Just when I thought God didn’t advocate stoning anymore! Irrationality has followed in the wake of the meteor explosion above Russia last Friday. Instead of looking for an astronomical explanation, many believers are asking themselves what God meant by it all. Local clergyman Sexton Sergei thinks it was a sign from the divine, and that we should pray to God to thank him for averting disaster. I wouldn’t say any disaster was “averted”, but maybe Sergei is just looking on the bright side. Other believers aren’t as optimistic, though. Charles Honey of The Grand Rapids Press wondered if God would save us from a potentially devastating meteor in the future. Although God promised to never wipe out life on earth again, like he did with the great flood, he think it's possible that God may wipe out most life on Earth.
|Honey's interpretation of the atheist perspective|
In the end he takes a sort of middle ground, suggesting that Russia’s meteor was a divine sign to tell us we should increase funding for asteroid detection. In other words, God wouldn’t save us from a devastating asteroid, so he sent us this meteor as a wake-up call. If you’re going to interpret a meteor as God telling you something, I guess I’m just glad he’s not telling you to do something violent.
Okay, so obviously God wasn’t responsible for the meteor. But what if we were? A CNN news anchor asked Bill Nye if the DA14 asteroid that passed by Earth last week was due to global warming.
(Full video here)
Although global warming affects the world in a number of ways, that anchor is just spouting hot air. If Russia’s meteor can be interpreted as any kind of "sign", it’s that we have to be more rational. Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky doesn't think anything supernatural is at play. Instead, he says that the meteor explosion over his country was actually a U.S. weapons test.
The real insight this meteor brings is that no matter how big, flashy, or dangerous a rock is, it's still just a rock.