A Brief Moment in the Sun? [by Glen]

Relax asteroid disaster earthWhere have we come from? Where are we headed? Cosmologist, Laurence Krauss, thinks he knows. Listen to this 5 minute video which summarizes his book “A Universe from Nothing.”

Krauss sees a beautiful symmetry to our cosmic history: From nothing, we’re heading nowhere as our universe is flung out to its inevitable heat death. We are, therefore, an infinitesimally small blip in cosmic time, birthed out of nothing, suspended over the void and headed for annihilation.

Krauss realises that his scientific theories have existential implications. He spells them out for us gleefully.

1) You are more insignificant than you ever imagined.

2) The future is miserable.

None of this is surprising. Atheists have been saying such things for centuries. What intrigued me is what Krauss said next:

“Those two things should make you happy and not sad.”

Really? How come? Well according to Krauss this is our brief moment in the sun.

Is it? And if you keep being told this gospel, what will it do to your mental health? Is this really as good as it gets?  And what if I’m not feeling sunny right now? More to the point, what if I’m one of the 3 billion people on this planet who live on less than $2 a day? Is this our moment in the sun?

The Bible says the exact opposite of course. According to Scripture, this is the valley of the shadow of death. And right there you see why atheism only really thrives in affluence. The places of greatest suffering in the world are not full of folk abandoning God. They know this isn’t our moment in the sun. For them – and for anyone looking squarely at our failures and frailties – it’s the valley of the shadow that makes more sense.

As Christians we often think that darkness and suffering are killer arguments against God. The very opposite is the case. Suffering is precisely why we should believe in Jesus, for He is our suffering and risen Lord. His gospel is the only hope for “a people walking in darkness.”

4 thoughts on “A Brief Moment in the Sun? [by Glen]

  1. Spot on, Emma. Atheism, when properly understood, is an empty set – it truly has nothing to say about who and what we are based upon the fallacy that evolution explains everything, but there’s fatal flaw – the reason (as Dawkins puts it) that everything looks as if it were designed is because we are now discovering it IS designed (i.e. recent discovery of binary code in super symmetry) – there is a mind behind it all, which is what Sir Fred Hoyle said, scientifically, was the only real explanation several decades ago, so once we admit that, then we have to ask how we find the face of this creator, and history shows us, at the predicted time, He walked among us and revealed that love is at the very core of all things – that, I suspect, is what really scares some folk – the universe is not purposeless – there is a goal.

  2. Wow! This is sure is a tempting world view: nothing matters, nothing lasts, nothing is worthwhile…

    Like the book of Ecclesiastes without that nice bit at the end.

    Perhaps I’m just not affluent enough to have faith in nothing, but I’m betting on God.

    If I’m wrong I’ll hardly care, now will I?

    If I’m right …it sure is going to suck for Mr.Krauss & co.

  3. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to
    make your point. You definitely know what
    youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your
    site when you could be giving us something informative to read?

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