Published January 2004 All Rights Reserved

How Big is God? Mighty Big.

The media stays clear of answering, "How Big Is God?" If they describe God's size as "too small," they will offend God's followers. It seems logical then to describe God's size as "quite large," which should please everyone.

While some believe an image of God is "beyond" belief, other views support his existence, but refute the size of his ruling territory. Since God hasn't made the headlines in the past 2,000 years by parting seascapes or feeding the hungry, the media has focused upon other issues --closer to home. Let's accept that God exists --and indeed-- his ruling territory is limited to our own Universe.

These questions are rhetorical either way... but as a child I answered to a God in our likeness, meaning he was about our size and had human features. I did not dream-up this image, adults-in-the-know told me so. Since we humans, as it turns out, are the equivalent in size to electrons compared to our own Solar System; if God [himself] was only the size of an atom in the Universe, he'd still need an electron microscope just to view Earth. Did you follow that?

Comparing sizes of our "space" will shock and awe you at every turn. How about this approach: If a 747 jet airline, which is a comprehendible object to us on earth, flew around the equator without stopping or refueling, it would spend 42 hours in the air at 600 miles per hour. That sounds like a back-aching trip! But hold on. That same magical jetliner (which doesn't need fuel, and is heat resistant) would take 155,000 hours to fly from the Earth to the Sun, or 6,458 days -- you'd better make sure your rent is paid in advance, and include an 36 year supply of white socks if you intend to return home!

You've only just begun to process the size of our Universe however. While the size of our Sun equals 1,000,000 earths; the size of it alone compares to the size of a pinhead on our planet when looking at our Galaxy. The Sun is one of 200,000,000,000 stars in the Milky Way, for which there are 3,000 "visible" galaxies in our Universe.

How big is the Universe? We don't know yet. It will take generations-worth of future observations just to collect outdated data -- meaning some galaxy images have yet to reach our view even though they no longer exist. Could anything be bigger? Well, sure -- God must be bigger than all the Universes combined. I just hope we aren't too small. We are here!

For more information on our Universe visit:

American Museum of Natural History

The Natural History Museum, London

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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