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The vastness of the known universe, added to whatever else is in the universe currently unknown, all but precludes that the existence of the cosmos is a result of some spontaneous, chemical, physical reaction without a driving force behind it. Some entity, spirit, first driver, or, most likely, deity, had to have been behind it.
A single infinitesimally small atom, sufficiently dense to contain matter equal to between 200 billion and two trillion galaxies, exploding via the phenomenon we call the Big Bang, was put in motion, somehow, someway, by a force as powerful, if not more powerful, than the energy in the universe itself.
Enter the Milky Way
Galaxies, it is now known, appear in irregular shapes and sizes and, among them, many dwarf galaxies exist. Dwarf galaxies, the smallest in the universe, contain only a few hundred or a few thousand stars. Dwarf galaxies routinely lose their stars to their much larger neighbors via gravity. As stars stream across the sky, dwarf galaxies frequently are ripped apart.
Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, rotates at about 560,000 miles per hour and completes one full revolution every 200 million years or so. One Milky Way revolution ago, dinosaurs ruled planet Earth. The emergence of Homo erectus was 196,000,000 years in the future.
The Milky Way has nearly 300 billion stars, however, this is atypical. Most galaxies have fewer stars, perhaps around 100 billion. If galaxies were reduced in size to that of apples, neighboring galaxies would be a handful of meters apart. The relative proximity of galaxies means that galaxies occasionally emerge. Around four billion years from today, the Milky Way will merge with the Andromeda galaxy.
The merging process itself will require at least 100 million years. During this transition, all life on earth will be irrevocably altered and most likely obliterated, as will virtually all life everywhere else within both galaxies. Stars and their orbiting planets, known as solar systems, will be subjected to enormous changes in rotation, revolution, gravity, orbit, and motion down to the molecular level. Nothing alive will remain unscathed.
The Vastness of it All
In the observable universe, each star has at least one planet orbiting around it. Most stars have more than one planet, as does our Sun. Thus, the observable universe likely contains 20,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 or more stars. (To break this number down, it equals 200 trillion, times 100 trillion).
Since each star has at least one planet rotating around it, if even one in 100 trillion stars has an orbiting planet which contains life, that would add up to 200 trillion planets in the known universe which contain life.
If only one in one million of these 200 trillion planets contain intelligent life, perhaps even hominoid-shaped life, that would mean 200 billion planets contain intelligent life. Not only are we not alone in the universe, the odds of extraterrestrial intelligent life are overwhelming. The distances likely are too vast for us to encounter such life, although UFO enthusiasts like to keep up the dialogue. How were these planets seeded? From where did the live cells spring? Can 200 billion planets containing intelligent life be anything but the handiwork of God?
The Creator of Everything
The notion that a supreme or divine being actually appeared on Earth tens of thousands of years ago, or 2000 years ago, or last week, and has some direct, familial connection to God, makes one pause when you consider that there are a minimum of 200 billion other planets that contain intelligent life.
The unfathomable size of the universe in and of itself supports the notion that a divine being set it all in motion. There simply can’t be so much randomness in our lives, and in existence itself, to conclude that it all unfolded in some haphazard fashion.
God had to have been at the starting point. From the smallest particles in the universe, to the universe itself, to the multiverse, if it exists, God’s hand touches all. How could it be any other way?
Jeff Davidson is “The Work-Life Balance Expert®” and the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information.
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