Romans 8:22 We know that the whole creation is groaning together and suffering labor pains up until now.
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Too often we remove faithfulness from its connection with the whole order of creation. The truth is that 13.7 billion years of creation brought the universe to the point where human consciousness has developed the capacity for self-reflection and faithfulness. Cosmologists tell us that we are the universe’s capacity for self-reflection. When we waste that gift on selfish intention (namely, seeking to escape this life for an after-life in heaven), we deny what the creation’s labor pains have been birthing. 13.7 billion years of preparation and we want to waste that energy by denying the life that creation formed in us.
There is a deep inner spirit that can take us beyond our short-sighted and often selfish desires to be the center of it all. That spirit (which we sometimes call God, Spirit, Mystery, Divine, Allah, Higher Purpose, YHWH, Buddha, Tao, Messiah, …) only wants us to be whole, integrated, mature, wholesome persons whose lives in the here-and-now radiate peace and justice. That is what creation has been working towards for 13.7 billion years. That is the inner insistence which calls us into being and action in the name of God. Perhaps. If there is any coherent understanding of predestination, it must run something like this — without a specific blueprint, the universe has developed its own “rules” and “rituals.” That serendipitous plan has been, from a human perspective, nothing short of miraculous for it gives each one of us the capacity to grow into the likeness of one whose life transformed the direction of the human-divine encounter and, thereby, advanced the creation.