In his Miracle Year of 1905, Albert Einstein proved the existence of God and thereby defined God. We’re all familiar with Einstein’s e=mc2 (energy equals mass times the speed of light squared) equation. However what most people don’t know is that originally Einstein wasn’t solving for “e”, he was solving for “m” so his original equation was m=e/c2 (mass equals energy divided by the speed of light squared). So what, what’s the difference? With the first equation we learn how to get energy out of mass which has led, for example, to the fission of atoms and getting energy (the atomic bomb and nuclear energy). But in the second equation we learn how mass is created by energy and that, for example, the energy generated by the blastoff of the space shuttle adds mass the weight of a flee to the shuttle. (For more authority on this idea listen to Frank Wilczek, Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate at MIT, Sheldon Glashow, Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate at Boston University and Albert himself!). It takes a tremendous amount of energy to create mass. So what would we call the energy that would be large enough, powerful enough and pervasive enough to create the solar system, the planets, the stars, the sun, you, me and everything on earth…come on…that’s right…say it with me…GOD! God is Energy.
This Energy has a certain quality that humanity has sort of been familiar with. Energy is abstract and we’ve been able to identify and work with this abstraction. For example Beethoven worked with joy when he composed Ode to Joy and when we listen to it we’re able to sense it. We can sense, or better yet, “intuit”, other divine energies such as the serenity in nature, the beauty in a rose, the freedom in the spirit of America, the compassion of a good teacher or the strength in a mountain range. So what would we call the quality of the Energy that put Itself forth and invested the effort to create and sustain every part of world, that developed a Divine Plan and that has the deep patience to allow the Plan to unfold over countless millennia and that, as Paul said, always protects, always hopes, always perseveres and never fails…come on…that’s right…say it with me…LOVE! God is Love.
As hinted at above God’s Energy has been fragmented into smaller bits of energy that we call joy, love, beauty, peace, compassion, wisdom, harmony, goodwill and strength. But is has also been fragmented into an energy that created you and me. This is a special energy because unlike all the other creations in the world this energy has allowed us to develop to the point of becoming self-aware. So what de we call the energy that’s “behind us”, that created and sustains us, that allows us to identify, contemplate and work with abstract concepts and that connects us to all…come on…that’s right…say it with me…the SOUL! We are divine selves that were made in God’s image.
Einstein proved that energy and matter are interchangeable, in other words they are one or whole. God and all things of this universe are interchangeable, in other words they are one or whole. Our divine self and our human self are interchangeable, in other words they are one or whole (a person who has learned to act as this integrated self is called “holy”). God and the soul are creative, loving, abstract energies that invested themselves into creating and sustaining you, me and the world.
Einstein is famous for saying, “I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details.” God is Energy. God is Love. My hope is that you, in your attempt to define and understand God, have a revelation and reaction like Einstein when he solved his theory of special relativity and the next day went to is friend Michele Besso’s home and, without even saying hello, blurted out, “Thank you, I’ve completely solved the problem.”