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Looking Even More Deeply into Space

September 27th, 2012
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Seems the more deeply we are able to look into the created universe the more amazing it becomes! Here’s the latest image released by the Hubble Telescope team, showing an amazing variety of galaxies and “other things” in the deepest reaches of the universe that we have been able to look. I suspect there’s even more amazing things to be found. God must chuckle at our puny little efforts fully to grasp the reality of his creative power. Click on the image to get the largest version of it I could download from HubbleSite.org

Everytime I see an image like this and read about it, Psalm 8 pops into my head:

8 O Lord, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants,

you have established strength because of your foes,

to still the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,

and the son of man that you care for him?

5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings

and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;

you have put all things under his feet,

7 all sheep and oxen,

and also the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,

whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

 

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  1. Pastor Mike Freed
    September 27th, 2012 at 11:34 | #1

    With a recent Nobel prize going to three astrophysicists who informed us that the universe is not only expanding, but expanding at an accelerated rate, I cannot help but consider Teilhard de Chardin’s “Omega Point.” Regardless of whether one “amens” the rest of his stuff, this idea is pretty cool along side Colossians I and the preeminence of Christ.

  2. September 27th, 2012 at 19:21 | #2

    Look at it closely and you’ll see: Shooting stars, spinning stars, each individual part of the heavens. Yes, God is infinite in His creation; we finite man are looking at a spec of His glorious creation.
    Amazing, indeed!

  3. Jared
    September 28th, 2012 at 15:57 | #3

    How do we as Christians square these scientific things with our faith and trust in the six day creation? A star that is 1 million light years away is presupposed to exist 1 million years ago for the light to travel from it to us. A biblical view of creation doesn’t include things 1 million years old (or even 10,000 years old).

    • September 28th, 2012 at 17:58 | #4

      With man this is impossible, with God all things are possible. —Jesus

      I’m sticking with Jesus.

  4. Joanne
    September 28th, 2012 at 20:33 | #5

    Time is a created illusion that we used within the creation. Didn’t God go into great detail about how he created time as periods of light and dark. But, both light and dark existed before time and before the sun and stars. God is not limited by his creation. He is timeless. And as John the Washer told us, he can raise children of Abraham from stones that lie about on the ground. And, of course, the scribes and pharisees began to argue over how old would these children of Abraham be if indeed God did create them from those, there stones. I’m still blown away by God’s ability to make a human out of a stone, but they don’t care about that. They want a timely answer like will God make infant CoAs or teenage CoAs or adult or elderly. What’s the miracle staring you in the face and the ideas that keep you from seeing it.

  5. Austen L. Onek
    October 2nd, 2012 at 14:09 | #6

    My 8th grade teacher (in a Lutheran school) was quite certain that the day was and had been 24 hours long, even when it was shown in our science books that it was not (23 hrs., 56 min.) and that, in his teachings, each day of creation had taken just that and exactly that: 24 hours, no more, no less.

    How can we know that about creation, and _exactly_ what God did? How conceited must we be to think that we know best? How can we be so certain in God’s math of what a day was, when in 2 Peter 3:8, we hear – quite clearly – that: “But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.” Our time is not God’s time. Our ways are not God’s ways. How many times must Christians take this verse to heart when dealing with things like creation and the beginning of all things?

    I also knew a great pastor at Immanuel Lutheran in Lawrence, KS, (now in Portland, OR) when I was studying at KU for my meteorology degree, who said that God’s Word in the Bible is actually God’s “baby talk” to us humans. There is so much more to understand and see and experience about creation than we will ever be able to comprehend. The Bible contains the necessary lessons for helping one another through life in the simplest terms we are able to compute. Whether it was 6 days or 6 hours or 6.5 microseconds, from the timeframe of God, does that really matter now? The fact is: God created it all, and here we are in it.

    “The Bible teaches us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go.” – Caesar Baronius

  6. Pastor Charles McClean
    October 2nd, 2012 at 19:35 | #7

    Since Dr. Sasse sheds light on the doctrine of Mary in the Roman Church, he can perhaps also shed light on the problems addressed in several comments. Writing way back in 1951 he had this to say: “…one must also see the tragic reality when human opinions, for example, concerning the age of the earth, are proclaimed as divinely revealed truths, with the result that with these opinions the authority of the Scripture collapses. What kind of Christianity is that which can be refuted by a photograph of the depths of space, or by the facts-(not theories)-of radioactivity!”(Confession & Theology in the Missouri Synod, in Scripture & the Church: Selected Essays of Hermann Sasse, p. 216). I believe our Synod has not even begun to come to terms with Dr. Sasse’s reverent and careful work on these problems; in fact we have as a Synod more or less chosen to ignore him when he speaks to these problems which will still trouble us. Since theories (such as evolutionism) are nothing more than efforts to interpret what has been observed, they can certainly be questioned or even refuted by persons who are competent in those disciplines. But surely it is another thing altogether with established facts such as the unimaginable vastness of the universe together with the fact that the farther we look into the universe the farther back we are looking in time. I have for a very long time been concerned that we unnecessarily burden the consciences of our people by attempting to dogmatize a particular interpretation of Genesis. Can we not rest in the certainty that everything that God tells us in His written Word is true and that all we perceive in His creation is also true? What kind of picture of God can that be when, in an effort to defend long-held opinions, we seemingly suggest that God has so constituted the universe as to mislead us? No faithful Lutheran would question the inerrancy of God’s Word written. But it is another thing altogether to confuse the inerrancy of Holy Scripture with the inerrancy of our own (long-held and often vocally-asserted!) interpretation of Holy Scripture.

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