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Imagine a class of brilliant physicists funded with billions of dollars and unlimited means to build a machine so fantastic and complex, it could theoretically unlock the mystery of dark matter and open a hole in the fabric of time and space.
There are such brilliant men and women, and they may have succeeded in engineering just such a complex machine. It is called LHC which stands for Large Hadron Collider. According to Wikipedia, "CERN's main function is to provide the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research." CERN headquarters is also the birthplace of the World Wide Web, which has a limitless capacity for spreading world wide good or evil depending on whose disseminating the content.
A large statue of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction is poised in front of the CERN complex where the Large Hadron Collider is up and running again after a two year hiatus for repairs, not having blown itself into smithereens on it's first run. Shiva is one of three gods in the Hindu triumvirate responsible for the creation, sustaining, and destruction of the world. According to Hindu belief, Shiva's destructive quality is mostly used for the purposes of good. Shiva destroys in order to rid the bad within our world and within all of us, in order to create something better. Similarly, according to Christian belief, Jesus Christ (an actual historical figure) came down from heaven to be born of a virgin, and to die and rise again to destroy the power of evil, in order to save us from our sins.
But back to the brilliant physicists. With all that unfathomable physical power at their disposal, what happens when it becomes too risky to regulate? Do they secretly believe, with Shiva like powers our planet can be led to "something better" by the genius of men and the manipulations of quantum physics? Who will claim responsibility should cosmic chaos take place as a result of the colliders experimentation? Is there no independent governing authority that can intervene before it is too late?
Does mere hopeful thinking believe a porthole to a parallel universe could become a star gate for alien intelligence to cross over and fix us, and reprimand us for our destructive ways, ushering in a new dawn like the classic sci-fi, The Day the Earth Stood Still? The Bible already quotes our creator God as saying, "be still and know that I am God", but humankind as a whole hasn't listened (ref. Psalm 46).
Christians believe the incarnate Son of God, Jesus Christ, is the answer to mankind's dilemma that few have paid serious heed to. We understand He didn't need a machine to create a hole in the fabric of time and space. Of His own will he came to earth to live and to die for our sins. Of his own power he rose from the dead so we might experience eternal life, and the power to live according to His will. All this was accomplished without upsetting the course of nature and the natural laws of the Universe. Someday He is coming again - and he won't need our sophisticated machinery to get here.
We cannot argue with the fact that tampering with energies we don't understand is risky business. When God crosses a universal boundary to become like man, it is for the good of man. When man crosses a universal boundary to become like God, man's fate is up for grabs.
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24 Aug 2018
I read your devotional from FaithWriters this morning and decided to check out what else you had written. THIS article is Wow! I hope it gets widely published.
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