Up until the early 1900s, scientists believed that the universe was made up of separate bits of matter which interacted with each other. Separateness was the foundation of their world view.

However, this is in direct contrast with the spiritual teaching of the Bible which – even before Jesus came – describes the Spirit of God as being present everywhere. Psalm 139, which was written over 3,000 years ago, is King David’s glorious declaration of God’s omnipresence:

“Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there”

(Psalms 139: 7-8).

MAnd in the book of Jeremiah we read: ““Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord” (Jer. 23:24).

So the Spirit of God was omnipresent, even in the Old Testament era. However, humanity’s fallenness prevented human beings from experiencing that omnipresence. Rather, life was dominated by the feeling of acute separation, and the fear that accompanies it.

It was not until Jesus Christ became incarnate on earth and died as a sacrifice for us that separation was abolished in our experience. When Jesus Christ was raised to life after His crucifixion, His Spirit was released to fill the entire universe: “He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe” (Eph. 4:10).

Modern physicists including Albert Einstein have helped bring new context to timeless biblical truths.

We now have the unspeakable privilege not only of relating to, but actually abiding, praying and knowing that we have our entire being in Christ – in “Him who fills all in all” (Eph. 1:23).

It is only over the last 100 years that science has been “catching up”, so to speak, with these profound truths regarding oneness. It was Albert Einstein, and then other physicists after him, who discovered that the universe is not – as previously thought – made up of separated pieces of matter. On the contrary, they discovered that matter and energy are one and the same, and that the entire universe is, in fact, one vast field of energy.

These discoveries are not required to prove biblical truth but they do bring an invigorating dynamic to the practice of the Christian faith. For example, being made aware of the extreme sensitivity of the energy field with respect to communication, including silent communication such as human thoughts, can energise the understanding and practice of our own thought lives and prayers lives.

The Bible speaks much about our thought lives. We are urged to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5), and not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Rom. 12:2).

This is because thoughts are tremendously powerful and, whether or not we are aware of it, thoughts and meditations (which, of course, are also thoughts) impact our own lives and the lives of others. Praying and meditating upon the Word of God with purpose and focus – knowing that our meditations are coursing throughout the energy field without resistance – can bring healing and transformation beyond all that we hope or imagine.

Ann Shakespeare

Welcome to the Ann Shakespeare blog. Ann, a former correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, BBC World Service and The Daily Journal, is currently involved in editing and writing on Christian themes. She also ministers in a local ecumenical centre which provides prayer and pastoral support.

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