|AND WHATEVER YOU DO, WHETHER IN WORD OR DEED, DO IT ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, GIVING THANKS TO GOD THE FATHER THROUGH HIM|
- COLOSSIANS 3:17
I spend most of every day sitting at a computer desk designing robotic vision stations both in hardware using 3D CAD tools and in software using C++ tools. However, God did not design me to sit still very long. I was made to move and Parkour gives me an outlet for my desire to move. At the seasoned age of 35, I began conditioning my body for Parkour, a very demanding physical activity that gives me great pleasure. I visited Primal Fitness in Washington DC to get the basics of movement - jumps, landings, and rolls. Although I have been an athlete all my life (baseball, soccer, football, wrestling, pole vault), it has been an uphill climb to become proficient in "l'art du déplacement", the art of movement.
I am also very interested in expanding our perception of reality, the reality that none of us yet have a complete picture. I understand that our universe contains 3 spatial dimensions and 1 time dimension with which we interact, and at least 6 other dimensions that can be proven mathematically. I also understand that these 10 dimensions have a definitive beginning, approximately 13.73 billion years ago. This was proved and agreed upon by a community of people exponentially more intelligent than me and I am happy to take their word for it.
This all makes me wonder: if the universe is that old and ever expanding, then what is the significance of our 80 to 100 year lifespan? In the cosmic sense, does my life really matter? 80 to 100 years seems like a long time but is that all the time that we have? We're here and gone in a comparative nano-second in terms of the age of the universe. These are the questions that plaque most of us in our quest for significance. And for as many of us as there are, there are competing belief sets ranging from naturalistic to supernaturalistic.
In order to understand our purpose, our reason for existence, we must first understand existence. This is no daunting task. Since there have been people, we have struggled to understand both our own existence, and the existence of the universe itself. Today, we know more than any generation before us. We have greater technology than any generation previous, and we are using it to reveal more and more of the secrets of the universe. However, every door we unlock and open reveals another room with more doors. "The more we learn, the less we know."
So, what can we know for sure? Dr. Hugh Ross, PhD offers some great insight in his newest book "More Than a Theory: A Testable Creation Model". The idea that our time dimension began when our spatial dimensions began begs the question, "what about before that?" As I try to wrap my brain around that, I see God in a whole new light. Now I come face to face with the reality that there is indeed a spiritual component to our physical reality.
- Reasons to Believe
- ...scientists who see synergy between the Bible's teaching on creation and unbiased observations in nature
- More Than a Carpenter - Josh McDowell
- ...a life-changing book about the historically validated man from Nazareth named Jesus