I read a tweet today that raised my eyebrows just a bit. We have all probably seen the Hollywood versions of the story; a massive comet or asteroid is heading toward earth and will impact, extinguishing all life on this planet. This may be what happened to the dinosaurs…
Well, apparently this almost happened to earth in 1883. See the article: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/27264/
Some find my blog curious. On one hand I am counseling couples and others from the Nouthetic point of view and discussing theology, then on the other hand I am discussing science. Here the two intersect.
I am an astronomer, and if I had things to do over today I would probably be in some form of astronomical research as a profession. However, I decided 38 years ago to pursue ministry and theology. But you can never take the astronomer out of me, and this story raises some interesting questions for all of us.
What if the earth had been hit by this comet in 1883? Life as we know it today would not exist.
However, the comet missed the earth (apparently by a very narrow margin). There were no space stations, there were no astronauts, NASA or Nukes. All that would have happened would be a sudden impact; the earth would have suddenly seemed like hell. And guess what? This could happen with little or no warning even today.
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire! But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
2 Peter 3:8-13 (RSV)
I plan to blog more on this soon…
My question to you is, if this were to happen within the next 24 hours, and you knew about it and there was nothing we could do but wait and watch, what would really matter to you?
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