Into Thin Air

Many of us will recall a fundamental truth of physics: You can change energy, but you cannot destroy it.

Newton’s “law of conservation of energy”, in my view, plays an important role in how we think about virtually everything mortal. Explaining Newton’s law of conservation of energy is not really that difficult. Water, for example, changes from liquid, to steam, and then vapor, depending upon its temperature. Water is forever present. Water is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen–H2O.

By extension, can this be applied to life and death?

What does all of this have to do with our mortality and what comes after? Do you believe our soul remains after death, joining with all the other invisible lives? Christians believe completely in life after death in “Heaven”, presuming each will meet qualifications set forth in the Bible. So, scientifically speaking to a novice (and, most of us are), it does make sense our soul never dies. At least that is what Newton’s law of conservation of energy can infer.

I suppose some will think it a stretch to infer the law of conservation of energy has anything to do with life after death, but it seems to me it fits into a greater scheme we humans have difficulty understanding. — Dan Lee,