do it again… and again

June 28, 2007

“(God) is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” G K Chesterton



  1. That is a very nice quote. I love that idea! Hmm… but on the other hand, i am thinking of what it means to see God as the sustainer that maintain the world. Suppose it is all auto-pilot? – that God created the heavenly planet in a manner that they carry on their elliptical orbits? Hmm wait a minute i thought that is compatible to your position when it comes to evolution? Therefore God just have to create his creation and also create laws that govern the creation- so if the sun at rest will stay at rest, the sun in motion will stay in motion, God just need to overcome the first inertia to set everything going! Hmm okie and the same for daisies too, the first seed is sown which will scatter its seed through air, and increase exponentially! This is also coherent to God’s command to go ahead and multiply after the first man. Hmm but that does not again diminish a bit of his glory- cos it is his grace and mercy that he does not stop all these beautiful things from happening! 🙂

    Oh and talking about mercy, have you read a joke in the latest reader’s digest? it goes like this:

    A wife, after receiving a membership card and apparently unhappy about the photo on it, complains to her husband: “The photo does not do justice to me.”
    And guess what’s the husband’s reply? -“I dun think you need justice, you need *mercy*.” Haha.

  2. Hmm suddenly thought of something… suppose space within the solar system is not vacuum but hydrogen- there should be at least a minimal amount of resistance against planetary motion, so how does Newton’s law of motion applies here?- what is stopping hydrogen resistance from slowing down and eventually stopping the planetary movement? Hmmm…

  3. herring, i think evolution does not require God to create mechanistically, i.e. via setting up laws and then watching things unfold automatically. even if evolution were true, apparent repetitions like the ‘rising’ of the sun could be in fact individually-willed acts of God in the manner Chesterton describes. Likewise, the copying-accuracy of genetic transmission from seed-bearer to seed could be individually-willed actions of God because he was so thrilled by the beauty of the seed-bearer. possible?

  4. Hmm, thanks for putting “rising” in inverted commas, that reminds me of somthing… hmm lets get our perspective correctly first… technically the sun does not rise cos it is actually the earth rotating that cause us to have the impression that the sun rises. So hmm Chesterson is actually saying that God wills the earth to rotate… but erhm now this is a different from the sun rising because we cannot say that God is say living in Greenwich and will that the earth rotate 360 degrees and then is not disinterested by the monotony and will the earth to rotate again… because of course God does not live in any point X on earth and thus we cannot see a monotonous cycle being executed – hmm there seems like not beginning and end for this cycle it seems … hmm no wonder the Bible says God is alpha n omega, the beginning and the end…. haha
    Similarly for the daisies, which part of the life-cycle of a daisy is the beginning and which part is the end if it is a monotonous cycle?

  5. Oh pony, and in response to your reply, i agree … hmm so God is continued thrilled by the beauty of his creation that he continues doing that… it seems to imply that God sees creation itself as an end rather than a means? So can we say that daisies may be there just because it is beautiful and serves no other purposes? afterall we do have a lot of excess in the food cycles- i am sure there are a lot of daisies which do not enjoy the privilege of being pollinated by gullible insects? … hmm do you think this is a happy or sad thing?

  6. Oh another thought. By saying that God is strong enough to exult in monotony of making the sun rise again and again, aren’t we subjecting God under time? If God is outside time, it does not really make sense to talk about him doing the same thing again and again in a linear timeline. Suppose all sunrises from alpha to omega is decided and created in one fiat?

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