A Lot Like Uranium

This may sound a little un-Biblical, but the way our world will be reached for Christ is an awful lot like Uranium. Or to be more precise: what happens to Uranium, when a neutron pierces its core. 

I'm talking about the process of fission and, if ever there was something wondrous to behold, it's the process of nuclear fission. Consider this: 

The apparatus is so arranged that one neutron is fired into a very small amount of Uranium 235. When that single neutron collides with the nucleus of one of the Uranium atoms, it dislodges more neutrons: two or maybe three, depending on how the Uranium nucleus splits. It takes a millisecond for this to happen. That is: 1/1000th of a second, and—no—I have no idea how they know that; or how they measure such a span of time. 

 From that point on, everything starts to multiply. Those two or three dislodged neutrons come shooting out and they collide with even more Uranium atoms and, when they do, each one of them dislodges two or three neutrons and that takes another 1/1000th of a second and each one of those, in turn, causes yet another collision, and pretty soon you have a chain reaction with an incredible quantity of collisions going on, so that, after only 1/100th of a second, 19,000 neutrons have been dislodged and each one of them will make a collision of its own and dislodge two or three more and, in less than a 50th of a second, you have over 18 billion neutrons doing their stuff...

...and (get this!) the process has just begun!    We haven't yet finished a second!

So much power is generated by this process that just one gram of Uranium—a piece weighing—say—as much as a tiny birthday candle—can generate 27 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and light up the entire city of New York for a day. Think of it, A birthday candle can't even light up a closet! Couldn't heat up a cup of coffee if you tried! But one little 'candle' of this stuff can light up New York! 

What on earth is the difference, I wonder? 

Oh, the difference is sublime! The difference is one atom's influence upon another! The difference is the fact that, unlike the candle which just stands alone and burns itself out, each one of Uranium's atoms reaches another and sets it in motion! 

You don't see the parallel here? That is precisely how this world will be reached! That was always God's intention! 

Need a good example of this? How about the city of Sychar, mentioned in John chapter 4?  It was a thoroughly lost and sinful place—that's for sure—until Jesus showed up and sat down at the well. 

The first tiny 'neutron' to pierce the town was an unnamed, insignificant nobody of a woman: an outcast actually. She left her water jar at the well and ran into the town: "Come! Everyone! Come see the man who has told me everything I've ever done! Isn't this the Christ?"  Jn 4: 29  

Pretty soon the entire town is pouring out into the wheat fields, running to see for themselves what this woman has encountered.  

Isn't it beautiful how God does this? He is still doing it today, dear Christian. How about you? Have you started yet? Too many Christians are like birthday candles, burning themselves out all alone in the dark. But God wants nuclear fission, dear ones! He wants you to 'go' dislodge a few neutrons!  "Go! Tell!" was His command to us all, remember? 

 

"Go into all the world and preach the Good News to every creature, and he who believes and is baptized will be saved."  Mk 16:15 

 

From the moment Jesus issued this wonderful command, His true followers started doing it!  You do it too. This poor world of ours so desperately needs it. 

 Excuses are legion of course, but our dear woman at the well  makes short work of them, don't you think? 

Who me? I couldn't do that. I'm nobody. (So was the woman at the well.) 

But, I'm not a gifted speaker. (Neither was the woman at the well.)

I've had a notoriously sinful past, ya know.  (What do you call five broken marriages?)

But, I wouldn't know what to say. (Why not take a cue from the woman at the well: Come! See! See what I've found!) 

Here's something to think about: after all these centuries we've had the telegraph and teletype and the telephone and the telecast for television, telemarketing and even televangelism and everything else that might come under the heading of "telecommunications" these days. But, when all is said and done, nothing really compares to the one method that really works: "tell-a-person". 

God bless you dear family. 

I love worshipping with you every week. 

Let's do it again!  Bring a friend!               RAS

This may sound a little un-Biblical, but the way our world will be reached for Christ is an awful lot like Uranium. Or to be more precise: what happens to Uranium, when a neutron pierces its core. 

I'm talking about the process of fission and, if ever there was something wondrous to behold, it's the process of nuclear fission. Consider this: 

The apparatus is so arranged that one neutron is fired into a very small amount of Uranium 235. When that single neutron collides with the nucleus of one of the Uranium atoms, it dislodges more neutrons: two or maybe three, depending on how the Uranium nucleus splits. It takes a millisecond for this to happen. That is: 1/1000th of a second, and—no—I have no idea how they know that; or how they measure such a span of time. 

 From that point on, everything starts to multiply. Those two or three dislodged neutrons come shooting out and they collide with even more Uranium atoms and, when they do, each one of them dislodges two or three neutrons and that takes another 1/1000th of a second and each one of those, in turn, causes yet another collision, and pretty soon you have a chain reaction with an incredible quantity of collisions going on, so that, after only 1/100th of a second, 19,000 neutrons have been dislodged and each one of them will make a collision of its own and dislodge two or three more and, in less than a 50th of a second, you have over 18 billion neutrons doing their stuff...

...and (get this!) the process has just begun!    We haven't yet finished a second!

So much power is generated by this process that just one gram of Uranium—a piece weighing—say—as much as a tiny birthday candle—can generate 27 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and light up the entire city of New York for a day. Think of it, A birthday candle can't even light up a closet! Couldn't heat up a cup of coffee if you tried! But one little 'candle' of this stuff can light up New York! 

What on earth is the difference, I wonder? 

Oh, the difference is sublime! The difference is one atom's influence upon another! The difference is the fact that, unlike the candle which just stands alone and burns itself out, each one of Uranium's atoms reaches another and sets it in motion! 

You don't see the parallel here? That is precisely how this world will be reached! That was always God's intention! 

Need a good example of this? How about the city of Sychar, mentioned in John chapter 4?  It was a thoroughly lost and sinful place—that's for sure—until Jesus showed up and sat down at the well. 

The first tiny 'neutron' to pierce the town was an unnamed, insignificant nobody of a woman: an outcast actually. She left her water jar at the well and ran into the town: "Come! Everyone! Come see the man who has told me everything I've ever done! Isn't this the Christ?"  Jn 4: 29  

Pretty soon the entire town is pouring out into the wheat fields, running to see for themselves what this woman has encountered.  

Isn't it beautiful how God does this? He is still doing it today, dear Christian. How about you? Have you started yet? Too many Christians are like birthday candles, burning themselves out all alone in the dark. But God wants nuclear fission, dear ones! He wants you to 'go' dislodge a few neutrons!  "Go! Tell!" was His command to us all, remember? 

 

"Go into all the world and preach the Good News to every creature, and he who believes and is baptized will be saved."  Mk 16:15 

 

From the moment Jesus issued this wonderful command, His true followers started doing it!  You do it too. This poor world of ours so desperately needs it. 

 Excuses are legion of course, but our dear woman at the well makes short work of them, don't you think? 

Who me? I couldn't do that. I'm nobody. (So was the woman at the well.) 

But, I'm not a gifted speaker. (Neither was the woman at the well.)

I've had a notoriously sinful past, ya know.  (What do you call five broken marriages?)

But, I wouldn't know what to say. (Why not take a cue from the woman at the well: Come! See! See what I've found!) 

Here's something to think about: after all these centuries we've had the telegraph and teletype and the telephone and the telecast for television, telemarketing and even televangelism and everything else that might come under the heading of "telecommunications" these days. But, when all is said and done, nothing really compares to the one method that really works: "tell-a-person". 

God bless you, dear family. 

I love worshipping with you every week. 

Let's do it again!  Bring a friend!               RAS

Never in Vain!
The Passionate Ones