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If you have time, have a look at this YouTube video about how to conceive of the 10th Dimension…

If you do not have time, the gist is that as you climb through the dimensions, we begin to see our own experience of time as just one line or point on a graph which traverses increasingly infinite possibilities about what may have happened had events gone slightly differently, even had the Universe been designed with different physical laws and so on… until we reach the 10th dimension, which contains within a single point every possible Universe that could have been created, and everything that could have possibly ever happened within each, and every possible ultimate consequence of all those. Somewhere within that is us. And at that point, I muse, is God.

Now my first thought on learning all this was that God’s mind is very, very big. He is omniscient, and therefore has all these possibilities contained within Him.

My second thought was, does this help to answer the problem of reconciling God’s omniscience with human free will? The problem basically is that human beings are meant to be free, but if God knows exactly what the future will be, then that suggests that our actions are in some way determined.

Well, even if you just look at 6 dimensions, it suggests that every possible use of yours or others’ Free Will is in a sense determined. So God knows every possible outcome, from every possible event or decision that could happen at any moment of time. He knows of some pathways where a soul is lost, others where a soul is saved. The exact unfolding of which pathway through the 7th dimension we will take is determined by our Free Will exercised in the 4th!

In short, we always have to keep reminding ourselves that God is infinitely bigger than we could possibly imagine! He is a 10-dimensional being, who stepped down into the 4th, in order to influence the 6th, save the 7th, and lead us to glories which exceed even the 10th! Blessed be His Holy Name.

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“The Catholic understanding is that the ultimate Truth is a mystery beyond human expression.”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker, here.

Fr. Dwight goes on to say, however, that God has revealed something of that Truth to us, and that it can be expressed in human language, albeit in a very limited way. The limitation of human language does not mean at the Truth is not objective and real. Consider also this quotation from Dorothy Day…

“Once a priest told us that no one gets up in the pulpit without promulgating a heresy. He was joking, of course, but what I suppose he meant was the Truth was so pure, so holy, that it was hard to emphasize one aspect of the Truth without underestimating another, that we did not see things as a whole, but through a glass darkly, as St. Paul said.”

Servant of God Dorothy Day, The Long Loneliness

But isn’t the Church meant to have all the answers? Don’t Catholics think they know it all? It seems to get more disconcerting as Fr. Dwight continues…

“We believe that God’s Truth is spread out across creation, across the expressions of all human religions and across the entire sweep of history and philosophy and learning and the arts. Catholic Truth is one part of that whole vast Truth–we don’t contend that it includes all Truth–there is still much to be learned and much to be gathered wherever God’s Truth lies it is Catholic Truth and we embrace it.”

Wait, across all religions?? The entire sweep of history?? Doesn’t this sound like the “There are many roads…” idea I criticised in a previous post? No; what is being said here is what the Catholic Church believes about other religions… ie, that they may well contain certain elements of the Truth, but they’re wrong about other things. For example, Islam believes in one God (tick), but it denies that Jesus was the Son of God, and instead hails Muhammad as the great prophet (not tick).

My understanding is that if something is true then it is Catholic, almost by definition. What we believe as Catholics is true, but that doesn’t mean we know everything. As Fr. Dwight states, the Truth has been spread out across all Creation, and it is like the Church is on a mission to go find it & proclaim it. That includes everything from supernatural Theology to the ever-advancing discovery of Physics.

But even if we found everything there is to find in all Creation, it would still not be the whole Truth. Why? Because the Universe, and our lives, are finite. God, and therefore Truth, is infinite. That’s why Heaven will be an infinite discovery of the infinite depths of Truth. I can’t wait!

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Strength in Truth

[Archangel slaying the Devil]

We cannot do anything against the Truth.
1 Corinthians 13:8

The Truth is unshakably strong.

You may be physically stronger than me, you may be more powerful than me, perhaps you could knock me to the ground in a fight, or give an order which would take away from me everything I have. But if I speak the Truth, then I am unshakably strong.

You may be able to take away my dignity, or even my life, but you cannot take away the Truth of my words.

You may have your strength for now, but age will strip you of this, whilst a true word stands forever.

You may silence me, but you will not have beaten me.

The Truth cannot be overcome. It is unshakably strong.

He will repay the evil to my enemies. Destroy them in Your Truth.
Psalms 54:5


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[Image]Welcome to Truth Blog.

Most people nowadays subscribe to some degree of relativism…….

“If it works for you, then great…” or, “You have your beliefs, I have mine… so what?” or, “There are many roads, but all leading in the same direction…” and even, “it’s all the same God!”.

But Truth Blog is here to say No! There is such thing as Truth, and it is important!!

Many people are looking for “The Answer”. But the Truth is not knowable like the answer to an equation is knowable. Rather, the Truth is God, and God is the Truth. This means that the Truth is discovered through relationship. Just as when we enter into a relationship with a person, we come to know them on ever deeper levels, and come to recognise their voice & characteristics, so as we discover more and more of God, we come to recognise the Truth ever more clearly, even in uncertain circumstances.

This is why I can say honestly that I have fallen in love with the Truth. Believing in the Truth is not a disappointment; it is not a case of being narrow-minded, or dogmatic for its own sake; neither is it an immature need for security by feeling “in the right club”. The Truth is beautiful and captivating, and seeking it is exhilarating and liberating.

Yes, I would give my life for the Truth. But there are other daily sacrifices which must also be made… I would rather lose my friends and family, the affirmation and respect of those around me, my job, my money, anything… I would rather lose anything than my integrity. In a world devoid of justice, it is the most I can possess.

The fullest measure of God’s truth has been given to, and guarded by, the Catholic Church. So, within this blog, I hope to reflect upon a few deposits from the Gold mine of Truth that is the Church’s 2,000 year history, stemming from the Jewish Tradition before it. Through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother Mary, may we all be brought to the fullness of love and Truth in her Son, Jesus Christ, who is Lord and God for ever and ever. Amen!

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