separation is described in Luke where the story of Lazarus and the rich man makes reference to a great gulf fixed between the successes and the failures. After death, the rich man cried out for help,

Luke 16:24,
. . . 'Father Abraham have pity on me . . . for I am tormented in this flame.' . . . But Abraham said to him 'Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime hast received good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now here he is comforted whereas thou art tormented. And besides all that, between us and you, a great gulf is fixed, so that they who wish to pass over from this side to you cannot, and they cannot cross from your side to us.'

The absoluteness of the separation in this passage seems not to allow for even God to make an accommodation or adjustment in status. This implies that OUR BRAIN is the only medium through which we can change the fate of OUR CONSCIOUS SELF by attuning it properly (even just a little) BEFORE we die. If you misuse it, you may lose your chance conceivably forever.

I personally reject this possibility having encountered the agape love of God and prefer to see a continued opportunity to refine out the dross. The least acceptable way for this to occur in my opinion would be reincarnation, but it cannot be ruled out. The very disconcerting fact remains that our life energy, unlike the unconscious animals, has already become consciousness as quanta and is therefore eternal.

Whatever is in the form of energy cannot be seen nor destroyed by time. In 2nd Corinthians 4:18, Paul tells us that,

. . . The things that are seen are temporal, but the things that are not seen are eternal.

Our consciousness is in the form of unseen mental energy (quanta). It just might be the wrong type. Consequently, it is necessary to underscore the distinction between death and hell made in the earlier passage from Revelation. Once again, you should note that the use of two different words to convey the ideas is probably not for stylistic effect.

"Hell" is the end of conscious life energy that has failed to meet specifications. "Death" is the end of all other unconscious life energy. They both end up in the same pool of fire, but for the conscious energy, it is hell! The duration of this reradiation and possible reincarnation is unknown, but I prefer to think it is NOT eternal.

The Mithraic myth, whose similarity to the Jesus legend has been acknowledged, is an offshoot of the Zoroastrian religion. The Zoroastrian conception of heaven and hell provides some interesting fodder for this discussion. Heaven is described as the immortality of purity in thought, word, and deed. Hell is described as an eternity of evil thoughts, words, deeds, and mental torment.

Compare that with my notion of joining the consciousness of God (which cannot be other than pure thoughts, words, and deeds) or with joining the consciousness of the failures which cannot be other than evil thoughts, words, and deeds in an unknown duration of regret and remorse.

The hell that is described in the Zoroastrian conception may not be as horrifying, perhaps, as a hell replete with devils, demons, goblins, and whatnot, to torment sinners. Nevertheless, after only normal human contact with individuals who just might be among the failures, I find the idea of spending any duration of complete mental intimacy and total sharing of experiences and regrets with that type of consciousness as a hell to be seriously considered!
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    Wow, a treat. Lots of things to unnpack. Thank you for sharing. The 20th was definitely special time in March.
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