The above is a picture taken by the Hubble Deep Space telescope. Every one of those points of light is a galaxy.
For some time now I have been trying to come to grips with a question I have had, is God and the universe one and the same? I have come to the conclusion that the answer is a resounding YES!
Yesterday I heard a noted English scientist who is also a priest in the church of England say that science is all about figuring out what things are and religion is all about why things are. In essence he said that science and religion complement each other. Problematic to such a belief is the fact that many noted scientists contend God does not exist, while many religions say large amounts of scientific data is wrong.
The above is a picture of my cat Jinxie. She has no knowledge of there being a God and as long as I feed her and give her a place to sleep, she does not care a wit about science. But in her, as in all creatures, is the hand of God. But her ancestors looked more like the picture below. This is a scientific fact, but it does not discount “intelligent design.”
Man is famous for coming up with answers and solutions to things and problems he does not understand. Until Copernicus, everyone believed the Earth to be the center of the universe. To suggest otherwise was considered heresy which is exactly why Copernicus did not publish until just before he died. Copernicus only moved the center of the universe to the sun but that was a huge step, and one most people of his day could not accept. Now, we not only know that the sun is not the center of the universe, but that our sun is no where near the center of our own galaxy, and that is a good thing! No one with a lick of sense argues this fact any more either. Why? We improved our knowledge of all things around us. But all good scientists accept that every answer gives birth to at least two more questions we had not previously considered.
A Roman Catholic priest, of all people, George Lemaitre, came up with a theory in the 1920s that we all know as “The Big Bang Theory” today. After Edwin Hubble figured out earlier that decade that the universe was expanding, Lemaitre came to the logical conclusion that as you went back in time the universe must have been smaller until it was a single tiny point of energy. The two question that answer brought forth are, “What triggered the big bang” and “Where did that point of energy come from?” To this the physicist, Steven Hawking, said that to know that answer is to understand the mind of God. Not bad for a guy who is seemingly an atheist! But in Hawking’s statement we find the perfect answer to science’s most thought provoking question.
Even more, in a funny way, the Bible’s book of Genesis is proven true, at least in its first instance, the declaration that prior to anything there was darkness, and the first creation was light. This is 100% in line with the Big Bang theory.
For some time now quantum physicists have been looking for the every elusive “Higg’s boson.” This particle is also known as the God particle. This is important because it is believed that this tiny particle is the most basic part of “mass.” Mass is what gives everything weight, or for that matter, existence. They think they’ve found it, but are still discussing the fact. It is called the “God particle” because they believe it was the first most basic particle at the time of the Big Bang. They are saying, “here’s what God started with and went on to make everything else.”
Another group of scientists, astro-physicists, figured out what the chances are that we human beings came into being at all. What they came up with was the odds are so slight that under any other circumstance, in consideration of anything else, we would entirely discount to possibility. At that point you can rightfully insert that when, 13.7 billion years ago God caused the Big Bang, He also created the absolute certainty that, at least here on Earth, we would come into existence. Now, remember back to my original statement of how many stars are in our galaxy and how many galaxies exist? The math states that there are at least 200 billion billion (200,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) stars in the universe. Given that intelligent life evolved once, why not twice, or ten times, or a million times? Science cannot discount such a possibility and God has not.
Historical man goes back 7,000 years, more or less. But it is only in the last 100 years that we have evolved enough to begin to understand our place in the universe, and for the most part, we really do not know very much. But the fact is, God did not give us brains so we could sit on our hands! It is only logic that intelligent design that built intelligent beings would want those beings to educate themselves. It is a fact that every answer to every single question we have, God has placed in plain sight. But it has always been up to us to see and understand what is right in front of us. The only thing which keeps us from understanding God is our own prejudices and biases. God certainly is not hiding anything, so why would anyone want to deny the possibility of anything, including God!