If God is God, He's not afraid of questions.

Do the Math

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When an unbeliever scoffs at you and says something like, "You have blind faith. You know so little. How can you be sure there's a God?  You're just a speck in this vast, eternal universe. There are trillions of stars. Just do the math!", there's no need to quake. God created everything, including math and science. If science points away from the existence of God, then there's something wrong with the way that fallible man is doing the science that God created in the first place. Anyway, the unbeliever is just a speck, too.  So, let's do the math.

First, we need some numbers. To begin with, how many stars are in the sky? This web site (http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/space/07/22/stars.survey/) gives the number of 70 sextillion. That's 70 with 21 zeros. It was calculated by some Australian astronomers, so, it must be right.

Then, we ask, "How old is the universe?" This site (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_the_universe) gives the popular number of 13.75 billion years. The highest number I've heard is 20 billion. Some "authorities" say as low as 8 billion. With a margin of error that large, we should ask, "How much do they really know?", and stop right there. But, the challenge is to do the math, so, we will.

The big bang theory claims that everything came from a dot, and that the dot came from nothing. Slam dunking the decoy of the dot, it means that everything came from nothing. This is, of course, impossible, but we'll still do the math anyway.

So, to figure out how many stars per year came from nothing, we divide how many stars there are in the sky by how old the universe is.

70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 / 13,750,000,000 = 5,090,909,090,909 stars per year.

Hard number to grasp, isn't it? Let's make it more manageable. Divide by 365.25 for the number of stars per day.

5,090,909,090,909 / 365.25 = 13,938,149,462.

Still pretty big. How about per hour?

13,938,149,462 / 24 = 580,756,228.

Per minute?

580,756,228 / 60 = 9,679,270.

Per second? (Might as well!)

9,679,270 / 60 = 161,321

So, if everything came from nothing, then 161,321 stars formed - for no reason out of nothing that came from nowhere - per second, every second, for 13.75 billion years. And they're just the stars that we think we can see. If you double the 70 sextillion to account for the stars that we can't see (give or take a sextillion), the number jumps to 322,642 stars per second.

Who has bind faith now?

And how great is our God?

As the psalmist said:

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet…

Psalm 8:3-6