By MARGARET BROWN
THE NEED to know is built into the human psyche and is one of the few things that differentiates us from the rest of the animal kingdom: a powerful force which has brought mankind to its present level of apparent civilisation and continues to drive us forward, irrespective of the consequences.
As we peel back layer after layer from the living world so that we may grasp the miracle of its construction and reveal the last nano-squeak of living matter, increasingly the hand of God is brushed aside.
Self-sufficiency, based upon an accumulation of wealth either by hard work or wheeler-dealing, has become an end in itself and gives a false sense of security.
Although it may be subdued by material comforts there is another basic need we ignore at our peril. From time immemorial humans have sought the presence of transcendent powers and, in our search for the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of life upon earth, have named and worshipped many Gods: these to be propitiated with gifts to smooth a man’s brief existence.
With the advancement of knowledge, the more scientists delve the clearer it becomes that there is orderliness and structure to the world within which all living matter is interdependent, giving credence to the presence of a single supreme Designer/Creator.
Could this be God in the Biblical sense and is mankind the ultimate creation? On the sixth day (the timescale is allegorical) when all was found to be ‘very good’, it is written that we inherited the earth and all that was in it.
What we accept is up to us but there is a hunger for direction and the need for a personal God: call it worship and, if you are a Christian, Jew or Muslim, you need look no further.
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