Monday, January 08, 2007

Is this what we are made of?

Scientists in the USA say that they have made 'significant progress' in solving some of the core questions which surround the formation of the universe.

According to a NASA spokesperson, the famous Hubble Space Telescope, has been able to map the whereabouts of invisible 'dark matter'.

Scientists think that this mysterious matter makes up over 70% of the universe, yet we don't really know where to find it, let alone what it 'looks' like. Until now.

We are told that this discovery will ultimately unlock many mysteries which still surround the 'creation' of the universe.

I am reminded that when push comes to shove, there's still so much that we simply don't understand about the universe. Nor about this place where we find ourselves cobbled together. The third rock from what is a relatively insignificant star (although to us it is the most important by far!).

I was speaking on this topic over the weekend with one of my friends. He has an upcoming college exam surrounding the whole 'hot potato' of proof of the divine.

Many people have tried to argue, that the sheer complexity of our universe must point to the existence of a God or transcendent designer. I'm not too sure though.

The world, no the universe may be magnificent! But that in itself doesn't point to the divine. If thats the only proof then I'm signing up for atheism tomorrow. No, the existence of a God must be based, for me, on something more substantial, more measurable, more personal (maybe like God becoming man and being born of a Virgin?)...

So the question remains, how can we, as mere mortals hope to comprehend an incomprehensible God? If God made this universe, what chance have we, as insignificant as we are, of understanding his existence? Surely we could know nothing of such a God unless He (assuming he's a personal God of course) reveals himself to us?

I will watch with interest as the scientists try to figure out what this latest discovery means for mere mortals such as myself. I'll also spare a thought for the theologians who are trying look for traces of God amongst the stars and despite what I have just written, I'm also thinking of something which Einstein once wrote.

"We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different languages. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not even understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books - a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects."

The most incomprehensible thing about the universe, as he once put it, is that it is comprehensible at all. Maybe thats the proof?

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