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Pondering Infinity

Updated on January 29, 2014

A Borderless Universe

Our Human Limitations

In a book several years old now, I read that astronomers generally believe that there are over a billion different galaxies already spotted through our telescopes, and that each galaxy on average contains over a billion stars. As these telescopes improve, more enormous galaxies are discovered.

No outside border of the universe has been detected as yet.

Being only human, I feel challenged to try to comprehend something beyond my own dimensions. I am limited in terms of size and life expectancy.

To try to accept the enormous differences between my small physical measurements and my longevity of existence in terms of years, and those same measurements of the estimated time the sun has been burning and its true size, is something just about impossible for me because I can't completely imagine anything that much larger.

Adding to things being completely out of my realm in terms of sheer size and number of years in existence, is the disadvantage of having only five senses. The existence of things I can not perceive seems as logical to assume as the fact that I exist although a snail or clam can't see me. Those animals are limited by the lack of eyesight that we take for granted.

When I look at photos of some galaxies, they appear to have swirling centers gathering invisible energy from empty space. Are they transforming something into stars?

It's ironic that something as large as a galaxy is being formed out of nothing apparently tangible.

In this expanse of a billion galaxies, I feel powerless and invisible. Any creature on the nearest planet wouldn't know I exist.

So what right do I have to believe that even if there is a God who created this gigantic universe, that I can communicate with God?

I have had atheist friends as well as religious friends. The atheists wanted to talk about religion more because they were curious about my faith in God.

I never tried to change their minds, figuring that's part of religious freedom, to be free of persuasion. But I did answer their question, and afterwards they didn't argue but just continued to be friends.

It may be illogical to assume that someone as tiny as myself could be recognized and understood by God, but having tried to communicate, I'm sure that I succeeded. That's about what I told them.

It seems that every tangible thing, whether galaxy or one-cell creature, has a lifespan. If there is anything infinite, it might be intangible. Maybe there's eternity in energy. Who knows?

Everything I detect through my senses has a temporary existence. Comprehending eternity from my limited vantage point is difficult. Compared to galaxies, I have a short lifespan. Someone my size can't grasp distances in the known universe.

But fortunately, faith in God doesn't depend on my power to comprehend vast galaxies. It's only a simple thing about asking God for help.


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      Jeremy Christian 5 years ago from Texas

      I enjoyed that. Your snail/clam analogy is a good one. It's important to maintain perspective and to keep our minds open to just how much there can be that we are still incapable of detecting.