As I write, the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn has just come to an end. Barely. It was a joint mission between the USA and Europe; social media has been buzzing with amazing images during this last week of its life. Launched in 1997, this space probe Cassini has been active for more than 18 years, with 13 of those years orbiting Saturn. The mission was originally planned to last for four years, but was extended for another two years. A second extension was added in 2010, lasting for seven years until September 15, 2017. Friday morning. It was then allowed to burn up in Saturn’s upper atmosphere to preserve the integrity of any future missions. It was not going to contaminate any future studies up NASA’s sleeve. No littering in space in pristine space.
The images Cassini has provided are stunning. The clarity. The details. The intricacy. The beauty. The order. The patterns. The colors. Impressive, to say the least.
The farther out we look in space, the more amazing our images. But what’s the point? For me, I marvel at the creative hand of God. But that’s not what the world does. The world looks for life to prove there is no God. Life’s just an accident. Really? Those images we’ve just seen argue an accidental creation?
Whether we are exploring space or human DNA, the more we are forced to come face to face with a Creator of stunning wisdom and power. This universe is no accident. The human body is no accident. Contrary to modern science and philosophy, the more we learn the more we validate the existence of God. And, we prove the validity of God’s Word.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images….” Romans 1:22-23
The modern world has more evidence than ever of the creative and orderly handiwork of God, but it ignores it, lest it be forced to bow in submission to that Creator. The world despises even the notion of God. For me, the more I learn, the more I ought to adore God and bow in reverence to Him.
We have learned much in these years as we follow the observations of Cassini. But in that quest for knowledge, have we forgotten to ponder the existence of God? If so, haven’t we missed the point? For all our scientific and technological prowess, have we really made much progress?
I wonder how King David would react to the images we have just seen? I don’t really have to wonder about that, do I? “I often think of the heavens your hands have made, and of the moon and stars you put in place. Then I ask, “Why do you care about us humans?” Psalm 8:3-4
David got it. And what about us? We’ve come a long way, but we haven’t really learned very much. We just don’t get it.