“O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!” (Psalm 8:1)

Gerard Manley Hopkins, the English poet and Jesuit priest, once wrote these words: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God, It will flame out like shining from shook foil. It gathers to greatness like the ooze of oil…” What is your reaction when you gaze at the stars in the night? Does it bring a feeling of overpowering awe and gratitude that in the midst of such vastness you are still significant because God is in control and you are still loved by Him? Or does it merely evoke an inquisitive shrug of shoulders that this vast expanse is no more than a cosmological accident to be explored, understood and perhaps one day, to be “conquered”? One phenomenon. Two worldviews.

The Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias was once asked at a forum in Harvard whether it was fair for God to condemn atheists who don’t believe in Him when He hadn’t given them enough convincing evidence for His existence? The reply was brilliant. By asking such a question about fairness, Ravi countered, the questioner had invoked a moral law. In other words he believed in such a thing as right and wrong or good and evil, otherwise the question would be meaningless. But admission to a moral law must in of itself posit a moral lawgiver. So what was the atheist’s question? Checkmate. 

We live in a world where we worship the supremacy of science above all other wisdom. But science can’t disprove God. Atheists like Dawkins and Hawking who try to do so are forcing an unverifiable conclusion. Similarly theology itself cannot “prove” God. What evidence then does God give of His existence? Besides nature, He also speaks to us by reason (philosophical), by experience (existential), by history (empirical), by emotions (relational), by the bible (propositional) and ultimately through the incarnation (personal). But for the psalmist, nature alone was enough to convince him of God’s glory and to bow in worship. You see, our view of the stars does reflect our destiny!

Ps Dr Philip Lyn

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