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Thursday, February 17, 2011
I Believe in a Lawful and Friendly Universe
I was fumbling around the Internet the other day trying to find a good picture of Jupiter for the wallpaper background of my computer. It was hard to find one that looked good on my screen. As I was looking I couldn’t help but realize how beautiful the universe is. How perfect the planets are as they move in their endless cycles through space. I can’t help but feel that there must be reason behind the universe. That in the endless movement of the stars and planets, in the perfection of motion, there is purpose. And that leads me to believe that maybe things aren’t as bad as they seem.
I am fascinated by the concept of immortality. It amazes me how many different ways that people try to be immortal. Most people feel they live on through their children. Many cultures consider the family line continuing through male children. Many people, who can’t have children, work very hard at trying to have children of their own in part to continue their family. I read recently concerning a person who wanted to be cloned. For one, he couldn’t have children, and for another, he wanted to continue to exist through the creation of a copy. The concept is a little too freaky for me, but who knows; the man may get his wish someday.
As far as we know today, the universe is going to continue indefinitely. Now I am not a scientist and I do not understand the principles behind the predictions of the universe expanding forever or suddenly contracting thus ending everything we know. From where I stand, the universe has been around a long time and will be around for a long time to come. The planets will continue to rotate around the sun indefinitely and our little solar system will fly through space for an indefinite amount of time.
When faced with a cosmos in which time continues on indefinitely I find it hard to imagine that there are people who do not believe in an infinite mind. Faced with the sheer size and magnitude of the universe, its seeming infinite proportions, and indefinite time line, it’s hard to believe that it could be the result of chance or mathematics. It’s hard to believe that there isn’t something or someone behind the creation that started it all.
And so I am convinced that God exists and is causing the infinite progression of the cosmos. I also believe that God is not a distant creator who made everything and then stepped back to watch it all play out. I believe that God is involved with the creation and its ultimate destiny. And because of this, I believe that there is purpose and direction to the universe. I believe that things are moving in a direction for a reason. I believe that the creation is ultimately lawful and good, and that things will work for the best in the grand scheme of things. And that goes for my life as well. If the universe is infinite and continues indefinitely, then why should the same not be so for me? If the cosmos is lawful and good, then why shouldn’t my life be as well?
Peace, Pastor Bill