Search This Blog

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Is Only Observable Sin Truly Sin?

I am fascinated with science. I am currently reading the book, Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku. The author makes theoretical physics so simple that I can understand. (That is everything but Quantum Theory!) Much of it makes me wonder if there is an inexplicable connection between science and morality.

For example, the uncertainty principle says that the location and speed of electron cannot be known at the same time. If you know the location, you can't know the speed. If you know the speed, you can't know the location. Quantum Theory springs out of this principle. Succinctly, the micro-universe does not act like the macro-universe. This contradicts Newtonian physics. It destroys some of the science which has been considered absolute.

People began saying that there is no absolute truth soon after this theory was postulated. Did this theory have an affect on theology? Did people see the world differently after hearing this theory? Or is this merely a coincidence?

Dr. Kaku asks a long established question: "If a tree falls in the forest and there is no observable presence, does the falling tree make a sound?" The conclusion he leads us to is that only observable events truly happen. In other words, our presence (or surrogate presence from a recording device) is the only means of verifying an event. Thus, the event only happens if we are there.

Of course, that can ruin the career of a theoretical physicist like himself. Theoretical physics is . . . theoretical. No one truly observes it at this time. The only hope is finding the evidence of an event and supposing what happened by what has happened in the past. In other words, you find a fallen tree and suppose it made a sound since all observable falling trees made sounds.

This brings me to the point of how people are acting. When surveyed a significant number of Christians said that they would steal a million dollars if there was no way to get caught. They evidently believe that the crime (or sin) is getting caught rather than stealing.

Several years ago I had a lady suggest that I do something very unethical. This action would cause the church to grow quickly. She said, "No one will know." Now, wasn't she saying that the sin was not in the unethical action but in getting caught? Wasn't she saying that the sin didn't exist as long as there was no one there to observe it?

I told her that there would be two people who would testify against me. I would know and have to give an account to God who would also know.  In other words, the tree always makes a sound because there is no place where God fails to exist. There is no action that God fails to observe.

Thus, Christians think that an unmarried girl's pregnancy is a sin. That is the same as saying that the problem isn't with illegal drugs but with the overdose. This morality says that sin becomes sin only when it becomes observable to others. We fail to remember that God is always aware. There are no unobservable actions.

Yet, God searches the universe for those whom He can support. He doesn't seek out the sin but He cannot fail to know since He is always watching to see whom He will strongly support. He looks directly at the heart.

2 Chronicles 16:9a (ESV)
9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. "

No comments: