If you ever get too self centered and need to be humbled, all you need to do is look to something bigger than you, more beautiful and perfect than yourself. And since God seems quite impossible to grasp entirely we can easily look to space, after all he made it for us didn’t He?
Or did He?
What is the purpose of space?
How does space fit in to God’s plan?
I want to talk about something that rattles around in my brain a lot – space. It’s so huge, SO huge! Language fails to communicate the awesomeness of space. And as I am in awe of it’s depth and mystery I can’t get away from the notion that it must have been created on purpose.
And on that principle I ask myself “why”.
Here’s a short excerpt containing a famous quote from one of my favorite sci-fi movies “Contact”:
- (Young)Ellie Arroway: Dad, do you think there’s people on other planets?
- Ted Arroway: I don’t know, Sparks. But I guess I’d say if it is just us… seems like an awful waste of space.
The thought is tantalizing but Ellie’s Father’s reply contains a huge assumption – that the space of outer space is meant to be filled with life, thus being an “awful waste of space” if not containing life on other planets.
What if the purpose of space is to lead us to the reverence of God?
When we get a glimpse of the size and wonder of space or watch video’s like Louie Giglio’s talks on how small the Earth is compared to other stars I’ve found it does 3 things for me:
- It convinces me that I am small and to focus on others and bigger causes than my own satisfaction.
- It reminds me that God is still bigger and more majestic than all the pretty images NASA can capture.
- Combining the previous two things reveals the amount of love the Father has for us individually that He who made all that is interested in little old us.
Is There Life Out There?
So is there life on other planets? Perhaps, but if not, I certainly don’t feel alone anymore and it no longer appears to be a waste of space when you see it in this perspective. It’s actually quite an amazing use of space. God surrounded our planet with celestial bodies and systems so that no matter where we go we can simply look up and get a glimpse of space, our reminder.
Another thing to ponder about extraterrestrials is that IF they did exist, do you think God would let us know or even allow us to find them in space? Would the discovery be more constructive or destructive to mankind? I find that us humans are masters of pursuing anything and everything but God, what a greater distraction could there be than the discovery of aliens. Perhaps it’s just me not being an optimist but we’ve done some pretty terrible things with simply the discovery of other humans (thinking of Avatar).
I have often considered that space for this age is a tool of God’s creativity and power that can lead our respect to God, but in the age to come that is, Eternity that space will be our dwelling. I admit, the Science Fiction nerd inside of me comes out in this idea but it is worth some consideration. The idea of ruling over and stewarding God’s creation is quite present in the Bible, consider these references:
- In Genesis 1:28 & 29 the Adam is told to subdue the Earth and have dominion over all animals.
- In Genesis 2:15 it is further explained that God planted the garden of Eden but gave Adam and Eve the charge of tending to the garden itself, it was their responsibility.
- In Hebrews 2:5-8 the author quotes Psalm 8:4-6 saying that “You(God) have made him(man) to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet” and goes on to comment “But now we do not yet see all things put under him.” This implies that we have some dominion now but in a time to come we will have complete dominion over the works of God’s hands as He intended.
- In the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30 the Kingdom of God is like a Master giving talents to his servants, those who proved faithful and profited with what was given were made rulers of many things. Where as those unfaithful with what was allotted them were punished. God has given us the Earth to steward as well as salvation, life and blessings to take care of, if we prove faithful with those things He has given us what might we rule over in the next?
- Similarly in the Parable of the Minas the Master rewards those faithful servants by making them rulers in cities of the kingdom that he has received while away on a trip.
- “The meek shall inherit the Earth.” Matthew 5:5
- “And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations.” Revelation 2:26
- Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 that while we are mortal we cannot inherit the kingdom of God fully, but when we have received our resurrected bodies during the Millennial reign and presumably afterward that we will be able to inherit it.
- “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” Revelation 21:7
Will we steward over planets in the age of Eternity after the Millennial reign? If not will we be simply stationed on Earth? I do acknowledge that this idea is present in Mormon doctrine but simply because they believe it does not mean that Christians cannot, they believe Jesus was the savior of man kind as well, so are we to dump that? No, but after sizing up this controversial issue with what the Word says, it does have some ground to stand on.
What do you think the purpose of the universe is in this age?
What do you think it will be when we are in the fullness of God?