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.” For those who are not familiar with quantum physics as well as the interesting disputes generated by its various interpretations, I would like to start by saying a few words about Schrodinger’s famous cat.
Since the amazing discoveries of prayer for 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 in to a definite state. Schrodinger devised a thought experiment to exhibit us the potential implications of this fact in everyday life. The experiment involves placing a cat in a sealed box with a deadly mechanism. The odds of locating the cat dead or alive is 50-50. According to the principles of quantum mechanics, the cat is simultaneously dead and alive up until the box is opened and an observer makes the equation.
Needless to say, this hypothesis sounds absurd, since it completely defies good sense. According to everything our experience and senses tell us, a full time income being could be either dead or alive, never both concurrently. Something can either exist or otherwise not. However, doesn’t faith and prayer defy sound judgment 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 definitely a closed box to us – God has the ability to alter the course of events.
A lot of times, I came across myself praying for the achievements of an event which had already occurred – like an exam, a surgery, etc. My common sense employed to say: “What’s the purpose of praying for it now? Isn’t it somewhat too late?” But there is another voice that echoed inside, an unexplainable certainty telling me that no, it wasn’t far too late. Yes, the big event may have taken place, but so long as I didn’t know the results, things could be changed.
To God, there is nothing impossible. Yet usually, he generally seems to choose the more subtle miracles to those that blatantly defy the physical laws in the universe. That doesn’t mean that the latter don’t occur. They are only a little rarer. For whatever reason known just to him, God prefers to work in mysterious ways, in such a way which can be as hidden from the eyes since the fetus within the pzzqgd as well as the germinating seed inside the bosom from the Earth. This hidden space where God wants to perform almost all of his miracles is the unobserved reality, the world of endless possibilities, the box where 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 in front of our eyes, it really is harder to modify it. When the cat is dead, a miracle would involve a resurrection, which, consequently, will bring a sheer violation from the physical laws. It is really not impossible, but it takes a lot of faith, far more than we can manage at the best of times. But while the box is closed, God can be employed in his favourite way – mysteriously – and sprinkle our path with little miracles that can make our faltering faith grow stronger and stronger.