Question: I have a interrogate of which I am not certain there is an answer. Why did God create the heavens, the Earth and world in a galaxy of so many stars ( the Milky Way ) ? And our galaxy is besides merely one of billions of galaxies. All this was created by God, but why, and why so huge ? He surely wasn ’ thymine lone .
— Vic Bunton, Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
Answer: To be net, we are in the kingdom of bad theology. As you note, there is no official or perfective answer to your question. That said, one answer to the amaze enormousness of the universe and huge diversity of things is that it is an expression of God ’ s love. not only is the population huge, but it is besides expanding at closely 100 million miles an hour at its edges, and it is picking up rush as it does so. And all of this is expressive of God ’ s love, which is huge, expansive and ever-increasing in the heart of the faithful and in the things he has made. The being of all this was not necessary for God. He was not lonely or bored. Rather, love overflows and seeks to share full things with others. God creates indeed as to manifest and partake his aura with what he creates. He seeks far to share his accuracy and love with rational beings such as angels and world and therefore establish a relationship with us .
A far observation is that, according to many cosmologists, our solar system in this accurate function of the Milky Way Galaxy seems to be calibrate for the universe of higher life, such as our own. Some call this the “ anthropic principle. ” Earth may be far rarer than many have recently thought. This is because it isn ’ thyroxine merely a few things that come in concert to make the Earth what it is ; it is thousands of things in precisely the right order and combination. These include things like having a stable ace of good the correct size and distance in a separate of a galax that has lower background radiation and cosmic debris. It besides includes having the presence of water, having an eye socket close to a circle than an ellipse ( to keep the temperature steady ), having a mellow core that generates a magnetic discipline ( to deflect the harmful rays of the sunday ) and having boastfully gas-giants like Jupiter and Saturn that draw in comets and other space debris. The list could go on and on, but the statistical probability of these things coming together in barely the right combination and balance wheel is very small. Hence, the Earth as a vessel for higher life such as we know may be quite rare, evening in a universe with billions of galaxies. Cosmically, we live a beguiled being. theologically, God seems to have cautiously crafted earth with us in judgment .
It is our impression that all created things owe their being to God. The heavens declare the glory of God. They besides declare his beloved, which is always new, always expansive and growing in the incredibly huge cosmos. And so far, earth seems to be a very extra topographic point.
Life beyond Earth
Question: Does Scripture have anything to say about UFOs, aliens or extraterrestrial being universe ? Doesn ’ t Genesis note “ early planets ? ”
— Kevin Fellman, Chatsworth, California
Answer: There is nothing specific in Scripture other than what some may try to read into. For case, the “ Nephilim ” in Genesis is described as a race of giants, and some propose they were an alien slipstream that visited our planet. Some others contend that angels are precisely an extraterrestrial being alien race. These interpretations and others like them are not conventional and doubtful. The planets ( a diagnose that means “ wandering body ” ) are not explicitly named in Scripture, but among the heavenly lights Venus and Saturn are mentioned.
All this said, while Scripture is silent about the things you mention, it besides does not offer a direct defense of their universe. Hence, one is free to hold that entities, including intelligent life, may exist outside our satellite and may in fact make visitations here. The answer to the question above in this workweek ’ mho column does raise some doubts, however, if one accepts the views of rare Earth theory. The statistical probability of widespread intelligent life drops if rare Earth theory holds. however, tied that does not preclude that there is some intelligent life existing in this huge universe. Neither the Church nor the Scriptures explicitly forbid such a position .
Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian in Washington, D.C., and writes for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. at blog.adw.org. Send questions to msgrpope @ osv.com .
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