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「道成了肉身,住在我們中間,充充滿滿的有恩典(Charis)有真理(Alethia)。我們也見過他的榮光,正是父獨生子的榮光。」(約翰福音1:14)

What does Christmas has to do with Modern Physics?

Modern physicists have been seeking for a theory of everything that can unify all the fundamental forces in nature, namely, gravity, strong nuclear force, weak nuclear force, and electromagnetic force. This unified field force is what holds everything together in the universe — every single atom, molecule, and even galaxies far far away. Our moon does not fly off the orbit around the earth because the gravitational force is in play. Your head does not fall off your body when you are drunk because the atomic nuclear forces are keeping your neck’s bone and flesh together.

Ancient Greeks called this universal force, this universal ordering principle, this wisdom and reason that held everything together and kept the universe running like a clockwork — the “Logos”, or literally the “Word”.

Strangely enough, the bible also describes not something, but actually someone who holds everything together in the universe: “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible… all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

Who is this person who embodies all the fundamental forces in nature?

The Gospel of John in the Bible reveals to us who this Logos, this Word, this Unifying Field Force is: “In the beginning was the Unified Field Force, and the Unified Field Force was with God, and the Unified Field Force was God. Through the Unified Field Force all things were made; without which nothing was made that has been made… And the Unified Field Force became flesh and blood and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-3, 14, in a contemporary paraphrasing inspired by Darrell Johnson)

This unified field force, the life force of the universe, once came as a person, as someone whom you and I can relate to. This person is known as Jesus. Jesus IS the unified field force. He is the Logos, the Word, the life force of the universe. In him all things hold together.

And Christmas is about his arrival, the day when we first came to know this unified field force that held everything together in the universe in an intimate and tangible way. Not through mathematical equations, but through touch, dialogue, and understanding.

So Christmas is not just about eating and drinking, being merry and happy. It is neither just about giving gifts to one another and learning how to share our love. It is to behold the wonder of how the universe’s life force once “moved into the neighborhood”, lived among us common people, and showed us the meaning of life, and what grace and truth is.

And that is the true meaning of Christmas.

You may or may not believe it. It’s totally up to you. But at least that is what Christians have been telling the world for the past two millenniums. So please don’t water the meaning of Christmas down to just some warm fuzzy holiday feelings. It is much more than that.

So do enjoy your champagne, but when you can’t keep your head up, try to ponder what is keeping your head from falling off your body. Something has been always holding you together.


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  1. littleho says

    Interesting! I did a Physics major and now transform to a theology and social science guy.
    Anyway, may the Force be with you!

    • Anson says

      Haha, now isn’t that a great way to engage with Star Wars fans?