Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We can't imagine

I was reading a post at RealLivePreacher this evening. He wrote about numbers that are beyond our comprehension. Have you ever heard of a googol? It's the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. According to Wikipedia, it is a number that is often used to illustrate the difference between an unimaginably large number and infinity. It is sometimes used when comparing very large quantities of something -- the a number of subatomic particles.

We can't imagine a googol.

I was thinking as we were driving to work today about the distance between us and a particular cone nebula that forms the horn of a unicorn constellation. (Less you worry about me, I was thinking about it because it was being discussed on the radio -- it didn't come to my mind randomly.). This particular nebula is 2,500 light years away. That means when we look at it through a telescope, we are seeing the nebula as it was 2,500 years ago, not as it is today. The light that we see today coming from this nebula left the gaseous structure 500 years before the birth of Christ.

We can't imagine that distance.

And yet we think we can get a handle on God. Ha!



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