Bubble Boy

 

Background: I started accumulating evidence by putting a check mark in the margin beside any bible verse that indicated God was directing man’s thoughts. After a while my margins were getting pretty full. To explain this, I came up with what I called my “bubble theory.”

Story: Imagine a tiny bubble inside a much larger bubble. Our world is that tiny bubble. God’s world engulfs us and all other universes. Now, in our world it sure seems like free will reigns. (I conjure up a thought and I act on that thought.) However, I maintain that in God’s world, there are no surprises. God is not reacting and adjusting according to what I decide to do. No, God knows what I’m going to do because it was written in my “script” before the foundations of the world were laid.

    This Bubble Theory was put to the test when I had a colonoscopy a few years ago. What a weird experience! I spent the prior day drinking a gallon of flavored water laced with an entire bottle of laxative. By the time they’re scoping me I’m 10 pounds lighter. But the strangest part was Ativan, the drug I was given to become relaxed. I could swear I was out cold for the entire procedure. Truth be told, I was awake so they could ask me questions! Yet I have no memory. The last thing I remember, everything was going black.

    As I reflected on that bizarre event (being two excised polyps lighter), a lightbulb turned on. We who inhabit Bubble #1 swear we’ve got free will. (“Yes, your honor, I was asleep.”) But those who inhabit Bubble #2 see the “script” and know that we’re only being faithful to those lines. (“What? I was awake the whole time? You’re kidding!”)


    Let me pose a couple questions. How thick is the Book of Life? Did Jesus die for generic categories of sin or did he die for specific sins?

    Let me suggest that the Book of Life is very thick. It contains every thought that enters our mind. It was written before we were born. The Book of Life is the very “script” from which our life story flows, second by second. (On another planet, whose life forms Jesus died for too, perhaps our Book of Life will be incorporated into part of their scripture. Will we be a Saul or a David?)

    Let me also suggest that Jesus died for every sin we were to commit–each and every sin as detailed, in advance, in the Book of (Our) Life.

    I can already hear a chorus of protests. “We’re only robots!” “How can it be love if we’re only doing what we were programmed to do? Love isn’t love if it’s not a choice we consciously make.” “Hey, this seems like Calvinism.”

    Let me introduce a fundamental law of the Universe, inspired by quantum physic’s Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. I call it Solomon’s Uncertainty Principle (SUP), named after the world’s most intelligent man. Well, Heisenberg wasn’t any slouch either. His law basically says you can only know one bit of information about a subatomic particle in motion. You can either measure its velocity or its position. One or the other but never both.

    SUP says you can know what’s going on in Bubble #1 or Bubble #2 but never both at the same time. To say it differently, we can only live in one bubble or the other. Our reality is either #1 or 2. One is commonly occupied when we consist of flesh and blood. The other is inhabited when we’ve shed our mortal coil and have assumed a body of light.

    Paul is the only person to have entered Bubble #2 with a mortal body and then return to earth to tell about it. Clearly, his indirect reference makes it clear he was not to relay any information about what he heard and saw. (The Apostle John had a vision that became the book of Revelation. That’s not the same as being physically transported to heaven, piercing the firmament that separates earth and heaven.)

    We who presently reside here in Bubble #1 are convinced we’ve got free will. Fortunately the bible gives us a close-up view of Bubble #2. Only because of what the bible reveals can we say with certainty that God has a Book of (Our) Life for every soul. Every thought directing every moment of our existence has been recorded before time began. This makes no logical sense inside Bubble #1.


    Here’s a small sampling of texts that reveal these two bubbles.


  1. God tells Moses in advance that he will “harden (Pharoah’s) heart so that he will not let the people go.” (Exodus 4:21) Of course that’s what happened. To Pharoah, such a thought wasn’t unreasonable. It didn’t thrust itself out of nowhere into his brain. It naturally flowed from what he had thought prior. Pharoah would vehemently deny his response was originating from the courts of God. He’d be insulted. (He’d probably then accuse me of being a Calvinist, whatever that is.)

  2. The actual “Book of (Pharoah) Life” “script” is quoted in Exodus 14:3 with this thought itself: “The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.”

  3. God says “I will send my terror ahead of you” in Exodus 23:27.

  4. “No one will covet your land,” God assures the Israelites in Exodus 34:24. God drained the desire out of otherwise covetous nations surrounding Israel. Suddenly they’d be preoccupied with something else. It would seem reasonable at the moment. No Philistine would be grabbing their heads and screaming “I’m possessed! I’m going crazy! This is such a bizarre, contrary thought I just got.”

  5. Leviticus 26:36 says ”I will make their hearts so fearful...”

  6. Moses’ job in Numbers 20:8-12 was to primarily give a foretaste of the big “script,” water being further down the list. That script being, how believers are to relate to Jesus. (We are to hear from God, then ask in faith, believing Jesus the Rock will deliver.) When Moses depicted the script incorrectly by adding works (striking the rock with his staff and working up a sweat), he set in motion a bad model everyone has imitated ever since. It is a prophet’s responsibility and privilege to translate the script without error.

  7. King Sihon’s heart was made “obstinate” and his spirit “stubborn” by God in Deuteronomy 2:30.

  8. God turns our ears on and off. Deuteronomy 4:36

  9. Deuteronomy 8:17 expresses the point of view of Bubble #1 residents. The next verse expresses the point of view of Bubble #2 residents. We are asked not to forget this fundamental landscape.

  10. “He will drive out your enemy before you, saying,‘Destroy him!’” Deuteronomy 33:27 summarizes God’s role and our role inside Bubble #1.

  11. The same concept is seen in Joshua 10:10. “The Lord threw them into confusion before Israel, who defeated them...”

  12. “For it was the Lord himself who hardened their hearts to wage war against Israel...” Joshua 11:20

  13. “...the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.” Joshua 14:12 illustrates the necessary tension generated by faith. Knowing the script without faith can lead to presumption and complacency. Solomon’s great intellect peered at the script, though darkly. He became depressed and consumed with the occult in his later years.

  14. “I will lure Sisera...and give him into your hands.” Judges 4:7

  15. “The Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords.” Judges 7:22

  16. “God sent an evil spirit...” Judges 9:23  All forces are under God’s control and at his disposal to make the script come alive.

  17. Rules God establishes in Bubble #1 are overridden from time to time. The Israelites were not to mingle with the Philistines. However, in Judges 14:4 Samson’s “wrong” request to marry a Philistine is properly framed. “”His parents did not know that this was from the Lord, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines...”

  18. “...the Lord enabled her to conceive...” Ruth 4:13

  19. “...the Lord had closed her womb.” 1 Samuel 1:5  God is the Great Director, running the show from Bubble #2.

  20. “His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the Lord’s will to put them to death.” 1 Samuel 2:25  God had switched off their brain’s ability to hear advice that would otherwise have saved them.

  21. In the blink of an eye! “As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart...” 1 Samuel 10:9

  22. Men sent from Saul, bent on killing David, were overcome like little children when “...the Spirit of God came upon Saul’s men and they also prophesied.” Not once but four times! 1 Samuel 19:19-24

  23. The parallel universes and branching nature of the script are dramatically illustrated in 1 Samuel 23:7-13 when David employs the digital (yes or no, plus or minus, zero or one) ephod. In one universe, David’s analogue remains in Keilah and suffers the consequences. In the other universe, he leaves town.

  24. David understood the dynamics of the Bubble better than anyone. The Psalms reflect this, for example, “You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet.” (18:39) So does 1 Samuel 25:33 where David realizes that Abigail was sent from God to keep him “from avenging myself with my own hands.” Bubble #2 always wins.

  25. “...the Lord had put them into a deep sleep.” 1 Samuel 26:12

  26. “For the Lord has determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel...” 2 Samuel 17:14

  27. This one makes your brain explode. 2 Samuel 24:1 has God directing David to do the wrong thing, which he later gets punished for! “Again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, “Go and take a census of Israel and Judah.” But David knew the rules of the bubbles. To blame God was unthinkable.

  28. Solomon too understood bubble dynamics. 1 King 9:58 has Solomon praying “May (God) turn our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways...”

  29. “...the Lord raised up against Solomon an adversary...” 1 Kings 11:14,23

  30. “‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets...’” 1 Kings 22:19-25 gives another sneak peak into the dynamics of Bubble #2 as spirits conspire to change Bubble #1. With the snap of a finger everyone starts lying.

  31. A few verses later, 1 Kings 22:34 illustrates the illusion of randomness and chance in Bubble #1. (Free will is a joke.) God in Bubble #2 had decreed the king’s death. “But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor.” What’s “random” in #1 is “directed” in #2.

  32. 2 Kings 7:6-7 shows the method God used to completely unnerve the enemy. “...the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sounds of chariots and horses and a great army...so they got up and fled...” Sounds from Bubble #2 were supernaturally injected into Bubble #1. Psalm 53:5 says “There they are, in great terror, where there is no terror!”

  33. “So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and for a long time he kept them under the power of Hazael king of Aram...” In 2 Kings 13:3 God was controlling Hazael’s will to dominate.

  34. “...they did not worship the Lord; so he sent lions among them and they killed some of the people.” 2 Kings 17:25  God even controls the will of animals residing in Bubble #1.

  35. God reveals another method of interfering with Bubble #1 in 2 Kings 19:7, speaking of an enemy about to invade Jerusalem. “Listen! I am going to put such a spirit in him that when he hears a certain report, he will return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with the sword.” A few verses later, verse 25, God reveals that Hezekiah’s script was written in his Book of Life before time began. “Long ago I ordained it. In days of old I planned it...”

  36. “So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria...” 1 Chronicles 6:26

  37. Again, we see David as one of only a minority who understands the interplay between the two bubbles. “He said, ‘As water breaks out, God has broken out against my enemies by my hand.’” 1 Chronicles 14:11

  38. “...the Lord made all the nations fear (David).” 1 Chronicles 14:17

  39. Solomon’s mind makes a mess out of the #1, #2 relationship by eventually exploiting the door first opened by Satan in the Garden of Eden. After all, it was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that was eaten. God maps out the B & B relationship early on in 1 Chronicles 28:9– “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts.”

  40. Solomon writes some proverbs expanding this notion. “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (16:9) “The Lord works out everything for his own ends...” (16:4) “To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue.” (16:1) Somewhere between the heart, whose yearnings we’re unaware of, and the brain that we want to believe we’re “aware” of, God hijacks the action. What is actually expressed is the script that resides in Bubble #2. The proverb that drives the nail in the coffin is 16:33– “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.” What we call “chance” reigns only in Bubble #1.

  41. Just as RNA transcribes the DNA master into actual proteins, so does the heart of man, where the Holy Spirit resides, transcribe God’s word found in his Book of Life. “...you alone know the hearts of men...” 2 Chronicles 6:30

  42. “So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from God, to fulfill the word the Lord had spoken to Jeroboam...” 2 Chronicles 10:15

  43. “So they turned to attack him, but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him. God drew them away from him...” 2 Chronicles 18:31

  44. “...the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind...” 2 Chronicles 30:12

  45. “...the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation...” 2 Chronicles 36:22

  46. “...the Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria...” Ezra 6:22

  47. “When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work.” Nehemiah 4:15

  48. “So my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles...” Nehemiah 7:5

  49. “The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth...” Psalm 58:3

  50. “Direct my footsteps according to your word.” Psalm 119:133

  51. “You perceive my thoughts from afar...before a word is on my tongue you know it completely...” Psalm 139:2,4

  52. “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16

  53. “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?” Proverbs 20:24

  54. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord. He directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.” Proverbs 21:1

  55. “...the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands...” Ecclesiastes 9:1

  56. “All that we have accomplished you have done for us.” Isaiah 26:12

  57. “Why, O Lord, do you make us wander from your ways and harden our hearts so we do not revere you?” Isaiah 63:17

  58. “He will come and attack Egypt, bringing death to those destined for death, captivity to those destined for captivity, and the sword to those destined for the sword.” Jeremiah 43:11

  59. “Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?” Lamentations 3:37

  60. “And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees...” Ezekiel 36:27

  61. “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. You will say, ‘I will invade a land...’” Ezekiel 38:10,11

  62. “He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth.” Daniel 4:35

  63. “But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.” Daniel 5:23

  64. “‘On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness’, declares the Lord.” Zechariah 12:4

Comments: That’s just a small sample from the Old Testament. In the New Testament the script is in your face. For example, the way Jesus choreographs and directs his final days would be hilarious if it wasn’t regarding his death. If anyone knows his script, it’s Jesus, the chief resident of Bubble #2!

    For example, only one specific day would he allow the crowds to recognize him as King, thus fulfilling the prophecy in Daniel 9:24-27 which announces the exact time 173,880 days earlier. He tells his disciples in Luke 22 to meet a stranger who had already prepared a room...for no apparent reason (just as the cook knew not why in 1 Samuel 9:23-24). He tells, no, he commands Judas to report him to the authorities in John 13:27, even though those same authorities did not want to arrest Jesus during a crowded feast day such as Passover. God injects a dream into Pilate’s wife’s brain, as a warning. When Jesus hung on the Cross, he instinctively followed the script of Psalm 22 written 1000 years earlier.

    Paul blows the lid off the bubble in Ephesians. “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world...in love he predestined us to be adopted...having been predestined according to the plan...created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

    The bible is 100% prophetic in nature, obviously revealing Jesus’ life while more subtly revealing my own life.  Verses points forward in time as well as backward (see my clothesline theory), revealing the script for Jesus’ life from eternity past to eternity future. The picture that emerges is not one of God reacting to events, then coming up with a Plan B. There’s only Plan A.

    However, God is gracious and uses language that suggests “free will” on this side of the firmament. Thus we are asked to “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve...” (Joshua 24:15) We see God seemingly limited in his knowledge in Genesis 18:20-21. Jesus tells us in Luke 9:23 “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” That requires a constant awareness of the choices before us. Preordained, yes, but to us they are blind “choices” with the power to overcome found at the Cross.

    Our post-Fall brains cannot handle the paradox of two bubbles. Even Chuck Missler, one of this century’s great bible teachers, makes a fascinating observation about the pillars of the Temple but misses the obvious. Chuck points out that these two pillars, Jachin (“He will establish”) and Boaz (“In strength”), symbolize man’s will while the Temple itself models man’s body, soul and spirit. That’s true. But what he doesn’t say and I find humorous is that the pillars don’t hold up anything! So much for man’s “will”... imposing but impotent.

    Satan’s counterfeit to the heavenly script may be astrology, at least the form practiced in the West. Personality traits and life histories are said to be determined from birth, depending on sun, moon and planetary alignments.

   

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