I am intrigued by quantum physics. I don’t get all the math, but just trying to grasp the mysterious properties of matter in its infinitesimally smallest bits keeps me transfixed.
Right now, among the other books I’m reading is Absolutely Small: How Quantum Theory Explains the Everyday World, so far a wonderful introduction to the strange world of quantum phenomena.
Does learning about science – especially quantum science – challenge my faith? Not at all.
Here are some big – and small – numbers I found researching a sermon a while back:
A German computer recently estimated that there are 500 BILLION galaxies in the universe. And scientists estimate there are 1 SEPTILLION stars in the universe – that’s a one with 24 zeroes. That’s a lot bigger than even the national debt! Can you imagine a God that created every one? A God that keeps track of every one?
I can’t either.
God is the God of the unimaginably big.
But God doesn’t just keep track of those stars as whole units – God keeps track of each atom from which they are made. And God knows every time two hydrogen atoms join to become a helium atom to power those stars. Every SECOND, just our sun converts over 500 TONS of hydrogen atoms to helium. Multiply that by 1 septillion . . . that’s lots of helium atoms created per second in the universe. And God is aware of every one.
God is the God of the infinitesimally small.
Did you know that there is gold in your body? Lots of gold, actually, if you measure it in atoms. There are 20 quintillion atoms of gold in a 180 pound human body. (That’s 20 with 18 zeroes, by the way.) Sound like a lot?
If you were to sell a gold dealer all the gold in your body at yesterday’s rate of 1728.80 an ounce, you’d get . . . about a penny (1.3 cents if my math is correct). You see, 20 quintillion atoms of gold weigh only .000008 ounces.
And speaking of how God is the God of the infinitesimally small, your body is made up of more atoms than there are stars in the universe. About 7 octillion (that’s a 7 with 27 zeroes if you’re keeping score at home).
And you are one of about 7 billion people on the earth, and the earth is a pretty nondescript planet in the outer corner of our galaxy, in the midst of billions of other galaxies in the universe. You think about all those atoms and all those stars and all those people and you could feel pretty insignificant, couldn’t you?
With God creating and keeping track of all that unimaginably big stuff and all that infinitesimally small stuff, how important could we individual human beings be?
How important could you be?
Psalm 139 tells us that God knit you together in your mother’s womb. God knit you together out of those 7 octillion atoms.
That’s why this science stuff doesn’t lessen my appreciation or awe of God. I praise God all the more, Seven octillion atoms! I am, in the words of that Psalm, “Fearfully and wonderfully made.”
And so are you.
I allways know you are very smart , I read it and I don’t even know how you figure that out . But God is even greater now in my mind .
Reading about quantum physics doesn’t make me feel smart . . . more like humbled. I agree with the second part of your comment completely, though – learning about God’s design of the universe certainly does give us a greater appreciation of God. It enhances my awe of our awesome God!
Quantum Physics is truly a testimony to the glory of God! Who else but God could up with such a complicated series of mathematical formulae and then give some gifted humans the ability to make sense of it all!? 🙂
Amen! Especially the part acknowledging God’s gift of the ability to discern what God has designed. (And I appreciated the use of “formulae” in your comment.)
As the esteemed David Suzuki mentioned about atom particles “Argon”; we all breath out Argon, countless and indistructible. To think the God created a man “Jesus” to be one of us, a living breathing man that expelled Argon in His body. To think that I, 2000 years ago, that has a possibility that I have “Inhaled Jesus’ atomic particle” boggles my mind. This means that God is in my and you and you and you. There is so much about GOD in science. Albert Einstein has proven that there is God. You Sir, your very existence proves that there is God and I am reading your story. Thank you. Pax
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