Increasing Entropy



 See if you can tell me what the following observations have in common:

         1)  Since we have had quite a few days without rain, we have had to start 
              sprinkling our lawn and garden. I have planted the “early” things in the   
              garden, such as potatoes, peas, onions and radishes, but after
              sprinkling, I noticed today that we have a blanket of green showing up that I
              didn’t plant—weeds of all sorts.  If left unattended, the garden would be 
              over-run with weeds.
        2) This past year we have had to replace the transfer case and a coil in our
            Chevy Trailblazer and put new tires on the car.
          3)  We have some cedar bevel siding on our house that needs to be replaced
             due to it splitting from the heat of the sun over the years.  And it looks like
             most of the siding and trim are due for a paint job.
          4)  The well pump, after 35 years of service, failed last summer and had to be
             replace, as did our pressure tank.
          5) I had to spray our field again this spring as the daisies and knap-weed have
           started taking over and would ruin the hay that we have cut.
          6)  I need to buy some new (tennis) court shoes. I help with the high school
            tennis team and also give lessons during the summer and go through at least
            one pair of shoes each year.
        7)  The beautiful spring bouquet of narcissus and bleeding hearts that my wife
            had on the table needs to be thrown in the compost as they have wilted.  
    So, what do these have in common?  They are all evidence of a law of science called “The Second Law of Thermodynamics” which is also known as “The Law of Increasing Entropy.”  Entropy means “disorder,” and comes from a root word meaning “to turn within.” Whenever a system is isolated (“turned within”) it always tends to disorder. Entropy always increases, never decreases. In other words, things tend to become more random, disorderly, deteriorate, fade, run down, and wear out.  “The First Law of Thermodynamics,” by the way, is the “Law of the Conservation of Mass and Energy,” which means that nothing is being  created or destroyed, merely changes from one form of energy to another.  But, in changing from one form of energy to another, there is a loss of usable energy, which is “The Law of Increasing Entropy.”  For example you can’t “un-burn a candle.”  The elements that made up the candle are still around, but in a different, more random, form. Another example would be to fill a glass with water and place a couple ice cubes in the water, then let it sit on the table. Soon the ice melts and eventually the water evaporates. The hydrogen and oxygen that made up the water and ice are now part of the atmosphere, existing in a less complex, more random form (disorder has increased). 
      Interestingly, if you go back to the book of Genesis in the Bible, you will find where these two laws of Thermodynamics began. We read that “In the beginning (of time), God created (made form nothing), the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).  After giving details of the six days of creation in which God “made the heaven of heaven with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them”’ (Neh. 9:6), “God saw all that He had made, and behold it was very good. Thus the heavens and all the earth were completed, and all their hosts, and by the seventh day, God completed His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.” God was finished with His creation—The First Law of Thermodynamics!  But then man sinned and God placed a curse upon the earth which involved aging, deterioration and death (cf Psa. 102:26).   It included such things as weeds and thorns, making it difficult to grow crops. Hence we have The Second Law of Thermodynamics put into place.  Scientific observation of these two undeniable laws, is really an observation of the truth of God’s Word, the Bible.  And these two laws go totally against the theory of evolution that is being taught as scientific fact in our public classrooms from grade school through college. Evolution says that over time things become more complex and less disorderly, but nature shows us the very opposite; things tend towards disorder and death and randomness.  The mutations that take place that science believes brought about the evolutionary process actually work in the opposite direction for they are predominantly destructive.
     So, why do educators believe in and teach evolution as science and not a theory, and why do they consider creationism to be solely religion and having no place in the class room?  Ultimately the reason is that they choose not to believe in a Creator God to whom they are accountable. If in our mind we are the mere product of time and chance, then we are accountable to no one (at least in our thinking).  The tragic thing about the teaching of evolution—in the face of all the evidence for a recent creation by an all-wise, all-powerful God—is that it becomes a watershed for all sorts of perversion such as homosexuality, abortion, same sex marriage, etc., for if we don’t believe we are made in the image of God, but are merely a high order of evolved animals and that all life came from non-living matter, then there really are no absolutes, no standards by which we should live, and everyone’s opinions are just as valid as anyone else’s. (By the way, another law of science which refutes the evolutionary theory, is “The Law of Biogenesis,”’ which states that “life begets life,” that “life cannot come from non-living matter.” 
     The bottom line is that man has bought in to Satan’s lies rather than to believe what God said, and we are facing the consequences in our tumultuous society today. Would you say, from observation, that our society today is more or less “orderly” than it was, say 50 years ago?  Granted, we have always had some disorder and unrest, but the more we ignore and operate in opposition to God (become a closed system without God’s input and guidance), the more disorderly we will become. After all, we not only observe the law of “Increasing Entropy” in nature, but in society. The solution: We need to get back to believing and following God’s Word, for it alone provides the truth about nature, and about life and behavior and how to get along with one another. As God promised to Israel, “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” II Chron. 7:14).  The key to a turn-around in our nation lies in the hands, not of politicians, not of our educators, not of our financial experts, but in the hands of believers (“My people”). It is time for a revival of the Church, for us believers to humble ourselves and pray and start living lives worthy of our calling.
            Forever His,
                    Pastor Dave

About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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