Hope In Spite Of Cosmic And Personal Catastrophe

If you want to have an adult faith, you must face head-on and have answers for some very harsh realities about our violent universe and violent lives. If you cannot handle major disasters, your faith is naïve and meaningless.

Surely colliding galaxies, exploding supernovas wiping out all planets around them, evolution as a painful process marked by mass extinctions, and global wars of unfathomable devastation prove there is no God.

In spite of all this darkness and evil, there are sound reasons to believe. Surely, if there is a God, God is working in all things to the good, as scripture says. In the broadest sense God can be seen as the unstoppable drive of the universe to always generate new life and complexity, the radically pro-life force that overcomes all things, even major catastrophes. Life may be two steps backwards at times, but thank God, it is also three steps forward.

As an amateur astronomer I can reassure you first of all that galaxies do not collide, they merge and form larger and more complex galaxies as the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies will do in about two million years. The space between stars is so great (for example, 24,000,000,000,000 miles to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to our sun) that collisions are extremely rare.Read More »