I tried playing an April Fools Joke on my wife Mary on April 1st, 2014, I said.. "Look it's snowing again." but even though it is April and we should be having spring weather (even in MinneSNOWta) in reality it was snowing. I tried playing the same joke on April 4th, and looked outside and we have 10" of fresh snow. So this joke is still on me as I had to fire up the snowblower one last time (knock on wood) for the winter that will not end in 2013-14.
Last Sunday night I watched the latest episode of the TV series Cosmos where the host explained how scientists now understand everything that happened before the big bang, but conceded they don't yet know what happened before it. That was mighty big of them. Maybe he was playing an April Fools joke, but I doubt it.
So there you have it.. foolishness comes in all shapes and sizes. You can be a brainiac scientist or a 57 year old cartoonist with wax in his ears..
There are a few great scriptures that come to mind regarding man's relative wisdom..
- Psalms 14:1 Only a fool says in their heart "There is no God." Hmmm.. sounds like cosmologist and fool are synonymous.
- 1 Corinthians 1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
- Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways
Ok, so Albert Einstein has dibs on The Theory of Relativity as it relates to the laws of physics, but the above scriptures are the foundation for what I would like to The 'original' theory of relativity. Simply put all knowledge and wisdom for mankind are relative commodities when compared to the creator of this universe, and any pursuit for knowledge and understanding is ultimately an understanding of what God created. Any understanding of physics, the cosmos just like any theological pursuit will be relative and limited understanding of God's perfect and complex creation. All the collective wisdom and understanding by man is just a blip on the wisdom meter when compared to our God.
Smart People, Brainiacs, and the average Joe..
So what do I, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther, Steven Hawking, John Calvin, and you have in common? None of us really get it when compared to our creator. While the pursuit of knowledge and understanding and God are what we are called to do.. know that complete understanding is.. above our pay grade.
May God bless man's pursuit for truth, and may this pursuit of truth lead us to a greater understanding of Him. Love God, care for others, and then pursuit of the Cosmos is only a cute pursuit of creation trivia. AND.. may our pursuit of God never make us proud in our own self knowledge or worth but rather find us safe in the truth of God's grace for mankind.
Jeff (relatively foolish in the Back Pew) Larson