Okay, so continuing the post from the other day about the formation of our galaxies and such. Specifically the formation of a solar system and the planets within it. Growing up, I was not taught how the planets were physically formed. I was not taught how the sun came to be, or how the earth came to be what it is today. I was taught that God and Jesus created them. Ok, well that’s all well and good, but how did they do it? in my young mind I imagined massive hands, raking through the cosmos, pulling in matter and mushing it together into the planets and then the sun, and then pouring gasoline all over and then holding a match to the sun. The silly images we think of. But still, how did they do it? Did God say form and it formed? Did he wave his hand and it was suddenly there? No one new, they just brushed me off with “I don’t know”, or “God did it” or you shouldn’t ask those kinds of questions”. When someone says to stop asking questions, there is something wrong. Now, granted there are things you can have an unhealthy interest in, but cosmology is not one of them.
I had several questions answered the other night. As answered as you can get from TV anyway. Now remember, most of this is theory, but is backed up buy a lot of fact.. How is a solar system made? How does it come to be? Well, first you need a star, then you need planets. So, is it all just a bunch of crock? Or is it actually how it works? Makes sense to me. God is bound by the laws of this universe, so it stands to reason that he must obey those laws in all things. Now obviously we don’t know all the laws, but if I see something that explains it, can you fault me for believing it? Why must all of God’s works be clouded in mystery? Why must our explanations be shoved under the rug as rubbish, as the workings of the devil? The Collective. Fear. The unwillingness to open your mind. Let me quote C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape letters. In this letter Wormwood is elated because the “humans” have started another war, and is enjoying the ensuing suffering. But Screwtape cautions thus:
“Let us therefore think rather how to use, than how to enjoy, this European war. For it has certain tendencies inherent in it which are, in themselves, by no means in our favour. We may hope for a good deal of cruelty and unchastity. But, if we are not careful, we shall see thousands turning in this tribulation to the Enemy, while tens of thousands who do not go so far as that will nevertheless have their attention diverted from themselves to values and causes which they believe to be higher than the self. I know that the Enemy disapproves many of these causes. But that is where He is so unfair. He often makes prizes of humans who have given their lives for causes He thinks bad on the monstrously sophistical ground that the humans thought them good and were following the best they knew.”
In God’s eyes, belief is relative. If you believe you are doing the right thing, then how can you be faulted for it?* Is it wrong to believe that the planets were formed this way? Is it evil to believe that the universe was made this way? Is it really? I don’t think so. It’s all relative anyway. I mean, the whole religion thing is based on belief anyway. X percent of it is all faith. There are exceptions, as always. There will always be exceptions. But on the whole, we mostly believe, but we don’t know, if you know what I mean.
Another mineral from below the asteroids. Thank you and have a good night.
*Now before you go spouting off about suicide terrorists and the like, when it comes to extremes like that, I’m not sure. I hold to the statement that if you believe you are right, then you will not be punished. But murder? I’ll leave that judgement to God.