Patricia Hofer

Human consciousness–our “living soul”

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him?” (KJ Psalms 8:3-4)
The vastness of the night sky, seen even with the naked eye, might easily make us feel small and unimportant. Perhaps that’s why the psalmist asked the question. But he was not intimidated. The psalmist offered his own answer, concluding that man was created to “have dominion,” to be higher, or greater, than the world we see around us (8:6). Andrei Linde, a Russian-American physicist, wrote: “We are together, the universe and us. The moment you say that the universe exists without any observers, I cannot make any sense out of that. I cannot imagine a consistent theory of everything that ignores consciousness” (quoted from Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, June 2002). From the beginning, our Creator endowed us with this capacity of consciousness, this “living soul” that can trace the paths of the galaxies and map the intricate patterns of photons and electrons. Why? Because who we are reflects the spirit of who God is. As CS Lewis wonderfully concluded in Miracles: “For light years and geological periods are mere arithmetic until the shadow of man, the poet, the maker of myths, falls upon them” (84). (Drawn from Living Large, chapter 6, ©️ 2013)

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