What is life? Why is defining it so important? What are the implications this new definition will have on our lives? These are some of the question I will attempt to answer in this short post.
Before we dive into the topic of life, I think it is essential that we lay down some foundational assumptions about the universe before we continue. Since this is a Christian blog, let us consider the Christian literature that the Observable Universe has a start at Creation and an End (at the end of time). Now, if it has a start and an end, it assumes that the Observable Universe is finite in nature. Because of this, I will adopt the assumption that the Universe we live in is finite.
If the Universe is finite, then we will be able to use the Conservation of Energy to understand all there is within the Universe. The Conservation of Energy refers to the principle that the energy of interacting bodies within a closed system (in this context, the Universe) remains constant.
With this in mind, let us look at life.
Everyone’s life as we know it exists on a particular set of time. We don’t come into existence at the beginning of time and we will not stay in existence until the very end of it. But one thing is for certain, as long as we are able to read this, we exists in the Universe in a given time, as shown in the figure below.
With this understanding that all that ever existed in our Universe exists within a finite space, let us isolate some soil, a seed, some water, and some light, and put them in a cube. Over time, this seed will grow, mature, produce fruits and seeds, wither, and die. However, the overall energy within the cube remains constant. The total energy that was in the cube before the seed was planted is the same as the total energy in the cube after the grown tree has withered and died. Refer to figure 2.
Thing about God is that God transcends the physical world that we live in. He transcends space-time. Because of that, He does not look at time the same way we experience it. To Him, time is not directional. To Him, time is just another dimension. Think of it as a ruler. When we hold a ruler, we can see the entirety of it at a glance. Likewise, to God, He can see the entirety of time at a glance. Now, if you put yourself in His shoe, what would you see?
You would see life as it is, in its entirety. You would be able to see the entirety of one’s existence. You would be able to understand the things that lead up to one’s life and the changes the one has done to the world. You would be able to empathise with every little decision one has ever made. You would be able to see one as how he/she truly is.
In essence, life, as we know it, is embedded in the energy within physical matter. It is the breath (Genesis 2:7) that gave physical matter, life. Now, according to the Conservation of Energy, energy can never be created nor destroyed. The total sum of energy would not change. Not even with entropy. With life, physical matter takes on a new consciousness and changes in shape. But, even if it does change, the total energy content will remain constant.
Think about it. How would a seed know that it needs to grow into a tree and produce more seeds to procreate unless someone told it to? How would anyone grow to become the person God intended them to be if God did not breathe into them in the first place?
Now that we observe the Universe as a closed system, it would appear then that everything in the world is predestined. You were predestined to be where you are before you are even born. Your death is predetermined before you are even born. Your story was written deep in the ruler of time. And, come what may, everything you were ever called to do, you will do.
And if you find yourself bumping around, unsure about your own calling? Know, therefore, that what you are currently doing, is what you were intended to do since the dawn of time. The people you will meet, the people you will marry, the career that you will pick, the eventual death that you will meet; all of these were written in the Book of Life.
This is why Jesus teaches us not to worry about the necessities of life.
“Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” — Matthew 6:25b-27, NIV.
No, no matter what we do, we will not be able to add a single hour to our lives. Therefore, “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” — Matthew 6:33, NIV.Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay
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