Saturday, June 16, 2012

Time, Relativity and The Gospel

I know little of the mathematical nature of Einstein's theory of relativity, but I believe to God much of it is not a theory, it is practical way God does important things.
For example, my head spins when I try to comprehend the time and space inversion component of the theory of relativity. However, I see that component clearly in God's realm.
For example, look at Facsimile No. 2, the Figure one explanation from the Book of Abraham and you find this startling material: "Kolob, signifying the first creation, nearest to the Celestial, or the residence of God. First in government, the last pertaining to the measurement of time.The measurement according to celestial time, which CELESTIAL TIME SIGNIFIES ONE DAY TO A CUBIT. One day in Kolob is equal to a thousand years, according to the measurement of this earth ..."
Interchanging a day (time) with a cubit (physical measurement)  is time/space inversion. (And this scripture was written long before Einstein came alone.)
To God then, does time becomes a short physical measurement -- one step or less?
Perhaps.
Also, the above verse states one day in Kolob equals a thousand years on earth.
Does that mean that the theory of relativity's time dilation effect is used by God to better serve his purposes? Does it mean that no one in the Pre-Earth life waits more more than a week to be born, because time is moving faster on Earth?
If so, I perhaps waited just over 30 minutes in the Celestial realm to be born after my mother was born.



If Kolob is traveling near the speed of light, time moves much more slowly there than on Earth. Thus, our earthly test can be done in a fraction of time and it is not just h
--Now I'm certainly not the first LDS Church member, or leader to touch on relativity and the gospel, just one of the more passionate on the subject.
The book, "Science and Mormonism" did.
Also, the church's last general patriarch, Emeritus Patriarch Eldred G. Smith, talked about time dilation and and our time in mortality in his April 1966 General Conference talk, "Can You Abide Two Hours?" (Improvement Era, June 1966, pp. 512-513.
-If you would like to read Patriarch Smith's talk, go to:
http://scriptures.byu.edu/gettalk.php?ID=1461
(-NOTE: This kind of material in the Book of Abraham --plus its feel of being "scripture" -- make any dispute/debate on the Book of Abraham's origin meaningless to myself. The proof of divinity is in its content!)





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  1. Indeed. I came to similar conclusions independently, without hearing anyone else mention. A website called bookofabraham said Newtonian physics was in it and thus it was Joseph Smith's imagination. That's some imagination to be able to predict the expansion of the verse and the creation of space time from reading Genesis, as well as superseding Einstein's special theory of relativity.

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