I deviate from my series distilling Teilhard’s concepts to inject some impassioned thoughts that interrupted my reading as I searched through his books. He was a visionary who weaves together the strands of human knowledge that arise from two seemingly disparate ways to understand life and the world—science explores the material aspect of being to understand function, religion searches the spiritual dimension to seek meaning—Teilhard sees they are not disparate, but rather interdependent. What follows are my thoughts combining with his wisdom.
God doesn’t need us—
there is a vast universe God is nurturing—
if this tiny planet self-destructs
its disappearance will hardly be disruptive . . .
its loss can be easily compensated for.
But we need God—
the unknown God beyond our understanding
who gives order and balance to the evolving universe.
A God who calls forth human reason and compassion
inviting our creative participation in a sustainable world.
A God who calls forth love and morality
thus enabling life to flourish.
There are uncountable galaxies and planets
beyond our knowing—
but what we do know of
is that which we have been given to shepherd—
this terra firma upon which we stand;
it alone provides for our continuation . . .
its fate depends upon us and our choices.
Only by our active recognition
of need for the order and balance
which is represented by a loving God
who calls us to acknowledge our interdependence
can we survive our individual selfishness.
Deuteronomy 30:19—“This day I call the heavens and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live . . . “ (NIV)