Bright is the Sun. Why is that and what does that have to do with God? Quite simply, it largely depends on who you talk to. All of us have our own preconceptions around such things as science and religion. Where these two huge topics intersect often lies controversy.
First lets us examine the view of the scientist about the sun. The sun is bright because of a fusion reaction that releases light and shines upon planetary objects fortunate enough to be orbiting the sun. Our sun is a medium size star with probably about a few billion more years of stable energy remaining. I emphasize stable because at some point far into the future the sun will become a red dwarf and as a result of that process, make life very difficult in the solar system. Indeed, it will obliterate everything as it goes through an expansionary phase, before become a red dwarf. This is the way of the universe through the eyes of almost all scientists. We live in a place governed by laws that seem not to care so much about the precious life we have on planet earth, but rather operate under a strict code of equations…laws.
Now, on the other hand, someone who looks at this whole issue from a more religious or perhaps metaphysical perspective will likely have a different view on the matter. They will see the sun as a creation of God that came about through a process only understood by God. They would argue that god made the sun to shine light on its creation and nurture it along. We represent God’s creation in this view and it is important for us to recognize that God has a benevolent purpose. This be the view of those who are religious in the way of processing the world around them.
The intersection of conflict…at least one of them….between science and religion on this matter is the question of what is provable and verifiable through empirical evidence and what is left to one’s belief? At what point does religion fall to the wayside in explaining the mysteries of the universe and science takes over? It depends on who you talk to.
Being of scientific in my approach to things, I suspect that we are much better off to embrace the teachings of science as it is founded on a process requiring rigid proof and discipline of thought. So in that respect, the reason the sun shines bright is because of a chemical reaction occurring within the star, our sun. As to who breathed fire into the equations that led to this reaction, well that is the domain of the religious of mind and with such inquires we enter into a speculative realm. Once that is understood, I think we are better off in embracing the ultimate truths we come to learn about, realizing that some truths are fleeting and often very difficult to ascertain, even when scientific methodology is employed.