The Bible and Science – The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Romans 8:20-21 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. (NIV)

As a Christian who teaches science I look at the world and see the beauty that is there, but I frequently think of the physical laws, or the components of the object, and become even more in awe of what God has done.  The Second Law of Thermodynamics speaks to what is happening to Creation as a whole entity.  The Second Law refers to entropy or the concept that everything starts in its highest state of order, and progresses to a state of disorder.  (Mom’s know that this is true because the playroom always needs cleaning!)  Okay, that makes sense.

Evolution, however, is the opposite of the Second Law of Thermodynamics.  In evolution, the main idea is that everything started in chaos, and is now headed to a state of perfection.  The best evolution can offer is a state of equilibrium.

Look at verse 21 and notice a different story.  The only thing evolving there is a born again child of God.  He finds us in a “state of decay” and brings us to freedom and into His glory.

∞Father, thank You that we go from glory to glory and that we are looking more like Jesus every day.

2 thoughts on “The Bible and Science – The Second Law of Thermodynamics

  1. Hi there! I am also a Christian who loves science. While I love the idea presented here, I do have to point out that the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics states that entropy increases in a closed system and that evolution does not happen in a closed system. Entropy can decrease in one part of a system as long as it increases in another part such that the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics is maintained.

    • Torrey, thank you for your comment; your knowledge of the 2nd Law is well beyond what my 8th graders normally required. It made me go back, and do some looking at the Law. As your statement is correct, may I look at it outside of my little box.
      I guess with the change in terminology that I saw my post is a nonthermodynamic use of the word entropy. I wonder if evolution-deniers were the cause for the clarification in terminology. The emphasis on “closed system” was a big change or clarification. Websites seem to vary with what closed system earth was a part of. One said our solar system was our closed system while another talked about 25 million years for outside influences to have affected earth; that will put it outside our solar system. The way “natural selection” was used as something from outside of the closed system was also a change in what I was use to looking at.

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