The frailty and arrogance of mankind


Solar prominence from April 13, 2010. Photo by NASA.

I came across this on Flickr and found it so utterly amazing that I thought I’d share it here, along with a little commentary of my own.

For all the discussions about “man-made global warming” and how humans affect the climate of this celestial orb we call Earth, I find it rather outrageous and even arrogant to suggest that we, as God’s creation, have this kind of power. In the photo above we see a solar prominence that is even more spectacular when viewed from the Flickr site as a movie. Certainly we can’t take credit or blame for the solar burst.

The MODIS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite captured an Ash plume from Eyjafjallajokull Volcano over the North Atlantic at 13:20 UTC (9:20 a.m. EDT) on April 17, 2010. The Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland erupted Wednesday, April 14, for the second time this month. The volcano is still spewing ash into the air and the ash clouds are impacting air travel in Northern Europe. Credit: NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team To read more go to:

Just look at how crippled we are as humans to deal with one volcanic eruption right now on an island over 1,100 miles away from the continent of Europe. Nevermind the sheer volume of toxic gases being spewed into the atmosphere from this one eruption and their effects on the Earth’s climate!

To me it all points to man’s frailty, even though we are apparently on the higher end of God’s creation. While God gave us intellect and wisdom (God is the source of this, not us!), we still are at the mercy of other parts of God’s creation, including what we like to call “nature.”



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