Today, 24 April 2020, marks the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope. In 1990, the space shuttle Discovery took off out of Kennedy Space Center with the Hubble Telescope on board. It was deployed into orbit a day later, sharing the universe with the world. Since that day, it has looked into the depths of space and time and taken photographs of some of the most majestic and grandiose landscapes we could otherwise only imagine.
The telescope celebrated its birthday today by taking the above photograph: a red nebula (NGC 2014 and its blue nebula neighbor (NGC 2020) from a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is found here in the Milky Way galaxy, 163,000 light-years away from our planet.
The Kalam Cosmological Argument is one of my favorite apologetic arguments for the existence of God. It tends to focus on science and logic to defend the existence of the universe (specifically the beginning). But what it often does is miss the forest for the trees. Kalam blows past the beauty and wonder of creation itself to get to the very beginning.
I don’t mean to suggest that Kalam is lacking. All I mean is that when we use arguments for creation, let’s not forget what we would not have if there were no creation. Without the first act of creation we wouldn’t have the wonder of the heavens. So in our defense of God, let us not forget the gift from God.
Regardless of what you think about the age of the earth, we can agree that God’s creation is absolutely breath-taking. If the universe is billions of years old, God created an absolutely amazing world. If the universe is only thousands of years old, God still created an absolutely amazing world.
It’s hard to imagine that when you see the vastness, beauty, and magnificence of the universe, someone can write it off as an accident. I often wonder if we’re seeing the same thing. The psalmist writes that the heavens declare God’s glory. So when someone argues against the existence of God, I wonder if they’ve never seen a starry night sky (which is admittedly rare in these days).
The heavens really do declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims his handiwork (Psalm 19:1).