Before there was anything, there was nothing. A vast expanse; a vacuum that contained nothing but an omnipresent Being. The Being spoke, and what he said, was. At the sound of his words, atoms suddenly appeared. As his sentence continued, they began to collide, meeting and merging into molecules. The molecules then came together and began shaping the very building blocks of life. Earth. Water. Air. By the time his sentence was completed, he had already structured the systems in which these molecules would operate. Orbit. Tides. Photosynthesis. Cellular respiration.
He was far from done. For days, he mused to himself, creating not just autonomous creatures, but also the rules that would govern them. At the very outset of our creation, these rules were such that things could go on forever. The original intent was a system in which all things had permanence.
But then, something happened. With a word, it had all been created. But with an action, it would all be destroyed. At the crunch of an apple (metaphorical or literal), electrons began to wobble in their orbit. Molecules that had previously been attracted to one another suddenly began to repel. Entropy had entered the world.
Like a virus, the descent into chaos began to infect everything. The weather grew violent, and the animals did likewise. Every living creature now lived with a timer that marched inexorably towards “zero”. Man, which had been created to be a permanent steward of the land that was created around him suddenly became fragile and appallingly short lived. The die had been cast; there was no going back. But that didn’t mean there was no hope.
God stood in the midst of his creation as it fell apart around him. His perfect system had been co-opted. Life, the one thing that had inspired all of creation to sing of God’s goodness had been forever tainted with death and decay. Trees wept and wolves howled. But God would not be driven off so easily. His feet remained steadfastly attached to this planet. He whispered into the ears of those that would listen of a better way. When they proved time and time again that they would not listen, he came to Earth to show us a better way.
Amidst the barrage of pain and angst, Christ appeared. What if the coming of Christ carried with it not only historical and religious significance, but metaphysical significance as well? Scientists basically think that Entropy is a one way street. The universe moves from order to chaos and there’s no going back. Things fall apart but do not reassemble on their own. Jesus arrived as an agent of the Creator; given full rights and powers to act in His name. Throughout all of scripture, we see Jesus doing something no other human has ever done… He reverses Entropy. He brings the dead back to life, he multiplies matter from nothing, he changes the qualities of a substance simply by willing it to be so. That cannot happen in a universe ruled by Entropy.
What’s more, his very words speak life into those that hear them. Bodies spontaneously regenerate, men change their ways, relationships are suddenly understood and restored. What if the words that Jesus spoke were charged by the hand of God to physically fight back the torrent of chaos we live in? What if part of the Bible’s continued proliferation is based on the fact that the words it contains are still hold a piece of that charge? What if the Bible physically stems the tide of Entropy in our lives?
I know, that last one is a stretch, but read on…
The 2003 film “21 Grams” is based on the research of Dr. Duncan MacDougall. He believed that the soul physically existed, and as such, should have some amount of mass. To test this, he put test subjects who were dying of disease on a scale. He found that the at moment of their death they inexplicably lost 21 grams of weight. MacDougall drew the conclusion that this weight loss was the soul leaving the body.
Unfortunately, MacDougall’s experiments were a little specious. Poor record keeping and the fact that he only repeated it 6 times makes it difficult to draw any solid conclusions… enter a group of East German researches in 1988. Using a scale that was accurate to 100,000th of a gram, they found reliably and consistently that at the moment of death humans lost 1/3000th a gram of weight. From this, let’s just assume for a moment that means our soul has a physical presence within our bodies.
What if what we think of as a “soul” is actually a field of molecules that resonates with the Divine and circulates throughout us? If that’s the case, it has been just as corrupted by Entropy on a molecular level just like all organic material… Eventually, it will shrivel and die. What if the basis of the being “saved” or “giving our heart to Jesus” is having an interaction with God in which he reverses the Entropy in our soul?
Through the words and actions of Christ, God has reclaimed a corner of his original creation. By allowing God to work on us, he unlocks our souls ability to exist eternally and fine tunes it toward the passions and desires of his own heart. What if coming to know God is as much a physical experience as it is a spiritual one?
Something to think about…