Because there is nothing humans wrestle with more than understanding the origins of the universe, it makes perfect sense for our first 24 hours of Family Camp to have focused on the story of God creating the world. Between the Rev. Dwight Brown’s sermons on Adam, Eve, and their fall, to Dr. George Spagna’s opening discussion on how science and religion walk along side one another, we all said a collective “wow”.
“In the beginning” we heard about the world that God created and our Biblical ancestors. These are stories we know, but somehow when you’re sitting under the thick, damp canopy of trees that unfold the Shrine we’re intrinsically reminded of this world God created.
“In the beginning” when time and space were created there was God. Dr. Spagna began this conversation of religion and science with the reminder that both religion and science are faith-based. And yet there are ways in which we see faith in action, whether it’s through the transformative power of God in one’s life, or the knowledge that the ‘God particle’ fills the space where scientists only recently proved it existed.
These conversations were amazing, but let me tell you one of the best explanations I’ve ever heard. First, I need to get into some science – which as a liberal arts major is a bit dicey. If we plot a point on a line and call it “Me-Now,” everything before this point in time has been part of bringing Me to Now, and everything from this same point going forward includes “Me Now” as part of where I will go. Right?
Now, stick with me. What if the point we plot on a line is when the world began – the Big Bang – and then we look to the fourth word of Genesis “God” just as a reminder that God was there at the beginning. Are you seeing where this is going yet? Just as everything in the future of “Me Now” includes “Me Now”, so must all of creation including everything after “In the beginning, God…” include God. Not only does this show that God is intimately involved in everything that has followed from the Big Bang and our creation but it turns out science can prove it.
And that, folks, was just the first 24 hours. It’s always a wild ride but now I can prove it.
By Stephanie Higgins
Spreading the good news of Shrine Mont Camps into the Valley of the World.
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