Who Guards the Planet?
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caused the space shuttle Challenger to explode one minute into flight. Again, we got caught up in our egos, even naming the shuttle “Challenger.” Who were we challenging? God? He was fully aware of every single flight. [3:5] Nothing is hidden from GOD, on earth, or in the heaven. Each success was by His leave. And the crash was also by His leave. [34:2] He knows everything that goes into the earth, and everything that comes out of it, and everything that comes down from the sky, and everything that climbs into it. He is the Most Merciful, the Forgiving.
The Time article indicates that Yeomans and his colleagues believe that if an asteroid is on a collision course with earth, they can nudge it just enough to cause it to veer wide. The problem is that you have to hit the asteroid when it’s far out in space in order to deflect it enough and Yeomans estimates “we’d need a 10-year window between the discovery of a killer rock and deflection if we wanted to avoid disaster.”
We know that Yeomans and NASA are not the guardians of the planet. Only God is the Protector. He created all of this—the earth and all the universes, and He designed it to withstand the onslaught of space debris. [35:41] GOD is the One who holds the heavens and the earth, lest they vanish. If anyone else is to hold them, they will most certainly vanish. He is Clement, Forgiving.
Every moment there are billions of pieces of rock floating in space relatively close to earth, from the size of a baseball to the size of a large city. Every day at least one piece enters earth’s atmosphere, and by God’s design burns up before it can strike. And when, occasionally, one sneaks through, like the one 65 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs, or the one in Arizona about 50,000 years ago that left a beautiful crater, or the one in
Russia in 2013, God is full control of its entry, its speed and its landing.
[20:6] To Him belongs everything in the heavens, and the earth, and everything between them, and everything beneath the ground.
[27:75] There is nothing in the heavens and the earth that is hidden (from God); everything is in a profound record.
[48:7] To GOD belongs all the forces in the heavens and the earth. GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.
And if God should choose to have an asteroid strike the earth, which would certainly bring profound smoke (44:10-16), there is nothing that we can do to stop it. [16:77] To GOD belongs the future of the heavens and the earth. As far as He is concerned, the end of the world (the Hour) is a blink of an eye away, or even closer. GOD is Omnipotent.
All we can do is worship God alone, appreciate His awesome power and His immense mercy. And remember that He is the Creator and the Protector.
[39:67] They can never fathom the greatness of GOD. The whole earth is within His fist on the Day of Resurrection. In fact, the universes are folded within His right hand.* Be He glorified; He is much too high above needing any partners.
footnote *39:67 Our universe, with its billion galaxies, a billion trillion stars, uncountable decillions of heavenly bodies, spanning many billions of light-years, is the smallest and innermost of seven universes. This incomprehensible vastness of the seven universes is within God's hand. Such is the greatness of God.
[7:54] Your Lord is the one GOD; who created the heavens and the earth in six days, then assumed all authority. The night overtakes the day, as it pursues it persistently, and the sun, the moon, and the stars are committed to serve by His command. Absolutely, He controls all creation and all commands. Most Exalted is GOD, Lord of the universe.
Jealousy, a disease…
Of all the emotions humans display, jealousy is one of the most common and unsettling. It tends to bring out the worst in people. Jealousy is most aptly described as the fear of losing something to someone else. It promotes “apprehension or seeking vengeance out of fear or insecurity.” As jealousy ties into the feeling of self-worth, a person who is insecure tends to feel that he's not getting his “fair share” and that others always “get a break.” Jealousy is such a powerful emotion that it is capable of not only consuming the individual but can also spread to others and influence the way they think and act towards the object of jealousy, but most importantly the object of jealousy tends to become an obsession making it an idol besides God.
Effects of Jealousy: Jealousy causes grave damage as it leads us to tarnish the other person’s reputation because most of us are vulnerable and insecure. God warns us against Jealousy. [Bible James 3:14-16] But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. [Quran 15:88] Do not be jealous of what we bestowed upon the other (messengers), and do not be saddened…”
Jealousy causes us to pine about what we don’t have or covet what someone else may have; in addition it causes us to break God’s commandment [57:23] Thus, you should not grieve over anything you miss, nor be proud of anything He has bestowed upon you. GOD does not love those who are boastful, proud.
Dealing with Jealousy: Dealing with jealousy is not too difficult. The first step is to acknowledge our shortcoming. While it may not always be possible to fight the bug within immediately, like any disease we are only able to take corrective measures on
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