Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Stretching A Point
According to the article, an “international team” (how exciting!) of scientists at the CERN laboratory has “recorded subatomic particles traveling faster than the speed of light – a finding that could overturn one of Albert Einstein’s long-accepted fundamental laws of the universe.”Caryn Rivadeneira then goes on to describe what i the old days would have been called a "nervous breakdown" on her part and how she has overcome it. As I read through it, I understood and empathized with Ms. Rivadeneira's pain, but found that it confused so many things - physics, emotional well-being and our relationship with the Creator.
Turns out, if Einstein’s 106-year-old theory of special relativity is undermined, this could upend what physicists have used to “understand (or describe) the way the universe and everything in it works.”
While I may not understand what difference 60 billionths of a second makes in understanding the universe, what I do understand is what it means when ideas you’ve once lived, beliefs you’ve once held true and dear, laws you’ve maybe even once built a life around get upended. When suddenly all that you thought was, turns out to be not so.
Our tendency to tie such things into a big ball reveals in us the basic belief that it all swirls around us. It is that apparent conviction, more than any other, that defines sin. Perhaps that is why it is the last thing we tend to let go of as we mature in our relationship with Christ.
As I tyhink about the "equations of Christianity" I try and guard against having an "I" in them. I often fail - very often.
Even Christ, God Incarnate, had to surrender His will.