God of Superposition - Part 3 of 3: Mountain Movers

Christopher Benek

Continued from God of Superposition - Part 2 of 3: What is a Miracle?

Scripture: Mark 6:30-56 & John 6:1-21, NRSV

Location: First preached at First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta, Florida & The Pink Church, Pompano, Florida

So many times when people read Scripture, things seem to just get mixed up. When something is supposed to be read as a parable or poetry or a song – it is often read literally. And often times when we are supposed to be reading something literally we assume it was just said figuratively simply because it might not initially make sense to us in the moment.

Case in point, in Matthew 17:20 Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Now most people that I have met believe that Jesus just meant this statement metaphorically. They think that he meant something generic like “anything is possible.” But that isn’t what he says. He says nothing will be impossible for a person with faith. And that is what I believe he meant. And here is why…

From a scientific perspective – there is a term in quantum mechanics called superposition. Superposition is when matter exists in different states at one time. So for instance, an electron can hold the state of both a particle and wave. Now what is interesting is that, while it can be tested to show that an electron can holds two states at once, when the electron is observed it is forced takes one state. In this way, very literally, an observer observes their present reality into being.

And so theologically speaking, I think that Jesus is the God of Superposition. When Jesus says in John 10:30 **“**The Father and I are one” – I think he means it literally. We actually affirm this statement in the words of the Nicene Creed – we say “of one Being with the Father.” As such, superposition scientifically explains how the Trinity of God can exist.

To take this concept a step further I think that Jesus also sees the world in superposition. Jesus sees all of the possibilities of existence and then observes into reality, by faith, the Godly ones, which he seeks to bring about.

So when we only see a few fish and loaves, Jesus sees a multitude – and they are multiplied.
We see a liquid but Jesus sees a solid – and he walks on it.
We see a storm that seems insurmountable and overwhelming and yet Jesus sees calm - and then there is peace.
We see sick people, yet Jesus sees health - and we are healed.

I think that when Jesus was frustrated with the disciples in Mark 8:14-21 it was because he had given them tangible examples of this potential. They were just having a hard time believing that what they were seeing was true. But what they were seeing wasn’t some magic trick – it is a deeper understanding and expression of what it means to be a human being made in the image of God.

As followers of Jesus our prayers should always be to see what Godly possibilities lay before us so that we might be better formed into the divine caretakers that God has called us to be…

God calls us to embody redemption in this world by God’s grace and love and vulnerability. But to do this we have to listen carefully for God’s call so that we might envision a better way and believe it into existence.

So when we see injustice, may we have faith to bring about righteousness.
When we see bigotry, may we have faith to oppose it and bring about unity.
When we see poverty, oppression, and privilege, may we have faith to equally share blessings and power.

And instead of seeing an ordinary world, may we have the faith to observe miracles into being.

For we are called to be a people that, like Jesus, sees the world in superposition.

And when we have the faith to do so – all of our days shall be filled with miracles.

In the name of the Creator, the Redeemer and the Holy Encourager,


Reality Changing Observations

Q1: How often do you try to utilize science to understand your faith?

Q2: What are the larger implications of an observer actualizing their reality?

Q3: How might you transform a Godly observation into a present reality?