“For in Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28a (NIV)
I never studied quantum physics in school, but I am starting to… despite its intimidating aura. And as I wade into this vast topic, I am learning that there are some basic principles that underlie all of quantum physics. The first is this (in laymen’s terms): everything in the universe has both a particle nature and a wave nature. Said differently, everything in the universe has a static nature and a moving nature; everything has a form and an energy. In this sense, God created everything as an oxymoron — everything has two truths about it that seem not to go together. Isn’t God cool!?
As I reflect upon this, it immediately strikes me that we, too, were made according to this principle. We have both a particle/static nature or form … and a wave/energy nature or form. We have body and soul. God made us that way. Even quantum physics would agree.
And yet, the Western church at large generally ignores one part of how God made us. In my experience, the church tells me that only my soul matters to God & that I should focus all I can on developing my soul. I wonder what God thinks about our neglect (or abuse) of our particle nature?
Add to that the truth that God allows us to be co-creators with Him. On the macro-level (as in the course of our life choices) — yes, we partner with Him. But also on the micro-level (which is what quantum physics addresses), we partner with Him too.
Take, for a given, that God holds each of us & our atoms together as a whole (which I increasingly believe, because neither quantum physics nor any other scientific approach can fully explain how I am held together, yet separate and apart from you or from this computer or anything else). As God literally holds my very being together, He also allows me to partner with Him in my very existence. Because every cell in my body is going through its own life-cycle (e.g., dying, reconstituting, generating or regenerating), whatever I ingest are the building blocks for my ongoing constitution. God is partnering with me even in what He holds as my physical form. What I eat and drink comprise my constitution; if and how I exercise affects my constitution, makeup, metabolism and potential. The “me” that God is holding together on a moment by moment basis is greatly influenced by what I contribute.
Given that we very literally live and breathe and have our being in God … because God very literally holds us and our particles together … our daily participation in the co-creation of our own life is a sacred activity. I believe God thinks so too.