Milky Way – Magnificent Stellar City
Our Solar System is located in the Milky Way Galaxy. Far from city lights, on a clear dark night, the disk of our Galaxy can be seen across the sky as a luminous band, looking like spilled milk. This diffuse glow is the light emitted by billions of stars.
The Milky Way is an enormous, beautifully designed and coloured, almost symmetric structure in the universe. It is a giant spiral galaxy, containing at least 200 billion stars. All the celestial bodies in the galaxy orbit on different planes their common center of mass, called the galactic center, but they never collide with each other, neither do they fly apart.
The Galaxy is made up of a disk and a halo surrounding the disk. The disk is about 100,000 light years in diameter and 2,000 light years thick, except its central region, which contains a large round bulge about 10,000 light years in diameter. The concentration of stars in the central bulge is very high, especially toward the galactic center. The stars in the central bulge are mostly pink; the other stars in the disk are mainly blue-white, intermingled with some yellow and reddish ones. The distribution of the stars within the disk gives a spiral structure: the stars are grouped at higher densities in the spiral arms. These arms rotate slowly around the galactic center. The halo is made up of globular clusters of mostly pink stars, all inside of an invisible outer spherical limit. These clusters orbit around the galactic center by passing through the disk.
Our Solar System lies about 28,000 light years from the galactic center within the disk, very close to the equatorial symmetry plane called the “Galactic Equator”. The Solar System is orbiting the galactic center on a nearly circular orbit.
How could the Milky Way and other perfectly designed heavenly bodies, galaxies and structures in the universe be the result of an explosion? Even the proponents of the Big Bang theory admit: “The Big Bang theory makes no attempt to explain how structures like stars and galaxies came to exist in the universe.”
God revealed in the Bible that He created the stars on Day Four of Creation Week (Genesis 1:14–19) by his Word, which is Jesus Christ:
In 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. (John 1:1–3)And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ. (Eph. 3:9)
(For more see Ps. 33:6; John 1:10; Rev. 4:11; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2; 11:3).
The whole universe was created by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who at an appointed time came to earth – “the Word was made flesh” (John 1:14). He called Christians His friends (John 15:14) and His family:
“For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matt. 12:50)”And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40).
God committed the future judgment of all men to Jesus Christ; those who believe in God and Jesus Christ will have everlasting life after the resurrection, the others will go into eternal damnation (Matt. 25:31–46, John 3:14–21,5:19–29, 6:44–58, 8:24, 10:27–30, 11:25–26, etc.).
If you are a true Christian, it is your Lord and your friend and your brother and your strongest ally who created the Milky Way and the whole universe – be comforted by this knowledge when you are troubled and faced by persecution.
If your are not a Christian, look up to the sky and see all those stars and galaxies created in one day by the Lord, who will judge your every wicked deed, word and thought in the future and punish you accordingly – if you do not repent.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. (Psalm 19: 1)