The Universe is immense; far larger than anyone on this planet could even begin to imagine. There are many theories and scientific studies of the Universe that attempt to explain its origin, size, composition and where we sit in the grand scheme of things. However, as smart as some of our best minds are, they are constantly revising and changing their perspectives and theories as new data emerges; in short, they really have no concrete idea because they rely too much on instrumentality, and instruments are only as good as the people who make them. So, who do we believe – the scientists, or do we take a leap of faith and believe that this is our Creator’s work?
There is a simpler answer, one that doesn’t depend on man-made devices (as amazing and wonderful as some of them prove to be) in relation to how big the Universe is, or how old it is, or what it is composed of, or how it was created; many of these statistics should matter little to us in the grand scheme of things. The fact that we exist in the universe indicates a power and force that our limited minds can never hope to fully absorb or understand at this level of our development and being. For an intelligence to create something of such magnitude and scope, is so far beyond the insufficient words or descriptive meanings that we could ever hope to bring or bear. We call this intelligence, this energy, this presence – our Creator, God. It’s a convenient name that allows us to rationalise, in our limited ways, this intelligence and presence that has gifted us with life and this incredible universe in which to live and grow.
To demonstrate just how immense the Universe is, here are some ‘scientific’ observations that illustrate just how little we can fully visualise and imagine the size and scope of the Universe. It really drives home just how small we are in relation to the greater whole and how it is folly to assume that we are the only planet that plays home to God’s creation.
First let’s look at our galaxy. This is where our solar system is placed, and it illustrates just how small we are in the galaxy named The Milky Way, you could say that we are in the suburbs.
The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy that measures about 100,000 light-years across and is thought to contain between 100 and 400 billion stars. Try to absorb that number for a moment. Our Solar System, home to Earth, is located about 25,000 light-years to the galactic centre and 25,000 light-years away from the rim. So, imagine a dinner plate as the Milky Way, and draw an imaginary line from the centre of the plate to the outside. We’re located about halfway along that line.
One of the great achievements of mankind is the development of the Hubble Telescope, which orbits Earth. Its position above the atmosphere, which would otherwise distort and block the light that reaches our planet, gives it a view of the universe that typically far surpasses that of any ground-based telescopes. Hubble is one of NASA's most successful and long-lasting science missions. It has beamed hundreds of thousands of images back to Earth, shedding light on many of the great mysteries of the universe and has provided a greater insight into the size and scope of the universe that has never been imagined – not to mention illustrating some of the beautiful wonders created by God’s hand.
If we go back to our own galaxy, The Milky Way, and absorb the size of it and how we are but a pinprick in size to its enormity and then look at what Hubble discovered when it was directed to one tiny area of Space for several months. Its goal was to absorb as much light and information as it could from this single point in space. The details below will astound you:
When you look at the minute spot that Hubble concentrated on and then envisage other similar sized spots around it that opens up to the vastness of space around all of these spots and the enormity of God’s Universe becomes even more awesome. The size and scope would use words and numbers that would have no meaning to us as there is no comparison.
When you step back and admire God’s work it brings it home just how amazing our Creator is and how infinite the reach, the power, the imagination and the vision of our Creator truly is. Take a moment to admire this amazing work, which we are privileged to see, and then compare our own limited knowledge and appreciate just how great our Creator is and how we have been given this wondrous gift to live in.