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On Understanding God

By: Federico Ivan Prokopczuk (click on name to connect with him on IG)

This is a Tessaract:

This is a 4th dimensional analog of a cube, projected into 3 dimensional space. There has been research done on higher dimensional geometry and topology since the 1800s, and the tessaract was one the first ventures into that field. It looks strange, like a cube within a cube right? I think it’s kind of funny looking, and the fact that it is moving constantly is interesting as well. In order to fully get an idea of the tessaract you need to understand how some mathematicians define dimensions in geometry and how we get to look at something like this and say it is a 4th dimensional object.

In the beginning…. There was a point. This is a non-dimensional object. Infinitely small, it has no definition and no space.

If you get that point and pull it in any direction, leaving a trail where it goes, what do you have? A line. This is a one dimensional object. It only moves along one axis. Think of the number line, you can only go forward and backwards.

Now again, grab that line and pull it in a 90 degree angle, leaving a trail where it goes, until all the edges are all of the same length. Now you have a square. This square exists in 2 dimensions. If you remember your high school math, those are your x and y axes. An interesting thing to point out now is that the 2 dimensional object can project itself into 1 dimension. Imagine you were looking through a slit and someone passes a square across your line of vision. Depending on how they do it, all you will see is a line of the same length for a little while. Even though you are looking at a square, all you will see is a line.
Take this square and pull it at a 90 degree angle again, and now you have a cube. It has x, y, and z axes and this is the way we see things in our universe. These things are the easiest for us to visualize because we have a lifetime of objects in our mind in 3 dimensions. They make sense to us, because these are the things we can touch and see. However that same idea applies from before. Try this experiment: Take a cube and a flash light. Flash the light in towards the wall and set it down. Now move the the cube in front of the light, and look at the shadow that is formed. Move the cube around and look at the different shapes you can form. You are using 2 dimensions to visualize a 3 dimensional object.

One last time, take your cube and pull it 90 degrees from every angle. It not very possible because we don’t work in this dimension but in actuality you are pulling it into the 4th dimension. For it to be valid all of the corners need to move towards a common area, and all these angles need to be 90 degrees from all the others. Once this is achieved, your object it 4th dimensional. However we can’t visualize it. In order to see it we need to force it into the 3rd dimension and try to visualize it that way, that is why the gif is moving. We need to get different aspects of it by moving it around. This 4th dimension object is just as valid and real and full of its own characteristics vastly different from all the other square analogs but we can’t understand it or even see it truly. I hope you see where I am going with this.
This is how I imagine God. When I think of God, I don’t think of some white man in the clouds that grants us wishes if we get enough people to ask nicely. I believe in an omnipresent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent God. One that is above our possibility to understand. This is supported in the in the text. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was, and who is to come.”(Rev. 1:8). He is above our finite system, He is the beginning and the end.

One of my favorite names that is given to God is one that He gives to Moses. He is the I Am. That that is. Those two words speak volumes to me!

This is why I brought out this elaborate example, because we can’t understand him. He is above us. The field of theology is a us putting our ideas together to try and understand God, but in essence its futile. Think back to that cube/flashlight experiment. As much as you try, if you just look at that shadow, you will never fully get the idea of what is in your hand. They can’t be compared. I could add a comparison to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave here, but I feel like it speaks for itself.

When we theorize and contemplate on God, it’s awe-inspiring and difficult because we physically can’t do it. This is especially dangerous when we start saying “I know God, and He would want me to do this”. Do you really though? That’s a slippery slope that has led many down very bad paths and has tainted the name of organized religion.
We have a God that is beyond our understanding, and that makes me feel small. In a good way though, because if you think back to another trait of these higher dimensional objects they can be projected into lower ones. The same idea with the flashlight/cube experiment. The cube is showing us an aspect of itself that we can use. It becoming like us so a 2 dimensional being can understand. I hope you are seeing where I am going again.
God projects himself into our reality in the form of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. They are what makes our God personal. While using these projections we can never say we understand God fully, we start to look in the direction of God and connect with something we can see.

Going back to the Tessaract for a second, another way of projecting something into a lower dimension is by arranging it’s net. It’s when you break up the sides and unfold it into a lower dimension. It easier to show than it is to explain. 

Well you can do the same thing with a tessaract:

This is a way of unfolding these complex shapes in a way that is easier to visualize. This what Jesus Christ is: an unfolding of a complex idea made for us to understand. He takes God’s teaching and presents them in a new way for us to understand. Just to finish off, in researching for this I found that I am not the first to come up with this idea. This is Salvador Dali’s Corpus Hypercubus.

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” 1 John 8-9
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