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Paradoxes

The paradoxes of life being discovered every day by science might just be the biggest evidence for the existence of the God of the Bible. Why is this? For decades, or even centuries, science has scoffed at the idea of a God that could somehow be three distinct persons in one. The idea was obviously paradoxical and assumed as silly by science.

And then came quantum mechanics, and science discovered that nearly everything at the atomic level is inherently paradoxical in nature. The best example of this is light. Science has yet no way of explaining how light can be both a wave and a particle at the same time. One is matter, the other is energy. Not only is this so, but science also has no way of predicting in certain experiments how a single photon of light will behave, whether it will act as a wave or a photon. And isn’t it interesting that the Bible says that:

God is light, and in Him is no darkness.
1 John 1:5

How fascinating to see that in the physical world, we see that light itself has the exact same paradoxical nature as the God of the Bible. God is three in one. Light is two in one. Interesting also is the fact that science has now discovered that the concept of time is not a static principle, that it is fluid. Science calls this Gravitational Time Dilation. What this means is that time only flows as a constant in normal gravity and motion. The more gravity or speed you add to the system, the more time slows down.

This has given rise to the postulating of multiple logical paradoxes in physics, most notably the Twin Paradox. This involves the theory of relativity and the paradoxes that arise when a person’s perception of time and space remain unaltered even though time is moving more quickly elsewhere in the universe. This has also given rise to the Paradox of Simultaneity, which says that two events that happen at the exact same time might not happen at the exact same time depending on the observers point of reference. These concepts have also shown that the nature of black holes is inherently paradoxical mathematically. And yet, they exist all the same. And God Himself says that He lives in a world without time.

A thousand years in Your sight are like a day that has just gone by.
Psalm 90:4

The more science discovers, the more they find themselves face to face with ineffable and inexplicable facts. Albert Einstein discovered many of these paradoxes of science. His most famous was what he termed the “Spooky action at a distance,” a phenomenon which would later be called Entanglement. Entanglement involves a pair of particles that undergo a process which links them so deeply that they literally share the same experience, even when separated by vast distances.

Entangled particles may become widely separated in distance, light years away even, and still, if one is affected, the other instantaneously is affected as well. This is an impossibility as yet according to science, something they haven’t been able to explain. And yet, how fascinating that this process again shows the nature of God as three persons in one. Entangled particles become so deeply connected that they share the same experience across all bounds of space. It also shows that there is an order to the universe that goes beyond the physical. These entangled particles can somehow communicate with faster than light speed, in a way that transcends natural physics.

Not only that, but all matter seems to transcend physical limitations. Science as yet, still has but a vague idea why matter even exists. There is no plausible reason why protons should hold together inside the nucleus of an atom and not repel one another and fly apart. Max Plank, a famous scientist and one of the chief founders of quantum physics had this to say:

All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.

This scripture is true that:

The heavens declare the glory of God;
The skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
Night after night they display knowledge.
Psalm 19:1-3

The God of the Bible declares Himself to be inherently paradoxical. And the creation itself, which proclaims His glory, has shown itself to be the same. Science ultimately attempts to explain paradoxes in nature by saying that we don’t yet have an adequate understanding of the concept, and that once we do, in time, we’ll come to understand that these apparent paradoxes aren’t actually paradoxes at all. But I believe that the simplest and best explanation is this: creation mimics creator.

We find this same paradoxical nature in scripture itself, the most famous of which being the question of whether or not everything is predestined by God, or whether human beings have free will. It seems to be that both are true. Perhaps they both somehow are, though that would seem in the end paradoxical. Yet we form whole denominations around such arguments, dividing the church over theoretical musings that no one will ever understand. God has clearly created everything after His own nature, a nature inherently paradoxical to the human mind. And yet we fight and squabble over the answers to such questions and divide God’s church, even though the command of Paul is clear:

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:3

The inherent paradoxes contained in scripture have caused the division and fracturing of the church. Perhaps we should have more of the attitude of King David who said:

My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.
Psalm 131:1

Or perhaps we should take note of the attitude of Paul who said:

I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:2

It’s interesting how we, in order to be right, sacrifice our goodness. Consider this from Thomas A Kempis:

Of what use is it to discourse learnedly on the Trinity, if you lack humility and therefore displease the Trinity? Lofty words do not make a man just or holy; but a good life makes him dear to God.

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