Christianity, Science, Eternity, and a Funeral
I attended a funeral yesterday. It was not any funeral. My father passed away some few days ago. The priest talked about the eternity within each of us, and with God as the eternal ruler of this eternity. A traditional Christian funeral it was.
Also in the memorial afterwards the speakers talked about my father now living forever with God. In heaven, in eternity. I myself, being an agnostic, listened to all comforting words, to all that saw hope in the eternal life. People are kind to each other in front of existential questions of life and death, and the believe in eternal life with God is comforting, both soothing the loss, and creating hope when we ourselves ultimately shall die.
My speech was a bit different. I talked about the fact that the energy of life don’t disappear with death, it only transforms. The energy of my father is still there in one form or another. That’s a law of physics. There is an eternity in this fact. The energy shall always last.
And I talked about the little blue dot, in a small solar system, in the periphery of a galaxy among billions og galaxies is where we ar born, where we live and where we die. On this tiny plane is all our history, this is where we strive, where we make love, where we have our losses and our victories. So small humans are, so negligible our problems are, how unimportant we are in this vast cosmos.
But w are all made of stardust, we are made of this vast cosmos, and we are living parts of the great universe. And therefore we are all related, with each others, with all living beings and with the enormous cosmos with all its energy and power. We are united. So while we may seem small, we are at the same time not only part of, but we are, one and each of us, the cosmic infinity and eternity.
A different speech? Perhaps not, after all. If I omit God, or perhaps God is this energy, I fundamentally expressed the same thoughts as all others. Christianity and science met in an almost logical way.
I was not the only in the gathering who recognized the similarities. Christians, as well as atheists and agnostics talked to me afterwards of not only how we all felt connected, but also of how we are eternity either way we approach our human existence.