The Dongola Times

(Anachronistic) Dispatches from the Kingdom of Makuria.
19th of July, 2014

On Grace and Entropy

This is taken from a chat I am having at the present moment. (I do write long shit in chat, as I almost never use it, except as risky e-mail.)

It is, after all, how we ended up in the entropy-free state at the very beginning: not because of anything we had done, but because God decided of His own will. Then we screwed it up, after He had given it in our power (as quantum mechanics has found). Now, if anything is created, it needs to be in constant communion with God, or it will die (because created things have no eternal life in themselves). Unfortunately, we abandoned that communion, and we continue to do so every day. So the entropy (“death”, in the Bible) came, and it is increasing. Except: Jesus reversed total entropy with style; He didn’t just resurrect, but actually secured a total renewal of everything. (Of course, excluding those who have rejected the second—and only alternative—way to be in constant communion with God, by being of Christian faith. Don’t worry, the Mozzies will remain down there, separated from God, where entropy is the norm.)

By the way, physics states very plainly that, as a logical necessity (not simply “doctrine” or whatever), everything was perfect at t=0 (the technical designation for the moment in time when creation ended, the first sabbath). Now, doctrine adds that for some time after that, all of nature continued in this perfect state. (Physics itself cannot tell you this.)

But on what grounds was Adam spared entropy, before the Fall? Sola Gratia. He never “earned” to be created perfect, and to live perfect in a perfect World for that time. It was not because he was a good guy, since—without knowledge of good and evil—he could not have even been rewarded for upright choices. We, too, do not earn the grace by which our entropy is contained in this life and overthrown for the next life.

Granted, some people (Catlicks and the like) find it hard to accept so great a salvation if it is not tied to how upright their choices have been. They truly desire to contribute out of their station and impress the highest intelligence, the highest holiness, the highest strength, the highest love, et cetera, with their own attempts at intelligence, holiness, love, et cetera, and they are fearful and uncertain in the face of simple unilateral favour from God. (Almost like one of the dogs insisting that you give it all that meat as payment, because it does a lot of work lying around on the floor. When you spoon-feed week-old rats, is it mere Presby-grade grace, or Catlick-grade reward? Yet now imagine if those rats were in open rebellion, and biting and cursing, and all the while claiming that they deserve the shelter and food. You are approaching humans now … Imagine further that they kill your only child, when he goes out to bring them in from the rain. If you do not burn them all alive at that time, it is because of grace. Now we are all living today because of mere unilateral grace on the part of God, and yet some have fashioned entire religions out of the denial of this self-evident truth.)

Such hardness of heart sometimes comes from a mistaken assumption that they, mere dirt, can somehow “earn” the eternal, entropy-free life based on how they associate with other mere dirt that they find on Earth. They think their eternal life is based on whether they ate this, or touched that, or drank that. And all of this is soil, just like we are. Hence why Paul shouted “Guys! The Law was never the point, but a shadow and teaching concept! Christ is the point of the Law!” How can you impress the Creator by sacrificing some of His own creations to Him? As He said in Isaiah, “All the beasts on a thousand hills are mine.” And in the Psalms “The earth and all its fullness is all mine; if I were hungry, I would not first check with you!” As for those who forbid certain foods as a pretended holiness, God said to Noah “All things that move, I give to you for food,” and to Peter “Cut and eat … What God has declared clean, let no man dare to call unclean.” Even Moses explained why he forbade certain foods: to make the Israelites a distinct nation from all their neighbours, not to somehow make them righteous by loosely restricting their diet. (Sheesh.)

—Or why should we be rewarded for doing what we were supposed to do? Should one be given eternal life because he never told a lie? Well, he was not supposed to tell a lie in the first place! Yet if they do tell a single lie, why should such be let into heaven to ruin the eternal party with the possibility of a crouching falsehood waiting to make you cry in heaven? So you see, some people do not have a good grasp of the sheer “total depravity” humans labour under (to use the unfortunate monicker that the Presbys liked back then; I’d say “total lostness” maybe). You can identify those who God has chosen to spare the death that they deserve—by grace—because when He choses them, He gives them His Spirit to drag them to believing in Jesus Christ, that they might be justified—by faith.

These people think it is a bad idea for your eternal state not to depend on such stupid metrics as “How many people did you restrain yourself from murdering?” which is often the highest brag of holiness they have (“But I am not out there killing people …”). Many legalists are going to stand before God, expecting their record to talk for itself, when really all they have is “… but at least I never killed anyone!” So? You weren’t supposed to. But what about all these other things I see in your record? “… But everyone did those!” Yes, but apparently some knew they could not successfully defend their record before the most-holy as judge, and they accepted the amnesty.