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Many Mansions

By: David Deschesne

Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal

August 24, 2011

There is an unobservable reality that exists outside of our physical ability to see, touch or feel that is perhaps what Christ was referring to in his discussion on “many mansions” being in his Father’s house.1

An atom in our three-dimensional physical realm is comprised mostly of space. “If we enlarge an atom a quadrillion times (1015), it will be about sixty miles in diameter. At its center we will find a small hard sphere the size of a soccer ball. That’s the nucleus. Flying around the soccer ball at various distances tens of miles from it are many tiny marbles that represent the electrons. All the rest of this fantasy is empty space.”2

It is in this empty space that exists within the structure of the atom that quantum mechanics takes over and the rules of three dimensional space and time break down. At those sub-atomic sizes, particles do not exist in any quantifiable, objective, empirical point in space. Rather, they paradoxically exist in a collection of probabilities in both space and time (past or future) and can never be empirically pinpointed with any reliable degree of accuracy.

Space does not just seem to expand infinitely out into our universe and beyond, it also expands infinitely smaller below the scale of the atom. The status of both—macro and micro universes exhibit phenomena that our finite, three-dimensional human brains are incapable of rationalizing or even perceiving. Indeed, logic breaks down in the sub-atomic, quantum realm where a particle can be in multiple points in space and time concomitantly.

“Many mansions” may be attempting to describe this paradox. Mansions is translated from the Greek, μονη (monē)3 and carries with it the meaning and symbolism of a place to stay such as a home or abode. It is derived from the more generic, μἐνω (mēno) which means to stay in a given place, place, state, relation; to be present, abide, dwell, endure and remain.4

The word “many” in Greek is πολύς (polus).5 It means many, much, abundant, plenteous and in its superlative, the largest number, or very large; very, great and most.

The ‘many mansions’ phrase seems to indicated a world, much like the quantum world, where there are many places to exist in, in a form and realm we are currently incapable of perceiving, much less comprehending.

“There is a world beyond this world, -or, rather, a world holding this world in its spiritual ether as the universe holds a planet.”6

Many mansions is a metaphor describing a realm that is incomprehensible and indescribable to people who are limited with finite minds and the logic that entraps them. Logic breaks down in the quantum realm, our minds cannot comprehend it, but because it cannot be empirically proven does not mean it doesn’t exist.

Christ’s metaphor was describing his Father’s house as having a limitless number of places for all his followers to exist in, together at the same time. This is the shamayim, (Hebrew: the “heavens”) that all energy in the universe ultimately was derived from and will finally return to. Just as a tide ebbs and flows from and to the sea, the physical realm manifests itself as God’s creation, then reverts back on His timetable and command to a realm where we will find there to be many mansions.

Notes

1.) John 14:2

2.) It’s All Elementary: From Atoms to the Quantum World of Quarks, Leptons, and Gluons, ©1985 Necia H. Apfel, p. 40

3.) Strong’s #3438

4.) Strong’s #3306

5.) Strong’s #4183 and 4118

6.) The parables of Jesus ©1928 Doubleday, Doran & Co., p. 123