Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
This could be a follow up to yesterday’s post. Our soul is unseen, and we ignore it while we exercise and eat well to take care of the outer body. But, I am thinking of so many non-believers that use the “unseen” argument when it comes to God. If you talk to people about God, you will have someone say, usually very early in the conversation, that they will not believe unless God comes down and reveals Himself to them and slaps them across the face, or some other physical interaction that may be less violent, but substantial as to prove that they didn’t dream God’s appearance.
Jesus told Thomas that he was blessed because he had seen, but blessed are those who do not see, yet believe (John 20:29). As someone said regarding the early Christians, they, at least to the extent of the Biblical record, had more certainty than faith. Many saw the miracles. Many saw the resurrected Jesus. Their faith that He was the Son of God was a short leap compared to us today.
I have thought recently that if someone challenged me regarding my faith, the one rock solid proof, in my mind, is that I gained understanding of what the Scripture was saying, at least a new-reborn’s understanding, within the first few hours of accepting Jesus. I fell asleep right after I accepted Him, but I reached for my Bible as soon as I was awakened. That is one of the reasons that I still read the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit is not done with me yet. I still catch something that I missed before, and with great software these days, I can put three or four translations side-by-side. I get geeky, thinking about it.
But what made me think of the unseen is that this is a fool’s argument for the non-believer. Of course, to an experienced and well-versed apologist, all their arguments have holes, some nothing but holes – like too many roads in Pennsylvania, potholes that is.
I worked about ten years in governmental nuclear. If you are a civil servant at the Department of Energy and you read any of their nuclear training manuals (unless they have totally changed in the past 20 years), the basic nuclear physics and a few other topics were written based on courses that I wrote, in some cases, some of my words copied word-for-word. At least, one civil servant showed me one of his copies of a book on his shelf in 1996 to show how all training books should look like – strange being handed a book that you wrote, not knowing whether it was a violation of the security clearance to admit that you had written it. They’d even copied my format down to the same font, header and footer styles, and general design of each chapter.
I won’t get too geeky, but no one has ever seen an atom. They just know that they exist, but then no one questions the existence of subatomic particles, the pieces and parts that make up an atom.
A friend at one nuclear plant in South Carolina had a cigar box on his desk. A label said, “Inside this box is the only neutrino ever captured.” When you opened the box, the box looked empty (probably having countless neutrinos in the box, but…). Taped to the inside bottom of the box was another label that said, “You idiot! You just released the neutrino! Now, I have to go catch another one!” And to carry the joke further, my friend sighed angrily, snatched the box from my grasp, and left with the box, walking toward the nuclear reactor. Who says nuclear physicists don’t have a sense of humor?
But we can start with three basic subatomic particles: protons, neutrons, and electrons. The number of protons in the atom’s nucleus determines the chemical identity of the atom. There are also neutrons in the nucleus, except for most natural hydrogen. If there is the right number of neutrons in the nucleus, the atom is stable. If not, the atom is radioactive and will decay to form something else. There are various theories as to how these protons and neutrons are arranged, based on one characteristic of the chemical or another, but no theory answers all the questions. And around this nucleus, flow the electrons.
All of this is accepted as fact. Most of you may have never studied this in school, but these facts are accepted after centuries of scientific study. But no one has ever seen an atom, much less a proton, neutron, or electron. Let’s forget the neutrinos and quarks and gluons and bosons. Even though Sheldon Cooper did a great job of drawing a rebus for a Higgs Boson particle playing a game in an episode of The Big Bang Theory.
All of these are ‘proposed’ as strange things happen when working with supercolliders and such. As for neutrinos, they have been seen on x-ray film, stored in mines, on the far side of the world, when a nuclear reactor is started. Okay, they’ve never seen them. It’s a way to explain the wavy lines on the film. Don’t worry, they’ve been flying around long before nuclear energy was discovered, allegedly, since no one really knows.
But how can we say that God does not exist, because He is unseen? And when we believe that an H plus pigs minus P (Higgs)… The Higgs Boson Particle does exist, a particle that has never been seen, heard, smelled, tasted, or felt, or even felt spiritually, by the soul. It exists to explain why the numbers that they can calculate don’t add up, but they’d never ‘allege’ that.
We can think critically about nuclear science, but we cannot think elementally about how all this nuclear stuff came into being in the first place, when the earth was without form and void (KJV), formless and void (NASB), or formless and empty (NIV). You know, back “In the beginning…” What we do know from basic Thermodynamics, I’m talking first lecture in class, is that you cannot get something from nothing, you cannot even break even, and the change of entropy is always in the same direction. A Godless world does not and cannot exist, even using REAL science.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.