The Glory of God Part 6 – String Theory: The Music of God

String Theory: The Music of God

You may be wondering what String Theory has to do with the glory of God, but trust me, when you finish this series all of the pieces will come together and you will see where this was all going. Be patient and stick with this and you will be blessed!

We’ve been talking about matter and the smallest pieces of matter like electrons and quarks, but some may be surprised to know that many physicists believe that quarks and other subatomic pieces of matter could be more accurately described as a “tiny filament of energy” that vibrates and looks like a string.[1]

If we had powerful enough microscopes that could see that small, string theorists claim that the higher resolution would reveal not a point-like particle, but a tiny string that is wiggling and vibrating. The strings can be closed strings like a rubber band or a string with two ends like a shoestring.

These strings are one-dimensional and are about one hundred billion billion times smaller than an atomic nucleus (10-33 cm).[2]

String theorists claim that all the properties of elementary particles like mass, spin, charge, etc., are really just different frequencies from vibrating strings.

I received a Bacholor’s degree in music education, so string theory just makes sense to me. My musically- trained mind understands how the strings on a violin or other stringed instrument vibrate to create a musical note, or what musicians call a “pitch.”

The piano, for example, has wires that are tuned to vibrate at only certain frequencies. A violin has strings that are tuned to certain frequencies and the musician then uses her fingers to create the different musical notes. Each placement of her fingers changes the size of the string, which determines the frequency of sound the string will emit.

In a similar way, the strings of string theory vibrate at different frequencies and these different frequencies create the different subatomic properties.

Imagine one string vibrates a B flat. This could be the mass of the particle. Imagine another string vibrates a B flat but two octaves higher. This would be an even more massive particle. Perhaps an F sharp would be the “spin.” This is a very crude way of describing string theory but the idea is hopefully made clearer with this musical analogy.

The Cosmic Symphony

The universe is a huge cosmic symphony. Symphonies from the classical period (1750-1815) typically had three or four movements, each with it’s own tempos, meters, melodies, themes, etc. The cosmic symphony that is our universe has been playing for maybe billions of years while God conducts this grand orchestra from His mind. If humans could hear all frequencies, perhaps we could hear some of this heavenly music. If our ears were powerful enough, maybe we could hear atoms and other elementary particles singing praises to the Creator.

God created music to reveal His glory. God is very musical and He enjoys beautiful melodies and harmonies. We usually don’t think of God singing or playing an instrument to create music, but the Bible mentions how musical our Creator truly is. For starters, Heaven is filled with music. The Apostle John, when taken to Heaven and given the visions that would become the book of Revelation, records a scene in Heaven with music. “And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders” (Rev. 14:2-3). See also the singing in Revelation 5:9-13.

Before Satan rebelled against God, he led the angels of God and all of the heavenly beings in worship with music. The prophet Ezekiel wrote:

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy   covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created (Ezek. 28:13 KJV).

The word “workmanship” that is used in the King James Version is the Hebrew word “melekah” and it means “occupation, work, business, property, service, use.” In other words, Satan’s “work” or “occupation” was worship leader! Another clue that music was involved is the translation of the word “tabrets,” which comes from a Hebrew word meaning “timbrel or tambourine.” Satan feels right at home in a religious or musical setting so is it any wonder we see how polluted music has become?

The prophet Zephaniah also wrote about our musical God. “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zeph. 3:17). It is difficult to imagine God singing, but His voice must be the most beautiful voice in all creation. I’m sure when we hear Him sing for the first time it will make Pavarotti, Whitney Houston, and other great singers sound like howling cats in comparison.

The vocal range of God is infinite. He can sing notes that are so high it would instantly destroy us if we were close enough. Just like some musical notes can shatter glass because of their intense frequencies, God can sing notes that would destroy the whole universe.

Have you ever been in a really good mood and you caught yourself singing, humming, or whistling? There is something joyful about music that lifts our spirits. I’m sure our heavenly Father is usually singing because He is usually joyful. We are created just like God so we are musical beings. We respond to music the same way God does. A beautiful melody can bring us to tears. An intense, loud piece of music can get us excited or worked up. Slow music can make us more peaceful or even sleepy. The human creature was designed to create and respond to music in the same our Heavenly Father does. Music was a gift to us from our Creator, but unfortunately, most music today does not glorify our Creator.

All of that was to say this: The universe was designed by God to resonate with the divine music of Heaven. All of the strings of string theory are musical notes on God’s score. All of reality is a musical composition being performed on the cosmic stage. When the last note sounds and God lowers His baton, the creation as it is now will be changed and a new piece of music will arise from the chaos.

Is String Theory the End of the Road?

Can we go even smaller and cut these strings in half to see what they are made of? Is there a point where matter can’t be divided into smaller parts? Brian Greene, in response to the question writes:

“There are two possible answers to this question. First, strings are truly fundamental – they are “atoms,” uncuttable constituents, in the truest sense of the ancient Greeks. As the absolute smallest constituents of anything and everything, they represent the end of the line – the last of the Russian matrioshka dolls – in the numerous layers of substructure in the microscopic world….Using our linguistic analogy, paragraphs are made of sentences, sentences are made of words, and words are made of letters. What makes up a letter? What a linguistic standpoint, that’s the end of the line…Similarly, a string is simply a string – as there is nothing more fundamental, it can’t be described as being composed of any other substance.”[3]

Some physicists believe that the strings are not really the end of the road. There is a possibility that the strings could be made from even smaller ingredients. If this is the case, what are we left with once we’ve cut the strings into nothing? Is this where we meet empty space? The latest idea is that when we get to the smallest of scales and want to see the very fabric of spacetime, what you see is a membrane alive with all kinds of activity. Physicists began to realize by the 1990s that there was more to string theory than just tiny, one-dimensional strings. The mathematics revealed that there are multi-dimensional membranes. The one-dimensional membranes could be thought of as the strings of string theory. However, there are two-dimensional branes, three-dimensional branes and on it goes all the way up to ten spacial dimensions. Add the dimension of time and you have an eleven-dimensional universe.

This latest idea is called M-Theory. There is no agreement among physicists as to what the M stands for, but most use the term “Matrix.” According to this idea, the universe is actually a membrane suspended in a higher-dimensional existence, and is one among countless other parallel universes.

Amazingly, these parallel universes could be less than one millimeter away, yet we can’t reach out and touch them. Everything, including light, is bound to this matrix and has no chance of escape.

According to M-Theory, all of the elementary particles that we observe in our universe are the endpoints of strings. The other part of the string exists in the other dimensions.

Closed strings, it is thought, are not bound to our membrane and can “seep” out of this universe, which to physicists explains why gravity is such a weak force compared to the other forces of nature.

Because everything except gravity is trapped in our membrane universe, we can never enter the spiritual realm. Heaven is literally less than a millimeter away yet we can never touch it, see it, or experience it unless God allows us to “cross over”. It seems we are stuck to our universe like flies stick to fly tape.

He Upholds All Things by His Powerful Word

            We are now left with the obvious question: Where did the strings come from and where do they get the energy to move and vibrate? In order for these strings to vibrate they must receive the energy to do so. They can’t make themselves move. Newton’s first law of motion basically says that an object will remain at rest unless something exerts a force on it.

We also know from the law of the conservation of energy that energy and matter cannot be created or destroyed, so the universe cannot create new energy to make these strings move. All of the energy to make these strings vibrate had to be released at creation, or what scientists call the “Big Bang.” This tells us that the strings of string theory must receive energy from outside the physical universe. That leaves only one option – the spiritual realm. As a matter of fact, everything that happens in this physical universe has its root in the spiritual realm. Everything from a tree growing from a seed to the manifestation of a miracle, all events are the “fruit” of a spiritual reaction. The spiritual realm provides the energy (glory) to make matter manifest in this physical realm by first interacting with the quantum level. But, how does the energy transfer from the spirit world to the physical world?

The book of Hebrews tells us where the energy comes from. Jesus upholds all of the created order by the “word of His power” (Heb. 1:3). Romans 4:17 specifies that God created “new things out of nothing”. In other words, God did not create the material universe out of something already in existence. The physical universe was a completely new concept made out of ingredients not found in the spiritual realm. The ingredients God used to create our universe came from God’s words. “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth” (Ps. 33:6). In verse nine of the same Psalm it states, “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.”

Words are creative forces that carry spirit energy. Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). As mentioned earlier, the Hebrew word for “breath” is the same word used for “spirit”. So, the word for “breath” that is used in Ps. 33:6 could actually be translated “spirit”, because it was the spirit energy in the words of God that created the strings out of nothing and also provided the energy to make them vibrate at different frequencies.

The Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Words are a unique force that only certain beings can create. God, humans, angels, and demons are the only beings that can communicate by forming words. Obviously other creatures of the animal kingdom can communicate, and some by even using their vocal chords, but only humans can use their voices to form creative words that carry power.

Evidently, the spoken words of God have spirit energy (glory) in them, which can interact with quantum realities to create and manipulate matter.

This is exactly what we read in the creation account in the first chapter of Genesis. Moses wrote, “God said” approximately ten times in that first chapter, so there can be no doubt that God created matter and energy to “hear” His words and respond accordingly. As an example, consider a passage from the Bible regarding the resurrection. At the resurrection of the dead, the Bible tells us that God will speak to the dead bodies in the graves and they will “hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live” (John 5:25).

There are no souls sleeping in the dirt. The Bible makes it clear that that when the physical body dies the human spirit departs and goes to be with the Lord (Eccl. 12:7; James 2:26). So, if there are no sleeping souls in the graves, to whom is this shout directed? The answer is not “whom” but “what?”

Everything from quarks to super massive black holes can “hear” the spiritual frequency of God’s voice. God releases spiritual light from His words and the information He downloads into the light is transferred to any point in the universe, as discussed in a previous article. It is the matter and the quantum particles that make up matter that will “hear” the voice of Jesus at His glorious return. And obey it must! The glory of God, which is a creative force, will come from God’s Word, enter the quantum realm, which acts as an interface, and then will break forth into this matrix forming the substance of reality.

At Jesus’ glorious return to Earth, He will “come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thess. 4:16).

Evidently, Jesus is going to shout and the force of this shout will be so powerful and so filled with His spirit life that everything dead will come to life. He is going to do at the resurrection of the dead what He did at the creation. When He said in Genesis, “Let there be light,” there was light. When He shouts “Rise,” there will be a resurrection. The spirit energy that will be released in Jesus’ “loud command” will immediately go to work at the quantum level to make strings vibrate at just the right frequency. This will bring all of the atoms and molecules back to perfect working order. When God releases spirit energy in His words, he “downloads” His words with information. The information in the words is like software that tells the little pieces of matter how to vibrate and what reality to manifest.

Some theologians have a problem with this scenario because they don’t see how the dead bodies in the graves could be reformed with the same atoms they died with. They claim that the atoms that were once a part of the physical bodies of the deceased are recycled and now part of another person’s body, or maybe in a tree, or some other physical object. This argument seems valid at first glance, however, it fails to consider that the human body replaces about a trillion atoms every millionth of a second.[4] When this happens we don’t become a new person, so it isn’t necessary for God to use the exact same atoms to form the bodies of the resurrected believers.

The Bible shows another example of Jesus speaking to an object, in this case, a fig tree.

“The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And his disciples heard him say it” (Mark 11:12-14). The next morning comes and Peter notices something had changed in the fig tree. “In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered’” (Mark 11:20-21).

It is important to note that the tree withered “from the roots.” In other words, the tree withered from the inside out, not the outside in. Jesus spoke to the quantum particles that formed the substance of the tree. He didn’t speak to the bark. He spoke to the strings so they would vibrate at the right frequency to kill the tree. Once the quantum processes broke down at His command, it didn’t take long for that to manifest on a larger scale in the withered leaves.

Also notice how Jesus responded to Peter’s astonishment when he saw the fig tree: “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:22-24).

Whether Jesus meant we can literally speak to a mountain and move it could be debated. What is clear is the method used to move the mountain – speaking. I personally believe that we will have the capacity to literally move mountains by the spoken word, but that power is reserved for the future when we enter Eternity.

Jesus demonstrated the power of the spoken word over the quantum realm when He calmed the winds and the waves. “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm” (Mark 4:35-41).

Jesus actually spoke to the subatomic particles that formed the substance of the water and His words went to work at the quantum level to make the water molecules obey. The word quiet was “understood” by the subatomic particles in the water. The particles processed the information like tiny computers and obeyed by slowing down.

Jesus also spoke to a man named Lazarus who had been dead for four days.

As was the custom at that time, Lazarus’ whole body and face had been tightly wrapped with cloth for burial. There is no way Lazarus could see or walk but the Bible says that Jesus’ words were able to lift the mummified man up and present him to the people alive (John 11:38-44). Talk about power in the spoken word! His words transferred life energy to the subatomic particles that formed Lazarus’ physical body and they were put back into operation.

There was yet another incident where Jesus spoke to a dead girl and she came back to life (Mark 5:41-42). Jesus spoke to demons and they left the people they tormented (Luke 4:31-35).

There are many more examples, but the point has been made – Jesus used the spoken word to make things happen. Almost every miracle recorded in the Bible involved speaking to either a person or an object, both of which are made up of the same substance at the subatomic level.

Our words can also create and manipulate matter. The power of our spoken words has been greatly diminished due to the fall of Adam. God had to “turn down” the power in our words to protect His creation from wicked men with wicked hearts who speak wicked words into manifestation.

Jesus, being the “last Adam,” (1 Cor. 15:45) gave us a glimpse into the potential of Adam and Eve to use their words in a creative way had they never sinned. Jesus understood the quantum realm because He was the Master programmer who wrote the code. He made humans in His own image and likeness and gave them the ability to work with the universe at the subatomic level. As a matter of fact, Adam was the “god” of this planet before he sinned, and I believe God gave him supernatural abilities beyond anything we can imagine. If God made us like Himself, then it is easy to see how Adam and Eve had tremendous power in their spoken words.

In the next post we will examine this a little further as we delve into the subject of faith and the spoken word.

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[1] Brian Greene, The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality (New York: Vintage Books, 2004), 17.

[2] Ibid., 345.

[3] Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe, 141-142.

[4] Brian Greene, The Fabric of the Cosmos, 441.