We think of fear as fright or terror. It is usually an unwelcome thing unless it is part of a story that is separated from us. The fear of the Lord is different–deeper in meaning and wider in application. It is closer to super-respect. It is a healthy but profound fear. Does it relate to observing? Consider the Black Eye Galaxy (M64) and an evening of observing that accompanied the sketch below:
If the universe erupted all by itself and men came from goo that was from extraordinary conditions in that same universe over trillions of years, why fear God? If it took him that long in experimentation, which involved countless mutations and chance occurrences, to produce an occasional success, which added to an incredible chain of the same sort of thing to produce the earth as we see it…and eventually men (that came from something less then men), why should he be feared?
The scriptures and an abundance of evidence suggest another ‘notion’–He made everything quickly, and the manner of creation is outside current observable processes. This is what is plainly stated in Genesis and many other scriptures. Of course, faith has to be connected to the scriptural statements that things were made by something outside what we see, but one needs (in a manner of speaking) even greater faith to twist current processes or ignore them to self generate the universe and all of its parts, including life- and water-filled earth…all by itself.
On the other hand, if the scriptures are true, and I believe they are, He is most worthy of fear–the kind of fear explained in the scripture. The phrase “the fear of he Lord” takes on a whole new meaning when He is ascribed as the Creator of the Universe. It follows, with this in view, that observing can take on a different dimension, because the passion to see parts of it gets close to the signature of the One who made it.
A second part of the subject of this post is with respect to lunar observing (Mare Crisium, in particular) but is presented on the Inspiration Page (left column, top) of the www.christworksministries.org site.