This will be the “Back Page” for the Fishkill UMC bulletin for this Sunday, July 14, 2019 – the 5th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)
String theory is an advanced theory in physics that describes our universe and its beginnings. It does so by envisioning a system of multiple dimensions, among which are the four dimensions of space and time in which we live. While this theory attempts to describe our universe physically, how can we describe this universe spiritually?
When you look at the two towers of the Verazzano-Narrows Bridge, you can tell they are straight and they appear to be parallel.
However, that is only a two-dimensional view. Because of the height of the towers (693 ft or 211 m) and their distance from each other (4,260 ft or 1,298 m), the curvature of the Earth’s surface had to be considered when designing the bridge. The towers are not parallel to each other but are 1 5⁄8 in (41.275 mm) farther apart at their tops than at their bases. This line is that distance:
Even with such a small distance, the designers had to see the world in three dimensions rather than two dimensions in order to build the bridge.
The religious and political authorities in Jesus’ time saw life in two dimensions. There were clear lines of demarcation that told people who they were and what they can do. Woe to anyone who dared to cross those lines. But that is exactly what Jesus did; Jesus saw the world in three dimensions and routinely crossed the lines and challenged the definitions.
Even today, there are many who seek life in two dimensions. Which makes living in this three-dimensional world that much harder. And that is the same challenge gave Jesus gave the people two thousand years ago; how do we live in a three-dimensional world?