Just Thinking

In a book that I was reading recently, it mentioned that sound waves exist within the smallest known particles of matter.  Science isn’t one of my favorite topics, but this idea caught my interest, so I did a little basic research.  This is what I discovered about string theory and the “theory of everything”:

We have this idea that the basic constituents of nature are these vibrating strings, that their vibrational patterns dictate the properties of particles, and they dictate the kinds of forces at work in the world.  Force particles are also associated with particular patterns of string vibration and hence everything, all matter and all forces, is unified under the same rubric of microscopic string oscillations—the “notes” that strings can play. (Brian Greene)

In a nutshell, the fundamental particles of the Universe are not made of different material, but the same material. The reason they display different characteristics is because their internal strings are vibrating differently. If string theory is correct, the sum total of the unimaginably small vibrating strings equates to the harmonic symphony of the Universe we see around us.  (Dr Duncan Copp)

Sharp turn ahead, this is where I will lose the scientists…

What if the fundamental substance of everything is vibrating strings, and what if these sound waves or strings are really the voice of God, meaning He not only spoke everything into existence in the past, but the essence of matter currently is His voice?

What if every created thing is the physical manifestation of His voice, and the actual physical substance we experience is, at the very innermost core level, the voice of God?

I dunno.  Like I said, I’m just thinking.


21 thoughts on “Just Thinking

  1. I read the Book after watching his show on TV it’s called The Elegant Universe –

    Greene discusses the essential problem facing modern physics: unification of Albert Einstein’s theory of General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. Greene suggests that string theory is the solution to these two conflicting approaches.

    I enjoyed the Docos and the book, but like your previous post ” I’m not as smart as Greene” and agree with you the voice of God is heard in the vibrations in all that is around, it was His voice that called it into being after all.

  2. My 2 cents:

    In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. (Heb 1:1-3)

    Actually “sustaining” is a musical word. Anyway – I’m all for that idea – more scripture to support that than much of the other stuff Christians believe. That would mean you really do live in an “August Rush” sort of world, and that discerning the voice of God is all important. Some said it thundered.

  3. Love it, Grace! You’re sounding like Rob Bell in his “Everything is Spiritual” DVD. I think you’d really enjoy watching it if you haven’t already seen it. I can mail mine to you if you’d like to borrow it!

  4. Listen to the podcast from Bethel Church from 6/29 “The sound of the son” in his own way the guy speaking is talking about the same idea. It is a little rough at the end but the intended message relates. Then this morning I was reading the Message and stumbled on Psa. 33:4  For GOD’S Word is solid to the core;
    everything he makes is sound inside and out.

  5. Grace, love the way you’re thinking here, and I love Jerry’s comment, too (as well as the others, but his really jumped out at me).

    Great stuff!! It gave me chills (in a good way) to even consider the idea of the voice of God being the substance of everything.

    Even if it were not entirely accurate from a scientific standpoint, I think that most of us could benefit from this “worldview”. It would have ramifications on just about every area of our thinking and living.

    Seems to me that’s what the kingdom is all about — seriously altering the way we see and understand everything!

  6. Grace,
    I think you’ll like this from my friend, Roy Williams who wrote about string theory as the Voice of God a while back. An excerpt:

    Listen to a group of physicists talk about String Theory and it will slowly dawn on you that they’re explaining the entire universe as nothing but the quivering, dancing echo of the voice of God. “Let there be light.”

    String Theory describes energy and matter as being composed of tiny, wiggling strands of energy that look like strings. And the pitch of a string’s vibration determines the nature of its effect.

    In essence, String Theory describes space and time, matter and energy, gravity and light, indeed all of God’s creation… as music.

  7. Careful, Grace! You’ll be resonating at the same frequency as The Abbess, if you’re not careful…. 8)

    Of course, this takes me right back to J.R.R. Tolkien and the Music of the Ainur from The Silmarillion — where Illuvitar (YHWH) propounds a musical theme and invites the Ainur to harmonize — the result being the shaping of a vision for Ea (the world) and all things in it, including the Children of Illuvitar (elves and men)…. It is a powerful chapter.

    And then it takes me right back to energy medicine (such a challenging topic on which to have a constructive, instructive dialogue without evoking the Boogie Man and all things evil … sigh), where everything resonates at certain frequencies and the dampening of one’s frequency leads to dis-ease….

    I’ve been asking in a few other places, but I’ll ask it here today: anyone else read either of Dr. James L. Oschman’s books on Energy Medicine?

    Which, of course, takes us back to the scientists who cannot figure out why “music” exists. It doesn’t seem to have any purpose. Doh. It’s is what strikes the “tuning fork” in our souls to keep our resonance vibrating.

    …okay, back to “reality” hehehe 8)

  8. Grace,

    Not only does He ‘uphold all things by the word of His power” Heb 1:3, but “we are His poem (aka workmanship, Eph 2:10)”, from the Greek ‘poema’, and continues to “sing over us” Zeph 3:17.

    So, yes, I think you’re pulling a divine thread! Or, is that plucking..?

    ; ‘ )


  9. When I read B. Greene’s book a while back while researching for my Master’s Thesis, I found myself similarly lost in these kinds of thoughts…

  10. I think I will strum a few bars :D
    This is so cool! I never heard about this theory before today , but it resonates with me as well…
    If this is true, then no wonder music has such a powerful effect on us as humans. I know it does on me. No wonder some of us gravitate to corporate worship that is full of music. Us evangelicals even call the music worship in a lot of instances. The worship leader in many churches is the music director.
    Also, this theory brings some new ramifications to scripture like that one in James about the power of the tongue. Not just our songs but our words are sound waves. No wonder they are so powerful…
    Thanks for something to think about!!!

  11. Interesting. I like your thinking. 8)

    Peggy mentioned the Silmarillion. C. S. Lewis also used music in creation. In The Magician’s Nephew – the volume from the Narnian Chronicles that tells the story of creation – Aslan sings the Narnian world into existence…. and it sings back…

  12. Sorry to disappear. I did not drop off the face of the earth, but I did have drop in company. I loved all of your comments to this post, and thanks for not just saying I’m crazy.

    A lot of arguments about creation theories make my eyes glaze over. However, considering the possibility of God’s voice as, not only formative, but the actual substance of created things is really interesting to me.

    I should make a list of further reading. I didn’t realize this has been so widely discussed. In fact, I had not even heard of string theory before I looked this up. Lots of great suggestions. Thanks!

    It is amazing to consider the response of the voice within cells to the voice of the creator. The idea gives a different nuance to so many scriptures.

    Thanks for joining me on this pondering. Your thoughts are really intriguing, and as Sarah said, my strings are going wild just thinking about this again. ;)

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