Second Law of Thermodynamics

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By: jdcharles63
Date: 23/05/2021

Provable scientific theories are eventually changed or discarded over time, but Albert Einstein said he was confident there was one theory that would never be discarded — the Theory of Thermodynamics.

Its second law is most interesting.  It states that, for any isolated physical system without any outside interaction, things always end up in a state of maximum chaos and disorder (called entropy).

For example:

  • In Physics, if you have an orderly arrangement of various pure gases held in separate tanks, and you turn on the taps connecting them, they will form an impure and disordered uniform mixture.
  • Or if you take liquid water-colour paints of all the pure colours of the rainbow, and place them carefully in order in a tray, they will immediately start to mix together to form a disordered uniform dull brown mixture.  It will never give an image of the Mona Lisa without some outside intervention.

In Chemistry, large orderly molecules (like DNA) tend to break down into small disorderly molecules, so without some external input, complex life forms degenerate into simpler forms.

Put simply, it says, “if you think things are in a mess now, just wait a while, they can only get worse”.

This trend agrees with what we read in Genesis.
When man separated himself from our creator, then of course things started to fall apart, “the ground was cursed”.

But our physical world is nothing like the uniform, lifeless brown sludge this theory would predict, it is full of great beauty and wonderful complexity.  So, it cannot be isolated as the theory requires, there must be some unseen intervention from outside.
And God is active in our fallen world.  As we read in Hebrews 1:3, He “sustains all things by his powerful word”.

And Genesis describes how that constant tendency to chaos also applies to human behaviour.  After man separated himself from God, who is the source of all that is good, first Cain committed one murder, then Lamech avenged himself many more times, and in Genesis 6:5 we read, “every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil”.

And yet we find so much in people that is good and pure, for God actively intervenes in our world to counteract that tendency to the chaos of evil.
His promise in Joshua 1:9 also applies to you, “the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”.

At the Lord’s table now, we celebrate God’s greatest intervention in our world.
In Jesus’ victory on the cross, he reversed the second law of Thermodynamics for us, by removing its cause, the guilt of our sin that separates us from God.
As 1 Peter 2:24 explains, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed”.

Through Jesus, we are no longer separated from God by our sin.  We are made acceptable to Him, to know the joy of His presence forever.

When we place our faith in Jesus, degeneration and decay, and the evil inclination of the human heart, have gone.  We are born again to true and eternal life, as his spirit lives in us and through us, and gives us a new heart.
By faith, that law of chaos is  discarded, and replaced by God’s grace in Jesus.


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