“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19:1
If you’ll allow me to add some more thought from my last post…
While at Cornell University Carl Sagan, the author of the book “Contact”, made the following statement (I paraphrase): If we can get only one intelligent message from outer space we’ll know there’s intelligent life out there.
One intelligent message? Just one?
Ravi Zacharias, in his lecture “Postures of the Mind, Affections of the Heart” replies (again, I paraphrase): One strand of human DNA has six hundred thousand pages of information. What type of message are we waiting for?
My average blog post is between 400 to 600 words. Let’s call that roughly one page of information. Taking an average of 500 words times 600,000 pages comes to be roughly 300,000,000 words. Granted, not many of my posts actually reveal any signs of intelligent life on this side of the keyboard, but one would figure that if I were to write 600,000 blog entries eventually some sort of intelligent design would manifest itself even if only by accident.
But, that’s exactly what some want to believe. And it is just that, a belief. That it is an accident. Yet, all 600,000 pages reveal intelligence. To believe that they are conceived, arranged and implemented accidentally would mean that Mr. Sagan’s supposition is also accidental because he himself is a result of that random chance that led to the accident. And accidental cause cannot lead to an intentional result. The laws of physics, which Mr. Sagan held so dear, reveal that chaos does not lead to order.
Caveat: While I understand that the physics to which I refer are classical physics and, in fact, quantum physics do in fact reveal layer upon layer of chaos; there is only the appearance of chaos in quantum physics because we do not yet understand the complexity of the universe at the tiniest of scales. If the study of science, physics in particular, has taught us anything it is that the more complexity we understand, the more complexity we discover. This also reveals intelligent design: “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom…” I Corinthians 1:25
Also, from the movie “Contact”, Mr. Sagan speaks through the character Ellie. When questioned about human race being alone in the universe she responds, “The universe is a pretty big place…it’s bigger than anyone has ever dreamed of before. So, if it’s just us…it’s an awful big waste of space.”
On the contrary, if that amazing vast expanse of space with all of its spectacles; super-novas the size of galaxies, distant solar systems with strange worlds, black holes that warp light, quasars, pulsars and wonders that “no eye has seen and no ear has heard”…and, in quantum physics scientist are unraveling tiny “universes” beyond imaginations; tiny “fantasy” worlds and more dimensions wrapped around each other, infinitesimally slender yet unimaginably long strings that tie the dimensions together, photons that appear at different sides of the galaxy simultaneously…if we’re all alone in that universe, then I propose that it’s not a waste of space.
I believe that it’s intelligently designed as an extravagant gift. That a divine, holy God loves us so much that He gives us the most amazing great big back yard to explore. He designed it just for us, His kids. His passion for us is so great that He did it just for us!
That’s, “Why Worship.”