Tuesday, March 27, 2007

What and How You Observe Changes the World

— The Bible, throughout
God often tells us to “behold.” It is an opportunity to engage in a divine vision, for many times, what God is directing us to see is not yet visible in the natural, but only in the spirit. That is how God works, calling “those things which do not exist as though the did” (Romans 4:17). He framed the world with His Word, “so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3).

God calls us to see things first in the spirit so that we will be able to manifest them, by faith, in the natural. The apostle Paul said, “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). That is, we are not to go by what our natural eyes see, but by what we see in the spirit, what we see by faith. As many have said, “If you can see the invisible, you can do the impossible.” What we can see by faith, we will see in the natural.

The nature of physical reality is that what and how we observe things changes the world.

The “double-slit” experiments in the field of quantum mechanics theory reveals some very puzzling phenomena. In these experiments, when electrons are fired at a screen through a panel with a single slit in it, the electrons act like particles. When they are fired at the screen through a panel with two slits, the electrons act like waves, not like particles. Even when the electrons are fired one at a time, they eventually reveal a wave pattern. So which are they — waves or particles? Depending upon how you decide to test, they show up as either one or the other.

Now, here is a real kicker. When detectors are set up in the “double-slit”model to see which slit individual electrons go through, they act as particles, even though the double slits would otherwise show a wave pattern. The very act of observation causes the wave function to collapse, with the result that the electron acts like a particle. The head-scratching question is this: How did the electron know that it was being observed?

For more on this unusual quantum behavior, see Double-Slit Experiment at Wikipedia. Or check out this cartoon animation of the experiment which helps guys like me understand.

Perhaps the ancient Celtic Christians were way ahead of quantum science when they prayed:
Bless, O Christ, my face,
Let my face bless everything;
Bless, O Christ, mine eye,
Let mine eye bless all it sees.
Learn how to behold the things of God in the spirit, then what and how you see will bring the world into divine order.

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