Watching the movie Back to the future it is easy to oversee that Marty McFly by playing Johnny be good in 1955 is presenting evidence of eternal life.
It’s good to contemplate and sometimes it’s good to do it together with someone else. I have a daughter, she’s the apple of my eye of course, and smart too. She’s 11 and have been watching the Back to the Future trilogy. Just like me, she is fascinated by the concept of time travel. I know that at some point or another I have read that in theory, time travel, at least back in time, should be possible, Carl Sagan I think it was. The practical application of this knowledge seems to be far in the future though. But, in theory it is possible, which is another way of saying that it is not impossible. Think about that for a minute. It is not impossible.
When watching movies like Back to the Future it is easy to enjoy the complications that occur when a person happens to meet his own parents in the past and all that comes with it without diving into existential quandaries. I can tell you that you don’t have to be an adult to appreciate the humor in the mortal awkwardness of the plot in Back to the Future in that regard.
“Who made that song?” My daughter asked me when we were discussing Marty McFly’s escapades in the 1950’s. The song of course is “Johnny Be Good” the iconic clip of Marty’s guitar solo at the school dance in 1955. Well, lets see how that went I said and then I explained how it came about according to the plot in the movie. I explained it something like this. When Marty was in 1985 he had heard the song on the radio performed by Chuck Barry, and then he had learned how to play it on his guitar. So far so good. Then when he went back in time to the year 1955 he still remembers the song and still know how to play it even though no one has made it yet. Then when he plays it at the dance Chuck Barry’s cousin Marvin calls chuck so he can hear the song, and presumably according to the plot of the movie he then records it which later is the recording that Marty listens to on the radio in 1985 when he learns how to play it. So there you have it.
Then my daughter looked at me and asked me again, “then who made the song?” This is where it gets really interesting. Not because it is weird, but because since time travel back in time is possible, this very consequence is also possible, and that will really bake your noodles when you think about it. Let me backtrack a little. The answer to my daughter’s question is staring us in the face, but somehow it’s like we don’t want to say it, suddenly we say it at the same time, “no one made it!”
So how can it exist? In Christian mysticism there is a concept of the uncreated light. It is needless to say – a mystery. For example Serafim of Sarov is a Russian saint who was said to be surrounded by this uncreated light at any odd time, people would recount that it was impossible to look at him because he was surrounded by this incredibly bright light. It’s very interesting since he lived in modern times at the end of the 19th century. The uncreated light refers to God’s light. God is uncreated, eternal, no beginning no end. This is a problem for many. It is understandable since everything in our immediate experience has a creation and a destruction. If we need something we must make it and it always seem to break when we need it the most, that’s just how things are. The idea of something existing that has never been created and never will end is just too much to comprehend. Or is it?
Given that time travel back in time is possible and that Marty McFly’s epic guitar solo in 1955 is actually possible ay least in theory, it becomes obvious that at least something that has not been created can exist. Like in this case, Johnny Be Good, and that this song not having been created therefore also has no end – subsequently it is eternal.
Atheist generally have a hard time with the concept of eternity, the reason is simple enough, it’s because it’s too close for comfort to the concept of God. They pride themselves with leaning on science. But you only have to ask them when natural numbers (…-3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3… and so on) begin and end to make them go into cognitive shock. If you ask them to explain how something that is infinite, eternal i.e natural numbers, can fit in a universe that is supposed to be finite, which would be a little bit like being able to stuff an aircraft carrier into a toothpaste tube, they will probably start calling you names or change the subject. Atheists can not accept science if it contradicts their faith you see, they’re a bit like the medieval church like that.
Logic and science are like the two sides of the same coin. Math is applied logic. In a way that makes logic and math the language of God. Since math is based on natural numbers which transcends into the eternal reality. God has given us the tools to be able to understand eternity. The first mathematician that defined the natural numbers as infinite also presented undeniable evidence of eternity, but more than that, he also presented proof of existence without creation, that is what is really groundbreaking and revolutionary. Then many years later Marty McFly proved the same thing by playing Johnny Be Good in 1955, he proved that existence is not necessarily dependent on creation.
This is a logic deduction that in the end supports the notion of eternal life. Because logic suggests that no part of eternity can be less than eternal, how long is 1/4 of an eternity? You see? No can do.
The existence of eternity is therefore also the evidence of eternal consciousness. What people generally call eternal life, or afterlife, because our consciousness is part of that eternity, hence it can be no less than eternal in itself.