I had an interesting thought this week while in church. It’s common knowledge that God controls all things. It’s also common knowledge that science is inadequate to explain this Truth. But how does one reconcile faith with the factually accurate aspects of modern science?
I’m thinking, specifically, of atoms. Presumably, atoms exist. The theory of them has existed since Democritus. Moreover, the Bible speaks of them as well, although it refers to them as “motes.” That’s an old word meaning something very small, like an atom. So Jesus specifically mentions atoms when he says in Matthew 7:3, “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” Clearly, atoms exist in the Bible. (Their existence in nuclear weaponry was a matter of heated debate in my household and religious community, but this post will hopefully reconcile and dispel such dissensions as previously existed to mar our brotherhood in Christ.)
Science, being a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, tells us that atoms are composed of positive parts, called protons, negative parts, called electrons, and neutral parts that are incapable of moral decision, called neutrons. As usual, when scientists tell you something, you can usually find the truth if you look in the opposite direction. What scientists label “positive”, the protons, actually- by their own theories- huddle in the center of the atom, slothful and lazy, sheltering the morally timid neutrons. The ones who go about, energizing things and spreading the Gospel, are the electrons. This leads me to believe that electrons are actually the positive moral force here, not the lazy, good-for-nothing neutrons and certainly not the vile, wicked, electron-counteracting, equivocation-enabling protons.
Electrons are the positive force in the atomic world. They are God’s servants. What, then, could they be, if not angels? Doesn’t this explain how the Lord is at work in every piece of technology we currently operate? Electrons power them all; ergo, the Lord, through the direct intercession of His servants, the angels, powers it all. It also explains smiting; thousands of angels come down from the Heavens and enter the skulls of the evildoers.
I realize this explanation is somewhat unorthodox. But once I realized that atoms are in the Bible, and that DNA therefore probably exists despite the frequent and oft-noted inefficiencies and deceptions of microscopes, I felt that my ongoing feud with the witch-doctors and snake-oil salesmen who comprise the modern scientific community would be resolved if I could explain to them how the Lord operates in their precious pseudoscientific endeavors. If it is sinful for me to aspire for and attain these conclusions, I confess my sins and repent in sackcloth and ashes.
Yet, somehow, I feel that God is pleased. Now that scientists have no recourse to their theories in their evasions of Him, they stand at a crossroads- either they can serve God, or they can serve Satan. They can no longer pretend that this moral choice does not exist. They can no longer be the neutron in the atom of the World. If they choose to join God’s electrons, they can merrily spread the Gospels of Christ like the rest of us. If they choose to remain in the perceived “nuclei” of activity, the research centers and major cities, they can idly putter about, doing their research and working as minions of Satan. But one day, the atom may be split at the kindled wrath of the Almighty. In that day, only the electrons shall survive.
Think on THAT, you fragments! Embrace the Lord, or face the final reckoning!