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God’s will, meteroites, and the extinction of life on Earth.


by Jason Smathers on April 13, 2009

Extinction level events show well on the big screen. The meteorite that will collide with Earth and end all life has been the plot of several Hollywood productions. This played out plot is not an invention of Hollywood, but comes from scientific theory. Thanks to the fear peddling reporting of MSNBC, my favorite blessing, my wife, was telling me about chances for the end of the world via meteroite. NASA runs the Near Earth Object Program which monitors possible collision paths. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab theorizes such an event happened 65 million years ago causing the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Of course the later claim is preposterous; we know the Earth did not exist 65 million years ago. Should we be expending resources on the monitoring of possible future collisions? Is it possible that God’s will is for a meteorite to be on a collision course with Earth so that man can somehow destroy it and save the world a la Hollywood? Such a situation would surely cause mass repentance and faith. Would God use a collision with a meteorite as part of His plan for the final days? In this case, we really have no hope in altering such a plan and the expenditure of resources is a waste. The secret things of God remain His, so we may need to add this to our questions for God when we meet face to face.

I support such scientific efforts not because I believe we can alter God’s plan for the universe, but there are many things we can learn from such study. We can be aware of meteorites that will threaten satellites and even smaller meteorites that may cause some level of localized trauma to humans. We can be comforted by knowing that there will never be an event causing the extinction of all life:

“And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Genesis 8:21-22 (KJV)

Let us take comfort in that all things happen for the glory of God and the good of those who love Him.

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