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The universe appears to be very large and it contains many
galaxies of stars. The term billions and billions is appropriate
(borrowing from a noted Atheist). ďThere are about ten thousand
billion billion habitable planets in the observable universeĒ
according to space.com. Thatís their estimate based on some
theoretical inferences, but unlike most speculation in Astronomy,
they might very well be correct this time.
In several verses, the Bible also indicates that the heavens are
vast and we are mere specks in proportion. For example:
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon
and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou
art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Most scientists subscribe to an evolutionary view of the universe.
In that view, everything we sense originated from nothing a long
time ago and arrived at its present condition spontaneously.
There was no design or purpose; it just happened.
It would be logical, then, to expect to discover inhabitants on
billions of habitable planets even if the odds against such were
ten trillion to one. In other words, if the evolutionary view of
existence were true, one should expect millions of Marconi-like
beings spread across the Milky Way busily transmitting
electromagnetic pulses in our direction.
For that reason, scientists here on earth have been busy as well.
They have dedicated hundreds of large aperture radio telescopes
to the task of listening for alien signals. They have searched
diligently for fifty-five years Ö in vain. Sure, they tell us a
detection is right around the corner, but our fundamental ability
to receive very small signal levels from space hasnít changed all
that much in most of time scientists have been listening. All the
evidence suggests that there really arenít millions of green
microwave guys out there.
Suppose thatís true. Suppose the evolutionary view is false.
Suppose (just suppose) that the Biblical view of special creation
is correct. That would imply that the heart of Godís focus is right
here on Planet Earth. If the universe is very, very, very large,
consider how sharp the focus of God must be. If the Bible is true
and God pays attention to individuals then that focus is
This is what the Bible says:
[Y]our Father knows what things ye have need of before you
It also has this to say:
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows