Monday, January 12, 2009

Praise, Increase and the Theory of Entanglement

Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Then the earth shall yield her increase.
(Psalm 67:4-5)
In Quantum Physics there is a theory called Entanglement, which says that two particles that have ever been connected are so related to one another that, even if they are separated on opposite sides of the universe, the state of one affects the state of the other. Consider, then, the significance of Genesis 2:7 in the light of that theory: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground.”

The life of man is found in the breath of God. He became of living being when God breathed the breath of life into his nostrils (Genesis 2:7). But the body of man is inextricably bound with the material of the universe. That is why, when Adam disconnected from the life of God through his rebellion, it affected the whole planet: “Cursed is the ground for your sake [i.e., because of you] … for out of it you were taken” (Genesis 3:17, 19).

Just as all creation was affected by the fall of man, so all creation finds restoration in the redemption of man.
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope, because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. (Romans 8:19-22)
This brings out the significance of the psalm: “Let all the peoples praise You. Then the earth shall yield her increase.” When the nations and peoples of the earth release praise to God, it is not just the expression of redeemed humanity, it also brings forth fruitfulness from the dust of the ground with which we are so connected. The earth yields her increase because of our praise.

When we are out of joint with God through rebellion, ingratitude and unbelief, the whole earth is out of joint, too. But when we return to God in faith and praise, divine order is reestablished in the earth because we are so entangled with the stuff of creation. In this manner, therefore, pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom, come. Your will, be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10).

(For some amazing discussion about Entanglement, check out these video clips: Are We All Connected? and Quantum Entanglement and the Power of Intention.)