How Big is Your God?
How big is God? This is a profound question and the more I discover about God the bigger he seems to be. Yet, the more I contemplate him, in terms of my individual relationship with him, as Heavenly Father, Shepherd, even as friend, as many biblical metaphors portray him, it becomes hard to understand how something so big can be within something as small as me, i.e. one individual among billions. How can the creator of and sustainer of the universe have an interest in me?
Well if all of that is hard to get our heads around things became a lot more complicated for me after watching a documentary recently. One of the BBC’s Horizon programmes investigated the concept of multiple universes. Yes, you did hear that right; there is serious scientific study, through quantum physics, into the possibility that our universe is not the only one that came into existence as a result of the big bang. If the given set of circumstances needed, through many permutations and possibilities, to provide conditions for life, as we know it, here on earth and our universe took place at the big bang, then other permutations must also have kick started other conditions which may have led to life elsewhere in other universes. In fact, even more astonishingly, these multiple universes could even intersect.
Now getting your head around that is quite enough but think of the theological implications. If the bible is authoritive, as we believe, then what it says will apply to all God created life wherever that may be because as Colossians 1:16-17 says:-
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
And could it be that the place that Jesus has gone to prepare for us is in another universe e.g. as in John 14:2-3…in my Father’s House there are many ‘universes’ but also…I am going there to prepare a place for you…and I will come back and take you to be with me…Then even if the place that Jesus is preparing is in another universe then it is still the creation of the same God and Saviour. If there are enough universes and permutations then there is no reason to deny that there can be one which would sustain life without death.
It’s all conjecture really but at least it has that effect of making us think of God in much bigger terms than we could ever imagine. After all, no eye has seen, no ear has heard…what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Cor.:2:9) and yet, as Harry Emerson Fosdick puts it:
How can we make it real to ourselves that He, who holds Orion and the Plaides in his leash, knows us by name.
Making it real may get even harder for us the more we come to terms with the fact that God is everywhere at all times but the means by which we can communicate and be in fellowship with him is through deep and intimate prayer. I doubt I will ever, fully, get my tiny mind around that!
Prayers of the past by deep thinkers of things universal
O Thou good omnipotent, who so carest for every one us, as if Thou carest for him alone; and so for all, as if all were but one! Blessed is the man who loveth Thee, and his friend in Thee, and his enemy for Thee. I behold how some things pass away that others may replace them, but Thou dost never depart. O God, my Father, supremely good, Beauty of all things beautiful, to Thee will I intrust whatsoever I have received from Thee, and so shall I lose nothing. Thou madest me for Thyself, and my heart is restless until it repose in Thee. Amen –
St Augustine (354-430)
Ah, Lord God, Thou holy Lover of my soul, when Thou comest into my soul, all that is within me shall rejoice. Thou art my Glory and the exultation of my heart; Thou art my hope and refuge in the day of my trouble. Set me free from all evil passions, and heal my heart of all inordinate affections; that, being inwardly cured and thoroughly cleansed, I may be made fit to love, courageous to suffer, steady to persevere. Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing more courageous, nothing fuller nor better in heaven and earth; because Love is born of God, and cannot rest but in God, above all created things. Let me love Thee more than myself, nor love myself but for Thee. Amen.
Thomas a’ Kempis (1379-1471)
 Harry Emerson Fosdick, The Meaning of Prayer (London: The International Committee of Young Men’s Christian Association, 1915), 47