What's All This Then?
Topic: Topical Scripture: Psalm 19:1–19:3
The role of questions
What’s all this then?
Universal speech - Psalm 19
Making it plain and suppressing the truth - Romans 1:18-25
The secular myth
A long time ago, longer than any of you can comprehend or imagine, there was the nothing. The nothing was infinitely small and infinitely dense, a mathematical concept we call a singularity. This nothing exploded “by chance” and went from nothing to a lot of things really fast. These things, mainly hydrogen, quickly began to combine. Overcoming the strong repulsive forces, the weak gravitational force drew all this stuff together into stars. Everything came from these stars. Some of these eventually exploded in supernovas, further spreading and reorganizing the nothing. Eventually our own planet earth came from this nothing. This earth was really lucky. It would be the perfect distance from its star to support life. It would be tilted at exactly the right angle to facilitate seasons for growing and harvesting food. It would be in the exact type of galaxy with the exact type of vantage point for making observations – looking at the universe. Luckily there was a soup, and there were some inorganic elements in that soup that got feeling a little frisky. They started to jump together to form amino acids, and luckily these were of the proper orientation and fell into the precise order to form proteins. These proteins were lucky to be folded in such a way to be useful to form all the machinery necessary to form cells. From these cells, combining and reproducing over a real long time, complex life just happened about. Mutations, death and another good bit of luck and we end up with you. I’m glad we were smart enough to figure all this out. Instead of the world and life being designed and fused with meaning and purpose (which it appears). We are the result of blind chance plus matter plus time; there is no other meaning to life. And we all lived happily ever after because we are all good and nice blobs of reorganized nothing. And then we are dead.
Don’t dismiss the question!
In the beginning...
The importance of beginnings
A fine tuned universe
A necessary cause
The wonder of it all…
Stewards and Worshippers
Community Meditation Questions
Growing in knowledge
- Read Genesis 1:26-31. Look up the word “dominion” in a dictionary, Bible dictionary or lexicon. How do humans have a unique responsibility to the creation?
- How is environmental stewardship more consistent with a biblical worldview than a materialistic/secular view? Hint: Do we have more responsibility for how we treat our planet than chipmunks? Why?
- Romans 1 says that in our sin we can worship and serve “creature/created things” rather than the creator. Why might this be a bad move? Why do you think worshipping and serving “stuff” so common?
Feeling life deeply
- Describe a time when you were overwhelmed by the beauty and majesty of creation. What were you feeling? Did you feel large or small? Or both?
Living with courage
- How can we live with greater gratitude for the world and the creatures God has made? Do you get enough time outside in creation? How can silence/solitude in natural spaces lead to deeper worship?
- How can we (you, me, our families) be better stewards of our environment? Think practically?