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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WHAT THE MATTER MADE OF?

First Atoms photo like a  "Small Dust"

What is MATTER made of?
A revealing statement of science fact is stated in Isaiah 40:
"Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the scales. Look, He (God) lifts up the isles as a very little thing." (Isaiah 40:12)
What do you think about this verse? Is it silly? Is it folly to say that whole nations are like a "drop in a bucket?" We know those descriptions can't possibly be literal, don't we? What reason could Isaiah have had to write such seeming nonsense?
Those reactions, or something like them, made perfect sense - until the twentieth century that is. For it was only during the past one hundred years that scientists were able to look into the atom, which is the building block of all the matter in the universe. And what did they find? They found - as incredible as it sounds - that atoms are mostly EMPTY SPACE!
What does that mean? It means there is very little actual substance or mass in everything around us.
Diagram of an Atom
Compare the size of the nucleus
to the size of the space between it
and the molecules that orbit it!
Most of the mass of an atom is in the tiny, tiny nucleus:
"At least 99.995% of the mass of each atom resides in a tiny nucleus composed of protons and neutrons.(Discover magazine, columnist Bob Berman in his column, "Sky Lights").
How big is an atom's nucleus, which contains almost all its mass, compared to the space between it and its molecules?
"If the typical atom were the size of a football field, the nucleus would be a grain of salt at midfield." (ibid.)
"If a hydrogen atom were about 4 miles in diameter, its nucleus would be no bigger than a tennis ball." (World Book Encyclopedia, 2004 edition, article "Atoms")
"If the atom were to be inflated until it filled an Olympic stadium, the nucleus would be the size of a pea lying alone in the center of the track." (Super Nature by Lyall Watson, Bantam Books edition published 1974)
The Empty Atom
Since almost all of the mass of an atom is in an even tinier, tinier nucleus, what is the rest of an atom filled with? Writing about the rest of an atom outside of its nucleus, one author put it like this: "A cloud of electrons marks the atom's outer bounds. The rest is a void. " (ibid.)
Since the building blocks of all matter are themselves mostly empty space, can you see how scientifically accurate Isaiah's statement is? Remember, he said,
"Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the scales. Look, He (God) lifts up the isles as a very little thing." (Isaiah 40:12)
Do modern scientists say much the same thing?
"All matter is like this [empty]. Take a man and squeeze the empty spaces out of him, like the holes in a sponge, and you are left with a little pile of solid substance, no larger than a flyspeck." (Super Nature by Lyall Watson, Bantam Books edition published 1974)
The author added this observation,
"We are like hollow men and our insubstantial bodies are strung together with electromagnetic and nuclear forces that do no more than create the illusion of matter."
Another source says this,
"Scientists describe a black hole as a single point in space that is infinitely dense. That is hard to grasp, but think about the head of a pin. Now imagine everything on the Earth, the trees, the houses, the beaches, the oceans, [we might say the nations] everything fitting into the head of that pin. The point in space where a black hole exists is infinitely smaller than the head of that pin, yet anything can be compressed and fit into it." (Science News, Oct. 24, 1998, article by Sarah Simpson).
So it seems the latest discoveries of science confirm that all of the matter that makes up a man, or makes up the whole earth, with the emptiness removed, would be the size of a flyspeck or fit into the head of a pin! What do humans see as they look around at their physical world? Don't we see objects that appear solid and substantial? Is not it the furthest thing from their minds is that they are made up of atoms - atoms that are mostly EMPTY SPACE?
But if you were the creator of that physical matter, wouldn't you see them for what they really are? Wouldn't you see them as trillions and trillions of atoms - atoms that are mostly empty space? What Isaiah wrote did not come from the active imagination of a mere human. It came from the Creator God. The same Creator who can look at the earth and everything on it and see them for what modern science says they really are: innumerable atoms that contain very little actual mass or substance.

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