An interesting article from http://www.ucg.org/ about Star Wars. This follows this post about U.S. development. For a free magazine subscription or to get the books recommended for free click HERE! or call 1-888-886- 8632.
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Man’s imagination is a wonderful thing—it can transport him to the far
reaches of the universe or compel him to at least make some preparations
for life beyond the confines of planet earth. Man has already walked on
the moon and now plans that a few people might soon live for a month or
so on Mars. But can we realistically hope to travel to other galaxies?
Our own Milky Way galaxy is 100,000 light-years across and about 1,000
light-years thick. It contains at least 200 billion stars (perhaps twice
that many), but we really aren’t quite sure. Ours is only one of 50
galaxies in this little corner of the universe, each pinwheel disc
rotating at 600 kilometers a second (360 miles per second), which is the
preferred estimate, and it means that the earth is traveling around the
galaxy at something over 50 million kilometers a day, or 19 billion
kilometers a year.
All of these numbers put a transit of the Milky Way ridiculously far
beyond the reach of mankind. We are never likely to visit even our
closest neighbor in this local group of galaxies, at least not as we are
today. Something must first be changed—must, indeed, be drastically
If the Milky Way is 100,000 light-years across, it would take 2,500
generations of mankind to cross it at the speed of light (assuming 40
years per generation); and that sort of Star Trek becomes practically
Now science fiction can take us into the universe at “warp speed” by
means of some faster-than-light propulsion that ignores the laws of
physics. Imagination is a wonderful thing, but the idea of warp speed
seems to be a physical impossibility for any space vehicle and its crew,
unless we can reduce them all to a beam of photons to be reassembled,
complete with life and intelligence, at the proposed destination. Don’t
hold your breath, as they say.
And yet, as one of my of my old college masters used to observe
laconically, “God doesn’t poke around at the speed of light.” If there
be a God, how else would He traverse this far-flung universe wherein
there are galaxies without number, indiscernible to human eyes, but
spotted by our best telescopes only as milky droplets in the vast
stygian darkness of space? Would God take uncountable eons of time to
get from place to place in the universe? To think so makes little sense,
but we don’t know what time is anyway. All mankind’s history is
contained in a brief span encompassing less than 10 millennia. What went
before the story of man began is of little consequence, but what lies
ahead is of paramount importance. We cannot be forever contained within
these mortal frames, but must be released if ever the glories of the
heavens are to be explored.
We measure time on earth in years, months and days, and project it onto
the cosmos at 186,000 miles per second, but that relates to energy and
light as we see it, and we cannot see beyond our limited physical
What is the speed of thought? Is that God’s speed? Does thought have
substance—“I think, therefore I am,” as René Descartes observed? That
reaches into the realms of philosophy, but what is the reality?
One thing is absolutely certain—that God is! The wonderful all-inclusive name of God is I AM, and it encompasses all that there is in time and space. If indeed, we are to become as He is (1 John 3:2),
we must study the Bible and then we will understand. We must become
faster to ever understand God’s neighborhood. Then we may travel beyond
the Milky Way, and intergalactic journeys will probably not occupy
light-years of our time.
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