Four Great Mysteries of the Universe
By Brian Pepper
There are many things in this world
of ours, which we cannot completely understand. We can turn on a
switch but we cannot understand just how electricity makes the light
come on. We can watch television but we really do not know how this
wonderful feat is accomplished.
1. The existence of God
Something that man can never
completely understand is the existence of God. No one has ever seen
God, that is apart from Adam before his fall. There are those who
say that there is no God but that does not prove anything.
I have never seen an atom but that
does not shake my belief in atoms, for I know that they exist and
can cause terrible destruction. One thing is certain and that is
this universe of ours did not happen by chance.
The Bible tells us that there is a maker and a mastermind behind it
Genesis 1:1 says:
"In the beginning God created
the heaven and the earth."
God was the one who made it. He
also made the stars.
Psalm 33:6 says:
"By the word of
the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the
breath of his mouth."
Yes, the stars had a beginning.
They did not happen by chance.
Nehemiah 9:6 says: "Thou, even
Thou, art LORD alone, Thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heaven, with all their host and the host of heaven worshipeth Thee."
The countless millions of gigantic
suns and planets orbiting in space in orderly precision, all testify
to the presence of a mighty creator. A very challenging statement
from a newspaper is well worth noting: "Does
any rational being really believe that these whirling suns, and
worlds, and systems of worlds just happened and that
they are going on by blind chance." -Long Beach Press (California) Editorial.
And how true that is when you think
of Jupiter with its twelve moons and Saturn with its nine moons all
moving according to the divine command and design. The editorial
goes on to say: "Who
can behold these majesties and sublimities of the heavens without
feeling… that there must be and that there
verily is, an omnipotent and omnipresent God who created the universe and who rules it
with His almighty hand?"
Take a watch for instance. Just
imagine placing all the parts in a basin and then shaking them until
they found their right place. Any machine indicates that somebody
invented and made it. There is no chance about it at all. And just
because we cannot see God is no proof that He does not exist.
Isaiah 40:26 says: "Lift
up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that
bringeth out their host by number: He calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth."
The Russian cosmonaut after
returning to the earth made the declaration that he did not see God
out there. How foolish a statement for God dwells in the centre of
the universe and not in our atmospheric heaven.
John 1:1-3 says:
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."
The Bible tells us that there is nothing ever created that Jesus
Christ did not create:
"For by him were all things
created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and
invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions, or
principalities or powers: all things were created by him, and
for him. And he is before all things, and by him all things
This world was made by Christ and
not only did he make this world but he keeps the heavenly bodies in
"Upholding all things by the word of his
power" or "Sustains the universe
with his word of power" – Moffat
How true are the words of a very
popular gospel song:
"It took a miracle to put the stars in place. It took a miracle to
hang the world in space."
The stars and the earth are held in
place by the sustaining power of God.
Romans 1:19,20 R.S.V. says:
"For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has
shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his
invisible nature, namely his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that
have been made. So they are without excuse;…"
The things in the natural world
plainly testify to the existence and the creative power of God. For
instance, snowflakes show an amazing variety of designs and they are
always six sided. The hen and her chickens did not come on the scene
by chance. The spider and that remarkable web is another example.
The handiwork of God is best of all
demonstrated in the flowers. Yellow is the main colour of the
calceolarians, which are spotted with red and mahogany tonings.
Exotic orchids add colour and delicate beauty. Hot house flowers
have a brilliance all of their own. It is quite obvious that God
loves colour and variety. This is clearly indicated by the lovely
cyclamen flower. Fushia to me suggests perfect design with glorious
Psalm 90:2 says:
"Before the mountains
were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from
everlasting to everlasting, thou art God."
Yes before those majestic mountains
were formed, God was there.
Psalm 139:14 says:
"I will praise
thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy
works; and that my soul knoweth
If one were to improve the physical
structure of man how would it be done? The eyes are placed in such a
way that they enable us to see things in their right perspective. We
call this stereophonic. The mouth and the nose are in the exact
position to function properly and at the same time give distinction
to the appearance. Here is something else for our consideration from
thou the goodly wings unto the peacock? Or wings and feathers unto
Even Charles Darwin was puzzled by
the peacocks’ eye in the feather.
Job 12:7,8 says:
"But ask now the
beasts, and they shall teach thee: and the fowls of the air, and
they shall tell thee: Or speak to
the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee."
The marvellous behaviour of certain
birds and animals clearly show that they are guided by a divine
intelligence. The horse and the dog are not only very intelligent
animals but are very close to man as companions.
"As the eagle stirreth
up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on
her wings: So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him."
The eaglets have very little
practice with their wings before they leave their nest. The parent
bird pushes them off the rocky ledge and swoops down ready to catch
the eaglet up to safety.
Jeremiah 8:7 says:
"Yea, the stork in the
heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the
time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD."
The birds instinctively know the
time when they must begin their migration. This is something that is
really beyond our understanding. Golden plovers nest in northern
Alaska and fly south 2,500 miles across the Pacific ocean landing in
Hawaii, Samoa and New Zealand. The monarch butterflies spend winter
in the Monterey pines at Pacific Grove California. But when the
spring arrives they migrate northward searching for milkweeds on
which to lay their eggs.
Psalm 139:7-11 says:
"Whither shall I go
from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I
ascend up into heaven, thou art there… If
I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there
shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, surely the darkness shall
cover me; even the night shall be light about me."
No matter where you may go God is
there, whether it be above the clouds and regardless how deep the
water might be, God is there.:
"And I saw another
angel.. having the seal of the living God". -
"The eternal God is thy
"Great is the LORD and … his
greatness is unsearchable"
I am so glad that we worship a
living God and more than that an eternal God and one day soon we
will have the wonderful privilege of seeing the living God.
Origin of Life
Isaiah 45:18 says:
thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that
formed the earth… He formed it to be inhabited."
Revelation 4:11 says:
"…Thou hast created all things and for thy pleasure they are, and
It gave God great pleasure to
create the beautiful flowers and the lovely trees and mountains and
lakes for our enjoyment. Also the birds with their brilliant
colouring; the animals to share our earth with us.
God said, let us make man in our image…"
Isaiah 43:7 says:
have created him for my glory…"
Man was made in the likeness of God
and he was to glorify God. That was God’s original plan.
in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of
your own poets have said, for we are also his
Life is one of the mysteries that
man has not been able to fathom, it can only be understood as coming
from a divine source.
Job 12:9.10 says:
"Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought
this? In whose hand is the soul of every living
thing, and the breath of all mankind."
God breathed life into His
creatures and is the answer to how life came to this world. Because
of the entry of sin, the life which God gave us is only of a
temporary nature. It can be very short for some. For other, a little
over three score and ten years. But thanks to God and His beloved
son, eternal life is available to every person on planet earth.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have
3. The Entrance of Sin into a
How could sin possibly originate?
That this world is full of sin I am sure would not be disputed. But
how did it all start? How did it begin? The Bible supplies the
answer. 1 John 3:8 says:
that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the
Sin was first found in the heart of
Lucifer, one of the most glorious of all the angels of heaven. How
could that be? Jesus tells us about the character of Lucifer in
"Ye are of your father
the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a
murderer from the beginning, and abode
not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of
his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
Not only did Satan sin but he
influenced many of the other heavenly beings to join him in his
rebellion against God. Finally things came to a climax. The
Scripture tells us in
"And there was war in
heaven, Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and the dragon fought and his angels. And the
great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the devil, and Satan, which deceived the
whole world: and his angels were cast out with him."
Because he was a liar and a
murderer, he started a rebellion in heaven which resulted in his
expulsion. The question is asked in
"How art thou fallen
from heaven O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to
the ground, which didst weaken the
The answer is given in
wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till
iniquity was found in thee. Thine heart was lifted up
because of thine beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness…"
Pride was Lucifer’s downfall. He
aspired to the highest position. He wanted to overthrow God Himself.
Ezekiel 28:14 says:
art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou
wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast
walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire."
Lucifer held the highest position
among the angels of God. He stood closest to God in that he was the
Ezekiel 28:12 says:
saith the LORD God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and
perfect in beauty."
If anyone could be perfect it was
Lucifer. God speaking through the prophet Ezekiel says of him, that
he was perfect in beauty. It was that wisdom and beauty that started
all the trouble. He came to the place where he was prepared to stage
Isaiah 14:13,14 says:
"For thou hast said in
thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above
the stars of God, I will sit also upon
the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the
clouds; I will be like the most High."
With his selfish ambition, Lucifer
was unfit to rule the universe. His subjects would soon have found
plenty of room for complaints. Some angels would have been unfairly
elevated above others with his pride and selfishness, boosted by
becoming ruler of the universe. Democracy would have taken a very
shattering blow. It is very tragic that sin spread its vicious
tentacles to this earth and to Adam and Eve our first parents.
Romans 5:12 says:
as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin;
so death passed upon all men, for that
all have sinned."
There are some people who say "why
should we be held responsible for the sin of our first parents?" The
thing is, if we are looking for justice in sin, we will never find
it for there is none.
1 John 3:4 says:
sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
St Paul tells us that the "wages of
sin is death". Death came into the world through Lucifer: he tricked
Adam and Eve, he lied to them, the result of their believing that
lie was death, a most terrible thing, something we will have to live
with until the time when it is said,
"…There shall be
no more death" –
This brings us to the:
4. The Plan of Salvation
Colossians 1:27 says:
whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this
mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in
you, the hope of glory."
The gospel is a mystery. There is
no question about that. Not only has Jesus demonstrated that it is
possible to live the right kind of life, but He has brought
deliverance from our greatest enemy, death.
John 3:16 says:
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
But more than that, because of His
great sacrifice, He has given us everlasting life. Now isn’t that
most wonderful news? It is no wonder that this is called a mystery.
I can not understand how that God could allow His Son to go through
that terrible experience, to suffer the scourging, the mocking, the
humiliation, the physical pain, the agonizing torture for unworthy
man. When God created man He had three choices:
- Not to create anybody at all
- To create an automation, a
- To create, a free moral agent
God chose to give to man the power
of choice. Yes God created man with the power of choice, with the
ability to decide his own destiny. It really is tragic that man made
the wrong decision, but God had a plan that would give him what he
had lost: eternal life.
John 3:16 says:
"For God so loved the
world that he gave his own begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
God has done something that we will
possibly never understand. He loved you and me to the extent of
allowing His own Son to die on that cruel cross. This is a mystery
that we may never understand.