Theology of Gravity 11 16-2010


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Isaac Newton discovered gravity, but there are some major spiritual precepts contained in this profound discovery starting with the fact that the physics of gravity and God have more than one thing in common. First both gravity and God are invisible forces.

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Theology of Gravity 11 16-2010

  1. 1. © 2010 Anthony DiMaio Blueprints to Understanding the Transformed Life BOLD MINISTRY: Theology of Gravity BOLD Ministry is one of New York City’s original marketplace outreaches. It currently holds meetings in the Financial District and every Tuesday at St. Bart’s Church, 50th Street and Park Avenue, 12:45pm in the Small Chapel. Visit the BOLD Ministry blog and subscribe to the BOLD monthly newsletter. Life Comes with Tests: Take Notes © 2010 Anthony DiMaio
  2. 2. © 2010 Anthony DiMaio The Physics of Gravity By: Anthony DiMaio Listening to Seth Godin talk about Isaac Newton, he made some interesting comments which have some powerful implications with respect to faith and the force we now call gravity.1 The physics of gravity is one of the primary laws that hold together the entire universe. Gravity is the linchpin of the solar system. It keeps us on the ground, it keeps our planet going around the sun, it keeps our sun going around the Milky Way, and the Milky Way going around the universe. Take gravity out of the equation and everything stops working. Isaac Newton, in addition to being credited with discovering gravity, also invented calculus and the refracting telescope, but his greatest discovery is gravity. The fact that he discovered gravity didn’t mean it wasn’t working until he discovered it – but rather he was the one to realize that it existed and affected everything. Everything! First: In 1687, English mathematician Sir Isaac Newton published Principia, which put forth the theory, which we now know as fact, for the existence of gravity. Gravity was defined as the natural phenomenon in which objects with mass attract one another. Second: In the process, Newton also discovered something very profound about gravity – it not only was responsible for the apple falling from the tree, but he also noticed that the same apple was precisely the same size as the moon. This discovery put forth the principle that as the object gets further away, it appears to become smaller in relation to another object that is closer. 1 Newton saw God as the master creator whose existence could not be denied in the face of the grandeur of all creation. Newton wrote more on religion than he did on natural science.
  3. 3. © 2010 Anthony DiMaio Third: Newton also discovered another element governing the law of gravity: that the force or pull of gravity decreased as the distance between the objects increased. Fourth: More than any other thing, his greatest contribution came to us not simply because of his inventions, but because he intentionally thought to do something no one had ever done before him: he named something, gravity. Perhaps Newton’s greatest contribution to science was the word gravity. It was the articulation of something that was already there, but was given a name, a reference point, and the genesis of an entire glossary surrounding the field that we now call Physics. By naming gravity, Newton created a gateway to begin to map, chart and understand gravity. Language is the first step to understanding after discovery. We can’t see gravity, but because we have given it a name, it gives us an ability to successfully cooperate with its laws and power. I remember some years ago something the Lord showed me: Whenever the Lord is about to give you something new or some new territory, he will give you a new language. Language is prescient to possessing anything. Our words give us access to new realms.
  4. 4. © 2010 Anthony DiMaio The Theology of Gravity So here are the applications from the theology behind gravity: First: Gravity or The Law of Invisible Power Gravity represents another invisible power – which also holds all things together. Actually, Gravity’s invisibility appears to be greater than the wind, since when the wind blows, it often carries objects in it. Also consider that you have never seen a gravity cloud or storm. From another standpoint, Gravity represents the superiority of the invisible over the visible. Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power Second: The Law of Proportionality or Focus As an object gets further away it appears to become smaller, as in Newton’s case of the apple and the moon. Application: Proportionally, as we draw closer or further away from God – He ‘appears’ to either get bigger or smaller. As we become more aware of God and seek Him, his size grows. Moses initially had a superficial arrangement with the Lord: he’s watch Jethro’s sheep next to the mountain that God would stay for forty years. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. How big your God is or isn’t may be proportional to your proximity to Him. Whatever you chose to focus on in your life will become larger. Third: The Law of Attraction: Intimacy Determines Outcome
  5. 5. © 2010 Anthony DiMaio In the same way that the force or pull of gravity decreases with the increase of distance, so also does the pull or force of God over the thoughts, actions and understanding change in relation to our closeness. Jam 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Fourth: More than any other contribution of Newton to science was to name gravity. The name Gravity gave it a reality. It is considered his most important legacy because it gave us a language whereby we could master and work within the mechanics of Gravity. In the same way as Newton gave us the power over gravity by naming it, God, in sending us His Son, Jesus, and then Jesus giving us His name, also gave us power over the power of sin, the deceit of riches and hell, and divine access to heaven. Newton understood that new language preceded understanding, in the way that scripture teaches that new language precedes new territory. I have often shared my story, when working on the floor of the NYSE, about a Buddhist who worked right next to me. Whenever something went wrong, he would yell out an explicative and punctuate it with a “God damn it!” I turned to him one day and just told him, “Hey, Mack – do me a favor – if you have to curse – use your own god’s name, not mine!” He looked at me and laughed, since we were friends, and then tried it. “Buddha damn it!” But it didn’t work. I told him, “Try Confucius.” “Confucius damn it!” But that didn’t work either. “How about Mohammad?” “Mohammad damn it!”
  6. 6. © 2010 Anthony DiMaio But nothing had any power or punch. Then I remarked: “ I guess you just proved which one really has the power.” We have been given a name; we have been given the choice of proximity; we can actually draw near to God; and as we draw near to God, His power, presence and ‘gravity’ will increase in our lives. We covered the fact that Newton’s discovery of gravity didn’t mean it wasn’t working until he discovered it – but rather he was the one to make us all aware that it existed and affected everything. Everything! In the same way that Gravity operates whether we are aware of it or not, the same holds true for God. God exits whether you are a shepherd herding sheep next to a mountain, or a stock broker next to a church. He’s there: His size, His ‘gravitational’ pull and knowing His name involves us; but He gives us things like ‘gravity’ as road signs to point us to Him. I am convinced that Mack’s discovery provides a simple but convincing litmus test as to the power of the name of God. If through his studies, Isaac Newton saw that God was the master creator whose existence could not be denied or ignored, it’s not surprising that Newton would write more on religion than he did on natural science. Discover the theology of gravity. Prophecy of Steven Bliss: You are my prize. In you I am pleased. You have favor with me. There is more for you. I am not yet finished. There are more things I have for you to do. Ask me and I will show you. Listen for my voice, for I am speaking to you, Recognize my ways and respond without fear. Extend yourself. Reach towards what you know me to be telling you. You can see can succeed. You can not fail. My hand of protection is about you. Seek me without fear. I am releasing blue diamonds as I open my right hand.