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What is wasted?

by Frank King


“If we are supposed to be God’s special creatures, then the universe is full of a lot of wasted space.” – Hemant Mehta. Don’t ya just love how arrogant we human beings can be sometimes?

That’s the first thought that went through my head when I read the quote above from an American author, blogger and atheist activist.

Think about his statement for a minute. Then think about all the things humanity DOESN’T know. Like what is consciousness? How do we store and access memories? Does life exist anywhere else in the universe? Why are moths attracted to light?

This little list is just the start. Spend some time researching on the internet and you’ll find a universe of articles delving into the other things we humans simply don’t know or understand.

So you gotta give Hemant Mehta credit for his audacious ego. I mean, who is he — or anyone else, for that matter — to declare that if humanity is God’s special creation, then the universe is full of a “lot of wasted space?” How would Mehta credibly define “wasted space” in the universe?

I do believe humans are God’s special creation. To our limited knowledge, no other creature has anywhere near our level of self-awareness. Or awareness of a world beyond our own. Or awareness that something, or someone, must have created it all.

To me, all these “awarenesses” are a gift from the Creator and Master of time, space and the universe. As God’s special creation, most of us have a clear knowledge of right and wrong. It’s called the Moral Law and without a Creator, it simply wouldn’t exist.

Most of us also know we’re a long way from anything resembling “perfect”. Indeed, humanity can’t even agree on what is perfection.

I’m relieved that I don’t have to address that idea. Christ followers know that perfection is established by our Creator. And it’s utterly out of our reach.

We are blessed in that we don’t have to be perfect to satisfy our Creator. Oh, we still need to strive for it. But even as we fall short, God offers all of humanity a gift—the life, teachings, sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus.

God wants perfection. That’s a fact. And when we accept the gift of Jesus, when we make Him Lord and Saviour, God doesn’t see our sin. He sees only the perfection of His Son. Then he welcomes us to spend eternity with Him.

Frank King’s views are his own and do not reflect on his role as manager of media relations for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada and Samaritan’s Purse Canada.