Friday, December 3, 2010

Nature's God and Natural Law

Late summer here in Virginia is a real show. I'm an avid spectator of wild weather and have seen many dramatic lightning storms. But nothing compares to this part of Virginia, at the feet of the Appalachian Mountains. It changes on a dime, from a hot and humid clear sky to threatening black clouds, drenching rain, and blazing lightning in twenty minutes. I have a sheltered front porch with a rocking chair that makes a perfect vantage point. I've seen thousands of lightning strikes, but August 6 was the capper: An upside-down V that was only a hundred yards away. The thunder followed instantly. It's extremely unusual to see electricity follow two paths of least resistance; and many scientists would say it can't happen. I've never seen it before; and never saw a picture of it either.

At the same time - and just as significant - a squadron of swallows were flying high and fast, straight into the storm, like the swept-wing F-86 Sabre jets of the Korean War. Yes, that's right, a dozen of these guys were fearlessly - and  joyfully - soaring on the gale force winds. Even as the storm was building, the hummingbirds and butterflies were happily feeding and fluttering, carefree.

Natural Law knows its own and protects it.

We've lost the power to watch nature the way our ancestors did, as a miraculous thing, and we're poorer for it. They really saw its power, and didn't trivialize it with so-called "scientific" explanations; i.e.,  "Lightning? Oh, that's just electricity in the atmosphere," or, "gravity is a property of all matter, like magnetism". These words don't tell us anything, and only masquerade as answers.

Isaac Newton, who studied and discovered the properties of gravity,  fell out with his contemporaries when he refused to see the cosmos as a cold, mechanical construct. He insisted that Divine Mind and Natural Law were behind all things in nature. He also studied codes that he saw in the Bible, and was labeled insane by many. But he has been proved correct since the computer was invented.

His opponents - the agnostic/atheist pure Rationalists - won out by 1900, but this was a terrible turning point for mankind. World War I followed as a result of the Rationalist victory.

I prefer the Newtonian, and even Einsteinian view that universal intelligence governs all things, seen and unseen. It is telling me that what's threatening and destructive to some is a boon to others. And victory comes in many forms, sometimes appearing as the exact opposite of what it really is.