Sunday, March 23, 2008

Newton’s First Law of Motion

“An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” *

We are the only beings capable of choosing to accept or deny the ‘unbalanced force’ of God’s grace.

The state of inertia, spiritually speaking, is what keeps believers from moving from or off of their fixed tracks of ego (a self-for-self), in other words - living out of their soul. All people are in a state of inertia. They will keep on traveling at the same motion and at the same speed unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. The unbalanced force is their ability to choose (unlike any other creature made by God), working in tandem with the grace of God. If they deny or refuse to choose, they remain in the state of soul-inertia.

I really don’t care what subterfuge, shrouding device or deception is being used in trying to hide (the truth) that which is an innate imprinting in all men: But God's angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn't treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.

In my opinion man is the only expression of God’s handiwork whereby God has as it were handicapped himself in terms of his power.
Grace (a force) being used in my analogy here as an unbalanced force, is NOT forced upon us! *
To further illustrate this only with other creatures such as geese, salmon, butterflies etc. God has stamped these along with all species with an imprinting called ‘instinct’, is this a force used against the well being of such creatures, or is it a wonderful gift from God in prolonging their species?

In the case of man, although fallen, confined, and imprisoned in the inescapable vice of sin and death, God woos with His spirit, calling out to man speaking of His total unconditional loving acceptance of them.
Although imprisoned, man has within him that which no other creature has, the ability to choose, aka an unbalanced force that will harmoniously work in tandem with the other unbalanced force of grace.
In my opinion, I see the unbalanced force of free will to be much like a powerful engine designed to burst into action, but impotent without having access to fuel.Grace, without forcing, is that fuel that facilitates (works in tandem with) our free will that launches us out of our fixed state of inertia.

As Paul says in his letters, ‘we are laborers together in the work of God, one plants, another waters, but God gives the increase’.
Sadly I see many who look upon us having any ability to co-operate with God in the outworking of what He has worked into us being at best heretical. I have heard this too many times, ‘any work that we do, is contrary to it being ALL grace’.
In other words, grace is but synonymous with osmosis: “A gradual, often unconscious process of assimilation or absorption”. Don’t you think that smacks of the philosophy used by the Borg on Star Trek: "Prepare to be assimilated. We will add your biological and technological distinctives to our own. You will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile."

For some, maybe God and the Borg are one in the same?

In not recognizing the miracle of both unbalanced forces working harmoniously together in tandem, although a person being re-birthed, can easily become locked into an inert state all over again, waiting upon the ‘great magic’ to assimilate them apart from any choosing on their part. Maybe that’s why the scriptures I used earlier seem so applicable here.

‘They trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life.’



Dave A. said...

Very, very good, Bro. The choice will always remain ours... cooperate with the Divine or run counter to Him. And in the latter we find disappointment, dissatisfaction and dismay. And we say hoorah for that!

As much as I find those things to be true happenstance without Him, I am most glad that He is there to say to us: "I am What and Who and Where you are looking for."

Much love to my Canajun Brudda

Rich said...

Seeing as how I live in the Shakespearean Capitol of the world aka, the Festival City, I thought I would borrow a quote from Bill Shakespeare,

Now is the winter of our discontent, (disappointment-dissatisfaction).

Thanks for your comments Bro!
I see it all being wonderfully choreographed in each of us being born into a setting (world) where, because of the innate knowledge (imprinting) of there really being a GOD stamped within us, we are sooner or later going to have a crash collision with the Divine discontent. Ergo, the wonder of being granted the power to choose life over death.