There are generally four basic states of matter accepted within physics: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. While most of us are quite reasonably familiar with the first three, the fourth – plasma – is rarely encountered in our day-to-day lives. Plasma is essentially a material state that precedes the formation of true, assembled molecules, being composed of ions and free electrons. Plasmas would present themselves quite a bit like a gas, but in reality they are truly distinct.
For one thing, the individual particles within a plasma demonstrate a glimpse of nonlocality, behaving in an associated, seemingly interconnected way, in spite of their obvious lack of connection with one another.¹ Quantum nonlocality thus presents us with a fascinating realization: particles smaller than traditional atoms function in a way that defies logic, dynamically entangling all points in space at this scale, one to another. This thereby limits the building-blocks of our universe to a certain point, instituting that nothing smaller than 10-33cm (Planck Length is a unit of length that is the distance light travels in one unit of Planck time, or otherwise the time required for a photon to travel within a vacuum the distance of 1 Planck length, which is approximately 5.39 × 10^−44 seconds) can exist in the standard and expected fashion. Below that size, the particle loses its locality.
As God spoke the creation into existence, is it possible that the waters of creation existed not as cool waves of water, but rather fervent currents of ionic gas? Perhaps there is more to the story, as we will yet see…
While we are on the topic of the atomic world, I’d like to convey to you a sense of just how out-of-sync that reality is with what we experience every day. I will warn you though: you may never see the world the same afterwards. That said, we have all seen the cute little diagrams of atoms, with their nucleus and electron clouds, etc. It may surprise you to know that they – as common as they are – have not been drawn to scale. In fact, a typical atom is as small as 10^-8 cm in size. Of that, the nucleus – the very core of the atom – is only an approximate size of 10^-13 cm in diameter. With that in mind, we find that the nucleus is some 100,000 times smaller in size than the exterior of the electron cloud surrounding it! In other words, the size ratio would be like the head of needle situated neatly in a football field! Put another way – as one commentator put it – a nucleus the size of a basketball would have its closest electron some two-thousand miles away! Atom’s are thus mostly empty space, with a difference of 10^15 between the actual mass of the atom and it’s sum volume!²
A tiny speck of solidity amidst an ocean of open space, so exit our atoms. The understanding of this inherent dichotomy invariably leads one to a fantastic realization. You see, take any physical object, be it a chair, desk, book, etc, and understand that – as tangible a it may feel in one’s hand, it is in fact 10^15 more empty space than solid material! Take a moment to consider the implications: The physical world in which you exist is one of interpretation and perception! It’s all, in effect, an electromagnetic simulation, with physical objects only appearing as such in response to our perception of it. This is but one of the most fascinating – and arguably frightening – aspects of our quantum reality. As the great physicist Niels Bohr once said, “Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.”³ How right he is!
Looking back to the Scriptures, what indeed was the Raqiya? Once again, as Strong’s Concordance framed it, the Raquiya – the firmament – seems to reference an extended, potentially solid surface or expanse. In the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Septuagint, Raquiya is translated into the word Stereoma, referring again to a texture of firmness. Likewise, in Latin, the word is rendered firmamentum: a tangible solidity. In all cases, the linguistics indicates that there is a firmness, a tangibility, to the raqiya! It’s not fuzzy – as one would anticipate in dealing with some atmospheric phenomena, but rather it possessed an inherent solidity. In the Scriptures, we find that this raquiya, this firmament, bisects the mayim – the waters – separating those above from those below. What exactly is going on here? There are some possibilities to consider…
Notes & References:
- Monroe, C., D.M. Meekhof, B.E. King, and D.J. Wineland, “A `Schrodinger Cat’ Superposition of an Atom,” Science, 272, (May 24, 1996): pp. 1131-1136
- Missler, Chuck, “The Beyond Series: The Boundaries of Our Reality Part 1, August 2010 Personal Update News Journal, retrieved 12/7/2018 https://www.khouse.org/articles/2010/935/print/
- Barad, Karen Michelle “Meeting the Universe Halfway (2007),” pg. 254, footnote citing “The Philosophical Writings of Niels Bohr” 1998
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