JANUARY 15, 1996: One peek into a small part of the sky, one giant leap back in time (picture above.) The Hubble telescope has provided mankind's deepest, most detailed visible view of the universe. Representing a narrow "keyhole" view stretching to the visible horizon of the universe, the Hubble Deep Field image covers a speck of the sky only about the width of a dime 75 feet away. Though the field is a very small sample of the heavens, it is considered representative of the typical distribution of galaxies in space, because the universe, statistically, looks largely the same in all directions. Gazing into this small field, Hubble uncovered a bewildering assortment of at least 1,500 galaxies at various stages of evolution.
Oct 13, 2016: The observable universe boasts at least 10 times as many galaxies as originally estimated, according to research published on Thursday in The Astrophysical Journal. This means that the cosmic census of galaxies, which has been conventionally pegged at around 100 to 200 billion, may be closer to a whopping two trillion individual galactic systems. Story is here and published study is here.
- the universe has existed for eternity and thus was never "created"
- the universe came into existence out of nothing through unknown natural processes
Because of the problems with option 1, most astronomers now recognize the truth of Genesis that the Universe had a beginning. They subscribe to option 2 via the "Big Bang" theory which postulates the cosmos flashed into existence in an unimaginably intense explosion. But since logic dictates every event has a cause, they are left theorizing what caused the "Big Bang" on what borders to be ridiculous - i.e., that it sprang into existence on its own from nothing, or that is was caused by another universe, etc.
When we drop the secular humanist worldview and gaze at a seemingly-infinite cosmos through the lens of Scriptural truth, we are left speechless at the grandeur, content, and size ... all of which silently testify to an all-powerful infinite Creator with astounding endless artistic creativity. (Ps 19:1)