I believe there are three really important questions in life. These questions are so important because they shape everything about who we truly are and how we live our life. The first of these questions is how did we get here?
On this particular point, some believe that science and reason are at odds with religion. I actually have to disagree. There are two primary reasons that I disagree. The first is the law of causality, which, succinctly put, states that for every cause there is an effect. You could also say for every effect, there is a cause. The very existence of nature is an effect, but what was that first cause? The laws of nature dictate that there must have been one. Logically, the only way for there to be an original cause is for some force that is outside of nature, i.e., supernatural to have acted upon nature.
Another reason is the second law of thermodynamics which states that the entropy of the universe tends to a maximum. This means that, when left alone, things in the universe will become more disorganized. So then, if we are heading towards disorder, how did we first come to be in order? And if we all started from a random big bang, then why didn’t the universe go straight to disorder? Why instead did solar systems and galaxies, and yes, life spontaneously spring into order? Consider this quote by Steven Strogatz:
“Scientists have often been baffled by the existence of spontaneous order in the universe. The laws of thermodynamics seem to dictate the opposite, that nature should inexorably degenerate toward a state of greater disorder, greater entropy. Yet all around us we see magnificent structures—galaxies, cells, ecosystems, human beings—that have all somehow managed to assemble themselves.”
It seems to me that science has discovered laws that point to the existence of some supernatural force. Which leads me to the second big question. Is that supernatural force sentient? Is it knowable? Is it personable? Does it care about humanity?
I honestly have not formulated any logical, well reasoned response to this question thus far. This one I take on faith. I believe that the supernatural force is a God that loves us, that created us in His own image, and that He wants us to know Him as we are known by Him. I believe He cares a great deal for us and I believe He intervened in time and space to demonstrate His love for us.
Which leads me to the final question. So what? If you believe that there is a God that created all of this and if you believe that He loves even you, then it changes how you approach this world. You relish in His creation because it is good. You seek to know Him to the greatest of your finite abilities. You follow His example of selfless love. Read these words slowly and let them resonate because they are truly amazing. THE Lord of all creation, THE highest being in existence, came down as a lowly baby in a manger, lived as a man, and suffered for you. With an example like that, how can you look at your neighbor and choose arrogance over compassion, stinginess over generosity, or hatred over love?
I believe that we are created for love. We are created to love God and love one another. No matter what.