As I’ve been chugging this Einstein biography, I came across an interesting little tidbit that related to a talk given by Cleon Skoussen. After Einstein developed the general Theory of Relativity around 1919, he began to transition from his rebellious and creative self to a more conservative thinker. “In a fit of irony, since I have always rebelled against authority, God has made me an authority myself!” He began to return to the idea of an ether that permeated throughout the space of the earth, an idea he previously had discarded. He tried to come up with a connecting theory that would unify quantum theory with notions of light, magnetism and electricity, but would be unable to do so for the remainder of his life. One of the greatest difficulties he ruminated about was the unpredictable nature of electrons. “I find the idea quite intolerable that an electron exposed to radiation should choose of its own free will not only its moment to jump off but also its direction.” The interesting fragment of this phrase is Einstein’s utterance, “an electron…should choose of its own free will”. This seems preposterous that an electron would have a mind of its own; on the contrary, what a better way to explain a particle that under every conceivably possible law must obey one way when bombarded with quanta, it instead behaves randomly (within probable reason) and unpredictably.
Compare this with Skoussen’s view of all of God’s creations made up of atoms and molecules, who all obey god according to Honor. God is Perfect and Omniscient. He, as the Ruler of the Universe, also rules the particles that make up His Universe, and His Particles Obey Him out of Reverence for His Perfectness. Should He become Imperfect by allowing sinful beings, unclean beings to enter his presence, the particles that make up his kingdom would cease to obey him and cease to obey the laws of nature which He has created. Thus an Atonement had to be wrought, to pay the price of sin, and in doing so allowing the particles to continue to honor their creator. This whole premise of Skoussen’s talk implies an argument that particles exist with the ability to obey or disobey a law, to act of their own volition. They have agency just like the organisms they are part of, and if this is the case, they choose, as evidenced by the observations of scientists around the world for the last ninety years. Isn’t it interesting that Einstein’s effusive intimating led him to personify particles to humans, as if they were thinking on their own. Maybe they are!

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