God’s Sunstorm

            Science fiction takes the mind in some interesting directions.  I appreciate imaginative stories.  Not all sci fi appeals to me.  Some of it is too technical, and some is just too weird.  Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter teamed up to write Sunstorm.  What intrigued me about this story was the idea that the earth was in the path of a giant sun storm and faced destruction.  Unknown aliens called the Firstborn shot a sphere five times the size of Jupiter into the sun in 4 B.C., knowing it would act as a time bomb to destroy Earth on April 20, 2042, because they believed mankind used too much energy.  Supposedly this oncoming sphere was the heavenly body seen by the magi at Christ’s birth.  The resulting solar flares at the time caused geomagnetic disturbances, allegedly even in people’s brains, causing them to prophesy and believe they saw miracles.  In 2037 a young scientist determined the date of the coming solar storm.  The world, except China, pooled resources and built a space mirror/shield in space with the diameter of Earth, designed to deflect part of the intense radiation.  Thanks to this shield and three sentient computer systems on Earth, the moon, and at the shield, 90% of humanity survived in spite of the horrific devastation, from which it took years to recover.  Naturally, the story’s most important characters survived.  Though this makes for fun reading, is the typical idealism of sci fi writers justified?

            Most science fiction writers are Godless, humanistic, or athiestic people who doubt what God has done and will do.  According to the apostle Peter, they won’t consider that, as God once flooded the earth, so one day He will burn it up  and make a new one.  For those of us who are believers, God has promised eternal life.  Not so for unbelievers.  In the face of what’s coming, we can have hope.  God’s timetable is not what we might expect though.  Nonetheless, we’re exhorted to live righteously.

2 Peter 3:3-14—“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”

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