Water: “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving…”
Intrinsically we know the two are linked. We obey Christ and we see the results manifest in the physical world. We know that prayer leads to both physical and emotional healing.
But getting a glimpse into the mechanisms of how that happens? The almost infinite ways that the Infinite God set our universe spinning and allows us to continue to live and breath in it? Most of it we can only guess at. But when we do get to see it at work in hard science? That is kind of huge for me. It is an honor.
Last night I ran across a link to this documentary at 1 am on my phone while scanning through a thousand facebook posts and I have no idea whose it was or even why I clicked on it. I was instantly hooked. It blew my mind. World rocked.
It is on the science of water and the drastic structural changes that take place in water molecules depending on the way water is treated. And by “treated” I don’t mean “chemicals put into water” rather how pure H2O is handled and behaved toward. Literally… how electromagnetic currents and sound waves surrounding the water, and even the feelings people have around and toward the water, creates or destroys the bonds between molecules and changes the properties of the water and how the water behaves while interacting with organic life forms. It is mind blowing.
God usually tells us to do things, but often does not tell us why we should do them. Watch this whole thing, and then look back at these commands and see how much sense they make. How loving God is for telling us to do these things. How obedience to Christ actually physically changes us and the world around us.
It also paints a picture of how sin can be communicative. How our sin breaks the world.
I have long had thoughts about what actually happened, chemically, at the fall of man. We know rebellion from God not only broke mankind spiritually, but sent the physical world into degradation. Nothing after that was as it should have been. So in my way of thinking, there must have been some sort of “sin molecule” that was created or entered into the world that set into motion the contamination of the earth.
Watching this documentary, one can see how the fall may not have been a two stage event (Before v. After) but the fall as the beginning of a long and continuing descent into ultimate corruption. That as time goes on and events accelerate and more and more sin is brought into the world, the wonderful world that God blessed us with is not just fallen, but continues to fall as sin grows in mankind.
And looking at that idea, in light of the last documentary series that I posted, “The Century of the Self” you can watch the interplay between the decline of societal integrity over the last century and paste it on top of the decline and contamination of our physical world and watch it happen… and accelerate and spread. Not just from man to man, but from river to ocean. You really get the sense of the world driving exponentially faster and faster toward that horrible crescendo that is a part of both our theology and our collective unconscious.
It gives new meaning to the idea that, “The world is passing away.”
And when God tells you to:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
What this means is that, He really “will guard your hearts and your minds.” Your actual physical body and brain, not just your mind and spirit.
Watch this and I promise you, you will never say grace the same way again.
Gratitude and Love to you all.
So in light of this… how powerful is it to:
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you?
Not repeat cruel gossip?
Tame your tongue?
A gentle answer physically turns away wrath, but a harsh word literally stirs up anger.
I want to hear from people on this. The discussion on this can go on forever. What scripture came to mind when you watched this and do you see new wisdom in the commands you have known for a lifetime?