“Cambridge University physicist Stephen Hawking, who has been called “the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein,” says in his bestselling ‘A Brief History of Time’ that our galaxy is an average-sized spiral galaxy that looks to other galaxies like a swirl in a pastry roll and that it is over 100,000 light-years across — about six hundred trillion miles. He says,“We now know that our galaxy is only one of some hundred thousand million that can be seen using modern telescopes, each galaxy itself containing some hundred thousand million stars.”
It is commonly held that the average distance between these hundred thousand million galaxies (each six hundred trillion miles across and containing one hundred thousand million stars) is three million light-years! On top of that, the work of Edwin Hubble, based on the Doppler effect, has shown that all red-spectrumed galaxies are moving away from us — and that nearly all are red. Thus, the universe is constantly expanding.
Some estimates say that the most distant galaxy is eight billion light-years away — and racing away at two hundred million miles an hour. Finally, the fact of the expanding universe demands a beginning.
Not only that — God created every speck of dust in the hundred thousand million galaxies of the universe. He created every atom — the submicroscopic solar systems with their whimsically named quarks and leptons (the same Greek word used for the widow’s mite) and electrons and neutrinos (“little neutral ones”)— all of which have no measurable size.” (R. Kent Hughes, Genesis).
Where did this world come from?
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
Come and join us this Sunday morning at Emmaus Road Reformed Church as we begin a new series in Genesis 1-11. Among other things, we will talk about the glory of God in creation, the fall of humans into sin, and the plan of God to save a people for himself through Christ.