Time to get controversial:
So, I notice this trend going around (and by trend I mean it’s an accepted rule,) of replacing God with “The universe.” In both books and movies.
Even books written by people who claim to be Christians.
What took the cake was something I saw yesterday on a kid’s show in which a character referred to the universe by saying “May the universe have mercy on you…” or something like that. It was clearly a phrase that is supposed to have the word “God” in it.
Now, this is just stupid. There’s no other word for it. Not even because of the compromise implied here, it’s because it’s as cheesy as substituting all those mythological exclamations for normal ones in modern fantasy. It might be kind of funny, but no one can take that seriously.
The reason I’m complaining about the above incident is that many people are completely serious about this whole universe thing.
Do I have something to say about this? You bet. (Sorry, I’m in a sassy mood.)
First of all, if you want to believe the universe is somehow conscious in some abstract way no one ever defines, that’s up to you, but that is not the same thing as believing in God.
People act like it is. Like we theists need to be pacified with the fact that movies deign to mention the most important fact of life, instead of ignoring it as most do. I mean, they should get the badge of courage right? It’s only something everyone thinks about.
The people of our culture puzzle me. The God-question is by farthe most important one any of us will have to answer, and yet we’ve made it taboo to even admit to wondering about it. Like it’s a weakness.
“Oh Adam’s sons, how carefully you guard yourself from everything that might do you good!”–The Magician’s Nephew.
Can I just say right here, it’s not weak. It’s actually smart to wonder about God. Even Atheists do. (A TV atheist will never admit that; but in real life you get different degrees of each belief.)
But I don’t think my readers will argue with me on that point. It’s a question worth asking, but it’s how we answer it that really matters.
And to answer with “the universe,” is really vague. What does it even mean?
As far as I can make out, it’s supposed to mean fate, things happen because somehow, something causes them to happen, and for some people it works out better than for others, because for some reason, the universe shows them more favor.
At first I couldn’t see the appeal of this. “Just call it God, people,” I think; but as I pondered it more, I saw that there are some benefits to this point of view.
First of all, the universe has no personality, therefore, whomever it favors, it favors by mere chance. Which means all the horrible things that happen are just accidents, and no one ahs to be blamed for them. No one has to worry that there was a Divine Being punishing them, and they also aren’t’ burdened with explaining why God would allow bad things to happen if He’s good.
This seems way easier to me than Christianity, which often is like a set of contradictions. (So are the best people, I notice.)
But then I thought, if the universe has no real consciousness beyond this vague causing of events, then we have nothing to appeal to.
Think about it, if the universe is just basically pushing buttons on the machine of life, then we’re all basically experiments. And not planned experiments, but experiments that happened as a result of the universe just doing what it does.
I guess that gives us leave to live however we want, knowing it makes no difference in the Grand Scheme of things.
It sounds kind of depressing to me. Complete freedom with complete lack of reason to be free.
I guess that ‘s why so many people are depressed now.
But if we venture to say that the universe does care about us, then we’ve just put a thin veil over something that really is theism, monotheism at that.
It’s nothing new, this universe idea. It’s just another excuse for human beings to live the way we want.
And that’s not even seen as a bad thing any more. “Do what you want,” the movies tell us. Even if it’s tearing your life apart, be selfish, be cruel, be self-centered. What’s the real harm?
I’ll tell you, the amount of disregard for the feelings of other human beings that is portrayed on most TV shows, it’s terrifying to me.
Why do your feelings matter anyway?
If God is the universe, than nothing you feel matters. Why do you feel at all?
But, what if God is actually God? I’ve already listed some cons to that, but what at the pros?
I mean, if God is real, than maybe there is some way to get Him to help you. That’s how all religions start.
But Christianity takes it further and says God is real, and He is so real that He has placed signs all around us to show us who He is. That He has taken pains to make us believe in Him. And even that we have no excuse not to.
The Truth is, sometimes I don’t like what God is doing, but I can’t argue it with Him. Not because He’ll stop me, but because I know better.
What excuse do I have no to believe in God?
(If any of you have a different point of view to offer on this subject, I’d be glad to hear it.)
But as for me, I just can’t accept he idea that the Universe can just have sprung into its own entity. The thing is, we can look at the Universe and know it’s a thing of time. We can measure that. But time had to start somewhere. And the only answer that makes sense to me is that there is Something outside of time. And that’s God.
I’m not ashamed to admit I believe in God.
So, you won’t hear me ever saying “Or the universe.”
Until next time–Natasha.