But what does this have to do with how big God is? If God exists (and I believe he does), and he created the universe (which I also believe), then it might be interesting to compare his creation with that of the next most capable known 'creator' in the universe, us. Collectively, we have been able to to produce something as big as 8.6 * 103
meters in length, and as small as 2.5 * 10-8
meters. In contract God has produced something that is 1025
times bigger and 10-27
times smaller. So, by one measure at least, God is about 1026
times bigger, stronger, smarter and all around more capable than we are. That is 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times bigger.
Is God really so much bigger than I am; for all practical purposes, infinitely bigger? Even though the numbers given in the previous paragraph are nothing but conjecture, I do accept that one who is able to create the universe we live in, a universe whose size and complexity are beyond my comprehension, is infinitely more capable than I am. And that he is just as much beyond my comprehension as is his creation, of which I am a tiny part. I can study his creation and come to some limited understanding of it. And I can invest time in knowing God, and come to some limited understanding of him. But I can never really get more than a glimmer of who he is; my limited and finite mind is not capable of comprehending the infinite creator.
And so I marvel at the unfolding creation, and bow before its creator. I stand amazed at the complexity, the enormity and the power of all that he has made. I acknowledge that God is beyond my understanding or judgement. I thank him for who he is, what he has done, and what he has in store for me. And I join with the heavens in offering up praise to him.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.