Imagine being blind, and a doctor says that you will be able to see because of his treatment—BUT, only for 1 day. How would you choose to spend that 24-hour period? What would you want to see more than anything else in this world? I thought immediately about family.
Then maybe an observatory to view the skies; to take in as much light as possible.
“God’s eternal power and character cannot be seen.
But from the beginning of creation, God has shown what
these are like by all he has made.” Romans 1:20
If these words from Romans 1 are true, then I get to see things like HIS ETERNAL POWER and HIS CHARACTER.
All that surrounds me assists me in understanding God, whom I cannot see, and yet none of this requires physical sight.
The revelation of God’s eternal character can be known through the unseen forces of emotion or empathy. God made these. A small measure of God’s eternal power can be known in the complexity of DNA, the vastness of our universe, and the ray of light, with all it contains. “But from the beginning of creation…” It’s a scientist dream—to view the origins through the lights of stars, planets and galaxies.
“No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is truly God and is closest to the Father, has shown us what God is like.” John 1:18
“Jesus told us that God is light and doesn’t have any darkness in him.” (I John 1:5)
“Once again Jesus spoke to the people. This time he said, ‘I am the light for the world! Follow me, and you won’t be walking in the dark. You will have the light that gives life.’” (John 8:12)
All that mankind has discovered to date begs us to search for origins. The recent Hubble telescope is stated to peer back in time some 13 billion years. It has seen many times more the number of galaxies once thought to be in existence, amounting to trillions. The Hubble is expected to continue operating until 2020. Meanwhile, the James Webb Space Telescope is due to launch in 2018. This 8.8-billion-dollar creation has its origins at NASA and is sponsored by you and me, the American tax payer. Much more powerful than Hubble, this formidable cosmos-investigator will examine the infrared light of space, and it hopes to tell us more about the effects of, some 200 million years after, the Big Bang. It’s all about the inconceivable, sparkling light in time!
If we could view back in time far enough to see the imagined “Big Bang” origin, this is what we would see:
“In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. And with this Word, God created all things. Nothing was made without the Word. Everything that was created received its life from him, and his life gave light to everyone. The light keeps shining in the dark, and darkness has never put it out. God sent a man named John, who came to tell about the light and to lead all people to have faith. John wasn’t that light. He came only to tell about the light. The true light that shines on everyone was coming into the world. The Word was in the world, but no one knew him, though God had made the world with his Word. He came into his own world, but his own nation did not welcome him. Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him. So he gave them the right to be the children of God. They were not God’s children by nature or because of any human desires. God himself was the one who made them his children. The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us.” (John 1:1-14)
What if you and I, being blind, could get our sight back for good, yet we could also choose to go back to the darkness of blindness? This may seem to be a far-fetched question, but not so much.
“Their thoughts are useless and their stupid minds are in the dark.” (20)
“That’s why those people don’t have any excuse. They know about God, but they don’t honor him or even thank him. Their thoughts are useless and their stupid minds are in the dark. They claim to be wise, but they are fools.” “So God let these people go their own way. They did what they wanted to do, and their filthy thoughts made them do shameful things with their bodies. They gave up the truth about God for a lie, and they worshipped God’s creation instead of God, who will be praised forever. Amen.” (Rom. 1:20-25)
“And this is the judgement, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” (John 3 18-19)
Better to not have our physical sight and to be in the light than to see and live in the dark. So says the Light of Origins!