The Bible and Science – Cold/Hot
To each one of us, grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. Ephesians 4:7(NIV)
Cold or hot are sensations or feelings. I think when we say cold or hot our minds compare things to how we feel in air or water. Most of us will say solid water (ice) is cold (32°F) or hot is steam (gaseous water) at 212°F. The melting point of nitrogen is -345.82 °F and its boiling point is -320.44°F whereas iron melts at 2795.0°F and boils at 4982°F so trying to compare them with water really does not work well. (See Why Cold or Hot)
All too often, in Christianity, we compare people using the terms cold or hot – unfair. Not everyone is nitrogen but we all aren’t iron either; God knows when we are cold, hot, or lukewarm. God made us all different but we are still part of His Body. What He told us to do was love one another.
By the way, nitrogen is 78% of air and an important part of protein and iron is used for all sort of building and structural components and is needed in your blood to carry oxygen.
∞Father, help us to love one another so that everyone will burn brightly for you.
pic of nitrogen: Cory Doctorow aka gruntzoki on Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctorow/2288526230/
The Bible and Science – Why Cold or Hot
Revelation 3:15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! (NIV)
I want to look at the idea of cold and hot from the aspect of food/germs. Hot food will actually kill germs while chilling food will not kill germs but at least make them inactive. But the “lukewarm” temperature in verse sixteen it is just right for rapid growth of many germs that can harm a person. The temperature extremes of cold or hot will render unwanted organisms “safe.” The lukewarm condition will let all sorts of harmful things grow inside of you.
This is definitely a metaphorical example because the context is “deeds or work” that you are doing in your life. So your deeds should be wholehearted or not at all but doing them halfheartedly will lead to problems.
∞ Father, may my works be done with a good attitude and directed for Your glory. Amen.
See Convection Currents for more on Cold and Hot
Reference – http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/04/04/176242166/freezing-food-doesnt-kill-e-coli-and-other-germs