How Nikola Tesla showed me a new Biblical perspective
In 2011, I started reading my bible diligently again.
In all honesty, it wasn't for any particular “spiritual” reason. I was following up a piece of information while I was researching Nikola Tesla and all the myths surrounding the man. More specifically, I was reading Nikola Tesla's autobiography titled “My Inventions”.
In Chapter 5, Tesla states that he was concentrating on forming some big new idea when his thoughts went back to his mother: “ My Mother had taught me to seek all truth in the Bible; therefore I devoted the next few months to the study of this work....At this time I made a further careful study of the Bible, and discovered the key in Revelation.”
Now for those that don't know, everything in our modern technical and informational age, can trace its origin directly to Nikola Tesla's many discoveries and inventions. At the time, I was an avid researcher in alternative energies, and seeing this particular quote from Tesla really puzzled me! After all, I had also read the book of Revelation a few times myself! And I never saw any form of technology-based script in the book. What had I missed?
And it was by asking the right questions that God blessed me with an important piece of understanding.
At the time, I was also using multiple translations of the English bible for in depth study and if there was reason to go deeper, I would then go to the ancient Greek translations for clarification and understanding. So while I was reading the third chapter in the book of Revelation in different bibles, I realized a particular discrepancy; that where “seven spirits” was written, there was also a reference to a “SEVEN-FOLD SPIRIT”. Hmm... One spirit with seven different folds, even seven different perspectives to understand.
I found this understanding quite fascinating at the time. ( side note: I will be going into biblical numerology at a later time so as not to deviate from my point). And while the actual definition of seven-fold is to increase seven times, it's not really how I understood it at the time. No, what I got from this little translational discrepancy was that there was more than one way to understand something in the bible.
When you think about it in terms of an elementary baseline, it's not so far fetched. For example, other than being a book that teaches a person about Jesus and salvation, the Bible is also a history book, a book of songs and wisdom, a prophetic book, etc. So perhaps a man like Tesla, who stated that he sought ALL TRUTH in the Bible, was on to something! Remember that this is a man who had the ability to build motors in his mind, run them for months, and then take them apart, again, in his head, to see where the bearings were failing.
And sure enough, whatever it was that Tesla was researching at the time, he found his answer in the book of Revelation. He doesn't state exactly what he was looking for or what exactly he discovered and much has been said about it between people in the past that have looked into the subject. Feel free to share your own ideas in the comment section of this article. But I digress...
With this important piece of understanding, I wondered if I could understand the Bible from different perspectives and with this new found happiness I plunged right back into Genesis 1 and started reading from the beginning paying attention to the most minute details and even to this day I am marveled at the depth of God's word.
After all, one of my favorite scriptures, Proverbs 25:2 states “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”
So it was during a conversation that I had last night with a dear friend of Italian decent, who is a marvelous engineer, that I had a bit of an epiphany.
He was going off on the marvelousness of metal and it's different capabilities in producing different sounds based on it's elasticity. Mind you, his explanation lasted for quite a few minutes while his eyes gleamed at the prospect of what could be done with metal when he turned to me and said in his flamboyant English with an Italian accent, “George, you have to understand that metal is truly a gift from God!”
This statement, then triggered in my mind an astonishing thought; “What if he is right?”. Can it be understated the quality of life we have today regarding what metal does for us? To creating electricity, bring it to our homes, building transportation and shelter and providing us with food and water, our fundamental needs as a civilization are all possible do to this apparent gift. And what's more, we aren't going backwards to log cabins and horse and buggies any time soon. Yes, I believe that I can at least agree with the fact that our quality of life is better because of metal.
That's when it hit me.
The story of Adam and Eve is pretty well know but in a nutshell, God created Adam and then Eve from his rib. They lived in paradise called Eden with God, who gave them complete access to the grounds cautioning them only not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. All was well, until the serpent deceived Eve into disobeying God and eating the fruit from said tree. She then thought it would be a good idea to give Adam some of the fruit too, and when he had some as well, they scurried to sow fig leaves together to hide their nakedness. Then when God eventually goes for a stroll in the garden during the cool of the day, He called out to Adam and Eve who were hiding from God because of said nakedness. After explanations were stated, God proceeds to curse the serpent, the Eve, and finally Adam.
Genesis 3: 17-19, 23
“17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return...
23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.”
Most people, myself included, read vs. 23 and imagine Adam holding a hoe or some pick axe digging holes in the ground to plant seeds or some such, and I am sure that this is quite accurate. However, if you are willing to use a different perspective, food and water is not the only thing that is present in the ground. Metals and other minerals are there too. What if, then, Adam's curse wasn't simply to till the ground to sustain himself, his wife and his children for food, but also to provide the raw materials needed to build for themselves, homes, tools, and other forms of technology that were actually already present in Eden and that Eden wasn't just a garden?
We have very limited abilities to understand things outside of our dimension, but just for argument sake, let's imagine that Eden was in fact constructed! Genesis 1:1 CLEARLY states that “In the beginning, God created heaven and the earth”. And in this monumental feat that only God could do, is it impossible to imagine that some of the things that were created by God were, in fact, made using different metals?
Ask any engineer that believes in God, my Italian friend included, and they will readily and willing admit that God is THE MASTER ENGINEER. My Italian friend actually attempted to show me this is true by explaining the intricate details in the design of a common house fly's wings that allow it to constantly adjust for pitch and roll while the wings flap, something that we as a species are nowhere near replicating! Bats and dolphins using sonar to travel is another one. The wonders of God's creations are truly endless and to be marveled at!
So let's not be short-sighted here. What if, along with the Garden of Eden, there were also fantastic structures as well? Jesus himself said that there were many rooms in his Father's house. Most of us tend to lean to the interpretation that this is an allegory but humor me for a minute and let's say it is in fact quite literal. Nikola Tesla read the book of Revelation and understood some sort of science from it. Again it's all about perspective.
To further give precedent to this argument, the Book of Enoch gives us a little more depth:
Enoch VIII : “1. And Azâzêl taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals 〈of the earth〉and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures. 2. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways. ” … Enoch IX: “And then Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel looked down from heaven and saw much blood being shed upon the earth, and all lawlessness being wrought upon the earth. 2. And they said one to another: 'The earth made †without inhabitant cries the voice of their crying† up to the gates of heaven. 3 And now to you, the holy ones of heaven, the souls of men make their suit, saying, "Bring our cause before the Most High.".' 4. And they said to the Lord of the ages: 'Lord of lords, God of gods, King of kings, 〈and God of the ages〉, the throne of Thy glory (standeth) unto all the generations of the ages, and Thy name holy and glorious and blessed unto all the ages! 5. Thou hast made all things, and power over all things hast Thou: and all things are naked and open in Thy sight, and Thou seest all things, and nothing can hide itself from Thee. 6. Thou seest what Azâzêl hath done, who hath taught all unrighteousness on earth and revealed the eternal secrets which were (preserved) in heaven, which men were striving to learn”
So the fallen Angel, Azazel, revealed to men the different qualities of the metals of the earth and how to work them, but it also states that the men of the earth were already “striving to learn” . The problem was what he was actually teaching the men of the earth to do with that technology: weapons to wage war, and ornaments and beautification techniques that ended up that ended up causing much godlessness and fornication.
But God's plan was different it seems. Remember that Adam being cast out of Eden was not punishment, but mercy. And he and his offspring were supposed to repent. So while they were “tilling the ground” they were also “striving to learn”. I like to think that they were striving to learn whatever it was God wanted them to learn and that a part of this learning experience could be fantastic forms of technology that we still haven't touched upon today.
And that is my perspective on this issue.