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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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How Many Points can One Verse Contain?

Posted by undergroundchurch on November 13, 2010


“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.”- 1 Peter 2:15-16

Wow! How many points can you find in one verse?

  1. What is God’s will? To do good
  2. The power of Good over Evil
  3. How to silence critics- do good
  4. Don’t let ignorant talk and foolish people get you down
  5. Live as free people
  6. Don’t let your freedom trump other people’s freedom
  7. Don’t play church (using your freedom as a cover for evil)
  8. Be a slave for God
  9. If you want to be free, be a slave for God
  10. We don’t need to follow the rules of the world’s ways

Do you see anything else?

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The True Power of Evil

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 11, 2009


9-11

Numbers etched in our conscious for as long as we live.  Those numbers no longer represent a date, but a traumatic event in our country.  To those who do not remember their exact location the day the towers fell, the impact of this day lessens a bit – similar to those of my generation trying to put their minds around a Pearl Harbor, Nazi internment camps and the American Civil War.

The visual nature of our existence fuels our emotions, and as time passes, we want to put the images of that day eight years ago far behind us in order to relieve ourselves from the pain. I understand that desire, but the reality still remains – evil in the hearts of men, still wants to destroy America, and to a greater extent, what America stands for.

Evil is a powerful force bound up in the hearts of all of us.  It always starts with a selfish drive and when unchecked, progresses to a destructive force where the objective evolves into the denigration of those that do not agree with the one birthing the evil thoughts. Before you know it, irrational and ungodly thoughts and actions spew from that person until a greater evil force found in the depths of Hades drives the destroying force in the evil heart to actually destroy one’s own self – e.g. suicide bombers and airplane hijackers.

As powerful as evil seems, it pales in comparison to the true power of good.  Contrary to popular opinion, good and evil are not opposites.  For an opposite to exist, there needs to be equality to the opposing power.  However, only good exists in power, evil prevails only in the absence of good.  Evil loses to good every time like darkness loses to light each you flick a light switch in a darkened room.

Let’s look a little deeper into this idea of light and darkness.  Darkness really doesn’t exist of its own power; it only exists when light disappears.  Darkness cannot stand up one day and say, “I think I’ll defeat light today.” Darkness cannot make that call because light, which operates at a higher plane than darkness, determines whether darkness will exist. This can be said about hot and cold. Cold does not truly exist.  The lack of heat gives the illusion of cold from the reference point you give it. To achieve true cold, you must remove all heat.

If I consider hot above 72 degrees and cold below 72 degrees, then I define the power of cold.  But my definition distorts the reality that cold exists only in the absence of heat. I allow 71 degrees and lower to be the dividing line between hot and cold.  We determine in our minds where to draw the line.

If I define evil as the act of men flying planes into a building in to kill innocent people, then I deceive myself because, though the emotional stirring in me is strong because of such a heinous act, my emotions hide the truth that I raised my evil threshold.  The line I draw to define where evil ends and good begins really defines my understanding of good and not evil.  Living in the culture of the day, we tend to alter our interpretation of that line based on social interpretations.  I might determine that the evil line of those individuals started the day they believed in their hearts that those that didn’t see things their way should die. In doing this, I lower my evil threshold from an act of violence to a heart condition.

For example, once upon a time, the evil threshold stopped at killing children. Today, killing them before they breathe air is societally acceptable.  Tomorrow, that line will move to make it permissible to kill them when someone determines that their quality of life won’t achieve some predetermined level. We are already opening our minds to that concept with our elder population through euthanasia.

The issue isn’t even that fact that we kill babies.  Our problem of evil travels back to the very thought that people THINK that they can justify it in their own minds.  It starts with a selfish thought, progresses to a justifiable belief, and eventually manifests as a heinous act.

The cure to evil exists in the promotion of more good in the hearts of people, and not just human good, but the good found only in the heart of God.  Jesus said it, “Why do you call me good? Only God is good.” (Mark 10:18)

We are not battling a villain on a battlefield in the Middle East as much as we are waging war against an unseen enemy that prowls around seeking people to devour.  We battle for the hearts, souls and minds of people.  Necessity determines that we must take a physical stand against the tyranny of the devil’s schemes revealed in man’s actions, but on a much higher plane, we need to make war in the spiritual realms.

“Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

If the soldier on the battlefield is the only one doing battle, then our battle is in vain.  However, if we couple that with the spiritual warfare needed in a time of depravity, then there is hope that this evil can be saturated with enough godly good to drown out its perceived power.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

If this generation falls to the evil power that prevails in man’s hearts, then it is not because we did not kill enough “enemy combatants” (terrorists), it is because we did not take seriously enough the power of good that exists in God and that is given freely to his children by the power of the Holy Spirit.  It will be because believers around the world did not vest prayer and fasting and go to war against the real enemy to win the hearts, souls and minds of this generation.  It will not be because we did not have enough “good laws”, it will be because the good law of God’s love was not written on the hearts of men.

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