About 10 billion years ago, God decided to create. In all his creativity he decided to make a world constrained by three spatial dimensions, and by one dimension of time. Why exactly these numbers, I don’t know. With splendid insight, and unlimited power, he demanded that “there be light“. And who is to stand against his will? With indescribable precision he ordered space-time into existence from a single point in somewhere beyond everything. That was the rise of space and time, as we know it today. The energy that he spent was so vast that it sufficed to create thousands upon thousands upon thousands of galaxies. And the galaxies are so big and vast that even if the speedy light, moving with a speed of 300 000 km per second was to travel for a thousand years, it would still just have covered a tiny fraction of it’s size. Yet these structures in space are so infinitesimally small, as they are constituting bigger clusters, again adding up to super clusters and finally what are denoted as voids of galaxies, that cosmologists only consider them as particles!
The Coma cluster only, just in the neighborhood as it is (located about the distance away from our own galaxy that the light would travel in 300 million years), contains the neat sum of 10 000 galaxies. Yet the universe is so much, much bigger than that. Maybe even as large as to have no end at all.To be infinite in spatial extension.
That is what happened when God uttered those first, majestic and spectacularly powerful words: “Let there be light“. Those weren’t empty words! They carried meaning, and it had to be done according to the information contained in that meaning! According to his will as he spoke.
But why all this waste of energy? Or for whom did God exhaust himself to make all this incomprehensible creation? What creature could be great enough to rule it all? After having spent what science needs billions of years to account for, just to finish the framework of his creation, God, according to the present scientific theories, started the process of biological evolution, making and molding what finally, another good 4 billion years later, resulted in the man. He was to be the final result of this magnificent creation. Words do not suffice here. This, The man, was the one going to rule over it all.
” ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
We are made in the image of God, and yet; here we are – no greater in size to the universe than an atom is to us! Still; us is it for whom God created all this splendor! Just for us to amaze at, gaze upon and in astonishment, awe and thankfulness give him praise and honor and glory! Just for us to take pleasure, live and thrive in it. I cannot love an atom, or a peace of dust for that sake, so much as even to notice it at all. But the creator himself loved each single atom in an infinitesimally small lump of dust so much as even to give his only begotten son to die in their place. Zooming in from the super clusters he made, in through the clusters, elapsing thousands upon thousands of light years through space , finally reaching down to the scale of concentrated galaxy groups, finding the one named “the local group”, containing galaxies separated by the neat distance of about 10^22 meters in average, he finally hit the chosen one; the Milky Way Galaxy. The scale compared to the super clusters is now unimaginably small. But he is still not there by far. First he finds the right solar system from the hundred thousand million stars that he put in this particular galaxy only. And as he finds the right solar system, dominated by a typical sun of about 2*1000000000000000000000000000000 kg (10^30) of mass, he eventually pick out a tiny, tiny planet orbiting around it. It is the earth. And still he is not there. Not even when seeing the small moon orbiting the earth, is he at the chosen scale. First after zooming in another unimaginable number of kilometers, is he finally at the destined scale. This is where he put the small creatures that he made in his own likeness. This is the creature that God did all this spectacle for. The man. The dust, as he is. Yet created in the image of the creator himself, to rule the whole world.
LORD, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him?
(Psa 144:3 NIV)
[Quotes without citation are from Genesis 1].
Cosmological details found in chapter 1 of “An introduction to Modern Cosmology”, Andrew Liddle.