A Revelation

As I was reading in my chemistry book (of all places) I had somewhat of a revelation. I am currently studying atomic structure, but during a recent digression concerning the nature of light, I discovered something quite fascinating:

               The first thing you must realize about the nature of light is that scientists don’t completely understand it. There are currently two models for light: the particle model and the wave model. The particle model states that light is actually made up of small particles called photons. Thus, any beam of light that you see is actually made up of billions of individual particles (photons) that are all traveling in the same direction. The wave model, on the other hand, says that a beam of light is actually a wave that travels much like a wave on the ocean travels.

                    To make things even more confusing, sometimes light behaves like a particle, and sometimes it behaves like a wave. Scientists aren’t sure they understand this phenomenon, but they accept it. Currently, the theory states that light is both a particle and a wave. The situation that light is in determines whether it will behave as a particle or a wave. Scientists call this theory the particle/wave duality theory, and it is used frequently in describing light.[1]


So, what’s this revelation I’ve had? Notice the parts of this excerpt that I have underlined. Now think about how this may relate to the Trinity.

Bible critics have severe issues with the triune-nature of the Judeo-Christian God. Most of these critics tend to be “educated experts” like scientists, psychologists, etc. But notice that scientists also have something they don’t understand: the nature of light.

I don’t think any Christian would claim to understand exactly how the trinity works. I can’t remember where I heard this, but it went something like “Everytime Christians try to explain the Trinity, they start talking about water, or bananas, or some other allegory that eventually breaks down.” But just because Christians don’t fully understand the nature of God, doesn’t mean we should write Him off as non-existent. Light obviously exists, so scientists don’t write it off as a myth because they can’t explain how it works.

But notice the startling similarity between light and God here. It sometimes exists in particle form or wave form, but yet it is still light in either case. Sound similar to God sometimes being the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit? Food for thought.

[1] Wile, Jay, Exploring Creation with Chemistry: Second Edition (Anderson: Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc., 2003), 213.



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