Most of the world’s religious belief systems are built on a foundation of sin, suffering and sacrifice. They teach that humans suffer and die because they are inherently flawed and can only be redeemed through some type of painful sacrifice. These ideas were formulated thousands of years ago as our ancient ancestors tried to understand the natural world. Do these concepts make any sense in the modern world? Can they hold up in light of recent quantum discoveries?
Sin, suffering and sacrifice are built on a flawed foundation. Our ancient ancestors thought in dualistic terms because it appeared to them that the universe was locked in a struggle between good and evil. Since they didn’t understand natural phenomenon like earthquakes, tornadoes, floods or volcanoes, they decided these forces must be weapons used by powerful supernatural entities. When good things happened, they gave the credit to God. When bad things happened, they blamed evil powers like devils and demons. Religions were formed when people decided they had to protect themselves by appeasing these supernatural powers.
Ancient ideas still affect our thinking, but quantum discoveries will soon force a change. Our ancient ancestors had to rely on what their eyes told them, but we don’t. The visible universe and the quantum (subatomic) universe are extremely different. In the visible universe, we see separate forms that appear to act independently. The quantum universe is very different. It’s a sea of interconnected energy that’s permeated by consciousness. Simply said, everything that exists (seen and unseen) is part of one indivisible whole. This indivisible whole shares one consciousness.
Quantum oneness makes dualistic thinking impossible. When we understand quantum oneness, we can no longer think in terms of good vs. evil. The universal whole cannot war against itself and survive any more than the body can war against itself and live. There is no place for sin, suffering or sacrifice in the quantum universe. That leaves us with the problem of explaining the things we see happening on the earth.
Quantum physics tells us that invisible consciousness projects the visible world as a virtual reality. Although the things happening here in the visible world appear to be very real, they are more like a video game, virtual amusement park ride or a movie. That doesn’t make us feel any better when something unpleasant appears to be happening, but it can help us understand the universe and our place in it. Scientists are discovering that the brain is really a sophisticated information retrieval system, but the brain is not the mind. Your mind, that produces the illusion of our virtual reality, is part of a field that we can think of as shared consciousness.
For that last 25 centuries spiritual sages have understood the true nature of the universe. Their teachings, known as the perennial philosophy, agree that the visible universe is a virtual reality created by consciousness. We are part of that conscious whole. Although the brain tricks us into believing we are the bodies we’re projecting, in reality we are pure consciousness. For reasons that are explained in The Beginning of Fearlessness: Quantum Prodigal Son, we have chosen to forget our reality and dream this virtual reality. The ancient sages explained that our dreams have turned into a nightmare of misery, but we’ve forgotten that we can wake up. In the gnostic gospels, Jesus told his followers he “woke up” from his dreams, and they could too. He said our dreams were a mistake that could be corrected, not a sin that deserved punishment.
Early Christianity was extremely diverse. Some of Jesus’ followers thought in dualistic terms and believed the universe was locked in a struggle between supernatural forces of good and evil. They thought Jesus was a warrior messiah sent by God to right the world’s wrongs. To this day, most of Jesus’ followers cling to this dualistic view of the world. This group of Jesus followers is known as apocalyptic Christians because they are waiting for God to bring about an apocalypse or “day of reckoning” between good and evil.
Jesus’ quantum message. But Jesus had other followers who understood his message in a very different way. Today, these followers are known as gnostic Christians. Jesus taught them that they were projecting a virtual reality, and none of the things they saw in the visible universe were real. He explained that it was impossible for them to sin since God had given them permission to project anything they wanted to experience in this virtual world. They came to understand that sin, suffering and sacrifice are nothing more ideas other dreamers have concocted. Jesus told these followers about original goodness, not original sin. He performed miracles to prove this dream is not real and he used the death of the body he projected to prove we can never die.
What is sin? Jesus said sin is ignorance of the true nature of the universe and our place in it. We mistakenly rejected universal oneness in favor of the duality, separation and specialness we project in virtual reality. Jesus taught that ignorance is a mistake, but mistakes can be corrected. The major issue we all face now is remembering that we can wake up to oneness at any time.
You can cling to misperceptions, or claim freedom from sin, suffering and sacrifice. Quantum physics will inevitably alter our world view. In the process, it can relieve us of outdated misperceptions and open our minds to fresh and relevant ways to find real meaning and purpose. The choice is yours.