Entanglement

Jan Antonsson

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The Glory Road Blog, A Kingdom Highway

June 24, 2017

Neosho, MO

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7, NKJV).

In an effort to keep my aging brain cells from total entropy (gradual decline into decay),  I’ve been using various means to stimulate my mind to stay active, and hopefully to be able to function well. Originally, I did crossword puzzles to help the process, but a neuroscientist recently said that what helps most is learning something new. I’ve always wanted to understand physics, but was that even possible considering that my math skills are abysmal, practically nonexistent without computer and/or calculator assistance?    

Another friend told me she was taking one of  “The Great Courses,” to learn more about Quantum Mechanics, and soon enough, I got an e-mail offering various courses available to me at discounted prices.  At first, it was a major shock to my mind to be listening to college level lectures.  After all, it was 53 years ago when I completed my Master’s Degree and never have I been at that level since.

Finally, it came to me not to sweat the small stuff, nor get sidetracked by every little thing I didn’t understand.  After all, there’s no push to get an “A,” or a degree.  I decided to just get what I could get and leave the rest.  I’m taking the course by DVD and can always go back and watch them again.

The reason for my interest in physics is that it reflects what I want to know about how the world works, such as why airplanes are able to fly, how combustion engines function, and best of all, how the Universe operates.  The current course, “Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge,” is perfect, because the professor barely glances over mathematical equations, but instead, speaks about the concepts the underlying equations represent.  We’re into Quantum Mechanics, and that’s totally wild and wacky, but no worries, I’m a SyFi enthusiast, a fan of “Star Wars” and “Star Trek,” so at least some of the terms are familiar to me. As an aside, I understand that many physicists helped the writers of Star Trek to get as close to truth as they could, with several exceptions, warp speed being one of those, which the course professor assured us is an impossible thing.

But I digress.  Even though I didn’t understand his lectures totally, I realized that there was something there beckoning me on, a concept that God wanted me to consider.  When we got into Quantum Mechanics, and the wacky world of particles and waves, I was attracted by the term, “Quantum Entanglement.” 

When particles become entangled, however that happens, the curious property of it is that, “It thus appears that one particle of an entangled pair “knows” what measurement has been performed on the other, and with what outcome, even though there is no known means for such information to be communicated between the particles, which at the time of measurement may be separated by arbitrarily large distances.

“Recent experiments have measured entangled particles within less than one hundredth of a percent of the travel time of light between them. According to the formalism of quantum theory, the effect of measurement happens instantly. It is not possible, however, to use this effect to transmit classical information at faster-than-light speeds,End Quote from on-line article on Quantum Entanglement.

That entangled particles when separated can transmit information between them no matter the distance fascinates me.  The professor said this is true though they be a million miles apart.  Throughout this course and the one before it, I intuited that God was showing me something important.

In the first place, this ability of quantum particles to communicate with an entangled particle over vast distances instantaneously, seems to me to be a picture of how God communicates with us by the Spirit.  We know things by the Spirit that we couldn’t otherwise know.  Before he left them, Jesus promised the disciples that He would send a helper to lead them into all truth and to comfort them.  In His translation, Jonathan Mitchell uses the phrase, “Breath-effect” to describe this wondrous gift we call the Holy Spirit.

Here’s Jonathan’s translation of how God is always coming, informing, comforting, and enlightening us by His breath-effect within us:

“Whenever the One called alongside to aide, comfort, encourage and bring relief (the Helper; the Paraclete) should (or: may) come – the Spirit of the Truth (or: the Breath-effect of, and which is, reality) Which (or: Who) is constantly (habitually; progressively) proceeding and traveling out from beside the Father (= emanating from the Father’s presence; or: from a presence which is the Father), [and] Which (or: Whom) I, Myself, will send to you from the Father’s side (or: from the presence which is the Father) – that One will bear witness (give testimony; show evidence) about Me” (John 15:26, Jonathan Mitchell).

In the creation story, we remember that God breathed into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life.  That “Breath-effect” has never faded nor left any of God’s children from then until now.  He is still breathing the breath of life, His breath, into all of His creation all the time! (See Job 12:10.) It is how we “live and move and have our being in Him” (Acts 17:28).  

Perhaps Quantum Entanglement mirrors the relationship of Christ and the Father:  “Jesus said to him, ‘‘Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’” (John 14:9, ESV).   Jesus and the Father are one, and since we are in Christ, we are an integral part of their “entanglement.”  In the fellowship Lenny and I used to attend, we sang the chorus, “We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord,” and that appears to be a good explanation of how we are “entangled” with one another.

Marriage is another example of two becoming one.  People who have been married for a long time can finish each other’s sentences and seemingly know what the other is thinking.  Even without the close bond of marriage, I have had the experience of knowing someone I love needs me or is thinking about me, and you probably have as well. 

Quantum Entanglement is a difficult concept.  Even Einstein had problems trying to fit it into his General Theory of Relativity, and Stephen Hawking’s goal was to compute a “Theory of Everything,” which has eluded him so far, but then, physicists have not seen God’s part in their computations.

Here’s a little light verse which came to me about the subject:

  A Lit Major’s Revenge

Jan Antonsson

Will Physics stretch my brain to keep it young and spry?

Or strain my mind? What a bind!

Still, I have to try.

It’s been many a moon since I sat in college classes.

I studied hard, read the Bard,

 but learned nothing about hydrogen gasses.

Maxwell had a problem demon messing with his math.

To cast it out, he had no clout 

He wasn’t on Jesus’ path.

Newton was right about gravity’s hold keeping us on earth together.

For me, math is tough; equations are rough.

Can they really predict the weather?

Einstein went where no man had gone with pencils and a yellow pad.

In his mind, he dared to believe E=mc squared, 

a theory that was really quite rad.

Finding the Theory of Everything is much too hard a job.

Their equations fail to tell the tale for they have left out God.

They need Divine help to sort things out because physics is very tough stuff.

Scientists get queasy thinking God makes it easy 

Or that His love is really enough.

E (everything) = love squared and shared.

June 10, 2017

Father, how grand and wonderful it is that You have entangled Yourself with Your creation, that we may know You and each other by the Spirit.  You have written Your name and Your purpose in the stars, in the visible and the invisible, in the vastness of the universe and in the infinitesimal subatomic particles, giving us reason to rejoice and praise Your name now and forever.  We join our voices “with the voice of a great multitude, and the voice of many waters, and the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.  Amen.  Jan Antonsson

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