Here’s a faith booster!

“By faith we understand the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”  Hebrews 11:3  NIV

Without question you’ve pondered how the universe came into being.  We all have.  As a man of both science and faith, I have no issue accepting the creation story.  In fact, I think it’s the most plausible explanation out there, but it helps to have a little proof.

In the mid-1990s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched a satellite on a multi-year mission.  The objectives included determining the expansion rate of the universe at the “Big Bang”, testing Einstein’s theory on bending gravity waves, etc.  The research was top drawer stuff, contributing to mankind’s understanding of how everything began.

We really don’t know how vast the universe is, although some gross estimates–or “guesstimates”–have been made.  The Milky Way galaxy where we live is pretty small–a speck in the whole scheme of what exists.  Even so, it takes light traveling at 186,000 miles a second about 100 years to cross the Milky Way.  Think about how far this is.  It’s impossible for me to even comprehend this distance.

The NASA research project reached a fascinating conclusion.  Be mindful that we’re talking about science here and not faith.  The Milky Way galaxy did not exist at time = 0.  NASA determined that less than one millionth (1/1,000,000 or 0.000001) of one second later, it was in place.  This rate violates about every law of science known to man–that is, it is miraculous.

What does this science say about how the universe came into being?  The finding isn’t too subtle.  It screams that God spoke the universe into existence.  Don’t ever feel inferior for having faith and believing.

Prayer:  Dear God, thank you of revealing great mysteries to us.  We worship you as our Creator, maker of all things, and we acknowledge your power and majesty.  Amen.





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