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Just Like a Man

September 28, 2006

And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. Ge 1:31

And Jehovah God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. Ge 2:16

God put man in the garden when he gave him dominion over the very good world he had made. “But,” touts this month’s cover of Smithsonian, “the real action is beyond our solar system.”

University of California-Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy evidently is unimpressed with God’s creation that took him seven days, at the end of which he set an example of rest. “I just don’t see how making an Earth could be hard,” posits Dr. Marcy.

“My intuitive sense is that our solar system is not uncommon at all,” Dr. Marcy continues. Keep sensing, Geoff. “Ultimately, we need to go, with robotic spacecraft…” Go, Geoff, go.

Dr. Marcy represents a team with a virtuous motive: finding planets with robots and digital cameras is “a wonderful goal for our species, and it is within our grasp.” A lot of programs pitch “for our children,” but this one is “for our species.” Very, very big stuff.

Furthermore, Dr. Marcy describes this goal as “a glorious reconnaissance to spot the first oases in the cosmic desert.” People-friendly science is very confusing.

God put man in the garden on the earth, and man just can’t stay put.

And night unto night showeth knowledge Ps 19:2.

Surely the glorious night sky breathes awe and wonder into the soul of man; the heavens, in declaring the glory of God, declare sovereign government and common grace; they declare beauty and rainfall to all. But a man who aspires to depart from the world in which God put him–even to depart only in his mind and soul–perhaps hopes in vain to escape his destiny. Perhaps his hope is that, beyond the earth, saving grace will not be required. Perhaps he seeks an alternative in the great “cosmic desert.” Nature does not give evidence of saving grace, but word gets around.

Man is given the wisdom to discover many things, and perhaps he will verify new worlds and terran topographies elsewhere in the universe, but he will not discover saving grace outside of Jesus Christ. And he will only hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ here on Earth.

John Owen spoke to this in the 17th century, “…that there is that manifestation made of the glorious properties of God in and by the Scripture, as it is a divine revelation, which incomparably excels in evidence all that [men’s] reason receives concerning his power from the works of creation” (Works of John Owen, Banner of Truth, Vol. 4, p. 92).

Men who seek to appropriate the things of God–including other planets–not acknowledging his absolute dominion over them, are not seeking God. Perhaps they aspire to be gods themselves, and plan their own worlds, settling, in the end, for computer-modeled conjectures of worlds to manipulate with their intuitive senses.

I enjoy astronomy. My husband built a telescope and ground the mirror. I am thrilled at the sight of Saturn and its rings and a few of its moons. It is a thing too wonderful for me, and I know it is in God’s perfect purpose and design that it is there, in all its beauty, and all for God’s glory, and all for the good pleasure of his perfect sovereign will. I believe God made the heavens to be spectacular in order to declare his glory, just like he says (Ps 19:1).

I feel dreadfully sorry for anyone who would dedicate his life to speculative gas clouds and settle for a computer model of a world he has to infer from a wobble, and never investigate “the glorious properties of God in and by the Scripture, as it is a divine revelation….”

He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding hath he stretched out the heavens. Je 10:12


Victorbravo said…
The whole reason for astronomy, and for science in general, is to learn about God’s creation so that we can glorify him all the more. Yet a tremendous amount of money is spent trying to diminish and eliminate God from our thinking. It is odd that fallen man is inspired most by two un-Godly extremes: (1) man is insignificant in the universe (there are planets everywhere!) and (2) self-realizing man is the most important thing in the universe.Good insights on what drives the quest these days. The statement: “God put man in the garden on the earth, and man just can’t stay put” is priceless.
8:58 AM  
Anonymous said…
“God put man in the garden on the earth, and man just can’t stay put.”Very soon (2009 I believe) The ‘average Joe’ with $200,000 can space travel.
10:50 AM  
HZ said…
I loved this post too, and was just thinking this morning of the irony of what Vic pointed out: but it seems to me that most ungodly people share both those extremes. They believe that we are terribly insignificant (and so Christians have a horrible arrogance to think that God would care about them)- while at the same time having the at least unconscious and more deeply rooted idea of their own centrality– they get to sit in judgment on God: if they can’t comprehend it, it isn’t true and etc. However I guess Vic probably meant people who more consciously and deliberately feel that nature has realized herself in man, and produced her own god. Wasn’t there a lot more of that flying around at the beginning of this century, before the World Wars?
11:28 AM  
Mrs. B said…
I honestly think no more, no less, Heidi. Gnosticism is older than Christianity, and man’s need to create a god he can live with is just part of the same old quest for “knowledge.”
11:40 AM  
Mrs. B said…
Anonymous is actually the self-confessed “imagmom”Actually, ima, we hadn’t told you and your DH yet, but Vic and I were hoping you’d join us for a little cruise….
11:47 AM  
Victorbravo said…
I hope, by “cruise”, you mean something like a drive down Ruston Way.
12:07 PM  
Mrs. B said…
Just like a man….But of course.The Cat would never let us stay over at the Centauri Hilton. Simply would not meet his standards.

12:29 PM  
MooMa said…
I’m still waiting to feel smart enough to comment on this blog, and the only reason I am commenting right now is not because I think I finally am…smart enough, that is.I simply need to keep up with imagmom. Wouldn’t want her to get ahead, ya know! :~) (Do you see the level of smartness you are dealing with, here?)And how come she just won a cruise after only posting one time??
Do I win anything?

2:23 PM  
Mrs. B said…
I didn’t say win, but “join” us. And Vic has reduced the ante to Ruston Way. We risk violation of the cruising ordinance if we do more than three loops, so it will be a short cruise.
2:54 PM  
Zack said…
I comment regularly on this blog just to show how smart I am. I have found that I can comprehend the arguments better by listening to “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” on the headphones while rolling chewing gum between my fat paws, with the female reading out loud to me, squinting through one eye and balancing a glass of water on her foot. But perhaps this only works for dogs.
I love to go on cruises.
8:09 AM  
Mrs. B said…
Zack, you are absolutely the smartest three-legged German shepherd currently posting on this blog.Your female is very talented, as well as a great encouragement to me.
8:28 AM  


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