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Parallel Worlds: Virtual Particles and the Mysteries of Jesus [Video]

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Emerson Eggerichs, Ph.D.
Author, Speaker, Pastor

I find it fascinating that scientists have discovered a set of laws in the universe beyond our current understanding of the laws of physics. These laws are counterintuitive and appear to defy our current laws of physics.

The traditional laws of physics, like Newton’s laws, are predictive. “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” However, as scientists study the world of subatomic particles under quantum mechanics, they have discovered, for example, particles appearing and disappearing in empty space without prediction. These virtual particles are not predictable like Newton’s laws. They act based on what is referred to as inherent uncertainty.

Thus, we might say, we live in a universe with two sets of laws that operate differently. We should be amazed by what scientists have discovered within quantum mechanics. Astonishingly, this contradicts, or so it appears, everything we have believed and understood about our daily life and life’s reality.

5 Realities

From quantum mechanics, let’s get specific. Here are five realities beyond our current understanding of the traditional laws of physics. 

  1. Dual nature: These particles are simultaneously fully matter and fully energy. Such particles are particle-like and wave-like, challenging classic physics. 
  2. Existence in one place yet everywhere: These particles challenge traditional measurements of position and momentum because they can quickly and simultaneously occupy numerous places while also being in just one place, creating challenges in precisely determining both their position and speed, in contrast to classical measurements.
  3. Intimately connected yet spatially apart: Quantum particles can become entangled with each other, even when they are far apart. This entanglement is surprising because, according to classical physics, it shouldn’t happen. Some scientists find it puzzling and challenging to explain using classical ideas.
  4. There is more than one—oh, no, just one: Such particles can exist simultaneously in more than one state until a scientist observes them, at which point they “collapse” into one of the states. This property makes scientific observation in quantum physics more complex than classical physics. 
  5. Magically defying barriers: These particles exhibit a remarkable ability to pass through obstacles seemingly “magically,” a feat impossible within the framework of classical physics. They do so by appearing to tunnel or sneak through barriers, even though they appear to lack that ability according to current laws of physics.

As one reads of these findings, they ignite profound amazement and wonder. A revolutionary and seismic shift in the thinking of most scientists has occurred. A whole new and different set of laws must be acknowledged and appreciated.

These five realities cause us to conclude this can’t be real but it is real. Put another way, they are not logical but within quantum mechanics they are logical.

Assuredly, we have entered another realm of reality that does not abide by the reality we espouse in traditional physics. This is not a natural next step in reality and logic but opens the door into another realm that defines reality and logic differently. Quantum mechanics requires us to reconfigure our understanding of the universe. Based on this new realm, the unreal must be seen as real, since it is, and the illogical must be seen as logical since there is a consistency to the inherent inconsistency; there is certainty about the inherent uncertainty.

5 Realities of Jesus

Permit me now to make the point I wish to make. As a believer in Jesus Christ and a Bible teacher, I stand in awe of how, at one level, quantum mechanics provides validation to Jesus and the kingdom of God. According to the Bible, He operated beyond our current understanding of the law of physics. But unlike a hundred years ago, which would have marked a Bible-believing person as irrational, today, in the face of the findings of quantum mechanics, it’s not necessarily irrational. 

  1. Jesus possessed a dual nature: He was fully man and fully God. 
  2. Jesus existed in one place yet was everywhere.
  3. Jesus was intimately connected to the believer yet spatially apart from each believer.
  4. There is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (more than one), but there is just one God.
  5. Jesus magically defied barriers entering closed rooms, and spontaneously appeared and disappeared.

I hope an unbeliever would open their mind and heart to these amazing five concepts. Yes, science has proved quantum mechanics. But there are two kinds of proof: scientific and legal/historical. Historians and lawyers do not use scientific proof to make their case by re-murdering a person in a laboratory but provide proof in a court of law based on the credibility of the witnesses, circumstantial evidence, probabilities, subsequent events, and so forth. To argue that the report in the Bible is mythical because it has not been scientifically proven is to misuse scientific proof.


While there may be no scientific proof to confirm that your great-great-grandmother died of a heart attack, it doesn’t negate the fact of her dying. Scientific proof deals with observable, testable, and repeatable phenomena—in an uncontaminated laboratory. In contrast, historical proof focuses on evidence based on the testimony of family members, obituaries, funerals, and death certificates. These historical pieces of evidence provide a report that may not be scientifically provable but are essential in understanding the past and validating beyond a reasonable doubt one’s great-great-grandmother died of a heart attack. If there is no scientific proof that your great-great-grandmother died of a heart attack, does that mean she did not die as reported? Not at all.

So, what I share here cannot be proven scientifically. 

  1. Jesus possessed a dual nature: He was fully man and fully God. 
  2. Jesus existed in one place yet was everywhere.
  3. Jesus was intimately connected to the believer yet spatially apart from each believer.
  4. There is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (more than one), but there is just one God.
  5. Jesus magically defied barriers entering closed rooms, and spontaneously appeared and disappeared.

If a skeptic wishes, he can claim these accounts are fairy tales and discount the biblical report about Jesus. I get that. But I hope that in honesty and humility, and maybe with a measure of genuine curiosity, you might, as an unbeliever, be less critical of the biblical account since it’s based on historical and testimonial evidence, much like other events we accept as true in our understanding of history. But also, if you subscribe to the new realm discovered by quantum mechanics and feel comfortable living in the face of these incomprehensible findings, you should not be such a staunch rationalist that you dismiss the possibility of realities beyond your current understanding. Just as quantum mechanics contests classical physics, perhaps faith challenges our secular view of reality, providing information about a different dimension of existence.

As for the believer, take heart when facing criticism from those who claim intellectual superiority and dismiss your faith in Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God. As odd as this sounds, your belief aligns with significant elements of quantum mechanics.

The following are not necessarily preposterous and far-fetched assertions.

1. Jesus possessed a dual nature: He was fully man and fully God.

  • The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 NIV)
  • [Jesus], being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:6-7 NIV)
  • For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form. (Colossians 2:9 NIV)

2. Jesus existed in one place yet was everywhere.

  • “How do you know me?’ Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” (John 1:48 NIV)
  • “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20 NIV)
  • “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NIV)
  • For in him [Jesus] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16-17)

3. Jesus was intimately connected to the believer yet spatially apart from each believer.

  • Christ lives in me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)
  • . . . Christ in you. (Colossians 1:27)
  • “I am in you.” (John 14:20 NIV)
  • “I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:3 NIV)
  • He sat down at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 10:12 NIV)

4. There is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (more than one), but there is just one God.

  • “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19 NIV)
  • May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV)
  • “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30 NIV)
  • Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? . . . You have not lied just to human beings but to God.” (Acts 5:3-4 NIV)
  • . . . if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. (Romans 8:9 NIV)

5. Jesus magically defied barriers entering closed rooms, and spontaneously appeared and disappeared.

  • Now when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were together due to fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst, and said to them, “Peace be to you.” (John 20:19)
  • Eight days later His disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be to you.” (John 20:26)
  • Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. (Luke 24:31)

The quantum revolution in scientific thinking has redefined reality. I am writing this article in the year of our Lord 2023. For over two millennia, Jesus redefined reality, and influenced humanity second to none about another realm called the kingdom of God. Truly, the Jesus revolution. Seems to me quantum mechanics is just now catching up with what Jesus mouthed and modeled.

Questions to Consider

  1. Consider the five realities beyond our traditional understanding of physics that Emerson lists above (dual nature, existence in one place yet everywhere, etc.). Though most cannot fully comprehend the science behind these, few would argue with their realities, if science says they have been proven. When, then, do so many refuse to believe the five realities of Jesus and the kingdom of God that Emerson lists parallel to these? In other words, why do they accept one set but not the other?
  2. Emerson said, “To argue that the report in the Bible is mythical because it has not been scientifically proven is to misuse scientific proof.” Do you agree or disagree? Explain your answer.
  3. Which of the above five realities of Jesus and the kingdom of God (or perhaps another that was not mentioned) do you find most challenging to believe? Why is that? Because one cannot comprehend something, does that mean it cannot be true?
  4. In what other ways have you seen how science and/or history has proven stories from the Bible to be true (or at least could scientifically or historically be true)?