Hello to all,
I’m hoping this post is able to redeem me after what was (in my opinion) a catastrophe – that is, the last post I made.
We all know the Bible verse that says, “For God so loved they world that He gave His only-begotten Son”. It’s usually quoted by a Protestant evangelist who’s trying to win over a convert by means of the potential convert’s emotions. Evangelization by emotions aside, I’d like to call something else to your mind right now: the possible consequences of the death that God’s Son suffered, which reach beyond the limits of our planet. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Like some scientist baloney or dumb, worthless theorizing…but hear me out. It’s a rather interesting concept.
While I’m certainly not going the Pocahontas route and saying that trees, rocks, etc. have spirits, I am going to follow the lead of St. Francis and say that every part of creation, even the non-sentient, gives some level of glory to God. More on that in a minute. For now, turning back to the Bible verse I mentioned above (John 3:16), I’d like to make clear in no uncertain terms what happened when the Son of God was killed. It was the purest act of rebellion, the most putrid suggestion any demon could give to a human, and it was more frightening than the most scary horror film. The death of God’s only Son was, in short, the destruction of the Creator by the very creatures whom He made. Let the irony and scariness of such a thing sink in before continuing to read. Such a thought alone is alarming. Now add to that the following: He let Himself be killed for His killers’ welfare, and He underwent what is said to be the most painful death of the time: crucifixion. The Creator was scourged, beaten, mocked, tortured, and killed by the created, He willed it, and He willed it for them. Isn’t that astounding?
At this point, take another look at a previous statement: that all things give glory to God in their own ways. If the gospel accounts are correct, Earth did indeed react when God died. The sky grew dark in the middle of the day, an earthquake occurred, and the veil of the Temple was torn in two. The planet, which God saw as good when He created it, had fallen so far that it destroyed Him, and quite rightly released a wail of lament when it realized this.
Though the Holy One died on our planet, remember that it is not the only planet He made. Rather, He made a vast universe which goes on much farther than the human can think of, and there very well could be life out in the cosmos somewhere. If this life, wherever and whatever it may be, were free from sin, then it would be close to God. The closer a thing is to God, the more it is affected by action done to God. If God is glorified, the sinless entity feels joy; if He’s blasphemed, the sinless entity is offended…but what if He’s killed?
If sinless life exists out there somewhere in the physical universe, don’t you think it’s reasonable to assume that Christ’s death really had an effect on it? Even if it’s countless miles from where Christ’s death occurred? What happens to God takes a toll on all other things, and His death was certainly the largest thing I can think of. What if not only Planet Earth, but the rest of the universe as well, was stung by the death of its Sustainer? It would only make sense.
Interesting to ponder.