Einstein searched for a single equation that would unify the forces of nature. But he had it all along. In his equation, E=mc2, c is the speed of light at which time seems to stop and c2 is the speed of light squared at which space would be closed to a point. Space-time is gravity. The energy (E) of point has become the much lesser energies of the dimensions of space and time in which we live today. His equation essentially unites quantum mechanics (point and probabilities) and gravity (space-time).
“God does not play dice with the universe.” No, but man does. The earth and heavens were created through the Word of God (John 1:3). We do not live in the universe God created within the dimension of the Word. We live in a universe of abstracted dimensions. The Word became flesh that we might have our lives in image of God again. Einstein’s equation expresses a great truth underlying the foundation of this universe – that a single dimension exists out of which everything came forth, a dimension that is point. The irony is that Einstein attempted to go beyond his own equation in his quest for a grand theory that would unify the so-called forces of nature: strong and weak forces, electromagnetism, gravity. Gravity, in any case, should be considered not as a component of a unified force but as a consequence of the breakdown of it. Often described as a “curvature of space”, it’s a dimension, not a force per se. Although scientists see gravity in terms of geometry, it has its origin in the symbolic state of man whose relations to the world around him establish space-time. His motions to relate the people and things around him to his own self are the cause of the relativity of these relations that, being symbolic, revolve around him – that is, each individual. The essence of the curvature of space is a world that revolves around oneself. Relativity, temporality, time, curve space or more strictly spatial relations (space being a relation to an object as it exists, before any symbolic interpretations enter the picture). Recall from our previous discussion that first you relate yourself to an object, establishing space. Second, you relate this object back to yourself, a motion that makes your relation to the object relative; it is this relativity that curves space, so to speak.
The energy of E in Einstein’s equation is essentially point, the dimension in which heavens and earth existed at Creation, before a Big Bang which is really just another term for a major shift in dimension. The other side of the equation – mc2 – is a mathematical way of looking at the symbolism of matter, which is mass. The process by which symbolism becomes mass, or bound energy, is the self’s motion to relate an object to itself for meaning rather than the absolute relation of itself to God. Objects, and their images, are invested with symbolism. Because the self is spirit, because it is created in God’s image, every motion the self makes defines it as a self. If it invests an object-image symbolically, it becomes an object; this is its self-image. Objects are usually symbolized through their images, as distinct from the actual objects; symbolism is bound up in these images. The process, as I stated previously, is one in which a self transforms a spatial relation to an object (space) into one that is relative (time) by imparting its own meanings to the object and then expanding the relation in order to gain more meaning in life. Space-time is relativity – relative relations, not absolute – and relative relation is expressed as the c2 of the equation (the speed of light at which time essentially stops and at which, squared, space would be closed to a point). If you look at the equation another way, as m=E/c2, you can understand it.
in this way: mass is symbolism (Energy, point) in terms of space-time, point fractured first by space and then by time, first by spatial relation, then by relativity. And point fractured by space and time is a probability. Is probabilities; m=E/c2 is an equation expressing the transformation of point into probabilities. Mass is the symbolism of matter; the symbolism of matter – mass – is probabilities. This distinction between mass and matter is critical to our understanding of the subject. Matter is objects, the earth, dust. Mass is the symbolism of matter, the symbolism of dust, Adam’s sin in turning from God. It’s what Paul terms in Romans 8:3 “sinful flesh”; it is not the flesh that is sin but the symbolism. A parallel is the sexual act that is often not characterized as the act in and of itself; what people may be actually characterizing is the symbolism of the sexual act (e.g., viewing or relating to others as sexual objects). Now the self, defining itself as an object, symbolizes matter (its physical body) as self and this symbolism of one’s body is its mass. Further, the self symbolizes mental images as a space-time context and this symbolism is the mass of one’s context. Both objects and images have mass; they acquire mass and more mass over time. Mass is the bound state of symbolism, more or less a stagnant state, but multiply it (speaking in accordance with Einstein’s equation) by the energy bound up in this state as space-time and you would have the energy of point. if you could.
Mass increases as a space-time context expands, as more and more images are invested symbolically. However, expansion has its limits. The ability of a self to expand its definition in the world is crucial because it must have a viable and relevant self-image, a realistic one, an image that evolves with reality. With each successive relation you establish, more of your symbolism is bound up; mass increases. The mass of your worldly context limits your ability to expand a relation and so to evolve and grow; the more mass increases, the less able you are to adapt to a changing world, so the less is possible to you in terms of self-realization. Finally so much symbolism is bound up as space-time that no more expansion is possible; your context closes and begins to contract, even implode. Eventually you die. Context is reined in by the weight of gravity, by mass. Your context has become too mass-ive. What happens here is akin to the dynamics of a black hole, a void in space-time. Your context spirals into a void in which the self is trapped and maybe there are countless voids in spacetime given the countless numbers of human beings who die mired in their space-time contexts. From a Christian perspective, it’s the state of the dead in Sheol who are separated from God. These voids have a contracting effect on the entire canopy of space-time because space-time contexts are symbolically interconnected and symbolic relations cannot just be undone, even with a person’s physical death. There is death and then there is the “sickness unto death” (John 11:4). The two are quite different.