Several days ago, while surfing the net, I came across a one-line joke that sounded like this: “How can a religious man save Schrodinger’s cat? He prays before opening the box.” If you are not familiar with quantum physics and also the interesting disputes generated by its various interpretations, I would like to start by saying a couple of words about Schrodinger’s famous cat.
Because the amazing discoveries of prayer for surgery, when unobserved, atomic particles happens to all possible states. It is simply the act of observation (or measurement) that forces a particle to collapse right into a definite state. Schrodinger devised a thought experiment to demonstrate us the possible implications of the fact in everyday life. The experiment involves placing a cat in a sealed box having a deadly mechanism. The possibilities of choosing the cat dead or alive is 50-50. Based on the principles of quantum mechanics, the cat is simultaneously dead and alive till the box is opened plus an observer makes the equation.
Obviously, this hypothesis sounds absurd, since it completely defies common sense. Based on everything our experience and senses inform us, a living being can be either dead or alive, never both concurrently. Something may either exist or otherwise not. However, doesn’t faith and prayer defy sound judgment too? Until God decides one way or another, we live in a world of endless possibilities. Provided that we haven’t opened the package – and future is always a closed box to us – God has the power to modify the course of events.
A lot of times, I came across myself praying for the prosperity of an event which had already occurred – including an exam, a surgery, etc. My good sense used to say: “What’s the aim of praying because of it now? Isn’t it a little far too late?” But there was another voice that echoed inside, an unexplainable certainty telling me that no, it wasn’t too late. Yes, the big event might have taken place, but provided that I didn’t know the results, things could be changed.
To God, nothing is impossible. Yet usually, he seems to prefer the more subtle miracles to those that blatantly defy the physical laws in the universe. That doesn’t imply that the latter don’t occur. They are only a little rarer. For whatever reason known just to him, God would rather function in mysterious ways, in ways that are as hidden from the eyes as the fetus inside the pzzqgd as well as the germinating seed inside the bosom in the Earth. This hidden space where God wants to perform almost all of his miracles will be the unobserved reality, the world of endless possibilities, the box where cat is both dead and alive.
So maybe, indeed, prayer can save Schrodinger’s cat. Once we’ve opened the box and the surgery prayer is in front of our eyes, it really is harder to change it. In the event the cat is dead, a miracle would involve a resurrection, which, consequently, would bring a sheer violation of the physical laws. It is really not impossible, nevertheless it takes lots of faith, far more than we can manage at the very best of times. But as the box is closed, God can work in his favourite way – mysteriously – and sprinkle our path with little miracles that can make our faltering faith grow stronger and stronger.