Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Satan Myth: Introductory questions - #4: How vast is the universe?

How vast is the Universe? One may wonder what bearing this question has on the existence or non existence of Satan. Trust me, it has!


Modern cosmology thinks that there are more than a 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe. The observable universe is a sphere with a radius of about 46 billion light years. A light year is 5,880,000,000,000 miles. If you can still remember your school geometry, the formula for calculating the volume of a sphere is ⁴⁄₃πr³, now you can get some large number calculator to arrive at the volume of the universe as 82,888,462,233,378,054,313,382,417,127,084,030,082,689,880.965 cubic miles.

Milky Way, the galaxy in which our solar system is contained, contains at least 100 billion stars. It is like a disk with an approximate diameter of 100,000 light years and a thickness of 1,000 light years. Solar system, supposed to be one of the smallest galaxies in the universe, has a diameter (till termination shock) of a light year.

This vast universe, no doubt, is created by the Almighty God. In this vast universe having a radius of 46 billion light years, earth with a mean radius of miles (volume: 259,726,330,025.44 cubic miles) is practically insignificant.

Though there could be life in other parts of the universe, earth is our home because it has the atmosphere, right kind of temperature, flora, fauna and many more things to sustain life.

Now, according to the understanding of a vast majority of believers, there was a rebellion in heaven (the abode of God) and the leader of the rebellion, Satan, along with his bunch of “fallen angels” were expelled from heaven. This Satan was either placed on earth by the Omniscient God or Satan, somehow, found his way to earth.

If God banished this Satan character to earth, what could be the reason?

  • Was there no other part in the vast universe to which this Satan could be banished?
  • Does Satan need the atmosphere of the earth, flora and fauna, like us, to survive?
  • Knowing that we are dust and our frames are weak (Ps 103:14), what was the reasoning behind God creating us from the dust of the earth (Gen 2:7) which was occupied by a celestial monster who dared to rebel against the Almighty God? Did He really expect us to resist the devil (Jas 2:7) who is capable of rebelling against the Almighty God?
  • Scriptures tell us that God knows the end from the beginning (Isa 46:10), if this be true, while placing man on earth, did not the Omniscient God know that He is placing man at the mercy of Satan, whom he banished here earlier? Will a loving parent ever let his / her child be at the mercy of a vile character like Satan?


If Satan himself found his way to earth, of all places in the universe, what should be the reason?

  • Was he really looking for a place which sustains life like ours?
  • Had he the foreknowledge that God would create man on earth?

It doesn't matter when Satan was banished to earth, most of these questions beg for a coherent answer.

More questions to follow...
In Christ,

Tomsan Kattackal