Archive for October, 2011


How bad is your sin?

We got talking this week in class about sin. How bad is your sin? How bad really is that white lie? That small cheat on the tax return? That quick speed on the highway? Not telling the whole truth? That cash job? Just looking at a little porn? That harmless rumour passed on?

We often think of sin as acts we do or don’t do. These are called ‘sins’, but in reality they are more like symptoms of a much bigger problem. They are little windows into our souls. But how can you see sin for what it really is? How can you get more than just a little glimpse? How can you get the full blown panoramic, high def look at sin?

We see sin at the cross. Not just that Jesus took our sin, but Jesus copped our sin. He copped it from the Pharisees and Sanhedrin. He copped it from his Jewish compatriots. He copped it from the Romans. The way Jesus is treated on the cross opens our eyes to the terrible evil that is the essence of sin. The murderous, villainous, mocking, heartless, scathing, merciless hatred of an innocent man that we see in the account of Jesus’ crucifixion – this is what sin looks like. This is sin unleashed. That is what lives inside us.

Lord have mercy on us.

But the great news is that Jesus not only copped our sin, he took our sin upon himself and paid the punishment for it completely on the cross. We can now be released from the penalty and power of sin. Every Christian is no longer ruled by sin and is no longer under sin’s judgement. So let’s not tolerate sin in our lives. Let’s put it to death. It’s the last thing we want living in us.

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I don’t know how much you know about thermodynamics.  I don’t know much past what I was taught in high school.  There are four laws of thermodynamics (according to wiki).  The second is the most interesting for us today.  The second law states that a closed system (a system that does not relate to anything outside of itself) always goes from more order to less order.

In the past, physicists like Isaac Newton considered the universe (all matter and space that exists) as a closed system.  More recently, however, this idea has been overturned.  Given that the universe has gone from disorder (hydrogen atoms just after the big bang) to order (the complexity we see all around us), it is more likely that the universe is an open system.

What is the definition of an open system?  An open system is one in which an outside party influences the system.  What is outside space and matter that could influence the universe?  We Christians have a name for him: God.

This is not a proof for God.  You could speculate just about whatever you want to answer that question.  But whatever you speculate, it won’t be science that you’re doing, because science is restricted to things bound by space, time and matter.  Whatever is outside the universe influencing it, it is not bound by space and matter.  Therefore what you’re doing is engaging in speculative philosophy, not science.

So, God is not proven by science, but he is consistent with science.  That is why many physicists have no issue with the idea, at least, of God.

Interested in investigating further?  You might like to try reading:

  • the work of physicists like Ilya Prigogine.
  • the Bible – the word of God.