50 miles west of Socorro, New Mexico on US highway 60 sits one of the most fascinating examples of man’s desire to figure out his purpose and reason for being. It is called the Karl G Jansky Very Large Array or VLA for short.
Upon arrival, you can sit through a 24:23 minute video explaining what the VLA is and its purpose. It is narrated by Hollywood actress Jodie Foster and I have taken the liberty to give you some quotes from the short introductory film:
Narrator Jodie Foster:
“Who we are and where we come from
there have always been sacred place to go where we connect with the heavens . . .
places that help us make sense of all the wonders we see when we look to the skies above”
From the movie Contact in 1997:
“I think its because we are looking for the meaning . . .
What is the meaning?
We have mindless jobs,
we take credit vacations,
deficit finance trips to the mall to buy more things that we think are going to fill these holes in our lives”
Astronomer Dr Amy Reines
“I’m fascinated by the early stages of galaxy evolution
back when the universe was in its infancy
And I just want to know:
-where does it all come from
-how does it all work
-what’s our place?”
NRAO Chief Scientist Chris Carilli:
“I believe all mankind has that innate desire to know the origins of his being”
NRAO post-doctoral researcher Minnie Mao:
“Astronomers from all over the world want to use the VLA to uncover the secrets of the universe”
NRAO astronomer Gustaaf Van Moorsel:
“We are adding more and more to our understanding of the universe. You don’t have to be a scientist to be thrilled by that.
PhD candidate Kristina Nyland:
“We’ve always had the night sky to look at – to ask questions about it – to wonder why it looks the way it does.
Deputy Assistant Director for Science Claire Chandler:
“Why is it that the earth happens to be the place where humanity has grown up? What is special about that?
And the ONLY way you can understand that is by looking at other stars, other solar systems . . .
NRAO Astronomer Mark Claussen:
“The iron that is in your blood, the calcium that is in your teeth, all of those things were made inside those stars”
NRAO post-doctoral researcher Nirupam Roy:
“ For me astronomy HAS to be a part of any civilized society like music or art . . .
Throughout the film, a common theme appears again and again . . .
There has to be a reason for all of this – there has to be a reason for my existence
(You can watch the film here: https://vimeo.com/70554007)
As you can see, very smart people – very intelligent people with a common purpose . . . a common quest:
“What made me? – What is the origin of my existence?
Thus, we have the paradox of humanity – looking for the finite in the infinite. It is the age old question of creation. There are many theories – many postulates – many theorems – many hypothesis.
At the end of the day, the discernment they try to exhibit all becomes nothing more than a common rationalization –
An attempt to make the unreasonable, sound reasonable
You see, many times, science is used in the rationalization for why there is NOT a creator God of the universe instead of as a PROOF that there IS!
The VLA stands as a monument – an idol if you will – to the false god of human endeavor and human reasoning.
People refuse to accept a God that created, but have no problem accepting that an explosion created. They ask, “Who created God?” because there has to be a finite . . . and yet, they have no problem accepting an infinite chain of events in the stars – – – think about that for a second . . .
How was the first matter constructed that allowed these chain of events? How did something come from nothing? Whether scientists have the integrity to admit it or not, they believe in the infinite even while searching for the finite. The very math they use, they use the symbol ∞ to express the concept of without any limit. The formula for π is just one example of an infinite series in mathematics.
The text says:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise
and frustrate the intelligence of the intelligent.”
. . . and the wise and the intelligent search for answers and understanding everywhere BUT . . . because they refuse to accept a creator God as the origin of the universe. In their intellectual pursuit and questions, they refuse to accept that a creator God can be the impetus behind the formation of the universe.
And maybe, just maybe, it is their own pride in their intellectual superiority that prevents them from understanding or accepting that the creator God’s least intellectual endeavor is infinitely greater than their wisest of their wise.
1 Corinthians 1:25 (CJB)
25 For God’s “nonsense” is wiser than humanity’s “wisdom.”
And God’s “weakness” is stronger than humanity’s “strength.”
You see, all of their questions:
- Who we are and where we come from
- help us make sense of all the wonders we see
- we are looking for the meaning . . .
- What is the meaning?
- -where does it all come from
- -how does it all work
- -what’s our place?”
- desire to know the origins of his being”
- uncover the secrets of the universe
- our understanding of the universe.
- wonder why it looks the way it does
- “Why is it that the earth happens to be the place where humanity has grown up?
- What is special about that?
- the ONLY way you can understand that is by
- all of those things were made inside those stars
- astronomy HAS to be a part of any civilized society
can be answered in 10 simple words:
The finite they are looking for begins with the infinite – a creator God! But the problem with accepting this comes from a lack of trust – an unwillingness to trust:
Hebrews 11:3 (CJB)
3 By trusting,
we understand that the universe was created through a spoken word of God,
so that what is seen did not come into being out of existing phenomena.
We learn that the Messiah is all part of this process:
Colossians 1:14-17 (CJB)
14 It is through his Son that we have redemption —
that is, our sins have been forgiven.
15 He is the visible image of the invisible God.
He is supreme over all creation,
16 because in connection with him were created all things —
in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible,
or authorities —
they have all been created through him
and for him.
17 He existed before all things,
and he holds everything together.
In fact, there are many references to the creation of the earth and the heavens:
Psalm 115:15 (CJB)
15 May you be blessed by Adonai, the maker of heaven and earth.
2 Kings 19:15 (CJB)
15 Hizkiyahu prayed as follows in the presence of Adonai:
“Adonai God of Isra’el, who dwells above the k’ruvim!
You alone are God of all the kingdoms on earth.
You made heaven and earth.
Acts 14:15 (CJB)
15 “Men! Why are you doing this? We’re just men, human like you!
We are announcing Good News to you —
turn from these worthless things to the living God
who made heaven and earth and the sea and everything in them!
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing made had being.
4 In him was life,
and the life was the light of mankind.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not suppressed it.
You see, all of these people, and many more like them, are looking for the answers to creation. They will explore every option – – – as long as – – – that option does NOT start with a creator God.
One of His faithful named Iyov (Job) questioned the Creator God and the Creator God gave him a lesson on creation (I will just give part of it):
Job 38:4-11 (CJB)
4 “Where were you when I founded the earth?
Tell me, if you know so much.
5 Do you know who determined its dimensions
or who stretched the measuring line across it?
6 On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
7 when the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 “Who shut up the sea behind closed doors
when it gushed forth from the womb,
9 when I made the clouds its blanket
and dense fog its swaddling cloth,
10 when I made the breakers its boundary
set its gates and bars, 11 and said,
‘You may come this far, but no farther;
here your proud waves must stop’?
The text gives us every answer the above scientists are searching for . . .
The text tells who the Creator is . . .
The text also tells us that the Creator God is Love . . .
These scientists continue to look to the stars for their answers because they refuse the truth that has been given to them already . . .
They refuse to trust – refuse to accept . . .
As a result, they are literally looking for the origins of creation in all of the wrong places . . .
They are looking for LOVE in all the WRONG places . . . .