Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

destruction is too ordinary

The second law of thermodynamics says that the world moves inexorably from order to disorder. Iron rusts. Wood decays. The available energy in the universe is gradually exhausted. Simple observation demonstrates that it infinitely simpler to destroy than to create. Any child can destroy. It takes no particular intelligence or even strength to be the cause of destruction. So destruction is in no way a display of real power or majesty.

 

In religious tradition, the story of human history begins with God creating the universe and then supposedly ends with God’s destruction of that same universe in a future judgment. This destruction is somehow equated with a victory of good over evil. In view of the second law this sequence of events in God’s unfolding plan seems extremely odd. Creation is the supernatural event where the natural digression is reversed. Why would God progress from that magnificent beginning to finalize his work with something so casual, so uninspiring, so unchallenging. In reality, the destruction of the universe could only be viewed as a defeat of God, since he originally declared everything as good but then ultimately has to undo that work in order to overcome the forces of evil. It all makes evil sound so powerful and God so desperate. It’s analogous to having to blow yourself and your home up in defeating your enemy. The victory becomes a bit hollow.

 

The resolution to this incongruity is this. God did not create so he could turn around and destroy. A majestic God always acts majestically, and destruction is just too ordinary to be God’s answer. God is known as the Creator for a good reason. His business is always one of building and transforming. The business of destruction can be left to lesser beings.

 

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