Bringing Philippians to Life

Believe it or not, this actually is another real post you are getting notified about! Well, sort of. It’s not a science idea–it’s actually a school assignment that doesn’t really have all that much to do with theorizing. But since this blog is called The Christian Theorist, and most of you guys are writers anyway, I figured this would be appropriate. It is basically a very short short story, describing the events that might have happened around the time that Paul wrote Philippians. I hope you guys enjoy!

There was a knock at the door.

“Excuse me, Nona.” Paul shuffled to the door, his shackles clanking. Nona felt sorry for him. He was such a kind man; how could they keep him shackled like this? At least they let him rent a house, instead of keeping him in the jail. Still, the Roman guards at the door were a constant reminder of his lack of freedom. She couldn’t help but wonder what the Jews could have found so offensive about him that he would have to resort to appealing to Caesar.

“Justus! Epaphroditus! What’s wrong? What are you doing here?”

“We were on our way to bring you a gift from Philippi, and he fell ill.” Justus nodded to Epaphroditus, who was leaning heavily on his shoulder. “We figured Luke would probably be here, so we kept going, but he has gotten much worse. Is he here?”

“Yes, set him on the couch there. Luke! Come quickly!”

“What’s wrong? Oh!” Luke came rushing inside the back door of the small house, his brow furrowing at the site of Epaphroditus on the couch.

“What can we do?”

“Start some water heating, and bring me my tools.” Luke pressed his ear to Epaphroditus’ chest, while Nona hurried to heat some water. Paul knelt beside Luke and placed his hand on Epaphroditus’ forehead.

“Lord, bring our dear brother comfort.” He turned to Luke. “What is it?”

“Looks like pneumonia. He will be alright, but they should have stopped on the way for a doctor. Much longer, and their gift would have been used for a funeral. The Lord was watching over him. Thank you, Nona.” Luke dipped a cloth into the bowl of water Nona handed him, and placed in on Epaphroditus’ forehead. “He will be alright. Go talk with Justus.”

“Thank God for you, Luke. You are a true blessing to us. Justus, how long will you be here? I assume you need a place to stay?”

 

 

Paul sat down at his desk. His house was small, but he had made sure there was a separate room for prayer and writing. Luke spent a lot of his time here, compiling a history of their travels, but he was out entertaining their guests. Paul carefully laid out a sheet of papyrus, dipped his pen into the inkwell, and began to write. “This letter is from Paul.” He paused. Timothy probably wanted to send his regards, too. Poking his head out the door, he asked, “Where is Timothy?”

“He’s outside tending the garden,” Luke said. “Would you like me to call him in?”

“Please.”

Paul sat back down. “This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves to Christ Jesus. I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi…”

“Yes?”

“Come in, Timothy. I am writing a thank you note to the Philippians, and I thought you would like to say something.”

Paul continued writing, Timothy leaning over his shoulder, making comments and suggestions. The smell of tar from the ink filled the air as Paul’s rough fingers traced over the papyrus. Occasionally Timothy would lean in closer with his hand on Paul’s shoulder, and Paul would wince. His years of missionary work had taken their toll on his body.

“…Epaphroditus was very distressed that you heard he was ill. And he certainly was ill; in fact, he almost died. But God had mery on him—and also on me, so that I would not have one sorrow after another.” The pen moved swiftly over the parchment. Paul was no stranger to writing—his years of training as a Pharisee had perfected his handwriting, so that even without a scribe, his letters were perfectly legible.

“…And all the rest of God’s people send you greetings, too, especially those in Caesar’s household. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.”

“I bet they’ll love that comment,” Timothy put in. “I can hardly believe we converted the entire Praetorium.”

“The Holy Spirit converted them. We were just messengers.”

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February Update and Science Video

As I am sure you noticed when you arrived at the site, I actually got some good work done on the website this month! Timothy Schutz, over at evergreenmediaproductions.com, created this cool header image (unfortunately I can’t figure out how to make it link to the home page anymore, due to certain things about how WordPress works, but I will be working on that), as well as a new logo that actually means something, and I have made some progress figuring out how to change the url. I am not done working on the website, but I have made a lot of progress, and I will try to get a real content post up this month. Until then, check out these two Smarter Every Day videos I found:

WARNING: The first video uses medical terminology to refer to Kangaroo reproductive organs

 

 

October/November Update and Science Video

I missed the October update, so I’ve got a bit of catching up to do.

I have gotten little work done on the website, for the same reason I missed the October update: school. It is likely that I will not get almost any work done on this website for the rest of the calendar year, but I will see what I can do. It is starting to look like I may just give up on the forums, and go back to the old, free WordPress, though with a new domain and some other new stuff, simply because the paid site loses so much of the simple WordPress compatibility, which is the entire reason I chose to use WordPress as my host.

 

 

Matter Follow-up

I recently got a really cool confirmation on my matter idea. A Korean family stayed at my house last week, and the dad was a theoretician. He teaches quantum physics at a university in South Korea, and was here on a research trip. I jumped at the chance to get an educated opinion on my ideas, and had him read my Ultramatter, Gravity Shield, and Matter ideas. He was ecstatic to find a student that actually cared about school, instead of just being in it for the grade and degree, and he gave me his email address so we could keep in touch and he could give his input on my other ideas as he reads them, but the most exciting part was his response to my matter idea. As soon as he read the main concept about matter being a vibration, he said, “How did you know…?”

Apparently, one of the main concepts of quantum physics is the idea that matter, in its most basic form, is a vibration. On the one hand it’s slightly disappointing that I did not think of it first, but on the other hand, this means I figured out quantum physics (or at least part of it), which, needless to say, is really encouraging. One of my ideas was actually correct, at least to an extent! The Korean dad pointed me to the Grand Unity Theory, which is one of various Unified Field Theories, which attempt to explain all aspects of the universe except for gravity in terms of one field. I tried to read up about it, but it required too much back knowledge and would have taken way too long to research about it, but apparently it theorizes that matter in its most basic form is a vibration. My theory would be a Theory of Everything, because it includes gravity in the things it explains in terms of one field, and Scientists are ultimately hoping to come up with a Theory of Everything, but so far the only theories that are deemed plausible have been Unified Field Theories.

Titles

Here are the titles I have come up with so far. Any one of them could probably be vastly improved along the same lines, but these are the main ideas, and the examples give you an idea of what I’m looking for. I’d prefer a reference to God being the reason for science, but I couldn’t find a quote that would work, and I couldn’t remember the ones I’ve seen in the past. Which would you like to see as my new title? Do you have suggestions of your own? I’ve added a poll at the end of this post whose results will weigh rather heavily in my decision.

The Friend of Truth

“Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my greatest friend is truth.” –Newton

Playing on the beach of the ocean of truth

“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me” –Newton

The image of Truth

“Science is but an image of the truth” –Francis Bacon

Mirror of Truth

“There are two ways of spreading light—to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it” –Francis Bacon