Monday, April 5, 2010

This Changes Everything

The 2nd law of thermodynamics states that..."everything in the universe moves toward disorder and decay".

It’s also called the law of entropy. We know this to be rust, food rots and the human body ages. The only way to prevent entropy is to introduce an outside energy source to counteract it. A refrigerator is a good example of this: you plug it into an electrical source and it produces cold air that keeps food from rotting, but if it gets disconnected from its energy source, entropy takes over and food spoils.

I agree with Mark Batterson in thinking that the law of entropy started in the Garden of Eden..."The LORD God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it. The LORD God commanded him, “You may eat the fruit from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat the fruit from the tree which gives the knowledge of good and evil. If you ever eat fruit from that tree, you will die!” (Genesis 2:15-17)  We know what happened--Adam ate the fruit. According to the next chapter of Genesis, I believe this is where entropy started. Up to this point, mankind would have lived forever, but Adam’s sinful choice introduced the process of decay and death to mankind.

All of us are subject to this process..."Sin came into the world because of what one man did, and with sin came death."  (Romans 5:12)

But the resurrection of Jesus changes everything..."One man sinned and so death ruled all people because of that one man. But now those people who accept God’s grace and the gift of being made right with Him will surely have true life through the one man, Jesus Christ."   (Romans 5:17)

That’s why Easter is so's the tipping point!

**Mark Batterson is author of "Primal", pastor of  National Community Church in Washington, DC and one of my favorite podcast speakers.