When I read The Cosmic Christ by Mel Wild, I was left wondering. “What is wrong with us?” What is the subject of the post? might put it differently, but I would say it is about how Creation, especially the stars, declares the glory of God.
Since I had just read A few questions/thoughts for the godless by ColorStorm, and left some carefully considered comments, I was inclined to compare and contrast the two posts. and apparently have different views on creation. includes the video of a presentation given by Dr. Haarsma, the current president of The Biologos Foundation. On their What We Believe page, The Biologos Foundation affirms The Theory of Evolution. does not accept the validity of The Theory of Evolution.
Nevertheless, I decided not to make that controversy the main thrust of this post. Between Christians, I don’t think this is a difference of opinion worth much argument.
Consider this portion of one of ‘s comments.
Agreed that some things are irrelevant to one believer, but relevant to another; we are not all at the same mile markers in life I like to say.
In all this, we still can enjoy each others company, and while I wonder sometimes that believers may not see what I do, I’m sure the same goes the other way too.
So we forbear right, and focus on that which we delight in common. It’s all good.
And once more, many smart people find a ton of science in the scriptures, just sayin. God owns all blueprints. (from here)
“God owns all blueprints,” not us. So I went back to the thought that first struck me when I read ‘s post. How could someone look up into the stars on a beautiful, crystal clear night and not be awed, humbled, and filled with child-like wonder? How could someone not believe in a Creator? Romans 1:18-32 does not exactly answer that question, but it does tell us something about people who insist upon putting things they idolize before God.
So what about the glory of Creation? What are we to make of it? I expect that depends upon what we put at the center of things.
Until we had decent telescopes, many thought our sun was at the center of the universe. Until Copernicus proved otherwise, men believed the earth a the center of creation, and that is the way we still perceive it. So it is that we still speak of the sun rising and setting. In our hearts, most of us want to believe that what we perceive through our eyes, ears, nose, taste, and touch is true. “I” am the center of things, but the glory of the heavens quietly proclaims otherwise. When we gaze the sky and see uncountable stars, we each can begin to understand the difference between finite and infinite. Then we can begin to understand the difference between ourselves and God.
What else can we see when we gaze upon the stars? Our ancestors knew from experience that all things have a cause, that creation must have a Creator. When we look into the sky, we see the same stars our ancestors saw. The stars remind us of our mortality and give us a glimpse into eternity, causing us to wonder. How did it all begin? Astronomers with their instruments and their calculations see a bit more. They see an unfolding universe that had a beginning.