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The Boggled Mind Can Lead To A Bended Knee
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Feb 1, 2000, 13:18

Are you ready to have your mind stretched just a little bit?

If you are then you will really like what you are going to read. If you arenít in the mind stretching mood, then you probably will end up with a headache by the time you finish reading this. So I will leave it to you to decide whether or not you press on and go forward from this point. I will wait for you to decide.

Since you are still reading, letís boggle our minds for a moment. Think about the universe. That is a big enough topic to boggle most minds especially when you consider that everything you and I have seen belongs in just our galaxy. There are hundreds or thousands beyond our own. But letís focus on just our galaxy for a moment.

If you could travel at the speed of light, you could arrive at the moon in one and one third seconds. If you kept going at that same speed it would take you four years to reach the next closest star. . .four years! The size of Godís creation is amazing. But letís not stop there, letís really think about the galaxy we live in for a minute. A scientist suggested the following description.

Imagine a perfectly smooth glass floor where the finest speck can be seen. Then shrink our sun from 865,000 miles in diameter to only 2 feet. Then place the 2 foot ball on the glass plane to represent our sun. Step off 82 paces, going about 2 feet per pace. When you get there you have arrived at the first planet, Mercury, and to keep things in the proper perspective you will have to represent Mercury with a mustard seed. Place it on the glass.

Take another 60 steps away from Mercury the mustard seed and that is where you will place Venus. Again to keep everything in the right proportion you will need to place a BB on the glass. Now we are rolling and you get the idea.

Mark off 78 more steps. . ..there place a green pea, that represents earth. Now we know where we are.

Step off another 108 paces, and for Mars put down a pinhead.

Feel free to sprinkle some fine dust and that can be asteroids.

Then you will want to walk 788 steps more. This is the Jupiter place. An orange is about the right size.

After 934 more steps you can place a golf ball on the glass, that will be Saturn.

This is where it gets tricky. Mark off 2,086 steps and set down a marble. That will be Uranus.

Another 2,322 steps gets you to where you arrive at Neptune, an olive would be about the right size there.

By the time you are done creating this model you have gone over 2 and Ĺ miles from where we put the ball representing the sun, and we still havenít included Pluto. If you were to swing this model completely around you would you would be looking at a smooth glass surface five miles in diameter. Just a tiny fraction of the heavens, not including Pluto. On this surface five miles across we have only a mustard seed, a BB, pea, pinhead, some dust, orange, golf ball, marble, and an olive. Now guess how far we have to go on the same scale before we could put down another two foot ball to represent the nearest star. Go on give a guess,

what do you think, 700 paces? 2000 steps more? 4000 steps more? No you are way off !

We would have to travel 6,720 miles before we could put down the next starómiles, not feet. And that is just the first star among millions. Now think about the size of it all and then imagine everything moving. It all moves perfectly insync with each other. The most accurate timepiece ever created. Phenomenal really doesnít describe it well enough.

I get puzzled by those who can begin to understand this information and then think that it all happened by chance. There is something about that kind of reasoning that is not so bright and especially not intellectual. It works too well, it is too well ordered, it could not have happened by chance. Then in the middle of this great big galaxy, there are people like us. People whom God loved enough to die for. He knows us so well that the hairs of our heads are numbered. (How is that for detail?)

Romans 1:19-20 says, ďFor the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. Since earliest times men have seen the earth and the sky and all God made, and have known of his existence and great eternal power. So they will have no excuse."

When you think about it, it does really boggle the mind. And hopefully the boggled mind leads to the bended knee.

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