This post is about energy and more especially whether energy is a word that should be frowned upon by Believers or not. I think the Bible has a lot to say about energy and you might be surprised that it doesn’t view energy as New Agey. In fact, energy as the Bible depicts it is a Spiritual truth and in our everyday world, it is a scientific fact.
Growing up I can remember being taught basic Physics such as the different types of energy. We had potential energy which was stored energy and kinetic energy which was energy that moved like light, heat, sound and electromagnetic energy.
One of the first energy laws we were taught is that energy never dies, it only changes. This is based on Albert Einstein’s famous quote:
“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”
I never paid much attention to this except to store it in my mind as interesting information, it was only when I began to look more deeply into the Bible that I began to see how people have used science as a way to explore and understand spiritual truth. Let’s start off with the key question, ‘what is energy?’
What is Energy?
Energy is a word that I know many Christians struggle with even though it is a term that is used within science especially physics and engineering. Because energy is seen as a “New Age” term its use is mostly avoided now by the majority of Christians. I think it’s because the way that it is used within the New Age movement focuses on energy as a passive power that you can manipulate based around universal laws and principles. I hope that by the end of this post I can open your eyes to a new way of looking at energy.
The word energy comes from the Greek “en” (in, within) + “ergon” (work), in its simplest form energy is defined as the capacity, ability or power inherent within to do work or produce change.
I especially love that last part, the power inherent within it that enables it to accomplish a specific end.
I have come to understand the Bible in 3 ways: spiritual, psychological and physical and each way contains its own energy to do work within the reader/hearer and to produce change. As scripture says,
“… the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4: 12)
There is energy in God’s Word, just like energy is always constant and never-ending, God’s Word has power inherent within it to accomplish the work that it was sent out to do.
I believe that the fear we have around certain words causes us to not walk as fully in the wisdom, power and authority that God has given us to be the head and not the tail. I DO believe in energy healing and strongly feel that the Bible and the full Word of God is the BEST tool for energy healing if approached in the right way.
Energy in the Bible
There are several words in the Bible especially within the Old Testament which can be linked to energy being something with the inherent power to do work or create change. Examples include ruach which means spirit, breath or wind which would be an example of kinetic (movement) energy. In Genesis 1, we are introduced to the Ruach Kodesh (Holy Spirit) hovering and moving over the face of the deep and John 3: 8 reads:
“The wind blows where it wishes. You hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
God’s Spirit also has a voice and moves to and fro, in fact, God’s Spirit carries the Word of God and is the active element of the triune nature of God that enables the Word to be fulfilled.
Another example is the Hebrew word “chai” which means life from the famous Hebrew toast “L’chaim” or “to Life”. This basically refers back to the health-bringing vitality and vibrancy power inherent within us. Chai also means alive, living and being alive. When I think about this word two scriptures come to my mind:
“I call heaven and earth as witness this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:18)
When we think of the word life we tend to think of it as something that happens to us, a kind of passive experience of ‘being alive’ but it is something much more deeper. Jewish people hold chai as a tremendously symbolic and powerful word so they would have known just how important the words “life or death” were, I think that’s why Yeshua spoke these words to the Jewish people:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.” (John 10:10)
Life isn’t something that happens to us, it is something much more active, a powerful energy that vitalises and re-vitalises us to live a full and rich life. I invite you to think of life and death as energies which bring with it either a series of blessing or curse. God gives us the opportunity to not only choose life but to open the door wide to experience it in its fullness, what could it mean for you if you were to really say “YES!” to LIFE?
The last word that I would like to focus on today is found within this scripture:
Look up at the sky! Who created all these heavenly lights? He is the one who leads out their ranks; he calls them all by name. Because of his absolute power and awesome strength, not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26)
This verse tells us that YHWH created all the stars through His great power and strength! Whilst the majority of translations use the words power or might,
I find it interesting that the New Living Translation produced by Jehovah Witnesses uses the phrase “dynamic energy” instead. The above version uses the phrase “absolute power” which I feel encapsulates some of the awesome strength and energy of YHWH. Whichever way you look at it, it is abundantly clear that God has all the capacity, ability, power, might, strength and force to bring the universe into existence and uphold it with the Word of His Power:
“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Hebrews 1:3)
Did you notice how the very language of Hebrews 1:3 speaks of energy? For example, it uses the word ‘power’ (Greek dunamis) which means physical power, force, might, ability, efficacy, energy. We also have the Rhema Word which relates specifically to a spoken word uttered by a living person and lastly the word ‘majesty’ which is greatness always attributed to God. Putting it together it paints an image of the energy of Yeshua’s spoken Word both creating and maintaining the universe.
Today we looked at the concept of energy and how it relates to the inherent power within something to do work or produce change.
How, if at all, does this relate to your own understanding of energy?
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