The Cosmic Cube: After Darkness, Light

Continuing our Cosmic Cube series, Kathy takes us back to her college days and the challenge she faced by professors and the like to live by the box rather than to live by the Book.  And while God’s Light is often eclipsed by the world’s darkness, it will never be obliterated.  His Light will always emerge from the fray, for He is the Light of the World! – Arthur

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July 16, 1945 is a day forever remembered and celebrated by the Los Alamos scientific community as the day physicists first tested out the atomic bomb over the New Mexico desert. On August 6th of 1945, the rest of the world watched in horror and fascination as “Little Boy” exploded over Hiroshima, instantly killing 66,000 people. The splitting of the atom was certainly a great scientific achievement and was met with much congratulation. However, it also unleashed unimaginable horror.

On September 10, 2008, my Life Science professor excitedly walked into class and asked, “Have you heard the news?” He proudly announced that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator, made its first successful test run beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland. Among the scientific community, it was a day of great celebration and accomplishment. After all, the project began in 1984, was built in collaboration with more than 10,000 scientists, and cost $10 billion! Furthermore, United States, Japan, Canada, Russia, India, and several European nations have all been major contributors to this huge project. BBC radio called this day, “Big Bang Day”, for “these international group of scientists plan to smash particles together to create, on a small-scale, re-enactments of the Big Bang.” (Yahoo News) Scientists hoped that this achievement will be the next great step to understand the makeup of the universe.

Mankind continues on the quest to find the answers to life’s big questions, and have progressed to greater and greater lengths with bigger investments and funding in pursuit of answers to questions, like how the universe came to be and how man originated on this earth. The successful firing of a beam of protons around the 17-mile tunnel housing the LHC was certainly a great scientific achievement and was also met with much congratulation. However, reminiscent of the atomic bomb, this celebratory attitude is unnerving, because the implications of building the LHC are horrific, beyond what we can imagine. Do they know exactly what they are cheering for when scientists congratulate themselves on this massive achievement? Take it to its logical conclusion and the assumptions are hardly a cause for celebration.

If indeed the cosmos is all there ever was, there wouldn’t be any ultimate meaning to human existence! If there is no ultimate meaning to human existence, then living morally and righteously would only be a preference. After all, all came from nothing and to nothing will we return. Is that a cause to celebrate? “‘What happens to the fool will happen to me also. Why then have I been so very wise?’ And I said in my heart that this also is vanity…how the wise dies just like the fool! So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind.” (Ecc.2:15-17) As the world attempts to find the answers in the box, the implications can only be met with hate, grief, hopelessness, and despair. The author of Ecclesiastes understood that these are the implications if there is nothing outside the cube.

Somewhere underneath Geneva, Switzerland is this LHC. It is built in darkness, and sprung up from dark thoughts. Ironically, somewhere in Geneva, Switzerland, a Reformation Monument adorned with statues of the 16th century Reformation leaders, Calvin, Beza, Farel, and Knox, stands in the light above ground.  Surrounding these figures is the phrase, “Post Tenebras Lux—After darkness, light.” The light of the Reformation was the light of the Bible. We live by its light! If you ask a child what he thinks his life will be like living in a closed box, would we be surprised if he said, “dark?” Man attempts to answer life’s questions by looking for answers in the box. It’s a futile attempt and by its darkness, we can’t see anything! We can hardly understand where we are from, what we are doing here, and where we are going, what is right, and what is wrong. But, we have the Bible, which is not only a book about God, but a book from God. From above, He reached down and gave us His light; it is in Him that we can see. He gives us all the answers- who we are, why we exist, where we came from, where we are going, and how we should live! Until we see that, we’d be living in the dark, in the horrors of the false assumptions preached on college campuses, and carried out behind scientific research laboratory doors.

At the beginning of the year, another one of my professors proudly reminded our class that 2009 is the year evolutionists will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of the Species. A look into the assumptions tells us it’s not a cause for celebration.  As for me, I celebrate the Lord, the Most High…a great king over all the earth! “For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly.” (Ps. 138:6) Let us join the heavenly congregation in rejoicing, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Rev. 4:11)

– Kathy Hung (now Chan)

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