August 29, 2007
Astronomers have stumbled upon a tremendous hole in the universe. The cosmic blank spot has no stray stars, no galaxies; no sucking black holes; not even mysterious dark matter. It is one billion light years across of nothing. The University of Minnesota team that discovered this vast expanse says it is nearly six billion trillion miles of emptiness.
Reading the exclamations of scientists is amusing. In Genesis we learn that in the beginning there was a void before God began creating. He created something out of nothing, which has not been done since. Yet many scientists continue to believe only in what they can see and measure.
The heavens are telling the glory of God, writes the Psalmist, but many scientists bask in the glory of their science.
The essential question is not what isn’t there, and its emptiness, but who is there and his fullness… beyond the observable universe and beyond understanding. It is not we who have reached out to him. It is he who has reached down to us. We can only know him in a realm and in a person science cannot measure.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.