Quantum Genesis

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Before the genesis of all things, there was only consciousness. No substance, no energy only consciousness in the womb of an everlasting moment.
Then God spoke the Word.
A singularity of all things formed, immeasurably dense with no volume. The Holy Spirit enters the singularity expanding it by minute increments, indiscernible at first and immensely slow.  The newborn universe remains minuscule for an extensive amount of time, thereby locking in the uniformity, through entanglement. The languid expansion gradually speeds up in an ever increasing exponential rate.
Finally there is enough room for the ether to cool down into quarks and leptons. As the expansion continues the particles form protons and neutron, eventually producing  hydrogen atoms. Time flows quicker in the emptiness between the newly formed atoms accelerating the expansion of space-time in those places. The acceleration pushes the atoms together forming larger and larger clumps. The pockets of atoms grow larger and larger causing them to vibrate faster and faster. Inevitably a nuclear reaction starts and the first stars ignite.
Light streaks through the universe.
The stars formed are behemoths that burn brightly and die quickly. The hyper novae from the deaths of this first generation of stars produce heavier elements. Supermassive black holes are left in the wake of their passing.
These invisible monsters give structure to the distribution of the second generation of stars. From the ashes of the old arise galaxies. With these new cities of stars come a different type of heavenly body; planets. They orbit their overgrown celestial chaperones at varying distances. Some much too close, others too far away, a precious few orbit at just the right distance to keep liquid water on their surfaces. On some of those worlds the precise chemicals come together to form life. Of the worlds that harbor life, a handful produces life that grows into the image of the God.
The new intelligences thrive and grow, but most destroy themselves in avoidable cataclysms. At the end of the second age only three civilizations remain. As their stars go nova, the great civilizations escape, each in their own way. The first travels through space and time. The second embraces the darkness. The third transubstantiates into a higher level of existence.
The third generation of stars is much smaller and cooler than their parents and grandparents, which allows them to burn longer. Their planets are more numerous and elementally diverse. Life blossoms quickly in this third age.
The transubstantiated beings of the previous age take an interest in some of the pebbles floating through space. They are enticed by that which they have lost; physical form. The Unnamed God sets guide lines to keep them from interfering. Some obey, some do not…
 
 In the inner sanctum of the White City, the four arch angels gather around the Altar of the Unnamed God. Their leader, Michael from the north stands wearing blinding golden armor. Simon from the east lounges in his green robes. Lucifer from the south smiles beguiling in his resplendent robes of pristine white, as he sits across from Michael.  The death dealer from the west stands slightly apart from the others in his dark robes, as they argue.
“Enough!” declares Michael forcefully. He turns towards Gabriel who is staring out the window. “What says you, dark one of the west? Who should inherit your Sword?”
“Humph,” grunts Gabriel, as he slowly turns his attention back to the group. “None of you, I have decided that Raphael, my lieutenant will take the Blade.”
“Raphael?” scoffs Lucifer, his white robes rippling as he stands up. “Why don’t you just give it to one of those humans you covet so much?”
Gabriel looks boldly up into the taller angel’s eyes. “All of us here are entranced by the humans. Why else would we take a form so similar to them? We all miss our corporal existence. We have forgotten our own culture and adopted theirs.”
 Lucifer’s handsome mask of civility wavers as his hand goes towards his concealed weapon, but Gabriel is quicker. He draws and points Excalibur at Lucifer’s neck before he can even clasp his fingers around it.
Instantly the Altar of God glows. Without hesitation, Gabriel sheaths the Sword and drops to his knees facing the Altar. The other two arch angels follow suit immediately, but Lucifer hesitates for just a moment seeing the back of his enemy’s unprotected head, but then he too shows fealty…
 
Later, Gabriel enters his chambers. He takes off the Sword and hangs it on a post near the entrance. He then disrobes to the waist, his well-muscled burnished torso gleams red in the light that streams through the high open windows. Gabriel walks across the room to what looks like closed patio doors. A casual wave of his hand causes the doors to open inwards revealing a kaleidoscope sky.  Another gesture and a holographic screen appears, depicting an early Neolithic village. It zooms up on a young maiden with light colored hair. She is fetching water from the stream, her rough animal skin clothing clings enticingly to her lithe form. The view closes in on her face as she smiles and waves to someone not seen.
“Who is that comely creature?”
Gabriel deactivates the screen and finds Lucifer standing between him and Excalibur. “None of your concern.”
Lucifer turns and gazes at the Sword. “Now I see why you want to retire so badly, she really is pretty. Maybe I will have to pay her a visit as well.”
“Don’t you da-, “Gabriel is interrupted by the arrival of Raphael. The large imposing angel surveys the scene before him and immediately scopes up the Sword. “Gabriel, I believe this still belongs to you.”
“Thank you, Raphael,” replies Gabriel, “Lucifer, this conversation is over.”
“Quite so, I have learned all I need to know,” he whispers as he leaves.
 “What is so special about Excalibur?” asks Raphael.
“It can show the truth that everything is only the result of observation. Nothing really exists.”

About the Author: 
My name is Nick Henrichs. I am special education teacher. This story is a far flung prequel to a novel I have written called Chronicles of the Word: Ballad of Fallen Angels that blends science, magic and religion. If you are interested in my story, please email me at nicholas.henrichs@ptsc.k12.in.us.

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