“Let man not mistake his control that reaches to the “heavens” as an absolute control. By the way, that control is only being exercised by a teeny little fraction of the human population. Let man not also forget, every time he fabricates impossible engineering or controls information from the outer space the limitation of his control and that he is not the center of the universe.”
I was reading an online newspaper when I came across a typo in one of the comments. It is obvious the person wanted to type “God will take control” but he or she typed “God we take control”. While this is an honest mistake, the statement “God we take control” is mostly true and profound.
In almost all the nations of the world and in most persons in it, it is obvious who is in control. If it is man-made gods or human philosophy, the root will still be man. Even in a nation with the popular motto and slogan “In God We Trust”, the person in charge is too active to be mistaken. In fact some people wants that motto reviewed since, according to them the slogan is lopsided, given its religious sentiment. They prefer “In Reason We Trust”. Isn’t it obvious who the chairman is?
Who are we?
Where I come from when you hear the question “who are you?” it is not necessarily a question for identifying oneself, because if that’s what they want to know they are likely going to ask “what is your name and where are you from?”.
“Who are you?” is a question we often ask when pride is at play. When we want to show our superiority over the person being questioned or when the person is showing him or herself to be a person of some high social standing and they are probably not, or when there is an interplay of the two scenarios.
In this regard there is need to answer the question “who are we?”
To answer this question in context and in perspective, I will assist by giving some thoughts to consider.
- Are we created or are we self-existing?
- Do we have the capacity to manage our lives individually outside of interference of nature and nurture, circumstance and government?
- What if our assumptions at being in charge is only like a child who is made a president for a day? We all know the boy isn’t the president, don’t we?
- After we have attempted answering the previous questions, we can bluntly ask ourselves who are we to play God?
What can we control?
If God will be my tribal man or country man, He should seriously ask the human race “who are you?” Wise men from all the ages have always believed man is nothing much without their privileged capacity to interact with divinity. What then are we if we removed that which fulfills our humanity?
When we try to play God, we should not forget to ask ourselves what are the things we can control. Seriously? Can we control our breath, the air and the heat? We use the air conditioner, so we assume we are in charge of the temperature and heat. I like to see an air conditioner work in an oven.
If men can report the time of birth and can also note the time of death, can anybody call the time, to the minute that a fetus becomes a living being?
We do birth control and we forget about death control. Life expectancy is improving globally or does it? But have we been so successful in controlling the quality of life?
I have been attracted to NASA’s activities lately and the reports of the probes in the outer space and sometimes I wonder what it is that is calling and drawing the human race towards the heart of space. We have done these things with almost unbelievable control and accuracy. If anybody can fathom it that a probe can still send and receive signal at a distance of over 4 billion miles from the earth, the person can also understand that humanity is reaching out to heights beyond their control.
If we are really in control, I will like to see some of earth’s gravity exported to the moon or the ISS.
If we can really control this much I will like to see some of those planets of other solar systems said to be in habitable zones. Can we bring them closer or “down to earth”? Can we travel there and return in a life time or is it a one way trip like the probes’?
While I kept wondering at the brilliance of the human mind, information from space opens my mind to understand how wise it will be to surrender to the One who made it all and the mind who understands perfectly.
Let man not mistake his control that reaches to the “heavens” as an absolute control. By the way, that control is only being exercised by a teeny little fraction of the human population. Let man not also forget, every time he fabricates impossible engineering or controls information from the outer space the limitation of his control and that he is not the center of the universe.
Let the brilliance of human thought and his mastery of unbelievable crafts not become his god such that trust in God is replaced with trust in reason.
Beside the products of our thought and the crafts of our ingenuity, we do not have much control over all there is and are being controlled. Therefore, let our studies and our voyages open up our minds to the wave of authority from the mind who made it all. Let our considerations include all the works His hands have made and not just our feats. If this is so, there will be a song from deep within our souls and the theme will be “how great thou art”.
It is amazing what man have done on trust. We have sent probes, voyager 1 and 2, pioneers 10 and 11 etc. by abdicating control once we have done our job (by saying we, I assume you know I mean people other than myself). Yet amazing is how successfully these probes are doing even when they have passed regions of space man may never enter physically. What is unexpectedly amazing is the refusal of men to acknowledge by trust, the person who made it all and for whom they were made. If we are really smart, I believe we should simply let “Jesus take the wheel”.