In the Old Testament right after man started to live on the earth there was a problem. God didn't like his creation and he wanted to wipe them out. According to Tillich in 'The Eternal Now', this is the same problem that we have now, only it is man who has decided there is a problem and wants to wipe himself out, through which ever form of apocalypse is trendy at the moment - for Tillich it was nuclear. God took a risk, much the same as when we are creative, you take a risk and sometmes you decide to start again. Perhaps man today in planning the space race is subconsciously feeling the same fear - that it is time to start again in a different place.What is the message of God that we can bring for us today:
God saw promise in Noah and sent the rainbow to promise it would never happen again.
Tillich concludes that when we see ourselves as a tiny speck, in time and the universe this problem will always appear. The only answer is to find that God is outside time.
"Only the eternal can save us from the anxiety of being a meaningless bit of matter in a meaningless vortex of atoms and electrons. Only the eternal can give us the certainty that the earth, and with it, mankind, has not existed in vain."
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