At times, I enjoy the computer because there is so much information accessible at the touch of a button. I remember asking a student to type in the word cuneiform to see what she could find. She said, "It seems to be some kind of language, Mesopotamian or something, printed on a clay tablet. So what's the big deal?"
The big deal is that these students have in their hands a device that can access more information about more stuff than one could study in several lifetimes.
I just happened to have been scanning one site and saw a bunch of debates about God. Since I am a curious sort -- and most of the debates were between expert theists and expert atheists -- I figured I had nothing to loose. Except sleep.
I found myself wide awake last night thinking about those debates. One guy was called a Thomas Aquinas Causal theologian and the other guy was identified as a former Christian. Sounded fair to me.
I've heard or read most of their positions: basically, you can believe in a first uncaused cause that caused all things to be caused and it wasn't caused, or you can believe in the big bang from nothing theory. I am firmly entrenched with the God caused it, but I am fascinated with the scientific postulation.
Here's what kept me up all night. Our universe is not necessarily infinite, which can open up the possibility of alternative universes. There was nothing there except some orange brownish haze, and then this brownish haze of nothingness exploded. Hang in there for a bit. Then, after a couple zillion years -- I learned this from Marshall U's advanced basic math class -- the stuff from the blast got together and formed the first okra, chicken and 'possum. Roads and cars would take a few more years.
Here I am, looking up at the ceiling fan, thinking about unsolvable things: If I go out in a space ship, I'll never get there since the universe has no stopping place, so I'll always be here? If nothing blew up, then how did I come to exist since I'm something made from nothing? Maybe I am a big pile of atoms -- or something even smaller which eludes my ability to spell -- that is held together by a cosmic glue which falls apart when I die. Where do my atoms go?
I am really awake by now and am getting into the problem of God. The atheist has the most comfortable position. There is no God and everything can be explained scientifically. For the believer, he or she can be overwhelmed attempting to prove or put into unchallengeable language a complete and thorough description of God. I have tried more than once and have come to this conclusion written by a forgotten theologian: God is that which nothing greater can be conceived.
I finally came up with this position. I will never watch another debate like the one I sat through yesterday unless I am prepared mentally and physically. God caused the Big Bang. God allowed the 'possum to cross the road to prove to the chicken that it could be done. The fruit that Eve gave to Adam to eat was okra. I do not believe by science, although I take science seriously, but I believe by faith.
The first thing I did after I wiped the sleep out of my eyes was to pick up my Bible and turned to page 660 and began to read Psalm 8 and verse 3, "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars which you have established..." Verse 4 asks my questions of last night. "What are we that you care for us, and what am I that you care for me?"
The rest of the Psalm doesn't answer the Big Bang problem. What the Psalmist does write is this: God made us as royalty, given us the world and everything that grows and lives among us. The final verse has been written for us so we'll all know how to thank God for all He has blessed us with. "0 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
This means to me that when I hear a debate about creation or accident, I answer, "God!" When I ask the unanswerable questions, I reply, "God!" When I find myself wide awake in the middle of the night and I struggle to find the right words, I say, "God!"
The name of the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer concludes the debate.