Several days ago, while browsing the web, I came across a one-line joke that sounded like this: “How can a religious man save Schrodinger’s cat? He prays before opening the box.” For those who are unfamiliar with quantum physics as well as the interesting disputes generated by its various interpretations, I want to begin by saying a couple of words about Schrodinger’s famous cat.
Because the amazing discoveries of prayers before surgery, when unobserved, atomic particles exist in all possible states. It is simply the act of observation (or measurement) that forces a particle to collapse into a definite state. Schrodinger devised a thought experiment to demonstrate us the potential implications with this fact in your everyday living. The experiment involves placing a cat in a sealed box with a deadly mechanism. The odds of finding the cat dead or alive is 50-50. According to the principles of quantum mechanics, the cat is simultaneously dead and alive until the box is opened and an observer comes into the equation.
Needless to say, this hypothesis sounds absurd, since it completely defies common sense. According to everything our experience and senses tell us, an income being could be either dead or alive, never both concurrently. Something may either exist or otherwise. But then again, doesn’t faith and prayer defy good sense also? Until God decides one method or another, we live in a arena of endless possibilities. So long as we haven’t opened the box – and future is usually a closed box to us – God has the power to modify the course of events.
So many times, I discovered myself praying for the prosperity of a function which had already occurred – including an exam, a surgery, etc. My sound judgment utilized to say: “What’s the aim of praying because of it now? Isn’t it a little too far gone?” But there is another voice that echoed inside, an unexplainable certainty telling me that no, it wasn’t too far gone. Yes, the celebration might have occurred, but as long as I didn’t be aware of results, things could still be changed.
To God, nothing is impossible. Yet most often, he seems to choose the more subtle miracles to those which blatantly defy the physical laws of the universe. That doesn’t suggest that the latter don’t occur. They are just a little rarer. For some reason known simply to him, God would rather function in mysterious ways, in ways that are as hidden from your eyes since the fetus in the pzzqgd as well as the germinating seed within the bosom from the Earth. This hidden space where God likes to perform most of his miracles is the unobserved reality, the world of endless possibilities, the box where the cat is both dead and alive.
So maybe, indeed, prayer will save Schrodinger’s cat. Once we’ve opened the box and also the prayers surgery is facing our eyes, it really is more challenging to modify it. If the cat is dead, a miracle would involve a resurrection, which, consequently, would bring a sheer violation of the physical laws. It is far from impossible, but it takes a lot of faith, far more than we could manage at the best of times. But as the box is closed, God can work in his favourite way – mysteriously – and sprinkle our path with little miracles that may make our faltering faith grow stronger and stronger.