You might have heard of Dr. Duncan MacDougall, an early 20th-century physician in Haverhill, Massachusetts who sought to measure the mass lost by a human when the soul departed the body at death. To measure the soul. MacDougall attempted to measure the mass change of six patients at the moment of death. His first subject, the results from which MacDougall felt were most accurate, lost „three-fourths of an ounce”, which has since been popularized as „21 grams”. Of the four successful measurements he obtained an average weight loss at the moment of death of 15 grams. The total average unaccounted for weight loss in these four subjects was found to be approximately 29 grams.
The experiment is very dark and shows how people today are rushing in this quest to define everything.
That reminded me of Belshazzar, the king of Babylon. His father, Nebuchadnezzar conquered Israel and took the wealth of the temple with all the inhabitants of Jerusalem to Babylon. During a big party we read about Belshazzar’s doom. He had not taken warning by the judgements that came on Nebuchadnezzar. And he had insulted God. God’s judgement came upon him and he saw a hand writing on the wall.
Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting, was one of the accusations, deciphered by Daniel.
Weighed in the balances: of justice and truth, in the holy righteous law of God; as gold, and jewels, and precious stones, are weighed in the scales by the goldsmith and jeweler with great exactness, to know the worth of them: and are found wanting; found to be adulterated gold, reprobate silver, bad coin, a false stone; found to be a worthless man, a wicked prince, wanting the necessary qualifications of wisdom, goodness, mercy, truth, and justice. Gill’s Exposition
If we would be but in balance with the righteousness of God, we would be found wanting as well. Our righteousness is as filthy rags compared to the righteousness of God (Isaiah 64:6). His righteousness is the standard. We all must have a righteousness that exceeds what we can produce by our own efforts. In this point, Jesus is the answer. He became sin for us, He took our sins in His body on the cross. If you put your faith in Him you receive His righteousness, you will be weighed on the scales and will be found righteous.