By Michael E. Brooks
“And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in his heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease’” (Genesis 8:21-22 NKJV).
I am currently involved with preparations to rebuild several church buildings in Bangladesh which were destroyed last year by Cyclone Sydr. My part includes designing permanent buildings of masonry construction. These will have tin roofs, and I am concerned with efficient use of materials, therefore I need to match the overall dimensions of the building to standard material sizes. How do I know how long a pitched roof will actually be from the peak to the eave, without physically measuring it? Once again, high school geometry comes to the rescue. The Pythagorean Theorem states a relationship between the sides of a right triangle. One only needs to follow that formula to deduce the length of the long (slanted) side once the height of the peak and the width of the building are determined.
The wonderful thing about that principle is that it works everywhere, all the time. It does not matter whether one is building in America, Asia or on the moon. The physical laws of creation apply to all. One can plan and base expectations on a constant reality, which makes much human activity possible and predictable.
What is sometimes not recognized is that God’s spiritual laws follow this same principle. God who created the material universe also rules the realms of the spirits, and of the eternal souls of mankind. His laws regulate the seasons, the harvests and all other cycles of this world. His laws also regulate man’s eternal nature, and the activities and relationships of all other spiritual beings.
The consistency of the material creation, that is, the regularity and inflexibility of its laws, is a feature which may guide us in the spiritual realm. If the same God, of the same unchanging nature, fixed all spiritual laws also, is it not a logical conclusion that they would be similar in nature and consistency to the physical principles that we can observe and measure? This may not constitute absolute proof in a scientific sense, but is a good starting place on which to base investigations.
This assumption is validated by Biblical record. The commandments of Christ are given in absolute terms, bound upon all humans regardless of age, race or class. Paul’s declaration, “For there is no partiality with God” (Romans 2:11) is given as explanation of his previous statement that God “will render to each one according to his deeds” (Romans 2:6). There is an absolute standard of judgment, and a perfect and righteous judge by which it will be administered. We can depend upon God’s promises, as given by one “who cannot lie” (Titus 1:2). Those promises encourage us with rewards for faithfulness, but also warn of punishment for unbelief and rebellion. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).
By Michael E. Brooks