Did the universe, including life on earth, begin with a big bang, as many physical scientists believe? And is our earth, including us, in danger of being terminated by another big bang, as many nuclear arms control proponents fear? The two theories share the common premise that life began, and can be extinguished (or radically atrophied), by large-scale material action - a detonation.
All kinds of material evidence can be assembled in support of these beliefs and fears, but spiritual evidence leads us to a different conclusion. Spiritual evidence - that which derives from an understanding of God's nature - identifies God as inexhaustible Life, and man as His inextinguishable image, as the Scriptures teach. Mankind seems to be approaching one of those watershed moments in history when it must choose whether to accept the arguments of materiality or learn how to worship God, Spirit, ''in spirit and in truth.'' n1
n1 John 4:24.
However it is assembled, material evidence - blind to spiritual law - inevitably leads to the conclusion that God is non-existent or ineffective; and that man must turn to materiality in order to save himself from - materiality! The threat of wide-scale death and destruction implicit in nuclear arms cannot lightly be dismissed. Yet isn't it simply one more escalation of the continuing threat to human life and happiness posed by materialism, by the universal conviction that matter is the source and substance of existence?
Spiritual law, appealed to understandingly, is the only power that can set aside material evidence and bring to light the true source of intelligence and life. Moses' words still apply: ''I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the Lord thy God . . . : for he is thy life, and the length of thy days.'' n2
n2 Deuternomy 30:19, 20.