Laws are talked about next. I think this is something worth writing about since laws govern everything in the universe.
Verses 36-41 talk about such. All kingdoms that are have a law. There is no space without a kingdom and no kingdom without space. There are greater and lesser kingdoms as well. That would be something neat to know more about. What is the difference between a greater kingdom and lesser kingdom? What makes them such?
For every kingdom there is a law. Inside every law are certain bounds and conditions. And every being that does not abide by these rules is not justified. Are the laws the same between place to place or does the law differ from kingdom to kingdom? I think the answer to this question, like so many answers to tough questions, isn’t either/or but of a mix. I believe there are some laws that are the same between places. I don’t know what those laws would be. Maybe gravity? But there are other laws that differ because of the conditions of the kingdom. Like if you have never had issues with people killing each other, you wouldn’t need a law that say don’t kill. Verse 38 is very broad for this reason.
It doesn’t say every kingdom has boom, boom and boom laws, conditions and boundaries. It just says each has its own. But despite having different laws, the way to judge is the same. If you don’t abide by the law, whatever and wherever that may be, you are not justified. Meaning you aren’t protected by the law and are subject to disciplinary action. Cross reference Job 38:33. This is the footnote for law. It talks about ordinances. I take that to mean every kingdom has certain ordinances that need to be attended to before you can be “justified”But could that be possible? I know my puny brain can’t understand it all but I’ll write down my thoughts anyway. If God has creations that are as numerous as the sands of the sea, wouldn’t he make the requirements, or ordinances requisite for returning the same? If all his children are trying to return, wouldn’t he want them all baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, get the Priesthood, get married, and go to the temple? In my mind it makes sense to have the same requirements all across the board. But that doesn’t mean I’m right or wrong. I heard about this book, The Kolob Theorem, that suggests each galaxy belongs to a different God. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but let’s pretend it is for a second. In another galaxy, under the direction of another Heavenly Father, is it possible you could have a different law, or ordinance to get back to heaven? I guess so but in what way, shape or form, I couldn’t say. But if Gods originate from one singular source, wouldn’t they never have changed the law? I know I’m going about this in a very short sighted way but I’m doing my best to understand the concepts of eternity. Has the law simply always existed or at some point was it set up by a law giver?
Law as Synonymous With The Light of Christ
D&C88:13 (also a footnote reference) compares the law with the light of Christ. In which case it wouldn’t be so much a law as you and I think about it–written down and solid. Perhaps this law is more a power or presence. The light emanates from God. It doesn’t seem like it is a materialistic thing. A presence that tends to order? Like plants growing or planets staying in orbit? If this law is like the light of Christ and is more of a presence, maybe a good comparison would be like gravity. The closer God is to you, the more swing he has with you. That’s a true principle. But since we are human, we have agency, the one thing that can negate that sway or influence on us. This doesn’t mean we are more powerful than God, simply he allows us to use our agency to learn. If this law is the light of Christ, and if this law tends to bring about order and perfection, obedience, then it stands to reason if we allow this force to act on us and draw closer, the more orderly and perfect we would become. Satan would be the antithesis of this. When we disobey, our being becomes less orderly and less perfect, making us less like God and achieving less of our potential.
Now, if all this is true, I want to talk about how the law would affect things other than humans. Obviously it already exerts force on the plants and planets. Using the same principle as gravity again, theoretically the closer you came, the more influence it could have. That would mean if Christ were right next to a planet, it would shape up, get a perfect orbit. Maybe a plant would be cured of a disease or grow a little faster. I think this is true but God has control over this power tending towards orderly improving things. Since He is in charge, he’s also not affected by distance. Maybe you could say though in case of both humans and things the closer God is to us, the more potential we have to become like Him. If he wills it and we do too.
Here is another interesting thought. If the law is the light of Christ and Christ is the source, wouldn’t that mean there is a different law for every planet on which he does not visit? Is there even a planet he doesn’t visit? I don’t know. Last thing on law, cross reference D&C 130:20-21. It’s a famous verse.
Verse 40 I’ll copy in:
“For intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence; wisdom receiveth wisdom; truth embraceth truth; virtue liveth virtue; light cleaveth unto light; mercy hath compassion on mercy and claimeth her own; justice continuith its course and claimeth its own; judgment goeth before the face of him who sitteth upon the throne and governeth and executeth all things.”
The reason I like this verse is because it explains the law. In effect, it is demonstrating the law of the harvest. You reap what you sow. You get out what you put in. This is really an eternal concept. Take each one of those characteristics. Intelligent people associate with intelligent people. Wise people receive wisdom. Honest people associate with honest people. Virtuous people the same. It’s easier to give mercy to someone who is merciful.
Time and the Theory of Relativity
God not only has given a law unto man, but unto all things. If the law is the light of Christ, then I already knew this. The light of Christ is what keeps the planets in their orbits and make she plants grow. The light of Christ “surrounds us, and penetrates us.”(Star Wars reference for the day) The example used in verses 42-45 is that of the planets. God says this law which is given is the law by which thy (planets) have their time and seasons. their courses are fixed. They give light unto one another in their due time. The minutes, hours, days and years are all one to God but not with man. I’m having some major deja vu. I feel like I’ve written about this before. The fact the celestial bodies are fixed and give light at their appointed time is cool. I want to talk about time. And relativity. I have this really fantastic quote that talks about the relativity of time in the D&C manual. I’ll write it in:
In the twentieth century, the field of physics began to speak about time and space in a way that may help explain the revelatory statements (D&C130:4-7). Albert Einstein, in the early part of this century, developed what is known as the theory of relativity. Einstein postulated that what men had assumed were absolutes in the physical world-space, gravity, speed, motion, time-were not absolutes at all but were interrelated with each other. That is why the theory was called the theory of relativity. Physicists now agree that a person’s time reference will vary depending on his relative position in space.
According to Einstein’s theory, if a body moves at very fast speeds (those approaching the speed of light, which is 180,000 miles per second), that body’s time slows down in relation to the time of a body that is on earth; and for the body in motion, space contracts, or shrinks. In other words, time and space are not two separate things but are interrelated. Physicists refer to this as the space-time continuum. If an astronaut were to journey out into space at speeds approaching the speed of light, though to himself it would seem perfectly normal, on earth, it would appear as though his clock were ticking slower, his heart were beating slower, his metabolism operating slower and so on. He would actually age more slowly than would a person who remained on earth. Though the finite mind tends to reject such concepts, Einstein’s theory suggests that reality to us is a product of our relative position in the space-time continuum.
According to this theory, if a being achieved the speed of light, to that being all space would contract to the point that it would ‘here’ for him, and all time would slow down till it became ‘now’ for him. The theory of relativity thus may suggest how a being of light and glory, like God, all space and time would be present. As difficult as such a concept is to understand, increasingly sophisticated experiments continue to substantiate Einstein’s theoretical description of the realities of the Universe.
Lael Woodbury, Dean of Fine Arts and Communication at Brigham Young University, talked about man’s perception of time in an address sponsored by the church education system.
‘The evidence suggests that God…perceives time as we perceive space. That’s why all things are before him, and all things are round about him, and he is above all things and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things (D&C 88:41). Time, like space, is continually before the Lord
…Right now we perceive music in time as a blind man perceives form in space-sequentially. He explores with his fingers, noting form, texture, contours, rhythms. He holds each perception in his mind, one by one carefully adding one to the other, until he synthesizes his concept of what that space object must be like. You and I don’t do that. We perceive a space object immediately. We simply look at it, and to a certain degree we ‘know it.’ We do not go through a one-by-one sequential, additive process. We perceive that it is, and we are able to distinguish it from any other object. I’m suggesting that God perceives time as instantaneous as we perceive space. For us, time is difficult. Lacking a higher facility, we are as blind about time as a sightless man is about space. We perceive time in the same way that we perceive music-sequentially. We explore rhythm, pitch, amplitude, texture, themes, harmonies, parallels, and contrasts. And from our perceptions we synthesize our concept of the object or event-the musical artwork-that existed in its entirety before we began our examination of it.
Equally complete now is each of our lives before the Lord. We explore them sequentially because we are time blind. But the Lord, perceiving time as space, sees us as we are, not as we are becoming. We are, for him, being without time. We are continually before him-the totality of our psyches, personalities, bodies, choices, and behaviors”
Pretty good quote right? The thing I love about the gospel is you can make connections with every topic. As Brigham Young once said, “This church encompasses all truth.” If you can make those connections with topics they become a lot more fun to study. Because all of a sudden, they have eternal significance, not just to the here and now.
But referring back to D&C88:44. Cross reference psalms 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8. Both of these scriptures say one day with God is 1000 earth years. All verse 44 is saying is man’s time is not God’s time. As was clearly demonstrated in the quote given. But it’s cool we have an Old Testament and New Testament reference to how long God’s time is compared to ours. Not just the one in the Book of Abraham.