Friday, December 9, 2016

Path of Least Resistance

Everything follows the path of least resistance in nature. Watch the rivers flow and they know their target. It's the prize at the end of the rainbow where a great body of this precious liquid attracts it to flow! Sometimes that path is over obstacles and sometimes around them, but never through them.

Likewise, current flows the path of least resistance.


In the circuit drawing above, there is battery V, switch S and resistances R1 and R2.

When switch S is thrown, which branch will the most current flow if  R2 resistance is greater than R1? It should be obvious that the path of least resistance has the most current flow. R1 is less resistance so current passes through it more easily.

Even the water flowing follows the same principle. If V=water level of potential energy, most of the water will flow through the wide passage R1 because it has less resistance than the narrow passage R2 (noting that narrow offers more resistance than wide).

In scripture, the narrow path offers more resistance than the wide path. It's easier for people to flow or travel the wider path because it accommodates more.

Matthew 7:13 "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
In these passages the people are V. They all have the opportunity to reach their potential. That potential is winning the prize of salvation.

R1 in this case is the wide way. The path is wide and offers little resistance. Gold is the path of this way. Gold, being conductive offers little resistance. Let R1 equal riches, prestige, pleasure and pride. These characteristics are of the world and what the people crave. They take this path because it's easy and the rewards are readily obtainable without interference (resistance).

R2 in this case is the narrow way. It offers much resistance because temptation lies on that path. It's the Christians who walk this path, but they can see R1. They see the wealth, prestige and pleasure there, and desire it, but if they look at the prize, passing through the resistance, their reward is eternal. When R1 is burned out, they, much like the Energizer Bunny keeps on going and going... forever!

The prize of course is eternal life. Those on R1 get rewards too. They get the riches, pleasure, etc. immediately, because the resistance is less. Because of all that flow, that path becomes worn out and shorts out creating a disconnect. The prize cannot then be reached by that path!

If there was a light on that circuit, let it be "E', then with R1 burn out R2, the narrow path is the way to the Light. That is where God lives and where the fewest people go because other path offered the least resistance. However, resistance R1 can never light the light, thus in this case, violates physical law because God is supernatural!

The path on which R1 lies is plain old copper. It has little passes current less than gold.  However, the lamp it Lights so well is Shekinah... the glory of God.

V=I x R, in electrical terms is voltage of the battery, equals the current flow times the resistance. With constant voltage then it's obvious that more current flows with less resistance.

In spiritual terms it's P=C x T, where P=people, C=Christians and T=temptation

If the population is the same, and temptations increase, fewer Christians travel the path.

Satan's desire that this circuit implode before his does. He bets on the gamble that because his path is easy, more will take it, and for those who take the more narrow path, he offers more resistance hoping to open the circuit to the prize by shorting it out.

Yes, even people are like water flowing. They are follow the current just as electricity does too. Only by taking the narrow path can the prize be won!

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