This is a follow-up to last week about wonder. Why is it that we are able to look at the wonder of our galaxy and conclude that the “Truth is out there”but we are equally as unwilling to carry that notion over to perhaps the answer being God?
To me this seems to follow. If there is something to be wondered about shouldn’t that multiply possibilities? If the Galaxy does declare the Glory of the Lord, which as a Christian I believe the Bible when it says this, what does it point to? Even Richard Dawkins in a famous interview accepts that perhaps an alien life form could have started this evolutionary process but will still not let that idea transfer over to the notion of God.
Why are aliens acceptable but God is not? Why is science and advanced technology more palatable than miracles? Even Sir Arthur Clarke admitted “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”.
If that is true, is it not also true that any miracle is sufficiently indistinguishable from advance technology? Or rather if you can believe that one day technology will do the impossible why deny that the impossible possible? This all seems to be couched in man. When we look up and realize just how small we are why do we still use ourselves as the significant arbiter of truth? If we are willing to admit that the cosmos is so big with infinite possibilities shouldn’t we at least have a framework that accepts explanations beyond simply “little old us?” You know like miracles? Why is unexplainable power so inherently wrong a worldview to accept?
There have even been some postulation of a multi-verses and even parallel ones, but somehow the idea of spiritual realm is ridiculous.
If Jesus would have been recorded as coming in a spaceship would his story be more believable? It seems like some people like the idea of the pyramids being all over the world and so old that somehow there must have been some kind of outside influence. But outside influences of aliens are OK but not gods? Hmm… why is our system so self-absorbed?
If we are to truly be that virtuously agnostic that we all claim, shouldn’t we chase down all leads? We do this with fringe things all the times, we have paranormal experience chasers and alien abductions stories, but still a man rising from the dead gets the raised eyebrow?
I love apocalyptic and futuristic science fiction. I love them because I love man’s attempt to interact with something possible but definitely greater than themselves. I love man’s attempt at interpreting that which can hardly be explained by us, because I believe that that level of wonder, that level of exploration, that kind of setting aside the limitations of the known for a moment, is a step towards faith. If man would drop all the rules for moment and just wonder, I believe the notion of faith wouldn’t seem so silly.
I love watching the movie the Fourth Kind with people and having a discussion about it. The premise is that it is supposedly a true story about alien abduction/visitation. Well just give it a try. But when I got to the end I was shocked to see what really was going on, if you grant the premise that is, it reads or views more like demonic possession. It made sense to me, following the story-given especially since I have a working grid for such information, the supernatural. Why would an alien claim to be God? Why would an alien speak in the Akkadian language that some scholars have wondered might be the original language? What about a demon?
No, that’s crazy! A demon? really?!, but aliens, well that could happen.
Now it is perfectly fine to believe, we want to believe, after-all. I think a sense of wonder is inert in all of us. But why do we want to believe that we are not alone, yet that the other out there could not possibly be God? This is my point: if we are going to wonder let’s truly wonder and think about the tenets of even religion. Don’t let wonder cease just because when stretched it reaches into the realm of theology. Let’s be honest, that is what searching for something out among the stars takes: faith.
Does Jesus have to wear fancy space power armor in order to interest us? I believe the God of the Bible is far more fascinating than sci-fy. (And I like sci-fy a lot). The God of the Bible has so much power, incomprehensible power that he can speak life into existence. He can create worlds by words. He fashions races from dirt and breathes life into them. He create self-sustainable bodies that work on planets. He fashions the stars and the heavens to give us wonder. He not only has unmatched power, but he has interest, concern and even love for his created order.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 3)
3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1)
Now I don’t believe we will get there by simply invoking a sense of wonder, but a sense of wonder that humbly admits it needs help to understand, and desires to know? That will get you somewhere, as God resists the proud but gives grace to humble. So if God is real then ask him to reveal himself to you? Or ask, as some of the Jews did, to help in your unbelief? We are taught that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. So don’t stop seeking the answers, and you will find him waiting with open arms.
I don’t know about you but I have never formed an attachment to a place I built with Legos. Nor do I possess the resources to give my little dudes life. Nor do I have the empathy to form bonds with them and offer them my love. Gabe when you talk like this you sound crazy. It’s OK, like Agent Mulder, I want to believe. I happily make that choice. That is what faith is.
So ask yourself why is it, if God is not fancy enough, or sophisticated, or advanced enough? Why does he not qualify for your sense of wonder? So what will it take for God to impress you? Then think about John 3:16 because perhaps, he has already done it.