Saturday, January 31, 2009

Said, Was, Saw

God said:
  • "Let there be light,"
  • and there was light.
  • And God saw that the light was good.

In Genesis 1, God created the world by speaking. John 1 draws attention to the role of the Word in creation:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
The word and the world star in Creation, but there's another element in the story--"and God saw that the light was good."

God is omniscient--what does it mean for Him to "see"? Is this just an anthropomorphism? Is it just another way to say, "The light was good"? Or is God's seeing just as real as His saying?

I know just enough about quantum physics to get myself in trouble, but a passage like just begs for a quantum explanation. The scientists say that natural law and physical matter, by themselves, don't produce what we see around us. It takes an observation to collapse the wavefunction of the universe into any particular actuality.

In a quantum universe, God's seeing could be as just as real and effectual as His saying.

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