Our Bodies Are Made Of “Star Stuff” – but Who Made the Stars, the Flowers, the Bees, the Birds?
The stunning featured image (below) is from news.msu.edu
The heavy chemical elements in our bodies (oxygen and iron in our blood, calcium and phosphorous in our bones, etc.) were fused (from lighter elements) in the nuclear furnace at the core of a star that previously occupied our stellar neighborhood prior to our Sun’s birth. When that earlier star went through its death throes and went supernova, it ejected, cast off, these heavy elements in to the neighboring space. (Our Sun actually contains within itself some of these heavy elements that were ejected by this previous star when it exploded.) So, we (our physical bodies) really are composed of “star stuff”.
But, who made the stars? And, we can take this further . . . What, or who, caused the “Big Bang”? What is the ultimate cause?
People enamored of current scientific knowledge may grow uncomfortable when such questions are raised because such questions point to the limitations of scientific knowledge and understanding. Now, dear reader, please do not get the wrong impression here. Science has its proper place, and plays a very important and constructive role in human life. Indeed, we have much to thank science for. But, science is not competent, not qualified, to address, much less answer, all of man’s questions.
(As to the “Big Bang”, some folks will speculate that something like a super, super massive black hole in another universe or dimension basically violently vomited up all its accumulated mass, and that formed our expanding universe. Someone actually tried to convince me of this in the last several months. Of course, he could not provide a convincing reason as to why such a conjectured black hole would behave in such a way. And, now with the aid of super computers, the scientists are crunching the numbers in their equations to arrive at what things were like prior to absolute time zero, before the Bang went off.)
Sir James Jeans, in his book, Physics and Philosophy (1943, a current reprint is available from Dover Publications), raised many questions relevant to my point in this essay. He admits the limitations of science, and that we know much less than we may think we know. And the more we find out about the material universe through science, the more the universe seems to be like a thought. (Perhaps, a thought in a Creator’s mind?) This book was a very challenging read for me, but like all truly great books, it makes one think about larger issues and helps to broaden one’s perspective. Jeans wrote this book just a few years before he died and just after all the momentous and exciting discoveries and progress in modern theoretical physics in the area of quantum mechanics. The Mysterious Universe, another book by Jeans (1930), also touches upon some of the same ideas.
Whether you call God by Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, or by Lord Krishna, the Immortal King Supreme, God created the material universe and He sustains it. And for those enamored of evolutionary hypotheses or theories, an all-powerful, omnipotent God can create the universe, and the intelligent life within it, in any way He chooses. He can create in the wink of an eye, or over many eons of time. God is the Source, the ultimate cause.
Here are some beautiful, awe-inspiring pictures of what is out there in God’s creation. We have science to thank for these photographs (and computer enhanced images), and God to thank for the objects that are in them. Enjoy them. Thank you for reading and for thinking about this.
This image below is from http://www.space-wallpapers.com/Galaxies-and-Stars/Galaxies-And-Stars-36/
This next image (below) is from kagayastudio.com
The next photo is from ultimateuniverse.net
This photo image is from wallpapers-room.com
The image below is from spaceandmotion.com
This next photo is from phys.utk.edu
This colorful photo is from arts-wallpapers.com
This next photo is from techtweets.com.bd
This photo below is from wallcoo.net
This computer enhanced image (below) is courtesy of nao.ac.jp
This next computer enhanced image is from article.wn.com
Vincent Van Gogh’s famous “Starry Night” is courtesy of wahi.typepad.com