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Saturday, 15 December 2012

"I don't believe it!" (apologies to V.Meldrew).

A virgin conceives a Child.  "Rubbish", retorts the sceptic.  That Child, as a grown Man, heals the sick and the infirm; walks on water; feeds a multitude with just a couple of small fish and a few bread rolls; raises the dead.  "Rubbish", retorts the sceptic.  The Man is eventually crucified but, within three days, has risen from the dead - and appears to many people, including one group of more than 500!  "Rubbish", retorts the sceptic.  " I haven't seen any of these things, therefore I cannot believe in them."

Now, consider some other news that I read yesterday, concerning Quantum Computers.  Present computers use electrical circuits to hold information in the form of "one" or "zero".   Quantum Computers, I am informed, will use atoms, or chunks of light called photons, that can be "one", "zero", or any point in between.  However, what is really clever, is that they can be all of these at the same time!  It's all to do with quantum mechanics.  I mention this discipline in my book (

"Quantum mechanics has to do with the idea that energy and matter are not continuous but come in small, discrete packets: quanta.  Quotations from two famous physicists sum up its weirdness and complexity – “If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it.” (Niels Bohr); and “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” (Richard Feynman).  Suddenly, the understanding of theology seems like a piece of cake!"

The atom is composed of three 3 basic parts with different charges, the electron (negative particle), the proton (the positive particle), and the neutron (the neutral particle). The neutrons and protons are packed in the nucleus of an atom held together with gluons, the messenger particle of the strong force. A messenger particle is a particle that when passed between two particles means that they interact with each other. At the heart of each particle is an even smaller particle known as a quark. Quarks come in different "colours". They are known as colours but are not actually coloured; the colour code is just used for classification. Each colour decides how the specific quark acts.  Confused?  You are not alone!

The important fact is that no-one, to the very best of my knowledge, has ever seen a quantum; no-one has ever seen a quark; no-one has ever witnessed anything to do with string theory (which is something else again!).

So, in the world of quantum mechanics, it would appear that seeing is not believing, but that believing is "seeing"!  I would suggest that the same thing is true is the spiritual realm.  Peter writes: "Without having seen [Jesus] you love Him; though you do not now see Him you believe in Him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy." (I Peter 1:8).  The result, of course, is of eternal importance: "As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls." (v.9).

Now, that is something worth obtaining!

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