Monday, August 01, 2005

ALL Things

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

John 1:3 (NKJV)

Modern science provides a remarkable perspective and insight to the "all things" of this verse. As summarized by the famous formula E=mc2, energy and mass (matter) are interchangeable; thus the creation must include not only material things (matter), but also all forms of energy.

matter — energy

Also, Einstein's theory of relativity, confirmed by experiments and measurements, shows that time and space are different sides of the same fabric.

space — time

More recent physics theories describe matter and energy as wrinkles or knots in the fabric of space-time. Space cannot exist empty, that is, without matter and energy.

matter — energy — space — time

So everything is inexorably, inextricably joined. Time cannot pass without space also existing, and space cannot exist empty, without matter and energy. So when "God created the heavens and the earth" (Gen. 1:1), the eternal God created a wondrous unity: matter, energy, space, and time, and all of the 'laws of physics' that make these a cohesive whole.

God must exist apart from time, because time is part of His creation. I used to think that the eternalness of God meant that He was infinitely old; but no, He can exist outside of time. And outside of space, and not made of matter or energy. And because He created all of these, that makes Him older and bigger and more powerful and massive than all that He has created.

Read it again:

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

But because of His great love and concern for His creation, He entered His own world and became one of His own creatures, that we might know Him better, and not be strangers to Him. Read verses 10 to 12 that follow soon after the above verse:

He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.

He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.

But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.

That name is Jesus -- which means Savior.

NOTE: Another blog considers whether information should be added to the unity of matter, energy, space, and time.

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