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Several word games are possible. Can one thing be more infinite than another? That sounds oxymoronic—the words don’t fit together. On the other hand, can there be a higher

First, we examine the infinite line on which we are now. Consider how a line is like the real number system. A real number can be attached (like a label) to any point on the line. There are an infinite number of points between any two points on the line. Compare the fact that by extending to unlimited decimal places, one can list an infinite set of numbers between any two given numbers. That applies whether the endpoints are zero and one or astronomically large positive or negative numbers. There is always a one-to-one match of points on a line or line segment with the real number system. That is first order infinity.

Although our imagination limits our concept of the sequence, we have discussed a linear progression. One individual identity exists before birth, progresses into human mortal experience, and resumes progression in a different state after death. Humans are in a finite segment. Godhood is to realize the entire infinite line; therefore, God is called all-knowing.

Article 62 makes the infinite extent of human life logical by filling in details missing from some popular belief systems. Unending sentience (self-awareness) is not unfathomable mystery. There is Platonic reasoning to support life beyond our current physical observations. Life is a line, infinite in both directions. However, being infinite does not end the discussion.

If one rotates (spins) the plane around one of its lines, it sweeps through a volume. For every line in the plane, there exist an infinite number of planes that include that line. That is again an infinite-to-one correspondence, and a volume represents a higher order of infinity. It incorporates three dimensions.

This describes first, second, and third order infinities. We now use them as analogy for human progression. This is not cosmological proof. It is storytelling to expand our thinking, an exercise people regularly do. This corresponds to using mathematical reasoning in making logical comparison to physical phenomena.

So, what makes an infinite god forever able to make progress? The key lies in orders of infinity. A being that encompasses infinity along the line on which humans exist is well occupied with approaching a

Humans sadly regard a toroid as an infinite tunnel. They see themselves in an infinite conduit that has only one dimension extending from behind to ahead. It looks like a straight line with no end points. Eventually a longer view backward or forward would reveal the curvature. Getting out of the tunnel would show that the circle exists in two dimensions.

Silly humans, we get it wrong when we are too deep in what we are doing. We are so completely occupied with the linear perspective straight ahead that we limit ourselves to that one dimension. We will be enlightened as eventual godhood exposes the higher orders. Becoming aware of them will enable us to spread out from the line and occupy the plane. Advancing to a higher order will be a qualitative, not just a quantitative, expansion.

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