How humbling to think we are not created to see or know everything. We live in vast ignorance unable to understand more than a fraction of our Universe. We are like ants programmed only to work only within the confines of our anthill realities.
Cosmologists currently grasp that the Universe is without a center. The “big bang” did not emerge from a point in space and expand from that point, like an inflated balloon. The “stuff” of the universe is evenly distributed throughout the universe, and that everything is expanding equally in all directions, and seems to have come into existence in all places at the same time. Our galaxy is not hurdling through static space. Rather, it is space itself that is stretching in all directions, and everything is moving away from everything else, like raisins in an expanding cake. But unlike the baking cake analogy, the expansion is not slowing but accelerating. The truth is that what is happening has no “natural” explanation within our ability to detect. We are left to speculate with unproven theoretical models, such as references to the “dark matter” that fills the allegedly “empty space” of the Universe.
What is the right response of a human to so much uncertainty and ignorance? We are intelligent and curious creatures. It is our destiny to investigate and discover. We should have a fluid and expansive openness to ideas and possibilities. We should have a high tolerance for error and a readiness to correct or abandon ideas and practices that are based on flawed data. We should eschew easy answers, especially those couched in religious formulas. We should see that science and religion are locked in a false incompatibility. Each can inform and inspire the other.
[Micah 6:8] He hath shown thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?