Friday, August 14, 2009
I have since found these thoughts from Lewis rather interesting about whether there is meaning behind our universe, like this flower pot. It has more meaning than just flowers in a flower pot.
"My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? If the whole show was bad and senseless from A to Z, so to speak, why did I, who was supposed to be part of the show, find myself in such violent reaction against it? A man feels wet when he falls into water, because man is not a water animal: a fish would not feel wet. Of course, I could have given up my idea of justice by saying that it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too--for the argument depended on saying that the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my private fancies.
Thus in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist--in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless--I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality--namely my idea of justice--was full of sense. Consequently atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning." (Mere Christianity)
I have heard one person make a point that the complexity of what we have today in our universe is like getting a thousand monkeys on type writers hoping to draft a thesis.
1. So, what are the likely hoods of our universe accidentally producing creatures with the ability to understand the concept of meaning?
2. Is it more likely that it was an accident or objectively caused?
3. Would the concept of meaning arise out of no meaning? Just as, would the concept of dark ever hit us if there were no light?
Many, many questions really, we need to be honest with ourselves.
I believe that God has made us to understand meaning, in order to understand God as our Maker. We are designed to think and understand meaning, unlike animals.
We have two cows on our little piece of land. Should they walk through our garden, I am sure they would have no idea that they are trespassing and have no idea that it is ordered for a reason/meaning :) To them it is just food. But when a person sees it, they wonder why it is ordered and conclude with the best option that it must have had someone who ordered it with a meaning/purpose in mind.