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INTERSTELLAR, THE BIBLE: Explaining Time Dilation around a Fire

by Clearchus
Clash Daily Guest Contributor

Interstellar is an awesome movie. I personally think the actor named, “Time Dilation”, should win an Oscar. For supporting actor, it would be, “Resolving Quantum Spaces to Relativity”. On second thought, just give it to Einstein and Neils Bohr. For Romance resolved across stars, black holes, and worm holes, McConahey and Hathaway have my vote. I do wish that arch villain Dr. Mann would have had his butt kicked before being blown out an air lock but that is a minor criticism. It is cool that the front cover of this month’s issue of Wired Magazine showcases the science behind the film.

That said, this very entertaining film, without realizing it, straddled Biblical creation and space time. Another way of saying this is that Bible believers are NOT idiots in the face of modern science.

Dimensions. This is an aspect of Interstellar and creation that I geek out on. In the 1200s, Rabbi Nachmanides wrote in his commentary on Genesis that God did his work in ten dimensions. As a result of the fall in Geneses 3, Nachmanides said humans fell into living in the three “knowable spaces” of length, width, and depth riding the surface of Time Present. We lost access to six dimensions in the fall but they still impact creation. I personally think the forbidden fruit was a grape because upon eviction, Adam and Eve let out a little whine…

Before anyone dismisses the Bible for modern science, let’s look at dimensions. If you draw a space defined by length, width and depth, you have a three dimensional cube. Draw a longer line that is along the lower left edge of the cube. That represents “Time Present”. Draw another cube from that longer line. You have a cube within a cube. That second larger cube is the cube of time – Time Present, Time Past, and Time future. That is only six of the ten dimensions.

Theory sort of states that two of the remaining dimensions could be surface interfaces to additional realms with their own dimensional expressions. What about number ten? It could be gravity because that one extends through all dimensions – as mentioned in the movie when they try to resolve Quantum to Relative. Einstein’s theory of relativity simply states that time is relative to the velocity of the observer. We have also found with GPS and atomic clocks that time is relative to the gravity of the observer. That is why the main characters in Interstellar spend a few hours on a planet close to a black hole but 20 years pass on earth. That is Time Dilation.

In the movie Interstellar, we have Worm Holes. The movie’s explanation is excellent – where one of the astronauts pokes a hole in a folded piece of paper to demonstrate a worm hole that traverses the distance of an otherwise flat page. Worm Holes are timeless.

Let’s bring these together.

John 20:19: Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

For an individual WITH access to the ten dimensions, going through a wall, defined mostly by length, width, and depth, is trivial. Was that a Worm Hole He created by folding of the dimensions in a frame of gravity? As I watched Interstellar with its plot friction in Worm Holes, Black Holes, Time Dilation, and resolution of Quantum to Relative, my heart sang.

In the movie, accessing and understanding all those things, with the help of superior beings, is what saves mankind. In the Bible, when God resolves creation to himself, we get back access to all ten dimensions.

This brings me to the time matrix the main character uses to communicate with his daughter.

2Ki 13:18: Then he said, “Take the arrows”; so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground”; so he struck three times, and stopped.

2Ki 13:19: And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.”

Like the main character in the time matrix in Interstellar, I think Elisha was given views of time alternatives based on how many times the King struck the ground. Einstein said, “For us physicists, the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one.” He understood that no matter how much it dominates our calendars and lives, Time Present is just a small piece of creation.

Interstellar is a movie we should see with our kids then discuss within the perspectives of creation and the dimensions that are often hinted at in the Bible. You see, the Bible comes to us from beyond space time, like a worm hole (with the attribute of being Timeless), and gives humanity choices of salvation that can return our access to the spaces we lost in Genesis 3.


Jay InmanClearchus is the author of three Science Fiction books; “Sunigin,” “Insurgio,” and “Certo” (Available at Amazon) about the next Texas Revolution. He is a retired Army Field Artilleryman who was one of the last men in the U.S. Army to command an M110 8″ Howitzer firing battery. He currently designs computer networks for commercial, non-profit, and government environments. Married for 32 years to the most gorgeous babe he knows, he and his wife have four kids. Their lives and perspectives straddle military assignments, combat tours, and mission trips across Europe, Asia, and the Horn of Africa.


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