But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.” vs 132 Peter 3:11-13
Prior to the testing of the atomic bomb in New Mexico in 1945, hundreds of scientists were working in labs all around the country to see if such a bomb could be built and delivered. Using mathematical formulas a few physicists projected a doomsday scenario in which the unknown forces generated by an atomic explosion could actually ignite the atmosphere and cause the oceans to disappear, a description that is remarkably similar to the apocalyptic scene pictured in Second Peter. Of course other physicists, also using mathematical formulas, showed that the probability of such an event was close to zero. The bomb was successfully tested and a decision was made to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and induce a Japanese surrender. Now many countries have atomic weapons and their presence clouds the future of humanity–the probability of a doomsday scenario is now much greater than zero! Peter does provide a word of hope for struggling humanity. He believed that ultimately the future would bring new heavens and a new earth, and that there would be new life. That’s a powerful vision, one worth hanging on to in these turbulent times. And it could be that the new creation could happen without humanity’s destruction of the old! Who knows? Only time will tell!
Thought for the Day: What could trigger an atomic war?