Recent newspapers and media reports are full of man’s amazing achievement of landing a probe on a lump of rock and ice hurtling through space at 35,000mph. The European Space Agency have successfully landed its probe Philae on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko following a ten-year journey through space.
Overheated promises are now pouring out that the landing will solve the enigma of life’s origins on Earth, or help reveal the existence of life elsewhere:
“Scientists hope the £1billion project will solve some of the greatest puzzles in science — including the origins of life on Earth.” (Daily Mail)
“Experts hope studying the inhospitable mountains and ice-filled craters of the comet will help to unlock the secrets of our how life started on our planet.” (Express)
“Scientists hope that samples drilled out from the comet … will unlock details about how the planets — and possibly even life — evolved, as the rock and ice that make up comets preserve ancient organic molecules like a time-capsule.” (Reuters)
The cost of the project? One billion pounds sterling!!
Food for thought
European space scientists indeed deserve hearty congratulations for an amazing achievement. But, in a world that is less than perfect, isn’t it reasonable to ask whether that money has been wisely spent?
For a start, think how much clean water or basic food one billion pounds could have provided to millions of thirsty and starving people worldwide!
And there is a very simple scriptural principal laid out in psalms that should always govern how our time and money is spent:
The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men. (Psalm 115:16 NKJV)
For us the pathway to knowledge is NOT through man-focused expenditure of trillions of pounds (dollars) on space exploration, but through love and care of the earth that man was put here to tend whilst giving glory to God. Doing this humbly will result in God elevating us by his power (not rocket propulsion) to know far more than any scientist can ever discover.
Meanwhile, our current situation is put very simply in the scriptures:
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12 NKJV)
The Bible explains that “in the beginning” it was God who created the world, including Comet 67P. Whatever we choose to make of the early chapters of the Bible, there are very strong reasons to believe that they are still God’s inspired words. And apart from “unlocking the secret about how life started”, we also read there that Adam and Eve reached out to try to grasp something that was not theirs to have.
The record in Genesis tells us that Adam and Eve had been given the task of tending God’s marvellous creation. But instead of applying themselves to the task in hand, they decided to ignore what God had said to them. As a result, every living thing started to die, including them.
God’s wasted words?
Today despite millenia of misery, man still has not learnt the lesson to tend what he has been given rather than reach out for knowledge that is not his to have.
Let’s not lose sight of the unfathomable blessing that we do have, in being given in the Bible not only a very credible account of the origin of life on earth, but also a knowledge of God and of his purpose with the earth that he originally created.
What a gift!
And reading the Bible doesn’t cost a penny!!