Last night I was happily watching one of my favorite programs, “Through The Wormhole”, with Morgan Freeman. The subject was the structure and workings of the universe. I was enthralled as the program described how there are huge “black holes” marauding through space, tearing and ripping up entire stars, some of which are 100 times larger than our own sun. The immeasurable forces of gravity are slamming galaxies together, and in the process destroying entire solar systems or giving birth to billions of new stars. Quasars and pulsars shoot out bursts of x-rays and gamma rays deep into space at the speed of light. Evidently, rouge planets have been ripped from their host stars by gravity and are now just wandering the cosmos cold and alone.
It was almost too much to comprehend on a human scale. However, somewhere in this mix is our galaxy, the Milky way, one of billions of galaxies, and near the outer edge of the Milky Way is our solar system, one of trillions of systems in the Milky Way, and on one lone planet, at a perfectly placed distance from its host star, which by pure chance happens to be just the right size, inexplicably exists conditions perfect for life as we know, which just happened to come into existence by pure random chance and luck. Really?
Near the end of the show, the narrator described the universe as a web comprised of billions of pathways or arms, crossing across and through the universe, on which travel entire galaxies, colliding at the massive intersections like cars on a freeway, all controlled by the powers of gravity. He described the scenario as, “Seemingly random, but somehow evidencing great structure and order”. I just smiled. It confirmed what I already know – the universe is way too complex for it to have occurred by random happenstance or chance. In the scriptures it says that God made all the hosts of heaven calls every star by its own name. He uses His hand the measure the breath of the universe.
In Psalm 104:1-9, God’s care and power over all of His works are described:
Bless the Lord, O my soul! O lord my God, thou art very great;
Thou art clothed with splendor and majesty,
Covering thyself with light as with a cloak, stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
He lays the beams of His upper chamber in the water;
He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind;
He makes the winds His messengers, flaming fire His ministers.
He established the earth upon its foundations, so that it will not totter forever and ever.
Thous didst cover it with the deep as with a garment; The waters were standing above the mountains.
At Thy rebuke they fled; at the sound of Thy thunder they hurried away.
The mountains rose; the valleys sank down to the place which Thou didst establish for them.
Thous didst set a boundary that they may not pass over; that they may not return to cover the earth.
To me there is no other explanation for the workings and existence of the universe than from the hand of God Himself, the Master Craftsman and most Awesome Mathematician. The universe too wonderful to not have been created, and speaks directly to the hearts of men of the power and being of God Himself.
We are such infinitesimal specks, but to think that He is mindful of us and loves us, blows my mind beyond measure. Indeed, praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
I’m sure the other living things on different planets also have their own god as well. And to say people who don’t believe in god don’t want to be held accountable for their sin is ridiculous. And I don’t see how believing in a god is any more reasonable than believing that it happened by “accident”.
In my opinion, the thought of god exists only because humans seek answers by nature. And when there is an unanswerable question, we allow ourselves to indulge in comforting thoughts. Do I know how the universe was created? No. Do I think there is an entity that created us and loves us and personally wants us to live by his rules? Absolutely not.
I support your right to believe so, but I do not encourage statements generalizing the personality of those who don’t believe in the same things as you. And I DEFINITELY would beware when doubting other possibilities when you yourself believe in something so contradictory.
Anyway, did you draw this picture? If so, then you have my compliments.
Johan, thank you very much for the comment. I intend to write a reply, but I like to think a bit before I answer. The scriptures say always be ready to give an answer to those who inquire about the hope that is within us (Christians), but do so with gentleness and reverence (1 Peter 3:15). Give me a few days I will get back to you.
I’m too excited to wait a few days. Here’s my reply.
Before I proceed, please know I am not trying to proselytize you or convert you to my way of thinking. It is a rare soul indeed, if there is even one, who came to Christ because someone beat them over the head with the scriptures. So know, that’s not what I am trying to do. I simply want to give a clear thoughtful answers from scripture to the questions you raised, because it’s the proper thing to do. After all Christ Himself said, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to me I will never cast out.” (John 3:37). It’s all accomplished by the preaching of the gospel.
So here goes. I’ll break your comments down into sections so I can reply to them easier.
You said: I’m sure the other living things on different planets also have their own god as well.
I say: Sorry, but there are no other living beings on other planets with their own gods. I know it’s almost impossible to believe when you consider the daily headlines, but man is the pentacle of the Father’s creative activities. We are the only thing He created in His own image (Genesis 1:27). We were designed to rule over and subdue everything that He had otherwise created. We can discuss that later if you like, but here’s my point.
There is no other earth anywhere in the universe. Saying that is the same as saying that out of the countless quadrillions of sand particles on all the worlds beaches there must be two which are exactly alike. No! Or of the countless billions of snow flakes that have fallen, there must be two the same. No dice! I don’t care how many billions of galaxies there are out there – we are it! People need to get use to the idea, but they don’t want to because if they do, they will realize how special we are and how much responsibility we have to bear for what we’ve been given.
You said: And to say people who don’t believe in god don’t want to be held accountable for their sin is ridiculous.
I say: I understand what you are trying to say and actually agree, but here’s the problem: those who truly don’t believe in God have no reason to worry about sin or being accountable for it. That’s not to say that non-believers don’t have a sense of or know right from wrong. Everyone does. If one does not believe in God, why worry about sin at all. It doesn’t make sense.
However, believe me, Johan, I know God loves me, and I try my best to love Him back by keeping His word, but I DEFINITELY DO NOT want to be held accountable for my sin. Every Christian feels the same way. That’s why we flee to the cross to be covered by the blood of Christ. If you accept God as supreme authority and ruler then you also have to accept what He says: “They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.” (Psalm 14:3 or Romans 3:23). I can’t think of any reason why God would lie about it.
You said: And I don’t see how believing in a god is any more reasonable than believing that it happened by “accident”.
I say: This I must totally agree with. I don’t think faith can not be quantified as something reasonable. To call something as done, when you can’t see it – well, not exactly reasonable. However, there is power there.
On the other hand, when I consider the mathematical odds against everything that is (including us) having come together by sheer happenstance and chance, I can’t buy it. To me it takes more faith to believe that. Anyone who truly believes that should take all their wealth and go to Vegas. You would have an infinitely greater chance of winning there than the universe having come together randomly. It goes against the very laws of thermodynamics (if I indeed remember them correctly).
You said: In my opinion, the thought of god exists only because humans seek answers by nature. And when their is an unanswerable question, we allow ourselves to indulge in comforting thoughts.
I say: Here’s something to think about: it is the very job and purpose of creation to testify to the glory of God directly into the heart of men. “For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they (men) are without excuse (Romans 1:20). That’s why tribes or people who have never heard the gospel of Christ worship through nature. It’s built into us as men. However, God says we must worship him, and him alone, not the things are are made.
You said: Do I know how the universe was created? No. Do I think there is an entity that created us and loves us and personally wants us to live by his rules? Absolutely not.
I say: I know how the universe came to be – God created it. What a mathematician He is – astounding! And yes, since He’s the guy who just speaks and stuff happens, I say He gets to make the rules. As it says in scripture, we are the clay, He is the potter. The clay does not get to say what gets made. That’s the potter’s domain. I mean, who actually thinks they’re going to have a successful argument with God about anything? It would be better to say, “I don’t believe”, as many do.
You said: I support your right to believe so, but I do not encourage statements generalizing the personality of those who don’t believe in the same things as you.
I say: I agree again. It’s not my purpose or job to put anyone into some box of generalities. “There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? (James 4:12). Rhetorical question – no one is the answer. I was once under the same condemnation every man is under before he comes to Christ. I am flawed and imperfect. Praise God I am also forgiven.
You said: And I DEFINITELY would beware when doubting other possibilities when you yourself believe in something so contradictory.
I say: There are no other possibilities. Everyman man is appointed a day to die (even as Christ was), after that comes judgement. Contradictory? You bet. The scriptures say “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:19). I’m not saying you hate me, please don’t misunderstand, but the gospel of Christ for the most part is just foolishness to most of the world. Definitely contradictory. It’s just the way that God chose to save those He has called – through the foolishness of the gospel.
Anyway, I can’t tell you how excited and honored I am to have been given the chance to share my thoughts with you. It was truly a blessing. I hope at least a bit of what I said made sense to you and finds root in your heart.
Take care, Johan. All the best to you and yours,
And AMEN! I am with you brother. Great article. Enjoyed reading it. We as humans try so hard to believe most anything but the truth and that is because the truth makes us uncomfortable. It means that we are accountable to God and responsible for our lives. We don’t like that notion. I used to be one of those people until confronted with the undeniable evidence and convicted of my sin. With a broken and contrite heart I accepted the Truth … Jesus Christ … the Way, the Truth and the Life. No regrets here. I am so glad He found me. I was lost indeed. I really like your blog David.