The Teleological argument is also known as an argument from design. Anyone who has spent any time at all studying astronomy can’t help but be amazed at what our universe consists of, and how large it is. For example, light travels at 186,000 miles per second, so that in a year light travels about 5.9 trillion miles. The inch, foot, yard, mile are insignificant and useless when we try to measure the universe. As Louie Giglio in his DVD series said, “We have to use a ruler that is 5.9 trillion miles long to measure our universe.” Our own Milky way is about 100,000 light years in diameter, and within it are billions of other stars and solar systems. Within our ‘observable’ universe, we have billions of other galaxy’s, and within each of those, billions of other stars. Distant galaxy’s measure in millions of light years. The Sombrero Galaxy is a good example at 28 million light years away, with billions of stars within it.
We also think of the space between our galaxy and stars as empty, but in reality it is full of dark matter. We can’t see dark matter, it does not emit or absorb light, but we have detected its effects on gravity fields, so we know it is there.
On a much smaller scale, we have molecules. Just to give you an idea of scale, if we had a 1/4 cup of water and then expanded each water molecule to the size of a 2mm glass bead, that 1/4 cup of water will be able to cover the Continental United States in over one mile of water. If you would like to see a picture of a molecule, take a peek at this article.
In each water molecule we have three atoms, which of course are even smaller. If you knock on your table, you think it is solid, but in reality it is mostly empty space made up of atoms. Kenneth W. Ford, who wrote The Quantum World, gives us a look at the size of atoms. For example, if we had ten million atoms lined up in a row, it would measure less than a tenth of an inch. He goes on to explain, “Imagine an atom expanded to a diameter of 3 km, about as big as a medium sized airport. A fraction of 10 to the negative 4th of this is about 30 cm, or about one foot, roughly the diameter of a basketball. A basketball in the middle of an airport is as lonely as a ‘large’ nucleus, such as that of uranium at the middle of its atom. (To make the model more apt, cover the airport with a giant dome that reaches, at its center, a mile above the ground.) Now replace the basketball with a golf ball, and you have the model of the hydrogen atom, with its central proton.” The dome is empty space, but empty space in the same sense that you have empty space in the disk area of a spinning propeller due to the electrons flying around at very high speeds. Only something very small and very fast can pass through.
We have two scales that are difficult, if not impossible, to imagine, but both have evidence of design and we are only just beginning to discover what each realm holds.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8