This is a question that I have been pondering for a long time…
Has there ever been nothing?
The answer is rather staggering.
Creationists would have us that God made it all, seven days; and one of those days was a day off.
But that doesn’t do it.
To believe the Creationists, you have to have ‘nothing’ to begin with.
So exactly when did we have ‘nothing’?
Astronomers and the like have managed to establish that ‘something’ has existed for a long time, they have found that light emanated from a galaxy 13 billion light years ago give or take a few. Do you have any idea how far that is?
13 billion light years = 1.22986869 × 1023 kilometers
That’s a long way; even in miles…
170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000 miles.
We don’t have a kilo, mega, giga, tera big enough to say that.
The number is so large that we cannot even imagine how far that is. We don’t have the language capable of expressing that distance. Our feeble little brains are inadequate.
Yet, that’s the time frame that we have been talking about ‘something’ existing. It took the light emanating from that galaxy 13 billion years to get here. Makes the six-day wonder theory look a bit sick.
So we have established that ‘something’ has existed for 13 billion years.
Now, along comes this divine being and creates billions of galaxies out of ‘nothing’, sorry I find that hard to believe.
There has always been something, just because our brains can’t fathom that idea, doesn’t mean that it didn’t exist.
Our thinking is limited by our language. We simply cannot imagine space doesn’t have a finite limit, it just goes on and on. Words like big, huge, enormous, gigantic, humongous, just don’t cut it. Douglas Adams in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy said, on the subject of space; “Space is big…!” But you get the idea, adjectives and adverbs don’t portray ‘big’.
I imagine ancient man, even Biblical man had more limitations trying to imagine size.
Mind boggling, isn’t it?
When I try to imagine limitless space, it makes my head hurt.
But, I am comfortable with my inadequacy.