in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." (Col. 1:16-17)
Is Creation One or Many?
course God could create more than one universe but did He? Astronomy sees
many galaxies but one interstellar unity. St. Thomas Aquinas faced this question
in the Middle Ages and wrote that the unity and order of all things reflect
the wisdom and unity of God. "Therefore those only can assert that
many worlds exist who do not acknowledge any ordaining wisdom, but rather
believe in chance, as Democritus, who said that this world, besides an infinite
number of other worlds, was made from a casual concourse of atoms." (Summa,
Part I, Q. 47, Art. 3) "He is the origin of all beings in
the cosmos as well as the ultimate meaning of the evolving conscious cosmos.
The goal of the cosmic evolution may be perceived as the preparation for the
Incarnation of the Logos who would
bring the whole creation in union with God."
(Alex Mok, Austalian EJournal of Theology, Jan. 2005)
Today mankind is contemplating and searching for other intelligent life forms in the vast universe which astronomy and space exploration have revealed. Our radio telescopes have reached a radial distance of 75-80 light years but we have not received a response. We have only three possibilities --
| 1. We
are the only intelligent life in the universe, which is not likely.
2. We are the first planet to reach the evolutionary state of humanization.
3. There are other planets where intelligent life already exists.
If we are the first intelligent life, than we are destined to bring the mystery of Christ to other worlds however long that may take. It is estimated that earth could colonize our galaxy in 300 million years. If other intelligent life exists in the universe they will either contact us or we them and thus the mystery of Christ will be made known to others.
Are multiple Incarnations of God's Son possible?
There are those who think that other Incarnations of God's Son would bring the love and knowledge of God to other worlds. This is not likely for four reasons,
1. The Incarnation if seen as a once-for-all event from the cosmic perspective of the New Testament as we read:
greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father." (Phil. 2:9-10)
2. If the vast cosmic
order of angels are under the One Incantation of Christ, are we to exclude
other intelligent cultures of the universe from this Oneness?
3. Multiple Incarnations would obscure the Trinitarian reality that God has only One Son who is now forever both God and Man.
4. In Hebrew Christ as High Priest is seen already seated at the right hand of the majesty of Heaven. (Hb 8:1) Can more than one incarnation be seated in Heavenly power?