A Unified Theory of Everything
The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.( Psalms 89:11 ) KJV
If accepting Jesus Christ IS the power to overcome the gravity of earth and go to heaven, then we have a unified theory of everything which is consistent with all physical laws and God’s plan of redemption.
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called( 1 Timothy 6:20 ) KJV
Either light speed is variable or time is. Either way this means that redshift can be a measurement of relative distance to the stars, but it’s not a measure of recession speed. The universe isn’t expanding.
The Three Heavens
I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.( 2 Corinthians 12:2 ) KJV
Christians who capitulate with SciPop and believe that earth orbits a sun which is adrift in an infinite universe don’t have a third heaven. The third heaven is the firmament, the sea of glass.
Firmament: רָקִ֖יעַ – Raqia
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.( Genesis 1:6 ) KJV
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.( Revelation 15:2 ) KJV
Accepting the firmament as a sphere of rigid crystal on the edge of space solves scriptural and physical problems. The King James Bible is the only one from which an accurate cosmological model may be deduced.
Spreadeth, Stretcheth, Stretched
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.( Genesis 1:6-8 ) KJV
We think of earth as down and heaven as up. Heaven above and hell below. Whatever happened on the 2nd day has to allow for the eventual formation of heaven and hell. These are not spiritual concepts.
The Sphere of the Earth
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:( Isaiah 40:22 ) KJV
There is a side effect to the creation of gravity that is going to upset some people: if earth formed around a gravitational singularity then it’s spherical. It’s impossible for the earth to be flat.
A Garment of Light
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:( Psalms 104:2 ) KJV
Taking Bible verses out of context is dangerous, but what if we examine the context and find that there is congruence between flowery poetic language and empirical observations of our physical reality?
The Firmament of the Heavens
Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.( Matthew 13:43 ) KJV
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.( Daniel 12:3 ) KJV
The firmament gives us a source of light for the 2nd and 3rd days of creation, a source of water for Noah’s flood, literal windows of heaven and we can account for all empirical observations of the cosmos.
The Foundation(s) of the Earth
Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.( Isaiah 48:13 ) KJV
A gravitational singularity was established forever: it formed the foundation of the first heaven and earth; it will be the foundation of the new heaven and earth. It shall not be removed.
A Space Between: בֵּ֥ין – bayin
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.( Genesis 1:4 ) KJV
In pondering the physics of creation we have come to understand that the earth is part of the ongoing process of the permanent physical separation of light from darkness. The process is not complete. Yet.