The one constant is light


(Reflections after viewing “Einstein’s Big Idea” on PBS channel)

As you know, E=mc2 , or Energy equals mass times celeritas (Latin for speed of light) squared

Einstein’s famous formula that changed the world may seem complex. He proposed that distance and time are not absolute. The ticking rate of a clock depends on the motion of the observer of that clock; likewise for the length of a yardstick.

Albert Einstein, the great Swiss physicist, was obsessed with light all his life. He said he hoped to tap into God’s mind. Eventually he came up with the formula E=mc2 but his greatness is not that he came up with the relativity theory but that he found out that THE ONE CONSTANT IS LIGHT.

The speed of LIGHT, Einstein found out, is constant at 670 million miles per hour. “It is about 186,000 miles per second —whether it comes from a moving source such as a speeding car’s headlights or an unmoving source such as a ceiling light. But here’s the catch: The speed of light is constant only in a vacuum, a place where there’s no matter, like the vast emptiness of space. Here on Earth, the speed of light can slow down,” explains Karen Hartley.

To me, this is significant in that Jesus tells us He is the light of the world (John 8:12). Now it makes sense to me what the Book of Revelation says about living forever when we see God. He is LIGHT and in the presence of the GREAT LIGHT, time stands still.

Time, in this planet, is affected by electro-magnetism. In another realm, time as we know it, cannot be measured. Or it will cease to be. The tic tac will stop.

Einstein took a few steps forward with the findings of scientists before him (including two women scientists) who discovered that energy can be converted into mass and mass can be converted into energy.

The Big Bang theory makes sense too within the context of these scientific findings. As something explodes (energy), mass is created. As stars blew into pieces, they somehow got together to form planets. Man, as the theory goes, is the product of this massive explosion. From the ashes and specks of the newly born universe, human beings are formed.

Banesh Hoffman, a former student, wrote, “Imagine the audacity of such a step…. Every clod of earth, every feather, every speck of dust becoming a prodigious reservoir of untapped energy. A few teaspoons of matter, they claim, has the energy of several hydrogen bombs.”

This leads me to what Jesus said about how powerful faith is (“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move..”), as well as prayer (“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”).

What a mighty God we have! And how generous He is to share this power with us.

Nothing is lost, these scientists say. What you seem to lose in that explosion is actually transformed into mass. Think of the implication of that truth in terms of life and death. When somebody dies, he is not really gone. He is just transformed into something else.

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will TRANSFORM our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.” – Philippians 3:20


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