My Friend Orion

Recently, when I was getting out of my car I saw Orion, a constellation which can be seen only in the winter on the northern hemisphere.
It was like meeting an old friend. I was looking forward to see him and this was the first time I saw Orion this winter.

I always loved the stars and there is nothing like watching them in the heaven above on a perfectly dark night and though I dont’t feel afraid or lonely when I walk in the the darkest night, the walk becomes much more enjoyable when the skies are clear. Like an ancient mariner I look for the constellations and single prominent stars, look for Polaris, the North star. The stars are my friends that are always there for me even if they are not visible and there is something comforting about the thought that they will still be there when I’m long gone.

Watching the stars in the sky has always expanded my thoughts and inspired ne to think about the profound things of life and the universe and inevitably it has caused me to think about the big, fundamental and eternal questions.
Dealing with these questions was not always pleasant, especially when I subscribed to the atheistic world view but I expect from a true friend that he doesn’t cause always only pleasant feelings on my part. I expect from a true friend to tell me the truth because only someone who cares enough about me will tell me what I don’t want to hear but what needs to be said. A fake friend or an indifferent person would just go along to get along. Why should that person draw my anger if that person doesn’t really care about me?

Now, stars don’t talk and they don’t have feelings but it is the Creator of this beautyful, amazing and awe-inspiring world that speaks through His creation.
The bible describes this perfectly in Psalm 19:

The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.

The two questions that caused most discomfort for me were:

  • What is the purpose of all this?
  • What do I, an insignificant particle of dust, matter in this incomprehensibly big universe?

The atheistic world view has no real answers for these questions.
As Dawkins says:

“In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”

The bible on the other hand tells us that there is a purpose to the cosmos, to life and to every creature no matter how small.
Of course, I expect the atheist to say: “You invented God because of your psychological needs, because it makes you feel better.”
Really?
Ideas have consequences. The idea that there is no purpose to the universe and to life means that no matter how big of a loser and a failure you are by any standards, you’re not really a loser and failure. You can only fail if there is a purpose to your life. Only if there is a standard how you ought to be and what you ought to do could you fail to meet that standard. No matter how much you screw up in your life. You didn’t fail.

The same is true for morality. You can only do something wrong if there is a purpose to your life. Only if there is a purpose to your life you could do something that makes you deviate from that purpose.
Without purpose there is no good or evil and choice A is as good as choice B. Murdering the poor beggar is not morally different from feeding the poor guy, for without purpose there is no objective morality to begin with.

So, perhaps it is the atheist who denies the existence of a Creator just tu fulfil his psychological needs. If you want to do as you please no matter how self-destructive, senseless or immoral your behavour is and if you want to avoid unpleasant feelings caused by your conscience then atheism would be the world view of choice.

The heavens declare the glory of God.
Enjoy this video with absolutely stunning images from the Hubble space telescope and the sublime music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

2 thoughts on “My Friend Orion

  1. “The idea that there is no purpose to the universe and to life means that no matter how big of a loser and a failure you are by any standards, you’re not really a loser and failure. You can only fail if there is a purpose to your life.”

    So untrue, absolutely no idea why you can you believe atheists have no purpose in life? There are many more atheists or non-Christians that go into the world and achieve great things, just like there are many with higher personal and social morals than Christians.

    “Only if there is a purpose to your life you could do something that makes you deviate from that purpose.”

    Right and wrong, the law and the consequences of breaking the law are what makes us all deviate from wrongdoing. In fact, some Christian criminals have used the church for decades to protect themselves from the law.

    We are all the same, we are equally motivated with purposes and we all fail the moral compass to different degrees at certain times, we are all humans with large overactive brains, and we are all prone to complicate the simple things in life, divide minds and even countries just to believe anything and everything that suits us at the time.

    1. Talking to stupid persons is no fun. Why?
      You’ve got to be stupid to ask me how I can believe that atheists have no purpose in life when I quoted Richad Dawkins, one of the most (in)famous atheists, one of the most important “evangelists” of atheism and one of the “The Four Horsemen” of the new atheism.

      As far as I can see, Mr. Dawkins has much more authority than you to speak for atheism.
      You have given me no reason to believe otherwise.. Your arguments are not convincing because they are intellectually deficient, to put it mildly, and full of logical fallacies and nonsense.

      Here is Mr. Dawkins again: “In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and YOU WON’T FIND ANY RHIME OR REASON in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, NO DESIGN, NO PURPOSE, NO EVIL, NO GOOD, NOTHING BUT PITILESS INDIFFERENCE.”

      Since all life and every human being is part of the universe, any life, including human life, has no purpose.
      You don’t like the implications that flow from Mr. Dawkins dogmas?
      Talk to Mr. Dawkins. Don’t talk to me. If you disagree with Dawkins, go ahead. debate him.
      That’s a debate I’d LOVE to see.

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