I know very little about our universe. Why, for example, is our universe expanding? Here are some other questions that reveal my ignorance: If I can’t see dark matter, how do I know it exists? What is the difference between dark matter and normal matter? What percent of the universe is normal matter: stars, planets, and galaxies? What percent of the universe is dark energy? dark matter?
Do you know the answer to those questions? I came across a couple of articles recently which gave the answers (see below), but their main impact on me was to reveal how little I knew. I was ignorant. I was so ignorant, in fact, that I felt stunned.
If science unveils God’s handiwork, revelation unveils God’s nature. When God reveals himself to Job in Chapter 38, his questions expose Job’s ignorance of our universe. Job knows many things: his disasters, his suffering, and his innocence. On the basis of what he knows through experience, therefore, Job assumes the right to raise doubt about God’s design of the world. Because God’s design does not support reward for righteousness, Job protests.
When God speaks, he stuns Job with numerous imponderable questions. Questions about the earth’s formation, its natural processes of rain and snow, its support of animal life, and the existence of chaos. To all of this, Job must plead ignorance. All of these issues are also beyond his (and our) control.
How ignorant are you of God’s handiwork? of his nature? Do you also resent God’s design? How open are you to God’s perspective on your suffering?
[Answers: Dark matter, known only through effects of gravity, emits no light, comprises 27% of total mass of universe. Normal matter (galaxies, etc.) comprises less than 5%. The mysterious force of dark energy comprises 68%. It drives universe’s expansion. Source: space.com/20502-dark-matter-universe-mystery-infographic.html]