A Thought Experiment on Faster-than-Light Travel

In “The Architecture of Heaven”, I wrote about how quantum physicists believe that there needs to be an “conscious observer” to “observe the entire universe into being”, and that this “observer” would need to be its own creator, abiding beyond the limits of time and space.

Building on this argument, a deep interest in faster-than-light travel suddenly aroused within me. I thought, if Jesus were to tell us that “whatever we ask in prayer, (as long as we) believe that we have received it, it will be ours” (ref: Matthew 18:19, 21:22, Mark 11:24; John 14:13, 15:7, 15:16, 16:23-24; James 1:5-6, 1:17; 1 John 3:22, 5:14-15), then surely, if we were to ask to “abide in Him” (ref: John 15:1-17), surely He will let us. That is, if we were to “abide in Him”, and He is the “conscious observer Who observe the entire universe into being”, then surely we will be able to travel to places — even the farthest reaches of the conceivable cosmos — in a not-so-conventional way.

Current modes of travel assumes that travel is a way of bringing an object, as an entity (be it a person, a parcel, or even a molecule), from one place to another, with the aid of a vessel. Now, if we were to think on the spiritual realm, then we will need to put aside all these pre-conceived notions of our understanding of the universe and look at the universe not from our perspective, but from the perspective of the conscious observer.

From His perspective, we do not need to travel there. We are already there. When He observes something into being, it comes into being. From the perspective of a human being abiding within the conscious observer, we are a part of the venue’s formation. And if we were to ask of it, we will be able to detach from the conscious observer, partially, to venture into the newly-created place.

That said, the transportation of the person did not happen on the physical realm, but on the spiritual. The person, though being transported in the spirit to a new place, has not physically left the place he was in. This is similar to the notions of meditations in Eastern Spirituality. Lau Tzi wrote in the Tao De Jing Chapter 47, “Without going out of your door, you can know the ways of the world. Without peeping through your window, you can see the Way of Heaven. The farther you go, the lesser you know. Thus, the Sage knows without travelling, sees without looking, and achieves without ado.” By tapping into the Tao, the Sage is able to travel, in the spirit, without actually travelling; learn, without actually opening his eyes.

But what is the point of all these if you did not physically travel? What is the point if we are not physically where we wanted to be? What sets this experience apart from dreams and visions — things that didn’t actually happen?

That said, who is to say if we did not actually travel? If the conscious observer observes things into being, can He observe “us” into being in the location where we wanted to go? And if this is the case, wouldn’t there be “two” of us in the conceivable universe? And if the “new us” have spirits too and they are intertwined with us who is on earth, then the connection would cause certain consequences such as frequent dreams of the same place, continuity of dreams in the same venue, and the remembrance of vision as if it was an actual memory lived and experienced on earth. Something like the 2009 movie, “Avatar”. In the movie humans did not actually venture into the tribe of “Na’vi” to interact with them. Instead, “Na’vi human hybrids”, called “avatars”, were operated by genetically matched humans from a remote location to interact with the humanoids in the “Na’vi” tribe. You can argue that Jake’s experience in the “Na’vi” tribe is real. But you can also argue otherwise, citing that he did not actually go there. However, as the story progresses, the souls of the avatar and his human consciousness became so intertwined that he is willing to permanently transfer his being into the avatar.

Coming back to the argument of what is real. It appears to me that whatever we encounter in the new venue and whatever we experience in our human form on earth are both equally real. However, if we take a step back and consider that life on earth is not our permanent existence, can we argue that our experiences on earth isn’t real?

When Philip was teleported from the small pond in the desert where he baptised the Ethiopian eunuch, he was deeply connected to God in the Spirit. In fact, he was so connected to the overarching consciousness of God that he was able to hear angels telling him specific instructions telling him to “go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza” (Acts 8:26, ESV). Even though it is a desert, Philip had not an ounce of doubt within Him. Can it be that Philip was so closely connected to God throughout the entire incident that he knew exactly what God would do and His entire plan? After Philip baptised the eunuch, they came out of the water and God immediately brought Philip to Azotus. In a blink of an eye, Philip disappeared from the desert and appeared in Azotus (ref: Acts 8:38-40). Considering that Philip was so connected to God, I would argue that Philip was deeply intertwined with God, the conscious observer, that he was able to anticipate the move. Can it be that the act of Philip thinking about the people of Azotus, Joppam and Caesarea during the baptism of the eunuch made God transport him there? And if so, how?

I do not think that Philip was transported in a way that we are familiar with. Rather, I believe that Philip’s teleportation is related to other miracles in the Bible. More notably, the cursing of the fig tree and the moving of mountains into the sea (Mark 11:20-23). The miracles mentioned here was Jesus’ reference to immediate attainment. Jesus says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24, ESV). Referencing this to Philip’s encounter, can it be that Philip believed that he will be going there by the power of Christ, and was instantaneously transported there?

If this is true, then as followers of Christ, we must really ask ourselves the question why miracles such as these aren’t happening in our lives. Is it because we aren’t abiding in Christ and hence, whatever we wish isn’t done for us (ref: John 15:7)? Is it because we have no faith (ref: Matthew 21:22)? Is it because we do not agree amongst ourselves (ref: Matthew 18:19)? Or is it because we have not asked for anything until now (ref: John 16:23-24)? Is it because we do not keep God’s commandments nor do what God pleases (ref: 1 John 3:21-22)?

We are children of God. All His promises are directed to us. Why aren’t we receiving any gifts from God? I think it is time we reevaluate our relationship with Christ. Maybe, when we have done so, we will be able to have the faster-than-light travel we have always dreamt of.

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