Who Is This Amazing God, Anyway!
by Steve Huedepohl - 2015
Recently, NASA’s New Horizon mission reached Pluto, the farthest planet in our solar system, after traveling for 9 ½ years at about 30,000 miles per hour… an amazing feat by human standards! Congrats NASA! The surface temperature on Pluto is a frigid -391 degrees Fahrenheit, and the atmosphere is primarily methane, nitrogen, and carbon monoxide. Don’t expect to see any flowers growing on Pluto, or any other planet for that matter, except our amazing Earth.
About the same time, NASA’s Kepler mission discovered Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This means that the planet is about the same distance from its star as Earth is from our Sun. In theory then, it could have an atmosphere, liquid water and support life, if they exist on the planet at all. But that’s a very big if. Conditions would have to be perfect, like the earth, to support life. But regardless, we will never know.
Kepler-452b is 1400 light years from Earth. Let’s put that into perspective. A light year is the distance light travels in one year - about 6 trillion miles. That means that Kepler-452-b is about 8400 trillion miles away from Earth! Traveling at 30,000 miles per hour, NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft would take about 3.2 million years to reach Kepler-452-b! At that distance, there is not a lot that NASA will ever know for sure about this planet, or any other for that matter – and certainly whether or not it has life on it.
Even if NASA could build a spacecraft that traveled at the speed of light (which is impossible according to Einstein’s theory), it would take 1400 years to reach Kepler-452-b… and because electricity and light travel at the same speed, it would take another 1400 years to send a message back to Earth after it arrived!
Clearly, we can’t even fathom the sheer size of the universe, let alone the complexity of life. Some might look at this and say there’s no way a God could have created it – it’s just too big. However, I look at it and say there’s no way it could have created itself! The big bang theory proposes that all the energy and matter in the universe came from a tiny point smaller than a pin head! So all of the billions of galaxies in the universe came from a pin head. Come on, sounds like that requires a lot of faith to me! And where did the energy come from in the first place?
In addition to the sheer size of the universe, that big bang eventually created life, without any outside help. Now it really takes some faith to believe that – especially when evolution has never been proven, there is no evidence of one species transitioning into another, it goes against the laws of science and logic, and simply put, it’s impossible!
True science and logic demand that there must be a designer and creator.
So, who is this amazing God, the Creator of the universe, anyway? Well, one thing for sure, his thoughts and power are way above ours. We can’t even imagine His capabilities. So how can we put limits on them? How do you limit someone or something that you don’t have complete knowledge of? To say that the creation was supernatural is a very honest statement. It’s not a copout. It was far above anything we can conceive, and that’s okay.
And yes, He could have done it in six 24 hour days… because He is God – He is the Creator – and we don’t have to understand it all in order to believe. But one thing is for sure, He must exist! There is no other explanation for our existence!
And to think that this amazing God loved us so much that He would come to Earth to suffer and die for our sins in order that we might live along with Him and all believers forever!
Now that’s the greatest news ever!