In your own mind, do you think you can truly understand the universe? And I mean all its vastness, emptiness, and mysteries? I don’t believe you can.
Because, in your own mind, there’s a tendency toward imagination.
Imagination is great. I love to use it to create word pictures. But, when you spend too much time in your own mind, it can lead to brain melt-down. Or total brain freeze. And either way can lead you away from Truth. And whether the world likes to admit it or not, there’s so much Truth in the universe. Dependable. Factual. Truth.
But here’s a key point. The truth IN the universe does NOT come FROM the universe. Because it’s a vast, mostly empty, mostly mysterious creation. The universe never created anything, much less itself.
So, the truth IN the universe is discovered in how it’s designed. With precision. And amazing functionality. And the design is so dependable that humans have been able to steer ships (on land, the sea, and in the air) by the position of stars.
In your mind you might come up with some magical ideas and stories for how that happens. But, in the real world, it can be summed up in the word “design.” Uh-oh, there’s that word again.
So, how in the world (and why) does all this apply to pondering the mysteries of the universe? Well, if the universe is the source of life and truth, it really doesn’t matter what you make of it. Because it’s an IT. And that means it doesn’t matter if you’re right or wrong. Your opinion will be just as good or valid as anyone else’s.
After all, you’re just as valid as anyone else. Right?
And if you say the source of truth is the vast oneness of the universe or the inner force inside the good hearts of people who “love everybody,” then you’re right. And if someone else says the source of truth is the cumulative efforts of “wise men” meeting together in a room of ornate wood carvings and stoic books, then they’re right. And even if everybody totally disagrees, everybody’s right. Right?
Wrong! (gasp among the crowd and whispered voices ask “did he say wrong?”)
Yes, wrong. Because we can all be wrong. Or some can be right and some wrong. But we can’t all be right. And I say you and I can make sense of the universe because it’s designed by God. And He’s greater than all the ingredients in the universe.
Of course, I’m right. Right?
But what if I’m right? What if it’s true
All of these things I’ve been sayin’ to you?
What if you die and it’s not the end?
What if your life is nothing you can defend?
You think I’m wrong…that I don’t walk in the light,
But what if I’m right?
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