Some Thoughts on The Chaos Theory (Some information from WhatIs.com and other sources)
The Chaos Theory somewhat like quantum mechanics have essentially stood Newtonian Physics on its head. Chaos theory is the study of nonlinear dynamics, in which seemingly random events are actually predictable from simple deterministic equations.
In a scientific context, the word chaos has a slightly different meaning than it does in its general usage as a state of confusion, lacking any order. Chaos, with reference to chaos theory, refers to an apparent lack of order in a system that nevertheless obeys particular laws or rules; this understanding of chaos is synonymous with dynamical instability, a condition discovered by the physicist Henri Poincare in the early 20th century that refers to an inherent lack of predictability in some physical systems.
The two main components of chaos theory are the ideas that systems – no matter how complex they may be – rely upon an underlying order, and that very simple or small systems and events can cause very complex behaviors or events.
Cutting through the scientific jargon and getting to the nuts and bolts of it, this is the way I interpret it which to me is quite interesting and revealing. One of the main experimenters in this study was Edward Lorenz, a meteorologist and weather forecaster. He would input current conditions into his computer and the outcome would give him a picture of expected weather changes. On one occasion he had put in the current conditions and the computer spit it out as mathematical interpretation as usual. The resulting number carried out to 6 decimal places. He decided to round it off to 3 places and let the computer do its thing. The results he got astonished him. He would not have been surprised at a slight variation by the rounding off process but what he got was an enormous difference which proves that the slightest variation may cause enormously large changes in future events.
Anyway, the long and short of it is this. First, there is an underlying order. That does not come as any big surprise, at least to those of us who believe in higher intelligence. But the second thing the discovery reflects is that everything is interconnected meaning that there is actually nothing random in the universe but everything is happening by virtue of what preceded it.
It was further expressed or explained by what has become known as The Butterfly Effect. I quote from The Fractal Foundation on The Chaos Theory.
“The Butterfly Effect: This effect grants the power to cause a hurricane in China to a butterfly flapping its wings in New Mexico. It may take a very long time, but the connection is real. If the butterfly had not flapped its wings at just the right point in space/time, the hurricane would not have happened. A more rigorous way to express this is that small changes in the initial conditions lead to drastic changes in the results.”
In other words, everything is predictable IF we could be so informed as to fully know the current conditions. However, the current conditions are infinite in magnitude so our predictions beyond a very short range is impossible and no better than anyone’s guess.
When you think about it, is it not obvious that everything is interdependent? We could not even predict tomorrow’s weather if it were not. Then I find myself pondering the question, if everything is happening in a deterministic manner, where does that leave thought? Furthermore, it is obvious that Source is controlling my body and faithfully sending the electrical impulses to my brain to keep the organs functioning. Is it not also sending the electrical thought impulses? Is the brain a meat computer? Does human tissue generate electricity or electrical activity? Hmm, I ponder.
If one is offered two choices, one leading to bliss and the other to destruction, such is not freedom but coercion. Such is not love but manipulation. Love does not force followers with ultimatums. The same is not truth but contradiction. And, I must add, love does not condemn. However, open contemplation of such can serve as a signpost to truth.
There are crucial questions begging contemplation and serving as guideposts for those truly open to discovery. One being, if God can only accept sinless perfection, why did He create humans incapable of achieving it? Be no longer deceived by the explanation, He gave us freedom and we chose sin. It makes no sense. If we are incapable of sinless perfection, there is no “free choice”.
The REAL Good News is, God really is love and love does not condemn
We are to some degree defined by how defensive we become when new information challenges our conditioned or ingrained beliefs. Typical of the masses is, “shoot the messenger” and remain comfortably deluded. Reminds me of a quote, “Truth first encountered is ridiculed, later is scoffed at and eventually accepted”. How long one remains at each stage is largely a measure of true wisdom.
How do you explain a loving God creating sentient beings incapable of meeting His standard and condemning them for it? And no, it isn’t because He gave us free will and we chose to sin. If we are incapable of perfection or living sinless, there is no choice.