Something triggered in my mind this morning, as I was intently listening to the sermon in our church. We are treated to consistently good preaching at our church; this was no different.
Now, Crossbridge Community Church isn’t one of those churches that preach a watered down gospel of ‘we all are good and God is nothing but love’.
No to the contrary, we stand on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What rings true is that God is Love; fact of the matter He is pure love! But in addition to being loving, He is also, just, jealous, incapable of tolerating sin. He’s also, our provider, guidance on the road of life, and our ultimate template for the manner in which we live. God in fact is all of this and more.
But I digress. Perhaps we’ll come back to this later one but what triggered in my mind and is the inspiration for this article was directly from the scripture our sermon opened with this morning.
Ephesians 5:8 (NKJV)
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
What I focused in on was the point that pastor was making that we were not ‘in the darkness’ but rather ‘we are the darkness’. Furthermore, because of God’s miraculous intervention we have become “Light in the Lord”! Transformed as it were from darkness to light.
What God whispered in my minds ear was just how dynamic this transformation was and how it’s related to the physical world as we know it.
Now you might think this way of thinking is way out there but you must consider that Jesus created everything we know in the physical world. So, it would be logical for a being that lived in a spiritual plane of existence to pattern the physical creation based on what was spiritually commonly known to Him.
Based on this I think that the way He created the physical universe would be paralleled in many respects to the spiritual universe. In other words, He would likely use the spiritual realm as a architectural reference for building the physical world.
John 1:1-3 (HCSB)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.
So, what in the physical universe would best represent this condition we were in prior to the application of saving Grace? What would most closest represent our condition of our life before the transformitave power of the Light of God, eradicated the darkness?
The thought hit me; ‘Black Holes’! We existed with the equivalent of a black hole in the heart.
Let’s explore how this analogy plays out and I think it gives us some insight to the spiritual realm it parallels.
Gravitational pull of darkness (sin)
Thus far our understanding of black holes in space there is one outstanding attribute that is associated with the phenomena; because of the intense concentration of matter and the density of a black hole they have a massive gravitational drawing force, which compels mater and energy into its event horizon. The more the black hole is able to consume the more powerful this gravitational field becomes.
Spiritually, outside of the forgiveness of Christ, we have a black hole in our hearts. And like it’s physical counterpart this darkness is dense and draws to itself anything and everything that it can literally consuming it as it approaches the event horizon of sin and despair.
Romans 8:5-9 (HCSB)
For those who live according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit. For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit itself to God’s law, for it is unable to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
James 1:15 (HCSB)
Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.
This darkness is grown out the desires of the flesh. Our fleshly nature is predisposed to yield to the gravitational pull of desire and with every fulfillment the desire to obtain further gratification is compounded.
From a distance there is an ability to pull away from the black hole. However, while there is a capability to resist, without divine intervention there isn’t a willingness to resist. The easiest thing is to allow sin to collapse in on itself compounding and strengthening its hold.
Can a black hole be destroyed?
Mankind has never done it, and to my knowledge there has yet to be an observation of the elimination of a black hole, so all we can go on is theory and speculation.
Hawking Radiation was the first concept that attempted to pose a possibility of destroying a black hole. In this model, black holes would radiate away their mass. There are problems with this theory that can’t seem to find a solution.
Other physicist have formulated theories that might possible neutralize the event horizon of a black hole to view the black hole directly. Even this doesn’t wipe out the black hole in theory but only allows it core to become visible at best. There also are no solid arguments for what the result of doing this (if we could) might be.
Another cosmic phenomena
The astrophysicists have wrestled with the consideration of antimatter in order to explain some of the missing values that they need to total up the mass within the known universe.
A simple definition of ‘antimatter’ is:
In particle physics, antimatter is material composed of antiparticles, which have the same mass as particles of ordinary matter but opposite charges, as well as other particle properties such as lepton and baryon numbers and quantum spin.
In layman terms; antimatter is the opposite of matter in proportion exactly in volume to matters mass.
The current thinking is that matter and antimatter cannot coexist in the same proximity. Furthermore, if they should come into proximity of each other that they effectively will cancel out each other; given equal volume and density.
Therefore, if there were more antimatter present than matter, the matter would be wiped out leaving the remaining antimatter present.
Back to destroying black holes
So the hypothesis that I’m coming up with is, that if one was able to capture and control a sufficient quantity and density of antimatter; then propel that antimatter at black hole, the result would destroy the black hole and if there was sufficient volume and density what would remain subsequent to this event, would be whatever antimatter that had not been utilized to destroy the black hole.
Back to the spiritual black hole
In parallel then when we look at that black hold in our heart and consider this hypothesis in parallel to the physical universe; the fact that the light of God’s love and Grace through Jesus Christ is infinite in every way; when this anti-darkness is propelled at the black hole of sin in our heart it obliterates the darkness and leaves only the light of salvation abiding within.
John 8:12 (HCSB)
Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
John 12:46 (HCSB)
I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me would not remain in darkness.
This isn’t theoretical
1 John 3:8 (HCSB)
The one who commits sin is of the Devil, for the Devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the Devil’s works. (Sin and darkness)
While these things we are talking about are currently mostly theoretical in the physical universe. The spiritual side of this equation is not. No, not at all! Matter of fact, God demonstrates this and it is observable daily in the lives that are changed when a Holy God full of the light of His Grace and Love impacts the human heart. It is exemplified in the altered behavior of the forgiven and shown clearly in the testimony of the redeemed.
John 1:4-5 (HCSB)
Life was in Him (Jesus), and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.
1 John 1:5 (HCSB)
Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.
Colossians 1:13 (HCSB)
He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.
There is often heard talk about a ‘God hole’ in the soul of man. A missing component to fulfillment in the purpose of being.
That hole is the spiritual equivalent of a black hole in the heart of man. A hole that will continue to feast upon the soul of man until it is in fact consumed in death. Eternal death! Death that endures beyond time, and is filled with torment and separation from the creator of life. Unless, there is a power that is greater and as counter to that darkness that it is overwhelmed as it comes in proximity of the event horizon of that sin and darkness.
Today is the day that the light can extinguish the darkness and eliminate that void inside. I’m not going to call it anti-matter because it matters a great deal. It is the difference between life forever in the arms of God or eternal separations from Him in darkness and death. When the light of the world breaches the event horizon of the black hole in your heart.