The Butterfly Effect

butterfly 001Today I received an interesting post from one of my Christian artist friends that talked about cause and effect; described as the “butterfly effect” This centers upon the “scientific” studies of Edward Lorenz who proposed not too long ago that; “Where as small change at one place in a determinate system can result in large differences in a later state.” He proposed that the flapping of a butterflies wings could produce a huricane at another place at some distant time”. Or maybe more understandably, that a ball placed upon the crest of a hill may run into several valleys, depending, among other things, slight differences in initial position. The same idea has been proposed a few days ago that every eleven years there are gigantic “sun spikes” of temendous heat-energy that are introduced into our  immediate atmosphere that may have the power to set our whole  global communication system on its’ ear; causing billions of dollars of corrrective expense.

The more specific use of the word “determinism” may also open another box, suggesting that every human act is caused by something and there is no free will. If this means that the butterfly had no control over the flapping of its, wings, it hardly attests to the idea that God has given everyone (everything) the choice as to his own course of action, or inaction.

Can we believe, alternatively, that our action, however small, can have profound effects down line? This begs the real question; “Is there a possibility that the most innocent move on our part can cause a catastrophic result on the human level.”

Most of us have been exposed to the tale of Hans Brinker, the little boy who witnesses a small hole that developed in the town dyke, and he stuck his finger in  it to stop the flow. His visions were that the whole town would be washed away if he did not take action. He was rescued after many hours, and the town was saved. If the town was destined to be the victim…. then no action on his part would make a difference. Some things just do not “work out” by themselves. Some may be viewed as “opportunites” in God’s overall plan for us corporately and as individuals.

If something as small as a rustle of wings could cause a vast and destructive wind, we might assume that our commission of a small breach of morals might engender a equally disastrous result.

We know that “cardinal” sins as described in Galatians 5: 19-21; wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust. envy, and gluttony seem to reflect some kind of causal rating system that God would assess. God judges not just the act itself, but its’ impact upon others. He judges our acts of “omission” as well.

Often we might rationize; “It was only a few dollars. It was only a little mistake. It was just a slip of the tongue. Let someone else take care of it”, or one of the many other excuses. Often, we cannot imagine the results.

God often despises inaction. We see “holes in dykes” all around us. Whether or not we subscibe to the “butterfly theory”, we can agree that we are called upon to make a difference directly or indirectly. Our role may well be way more significant than we think. We need no scientific study to confirm things; that simply would be “The God Effect”.

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I am quite simply a child of our Lord God. What good that I have done or may do, I pray will reflect solely on the presence of The Holy Spirit who speaks for me in all things.
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4 Responses to The Butterfly Effect

  1. mtsweat says:

    Reblogged this on Resting in His Grace and commented:

    A brilliant discussion from our friend at ChristianBlessings who is ever 4hispraise.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    “The God Effect” – I like that – often The cause for a miracle when all things become possible. Amen!

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  4. Steven Sawyer says:

    You are absolutely right that a small transgression or wrong choice now can mushroom into disastrous consequences later on. I can relate personally to the consequences for wrong choices early in my life. I used to preach that to my kids when I taught school. And if you ask my daughter what one thing she remembers me harping on when she was growing up, she would tell you, “Dad preached to me, ‘There are good consequences for good actions and bad consequences for bad action.’ ” Great post. Thank you for sharing.

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