The Creator…and the Cosmos

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

Recently a new television series on science and the universe began on the FOX television channel.  It is called “The Cosmos” updated and adapted from the the original series by Carl Sagan.  

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It’s host is American astrophysicist, author and science communicator Neil deGrasse
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Tyson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_deGrasse_Tyson 

Some fundamental Christians might be offended by this television series due to the absence of the Creator and in some cases how the church in the middle ages is portrayed.  I honestly am not offended by either of these, in fact I find myself fascinated by the universe and how far science and our human exploration has come since the original series was aired in 1980.  

You see for me science and our Creator go hand in hand.  When I watch this series and other series’ about the universe I can’t help but marvel at the vastness of God’s creation.  

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Sometimes the Christian view is too small…

Tunnel Vision:

It is my belief that sometimes we of faith in God limit our understanding of a limitless Creator.  We can become so fixated on the details of creation and how it was made and how long it took to make it.  Granted I recognize too that science and those who solely rely on its tangible data can also have tunnel vision when theories of space and the ever expanding universe are completely quantified and accepted as concrete truths.  By this I mean to say that when something becomes accepted as truth it is very hard to change that acceptance if more evidence comes along to shake that truth apart.  For instance at one point people believed that the Sun revolved around the earth but we know now that the Earth actually revolves around the Sun.  

What I am trying to say is that this Universe is amazing and wondrous and we who have faith in God shouldn’t be afraid to explore it and study it because I believe it points right back to Him!  Recently I wrote that we cannot put God in a box and completely quantify his majestic nature, and when it comes to the Universe we can only begin to catch a glimpse of how deep and how wide God’s love is for us (Ephesians 3:18) along side His truly mind-boggling creation of the Universe around us.  

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“Don’t lose the forest for the trees…”

Recently I have been teaching a bible study in our church (Corps) on the book of Revelation.  In this study I have stressed over and over again to our little class not to get so caught up in the interpretation and meaning of the symbolism of John’s vision and even various theories of the apocalypse for that matter.  In other words don’t lose the forest for the tree, don’t get so bogged down in the details that you lose sight of the bigger (much bigger) picture!  In the very same sense, the series of the Cosmos on FOX and other studies of our Universe should be looked at in this way as well.  How amazing is our God and that of His vast creation around us.  How small we are in His Universe, and though we may not comprehend it all, we should begin to see how much He loves us and how precious we are to Him.  

 

“…your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

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2 Comments

  1. I am watching the series but my objection is not so much that the Creator is left out, but rather that He is so casually dismissed in the opening line – “The Cosmos is all that ever was or ever will be.” I was bothered by it when Carl Sagan first pronounced it in 1980 and again now. The arrogance of Man never ceases to amaze – it is like a fish proclaiming with absolute certainty that life on land doesn’t exist because he has never seen it!

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