By Teresa Starcher

The greatest minds of this century have struggled to comprehend the overwhelming vastness of the universe. We can now speak of light-years and have an intelligible measure to draw upon to better enable us to actually perceive this great distance.

But as our thirst for knowledge drives us into searching further into its outer regions, even some of the great minds of today are in supposition, though be it reluctantly, that it is endless. Why is this simple theory so reprehensible?

Because it is just that, simple. This is against our very nature as humans.We will challenge ourselves. For we must know more, dig deeper, go further, push the envelope, and take it to the limit and beyond.

Another reason that this concept is so objectionable is that when faced with infinity, then surely the word eternity must arise. So you may see that as we today are faced with this vastness that is so hard to comprehend, so it was an age-old issue.

The Word shows us this aspect of mankind in that he can only perceive his present situation. Long-term perception is absent. We find this typified in the Word, (Gen. 2:9 with 3:6) The tree of life and also the tree of knowledge, both stood unheeded in this garden that God had prepared for man.

They were given no instructions concerning the tree of life for they had no conception of living forever, i.e. eternity. They could have chosen life, yet chose knowledge, even though it came with a warning and a price they couldn't foresee.

They chose something that was more tangible, more familiar, the here and now. The serpent discussed the pleasant view with Eve. She recognized that this pleased the senses, right now, at this present moment. Then in turn, Adam also chose to please her. Although they refused to take responsibility for their actions, in that Eve blamed the serpent and Adam the woman, they and the serpent were all held accountable. Death came to mankind.

So very much like us today. We function only for the pleasure of the here and now. We can't comprehend death as a consequence of our actions and lifestyles.

Knowledge and technology are growing by leaps and bounds. We live largely. We pollute the water, disturb and destroy ecosystems and drive animal, bird, plant and insects into extinction. We are responsible for nearly every loss of species in the past few thousand years. Experts estimate we are killing 30,000 of them each year.

Save the rain forest! Is a cry unheeded and the threat of global warming seems too far in the future to matter to us right now. Protect our natural resources is mostly a passť' slogan, easily forgotten with enough well aimed currency.

As in the first book of the Bible we are told of man's beginning; its last book, Revelation, states that God Almighty will destroy those that destroy the earth (Rev. 11: 17, 18).

Yet will we do anything about it and avoid a crisis. The knowledge of realizing what could happen does not matter; it seems too far away to comprehend. Along with the growth in population, the balance of take from the earth may far exceed the give. The "take now, don't think about the future" attitude seems only to increase.

But we can't help it; after all we are only human.

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