“A galaxy is composed of gas and dust and stars—billions upon billions of stars,” according to Dr. Carl Sagan. Yet we hear in our heads billions AND billions of stars and ascribe that statement to Carl Sagan.
Why is this echoing in my head today, Lord?
Carl Sagan was an acknowledged atheist vehement in his beliefs that there is neither God nor an afterlife.
“I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking.”― Carl Sagan, Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium
On atheism, Sagan commented in 1981:
An atheist is someone who is certain that God does not exist, someone who has compelling evidence against the existence of God. I know of no such compelling evidence. Because God can be relegated to remote times and places and to ultimate causes, we would have to know a great deal more about the universe than we do now to be sure that no such God exists. To be certain of the existence of God and to be certain of the nonexistence of God seem to me to be the confident extremes in a subject so riddled with doubt and uncertainty as to inspire very little confidence indeed.
Doubt. Uncertainty. Very little confidence indeed…
He is also known for expressing wonderment at the vastness of space and time, as in his phrase “The total number of stars in the Universe is larger than all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the planet Earth.”
I wonder. Just how immense were the wonders God revealed to Dr. Sagan as God unfolded His majesty and His message before Dr. Sagan?
Yet Carl Sagan was neither the first or last unbeliever nor the only one who failed to see God’s glorious creation as just that – God’s creation.
Why do we not believe when God says, “BEHOLD!”
God’s creation is part of our history. His Story. Words matter as they speak life or death.
20 You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say. 21 What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.
Proverbs 18:20-21 (GNT)
So I say this. I believe in the Big Bang Theory. I find it completely believable. Is that hypocritical of me to think this way and why do I?
Big Bang Theory. Yep. Biblical style. Proof you want as a scientist?
3 But the apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the Lord. And the Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders.
Acts 14:3 (NLT)
And His ways are far beyond anything we can imagine. Yes, even someone as brilliant as Dr. Carl Sagan.
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)
And Dr. Sagan explored the heavens, extensively.
…we would have to know a great deal more about the universe than we do now to be sure that no such God exists. These are Dr. Sagan’s own words.
So yes indeed there are billions and billions of stars. And God hung each one in the sky and knows it by name. I can barely hang a picture straight! Is that you too?
Yet He knows your name and my name too. Do you know your name is carved in the palm of His hand?
16 See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.
Isaiah 49:16a (NLT)
I cried the first time I read this scripture. God knows ME?! And carries my name with Him in His glorious hand? ALWAYS?!
Yes, precious child of God. He knows you – individual you. He created you for a purpose – regardless of any issues, abandonment, misuse or abuse.
YOU HAVE A PURPOSE, you were created on purpose for this particular time. There is something that only YOU can do and the time is now.
So be still, know God and listen for His prompting.
Ask, seek, knock. And He will answer! Remember, we have not because we ask not. So ASK GOD what your purpose is and listen – expectantly.
We have the same power in us that God gave to the disciples to do miraculous signs and wonders – and the power that raised Christ from the grave. IN. US! To do even greater things than the disciples or even Jesus Christ did.
Did a BIG BANG just explode in your head?
Here’s the deal. I can’t – yet He CAN! And will.
13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
ALL things. Not by myself. It’s Christ who works through me. And through you too.
So ask, seek and knock. And expect to receive.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
Psalm 46:10a (NLT)
I love it when God whispers to our souls and through His Bible. Be still. Do you hear Him?
Let me ask you a question – Is it wishful thinking inspiring doubt, uncertainty and very little confidence indeed or the Truth of God’s Word you hear?