Where have we come from? Where are we headed? Cosmologist, Laurence Krauss, thinks he knows. Listen to this 5 minute video which summarizes his book “A Universe from Nothing.”
Krauss sees a beautiful symmetry to our cosmic history: From nothing, we’re heading nowhere as our universe is flung out to its inevitable heat death. We are, therefore, an infinitesimally small blip in cosmic time, birthed out of nothing, suspended over the void and headed for annihilation.
Krauss realises that his scientific theories have existential implications. He spells them out for us gleefully.
1) You are more insignificant than you ever imagined.
2) The future is miserable.
None of this is surprising. Atheists have been saying such things for centuries. What intrigued me is what Krauss said next:
“Those two things should make you happy and not sad.”
Really? How come? Well according to Krauss this is our brief moment in the sun.
Is it? And if you keep being told this gospel, what will it do to your mental health? Is this really as good as it gets? And what if I’m not feeling sunny right now? More to the point, what if I’m one of the 3 billion people on this planet who live on less than $2 a day? Is this our moment in the sun?
The Bible says the exact opposite of course. According to Scripture, this is the valley of the shadow of death. And right there you see why atheism only really thrives in affluence. The places of greatest suffering in the world are not full of folk abandoning God. They know this isn’t our moment in the sun. For them – and for anyone looking squarely at our failures and frailties – it’s the valley of the shadow that makes more sense.
As Christians we often think that darkness and suffering are killer arguments against God. The very opposite is the case. Suffering is precisely why we should believe in Jesus, for He is our suffering and risen Lord. His gospel is the only hope for “a people walking in darkness.”