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Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Actual Nature of Reality is Quite Enigmatic

If God created reality or even if reality created itself either scenario presents some mind-boggling paradigms or ramifications. Let me tell you what's been disturbing me for some time now.

First let's consider what reality's ramifications are if there is no God. We exist for no grand design or purpose other than the ones each person develops for himself or herself. Of course some succeed to a degree and live and die their self-conceived lives never caring that their 70 or 90 years is all they have coming to them and their progeny. What's so bad about that? Perhaps nothing worth worrying about.

Now for the more problematic side of the coin. If all we see is here because of an omniscient and omnipotent deity these are the ramifications as I perceive them.

Most people live their lives oblivious to God's existence. They live, love and die never caring or knowing that God exists and loves them.

Now if he didn't exist the situation would not be of much significance. But if God does exist and cares for those who know him not, nor concern themselves with him, even if they have had some contact with his teachings, then that presents serious problems.

What meaning could there be for God to have so many of his children not care for him? Why then did he bother to create them? Some speak of GOD wanting to be loved but by beings to whom he gave free will and are not mere automatons. This traditional explanation verges on naivete.

If God created some of us to simply live out our lives and then die, never having acknowledged him during our time on Earth, then the ramification is that this so-called free will is as meaningless in the ultimate scheme of things as if there never had been a loving God to begin with.

So what third approach am I offering? I don't know. Do you? But really folks, there has to be another way of looking at this.

The quest to find meaning and purpose in life is the grand significance of life. Perhaps that's all we were ever conceived to endeavor--to try to make sense of the seeming senselessness.

In the final analysis one can't be sure beyond a shadow of a doubt how we all got here and what it all means. There are traditional explanations if you choose evolution as the motor that created the reality we encounter daily. And there are even more traditional reasons given to explain life if you believe that God is responsible for the reality we encounter daily. Perhaps we are here to enjoy all that can be enjoyed and to work together to lessen the less than enjoyable aspects of life.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Space Port Brings Us One Step Closer to the Stars

NM spaceport sets stage for commercial space race

This is not Science Fiction anymore. Isaac Asimov's vision of interplanetary travel is here in its early stages. In 20 years time, distant outposts like Mars or the moons of Jupiter or Saturn will be destination points with passengers embarking from this and similar space ports.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Dying Sun and Its Implications for Humanity

Our sun will run out of fuel just as other observable stars have also run their course. Old stars explode into super novae or fizzle out and become brown dwarfs. God may rescue us directly or he may inspire us to build vessels and find a new home world among the stars. Is it our fate to die with our dying sun? Or did God intend for us to follow him into the seemingly endless universe that he created out of nothing for us to populate? Did God not command us to be fruitful and multiply? Surely he meant that this take place not just in this temporary solar system but in others like it. Of course if humanity moves from system to system it cannot escape the final death of the universe.

Surely God could intervene again and either inspire us to escape to a suitable universe among the endless possibilities of the Multiverse. If not, he could very well begin the cycle again and declare, "let there be light" for the second time in his experience. 1



1 See Isaac Asimov's "The Final Question" which ends with these very words, "Let there be light."