Monday's Apoc-Eclipse Liveblog
Roger, how awesome that you got to spend so much time peering at the heavens with your father at the planetarium! I believe there is definitely a grand scheme of things, much of which we are not aware of. I don't think the Bible precludes intelligent life elsewhere but I don't think it's likely... we seem to be a unique creation made in the imago Dei... the image of God. What we're able to see — what God allows us to see — is like the back side of a tapestry. It doesn't make much sense from that limited vantage point, but someday we'll be able to see what God sees. We'll see the front of the completed tapestry of history. The Apostle Paul said, "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then [at the end of time] shall I know even as also I am known." Peter tells us that there will one day be a cataclysmic event that destroys the earth. It won't be caused by global warming, but rather by God: "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed." (That's hard to comprehend, mostly because we try to judge God's decisions using our limited understanding, imposing on Him our human standard of justice — which doesn't always align with God's.) King David said:
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
When I'm out in nature I feel particularly close to God. His creation doesn't just speak to me, it SCREAMS. I sometimes feel like I need to cover my ears because it's buzzing so loudly. It's impossible (for me) to believe that it was all just a cosmic accident.
(Apologies for the mini-sermon. I just get so excited about this stuff when there's a momentous natural occurrence!)