“The endless cycle of idea and action, endless invention, endless experiment, brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness; knowledge of speech, but not of silence; knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word. All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance, all our ignorance brings us nearer to death, but nearness to death no nearer to God”
© Tom Gable
Everyday man builds and works, day after day, week after week, year after year. To what end? Has all of this produced the progress and society we have dreamed of? That is for you to decide but I would say I do not believe so. As a college student, I wander around each day in a concrete jungle and stare out my window at a buzzing street where cars frantically pass by. The problem however takes root in not what I see but what I cannot see. I cannot see woods, meadows or natural areas untouched by people. I count from my window nine trees which have all been planted in neat, tidy rows as if to add some formal scenery to the city.
It is at this point where the real problem begins. When everyday I stare at buildings, cars and technology I am never caught in awe. All of these things have been built by man and anyone could replicate such things with the proper education, equipment, skill set and materials. Yes, some inventions and buildings are impressive but never once have I been so enamored with these that I can just sit and stare at it for hours.
On the other hand, when I find a quiet forest with birds in the canopy and squirrels scurrying around I am enamored. I can sit at the base of a tree and just watch and listen. What is the appeal in that? It is observing life that is beyond me and a design that is beyond me. Sure, science can describe the processes and functionalities of nature but what man cannot do is make the life I see in a forest. Give scientists all the chemicals in the right proportions and ask them to create a squirrel for you…they can’t. Perhaps something simple like a tree…not possible. Why not? Because there is only one entity that knows the design of the natural world perfectly and only one entity that breathed life into all we see. It is that intricate design that is dumbfounding to me. For all the knowledge mankind has accrued, it is still impossible for us to replicate the natural world.
And this is where we are progressing backwards. No longer does the everyday person see, interact and feel the brilliance of nature. In fact, most are so removed that they do not know what it is like to immerse themselves in the natural world. All this ends up creating a world where all man sees is what man has made and through that man no longer sees what God has made. They do not have a daily reminder of the architect of this world and therefore find the presence of God so distant that many believe it illogical to believe in God in the first place.
“His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made”