I believe that the Earth revolves around the Sun, and the Moon orbits the Earth. You can make observations that prove both beliefs.
>>This begins a process that seems to make the Earth an unsteady and isolated place, so most people probably quit here, but not me.<<
I believe the stars are actually like our Sun, and some are way bigger, but they are so far away they all appear as twinkling points of light no matter how strong your telescope. (As Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy wrote: “Each star is a setting sun” in the song, “Jesus, Etc.” from the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot CD)
>>Now the cosmos is getting very large, indeed, and even our blazing Sun is reduced to a point of light from the perspective of any other star. I’ve lost just about everyone at this stage.<<
So far as can be observed, there are collections of stars (galaxies) everywhere out there, and the distances between then are unimaginably vast, as is the age of the whole cosmos (about 15 billion years).
>>How my head spins with these immensities! I am reminded of the witticism by the 18th century writer, Thomas Carlyle, who said of the stars above: “If they be inhabited, what a scope for misery and folly. If they be not inhabited, what a waste of space.”<<
None of these scientific facts shake my faith in the Creator of all this, nor in the notion that our souls were saved by the sacrifice of Christ. The only questions to ponder then become, “Was this sacrifice for the whole universe?” And if so, “Is there anyone out there we should be evangelizing?”