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Day 31: The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 7, 2011

In the early to mid 1800s, engineers working with steam-powered vessels discovered three things about heat:

  1. Heat flows from higher to lower temperatures, thus making the steam engine work
  2. Heat cannot be completely converted into other forms of energy, and my favorite
  3. Systems become more disorganized over time (a.k.a. the Law of Entropy)

Opposites: Hot and Cold

From the first point we find that there is no such thing as “cold”, there is only a lack of heat.  Cold is completely relative until you reach absolute zero and then heat no longer exists.

If you think 65 degrees is cold and I think 70 degrees is cold, we are both correct relatively speaking, but we are both incorrect in assuming that anything greater than absolute zero is cold.

Opposites: Light and Dark

Likewise, there is no such think as dark, only the absence or lack of light.  Light that we see falls in a very narrow band in the electromagnetic spectrum; however, light is only energy, and all things put out energy until they reach the absolute zero temperature.

Opposites: Good and Bad

Likewise, there is no such thing as Bad, only a lack of Good.  Bad is a relative term that we tend to slap on things when we see that someone has crossed a line we’ve established in our own minds.

50 years ago, chewing gum in schools was considered “bad”, today we hand out condoms to children in school and tell them to have “safe sex”.

Our line of between “good” and “bad” moves all over the place, and because it is relative to each individual and to society, we have become very desensitized to that thing God considers “bad”.

It really doesn’t matter what you or I think is good or bad.  We are all starting from a frame of reference, which is already evil in God’s eyes (Jeremiah 17:9).

God’s frame of reference on the other hand does not change. Good is good and bad is bad.  His line does not shift with changing tides, societies and cultural phenomenon.

It is our job to align our point of reference with God’s point of reference no matter how society may complain about it.  We should not try to please the world, because friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God (James 4:4).

And as the third point in the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics points out, the world will not get better on its own because it is going to continually spiral into chaos.



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