If God made the world, why is the universe so vast? Have you heard that question from a sceptic, or have you perhaps asked it yourself? To the agnostic and the atheist, it seems a ludicrous concept that any God would make the cosmos to be so mind-bendingly huge, and yet make only one little tiny planet with life on. To them, the earth in the midst of all that exists is totally insignificant: a tiny speck in an ocean of space.
Have you noticed this pattern among secularists? They want to diminish mankind, and call us “animals”, when in reality, mankind is God’s crown jewel in all of creation. To these people the words of Carl Sagan are gospel:
“The cosmos is all there is, or was, or ever will be.”
This must be the natural conclusion of those who have decided to ignore any consideration that there is a Creator. It seems so logical, doesn’t it, when you can’t experience this being called “God” with any of your five senses? And yet, from my perspective, these people are missing the wood for the trees. They are looking down the telescope from the wrong end. They are peering into space with what they so dearly claim as their guide-reason-suspended and switched off. A God who is infinite, who is infallible, who is omni-present and omnipotent, isn’t likely to be making a universe the size of the orbit of the moon, is He? Isn’t an infinite God likely to make something so big that we can’t see to the end of it, and we can’t?
God is Spirit, but He has made a physical universe-that is, a universe with a limited number of spacial dimensions. This may indeed mean that the boundaries of our present cosmos are limited. But even if they are, it is far beyond any of our imagining. And if it is bounded now, it may not always be, or/ and it may just continue to expand endlessly. This isn’t just a matter of God’s ability and potential. He has made space to be an indicator to us of just how great, how powerful and how beautiful He is:
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse (Romans 1:19-20).
THE INCREASE OF CHRIST’S GOVERNMENT
I was reading through Isaiah recently, and the following verse jumped out at me for the first time ever:
Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this (Isaiah 9:7 NKJV).
Testing my own senses against those of my far more level-headed son, I asked him what he thought could be the meaning of that phrase, “Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end”. His immediate answer was, “Space”.
Here, on this limited planet, there is limited space. You can’t have an endless increase in a kingdom here. And remember that the kingdom of God is eternal. There’s only one way the increase of Christ’s government can never end, to my mind, no matter how you attempt to interpret it, and that’s in an ever-expanding universe. This present cosmos may be replaced, as certain passages of Scripture indicate, but there will be one in its place at least as great as this one. If you have a better explanation, let’s hear it, please.
Any secular mockery of this idea is nothing less than faulty logic, because when you consider what they believe-that there was once nothing at all, and nothing but a speck, a singularity, outside of which was nothing, not even space-but then the entire universe and life created itself-then the idea of an ever-expanding cosmos doesn’t seem so silly after all. And the idea that all of the physical universe came into existence from nothing serves to confirm the very first verse of the Bible, where we find time, space and matter all coming into being:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
AN EVER-EXPANDING FUTURE FOR THOSE IN CHRIST
I’ve long thought that while the universe is so vast because our God is infinite and all-powerful, and wishes to display his power and nature, the universe is not just there to be looked at for all eternity from the tiny part of it that we know now. I’ve been convinced that our eternal dwelling will extend to the stars. And even though scientists describe the limits of our universe according to their theories, they cannot see them, but continue to see further and further seemingly without end. Limited or not, it’s big…unimaginably big! It’s so big that it would take a very long time indeed to explore and populate. Not only so, but an infinite God can supply an infinitely expanding universe, even if it does have boundaries now. And that, according to my hopeful, imaginative mind, is just a part of what God has in store for those who love him. We are at the beginning of God’s physical creation, which is inextricably linked to the greater spiritual reality. There is only one little planet of life, to date, because we earthlings are His pioneers.
This post is an expanded (!) version of a post of mine from 2019, titled THE FINAL (AND ENDLESS) FRONTIER.