A couple of days ago, while surfing the net, 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.” If you are not familiar with quantum physics as well as the interesting disputes generated by its various interpretations, I would like to begin by saying a few words about Schrodinger’s famous cat.
Because the amazing discoveries of prayer for surgery, when unobserved, atomic particles appear in all possible states. It is simply the act of observation (or measurement) that forces a particle to collapse in to a definite state. Schrodinger devised a thought experiment to demonstrate us the possible implications of the fact in everyday life. The experiment involves putting a cat in a sealed box having a deadly mechanism. The probability of choosing the cat dead or alive is 50-50. In accordance with the principles of quantum mechanics, the cat is simultaneously dead and alive until the box is opened and an observer makes the equation.
Of course, this hypothesis sounds absurd, as it completely defies good sense. In accordance with everything our experience and senses tell us, an income being can be either dead or alive, never both at the same time. Something can either exist or otherwise not. But then again, doesn’t faith and prayer defy good sense too? Until God decides one method or another, we live in a world of endless possibilities. Provided that we haven’t opened the box – and future is definitely a closed box to us – God has the ability to change the course of events.
So many times, I discovered myself praying for the achievements of an occasion which had already occurred – such as an exam, a surgery, etc. My sound judgment utilized to say: “What’s the purpose of praying for this now? Isn’t it somewhat too far gone?” But there was another voice that echoed inside, an unexplainable certainty telling me that no, it wasn’t too late. Yes, the celebration could have taken place, but as long as I didn’t be aware of results, things could certainly be changed.
To God, there is nothing impossible. Yet most of the times, he appears to choose the more subtle miracles to those which blatantly defy the physical laws of the universe. That doesn’t imply that the second don’t occur. They are just a little rarer. For whatever reason known just to him, God would rather work in mysterious ways, in such a way which are as hidden from your eyes since the fetus inside the pzzqgd and the germinating seed in the bosom in the Earth. This hidden space where God wants to perform the majority of his miracles is definitely the unobserved reality, the industry of endless possibilities, the package where the cat is both dead and alive.
So maybe, indeed, prayer can save Schrodinger’s cat. Once we’ve opened the package and also the surgery prayer is facing our eyes, it is more difficult to alter it. If the cat is dead, a miracle would involve a resurrection, which, in turn, would bring a sheer violation from the physical laws. It is far from impossible, however it takes a lot of faith, far more than we are able to manage at the best of times. But whilst the box is closed, God can be employed in his favourite way – mysteriously – and sprinkle our path with little miracles that may make our faltering faith grow stronger and stronger.