I have made a mess of my blogging schedule this week. I had a busy start to the week and more training to do (what are they doing to us???) so it was only tonight that I managed to sit down and work on this week’s SHARE-YOUR-WORLD questions.
What an array of questions we have this week…the mundane – food and the weather – to the magnificent – we are talking about the existence of the material universe and eternity!
Our questions come from Melanie, the creator of sparksfromacombustiblemind:
Are You Ready To Order? What Are You Having (craving) right now?
I am thinking Chinese tonight.
I am hungry after working all day and then going for a walk. I had a sandwich at lunch but now I want something warm and yummy, but not too heavy.
Lots of ginger and spring onions, broccoli and cashew nuts and good helping of noodles.
I used to love our trips to Chinatown to sit around a big round table with a bunch of friends and try lots of dishes. It seems like ages since we have done anything like that (you know why!!!) and I miss it.
Jack is going to love me for tagging this video:
How’s the weather in YOUR neck of the woods?
Not great. It has rained almost all day! I had to go shopping and running errands for the landlords and I got pretty wet even with an umbrella!
Ok….I have a rain song for you, but please don’t think it reflects my mood. I am alright. I just love this song! I know there is a happier rain song (I’M SINGING IN THE RAIN!) but my friend and I were talking about this band tonight and now I can’t get the song out of my head.
There has always been something. Before there was something, there was only nothing. Which do you think is more likely?
So, for us humans, we can only really comprehend having a beginning, can’t we. All of us had a start, an undignified horrific start. We had to squeeze our way through into a maternity theatre with the woman we know as mum shrieking.
So for that reason it may be hard for us to imagine what it would be to always exist, to never have had a beginning. We drive ourselves loopy thinking about “in the beginning” and what was there before then. We seem to want to put up a marker, and suggest that before the “beginning” there was nothingness.
Now I am going to mention the scriptural point of view, only because from a physics point of view it makes a lot of sense, but please don’t think I am having a dig at anyone who does not believe in design, purpose and creation. The very first words of the scriptures “IN THE BEGINNING…” deal with the start of the universe and the earth. But they are made of matter. We know that matter is made from energy….a lot of energy.
You know Einstein very eloquently explained this and provided equations that have provided a basis for even more research into understanding the relation of matter and energy. Was there ever a time when the energy that was used to make matter did not exist? Was there a time when energy did not exist? Was there ever a time when there was nothing, nothing at all? What do you think?
Our awareness, our consciousness of being alive, of existing, and for us as intelligent creatures, the extraordinary ability we have to contemplate time, to try to grasp our physical universe is limited. We know what it is to not exist. We had a start, everything before our personal start, we learn through history books or from the mouths of others. But since we have been alive we have been drinking in what it is to be alive, to be conscious of our existence, through our senses and trying to make sense of our purpose.
It is hard for creatures who had a beginning to imagine what it would be for a life form to never have had a beginning. Yet that is what the scriptures say about our Creator. “Eternal”, “no beginning, no end”, “the King of Eternity”. More than just impressive titles, they are terms and descriptions that make sense.
Some form of vast energy that has always existed, and has the ability and intelligence to use it’s own energy to make matter. I know, I know it is mind-boggling in some ways. But it is in harmony with our understanding of physics.
Will we ever really understand what it is like to have never had a beginning? I don’t think we will. Our view of time is always going to be within our understanding of existence. But we have a hunger in our hearts to learn and understand. We have an astonishing ability to contemplate and to try to understand what eternity means.
Never stop learning! Never stop being fascinated by the miracle that we are alive and that the immense mindboggling scale of this universe!
What is your favorite time of year? Why?
Summer. I love summer. I love it because I live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This summer was not the best, but I am sure I have a lot of summers ahead of me!
(PS. I suspect this gallery will look pants in the WP Reader…but on the website it might look great!)