and the Universe
Since the dawn of
history, humans have been awed by the universe and nature around them. Natural phenomena such as favourable
weather, rain at the right time, and the returning of the sun after a harsh winter were attributed to various gods
of nature who had to be kept happy so that they would in turn be nice to the people. On the other hand, destructive
storms, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis would have been ascribed to the anger of the respective
Even though today a great deal can be observed, understood, predicted,
and even prepared for, as more and more knowledge is available about how nature works and why certain things
happen, there is still a tremendous amount mystery – in fact, the more becomes known, the more remains
There is an awesome order in nature – predictable laws control the smooth functioning of natural
phenomena. We have learned to expect the sun to rise in the east in the morning and set in the west in the evening.
Darkness gives way to light each day and vice versa. The gravitational field holds everything fastened to the
ground and other forces keep things from descending into chaos. The seasons pass from one to the other bringing
with them similar occurrences year after year. Rare and occasional events, such as solar and moon eclipses, can be
predicted decades in advance. In all this, however, humans cannot predict much of the future.
Nature also displays complex design. Everything is connected,
interrelated and intertwined. When, usually through human mismanagement, the delicate balance in nature is upset,
it has consequences throughout – especially noticed over a period of time. The mysterious sense of timing
programmed into organisms is nothing short of incredible. Plants and trees “know” when to start sprouting, budding
and blooming. Birds, fish, whales, caribous, and other migrating species start their epic journeys to their
breeding, feeding, or wintering areas just at the right time. And not only that, they know where they are going
without having been taught – often surmounting incredible obstacles on the way. Also, their arrival often coincides
with some other great events, such as a short-term but super-abundant food supply.
The existence of matter, and especially life itself, is a mystery. While
we understand some of the secrets of reproduction, life and the sustenance of life – the life force that keeps
everything going in their internal complexities, as well as interacting with and dependent on a myriad of other
creatures and factors, is something awesome.
Even more incomprehensible are humans themselves. Not only is their physical functioning amazing. Even
more mysterious are the human mind, intellect, will, thought, consciousness, and heart – and the potential for
great good on the one hand and enormous evil on the other.
The phenomena of law and order, design and programming, as well as life
and its sustenance, logically point to, although do not prove the existence of, a higher power – a Designer,
Creator, Law-Giver, Life-Giver, and Sustainer of all that exists. The human complexity and paradox further
suggest that there might be some kind of a higher purpose being worked out from above and beyond us. This website
explores what this higher plan and purpose might be,
© Eva Peck, 2010