It is not uncommon for us to have an evening of observing with a group. This one had a few people from a local church, larger group of families of Chinese scholars visiting from a local university, and a few from a local Chinese church. Most of the group had never observed the night skies.
We started with parts of our local solar system (Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn) before going to a place in our neighborhood galaxy to see a couple globular clusters. But the wonder of it all is that we have life with breath and sight as well as cognition to consider what is seen. The Creator made things so we can observe, think about it, and choose. Choose what?
Where does a little “snowball” (a nickname for a globular cluster) come from? What caused tens of thousands of stars to be related to each other in a huge volume of space where we can see it? What holds it together?
How about a “little” local planet like Jupiter, which we looked at? We saw it with our eyes. How can it be? And it is so different, as are all the others, compared to our protected and unique home planet? Why? Who did it? How can it be?
Do we ascribe greatness to the Creator, or attribute all of what we see to an uncountable series of random developments over an uncountable number of years? That was the point of my talk. Which one is it? Where is the equation that creates and holds together the globular cluster? There is none. Describe the development process that leads to the design of our eyes and integrates what we see with our brain? There is no plausible explanation non-life to life, much less the first code in a cell that makes a tiny bit of life work, and even less the intricacies of a human being, who is much more than an amalgamation of cells.
So here we are again, a group of us together, who are living and breathing and observing a few things from a special protected place. The exercise begs the question over and over. How can it be? Who did it?
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (NIV)
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