The following is an excerpt from the book “Fast Facts on False Teachings” by Ron Carlson and Ed Decker. I highly recommend this great book. You’ll not only learn much about other beliefs, but also about God and His unparalleled attributes.
Have you ever imagined what the magnitude of the cosmos really is? The speed of light is 186,000 miles per second. In one second, light can travel around the earth at the equator 71/2 times!
If you go outside on a clear night, you can see a band going across the sky which appears as dense clouds across the center of the sky. Actually that is the rim of what we call the Milky Way. What you are seeing are not clouds but stars, so many billions of stars that it appears to us to be clouds. If you were traveling at the speed of light, it would take you 41/2 years just to reach the nearest star you can see at night!
A light-year is how far light travels in one year. In one year light will travel 6 trillion miles. The nearest star is Alpha Centauri, 4 ˝ light-years away, which means that the nearest star that you can see at night is something like 27 trillion miles away! And that is just the nearest star in our galaxy. There are over 100 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy!
As huge as this sounds, ours is one of the smallest galaxies in the universe! In fact, astronomers with the 200-inch telescope at Mount Palomar in California estimate that as they look out through the cup of the Big Dipper constellation they can see over one million galaxies the size of our Milky Way or bigger.
At the speed of light it would take us a hundred thousand light-years to cross the Milky Way galaxy. This means that our small galaxy is six hundred thousand trillion miles across. And astronomers can see over one million galaxies that size or bigger just in the cup of the Big Dipper. Think of the magnitude of what we are saying!
Leaving the Milky Way galaxy, the farthest thing that astronomers can see or hear with their most sophisticated equipment is a quasar, which is 15 billion light-years away, which means it is 90 billion trillion miles away.We have no idea what is beyond that, but astronomers estimate that this quasar 90 billion trillion miles away emits enough energy in one second to supply all the electrical needs of the earth for one million years. That’s just one quasar, and there are millions or quasars in the universe. Do you begin to get the picture? The Bible says that the God who created all this holds it together by the power of His hand. And some people wonder if God is really big enough to solve their problems!
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