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.”
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.