Within The Balloon
When I first began to ponder
deep thoughts about life such as my own being, the universe,
infinity, God, light, darkness, et all, I was in awe that life could
even possibly exist.
much more convenient to deny the existence of life than try to
understand and explain it, I concluded that life itself was
impossible and therefore could not exist. Obvious evidence to the
contrary confounded me.
Life does exist
and does so in wonderful inexplicable bounty.
confront us. Logical thinking cannot conceive the immensity of the
universe nor how and why it is that life exists.
attempt to argue that nothing exists and this is all illusion. If
illusion, than I must exist in order to perceive the illusion.
Hmmm... For sake of argument, if it were logical to conclude that
“nothing” does actually exist, it is therefore also easily
argued that the “opposite” of “nothing” could also exist.
If correct in
assuming that an opposite of absolute “nothing” could exist, then
the logical opposite of absolute “nothing” would have to be
absolutely “everything” and it would therefore be perfect.
Bingo! For the
moment, this argument satisfied the logic my mind required so as to
comprehend the existence of life and infinity.
"Once Again" Al Penney 1971
and conclusions re: Light and Dark
The Bible says “God is light
and in Him there is no darkness.” Huh? What about night? What
about evil? What about Satan? Doesn’t sound like pure light to
me. How did THAT happen? If God indeed is all light then where did
darkness come from? How can light and darkness coexist?
Deep at the core
of its ultimate source, light is 100% pure. Imagine a balloon
shaped ball of light. For the sake of my example, let us assume
each square millimeter of the balloon is composed of one million
balloon so that it expands uniformly one zillion times its original
size. One square millimeter composed of the million balloon
molecules is now enlarged one zillion times. Enlarged to such
enormous degree, each balloon molecule is now apparently a separate
molecule suspended as it were in space.
examination reveals individual atoms, even the electrons, neutrons,
protons, and subatomic particles that comprise each atom of the
balloon molecules. Your friendly neighborhood nuclear
physicist will tell you that there is more space within an atom than
there is substance.
Now imagine that
my balloon shaped ball of light is God’s pure light. When deflated,
it appears to be solid pure light, no space, no darkness.
Expand it to
fill an infinite universe. As it expands to fill space, distance
increases between each individual component illuminating “molecule”
yielding a multitude of individual sources of light.
gigantic molecule is seen to be a dense cluster of proportionately
huge atoms. Consider each molecule to be a universe, each atom a
galaxy, and each atomic particle a star. All blazing light sources
suspended in space.
Back to earth now…
Light a candle in a totally
dark room. I know about dark rooms. As a photographer
developing film, the room had to be completely totally dark because
even the tiniest pinhole emitting light would fog the film.
Remember film camera back in the day could make photographs in one
thousandth of a second.
How much of the room is illuminated
when the candle is lit?
Even the small
candle flame will illuminate an entire room. Though to the human
eye, it isn’t very bright, light radiates from the candle flame at
186,000 miles per second in all directions perfectly filling the
The potential of
darkness was always present. When light is condensed to the size of
the original balloon shaped ball, darkness is not apparent.
Space looks dark
but it is actually filled with light. You have seen photographs of
the space shuttle orbiting earth. Though floating in dark space it
is illuminated by the light of our sun and other stars either
directly or by the light reflected off the earth or moon.
The moon appears
bright in the night sky yet it generates no light of its own. It is
illuminated by light from the sun. Photographers know that to
photograph of the moon, the correct exposure is the same as if
photographing a subject on earth illuminated by the sun in broad
daylight at high noon. The moon is illuminated by our sun just as is the
permeates a dark universe. It is visible only when reflected off
another surface or when observing the actual light source.
Why did the
original source of all light expand to the point of disintegrating
into infinite space?
vacuum of a light bulb a small filament glows when electricity flows
through it creating heat and it becomes incandescent. Imagine a single
light bulb with many individual filaments. Each filament
contributes equally to the total light emanating from the bulb.
Were one of the
filaments disconnected from the electricity powering the bulb, that
filament would no longer produce light. Rather than being a source
of light it would instead now cast a shadow where once light had
Deep in the
beginning, before time began, at the core of pure light in God’s heaven,
Lucifer was an illuminating angel. Lucifer chose to turn his back
on God enviously seeking his own throne in the universe so as to be like the
Most High God. The very instant Lucifer turned, he was
simultaneously repelled from God’s immediate presence and the power
to the filament that once was Lucifer was cut off. .
Prior to the
Lucifer rebellion, light is perfectly seamlessly integrated
throughout space. The single act of Lucifer’s rebellion cast a
shadow of darkness throughout God’s universe of light.
was the first of the three great "falls" of cosmic significance.
Fully aware of
events necessary to restore the breach of heaven and possible
contamination of His entire cosmos, God permitted his creation to
inhabit three dimensions within infinity, confined by a defined
beginning and a determined end called time. He allowed His
expression of life to manifest in a realm to which it had never
before been restricted.
universe is, for a defined period of time, concentrated to three
dimensions of dense matter. Here on earth, Lucifer's activities were
confined so as to not infect the higher heavenly dimensions from
which he fell.
It is on earth
that Lucifer, now called Satan, will be exposed as the Prince of Darkness and enemy of
God, and where he will be tried in the court of ultimate justice by
the one true living God with a jury of those made in His image and
By allowing the
expansion of His pure light universe into three dimensions, God was
able to maintain His limitless expression while simultaneously
protecting heaven against the shadow of darkness cast by the
rebellion of Lucifer.
Once free to
extend form limitlessly, life fell to the boundary of three
dimensional space and time. The myriad life of God’s infinite
expression became limited to material form on earth in 3 dimensions subject to the passage
In order for
time to pass there must be a beginning and an end.
This began the
cycle of life and death, beginning and end. All die and return to
basic matter from which life springs anew over and over. The cycle
of life to death, returning once animated form to fertile soil
supporting new life speaks to the world of God’s eternal life.
Nothing can stop God’s expression of life.
forms of the miniscule elements of God’s infinite expression became
manifest in dense matter. Amoebic entities strive against finite
material obstacles whereas they once lived freely in eternal
insects, sea creatures, all animals, and man, express God’s
unlimited infinitely complex diversity.
Weeping Atlas Cedars, they just want to grow, grow and grow…”
Plant life with
pollen and seed though confined by physical cloak, live, showing
forth God’s unlimited bounty despite their dense new world.
forth to bask in sun light. Dancing leaves sway in unison straining
to follow the sun’s daily arc. Chlorophyll flows slowly through
branch and stem. Carbon Dioxide, toxic to man nourishes the plant
kingdom. In return they give Oxygen to fill the atmosphere. Death
yields life. All evidence of God’s providence.
The life giving
veil of earth’s atmosphere has it’s origin in the very ethers of
God’s heavenly kingdom where it is not limited to one planet in a
dark, lonely, and inhospitable universe. One can only speculate about the
heavenly origin of such life forms. To what intricate miniscule
detail do the thoughts of God extend?
In the Garden of
Eden, God gave the skins of animals to be Adam’s helper covering his
sin later to accept the blood of bulls and goats as temporary
evidence of the sacrificial death His Son would one day gracously bestow upon
God created all
life for His man to enjoy. The very existence of life is the
manifestation of God’s grace and love. All life in this world owes
it’s origin to heavenly roots buried deep in the infinite past
intended to bring life to God’s man in the dense suffering world as
time past allowing man to procreate and populate the earth. This to
ultimately bring into heaven that many more souls than the fallen
angels lost when Lucifer deceived fully one third of the heavenly
God’s great love
held back His ultimate judgment of sin until the fullness of time
when this episode of His great drama will close forever and we are
lifted out of the bounds of dense mortal flesh destined to be raised
to our heavenly estate.
God was thus
also able to show forth His great mercy to mankind and all life by
sustaining His life creation beyond the safety and protection of
it’s heavenly origin.
It was through
this first fall that God demonstrated His mercy to all the possible
universe for all time and eternity. His free expression not limited by
time nor space, as He chooses to manifest His creation, space infinitely
expanded to accommodate whatever was necessary. There is no
boundary to His infinite expression.
expression prior to Lucifer’s rebellion, heaven was intact, perfect,
without limitation. Expelling Lucifer into the previously
uninhabited outer darkness was the first cause of a cascading series
of falls that would echo throughout eternity. First the rebellion
in heaven, then in the Garden of Eden, then the great
The long shadow
of darkness cast by the breach of heaven is evident by night when
there formerly was eternal day, the sleep that befell Adam when God
separated the one making two male and female, Paul’s blindness on
the road to Damascus when he beheld Jesus and was given the
revelation of God’s grace, and ultimately by the time Jesus suffered
and died on the cross to fulfill the requirement of justice as
propitiation for the sin of God’s man.
The fall of
Lucifer opened up the “basement” of the universe.
is 100% pure light. The slightest darkness would contaminate
heaven. When Lucifer turned, he was simultaneously expelled from
God’s immediate presence by his own action thus opening up a
dimension of existence never before inhabited.
creation on earth exist things not originally intended to be seen.
Here man travels to the moon and planets in spaceships to find only
rocks devoid of life. Man gazes at the wondrous heavens and sees
only “bare bones… the beams and rafters”, the most base expression
of God’s heaven.
When you see the
inward parts of the human body there is a natural repulsion. There
is intrinsic beauty in the perfection of the function of the inward
body parts to be sure. But it was not meant to be seen. The human
body is beautifully veiled by the flesh. It is sealed to the eye.
When cut open by necessity or accident and the inward parts
revealed, it is abhorrent to the eye and usually associated with
So too with the
universe. What we are able to behold with the eye and physical
senses is limited to what may be seen. We find outside the earth
cold inhospitable gaseous worlds of molten and solid rock and
atmospheres poisonous to life. Nothing
like the life giving organic interdependent ecosystem environment of the world we call earth
perfectly situated in orbit around the star we call sun.
waters also bring about death and destruction.
“Blue are the
life giving waters taken for granted. They quietly understand”.
distilled to three dimensions of dense matter, the “great waters of
the deep” were contained below earth’s surface and in much greater
measure than found today in the upper atmosphere. The water necessary
to sustain life in the first fallen world came from within the
earth. As in all seeds, the life is contained within. So to with
the original earth.
Life on earth
before the great flood differed from what man knows today. Today's mountains had
not yet formed. Huge, lush gardens of unimaginable proportion
covered the planet. The world then was frothing with life forms
great and small in enormous population. Monstrous reptiles thrived
multiple century life spans. Generous vegetative provision was
easily available to all. There was no lack.
empowered to rule this antediluvian world and commanded to be
fruitful and multiply. Yet a far cry from the heavenly estate from
which this world was modeled, man and beast lived a life of
incomparable ease without the near threat of death the world of
remains of pre-flood life as evidence speak of a world
so densely populated by life it defies comparison to this world.
Immense fossil beds unearthed are
but a chance glimpse into the world that once existed here. Surely
beneath the mountains, soil, and seas of today’s world remain the
vast majority of fossil evidence of the great thriving world that
and free, Adam and Eve lived a life unimaginable to us. They lived
without labor as their needs were met instantly and abundantly by
the thriving natural surrounds of the pristine garden. Fruits and
vegetables were continuously and abundantly available perhaps without
unknown. Life and time was an endless continuum without care or
concern. Lovemaking was as commonplace as breathing. If Adam and
Eve had knowledge of life prior to the three dimension earth
experience we do not know. What we do know is that the federal head
of the human race succumbed to Satan’s temptation allowing death
through sin to enter the world. That was the second "fall".
on earth was intended to exist in perpetuity as it does in God’s
eternal Spirit. Gradually, life on earth became subject to the
curse of the dark shadow cast by Lucifer’s rebellion. Adam and Eve,
created immortal, succumbed to the effect of sin ultimately dying
before reaching the age of 1,000 years.
born to them now in the travail of a laborious and painful birth.
The garden that once freely yielded its plentiful bounty now
required cultivation by man’s labor. Adam and Eve’s transgression
separated them (and subsequently their progeny) from the immediate
and intimate fellowship with their creator they had formerly
God sought Adam
in the Garden and Adam hid from Him being now conscious of sin.
Once “bone of my bone flesh of my flesh” and the first married
couple subject to problems when Adam blamed "the woman". Their children fought with each other and the
first murder occurred.
having despoiled God’s plan. Now god of this world, Satan brought
only insatiable desire, death, and destruction. Despite God’s master plan,
mankind would suffer the lordship of Satan through thousands of
years of deception.
original, natural creation declined as now sinful mankind
multiplied. Generations populated the earth and sin grew rampantly
to the disappointment of our Creator. The once perfect Garden
became infested with self conscious, egocentric humans seeking their
own misguided wills.
Were man left
unchecked without judgment and consequence, God’s righteousness
would be called into question. God chose to reveal His wrath upon
sin by destroying the evil that so obviously opposed His will.
Our merciful God
sought out a righteous man in Noah to warn of His impending doom.
Noah was instructed to build the ark which would protect his family
and select animals, so that life would endure the wrath intended to
destroy sinful mankind.
The world then
had never experienced rain from the sky. Great waters of the
deep were held in an enormous aquifer below the mantel of the
earth’s crust. The entire ecosystem, physical structure of the
would be transformed in the most cataclysmic change the earth had
Noah and his
sons labored possibly over one hundred years building the largest
manmade structure ever made in those times. Driven by irresistible
spiritual force, Noah and his sons built an immense boat the likes
of which had never before been imagined by the mind of man. Huge
timbers were laid in place according to divine plan. It was in
imposing sight 20 stories tall and 500 feet long.
and populated by male and female of required phylum species, after
Noah and his family entered, the ark
was closed and ready to protect its precious cargo. Soon the earth
would erupt with a historic cataclysm the likes of which had never
been experienced. Not since the first days of creation had the
earth undergone such physical change.
The great waters of the deep held under
pressure by the seamless mantle of the earth’s crust burst forth
through an ever widening crack that would encircle the globe.
Massive earthquakes gave way to the force of life giving waters held
deep below. The rupture of the earth’s surface brought forth huge
fountains of pressurized waters shooting miles into the sky.
fountains of the deep unleashed from unimaginable pressure deep
within the planet shot forth through an enormous breach of the
earth’s crust. Months of cataclysmic upheaval befell the formerly
peaceful planet until the ruptured seam of destruction closed upon
itself leaving huge oceanic mountains and trenches in its wake.
waters of the deep became huge fountains shooting heavenward perhaps
beyond the grip of gravity. Pieces of the earth’s crust may
even have been carried into space some to later return to earth as
meteorites. Known today known as comets, huge amounts of water
coalesced as frozen masses of ice orbiting wildly around the sun.
For the first
time in creation, water poured from the skies flooding the entire
surface of earth. As the water receded the across the planet,
great crevice, canyons, and oceans were formed. The intense rupture of the
earth’s crust left enormous ocean trenches, ridges, mountains, and
new continents in its wake.
first rainbow was God’s sign to man that He would never flood the
flood of Noah’s day was the third great "fall".
The very waters
intended to give life, now brought death to mankind save Noah and
his family. The intolerable willful sin of mankind precipitated
righteous judgment from God.
It is on earth
in three dimensions that God chose to confine Lucifer now called
Satan. For here is where the defining trial, conviction, and
sentence of Lucifer will be held to forever establish the righteous
integrity of God’s Word in the court of justice for all time and
eternity with mankind and all creation as witnesses.
Darkness will be
found guilty and sentenced to eternal confinement in the “basement”
of rocks and bones and from where mankind will one day be lifted
“upstairs” to inhabit the heavens and forever live freely in the
presence of God’s perfect light.
Though veiled by
dense matter for a season, God’s man and His creation exist and
bespeak of His majesty. As sea creatures are suited for life in the
pressure of deep waters, man and creation live confined to three
Praise to His
glory yet pours forth from the innocent of creation awaiting the day
when the sons of God will be revealed. God, the creator of all life
came to the dense world in physical form embodied as Christ Jesus
miraculously born of a virgin. He lived among His man, offering
Himself as the perfect sacrifice to satisfy perfection’s required
punishment for sin so that sinful man could be purified by His death and
live eternally with God in heaven.
The greatest joy
in heaven is the praise of it’s creator, the source of all light,
love, freedom, and power. Praise of our benevolent God, creator of
life is the ultimate expression of faith. All creation praises
Him. Were we to not join in the chorus of praise, the very rocks
would cry out.