In July of 2022 the scientific community made part of the amazing pictures taken by the Webb Telescope available to the public. The resolution was far superior to the Hubble Space Telescope and we could see distant stars and galaxies never visible before. Some astronomers explained the long and difficult process of building and launching the Webb and made some other statements about the universe. They claimed that we were viewing stars that were born over 13 billion years ago right after the “big bang” theory. Some of these claims verged on hyperbole while others were almost poetic; “ancient galaxies carpeting the skies like jewels on black velvet.” One expert, however, put things into perspective when he said that what we were seeing was like looking at a grain of sand at arm’s length compared to the actual size of the universe.

We should justly applaud the skills and knowledge of those who accomplished such a feat. Nevertheless, Christians wish that they would also acknowledge and recognize where the universe came from and give credit to the Great Designer of it all. “God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1). “(God) has spoken to us by His Son whom He appointed heir of all things and through whom He made the universe” (Heb 1:3) (Col 1: 15-20) (1 Cor 1:25). “…since what may be known about God is plain to them because God has made it plain to them…His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Rom 1: 19-20) (Isa 44:24).

Besides looking at the vast universe, humanity should also look at how, “…fearfully and wonderfully made” is each physical person (Ps 139:14). One of the scientists was closer to the truth than he realized when he said we are all made of the same stuff as the universe. “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Gen 2:7)

Christians and anyone else who seek the truth will discover that, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Heb 11:3). Those who believe and obey will, “…shine like stars in the universe” (Php 2:15). No matter how old the universe is, it will disappear with a roar (2 Pe 3:10) (Isa 34:4) and be replaced by a new heaven and a new earth (Rev 21:1) which will never end (Ecc 12:5,7) (Mk 10: 30) (Lk 18:30).

                                                                                 –Jim Bailey