As I said on Twitter, I do my best thinking in the shower. But I usually take baths. Anyway, today I was in the shower and I was mulling over the one verse in the Bible that always gives me trouble when it comes to Calvinism. If you wanna read more, jump on in. If not, well, who can blame you?
I am not a Calvinist. Old, new, Tulip or TTulip or whatever the latest catchphrasey twist is. In my way of thinking Calvinism is what happens when you let a Frenchman get ahold of theosophy. While it has its delicious mix of flavours and a memorable aroma it is also a snooty, pretentious, overdecorated mess.
My issue with Calvinism can be boiled down to one point. It is a theosophy of arrogance. It presumes that there are those who are always meant for God and Heaven (The Elect) and those who are basically garbage strewn through the path of life. (The UnElect, The UnWashed, whatever they call them now.) The more gently-minded practitioners of this way maintain that we should be nice to everyone because we don’t know who is and who isn’t elect. The more cut-throat Calvinists just take a firm Us Vs. Them stance that rankles.
A lot of this happens because of the verse in the Bible that reads
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers
I admit that verse causes me a bit of wondering. Because it just doesn’t fit with the rest of the picture of God in the Christian Testament if you put the Calvinist spin on it. Everywhere else we see the great good news of sacrifice bringing salvation to all men. And this verse seems to say “You there! Not so fast, buddy.”
On a partially related note I’ve been doing some reading on quantum physics theories of time travel. And so as I stood there sudsing up my hair with Aussie I thought of the Minkowski Cube. The shortest description I can give here is that the theory is that when a person’s entire life is viewed from a non-linear internal position–outside of time in what is the Fourth Dimension— it forms a cube where you can see the timeless element move through the three restrictive dimensions of linear time.
As a Christian and a philosophy student it is my studied belief that when the Bible talks about God making humans in God’s image that refers not to our three-dimensional earth-bound bodies at all. Rather it refers to our soul, which in what is best described ‘Quantum Christianity*’, is the vehicle our consciousness uses to move through that fourth dimension. With those presuppositions I would propose the following syllogism to refute the Calvinist doctrine of Election.
1. God created every human in God’s image. That image is the eternal soul.
2. The eternal soul exists in the fourth dimension and is not constrained to time, although the body it resides in during ‘life’ is.
3. Since God exists in the fourth dimension (and dimensions beyond), then God sees people as they exist in the fourth dimension. It is this vision we call “foreknowledge” because God knows the sum total of a person’s cubed existence in the realms outside of time.
4. All humans have souls and exist in the fourth dimension.
5. God foreknew everyone. So everyone is, in that sense, Elect.
Now of course that means that I’m doing all kinds of other thinking about what this means in terms of time travel, which is impossible in a physical body because the physical body is what anchors the fourth dimension unit to the linear three dimensions.
Why am I worrying about this instead of playing Farmville? I have no idea. Probably that novel deadline looming.