Mark Has Some Good News, Part 24, In This House We Obey The Rules Of Thermodynamics… Homer Simpson
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. 35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, "This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. 36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat." 37 But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." And they said to him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?" 38 And he said to them, "How many loaves do you have? Go and see." And when they had found out, they said, "Five, and two fish." 39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties. 41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. 42 And they all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
I watched a neat show on discovery channel a week ago called into the wormhole. It's was about physics and like most people who watch big bang theory I have a new peaked interest and broader understanding of physics. Geekdom is finally becoming cool and it's showing in popular television. Yay.
Which oddly enough brings us to the topic of miracles. Here we read of Jesus apparently breaking the laws of physics to give the congregation he's accumulated a snack. This starts a downward spiral of discussions and theories all trying to explain what happened, how it happened, how it couldn't have happened and so on. Simply put a boys lunch does not feed 5000 people. Now you can just forget about answering this problem. But realistically you won't so here's how you can answer it.
-You can explain it with reason:
-You can explain it away with circumstance:
-Or you can explain how God relates to His creation:
If you explain it by reason, you'll find yourself adding information to scripture. You'll say things like "out of 5000 people no one brought food but one boy? That seems unreasonable there must have been some more food there somewhere there must have been right?"
Did you see that? You took infallible, add nothing to, take nothing from scripture and added a lunch box per person until you felt it was reasonable.
If you explain it away by circumstance by saying things like "Jesus couldn't have been feeding everyone. Maybe he just fed those he could and everyone else was not hungry and mark just forgot about that part."
Did you hear that? You just either made up or took away as much circumstantial evidence for the text to make sense for you. Which would be fine if the Holy Ghost inspired you to write scripture. But because the book ends with that add and subtract nothing bit, let's rule that out.
What if you look for how God relates to his people? The first way God related to his people was as our creator, which means that before we or the time used to measure "we" was made God was there. He pre-exists and lives eternally. Think of all the forces, things, circumstances, actions and people involved in the feeding of the 5000, God was there before that. And more importantly God decided to use those in that particular miracle.
All too often we take what God the spirit said God the son did and forget that God can do stuff like that because he's not stuck in our little world, instead He holds it like a football. Physics, gravity, time, space are the Lego blocks of Gods work. The best way to look at it is to look at two circles. One being creation and one being God. This Twoism shows us best how what we are limited to and controlled by, what holds us together and what we work with. Does not apply to the other circle and does not apply to God.
So as far as thermodynamics goes it's all cool beans but my Jesus caters large groups with an all-consuming fire and fish.