However… sitting here on a beautiful and cool Friday morning, sipping my coffee, and wishing my two sermons for this weekend would write themselves…
I began to look back over these posts on theology and theodicy, and felt a sudden sense of irrelevance. After reading the excellent spread in TIME magazine a couple of weeks ago about the origin and nature of the universe, I begin to wonder if we (myself certainly included) have gotten a little self-centered in our thinking of God and salvation.
Someone has said that, in comparison to the universe, our little solar system is something like a grain of sand compared to the sun. And yet, despite our advances in understanding our universe, we still keep our figurative view that human beings are the center of that universe. All of creation, all of redemption and salvation are about US. You and I are the reason God created the stars and the planets and galaxies, are we?
What if salvation is about more than just our tiny human existence? What if eternity is more than just humans, leaping lemming-like to streets of gold or fiery depths? What if redemption is the size of this enormous universe, and we are only a part?