Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Truth be Told, I am Nothing!

If an atom was the size of a football stadium, the nucleus would be the size of a marble. Please recall, the nucleus contains the protons and neutrons and is located in the center of the atom... Anyway, the only other part of the atom is the electron cloud. Now, electrons are about 1/1800 the size of a single proton. So, take a medium sized atom...it's got, say 40 protons and about 40 neutrons all packed into a marble-sized ball. Floating around this marble are 40 STINKING TINY electrons. But they get to roam around the rest of the stadium. My question is this, what the heck is taking up the rest of the space in that stadium? Answer: literally, nothing.

Take into consideration the following: every protein that makes up every cell, every bit of water, every molecule of DNA, absolutely everything in our bodies (and in the rest of the world, for that matter) is made up of these atoms which are more NOTHING than they are SOMETHING. In the purely physical sense, it blows my mind that I can have arms and legs and hair, knowing that they are made up of "little balls of mostly nothing."

Colossians (my favorite) 1:17 says:
And He (Christ) is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Having taken a few chem classes in my life, this verse has added meaning to me. Maybe the question is not so much about "what" takes up the empty space in an atom, but "who."

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