You’re Already Dead

22 11 2008

I’ve always been fascinated by the apparent similarities between entropy and sin.  I am convinced that there must be some manner of relationship.  The Genesis account of humanity’s fall into sin makes note of thorns and brambles growing in the fields, and that farming became hard work.  Sin entered the world and disorder became the normal way of things.  In the apocalyptic account of the world as it is to be after the removal of sin that the lion and the lamb will lie down together and the lamb will not be afraid.  This would seem to indicate a disruption of the food chain, which is essentially a battle for lower states of entropy. 

The simple fact is that both life and death are processes of entropy.  The only difference between the two is rate and control.  Suppose that before sin there had been a manner of life that was really the opposite of death, not just a slower form of it.  Having that life we would never hunger or thirst again, which sounds entirely like the effect of the bread of life, which is what Jesus claimed to be.  I find great difficulty in imagining anything being beyond entropy, especially living in opposition to it.  However, if true life is the opposite of death, then what we call life is a form of death, and what we call death is really the second death.  Jesus referred to a second death, which I was always taught was Hell.  I have never been told that conventional “life” was the first death.  If all who find Jesus find life, then all who don’t find Jesus don’t have life in the first place.  Hence, the popular idea of life is not actually life, as I would hold.  The difference between a starving man and a man who has starved to death is that the starving man still has a chance to take the life of some other thing to save his own.  Both the steak and the diner suffer from the same affliction of entropy, but the diner casts the burden of his own entropy upon the steak, which carries the load for them both.  In the end, though, this gradual lifelong accumulation of entropy reaches a point where it can be slowed no longer, and we call this point “death.”  If life is a car coasting downhill in first gear, then death is a car coasting downhill in neutral, without brakes.  This being the case, then life and death are not opposites.  We only have a case of death, type one, and death, type two.  God told Adam and Eve in the beginning that the day they took the forbidden fruit would be the day that they died.  Many people read that and think that God was merciful for not killing them then but letting them live many more years.  I am not inclined to believe that he lied in order to control them.  I think that they did in fact die that day and that no human has ever seen true life since then.  So what would happen to a truly living person if we were to run him through with a sword?  We may have cast a great deal of entropy on him, but if his life works in opposition to entropy then we would expect to see him rise from the dead.

This also brings us to the matter of Hell.  I think it is no coincidence that visual references such as fire and a bottomless pit are the familiar ideas associated with it.  Burning and falling forever, combined with being ripped apart, are mentioned in the Bible and are all matters of entropy out of control.  This entropy out of control is also what happens to the body of a dead person.  So what is entropy?  Entropy is divergent.  The heat in a cup of water escapes and fills the room, and then it escapes the room.  Entropy is disorderly.  Design is reduced to chaos.  Entropy at its worst is Hell.  It’s a home on fire.  It’s a man working himself to death performing a meaningless task and then undoing it, again and again.  It is an endless falling, or a flying through outer space away from a point of origin with no end in sight.  It is, in its very essence, sin allowed us in its fullest measure.  I’m inclined to think that Hell is simply a matter of giving us, from God’s perspective, a swim in a cesspool when we refuse to stop drinking from the toilet.  It’s a run through a forest fire because we insisted on playing with matches.

If a thing is perfectly designed and then subjected to the forces of entropy, then it proceeds to diverge from that point limitlessly.  If we start from the middle and attempt to return to that point we must first know where that point was.  What was the perfect point?  The key lies in its intended design.  If a thing was made to be a tractor and I repair it back into being a functional go-kart, then I haven’t repaired it at all.  If the key is in the design then the solution lies in the mind of the designer.  If God intended for us to be one way and we go another way, thinking it better, we diverge from the intended design.  Sin is essentially a divergence from the perfect order or behavior.  People may disagree with each other as to what the best behavior is, or what right and wrong are, but in the end only one opinion counts.  In a mathematical process there is only one right answer and an infinite number of wrong ones.  We can have order, or we can have a great variety of disorder.  We can accept truth, or we can invent a great number of falsehoods.  A building can stand up one way, or it can fall a great number of ways in many possible directions.  There’s God’s way, and then there’s everything else.  Sin is a divergence from his order just as entropy is a divergence from order in general.






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