Monday, March 28, 2011

Water To Wine

I was reading a book by Malcolm Muggeridge this morning called "Conversion," (a book that I haven't been trying hard to get through for over 3 yrs now) and read these quotes taken from St Augustine's Confessions:

"We take for granted the slow miracles whereby year by year water irrigating a vineyard becomes wine, we stand amazed when the same process takes place in quick motion in Cana of Galilee"

"Men go to gape at mountain peaks, at the boundless tides of the sea, the broad sweep of rivers, the encircling ocean and the motion of the stars, and yet they leave themselves unnoticed; they do not marvel at themselves."

This reminded me of a song by Peter Mayer called "Holy Now." The lyrics go:

When I was in Sunday school
We would learn about the time
Moses split the sea in two
Jesus made the water wine
And I remember feeling sad
That miracles don't happen still
But now I can't keep track
'Cause everything's a miracle...

Wine from water is not so small
But an even better magic trick
Is that anything is here at all
So the challenging thing becomes
Not to look for miracles
But finding where there isn't one

Sometimes I stop and think how God could have always existed? It is beyond any experience we as humans have. But then almost immediately I put myself in the atheist's shoes, and my thoughts always shift back to us, and all we see and experience. How in the world (or beyond) does all this exist without God? At least something, (the space that the universe contains maybe?) would have to have always existed. Stuff coming from nothing is beyond any experience we as humans have too. It is so much easier to believe that God is God, and we with only finite human minds, cannot even begin to comprehend His Infinite Vastnass then to consider the alternative which is beyond irrational. Atheists tend to say they cannot believe in miracles because they don't believe in God. Unscientific. But they do believe in themselves and they do believe in wine... When looked at it this way, from St Augustine's standpoint, does it really matter whether it came to be by the slow or the fast way? It should be nevertheless miraculous to an honest atheist. Even without God the atheist still has to grapple with miracles.