Day 36: Center of the universe

Up till the 1600’s, the common scientific belief was that the earth was the center of the universe. Galileo was one of the first to publicly challenge that belief and was met with some real opposition.

People up to that point saw everything from their narrow viewpoint of this planet, this space, this life they live. You would think we have moved from that point of view. In fact, a gallup poll taken in the late 1999’s revealed that 79 percent got it right in saying that the earth revolves around the sun and not the reverse.

The problem I have is that this obvious fact was not validated by 21 %. In other words, 1 out of 5 Americans polled still believed the sun revolved around the earth or at least couldn’t confidently assert that the earth wasn’t the center of the solar system, let alone the universe. What does that tell us?

It tells me that we see everything from our point of view. Deep down inside many of us believe we are the center of the universe. We don’t like to admit it but it’s often true.

That’s why when things go wrong in our personal world, we get outraged. However, we may not feel the same kind of passion if the same thing happens to the other guy.

It is kind of natural since we can only see things through our eyes after all. We only have one set of lenses through which to see the world. But, the Jesus factor was supposed to elevate us to a new perspective, right?

I was reading today in Luke and Jesus says something very interesting: “Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never disappear.” In other words, Jesus is the center of the universe. Or, maybe more accurately, He is beyond the universe.

Even when this world we know so well is long gone, we can still exist if we base our lives, our perspective on the one who lasts forever.

That of course means we put others in front of our own limited perspective. We choose to think outside of our narrow box. We see the bigger picture!

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