186,000 miles per second is not just a good idea - it's the Law

The 10 Commandments are the moral Law and they get broken by thoughts desires, word and deeds.

God seems to have put a lot of ‘laws’ into effect in nature.  E=MC2 is one.  The Laws of Thermodynamics and Entropy are others.  The speed of light was considered to be a constant and a law and that nothing could go faster than light.  Now some scientists claim to have discovered particles that travel faster than the speed of light so perhaps even that law was meant to be broken.

God has been called the great mathematician.  The Bible is full of numbers and counting.  Several books in the Old Testament are basically about numbers and accounting.  So does God have a different kind of math?

Last Sundays lesson said that after the Ascension, the number of believers was about 12o.  Paul says that after the resurrection Jesus appeared to about 500 people.  Now I would assume that if you saw the resurrected Christ you would be a believer.  Yet about 1/4 of those who saw the resurrected Christ are mentioned in Acts 1.  I am surrounded by statistics that tell us that  of the number of members of a congregation about 1/4 of them attend church on Sunday.  About 1/4 of the members of a church give 90% of the budget.  If I solicit a gift for a project or a mission emphasis about 1/4 of those that I visit will actually give.  About 1/4 of our confirmands will remain with the church through out the years of college and young adulthood.  Jesus had 12 disciples but 1/4 of them were present at the more monumental events of his ministry such as the Transfiguration and the prayer in the Garden.

So we call it the 80 -20 rule.  80% of the work of the church is done by 20% of the people.  That is about 1/4.  Interesting stuff.  Wouldn’t it be nice if that were a law that we would all decide to break?