Now,Well – so far this has been easy — my life has led me to quotes for this month – and yesterday it let me to put this in for today …..
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
— Galileo Galilei
Yesterday I discussed my friend’s posting about Barack Obama and his former pastor. For those that are interested, there is a Chicago Tribune article that discusses that relationship. (I have a hunch I’m not going to see a ton of clicks on that link).
In Galileo’s time (and even today) there were (and are) those that felt threatened by anything that might go against our preconceived knowledge of Scripture or God or God’s plan.
But here’s the way I look at it — in my short ride on Spaceship Earth, I’ve seen/done the following
- Grown an actual human being in my body. (How bloody cool is that)
- Fed the aforementioned human from my own body.
- Found my daughter 1/2 way across the world (I think the vast majority of Chinese adoptive parents would tell you that G-d is at work at the China Center for Adoptive Affairs.
- And right now, looking out my window, there are pretty little flowers popping their heads out of the ground.
Whether the earth goes around the sun, or the sun goes around the earth, whether the earth is 6 thousand or 6 million or 6 billion years old, and whether humans were put here in current form or evolved from fishes OR whether Douglas Adams had it right and we’re actually descendants of Golgafrinchams it doesn’t seem to me to make any difference. Because the things that a listed above (and many similar things I didn’t list — and many things that you, too, can list) are still miracles that I am eternally grateful for. I thank my Creator for flowers, and my kids, and my brain — She does a pretty good job.