A Message from (Spinoza’s) God

I know there were much more important stories in the news this week. Somebody sang at the Super bowl and channeled the Black Panthers, Peyton Manning’s brother made a face (or didn’t), and the Trump, in an apparent time warp, said we are going to defeat the Japanese but most ignored what could be a very important story, a message from God.

The problem is it involves mathematics and other icky technical stuff. Nowhere near as compelling as the Real Housewives of Utah or life in a Federal correctional institution. It did not magically appear or come from any rapture or spectacular miraculous source.

It came from years of scientific research.

Nevertheless, I would argue the discovery of Gravitational waves, to use a well-known comparison, is the equivalent of a “friend request” from God, at least the god envisioned by Spinoza.

Spinoza, you might ask, who is Spinoza? He is someone who thought a great deal about the concept of God and found most religious explanations to be nonsense. He saw god in the greatness and complexity of the universe. Spinoza’s god does not exist to violate the rules of nature by performing miracles. God is evident in the laws of nature. Laws that do not yield to any alteration no matter how fervently one might wish.

There are no miracles. There are just events that occur within the laws nature, many of which we do not yet fully understand. Although with the evidence of gravitational waves, we are one step closer.

Man attributes human-like qualities to God. Man imbues his god with the ability to perform miracles. Man believes God can disrupt the laws of nature. Man believes the laws of nature apply when God is inactive and are set aside by an intervening God.

Spinoza argued this is backwards. God is evident, if he exists at all, within the laws of nature, not outside them.

Thus, when scientists at LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, unveiled their recently discovered evidence confirming Einstein’s concept of gravitational waves in his General relativity theory, they confirmed the concept of ripples in the time-space continuum.

If anyone reading this just thought, well it is only a theory, please look up the definition of theory. If you refuse to do that, at least keep this in mind the next time you board a plane, flight is only a theory.

Time and space can stretch and shrink. Time can move forward and backward. Our concept of an unchanging forward process of time is forever changed. We are another step forward in understanding the fabric of the universe.

If some of you are so inclined, you can hear the voice of Spinoza’s God by clicking on this link. Listen and form your own opinion without it being filtered by someone or group with an agenda.

The voice of nature cannot be defined by some human-like concept. We cannot anthropomorphize it into a human-like being. It should not be twisted into some justification to destroy a differing perspective.

It just is.

Nature, some might think of as god, is sending a message. Perhaps it is time we listened instead of adhering to a false concept of god with misplaced devotion, no matter how sincere.


About Joe Broadmeadow

Joe Broadmeadow retired with the rank of Captain from the East Providence Police Department after serving for 20 years. He is the author of four novels Collision Course, Silenced Justice, Saving the Last Dragon, and A Change of Hate available on Amazon in print and Kindle. Joe is working on the latest in a series of Josh Williams and Harrison "Hawk" Bennett novels and a sequel to Saving the Last Dragon. In 2014 Joe completed a 2,185 mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail
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