Superposition

Let's get geeky:  Quantum Physics!

That's an odd topic for a blog on a church website, right?   It's odd, and loverly, and I dare you stick with me through a little geeky faith.  

First.. what is quantum physics?  The simplest definition I've ever heard comes from theoretical physicist Sky Nelson Isaacs, "Quantum physics is the study of what happens when we aren't looking."  Basically it asks, "what is happening outside our observation?"  And there is A LOT that happens outside our observation.  

With so much of our lives impacted by things outside our observation, we are compelled to think on such things.  Maybe not as a physicist, but we all indeed consider that which occurs outside our sight, that which is around us. How can we be confident in light of all that we cannot know and see?  Faith.  Hebrews 11:1-3 defines it this way:

"1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.2 This is what the ancients were commended for.3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible."

Back to quantum physics...

Superposition is a concept in QP that basically states that until something is seen, measured, or observed, that nothing is certain; rather, things unseen remain in a state of "all things being possible" until it is observed, and then upon observation one possibility is chosen and it "falls into place."  (Thanks to Sky Nelson Isaacs again for his very practical explanation which I have sort of paraphrased here).  This is the concept described by Schrödinger's cat, which you have probably heard of, where the cat who is locked in an opaque box could be dead or alive, but until his human checks on him, he sort of remains in both those possibilities.  Parents... you know what this is... it's when things are quiet and either your children are playing sweetly and you will just have to get some great pics for Facebook or they have caused complete mayhem and you don't know which till you check on them, and until you do, you are prepared for both the pictures and the impending time outs and tantrums.

All things are possible. Sometimes we force our faith to be certain. We want our faith to be a determined means of blessing from God, a specific promise fulfilled, a desire manifest. We want faith to serve as our observation of our world, in which God is working.  But, God Himself is our light and our observation through the Holy Spirit which counsels and guides us. Faith is the gift to let all things be possible until the Spirt reveals it - Faith is to live with the unseen, unobserved, undetermined while having confidence.  And, since God works all things for good and turns all that was meant for evil into good, we can truly take courage to accept this confidence in the unseen.

Faith is spiritual superposition.

(the cat was alive by the way)

   


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