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Gravity…What’s The Attraction?? June 11, 2012

Posted by regan222 in General Ranting, Religion, Science and Technology.
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In Physics we acknowledge four fundamental forces in the universe.  This does not mean there are not many more, it just means we can’t identify them.  These forces include Gravitational force, Electromagnetic force, Weak Nuclear Force, and Strong Nuclear Force.  Most people don’t realize the electricity and magnetism are considered to be the same type of force.  The nuclear forces are what hold atoms, and consequently, all matter, together.  Electromagnetic force is the movement of electrons through matter, and Gravity is what keeps us from leaving the planet unexpectedly.

Gravity is defined in Physics as the tendency for objects with mass to accelerate towards one another.  We will break that definition down in detail momentarily, but the important thing for right now is to know that two objects, not acted upon by any other outside force, will tend to move towards each other.  If we could empty the universe, except for two tiny molecules, given enough time, they would come together.  All physical objects have gravity.  It is a property of matter.  Gravity and mass are directly proportional.  As mass goes up, the attractive force of the object increases.   And I’ll bet you thought it was little skinny people who were attractive.

Sir Isaac Newton quantified and defined gravity for us.  The story goes that he was resting one day under an apple tree when one of the fruits of that tree’s labor fell off and clocked him on the head.  The resultant shock brought about a flash of inspiration (and likely pain) which led Sir Isaac to the conclusion that all things accelerate towards one another and that the larger an object is, the more attractive force it has, and finally, the distance between two objects affects the strength of the pull between them.  It also probably introduced him to the benefits of ice when applied to a bump on the head.

“But Preacher”, you ask, “What does this have to do with God or religion?”  To which I reply, “Everything.”  John 6:44 tells us that God has an attractive quality just like gravity or magnetism or any other fundamental force.

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

We are drawn by the Father to the Son, and indeed that is the only way we can approach the Son.  The Father’s attraction, we will find, shares many of the same properties as that of gravity.  While gravity is a property of, and works only on, matter, the allegory is still valuable as a teaching tool.

Firstly, God’s attraction is constant.  Just as gravity is a fundamental property of matter than can not be removed or modified, God’s pulling power never changes.  It springs from His divine nature, and as such, is a constant as He is constant.

Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Secondly, God’s attractive power is complete.  Anyone who responds will be drawn into his presence.  Of course the only path into the presence of God is through His son Jesus Christ, but the pull is the same and it is sufficient for all.

John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

Jesus Christ was lifted up at his crucifixion and now can draw any and all who wish to be drawn.  That is the only limit to the attractive power of God.

Just as importantly, God’s attractive force is dependent on distance.  In the case of gravity, the attraction is strong over a short distance but falls off the further away the two objects are.  Even so, as we move further away from God in our relationship with Him, we begin to lose His influence in our lives.  Oddly enough, even though the pull weakens as we get further from God,  it never completely fails.  Objects in space separated by relatively small distances exert a great pull on each other.  The power of the Sun to hold the entire Solar System with all its incalculable mass in orbit, even distant planets like Pluto, gives us some idea of the attractive force of gravity and the mass of the Sun.  Objects, on the other hand,  at great distances, separated by entire galaxies even, still exert some degree of pull on each other.  Compared to close objects the pull is tiny, but it is there and can be measured.  Should the objects begin to move towards once another, the pull will grow.  In the same way a Christian who has fallen away from the faith and become carnal never completely falls away from God and can be started back on to the path of reconciliation with the slightest nudge in the right direction.

Finally God’s attractive power grows over time.  An object falling under the influence of gravity does not fall at a constant rate.  Gravity, on Earth at any rate, causes a falling object to accelerate at 9.8 meters per second per second.  This means that the object, at the end of one second of falling, is traveling 9.8 meters per second.  At the end of the second second of falling the velocity has doubled.  The object falls at 19.6 meters per second. This acceleration continues and the speed increases until the object’s wind resistance equals for the force of gravity.  At this point in a fall, acceleration stops.  This condition is called Terminal Velocity and is the maximum speed at which an object can fall through air.  Without atmosphere, the acceleration of gravity is constant and continual.  In a vacuum the speed at which an object falls will continue to increase until the object strikes the ground.  In this same vein, the longer a believer stands in God’s presence with nothing to interfere, the longer that believer is under the influence of God’s attractive power, the stronger the attraction becomes.  The believer grows in faith, as it were.

Of course this allegory only applies to those who accept the pull of God’s drawing power.  In order to experience the power one must first accept the connection.  The only acceptable route to God’s presence is through Jesus Christ, the Son.

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Comments»

1. Laurel Scales - June 12, 2012

Good job for feeding giraffes, now toss some food to the sheep.

regan222 - June 12, 2012

Right now I am working on giraffes. I need 100 pages for a book and I am almost there. Got something for the little ones shortly.

2. Mad Maudie - June 13, 2012

This is wonderful. You put me in mind of Ravi Zacarias, and that’s no small compliment. Your writing makes sense to me and it touches my spirit. This is good stuff. Thanks for writing like this! Have a great rest of the week 😄


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