posted on May, 25 2010 @ 02:09 PM
We have seen the following statement (or ones like it) here at this forum and other forums: "The universe is so HUGE that I can't believe that God
created it just for man. The universe is full of billions of galaxies with billions of stars. Why would God create all that just for the human
race." Usually these postings are done by someone with no particular theistic bent and it seems that the intention of the statements are intended to
make Christians slink away in the sunset ashamed of not having a reply. Well here are some thoughts about this.
We do know the following:
1. The earth is not a particularly large planet.
2. The sun is not a particularly large star.
3. Our galaxy is not a particularly large galaxy.
What makes you think that this universe is so huge. Modern physics now allow for the theoretical existence of other universes. What is unknown is
the properties of such universes. Our particular universe may be tiny in comparison to those other existences (we simply don't know). We tend to
look at things through our perspective. To us 2000 years is a long time; however, to God that is probably just an "eye blink" (2000 years is 0.0002
per cent of a billion years). Have you ever thought that maybe from God's perspective our universe is really pretty small, one of His more minor
The seemingly large size of the universe may also be demonstrations of God's attributes.
1. God is a RBG (Really Big God). Many of the deities of the Greeks, Romans, Norse, etc. were basically an ancient version of Superman. Yes the
comic book character Superman would make a good template for many of the ancient deities. Give Superman a hammer and he could be a stand in for Thor.
When God created this universe with all its marvels, He may be giving us a subtle message: "This is who you are dealing with. He is not a pipsqueak
god like Thor or Zeus, He can create universes in an instant".
2. Material is relatively unimportant to God, God values relationships and fellowship over material. Of all the universe what does God value most?
Did the Son of God come here to be crucified to save the universe? No He came here to be a sin atonement so that we could be forgiven of our sins and
enter into a fellowship with God. Could God be saying that the people on a small planet orbiting a small sun in a small galaxy are more important
than all the material in the universe. Perhaps it may be God's way of saying a relationship with someone (us) is more important than all the
material in the universe.
3. Humans tend to stress over material matters. One cannot watch television without seeing rampant advocation of materialism ("buy this gadget and
you kitchen problems are solved, buy our car and be the envoy of the neighborhood, use our plan and make millions"). We are constantly being told
that we cannot be possibly be happy unless we possess the right credit card, the right car, the right clothes, drink the right stuff, etc. Perhaps
the size of the universe is God's way to say not to worry so much about material. Whatever our material needs may be in eternity to come, God could
be demonstrating to us that He has more than enough ability to fulfill them whatever they may be.
4. God just loves to create.