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Understanding the Christian Symbolism in the Rainbow

A rainbow is a beautiful and splendid appearance in the midst of blue sky or even beyond the dark clouds and cold of a storm that has broke and cleared. It is like a super-real reminder that there is ahead of future of beauty and peace for which all the saved may hope. God demonstrates the fundamental nature of physics in the rainbow as a malleable temporal composition. We often see the rainbow following the challenging assaults of weather before darkness. It is our reminder of God to take with us as we enter into the twilight zone and then darkness of night.

Apophatic theology is the negative way, the mysterious and silent method of appreciating deeply the ineffable nature of God. Mankind must be silent and contemplative on so many issues, yet God can afford to splash a few rainbows now and then letting one know that reality is contingent after all.

The rainbow seems to represent a covenant of God. It is a reminder of his power to control the physical forces of the Universe and arrange it into its component elements as He wills. The four forces of nature as they are known to us; the weak and strong nuclear forces, gravity and electro-magnetism are thought to be composed of quarks or strings. Light quanta refracted bend with different wavelengths into constituent seven primary colors. The Word of God may have started the pre-perturbative vacuum to begin a Universe inflation with the right Word frequencies set into a primordial zero dimensional membrane. As the wavelengths act virtual particles appear ass thickened space-time wave trains and the entire bootstrapped Universe occurs building upon The Word. A rainbow is a good reminder of God.

(Revelation 4:3, KJV) “And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. ”

(Revelation 10:1, KJV) “And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow upon his head, and his face as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:”

These passages from The Revelation remind us that Jesus Christ is God, and the issue of The Word for the Universe to begin was an elemental act of God. The theistic emanation of the Universe is consistent with M-Theory, yet physical cosmology will likely always struggle to overcome the finite limitations of cosmological theory-a transcendence only God can fully comprehend.

Several days ago I was in a rural area of Alaska experiencing a somewhat gloomy and modestly stressful time in the field. The generator was broke, and so was I along with a dysfunctioning outboard and a blessing of other field issues. Even some pain and strain entered into the coefficient of adversity. Running out food stuffs, no fuel, no electricity to recharge a computer and interminable, pouring cold wet rain. It was gray, and dark, with a little light now and then seen through the clouds darkly.

I had to move and transport lots of personal materials some distance rowing and then climbing through a forest and uphill through some thick woods and onto a logging clear cut full of ‘slash’. Slash is slippery when wet and piled at bizarre angles and fundamentally unsound to walk across. Eventually I made it up with the bags and then walked a few miles down a road some times to get to a local transportation center and tent to wait to travel.

On the way in from the top of the clear-cut I saw the first half rainbow brilliantly illuminating the waters and lake across the way from where I had been. It was truly a beautiful and lifting sight. Of course I realize how the rainbow is made with light refracted through wet atmosphere and hopefully with the sun and the tilt of the Earth at the right angle, yet there it was.

I walked a little farther and the rainbows following end had left the lake and moved into the middle of the channel, and after a while there was a ghost of a second rainbow above. As I walked the miles into town the vast, magnificent rainbow moved along across from me providing a substantial cheer and companionship. Finally before I left the last view of the place where I had lived so many years the last light of the rainbow faded away into the gray.

I completed the walk into the town and pitched a tent in a wooded area and walked to the water’s edge to view the mainland across. Traveling through the trees and bush I again set out upon the sea grass on a rocky highland (comparatively), and there was the complete rainbow in brilliant presence brighter than I had seen it before.

The rainbow was intensely bright against the gray backdrop and dark green virgin forests of the northern coastal climate. It reached from partway back from where I had been forward towards where I was going. It was a complete rainbow set in the waters with the wilds of the Alaska coast and British Columbia beyond. Being a Christian it gave me pause to consider how powerful God is and how he might even condescend to have an interest in humanity more than a little. I cannot imagine the technical skill required to create a Universe and everything within it. Even the pre-big bang super-string theorists couldn’t begin to provide functioning axioms for any kind of workable primordial vacuum of virtual particle energy much less inflate a universe from it and send a Son into it to rescue the lost.

God’s rainbow is a reminder of his prowess at particle cosmology and concern for human destiny. Though the world is a kind of corrections facility consequent to the willfulness of Adam and Eve, our human opportunity to be saved from our own misguided efforts to originate everything ourselves with our own will and desires as the soul compass morally and intellectually is present in the person of Jesus Christ. Yes we must need to work for the good on Earth and be productive and innovative intellectuals, laborers and environmental Utopians, however human beings should do so with the awareness that God has created all of this opportunity for humanity. It should be taken very seriously indeed.

Genesis 9-11:12 King James Version “11And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

12And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

13I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

14And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

15And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

16And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”