I’m no scientist. I’m not even an armchair scientist. This means that the level at which I engage with cosmology and astronomy basically amounts to looking at the stars and going “oooh!” So please don’t switch off if some of the facts are wrong or outdated because the simple point that I’m trying to make is that the universe is mind-blowing.
Apparently, the speed of light is about 186,000 miles per second which is so fast that it travels the circumference of the earth roughly 7 or 8 times per second.
Our galaxy is so vast that in order to measure the distance between the stars, we are forced to use something called “light-years”. This is the distance that light can travel, at 186000 miles per second, in one year.
Our galaxy, the “Milky Way” galaxy is approximately 100,000 light-years in diameter. I’ll let you do the math. The Andromeda Galaxy is about 2.75 million light-years away. And our Local Group of galaxies is about 6 million light-years in diameter. The farthest objects ever viewed were photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope and are thought to be about 12.5 billion light-years away!
It’s completely befuddling isn’t it? Yet here is something even more amazing… Before the oldest star, and beyond the furthest star, is God. God was there in the beginning and is infinitely greater than all of the combined galaxies that we will ever discover.
I was recently asked the question “who made God?” by a group of 8 year olds. Even at that age the question is inevitable. Everything in our experience has a beginning and an end. Even those who do not believe the Bible know that the universe began at some point. Surely it is the same with God we think. Yet it is precisely this finitude that separates God from everything else. He is the Creator and everything that exists was made by him. God is the only being, the only entity, that is infinite and eternal.
This is the beginning of the gospel: There is a God and he is the only eternal Creator and this is only a sliver of the mystery behind the words: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)