Serendipity or Epiphany
So as I sit here in a parking lot waiting for Elaine to emerge from the doctor's office, I've been contemplating the stuff I am seeing; cars, grass, trees, people, concrete, buildings, lamp posts, birds, bicycles, clouds... hmmmmm... just your normal "waiting in the parking lot scenery."
Don't know if it is serendipity, an epiphany or just weird thinking, but three concepts keep flowing together.
- Interrelationships and the Trinity
- Design versus Chaos
- Assumptions and Faith
Let me briefly summarize each of the concepts.
(1) Interrelationships and the Trinity:
Everything out there is somehow related to many of the others, and all fit together to create the big picture. Living things and the non-living coexist in an almost symbiotic relationship. For instance, man and car... one without the other is useless or minimized.
Just about everything I observe has an academic study created around it. From rocks to ripples in the lawn sprinkler puddle. From birds to the aerodynamics of flight, we write textbooks or Wikipedia posts to learn more about almost everything.
I see everything out there because of the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum we call "light," and that leads me to muse on the phrase "God is light..." Obviously an analogy, but certainly apt and inclusive of being alive.
From there my brain indulged in the simplicitic awesomness of Einstein's profound E = mc2, which basically encompasses the entirety of existance. Energy, matter and light are interrelated and infuse in some way or another everything in existance.
My wonderment went to this question; do you suppose that simple equation is analagous to the Trinity? Could "m" (matter) be equivalent to Jesus (God in human form), c (the speed of light) symbolic of God, even as He hinted, and E (energy) illustrative of the transcendent power of the Holy Spirit?
Just say'n, you know.
(2) Design versus Chaos:
Looking out through my car windshield, everything not natural was obviously designed. Everything. All designed for a purpose and a place. Things as simple as the curved slope of a concrete sidewalk to the atomic-level microchips controlling our metal steeds. All designed. And all designed by someone... a designer.
Leaving the macroscopic, even if complicated, the transition to the infinitessimal celluar and atomic structure of all things alive, design is intuitive. That is if we dare be politically incorrect enough to deviate from the evolutionary hypothesis. At the infinite level of stars and galaxies one might first assume total chaos. Yet in that which is massive beyond belief.:.. it works!
We could look up the names of those engineers who designed our favorite automobile or video game. And guess what, many of us know the Name of the One who is the ultimate designer. Don't believe me? You could look it up.
(3) Assumptions and Faith:
I've addressed this in other writings, but three bastions of scientific revolution based their entire theories on foundational, a-priori assumptions.
Neils Bohr: Stable electron orbits exist
Max Planck: Electromagnetic energy is quantized
Albert Einstein: The speed of light in free space is a constant
Do you get it? Each of them ASSUMED a beginning point from which they built their theories.
It intrigues, even irritates me, that science people live nicely with blatant assumptions but get mentally and emotionally bent out of shape when a Bible believer uses the concept of FAITH. I happen to be pretty much a literalist when it comes to Bible stuff, and the verse, "he who comes to God must ASSUME He exists."
I'm totally okay with that.