The Point

Divine Art in 1.7 Gigapixels

04/19/21

John Stonestreet

Shane Morris

So many of the compelling arguments for God’s existence, and there are many, come from looking to the heavens which, Scripture says, “declare the glory of God.” For example, the best evidence suggests the universe had a beginning (something scientists accepted only fifty years ago). A universe that had a beginning requires a timeless, spaceless, immaterial Cause.

Even so, the heavens provide us with more than scientific data. It’s also beautiful. Recently, a Finnish photographer created a panorama of the Milky Way. The 1.7 gigapixel image was compiled from 1,200 hours of exposure at a private observatory and captures 20 million stars along with a dazzling assortment of nebulae.

The mind-boggling image brings to mind another Psalm. Yes, the heavens declare the glory of God, but not just by inspiring scientific inquiry. The unnecessary and overwhelming beauty of creation also inspires us to wonder, “What is man, that you are mindful of him?”

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