Have you ever wondered what is beyond the edge of the universe? I have. I’ve always loved pondering unknowns. I’m intrigued by “what-ifs”. Recently, leading cosmologists have captured headlines with theories related to “multiverses”. Think of it this way: Our universe continues to expand from its point of origin – the big bang. Now what if our universe is not the only universe, but rather one of many, and that infinite space is the home of multiverses? Maybe or maybe not!
This may be a fun concept to kick around, but I question its scientific credibility. Cosmologists use the phrase “cosmic visual horizon” when describing how far away we can see with our most advanced optics and circulating telescopes. It is impossible to see beyond the bounds of our single universe because anything just beyond its edge is too far for photons of light to reach us. George Ellis, a noted cosmologist, states that this is the reason why none of the claims made by multiverse enthusiasts can be substantiated (Scientific American, August, 2011). Given the fact that multiverses cannot be seen, tested or detected through known scientific processes, I question their place in science departments. To me, discourse on subjects unseen, unmeasureable, and unproveable should be catalogued over in philosophy or religion. Do you see the analogy between discussions of God and anything that lies outside our powers of observation or detection? Between God and a multiverse that lies just outside space and time – just outside our “cosmic visual horizon”?
The evidence seems overwhelming that this universe was created as a very finely-tuned conglomeration of stars, planets and other celestial objects all in support of a very special place called planet earth. I too love to wonder about what lies beyond the borders of our universe, but there is more evidence for the existence of a creator God than there is for multiverses – far more. What is out there? We really can’t wrap our limited human minds around that which has no boundaries and no end. Multiverse theories have arisen out of our insatiable desire to peak behind the curtain of creation at the instant of the big bang. We just have to know what is back there, but we cannot see it or fathom it. Another universe just behind the curtain of creation? And then another just beyond that? I don’t know; I just can’t see that far.
But I do see scientific proof of a beginning to our universe as well as the coincident beginning of space and time – the unmistakable hand of a Creator.