Thursday, January 6, 2011
Cutting The Universe Down To Size
You occupy a level of existence, and possess a level of power and intelligence so far beyond that which exists on an atomic level that to even consider the 'feelings' or 'thoughts' or existence of an individual atom is ludicrous. 200,000,000,000,000 atoms would fit in the period at the end of this sentence. Is it really reasonable to believe or expect that you would even be aware of, let alone care, about such things? Of course not. Such things are simply beneath you.
So it would be with God.
Assuming that there is a God who created the Big Bang, that being would dwell on a level of existence so far beyond our own that our entire existence and that of every other object in our entire galaxy would be rendered totally irrelevant. Our galaxy would not be the equivalent of the television set or the couch or the refrigerator, our entire galaxy would be far less than a single speck of dust. Our galaxy would be a particle of grime on the toilet or in the carpet or on God's glasses? Or a speck inhaled and promptly destroyed by the divine equivalent of white blood cells. And our humble star? Infinitely less.
Quite simply we do not represent the kind of beings which an entity on that plane of existence would have any interest. Certainly not the kind that would spark a desire for a personal relationship. To expect that the Creator of the Entire Universe, Sovereign over countless septillions of stars is going to cultivate a deep personal relationship and would willingly endure pain and sacrifice for inconsequential creatures trapped on the cosmic equivalent of an atom is perhaps the most insulting and degradingly arrogant belief imaginable. It does violence to the very idea of divinity.
Theists always protest that it is impossible to know the mind of God, that certainly God is greater than we could imagine and that he COULD desire a relationship with beings such as us. But is such a belief reasonable? Is it probable? We are, afterall, allegedly created in God's image. If WE have absolutely ZERO interest in cultivating deep personal relationships with bacteria, why would we expect God to have any interest in us when comparatively speaking, our entire planet is far less than the divine equivalent of bacteria?
Is it not far more likely that these assumptions are merely the wishful myths of ancient people with no understanding or knowledge of the wider world rather than a statement of how the Universe actually operates?
Volume of Sphere 4/3π*r^3
Radius of Universe ≈ 46,000,000,000 LY
Volume of Universe ≈ 407,719,738,966,666,666,666,666,666,666,666 Cubic LY
Radius of Milky Way Galaxy ≈ 50,000 LY
Volume of Milky Way Galaxy ≈ 523,598,333,333,333 Cubic LY
Radius of Solar System ≈ 0.00001581 LY
Volume of Solar System ≈ 0.0000662247172 Cubic LY