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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Theological Musings

Looking up at the night sky, filled with countless stars & galaxies, one can't help but wonder at the enormity of the universe & the timelessness of it. This gives one pause to reflect on its meaning & ones relationship to it. Why is the universe here? Why indeed are humans here? The seemingly imponderable seems ponderable when one turns to religion: God. But whose religion? Whose God?

Since we are living in a predominantly Christian nation & society, it seems natural to pose a few questions in line with Christian belief. We do not know whether there are valid answers to them & we are not asking in a mocking way. We are just trying to ponder the imponderable.

The first question. What does one do in Heaven? If Heaven means eternity in the realm of God, what does one do there? We have heard that the purpose is to glorify God. But is God so vain-glorious that he needs such eternal adulation? Even so, what does one do when one is not glorifing God? One may be reunited with loves ones. Okay, but after the reunion, what does one do? Humans are driven by purpose, by goals. What purpose is there in Heaven? What goals to be met? Walks through the Heavenly Garden seem not enough. Is there learning to be had? Even so, then what? Is Heaven all play? Well, all play & no work would seem to make an Angel a bored boy. Just what the hell does one do in Heaven?

Second question: Why is the universe so vast? We are talking at least 15 billion light years. It is incomprehensibly huge. 186,000 miles per second for light, times 15 billion = well, it's a lot of miles. If we humans are God's only creation in the universe, why did He make the universe so big? Why not have the universe end with the solar system? Why not have it stop at Mars? What is the purpose of all that extra universe if humans cannot possibly hope to travel very much into it? Or did God create other forms on other planets & galaxies? Then we are not alone. Well, if there are other life forms with souls, has God touched them? Has Jesus been to them as He had been to us on Earth? If not, why not? If so, did He die there in some manner for their sins? If they have no souls, what purpose for them?

There are other questions, but they will wait.

8 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

All very good questions, my friend, and all have been asked by the greateast minds in history. One of my favorite books is the story of a man who wanders through the universe looking for answers to those types of questions. When he at long last reaches the end of the universe and confronts, not the Creator, but the Creator's best friend, he asks the most important question of all:

"Why was man created only to suffer and die?"

To which the Creators best friend answered, "Why not?"

Francis, All the answers to all those questions will only be found at the end of lifes' journey. We are required to have faith and know that He is God in the meantime.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Francis Lynn said...

Agreed, it boils down to faith alone & belief, but question authority nevertheless.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Reverend K said...

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.

QED. Now you have your answers.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Reverend K said...

Perhaps more insight to the adulation of God can be found in how we should adulate God as live on this earth. It is not just worshipping him in Church.

It is taking care of our physical and mental health.

It is taking care of the planet we live on.

It is taking care of the less fortunate.

Look to the Ten Comandments, the Seven Deadly Sins and the Contrary, Theological and

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Reverend K said...

Sorry, I cut myself short.

The Theological Virtues of love, hope and faith.

The Seven Contrary Virtues of humility, kindness, abstinance, chastity, patience, liberality (yes - that word), and diligence.

The Seven Heavenly Virtues of faith, love, charity, fortitude, justice, temperance and prudence.

The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy. Feed the hungry. Give drink to the thirsty. Give shelter to strangers. Clothe the naked. Visit the sick. Minister to prisoners. Bury the dead.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Heaven is simply being in the presence of God. You say, "I don't want to play all day, it sounds boring." Well, in Heaven you won't want anything. There will be no hunger, no pain, no desire. I picture living in a state of joy and comfort for eternity. You won't want to do "fun stuff" because you will feel completely satisfied all the time.

As to why the Universe is so big, I just figure who are we to question God? But the Bible does quote Jesus as saying there are "other sheep". Nobody really has a good idea what he meant by that.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Francis Lynn said...

"Heaven is simply being in the presence of God." Boring. Then what? Even souls must do something. No growth in Heaven? No achievements? No desires, as you say? Boring. Great - not hungry, not sick, just stand around all day in presence of God. Boring.

We are humans who have a right to try to understand God - if that be questioning, so be it.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Reverend K said...

Don't worry, you will all find out soon enough what heaven and hell is about. Your goal should be to live your life on earth according to God's rules.

12:39 PM  

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