Current Multiverse Speculations
The multiverse (the belief that multiple universes exist) has become a hot topic among cosmologists. Though speculation regarding the multiverse has been around for some time, this topic has gained added attention in recent years. Many multiverse theories exist suggesting a variety of types of mulitverses.
For example, if, as believed, aspects of the universe in which we live are moving away from us faster than the speed of light, there is no possible way we can have any interaction with those segments of our universe, which in essence makes those sectors their own distinct universes. These types of mulitverses are level one, that is, your garden-variety multiverse, being much like our own universe only somewhere else. Other multiverse theories postulate universes more distinct from our own.
The Biblical Multiverse
Of course, thousands of years ago the Bible taught the existence of a multiverse. It is good to see secular science catching up.
The biblical model contains two universes, one spiritual and the other physical. It is important to recognize both of these universes are comprised of substance. The physical universe is comprised of matter and energy. The spiritual universe is comprised of spiritual substance. I have heard Christians talk about these spheres as if the world of matter and energy, the one that we can see, is the real world, and then there is the spiritual world. If anything, just the opposite is true. The spiritual world is the source of the physical world, and therefore if labeling one or the other as real, the spiritual one can claim greater reality, though from a scriptural perspective both of these universes have reality.
Some multiverse theories have multiple universes in different locations, and others speculate that they can exist in the same location but in different modes of experience. This is somewhat like (though substantially different from) radio waves and the walls of your house both occupying the same space. Our bodies possess the tools to identify one of these modes of existence, the walls, but not the other, the radio waves.
Scripture teaches that the spiritual universe has its center of operations elsewhere. For example, Jesus stated, “I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again….” This language and the wording of many other passages of Scripture indicate that the headquarters for the spiritual world is located somewhere other than here.
At the same time, the spiritual world encompasses and pervades the material world. This is evident from the scriptural teaching that the Holy Spirit dwells within us or that God is working all things together for our good, which indicates His presence everywhere within the material universe.
These passages and others also make the case that interaction between these two universes is possible, though the nature of that interaction can be complicated.
Faith and the Biblical Multiverse
Though there are numerous cosmological views, Americans for the most part either hold to a materialistic one, the perspective that only the universe of matter and energy exist, or they believe in the Biblical multiverse.
By “believe” I’m not merely referring to a speculative sense about the existence of the Biblical multiverse (“Do you think a spiritual world exists?” “Yeah, that kinda makes sense.”), but a total commitment to that world and its principles of operation.
This commitment to the biblical multiverse comprises the essence of faith. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2Corinthians 5:7) describes just that, a life whose footsteps are guided by the principles, values, objectives, interests, and priorities of the unseen world. To the believing person, that world is just as real and more significant than this one. Whatever else is included in the concept of faith, this is the foundation. This is what Hebrews 11 is all about.
Keeping the Faith
We nurture this walk in the spiritual world by reading about this universe in Scripture, conversing in it through prayer, fellowshipping with fellow-citizens of that world, laying up treasure in it, and above all maintaining a thought-life focused on it. In other words, we grow in faith as we live in the spiritual universe.
Johnny Cash had a song that concluded each verse with, “You’re so heavenly minded, you’re no earthy good.” The reality is just the opposite. It is only as we are heavenly minded, focused on that spiritual universe, that we can achieve genuine good on this earth.