In science there is what is known as “a fundamental law of physics” which says, “all transformations of matter that result in the production of energy are a result of degeneration,” that is a breaking down from the complex to the simple.
What this means is that every system left to itself changes in such a way as to approach a definite and final state of equilibrium. So substances diffuse from concentrated solutions to dilute ones, heat passes from hot bodies to cold, water seeks its own level.
There is a remarkable statement made in the light of this law. It is found in Romans 8:21 which reads; “The creation itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption (or bondage of decay) into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” All creation is subject to a law which is holding it captive, and from which it will one day be released. That law is called the bondage of decay, a process by which all forms of energy degenerate.
Now I need not remind you the law of thermodynamics that defines this scientific fact is a product of the increase of knowledge of the last one hundred to one hundred and fifty years when industrialization made it essential that scientists come up with these laws that can be applied to life on the planet. We use thermodynamics in locomotion, power and energy transfer, it is an essential part of our world. Nowhere in the Universe is there a process where energy builds up from the simple to the complex. It is always a process of degeneration.
This scientific fact was mentioned by Paul two thousand years ago when he wrote his letter to the Romans, so the question is; how did Paul know about it?