Dark Energy, Dark Matter & Job’s Ignorance

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]


About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy (gordongrose.com) blog to learn more. TragedyTransformed.com provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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