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The Universe and its Organizational Structure
The universe continues to amaze astronomers with its organizational structure and patterns. According to an article in Astronomy magazine, “galaxies are not randomly splayed out across the sky but instead follow a weblike pattern.” This organization is believed to be a result of an invisible material known as dark matter, which acts as a kind of unseen scaffolding upon which galaxies, galaxy clusters, and galaxy superclusters are aligned and supported. The question that arises is how did the universe become so organized? Is it likely that such order came about as a result of a mindless process?
The Role of a Higher Being
The late Allan Sandage, who is regarded as “one of the greatest and most influential astronomers of the 20th century,” believed that the universe’s organization is evidence of a higher being. He stated, “I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle.”
The universe is also fine-tuned to support life. The weak force is one example of this, as it keeps our sun burning at a steady rate. If the force were weaker, the sun would never have formed. If it were stronger, the sun would have disappeared long ago. This is just one of several finely-tuned features that we depend on. According to science writer Anil Ananthaswamy, if even one of those features had been different, “stars, planets, and galaxies would never have formed. Life would have been all but impossible.”
Ideal Home for Humans
The universe also provides an ideal home for humans. The earth is equipped with the right atmosphere, the right amount of water, and a moon that is the perfect size to stabilize the earth. Our solar system is, according to one writer, “in the middle of nowhere” in our galaxy, but that very isolation is what makes life on earth possible.
Based on scientific knowledge of the universe and its properties, physicist Paul Davies concluded: “I cannot believe that our existence in this universe is a mere quirk of fate, an accident of history, an incidental blip in the great cosmic drama… We are truly meant to be here.” While this National Geographic article did not intend to imply that God created the earth and humans, it does raise the question of whether the universe and the earth seem to be designed to make life possible because they were, in fact, designed by a higher being.
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EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored over 200+ books. In addition, Andrews is the Chief Translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV).