It's amazing. It's a picture of IC 342, which- the site tells us- is only 11 million light years away.
I don't understand. I don't understand how a person can look at something like this and say, "Yeah. God made the earth." How? When here, this close to our own galaxy, is this amazingly complex and awesome collection of stars, smaller galaxies, and planets? How could someone on this planet be so arrogant, and ignorant, as to suggest that their perception of God dominates this vast sky scape? How can they be so arrogant as to assume that all of this (in the picture) can be explained by saying, "God did it." It can't! It shouldn't! Just in this one picture, there are thousands of things that can be said that give us a better understanding of space, matter, time, distance, energy, light, planets, stars, development of the cosmos,....but, to the Christian, all of those lessons are silenced by two things: 1) the need to place God as a creator and 2) their need to answer anything beyond their immediate capacity to understand with an embarrassingly crude sentence: God did it. I look at this picture and think, "There is so much I don't know and I want to know it. I want the beautiful and, possibly, devastating answers." And, if I don't know enough to understand those answers, then I want someone to teach me. Saying, "God did it...let's light the barbecue!" is pathetic, in response to something like this.
Possum1 and Possum2 looked at this picture and were full of questions. And, honestly, I couldn't answer them all. I was like, "Errr...mmmm...I'll have to see if I can find that answer for you, 'cause mommy's not that smart." :) But, I was amazed by their observations and thought processes. What kind of parent shuts that down with "God did it."? It's the worst extravagance to throw away those questions and light bulbs in children. The worst!
Ok. Now that I'm all worked up... *breathes* ----- *looks at the television*
Who put McCauley Caulkin in the Nutcracker? Tchaikovsky has probably done a double back pike in his grave.