Importing Cosmic Dust Hardly Cause For Celebration

The news media were in ecstasy the earlier this week over the successful return to earth of the Stardust capsule which contains the minute particles of solar system dust which can now be analyzed by scientists over the next several years. Their goal is to gain new insights into the creation of the vast solar system.

“Ten years of planning and seven years of flight operations were realized early this morning when we successfully picked up our return capsule off of the desert floor in Utah,” said Tom Duxbury, Stardust project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. “The Stardust project has delivered to the international science community material that has been unaltered since the formation of our solar system.”

Pardon me if I don’t get too excited. I think that our planet already has sufficient dust – last time I checked even in my own study I did not see any critical supply issues. When it comes to answers related to the origin of the universe I will stick to my sovereign God’s explanation of creation ex nihilo – out of nothing. Whatever we are paying these scientists it is too much for a misguided mission.

What the marvels of the universe should be teaching man is some of the majesty of God’s “eternal power and divine nature” (Romans 1:20) – just trying to comprehend the vastness of the various galaxies is beyond me. But it points to the transcendence and vastness of an eternal God who creates all things for His pleasure and His glory. Knock yourself out with inspecting the solar dust but don’t expect me to jump up and down if you are unwilling to submit your intellect to the one who created you.