Like anyone, the idea of “perpetual motion” (PM) mildly intrigues me (emphasis on “mildly.) PM inventors are a strange lot. They are kind of like “flat-earthers.” They deeply and sincerely believe they have invented something that runs off its own productive energy, requiring nothing to keep it working. However, there is undisputed scientific consensus that perpetual motion would violate the first law of thermodynamics.
There is a great deal of manipulating and posturing among those who believe in PM. Their inventions somehow require secrecy, and than a real “step-of-faith” on investors and supporters. I have seen blueprints and illustrations of PM machines, and I can see the attraction. But it seems that there is also an ingrained arrogance among the inventors. They believe they have accomplished the ultimate. They have invented something so awesome that everything pales in significance.
Among believers there can exist a belief in a “faith” that cannot contain a deep sense of what is true and real. Yielding to PM and its variations delivers us into a mistaken and tricky reality. What we think and feel cannot be verified or supported. I guess that’s one of the reasons a lot of significance is put on illustrations, and blueprints. A picture of a PM apparatus has a deeper “wow factor.”
Within a disciple’s life, there can be a profound quest for perpetual motion. We come to the place where we start imagining a spiritual walk that is always going forward. We feel we can fly on auto-pilot of the Spirit, we switch it on and than we leave the cockpit to visit with the passengers. There are no conflicts, sin, issues or hardships. We are living the “victorious Christian life” after all.
But the stark realities say otherwise. No matter how positive we try to become, we face situations that threaten to dismantle our faith. There comes a realization over time, that there is no yellow brick road. The song birds don’t serenade us, and everything doesn’t click into place and fit nicely. Life does not come with a teflon coating. It is a struggle, a wrestling match. We would be wise to understand this.
- Do perpetual motion machines exist (wiki.answers.com)
- Why can’t the output work be greater than the input work (wiki.answers.com)