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An energy equation of grace — god and science

20130810 (2013 August 10 Saturday)

The food equation

1 Corinthians 3:6 — “Paul planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.”

Imagine some food, imagine a loaf of bread. Now for simplicity imagine it is you source of energy, you get all of your energy from bread like this. Now Imagine that energy is your only need, you need nothing else, no shelter, no water, no air, no sleep, no warmth, no love, no stuff, just energy. However you have to work for the bread, I don’t mean you have to just plant and water, I mean you have to earn every last Joule of energy. So let us imagine we want to make a loaf of bread with 100 units of energy in it: The field is ready (as if my magic), we scatter the seed (a few units), as if by a miracle it rains (saving us a few units), then we have to make it grow (that must be at least 100 units of shining on it), then we pick the wheat (a few units), then grind it (more units), add water (fetching water is hard work), cook it (we will need to grow some wood), eat it (a few units). As you can see even if we can make this process even more efficient, we can never do it: if it where 100% efficient then we would put 100 units in, and get 100 units out, but it can not be 100% efficient so to get 100 units of energy you will have to do more than 100 units of work.

So what is happening? You are getting into energy debt. We will not have enough energy, We are slowly loosing what we started with, and eventually (probably quite quickly) die of lack of energy.

So how does it work in the real world? God does the shinning. God makes the wind, the waves, the tide, to grind the grain. We just do our little bit. James 3:4 — “Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.”

So when you eat, know that you did not earn it. If you are rich, you did not earn it. If you are poor, you did not earn it. It is by grace that you eat, by grace that you have surplus energy. Use this energy wisely, and give thanks.

Romans 12:3 — “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

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