The Lesson

The Lesson:

We live in a dynamic universe powered by change.
Everything changes: 
     planets, stars and galaxies - 
         atoms, molecules and cells - 
             flowers, trees and people.
There is life here. There is love here. . . . and mysteries.
We come, we go. Everything comes, everything goes. 
It’s natural. It’s astonishing. It’s even beautiful.


The days of our years are threescore years and ten;
and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years,
yet is their strength labour and sorrow;
for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
 - Psalm 90


Our ancestors knew nothing of planets, stars and galaxies - nothing of atoms, molecules and cells. Obviously they would be dazzled and confused by trains, planes and automobiles, not to mention cellphones, GPS and TV. So, while there are treasures to rescue from our past such as the quote from Psalms above, most of religion is bogus and made up, usually to create some credential of society wherewith for some of us to lord it over the rest of us.

In ancient times, the term “world” meant the patch of ground you stood on. Many people assumed it was flat and floating between the waters and the sky above. Some people worried that you could fall off the edge. A few clever people figured out the Earth was round from seeing its shadow on the Moon during an eclipse and even figured out the distance to the Sun and Moon. Now our world spans billions of years and light years of space-time. We now know of trillions of galaxies, billions of stars and countless numbers of planets like our Earth. And the atoms, molecules and cells that make our bodies? Far, far beyond even trying to count.

In truth, there were no gods and goddessess, no angels and demons, no unicorns and fairies. Further: there was no Adam and Eve, no Noah or flood, no Abraham or even Moses and Exodus. It was all made up. So if you want to learn about Jesus, you will have to work and dig like I did. He's hard to find in all the clutter of religion, but a great observer and teacher.

About our new worldview:

About our universe:
 - Earth is not the center of the universe.
 - Earth orbits the Sun, like the other planets.
 - The Sun orbits the Milky Way, like billions of other stars.
 - And there are trillions of galaxies like our Milky Way, each with billions of stars.
 - The universe reaches beyond billions of light years, beyond our ken.

About life:
- Living things, like our bodies, are made of cells.
 - Sickness does not come from demons, but competing cells.
 - We are related to all the other living things on Earth.
 - They, cells, plants and animals, are our cousins, made of cells like we are.
 - We are related and developed together.
We all grew up together here on Earth, our island home. 

We've never been anywhere else, yet.


About knowing, what we ken, grasp or comprehend:

We're only beginning
    to comprehend, understand, to know this place.
       There is more, so much more.
           Thus far, we know, we ken:

The stars made
    the iron pounding in our blood,
        the calcium in our bones,
            the air we breathe.

We inherited life from the stars,
    and live an astonishing journey.
One day we must release our life
    and set it free.

Life has a restless yearning called love: 
    our desire to belong -
       to belong to each other, and
           to belong 
here, in this place.

When we look into one of life's faces - someone we love,
     we connect to life - and love - eternal.


Our journey leads to . . . The Road Home:

We began our journey hearing a voice. 
We now end hearing another:

The Road Home

    music: Stephen Paulus

    lyrics: Michael Dennis Browne

Tell me, where is the road

I can call my own,

That I left, that I lost

So long ago?

All these years I have wandered,

Oh when will I know

There's a way, there's a road

That will lead me home?

After wind, after rain,

When the dark is done,

As I wake from a dream

In the gold of day,

Through the air there's a calling

From far away,

There's a voice I can hear

That will lead me home.

Rise up, follow me,

Come away, is the call,

With the love in your heart

As the only song;

There is no such beauty

As where you belong;

Rise up, follow me,

I will lead you home.


Again, The Lessson:

This universe is our home.
We belong here,
like the trees and the rocks,
the stars and galaxies,
the flowers and the children.

As the old hymn sang:
"Here would I find a settled rest,
while others go and come;
no more a stranger, nor a guest,
but like a child at home."

There is no such beauty
as where you belong.

Our road to home now leads onward:



NOTE: These videos below take longer, so I grouped them at the end here:

First, from the Big Bang until Today - 14 billion years:

Suggestion: to watch this at full screen - - click here  ^^   .  .  .  .


Now, the journey of our universe continues onward, 

taking us into deep time and eternity.

deep time = trillions of trillions of years:


The End ?

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