It’s Monday, beloved brethren, and that means it’s time to stretch your brain! As I detailed last Monday, we’re going to be discussing in brevity Aerodynamics for the next few weeks. Today specifically we’re going to look at Newton’s Laws of motion and Bernoulli’s principle. I pray that this series blesses you by showing you Gods intricate design of our world.
Newton’s three Laws of Motion are inertia, force, and lastly action and reaction. For some of us this was something we learned a very long time ago. Just as a reminder, inertia (1st Law) is the law that states things at rest will stay at rest, and things in motion will stay in motion. Force (2nd Law) is the law that states an object will move based on its own weight and the weight of the force. Action and reaction (3rd Law) is the law that states there is an equal and opposite reaction to every action. These are the scientific laws aerodynamics is based on, but who was the man who wrote them?
Isaac Newton, born premature in 1642 to a newly widowed mother, had a childhood marked by two things, hardship and a desire for Gods Word. As he grew up during the civil war in England (that same war where John Bunyan was nearly killed) he decided to become a minister. Once finishing his degree London was overwhelmed by the Black Plague, so Newton returned home instead. Eventually he realized he had theological differences with the Church of England and later refused ordination. While he was absolutely brilliant at everything he did, including mathematics, physics, and astronomy, he wrote more on God’s Word than all other subjects. Newton believed his scientific pursuit was akin to delving into the mind of God, and held to a Biblical Creationist view throughout his life.
We’re often mocked as Christians when we profess to believe Gods Word above evolution. Remember, dear ones, that what we’re being asked to believe is In The Beginning nothing. That nothing exploded into everything, but no one knows how or why. That explosion which would have propelled the universe into mass chaos eventually settled down into the beautifully well defined laws we see today. Those who hold to that belief will still accuse us, as born again believers, of clinging to fairytales written by men. We need not be intimidated by unbelievers, but rather let us remember who we were before the grace of God saved us, and how many ways our wretched hearts wanted against God and His people. Now then, what of that Bernoulli principle? I hate to make my posts this long, but you’ve read this far, what’s a little further?
Daniel Bernoulli was born in 1700 to a family of mathematicians. Not as much is known about his religious life as we know about Newton’s, except that his family suffered persecution, and eventually had to flee, due to their Calvinism. What we do know is that his work was heavily influenced by Newton’s work. Bernoulli’s principle essentially states that air flowing under an objects wings pushes up creating lift, while the air flowing over the wings elevates pressure. We’ll hear more about this particular scientist when we get to hydrodynamics.
Newton’s Laws and Bernoulli’s principle, while studied and named by them, were not written by them. They existed long before these men were born, and have the same Author as the Ten Commandments. We obey the Laws of Gravity, we even obey the Laws of Motion, where mankind finds an impossibility is to follow Gods written Laws. We’ve all lied, blasphemed, lusted, and hated if not in deed, in thought. Not a single one of us have ever given God the place of honor in our lives that He deserves. We’re sinners, my friends, and one day we will all face judgement. As with gravity, when we break these laws the consequences are deadly. There is Good News though, while God must judge the wicked, Christ died in our place, paying the debt we owed from sinning against the God who created all things. Today is the day of salvation, repent of your sins, and put your faith in Jesus Christ alone. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Next Monday we’ll look into the four principles of flight. Until tomorrow, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.