Matter can neither be created nor destroyed. Well, if true that pretty much puts the kibosh on Creationism. But doesn’t it also rule out the Doctrine of Bodily Ascension? That is, at the moment of Mary’s ascension, the mass of the world would have been reduced by 51.8 kilos. If this be denied, then Christ could not have claimed, as clearly he did, that “[his] kingdom is not of this world.”
So the Christian must believe that matter can be both created and destroyed. That something can come from nothing, and return to it again. Which immediately invites the question, How does God bring being into and out of being?
But to be fair, the atheist is saddled with the same question. Martin Heidegger wondered, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” But the more pressing question is, “How is there something rather than nothing?”
Unless, of course, whatever there is has always been. In fact isn’t that the simplest explanation? And isn’t the simplest explanation the one most likely to be true?
Okay, let’s run with that. Whatever is has always been. From time to time the constituents of being simply rearrange themselves, and that’s what gives us the mere illusion of creation and destruction. So, for example, when I die I will cease to be qua me, but my constituents will live on, perhaps in other me’s. I find this consoling, don’t you?
Thoughts like these are what I call our ‘kumbaya’ moments. They make me want to gag. Same reflex I had when I had to change my son’s diapers. I guess this is why I’ve never understood what people call ‘spirituality’. I guess my kingdom, if I were to have one, would only be of this world.