By Raymond Snoke
The Lebanon Reporter
Just how far does the emptiness of space go, and is it really so empty? As I lean back and gaze skyward toward the multitude of stars and planets, I’ve often wondered just how far I can actually see. There are countless mysteries in the world, many of which will never be known to any of us. Oh sure, there are scientists all over our globe that think they can solve just about any question that mankind might have.
A long time ago we were taught that the sun is a mere 93,000,000 miles from earth, but just because some mathematician or wizard says so, how do we really know for sure? We’ve been taught over the years, or brainwashed, to believe what we are told. And many people will never question anything that they hear, and just consider it gospel. I for one will never fit into that category. The many 24-hour news networks that continuously flood our televisions seem to always be able to come up with an expert’s opinion, no matter what the subject is. They can provide us with information on anything from UFOs, to theories on President Kennedy’s death. Scientists can also attempt to prove to us just when life actually begins, and in the same breath tell us that there is no such thing as near death experiences. These learned experts will also have us believe that life after death is impossible. I guess they forgot to read the Bible. No matter how many degrees that might be hanging on someone’s wall, it doesn’t mean that they know all of the answers to the universe.
It’s human nature to wonder about everything that goes on around us. This includes all that is visible to us, along with everything still occurring that we may never see with our naked eyes. Was our universe created by what some refer to as “the big bang theory?” Or simply did the eons of stars and planets just happen to be one day, along with man and the dinosaurs? I can’t honestly say if there was or was not a loud noise when the universe was created; but I suppose that when our God made everything, there could have been a lot of commotion. Just listen to how noisy it is when someone runs the sweeper or mows the yard. Even when carpenters are building a new home, there is hammering, drilling and the occasional banging of lumber being dropped. Compare that to building an entire galaxy, and in just seven days.
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make any noise? I can remember that question being asked more than once during the time I attended school. Whether it made a noise or not, does it really matter to anyone? The only time that it would really matter would be if someone was actually in the forest and was about to be squished by the tree. There are so many other things that are worthy of our time and thought. For instance, why did the chicken cross the road? Or which came first, the chicken or the egg? I know, once we reach heaven many things will be revealed to us, but it’s really OK if God keeps the above-mentioned unsolved mysteries to Himself.
When I come face-to-face with my creator, I’m not sure which question I would want to ask Him first. Of course, He already knows what is on my mind before I do, but I spend a lot of time pondering the things I might ask God anyway. I don’t need to even consider asking Him why fried chicken tastes so good, I’m just happy that it does. I am thankful that God guided mankind toward the creation of mashed potatoes and gravy, along with homemade biscuits. Besides making mankind and all that surrounds us, I’m truly glad that He gave us honey and maple syrup. When we were created, five senses were built into our hard drive — sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste — thus allowing us many ways to enjoy, explore and learn about our surroundings. Even if we lose one or more of our senses, the remaining ones will mysteriously become more acute and fine-tuned so that we can continue to learn about our universe.
Sometimes terrible diseases will rob us of our thought processes, but how do we really know when someone is completely unable to think or imagine what goes on in their world? It has been known for awhile now that a person in a coma may appear to be completely unaware of what is happening around them, but appearances can be deceiving. After being in a so-called state of vegetation, many have awoken days or years later and have declared that they were able to comprehend what was going on but unable to communicate verbally. Is there really anything more mysterious than our brains? My opinion is absolutely not. I doubt that there will ever be a computer built that will come close to recreating the functions of our brain.
After all that I have written, it seems that we do not need to dive into the deepest depths of the oceans or travel to the farthest stars, let alone waste time and energy splitting atoms. If mankind ever figures out the password to our minds, I think a lot of life’s unknowns will be figured out. Do we really want that?
I, for one, enjoy pondering and wondering about things and believe knowing too much might not be that great.
Email Raymond Snoke at firstname.lastname@example.org.