- The Columbia and Psalm 115
- Moshe Ben-Chaim
- Reader: Does Psalm 115 (
"the heavens are God's") infer that we should not interfere
with the heavens and that there is no life outside our earth? I ask
this in view of what happened to Columbia.
- Mesora: You
mention two questions, 1)whether man may interfere, and 2)if there is
life outside earth. I see no indication from this Psalm about life
This Psalm states that man has been given domain over the earth and
the heavens remain God's domain. Perhaps this teaches that the heavens
are so great and vast, that man can never control them, and thus, the
heavens serve the exclusive role of impressing man with God's wisdom
through creation. They are an object of study, not of usage.
- I also see no relevance to the shuttle explosion. But I would not
understand God's statement that "the heavens are God's" as
meaning we cannot attempt to understand and make use of the heavens.