It is a complete misunderstanding to think that Christianity is a religion. It is not. It is biology and physics. Preachers warp it into a religion through thoughtlessness and the needs of running a business. They are ignorant of how Adam and Eve broke the laws of physics and what God did through Jesus Christ to restore those broken laws.
Instead they water it down to mere “personal relationship” with God. I do not say that lightly! Personal relationship with God is the reason we were created. But it diminishes the magnitude of what happened with Adam and Eve and the cosmic work of Jesus Christ Himself.
Adam and Eve Knew Yahweh Their Whole Lives
Sin and judgment are clearly attributes of the the fall and redemption, but they, too, diminish the Truth. Adam and Eve did not just “sin” and lose relationship with God. In fact Genesis 3:21 implies more than it says in that Adam and Eve were given a means to retain their relationship with God all their lives.
The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (Gen 3:21 NIV)
An animal had to die for the “garment of skin” to be made for Adam and his wife. In Jewish custom the Paschal lamb was kept in the house for three days before it was butchered for the Sedar. The head of the house slit the lamb’s throat. This created a great sorrow in the whole house as they watched the innocent animal die. I have no doubt that Adam had to kill the animal, perhaps a lamb, himself. They saw the horror and felt the grief for the loss of the animal life that was used to make their garments. The implication is clear: this was a blood sacrifice that pointed the way to Christ, which they knew of from earlier in Genesis 3:15. They understood that blood was shed for their sins. The blood sacrifice began with Adam and Eve and has been practiced by cultures throughout all of the world’s history.
Consequence Not Judgment
It is easy to assume that God was pronouncing a “judgment” upon mankind for Adam’s sin in Genesis 3.
- Genesis 3:16 – Women would suffer in child bearing and would be dominated by men.
- Genesis 3:17 – The ground would be so difficult to til it would bring great sorrow.
- Genesis 3:18 – Thorns would grow with the crop.
- Genesis 3:19 – Sweat would be expended harvesting the crop, but all that effort to live would not halt the ultimate death that would return our bodies back to the dust from which they came.
This is not judgment from God, but an exposition of the fuller meaning of death he was warned about before eating the fruit. Their one sin transformed the entire creation. We should also remember that death is part of the creation. Death existed as the positive force of regeneration. Plants and animals mature because the cells die then are replaced with new cells following the DNA plan for growth. Their sin caused that positive regeneration of death to fail and become entropy, and thus became our enemy (1 Cor. 15:26).
The Curse is Entropy
The word “sin” has many religious connotations that confuse the simple meaning of the word. It means to “miss the mark” in reference to the archer missing the bull’s eye with his bow and arrow. The curse is the result of this “sin,” or “missing of the mark” by Adam and Eve. The curse is the second law of thermodynamics, which states:
“The tendency for all matter and energy in the universe to evolve toward a state of inert uniformity.” The Free Dictionary by Farlex
It is interesting how one physics website describes the significance of this law of physics.
“Entropy (the subject of the second law) and energy (the subject of the first law) and their relationship are fundamental to an understanding not just of physics, but to life (biology, evolutionary theory, ecology), cognition (psychology).” Entropylaw.com
Or, in other words, this law impacts everything in creation and life.
Before they sinned all creation was declared “good” by God. The Hebrew word translated as “good” in English is “tov“. Tov does not mean “perfect,” but good as in the English sense of functional and working. Perfection in English means “complete” which means nothing can be added or taken away to make it better. The Hebrew word for perfection, “tamiym,” is not used regarding creation. We first see this used regarding Noah’s morality (Gen. 6:9). Science has pointed out that life on Earth only exists because the planet is the exact right distance from the sun for photosynthesis; the Earth’s gravity is just the right amount to sustain life; the atmosphere is just the right amount to protect us from cosmic rays. Creation scientists have pointed out that the slightest change of the DNA in a gorilla will kill the gorilla, not transform it into a human, even though a large percentage of the DNA between men and gorillas are the same. The “good” world of God’s creation can not have the slightest error. Their sin was the slightest error that brought on the Curse of Entropy.
Integrity of Creation
One might ask, “How could a wrong decision affect the material universe?” This question is asked because of narrowly defining the creation as the material universe. The creation is everything that is not God, for God alone has no beginning nor end with no creation. That means Heaven is a created place. That means all angels and demons are created. That means all spirits – angelic and animal – are created. That means all souls are created. Souls, as we remember from Genesis 2:7, are the product of the “breath of God” used to fashion our human spirits and the dirt of the ground to form our human bodies combining together. Souls are the faculties of our choices. Our choices, then, are also part of the creation.
There is a tendency to think that Heaven and angels are a separate creation from the material universe. They are not. They were created before the material universe because Lucifer is alive before Adam and Eve. What this means is that the spirit world is the foundation to the material world. In other words, the material world is another dimension of the spirit world, masking the spirit world. When we think of “ghosts” going through walls, we assume that the ghost is vaporous, when in truth it is the wall that is vaporous. Likewise, after the resurrection, Jesus became more “solid”, hence went through locked doors (John 20:19).
One Broken Commandment Breaks All the Commandments
How could one little mistake by Adam and Eve cause stars to die? The usual answer given by theologians is the “headship” of Adam. Yet this idea never made sense to me. Frankly, I think theologians tend to think inside a box. In asking the Lord for an answer to this conundrum He gave me James 2:10:
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10 KJV)
This is another verse that never made much sense to me. The common answer to this verse that I have heard is metaphorical. A beautiful vase, once cracked, is completely ruined. The metaphor seems to be hovering around the right answer. Perfection ceases to be perfection once one small error is introduced. At this point in the biblical narrative, the creation was not perfect, but “good.” The nature of perfection is that it can not be changed. Nothing can be added or removed. If Adam and Eve obeyed God and did not sin, they would have eaten from the tree of life, which, I believe, would have sealed them in perfection. If they tried to have eaten after their sin, it probably would have sealed them in a permanent state of corruption, hence the reason for barring the tree of life from them.
Once sin came into creation, error compounds more error in the second law of thermodynamics. It is like copying a photograph, taking a picture of that copy and making a new copy. There is a generational loss of degradation in the quality of the picture. Do this many times and the picture loses all detail to become a black and white line drawing. That one sin caused all of creation to experience that snowballing effect of degradation.
The Lake of Fire is the Conclusion of Entropy
Jesus told us that we should not lay up treasures on Earth where “moth and rust corrupts,” but rather to lay them up in heaven where “moth and rust do not corrupt” (Matt. 6:19 & 20). Regarding the Lake of Fire He also said that the “worm never dies” and the “fire is never quenched” (Mark 9:43). The two are the same. Those pagans who believe we make our own Hell on Earth are not far off. The Lake of Fire is the ultimate continuation of the entropy that already exists. We already live in a mild form of the Lake of Fire as our bodies decay and become infirm with old age, as we compound confusion in our thinking with wrong decisions, as we struggle to maintain our life styles. Moths are worms first, then moths second. Rust is fire. It is the oxidization of metal which is a slow burn of the metal. God is not punishing us with the Lake of Fire. Rather, the Lake of Fire is the ultimate conclusion of the entropy we already live in. The first death is the decomposition of our bodies, the second death (although all will be bodily resurrected for the White Throne Judgment) is the decomposition of our spiritual bodies, which never ends. It won’t be something new, but the continuation of the same. This is why the Lake of Fire was not created for mankind but for Satan (Matt. 25:41). Evidently, there is no repentance or redemption possible for the fallen angels. My guess is that is because they are spirits, not physical beings. The Lake of Fire is the place of their ultimate corruption. Since we are spirits and physical, those who reject the salvation of Christ continue their corruption in the second death with Satan. Satan will not be ruling anything in the Lake of Fire. He will be too absorbed in his own misery to rule anyone else.
This is important in understanding the desire and character of God. He does not want anyone to perish (2 Pet. 3:9). It makes no sense that He would desire such a thing. Does a painter paint a 10′ x 20′ canvass only to cut it down to 2′ x 3′? Of course not. It would be a colossal waste of time, paint and effort. Why should we think the same of God? When Jesus said that wide and broad is the path to destruction but straight and narrow is the path to life (Matt. 7:13), He is not expressing the desire of God, but the reality of our choices.
For God So Loved the World
The Greek word translated as “world” in John 3:16 is kosmos from which we call the universe. It is true that God loves mankind, but the world, is not just mankind. God fully loves His entire creation. He loves his animals, the plants, the insects, the atmosphere, the birds, clouds, stars and galaxies. The work of Jesus Christ was not limited to the salvation of humans. He died to restore the creation. Paul said,
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. (NIV)
Paul further explains in 1st Corinthians 15 regarding our glorified bodies:
1 Cor 15:35-36
35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: (KJV)
1 Cor 15:42
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: (KJV)
1 Cor 15:53-54
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (KJV)
His context is the immortal bodies to come, but it encompasses all creation since the corruption of death will be no more.
The Finished Work of Christ
This hope is based upon what Jesus of Nazareth accomplished 2,000 years ago. Sin is corruption. Theologians say we have a sin nature, which simply means that we are naturally corrupted. Everything we say and do is impacted by this natural corruption called entropy. The corruption continues to degrade until the body breaks down in aging and dies, decomposing as the continuation of the corruption. Luke quotes the psalmist (Psalm 16:10 ) in Acts regarding the death and His resurrection:
He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. (Acts 2:31 KJV)
The primary meaning of this verse is that Jesus did not decay in the tomb. But I believe it is a reasonable stretch in understanding that Jesus never had corruption, ever His whole life. We begin life with corruption, but the power of our spirits, made from the “breath of God”, retards the corruption process until it weakens with old age. When our spirits depart from our bodies (James 2:26) the life force that retards the corrupti0n of entropy is removed, thus the body decomposes in only a matter of days. Since Jesus never had any corruption in his body, decomposition was impossible. That is not to say that Jesus was perfect. He was still only good. His perfection came after His resurrection when he had proven Himself totally good by accepting our corruption (read, “sins”) upon Himself on the cross.
8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; (KJV)
As I understand this verse, He was not made perfect until he was raised from the dead, and glorified. Now it is impossible for corruption to ever be placed upon Him again. He can not be crucified a second time. But not only was He perfected after His resurrection, but so are we in Him.
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (Heb 10:14 KJV)
Realizing that sin is entropy of physics clarifies how there are no works to salvation. We can not do anything to change the physics of the fallen world, but God can, and did. Therefore, there are no religious works that can save us. However, understanding that sin is entropy brings greater wisdom. We know that every choice of action in behavior that is called sin, brings further degradation as a consequence. We can retard that consequence of degradation by choosing those actions and behaviors called “righteous” in the Bible. To make such choices is to choose life and wisdom. Christ gives a hope for the end to corruption in this world, but He also gives us a means of wisdom in obeying Him. We benefit from obeying Him, and our obedience brings this benefit to others as well.
This perfection that comes from Him will be manifested in us that have accepted His gift of salvation in the future. It is this perfection that will make it impossible for us to ever sin again. I will continue this discussion on the what Jesus has done for us and creation in part 2 of this blog. For now, the takeaway for the reader in this part is that the Lake of Fire is not punishment. It is the ultimate conclusion of the corruption we already have in this fallen world cursed with entropy. All of us that have accepted the free gift of salvation are like “firebrands plucked out of the fire” (Jude :23). Jesus did not just save us, He saved the entire creation. Since by one man, Adam, all creation became corrupt, by one man, Jesus, all creation will be perfected (a variation on Romans 5:17).
I am convinced that Lord has dropped this realization into my spirit. I have walked with Jesus for 25 years now and know how He communicates to me. However, most of the time His communication is in realization, not words, and I have to put the words down to express His thoughts given to me. I have struggled with this post for awhile, for this reason. I will greatly appreciate feedback from any reader to help me clarify anything that I may have stated poorly. Please comment below and help me make this message clearer. Thank you for your help.
Post Script July 23, 2011
Thinking further on the topic. The question has come to my mind as to how we will be raised from the dead. For those in Christ, we have everlasting life of His Spirit constantly sustaining us. I accept the opinion that we will be in our perfect prime of life. I do not believe we will be the same after our resurrection. The glory of our immortal bodies will be somewhat different as indicated by the Lord’s own body description in Revelations chapter one.
But what about those who reject Christ at the White Throne Judgment? It is our spirit that gives life to our bodies, but since they will have the same spirit as before, and since I think that the spirit will forever decompose without fully decomposing, it occurred to me today that they will be resurrected in their old bodies and will continue to age with infirmity since the created spirit will lack the restorative Spirit of Christ. The nightmare scenes of horror movies will be a reality for the millions who have rejected the free gift of salvation.