The power in simple, “empty” space would amaze you. Consider this: if a cubic centimeter-sized vacuum is dropped to a temperature of absolute zero (-459.67 degrees below zero), all atomic movement ceases. Even so, there is still a certain degree of detectable, irreducible thermal energy radiating from it. What can this be if all atomic energy has stalled?
This is zero-point energy. It has been estimated that any given cubic centimeter of space possess the same amount of energy as 100,000,000 million suns worth as they burn over the span of a 100,000 years, all integrated into a single source! This is the energy that remains when all else has stalled! This is the energy that holds the nucleus and its far distant electrons at a distance, keeping all matter from collapsing in on itself. It is this energy that maintains balance in the atomic world.¹ It brings to mind a certain Scriptural reference:
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Colossians 1:16-17
From these verses we can ascertain several things. “For by him” refers to none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. Reading the remainder of the passage we can be certain that all thing – everything in heaven and on Earth were made by Him, Christ, for Him. Further, not only does it inform us – as the opening Chapter of the Gospel of John does – that He was preexistant to all things, but also that all things are literally held together by Him. Moment by moment, everything we know remains together in a tangible, fundamental way by His authority alone! Perhaps that zero-point energy we just examined is but the dimmest glimpse of His power and authority to do such a thing.
- “Is Empty Space Empty? Physics and the Bible,” Dolphin, Lambert, Koinonia House, February 1, 1997, retrieved 12/5/2018
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