We do not look at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen. 
For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things
which are not seen are eternal. (2 Cor 4:18) 

In 2011, the Nobel Prize for physics was awarded for this startling finding: that the universe was not only expanding but that it was doing so at an accelerated rate. No one knows the cause. If gravity was the dominant force in the cosmos, then planets and galaxies should attract and we ought to be in a shrinking universe heading for a big crunch in some distant future. Not so. So what’s causing the universe to pull apart faster than before? Scientists think it’s a yet undiscovered force called dark energy. It apparently accounts for 70% of mass in the universe! All detectable matter actually only makes up 5% of the universe, the remainder 25% being made up of another unseen dark matter (not related to dark energy). There is far more unseen than seen!

In the spiritual realm the unseen determines the seen. Faith is unseen but it moves mountains and opens the door to miracles. Love is unseen but more powerful than faith and hope. The Holy Spirit is unseen but He is a person who lives in us and brings the reality of Jesus into our lives. He is real! The anointing is unseen but it enables us to do the work of God supernaturally just as it did in Christ’s life on earth (Acts 10:38). The spiritual unseen has always been greater than the material seen. 

Similarly paradoxes exist in science. In quantum mechanics subatomic particles can appear and disappear as matter and anti-matter spontaneously. Light is both photon and wave. The Uncertainty Principle tells us, we can determine either the location or the momentum of a fundamental particle at any moment, never both simultaneously. Likewise the spiritual paradoxes are truths of the inner life. For example it is only in dying that we live (Luke 9:24); it is when we are weak that we become strong (2 Cor 12:10), it is when we humble ourselves that God exalts us (James 4:6). Christ was made poor that we might be made rich (2 Cor 8:9). Paradoxes formed the bedrock of Christianity long before science discovered its fundamental nature. In this is truth!  

Ps Dr Philip Lyn

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