Several TV shows, (e.g. “Keven (Probably) saves the World” and “Shut Eye”) appeal to the universe as an entity. The writers of both shows repeatedly ask, “What is the Universe saying to you?” or if the voices and visions stop, “What did I do to offend the Universe.”
Is this Christian?
Like many Baptist types, I grew up where it was “us” against the “world.” One of my favorites was I John 2:15-17: “Do not love the world or the things of the world. For all that is of the world….is passing away.” Being conformed to the world’s values is never a good life plan.
Can the universe be voice of God?
Psalm 19 links the canon of scripture with the canon of nature. The Word is alive and powerful but so is creation. Jesus reminded His disciples that He was the bread of life. In other words, God’s creation continues to create. Joel looks forward to the day with the Word of God, and the Word of Nature are fully united:“And in that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the streambeds of Judah shall flow with water; and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the Lord
and water the Valley of Shittim.” Sitting Bull walked barefoot on mother earth and sat on the dirt floor so that he could practice the presence God in nature. We have a lot to learn from the birds, trees and rocks.
In Romans 8, Paul describes the universe’s journey. It is a journey of groans Paul offers his explanation of why we groan: “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.” (Rom. 8:22-24)
One of the things that makes earth unique in the universe is water. But water there is more to water than an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O, which appears bluish in thick layers, freezes at 0° C and boils at 100° C” (Webster’s Online Dictionary). Like most things, we have researched and studied water to the point of squeezing out every supernatural drop. Hindu’s believes in water while much of Christianity forgot about the power of rivers, streams, and sacred pools. Jews believe in the power of water. Leviticus 11:49 (cf. 15:5, 17:15) describe how water removed defilement. John describes the pool of Saloam as a place where real healing occurs (John 5).
The gifts of the spirit (cf. I Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12; Ephesisans) are sometimes referred to as nature gifts because of their wide spread use among other religions. It’s no secret that every religion has their faith healers and diviners. Rather than to dismiss them out of hand, isn’t it better to describe them as gifts of the universe?
The next time I hear the phrase, “What is the universe saying to me,” the Baptist in me won’t recoil because it is Jesus who is speaking through His universe.