Size of the Universe: Isn’t it Too Large to Have Been Created by God for Humanity?
by Rich Deem
The large size of the universe is often said to be an argument against the existence of the God of Christianity. If the purpose of God were to create a place for humans to live, why didn’t God just create one star and one planet? Isn’t the existence of trillions of galaxies a complete waste? Doesn’t the huge size and mass of the universe suggest that humans are just a cosmic accident among the numerous habitable planets?
Size of the universe
Our star, the Sun, is a slightly above average sized star (one of the 1021 stars in the universe) in an average sized galaxy (of which there are ~100 billion in the universe). The universe itself is currently tens of billions of light years across, and seems to be expanding more rapidly as it gets older. It seems like complete overkill for God to have created so many galaxies when one would have been more than enough. The Hubble ultra deep field image below shows what the universe looked like ~2 billion years after the initiation of the Big Bang. The tiny dots are not stars, but entire galaxies, tightly packed together in the early universe.
God’s purpose for the universe
The argument that the universe is too large to have been created by God implies a knowledge of God’s purposes in creating the universe. Skeptics tend to assume that Christianity claims that the universe was created to give humans a nice place to live. Although the Bible indicates that the universe was created as a place for humans to live, God’s purposes in creating the universe go much deeper than just providing a good place to live. In fact, God’s ultimate purpose for the universe involves its complete destruction, followed by His creation of an entirely new universe with vastly different physical laws…
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