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Friday, April 20, 2012

To Infinity and Beyond . . .

This week we've been NASA obsessed. Tuesday we went to the National Harbor to see the shuttle fly over on the back of it's carrier, a 747. It was wonderful. The kids were so excited. This all led to a lot of research on past shuttles and of course, past disasters. Then yesterday we went to the big Welcome Discovery ceremony. Thinking about all this led me back to the book of Genesis and the Garden of Eden and Tower of Babel. Weird, I know, but hang with me for a second.
Discovery on the back of it's carrier.
 I started wondering if our quest for knowledge brings both good and evil. I mean Eve's desire was to know what God knew. She didn't want to feel that he was "keeping" stuff from her. So, she ate, and gave to her husband and the Bible says, "At that moment their eyes were opened . . ." Is this not like our desire to know what's out there in space? On being interviewed after a trip into space, one female astronaut, said that looking at the earth from space made her think that she was seeing what only God usually sees. That struck me because this was also Eve's desire; she wanted to know what only God knew; good and evil.
Enterprise and Discovery nose to nose.
So, now let's take a look from God's perspective. He punished Adam and Eve by banning them from the Garden of Eden, Eve was cursed with pain in childbirth, issues with her husband, and Adam was cursed, well you can find it all in Genesis, but the point is God was probably angry and disappointed in their disobedience. Again, in Genesis we have people trying to build a tower to the heavens. And, yet again, God's not happy, and they are scattered and given different languages.

I don't know what my point is really. I guess I have more questions than anything? Should we be traveling to outer space? Just like the TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL grew in the middle of the garden; there sits the unknown thing we call space tempting us to find out more, but should we? How does God feel about it?


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