Sunday, May 31, 2009

What is man?

I'm watching a National Geographic special on the size of the universe.

NatGeo showed a scale model of our solar system. With the sun at the very end of the end zone on a football field, and the size of our model sun being the size of a small ball (maybe, 4 inches across), the earth would be near the closest goal line (and would be so tiny that a million of them would fit into this small sun-ball) while Neptune would be about 160 yards away, out of the stadium, out in the parking lot.

The narrator said that if all the galaxies in the universe suddenly turned to peas, there would be enough of them to fill a sports stadium (like a professional football stadium).

On this scale, our entire solar system must be like a single atom on just one of those little peas (The narrator said that an atom is to an orange as the orange is to the entire earth).

All this gives new meaning to the question the writer of Hebrews asks of God, "what is man that you are mindful of him?" (Hebrews 2:6).

Indeed, considering the unbelievably violent, hateful and rebellious history of humankind, it is amazing that the creator doesn't just dispose of his rebellious human experiment with no more thought than a scientist might have in disposing of rotten elements over a Bunsen burner.

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