Plan A

I have said before that the cross of Jesus Christ was plan A from the beginning.  What does that mean?

Here, I propose a theory.  Not a dogma or doctrine or theological fact but a theory.  You ever watch that movie “Dogma” by Kevin Smith?  Rufus says, “I think it’s better to have ideas. You can change an idea. Changing a belief is trickier…”  Not that I don’t believe in anything but some things I don’t keep so close to the chest.  Anyways, I have an idea about what it means for Jesus to be “slain from the foundation of the world.”

So, where does it say that anyway?  In Revelation 13.8, it says, “All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.”  It is also said in I Peter 1:18-20, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.”

Now, I’m a sci-fi/fantasy fanatic and I sometimes view the Bible that way.  Not as fiction but as a true story with incredible, fantastic events that science can’t explain.  So I sometimes apply sci-fi/fantasy tropes to the Bible.  One of those tropes is the idea of dimensions outside of the four we know (length, width, height, and time).  Another trope is that those dimensions bleed into our own.  With that, is also the idea of parallel universes.  It is the idea of another world occupying the same space as our own but somehow “out of phase”.  So, I sometimes see myself thinking of Heaven as a place with many more dimensions than the ones we’re used to and occupying the same space as our own world. This idea makes certain verses read an interesting way.  For example, the Lord’s Prayer.  It says, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”  This gives the idea that whatever happens in Heaven filters “down” to Earth.  It is that same idea of parallel universes bleeding into each other.

Here’s another passage.  It is Galatians 4:21-26.  It says,

Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.

These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.

Here we have the idea that there are two Jerusalems.  One is “above” and one is “below”.  One is a shadow of the other.  Also, we have the idea Hagar and Sarah (Ishmael and Isaac) were shadows of the old and new covenants which were both handed down from God.  So we have heavenly reality bleeding into our own.  The two realities are not separate entities.  It just looks that way to fallen man.  We can pull things out of one reality into the other.  We can freely take healings, breaththroughs, gemstones, feathers, etc from one reality to another.  We have that authority in Christ.  “On Earth as it is in Heaven”…

So what does this mean for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ?  It was a heavenly reality bleeding into our own.  Jesus was slain before the foundation of the world.  Before the world was made, Jesus suffered for our sins.  This event was so powerful that it bled through into our reality in the person of Jesus Christ.  Something so powerful happened in Heaven that it bled through and created this person that was fully God and fully man in our reality.  Events kept bleeding through that resulted in the death and resurrection of this person.  Again, this heavenly event was so powerful that when it bled through, it destroyed the laws of entropy (death) in our reality.  This caused the torn body of Jesus to come back together and come out of the grave.

Because these laws were destroyed, we can restore what has been lost.  We can raise the dead, heal the sick, lift up the poor.  We can spirit travel, bi-locate, or even fly.  Nothing is lacking anymore.

Am I right about this?  Probably not.  But it’s a good idea.  And I think that, at least sometimes, God likes our good ideas.

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Wild Mass Guessing

I have what I call a “fan theory” about the Bible.  You hear about fan theories about shows like LOST or Doctor Who.  They are theories that the creator knows won’t happen in canon*.  If you peruse tvtropes.org, most shows, books, movies, etc have a section called Wild Mass Guessing where the craziest of these theories go.  (Spoiler Alert: Everybody’s a time lord.)  Why do I call what I’m going to write a Wild Mass Guess?  Because I don’t hold it as solid doctrine or theology.  But if I was making The BIble: The Movie(tm) I would include it.

*This does not refer to biblical canon.  The word canon is used for any official work relating to a tv show, book, movie, comic, etc. Sometimes “canon” can refer to some or all of the above.

So here it is.  In Genesis 8, Noah and his family are holed up in the ark waiting for the water to recede from the flood.  He sends out a raven and it just flies around.  He also sends out a dove.  But because the water hadn’t receded it came back to the ark.  A week later, he sends it out again.  It comes back with an olive leaf in its beak.  So the tops of the trees were beginning to peak through.  Another week later, he sends it out again and it doesn’t come back.

Question: Where did the dove land?  The Bible doesn’t mention finding the dove again when they eventually hit dry land.  Here is my theory.  In all four gospels, Jesus gets baptized.  The short version is that John is baptizing people in the river for the repentance of sins.  Jesus comes along and asks to be baptized.  John complies.  When Jesus gets up out of the water, the Holy Spirit like a dove, comes out of the sky and rests on him.  So my fan theory is that these two doves are one and the same.  The dove is mystically transported through time and finds its resting place on Jesus shoulder, the solid rock.

I think that is a wonderful picture. Imagine Jesus rising out of the water just as land must have risen out of the flood waters. The Earth under a baptism of water just as Jesus is baptised in water. The etymology of the word “baptism” was a reference to pickling. You take a cucumber and soak it in vinegar for a little bit and it becomes a pickle. The nature of the cucumber is fundamentally altered.

The flood itself was a baptism in that sense as well. The Earth was covered in millions of tons of water. If you know anything about oceans, you know that you don’t have to go down very deep to sense a great change in pressure. Deep sea divers have many procedures that need to be followed before and after diving to ensure that they don’t become very, very ill or even die. And we haven’t even gone very deep into the oceans! Imagine the Earth covered in very deep waters. The pressure on the Earth’s surface must have been astronomical!!! Imagine how the entire geography must have changed. Whether there was one continent or many, Noah’s maps would have been useless. I also imagine this would have caused enormous seismic activity. See it in your mind. Mountains made low and valleys made high. Forests are washed away. Deserts are seeded.

Both baptisms were in relation to repentance. In Genesis 6, God announces that he has “repented” of making man because of their violence. In the Gospels, John is baptizing people and saying, “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!”

When going through a flood of our own, when the geography of our life is being shifted and remolded, we only have one resting place and that is Jesus.