How often do we contemplate what can come from the heavens — or even, what the heavens are?
It is an endlessly intriguing, complex, and unfathomable topic.
We hear astronomers throw around a lot of figures. They’ll tell us there are 60 billion stars in our galaxy, and that there are also somehow the same number — sixty billion — galaxies, when clearly they have no idea (no conceivable way of calculating) numbers like that, or anything close. How can we even know know how many universes (dimensions) there may be?
They tell us that our galaxy is 16,000 light years thick. That means it takes light, which moves at 186,000 miles a second, 16,000 years to traverse from top to bottom in that cluster of light at the center swirl of the Milky Way (the outer neighborhood of which earth is located). Consider that when a space shuttle launched, it was moving at about 18,000 miles an hour (not a second), meaning our greatest speeds are the tiniest fraction of the speed of light.
We’re not even sure what the sun is.
Back in the mid-1970s, a headline appeared on the front page of The New York Times that said, “Doubts Cast On Why Sun Shines.” Yet you’d never know there was any doubt by reading science textbooks for the past century!
Is the sun really a nuclear fusion reactor — or perhaps the other side of a black hole — or perhaps an electronic plasma generator?
Or something else?
No one really knows — despite the authoritative voice of science.
And what about this: what if the clusters of light are not always concentrations of stars; what if they’re the “cities of light” spoken about by our Catholic mystics and those who have near-death episodes?
Leaving the body, folks who have such transcendent experiences often describe leaving their bodies and being whisked up either through a “tunnel” or past planets and stars and “galaxies.” In other words, perhaps we think of as a mechanical arrangement of stars and planets are instead other-dimensional (spiritual).
When it comes to the sky, we all know about the unpredictability of asteroids and comets. There is no way of knowing when one will pass by (or hit). There are millions of such bolides in our solar system alone, not to mention whatever may be from other solar systems and other galaxies.
There also can be electromagnetic waves. Could something instantly broil our planet — our entire solar system — or darken it?
“According to a recent paper, the earth is caught directly in the crosshairs of a cosmic hurricane,” notes a news report. “A swarm of nearly a hundred stars, accompanied by an even greater amount of dark matter, is aimed directly at our stellar neighborhood and there’s nothing we can do to stop it; in fact, the vanguard is already upon us.”
It sounds, points out the report, like the perfect summer blockbuster movie.
Dangerous? They don’t think so. What it amounts to is the notion (they would say discovery) that stars from a dwarf galaxy that once collided with ours are headed in the opposite direction — fanning out and going against the normal galactical star traffic.
Nothing is expected to hit us.
However, in dwarf galaxies, they theorize, is a disproportionate amount of “dark matter” — a hypothetical form of matter that scientists have contrived to explain movements in space they can’t otherwise explain.
In other words, they have a name for something that hasn’t even been discovered yet.
Time for scientists to realize their limitations (and dismount the high horse).
Really, only God, only His angels, only Jesus, only those who have traversed the dimensions, know. Jesus did say there is an “outer darkness.”
But that pertained to lowest purgatory or hell.
Science can be good. Learning is important. But let us realize that prayer reveals more than any telescope and that: the most important knowledge is spiritual, which in quantity constitutes wisdom.
Says Proverbs, 10:21, fools die for lack of it.