So I cannot stop thinking about something my Astronomy professor said yesterday. In discussing Copernicus and the heliocentric universe, he spoke about how great a discovery it must have been back in the day when Copernicus noted that Earth was just one of many planets and that they in fact went around the sun, instead of the sun going around them. He said that one of the greatest lessons we can take away from this is that we are not special. He noted that there is even a principle in the world of Cosmology and Science as a whole called the “Copernican Principle” in which (in his words) essentially says, that we are not special and any idea that puts man in the center of a theory or principle is suspect.
I couldn’t believe my ears. He has made clear that he is neither an atheist nor a believer. Yet he is an evolution believing Astrophysicist who ironically revers, [as most scientist do], the work of Sir Isaac Newton, a Creationist who loved and wrote about God, quite frequently. It all makes me laugh. However, I digress.
I love this professor. He’s very smart, and funny, but his understanding of the Copernican principle made my jaw drop. Think about those words. “Any idea that puts man at the center, is suspect.” That is the very thing the world, and most, if not all religion does.
It is in fact the world [and its religions, philosophies and worldviews therein] that tells man that man can be gods. Man can one day reach perfection, or enlightenment or any other form of nirvana that man pursues. Man elevates himself by revering his own mind and capacity to learn, understand and reason. In praising IQ, knowledge and even his own piety Man elevates himself to the center of his own worship- SELF. Thus living out the Copernican Principle. This idea with man at the center, is incredibly suspect.
Yet, Scripture teaches us a different thing!
Ephesians 2 (NIrV)
You were living in your sins and lawless ways. But in fact you were dead. 2 You used to live as sinners when you followed the ways of this world. You served the one who rules over the spiritual forces of evil. He is the spirit who is now at work in those who don’t obey God. 3 At one time we all lived among them. Our desires were controlled by sin. We tried to satisfy what they wanted us to do. We followed our desires and thoughts. God was angry with us like he was with everyone else. That’s because of the kind of people we all were. 4 But God loves us deeply. He is full of mercy. 5 So he gave us new life because of what Christ has done. He gave us life even when we were dead in sin. God’s grace has saved you. 6 God raised us up with Christ. He has seated us with him in his heavenly kingdom. That’s because we belong to Christ Jesus. 7 He has done it to show the riches of his grace for all time to come. His grace can’t be compared with anything else. He has shown it by being kind to us. He was kind to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. 8 God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift. 9 It is not based on anything you have done. No one can brag about earning it. 10 We are God’s creation. He created us to belong to Christ Jesus. Now we can do good works. Long ago God prepared these works for us to do.
Ephesians 2 proves that man didn’t come up with The Bible’s truths and teachings. It proves man hasn’t changed or rigged the word. Because who would want to give glory to someone else rather than themselves? Every religion, philosophy, theory and worldview out there looks to elevate self and not One Supreme Creator who designed the world and all of life with beautiful and intricate intelligent design.
I can apply the Copernican principle to my battle with my Goliath. I am not special. I simply revolve and rotate around the SON! I am not special, and I am not able to do this on my own. He alone, King Jesus Christ alone gives me everything I need to live and honor Him. Amen Lord. Thank you that even in the midst of secular learning, you are found. If we didn’t worship, the rocks would cry out!! Hallelujah!