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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Nature Abhors a Vacuum

The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 - 322 B.C.), "Father of the scientific method" (Link), was the first person to state that, "Nature abhors a vacuum". That is, nothingness cannot exist, because denser surrounding material will rush in to fill the emptiness. Even in the inconceivably vast distances of interstellar space, the vacuum between galaxies contains 1 atom of hydrogen per ten cubic centimeters. 

From ancient Aristotle through the more recent Isaac Newton (1642 - 1726), to Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), science has uncovered universal physical laws. Which unintentionally give proof and weight to the ancient Hebrew Scriptures that postulated the Laws of God; the Ethical Monotheism of the Ten Commandments and the Torah. Since then astrophysicists have confirmed that these laws have permeated and ruled the entire universe through 13.5 billion years of its existence. We know and take for granted these many laws of physics and the universe, but this wasn't true of the general population until the late 18th Century.

Some of these laws apply to our souls. Nature always abhorred a vacuum. Either the Holy Spirit of God will fill us, or the demonic spirit of Satan will. The two cannot exist for long side-by-side. They are at war with each other, and God always wins in the end, unless we lock Him out. Demonic forces are doomed to eternal destruction regardless of what we decide. 

Here's a real-world example. What happens if you leave an empty pot outside in the garden, tucked away in a dark spot, upside down? Any number of foul insects and slugs will quickly occupy it. That same pot exposed to light and air will remain clean.

The core of our being is also tucked away inside us, and chances are we rarely look inside it to see what's growing there. This is the point and purpose of prayer and meditation; to close our eyes, focus within, and look inside our hearts. If you don't know what's happening down deep in the darkness, now is the time to look. And do so with alacrity. The heart is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit of God, and dark forces are always trying to pollute and kill it.  

Is there bitterness, rage, or guilt in your heart? If so, root them out by settling conflicts and grievances with those you can settle with. Ask for God's help in this. If you don't take the initiative, those foul things will grow stronger and more evil. If you find in your heart a sense of entitlement to worldly possessions; that no authority can stand in your way; and a belief that you are god unto yourself, you are being possessed by demonic forces.

On the other hand, if you find love, compassion, and goodwill, nurture and nourish them. This is the Holy Spirit, which consists of all that is worthy, courageous, true, honest, loving and most human in you. It is your salvation and your eternal life. God will never abandon you. 

Consider these additional discoveries by Newton, his three universal Laws of Motion. The first is inertia and momentum, that is, a body at rest or in motion will remain at rest or in motion unless acted on by force. 
The second is that the faster an object moves, the more impact it has when striking another object, according to a perfectly predictable formula. Speed increases mass. 
The third is that when a body in motion strikes another body, the force exerted by the first body causes an equal and opposite reaction on the second one. Picture billiard balls on a table.
These forces apply everywhere in the observable universe. 
Isn't it clear that we humans also display these forces when we interact with one another?





Now is the time to finally commit yourself to one or the other. Don't throw away your opportunity.