God’s Character Revealed In Creation

1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Before the Earth, and before the heavens (plural, meaning the atmosphere, space, and the supernatural heaven) God existed fully capable with plans to do something.

He preceded all things such as time, light, science, religion, and matter. He can be expected to at times surpass the laws of science because He is not confined by them since He preceded them, He made them for us not it for Him.

2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

God changed the gloomy flooded planet into a beautifully balanced ecosystem with a variety of life and design. His first recorded act in the Word is salvation of a dark and chaotic planet. The Holy Spirit of God is used to bring life. In Adam’s creation God breathed (the word for breathed means spirit or wind) in to Adam the breathe of life. Also with Mary’s supernatural pregnancy the angel told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her. And again at Pentecost in the Upper room God’s Spirit came in to believers with a mighty gust of wind in the room.

God turned the chaotic mess in to something pleasing to Him, this is a principle of God’s character – His redemptive nature. Some things He does instantly and others in the process of time.

3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

There was (and is) wonder working power in God’s commands and words, they have authority because they are from God. What He speaks causes things to change and be created no matter what (this displays His absolute power), nothing He speaks will return void or be spoken in vain. What God sets in to motion no man can stop.

4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

This shows that there are certain things that God likes and others as lacking His approval. It may seem here that darkness is not pleasing to God but what is darkness but the absence of light. Evil(sin) is not pleasing to God because there is no good in it, it is the absence of good.

In God’s eyes there is a separation between pleasing things and displeasing things, the things that He likes – He sustains. Also the things He loves He separates from the things that do not please Him so as to sustain the things He loves. This explains, in part, heaven and hell.

5And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

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The Heavens

Three of NASA’s space telescopes have combined forces to create the sharpest image yet of the merging Antennae galaxies, located 62 million light years from Earth.  Read More http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/08/colliding-galaxies/#ixzz0vrLbCBop

If you ever get too self centered and need to be humbled, all you need to do is look to something bigger than you, more beautiful and perfect than yourself. And since God seems quite impossible to grasp entirely we can easily look to space, after all he made it for us didn’t He?

Or did He?
What is the purpose of space?
How does space fit in to God’s plan?

I want to talk about something that rattles around in my brain a lot – space. It’s so huge, SO huge! Language fails to communicate the awesomeness of space. And as I am in awe of it’s depth and mystery I can’t get away from the notion that it must have been created on purpose.
And on that principle I ask myself “why”.

Here’s a short excerpt containing a famous quote from one of my favorite sci-fi movies “Contact”:

(Young)Ellie Arroway: Dad, do you think there’s people on other planets?
Ted Arroway: I don’t know, Sparks. But I guess I’d say if it is just us… seems like an awful waste of space.

The thought is tantalizing but Ellie’s Father’s reply contains a huge assumption – that the space of outer space is meant to be filled with life, thus being an “awful waste of space” if not containing life on other planets.

What if the purpose of space is to lead us to the reverence of God?

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The Laws of Theodynamics

In this blog I want to relate the laws of thermodynamics to that of the theological world, but it’s probably a good idea that I review the laws of thermodynamics first and then discuss their application and parallels to that of theological principles of a Biblical world view.

1st Law mandates the conservation of energy, and states in particular that the flow of heat is a form of energy transfer thus energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred to a different form of energy being either usable or unusable.

2nd Law states that the entropy of an isolated macroscopic system never decreases, it only increases.

3rd Law concerns a perfect crystal and draws the connection between temperature and amount of entropy. As it approached absolute zero all processes cease and the entropy of the system approaches a minimum value.

Further Explanation of Laws:

The first law is basically states that the amount of energy in the entire universe may never increased or decrease. Energy as a whole has only transferred from one kind of energy to another. For example when lightning strikes, the electrical energy in the air molecules is changed in to thermal energy (heat) as well as light energy. therefore the energy has been converted to different forms of energy itself. When you physically move an object from one place to another the electrical signal from your brain causes your muscles to flex via a chemical reaction and that energy is then changes in to kinetic energy as you lift the object and carry it.

The conservation of energy can be thought of by the two words “Quantity” and “Quality”, the quantity of energy never changes, however the quality of energy always changes after each conversion.

This is where the second law kicks in, it concerns entropy, if a system is unaffected by other systems the entropy will only increase. Entropy can be thought of as “randomness” amongst atoms and molecules.

As unusable energy increases so does entropy. Out of the three forms of water steam has the highest entropy, water is below it, and ice has the least entropy. If the ice is isolated or not effected by an outside system of heat or cool air it will melt (entropy increasing), and eventually evaporate (entropy increasing). Some use the term “chaos naturally increases in the universe”.

The third law only applies to a perfect crystal structure for the scenario to work right. It says that the material may never reach absolute zero Kelvin because the moment that it becomes cooler than it’s neighbor system(s) the neighboring system would then transfer heat (energy) in to the first structure thus not allowing it to reach absolute zero. This is due to the first law, as it approaches zero in attempt to achieve equilibrium of energy, thus the proposed crystal will never reach absolute zero.

The Parallel of Principles

The parallel is between the work and activity of energy in our universe and our own fallen state. Our fallen state comes from sin which is merely the use of our God given free will for the purpose of rebellion or choosing contrary to God’s will. God made man kind in His own image which means His being was a kind of blueprint for Adam.

One of the many characteristics we have that originated from God is a distinct will and ability to make decisions. If we did not have our own will we would either be “vegetables” or we would consistently act out God’s perfect will. The problem in this reasoning is that we sin and we know God can never sin for He is perfect (James 1:17, Deuteronomy 32:4, Psalm 18:32). Again if we did not have our own will there would therefore be no punishment for sinning because God would then be held responsible for our sinning and not our selves . This however is simply not true, each individual has their individual will that can choose God or not choose God, we are also responsible for our own sinning (Jam 1:13-15, Rom 3:23, 6:23). This system of free will was lovingly established by God so that to love Him we would have to truly love Him; you cannot fool God.

The reader should also make the connection between the terms “original sin”, “sin”, “fallen nature”, and “rebellion”.

The parallel presented here is not just between energy and free will, but between energy and the destructive use of free will which has existed in angels and mankind a like. Here are the laws of Thermodynamics and Theodynamics compared.

Law 1

New energy cannot be created, nor can existing energy be destroyed but only transferred to a different type of energy.

New fallen nature cannot be created (because it already exists), nor can existing fallen nature be destroyed but only transferred, or manifested in different forms of rebellion.

Law 2

In an isolated system entropy will only increase, not decrease.

Without outward interference one’s fallen nature will only increase, not decrease on it’s own.

Law 3

A perfect crystal (the ideal form of solid matter) will reach a minimum value of entropy when it achieves absolute 0 degrees Kelvin.

A perfect person can only achieve absolute freedom from sin when they cease all activity and existence.

Unlike the science of Thermodynamics the laws of Theodynamics includes an element that is missing from science – God. Because of the necessary inclusion of God there is a redemptive aspect that must be taken in to consideration. This redemptive aspect is included as a 4th law.

Law 4

God came as a man and took mankind’s consequence of rebellion (death) on Himself thus delivering us from our unavoidable destination and state of fallen living.

The 4th Law Concerning the Other Laws.

Concerning the 1st law – Jesus did not have a sinful human nature as all descendants of Adam have inherited from Adam and Eve. This is because Jesus was not technically a son of Adam, He was the Son of God (Mat 1:32, 1Cor 15:47-48, Jhn 13:3, 1Jhn 4:9). He came on to the scene from outside of the reach of Sin (from God) thus Law 4 does not contradict Law 1 (Heb 9:13-14, Col 2:9, ). He also did not do away with all of man kinds Sinful state at the moment of His death or resurrection. If He did, we would no longer sin or have sinful tendencies. When He did do was make available the complete forgiveness and peace with God that was humanly unattainable in our fallen state. He bought what we could not afford. This forgiveness is required to know and meet with God thus not contradicting Law 1 by completely destroying all sin nature simultaneously.

Concerning the 2nd law – assuming that nothing from the “outside” interrupts the natural flow of things (towards disorder and lawlessness) nothing out of the ordinary will happen. However, God did interrupt the scene personally and made available to us a new spiritual identity that we can live in if we so choose. This new identity has the ability to progressively free itself from the chains of sin and the effects of the Fall in a way that is unattainable without Jesus Christ. This life of freedom was exemplified by Jesus and so is part of God Himself, it is the very life of God – perfection. Since God came down from outside of the 3 Laws He gives Himself to us and in a sense supersedes the first 3 Laws by including the 4th Law.