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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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