As I indicated in Part I, I’ve heard and read about greatness. I’ve seen greatness, whether it’s the greatness of man himself or his achievements. When I consider what man has been able to achieve in the short period of his existence – his inventions, discoveries, ideas, etc. – I marvel. Man’s greatness is indisputable. But his greatness can easily be explained and understood.
But, then, I see, feel and experience another greatness – I mean, some greater greatness. I see the universe and its workings, which I cannot fully understand or explain.
When I ponder over the little that I see and know about the universe and the things in it, including man, I conclude that there’s a being that’s responsible for all this. Call or describe him in whatever way you wish.
I’ll use the term “God.” I believe He exists and is in control of His creation. I may not be able to fully understand or explain His existence and work or doings, but that does not mean that I should not, or cannot, recognize His existence and greatness when the facts and reasons are so palpable.
I may not be able to prove God’s existence one-hundred percent or demonstrate His existence in a test tube, but that does not mean that he doesn’t exist. After all, there’re many other things that we believe exist, but whose existence we have never been able to prove physically. For instance, almost everyone agrees that man has a brain and a mind. The “mind” is man’s mental ability and the brain is the physical location of the mind. But no one has ever been able to locate or see the mind. Does it mean that man does not have a mind? Of course, he does.
It’s also worth mentioning that being unable to prove the reality of a thing does not necessarily mean that that thing doesn’t exist. Similarly, being able to prove the reality of a thing does not necessarily mean that that thing exists. For instance, many people – including me – can mathematically prove that 1=2. But this does not necessarily mean that 1 actually equals 2.
Having said that, I would also like to aver that I have nothing – absolutely nothing – to lose if I register my belief in the existence of God and His majesty, and then it turns out some day that He doesn’t exist at all and that I was only living in a world of fantasy.
Conversely, I have all – I mean, everything – to lose, if I volitionally refuse to believe in God’s existence and mightiness now, and it turns out by and by that He does actually exist and is the Creator of the universe. It would be the most indescribably frustrating and regretful moment of my existence. That’s why I’ll neither hesitate nor hold my tongue in acknowledging the existence and greatness of God.
God, I believe that you exist. Not only that. You’re powerful and infinite. I also believe that you created the heavens and the earth and their components, and that you have a plan for your creation. But, let’s assume, God, that you don’t exist, needless to mention your creating the heavens and the earth and their components, and that I only acknowledge your existence and your creation of the universe out of ignorance, befuddlement, madness, suffering, desperation and sheer stupidity. If this is the case, then I still feel good because the thought of your being there not only inspires me; it increases the sense of hopefulness, which also helps enrich life.
O’ Master, when I reflect on the different sizes and lengths of the various teeth placed in the mouths of different animals and the purposes they serve, I cannot hold my peace in magnifying your holy name. Lord, you are awesome.
God of Hosts, when I think about the shape and position and functions of my small intestine in relation to the food I eat and its digestion, and reflect on its role in the conveyor of needed nutrients to the rest of my body, I can never stop praising you. Lord, you are awesome.
Great God, when I observe the existence and movement of fish and other aquatic animals – big and small – under water and the comfort they get there and juxtapose that fact with the discomfort they experience when they are placed on land, I marvel at your marvelousness. Lord, you are awesome.
Giver of life, when I consider the existence, activities and movement of such land animals as cows, goats, sheep, monkeys, elephants, deer, chickens, and so forth and consider the comfort they enjoy and juxtapose that fact with the discomfort they go through when they are placed in a large body of water, I am motivated to glorify your name continuously. Lord, you are awesome.
Master Provider of life, when I learn that certain animals made by you and habiting the earth well fit both in water and on land, experiencing no discomfort in either environment, I feel elated to magnify your mighty name. Lord, you are awesome.
Great Designer of life, when I look at the ant and its shape and life, when I consider the worm and its shape and life, when I consider the mosquito and its shape and life, when I consider the bee and its shape and life, and when I compare it with the elephant and its shape and life, the great whale and its shape and life, I have no doubt that you designed the universe and its creatures. Lord, you are awesome.
Great Maker, when I ponder over the grass and how it grows, and ponder over the huge trees and how they grow, I can never hold my breath in declaring, “Lord, you are awesome.”
Owner of the universe, when I consider the prominence and rule of the moon and the stars at night, as if the sun had no power, and reflect on the prominence and rule of the sun in the day, as if the moon and the stars had no strength, something forces me to declare, “God, you are awesome.”
Great creator, when I think about the placement, position and functions of the fingers of my hands, and consider the placement and position and functions of the toes of my feet, I desire to make praising you my hobby. Lord, you are awesome.
Wonderful Creator, when I think about the thing called hair and its growth in specific parts of the human body, and without it ever growing in the mouth, in the palm or under the foot, I am compelled to praise you before multitude. Lord, you are awesome.
Master Designer, the more I ponder over hearing-related parts and nerves that enable me not only to hear but to recognize low, medium and loud sounds, the more I feel anxious to praise your mighty name. Lord, you are awesome.
Great Designer, the more I reflect on sight-related parts and nerves, including the optic lobe, that enable me not only to see far and near but also to recognize big and small objects, the more I can want to declare your gloriousness to the nations of the world. Lord, you are awesome.
Great Designer, the more I learn about smell-related parts and nerves that enable me to not only to smell but also to recognize different kinds of scents, the more I recognize your greatness. Lord, you are awesome.
Great Designer, the more I read about taste-related parts and nerves that enable me not only to taste but also to recognize different tastes, including sour, sweet, bitter and salty, the more I desire to make your majesty known to the inhabitants of the earth. Lord, you are awesome.
To be continued …
Believe me, my people. We will never stop following the issues.