SCIENCE, REVELATION AND REPONSIBILITY

Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and Albert Einstein had a whole lot in common, both viewing the universe, elements, time and space in a similar manner.

Linus Pauling said of Einstein "The significance of Einstein's work is that it was really fundamental to an understanding of the nature of the universe, the nature of the world in which we live, and it was characterized by an astonishing amount of originality. New ideas were a part of Einstein's theories. He asked himself the question, at the age of 15, 'If I were speeding along on a motorcycle at the speed of light, what would the world look like? What would I see'? He answered that question 9 or 10 years later in his theory of relativity."

Joseph Smith, at the tender age of 14, having read the 5th verse of the First Chapter of James in the New Testament, followed the instruction found there and sought his answers directly from the foremost authority on such questions, God himself. I don’t know if Einstein read the Bible like Joseph Smith did but, much like the Prophet, there is clear evidence that he chose the path to information that was from the source and not from mortal speculation. Joseph sought the truth. He wanted to know for himself who he was, why he was here, and where he ought to go from where he stood at the time, to say nothing of religion, Christian, Islam or otherwise.

Einstein did his research much in the same way. His conclusions on Relativity, and they were conclusions, not theory to him, were drawn from an enlargement of his view of the Universe drawn through a process of ponderance, humble open mindedness and pure reasoning, and probably prayer, relying more on common sense than on the common, limited devices and mathematical languages of mortal man. Although it is not evident that he perceived it as such, what he had discovered in Relativity was really the first course in the definition and means for immortality and eternal life. After it came to him he said he experienced three days of incredible joy and he challenged all who were curious that they would wind up with the same conclusion if they sought it by truthful intent.

Quantum Mechanics is simply an attempt by students of science to define the universe by mortal mathematics. To describe the universe by such devices produces the same non-conclusive result as defining the circumference of an eternal round by the same method. It is interesting how God answers serious and ernest inquiry with the truth or, in the alternative, he will leave man to his own devices if he (a man) thinks he is smart enough to figure it out on his own. Quantum mechanics finds its origin in chaos. Einstein's response toNeils Bohr,Quantum's biggest proponent of his time, "God doesn't throw dice".Simple reasoning demands that that statement has to be true or God would cease to be God and chaos would prevail in all of the universe.

Einstein was right and he confidently knew he was right. What was defined by Relativity was that time and space are boundless and eternal. Actually, one may even think of them as non-existent since they have no limitations. This concept provides a limitless potential for the growth of men and Gods to continually progress in power and understanding. Joseph Smith came to the conclusion, by reasoning and revelation, that as man is, God once was and as God is, man may become. He also determined by the same process and disclosed that the elements are eternal, although, at the time, the elements had largely yet to be identified by modern science.

Abraham Pais, Einstein Colleague said "Albert Einstein, "a scientist who believed in God. He worked like an artist more than a scientist, arriving at a theory, not so much by experimental deduction but confidently by intuition. With Quantum Physics main proponent, Neils Bohr, Einstein had a 20 year argument. He stubbornly held to his own beliefs. " He was as though he had a special pipeline to God, saying ' God doesn't play dice' that somewhere his notion of simplicity was the one that was going to prevail."

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, said in Feb. 1998, "When you're one step ahead of the crowd you're a genius. When you're two steps ahead,you're a crackpot."

Time and space have no substance nor definition. What does exist are action and reaction, particles moving about in endless space, microscopically seen bumping into one another (Brownian motion) to maintain integrity of substances (sharing of electrons) or maintaining a precise proximity to one another such as planets in relationship with the sun; or flying apart when acted upon by the forces of energy such as electromagnetism or gravity. In other words, time and space are endless and immeasurable. Particles and substances (matter) are controlled by forces that are yet to be understood by mortal man and for now are only investigated, however, nonetheless controlled and organized by some substantial someone, operating intelligently and logically somewhere in endless space. This is how Joseph Smith perceived the universe. Interesting that he, like Einstein, perceived it by revelation and intuition and not by experimental devices.

Albert Einstein once said "As I grow older the identification with the here and now is slowly lost. One feels dissolved and merged into nature. It makes me feel happy. The greatest experience we can have is the mysterious".

Engaged in a conversation with Einstein one evening, Linus Pauling made it a point to memorize and record in his own diary the following,

"I made one mistake in my life when I signed that letter to President Roosevelt advocating that the atomic bomb should be built. But, perhaps I can be forgiven for that because we all felt that there was a high probability that the Germans were working on this problem and they might succeed and use the atomic bomb to become the master race". Albert Einstein

It is evident that Einstein perceived God largely in secret since it was not popular to combine science and religion, but he did perceive a God. Were it not so, why would he feel the need for forgiveness and from whom did he expect it would come?

"Abba Eban, Former Foreign Minister and Ambassador said of him"The scientist (Einstein) comes at the end of his inquiry against a stone wall, against a mystery that transcends understanding. He stands in reverence before the spectacle of nature, with its order, with its system, with its coherence and must reach the conclusion that there is some directing, controlling power which prevents this planet from being smashed into fragments. He even makes the statement to the effect that the religious idea is not one that he can dismiss because he himself has found that there is a realm beyond which human understanding stands impotent and helpless.

"Abraham Pais, Einstein Colleague noted"His lack of fear of time, his lack of concern of "how long will it take before I reach my goal? That, I think in itself translates itself ultimately into a lack of fear of death.

Toward the end of his life,Albert Einstein said "Our situation on this earth seems strange. Everyone of us appears here involuntarily and uninvited for a short stay without knowing why. Seeing it is enough to wonder at the secrets".

One must stand in awe of the great scientist, Einstein, who was a realist in his thinking, not willing to place his confidence in mere happenstance. All truth demands logic and reasoning. Both Joseph Smith and Albert Einstein understood that well enough to draw their conclusions directly from some real someone who knows more about these things than any mortal man, even God himself. When questions arose that seemed imperative to causes or declarations, the truth was essential in both of their minds. Neither of them wanted to get caught misleading humanity in a perilous direction. The course had to be true or the destination sought would be false and deceptive.

-- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) observed that all truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed, Second, it is violently opposed; and Third, it is accepted as self-evident”.

It was viewed as unthinkable by both Joseph Smith and Albert Einstein to mislead humanity over a precipice guided by deception. They wanted only the truth. They both relied upon a higher, more intelligent source for true guidance and advice. With the utmost integrity they wanted to lead in the correct direction, precisely as required to achieve the desired, right and proper goal and conclusion. Such determination seems fair to all mankind, reasonable, righteous and imperative.

Joseph Smith said in his now famous discourse at the funeral of King Follett:

“I take my ring from my finger and liken it unto the mind of man, the immortal spirit, because it has no beginning. Suppose I cut it in two; as the Lord lives, because it has a beginning, it would have an end. All the fools and learned and wise men from the beginning of creation who say that man had a beginning prove that he must have an end. If that were so, the doctrine of annihilation would be true. But if I am right, I might with boldness proclaim from the house tops that God never did have power to create the spirit of man at all. God himself could not create himself. Intelligence exists upon a self-existent principle; it is a spirit from age to age, and there is no creation about it. Moreover, all the spirits that God ever sent into the world are susceptible to enlargement. The first principles of man are self-existent with God. God found himself in the midst of spirits and glory, and because he was greater, he saw proper to institute laws whereby the rest could have the privilege of advancing like himself-- “

George S. Patton Jr. having great responsibility for mens lives once wrote in his diary “Perhaps I would not be satisfied unless I was (were) God, and somebody probably outranks him”. It may or may not have been a flippent remark but either way, the declaration was illustrative of man’s eternal progression. Joseph Smith would have agreed with him and I believe Einstein would have as well. I certainly do. Onward and upward forever, there is great adventure ahead. I look forward to it with enormous enthusiasm.

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Garry Isaacs 2013