Compromise and the Second Law of Thermodynamics :: By Dave Hubley


(There is a special message at the end of this article for those who do not have Jesus in their life and are looking for peace and a way to better understand the present-day insanity and confusion)

Lately, I have noticed a fair number of articles related to these two seemingly unrelated (but I think they are very related) conditions.

Bear with me here. We are going to what I hope is an edifying conclusion.

In the case of compromise, it is a human-initiated action designed to achieve an agreed-upon result. On the surface, it seems very reasonable, but it will almost always result in a degradation of the original concept or condition.

A definition is provided below in order to clarify its meaning.


Merriam-Webster Definition of compromise
1a: settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions
b: something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things
2: a concession to something derogatory or prejudicial, a compromise of principles

The Second Law of Thermodynamics

The Second Law of Thermodynamics, by contrast, is a naturally occurring condition. I believe that this natural condition is intentionally programmed into His creation by the Lord of creation and for a very specific purpose. Since it applies to every single aspect encountered in life, including (and maybe especially) our human bodies (and thus, our minds and behavior), it should be carefully considered when we formulate our world view.

A good definition, I believe, appears below, provided by (

It drives many of the problems we face and leads to disarray. It is the one force that governs everybody’s life: Entropy.

Here’s the crucial thing about entropy: it always increases over time. It is the natural tendency of things to lose order. Left to its own devices, life will always become less structured. Sand castles get washed away. Weeds overtake gardens. Ancient ruins crumble. Cars begin to rust. People gradually age. With enough time, even mountains erode and their precise edges become rounded. The inevitable trend is that things become less organized. This is known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics. It is one of the foundational concepts of chemistry, and it is one of the fundamental laws of our universe. The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that the entropy of a closed system will never decrease.

It is, perhaps, like the elephant in the room; impossible to ignore.

Let’s take a look at an example of how compromise is used to accelerate entropy in practical terms.

Suppose a state or federal government determines to set aside an area as a park or preserve. Not everyone will support it, and it will require much in the way of debate, discussion and negotiation with those who do. Some of it may be quite contentious.

If eventually an agreement is reached, the foundation of the agreement is confirmed and established by being “legalized” by all the various parties concerned.

After some years, some people who did not really like the end result that they had agreed to initially come along and try to “change” things to reflect what they want. They try to “modify” the original agreement after the fact. This is where the word “compromise” potentially (and most often) becomes a stumbling block and an evil, especially when it is attempted unscrupulously.

If there is a partial giving in to this tactic, the original intent and purpose of the park/preserve becomes weakened. Perhaps it is not really noticeable initially, but it is true nonetheless.

More years may pass, and the process of “compromise” is revived and employed, resulting in further degradation.

At some point, the original purpose of the park or preserve can be, and often is, degraded to the point where it is almost unrecognizable. Compromise has then hastened the process of entropy.

Compromise can also be a factor in the new car/truck/etc. you bought. The manufacturer may cut a few quality corners (compromise) in order to increase profits (greed), and as a result, your vehicle turns into a fruit. A lemon. A money pit. We have all likely had some experience with that.

Entropy never improves or even stays static; it only degrades.

This, when considered in light of the present day, explains a great deal about so many of the things/events we see, which frequently cause us to say, “Why are they doing this!?” or, “What on earth is going on?”

Well, there are the key words: “ON EARTH.” You can rest assured that in heaven, there is no compromise, and there is no entropy. You can, in fact, bet your life on it.

No, continual and repeated compromise is a staple of conduct in the world of humans, and accelerated entropy is the result of it. Look at the horrific mess that has come about because of it. This especially applies when these repeated compromises are to laws, precepts and principles.

I believe that we, in our natural state, have heart trouble.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).

Even after we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we must contend with that fact. The difference is that we never wanted to contend with it in our natural selves. But now, we have the indwelling Holy Spirit who has changed our hearts to desire His Spirit. We are now enabled to fight back against it.

I believe that is one of the (benefits??) of still having that sin nature to contend with. In hating it, we focus our eyes, spirits and hearts on the future guarantee we have from the Sovereign Lord Himself.

For now, while we are here in this life, we are subject to all the laws that have been determined by God and enacted by Him in this physical world.

This all sounds pretty depressing and hopeless, doesn’t it?

Well, it isn’t, not at all.

When being made aware of conditions under which a compromise was not possible, Jesus’ disciples asked of Him, “Who then can be saved?’ But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible'” (Mark 10:26-27; Matthew 19:26).

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

And so, we continue to patiently wait, pray without ceasing, and honor the Lord in the things we think, do and say. We focus on Him and His promises and keep on “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

Now to the crux of this article.

There is a single exception to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, and it has everything to do with the Sovereign Lord of creation.

This exception, however, will not take effect unless we have received Jesus Christ as our Savior and believe in Him as the Son of the Living God. That is the way that God has determined it to be, and, therefore, that is the way, the only way, that it is.

This exception will also not be realized in this life, but it will in the next, just as God has intended it to be from before the foundation of this present world. The life promised to all those who receive the sacrifice Christ made for all who receive Him, and Him alone, as their Savior.

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

When the conditions under which we must be saved are enumerated, the word “compromise” has no place. If tried, it becomes an evil. There cannot be any negotiation, debate or discussion. God has determined the requirements, and they are fixed in stone.

Rejoice, brothers and sisters, for we have the Rock of our salvation, and He cannot be moved!

Rejoice, you who are seeking after righteousness, for you can have what you seek and have that same Rock that cannot be moved. Solid, Trustworthy and True. Characteristics you cannot find in this worldly system of compromise and entropy. If you are one of those who earnestly are seeking, please continue to read.

For anyone who may read this article and has not trusted in Jesus Christ and therefore have no hope or peace in your life:

You can have hope. You can have the peace that Jesus has promised to all who have made Him their Lord and Savior.

It requires that you come before God on His terms.

And, what are His terms according to His Word?

  • Genuine repentance (turning to God instead of continuing to reject or ignore Him).
  • Confession of sins (that you are a sinner and acknowledge that to God).
  • That you understand that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
  • To acknowledge to God that you are unable to pay that debt.
  • Belief that Jesus Christ paid your death sentence for you on the cross.
  • To believe that Jesus is the Way, the only Way, that God has established by which humans may be saved from the consequences of their sin and rebellion.

God has made it absolutely clear that there is no one who comes before Him, under His terms, that will be refused.

  • No one: no race, no color, no country of origin, regardless of any previous belief system: no one.
  • No matter what your past sins have been, God can and WILL forgive you because He says He will.
  • Salvation is available to everyone without any exceptions.

If you put all your trust for salvation in Jesus and Him only, you can follow that prayer up by simply saying, “Thank you, Father God, for hearing my prayer and saving me,” because we can trust Him to keep His Word. He always has. He always will.

John 5:24: Truly, Truly, I say to you that he who hears My words and believes the One who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed from death to life.

There are no answers and there is no hope in the world by governments, organizations, politics or politicians. There are only lies and deception. But you can have the Truth and the peace you seek.

The answers are in the Word of God. The Bible. If you ask God, with all your heart, He will hear you.

“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

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