The Creative Mystery of God by Vicki Hollon
The Creative Mystery of God
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. Genesis 1: 1-31
Less than 2 months ago many of us saw the first image of a Black Hole, something that has been talked about and imagined since the mid-1700s. When the news and picture came out one of my Trinity friends said something like, “I wonder if this could be where we find Hell?” That question had not entered my mind but has led me to ponder.
I cannot begin to answer my friend’s interesting question. However, I recently came across a verse in the book of Jude that caused me to pause. (As a reminder, Jude is a short book with just one chapter that immediately precedes the book of Revelation.) In Jude the author warns the church of false teachers and he elaborates on what judgement will look like if we follow those teachers. In giving description of what that judgement will look like, Jude says in verse 13, “Wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.”
I have read more than one scientist explain, “A black hole is created when a star, big or small, dies. As it does, the gravity pull is so strong that even light cannot escape, making it invisible. It can be detected only by the affect it has on its surroundings in space.” This explanation sounds a lot like Jude’s more poetic description of judgement that will include the loss of light when stars are overtaken by darkness.
The Bible was not intended to be a science book and it is not my usual practice to use the Bible to try to explain science or vice-versa. What I do know is that we do not have to be afraid of what science discovers. The creative mystery of God encompasses all we now know and all we will continue to discover. Faith goes beyond reason. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1: 5) Jesus is the light of the world and whoever follows him will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8: 12).
It is a gift to be on this journey with you in this time in history as we continue to uncover mysteries. My prayer is that you and I will follow the path of Christ where we can be free from fear and experience peace that surpasses all understanding.