How long does it take to get to the end of the universe?

USA TODAY NETWORK Doyle Rice, USA TODAY4:38 p.m. EDT May 2, 2014

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It's Space Day, but traveling the vast entity that is space would take far longer than a single day.

It's big out there! And, based on our current level of technology, here's about how long it would us take to reach:

The moon: 1-3 days

Mars 150-300 days

The "end" of our solar system: 40 years

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The nearest star: 80,000 years

The nearest galaxy: 749,000,000 (that's 749 million) years.

The end of the known universe: 225,000,000,000,000 years (that's 225 trillion) years.

-Will we be ready when God calls?

Traveling at the speed of light would never allow for physical human beings to reach the end of the known universe. Mankind does not know, nor have they found anything that travels as fast as the speed of light, at approximately 186,000 miles per second. We also know that the known edge of the universe is expanding at the speed of light too. In that respect, then it would be impossible to ever reach the edge of the known universe at the speed of light. The known edge of the universe which is 225 trillion light years away and growing still at the speed of light.

Our worm like human minds compared to that of our Father God, simply cannot grasp the unmeasurable magnitude of the plan that our God has put into motion. Having said that requires me to point out here, that within God’s appointed time that He selected before the world began, before anything else existed within the universe, His purpose and plan will come to fruition and completeness, exactly as He has directed and predetermined it to be. The One whose exactness, strength, power, wisdom, ability, omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence, whom is the same yesterday, today and forever, and changes not, will do all that He has told us He will do in His Word which is His Son Jesus Christ.

We need to begin to expand our minds in this physical life; to be of use to the future plans of God in our spirit, and immortal lives to come, that He has not yet given us, or told us exactly what that will mean, at this time.

We should know as followers of God and the teachings of Jesus Christ; that for everything there is a purpose and a time. God is not the author of confusion, instead He is a God of law and order, a God with a purpose and a plan, a God of love, forgiveness, compassion, empathy and sympathy, a God whom has created every single one of us for a specific purpose that He will reveal to each one of us at the exact moment of time He has predetermined from the beginning.  Again, I ask you, will you be ready when He calls out your name and explains the position He has planned for you to fill in His coming kingdom? I hope you and me and all of His children, will begin to buckle down now and get serious about whom we would prefer to pledge our allegiance to. Will it be the Almighty God of all heaven and earth whose truth we find in His Word, or will it be to one of the forty plus thousand churches around the world that have become willingly ignorant in lock step and celebration of custom, ritual and tradition?

Where God no longer plays any significant part within our hearts, minds, or actions, but instead where our church now becomes a part of our empirical self that we look to for more of the same custom, ritual and traditions of men/women having been blinded and deceived as we read here in 2nd Corinthians 4:4. New Living Translation Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. We see as well here in 2nd Thessalonians 2:11-12 that God will even send strong delusion that they should believe a lie.  For this reason, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned (Judged) who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

What has this got to do with my explaining in the beginning, about such truth concerning the speed of light and the edges of the known universe? I wanted to open the minds of my readers to expand their own minds for a moment on a subject larger than life itself. A mind-boggling vision that is almost beyond the physical mind to understand. We can mull it over awhile but come up short in any real understanding. That is today, but God has plans for us for all eternity, for ever after, as we become as He and His Son Jesus Christ now are. Immortal, spirit beings.

-Have we got any concept of what that means?

Let me put an image and a beautiful word picture in front of your eyes, if we will only try and project ourselves out into the future immortal, spirit life that God has planned for us all. As we found out at the beginning of this piece, that the edge of the known universe is 225 trillion light years away.

That is, traveling at the speed of light at 186,000 miles per second, it would take us 225 trillion years to reach the edge of the known universe. Now my friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ, get ready for the good news of the kingdom of God. God has an awesome, magnificent and wonderful gift to bestow upon each and every one of us, within the time frame and prearranged plans He established before the world began.

It causes the feeling of needles or cold chills to come up my spine and backbone, just to think about our fantastic and wonderful future. Our Great and Awesome God is not restricted by time and space. 225 trillion miles to Him is but a snap of the fingers. The speed of light travel to Him is to think of it in terms of a tree sloth or porcupine speed, compared to His own ability to move about. Our God is as I have already said, He is omnipresent. He is everywhere at once. He is by you in this moment of time and He is also by me. He is everywhere at once. Suppose for a better personal understanding, we call it “Thought Travel” Here’s the kicker friends, God is not stingy, selfish or wanting to horde everything for Himself. He has made it all for us, for you and me and all of creation.

After our physical life on this earth has ended and we die, our spirit returns to God whom gave it to us at birth. It is to be absorbed back into God, waiting upon our resurrection into spirit, immortal life. At which time, we will be as God and Christ now are, immortal, spirit beings. We will be able to do “Thought Travel” as God and Christ already do.  Think about that for a moment, let it sink in. We have been deceived and lied to by a counterfeit Christian teaching. We are not going to roll around heaven on a cloud and drink pink lemonade all daylong, while we spend eternity staring at the face of God. Christ in scripture declares, I work and my Father works, we are all going to be as They are. We will have meaningful, satisfying, challenging, interesting, and rewarding work, doing the work that fits our field of expertise, with a desire to please our God.

It will not be the work that many of us find ourselves doing today, fitting square blocks into round holes, waiting patiently for the quitting whistle to blow, so we can get out and away from the never ending and boring existence we find ourselves in. I have to tell you something here and now. I have had those jobs, I know of which I speak. But as I sit here working at my computer, passing on the truth of God to others, it is fulfilling, enjoyable, very pleasing to all of my senses, it is as it should be, and will be, while working in our allotted position that God has called us to, within the kingdom of God.  These tired old bones, sore eyes and aching back will never need to rest again. We will be sustained in the great strength, power and vitality that emanates outward forever from the Spirit of God.

With the universe expanding outward at the speed of light, we’ll never run out of space to exercise our eternal work programs that will continue on in a more and more dynamic fashion as we take onto ourselves the image and likeness of God and His Son Jesus Christ. I hope I may have given you a little glimpse of what is to be, in the most likely and soon coming kingdom of God. It is a time and a season that should be celebrated. It is something I can really sink my teeth into and get excited about. At almost eighty-five years old, and with the grim reaper soon becoming a reality as the buzzards start circling my house. I find a lot of comfort and tranquility in imagining my life to come, to have life as God and Christ have life. Not thinking or dreading the thought about leaving home, but the awesome future we all will have upon going home.

Jesus Christ has willingly paid the complete and total price required for all of the sin of mankind and all of creation. As I close here I beg you individually to be reconciled to the God of all heaven and earth, and I know that you eventually will, because that is what He tells us in Colossians 1:15-20: 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

The problem we have as human beings causes us to resemble in our nature, as some-what of that of being of a pack or of a herd mentality. We follow a strong leader, someone that seems to act and feel as they know what they are doing. Once we have committed to a certain understanding, we are reluctant to be jarred from our course and taken outside of our comfort zone. Once a concept has been imbedded within our psyche, it becomes hard to shake it lose and expel it from our mind. It has become almost permanently lodged within our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual understanding, no matter how valid and true it might be to think and reason otherwise, by applying ourselves in any seeking and searching effort to come to a more logical, truthful and proper understanding. It becomes an operation of futility, as a wise man told me at one time, “One, convinced against their will, is of the same opinion still”. It then suggests as well that their mind is like concrete, it is all mixed up, and permanently set”.

Since our comfort zone and the need of many to stay within it, we may be allowing ourselves in many cases to be hornswoggled, boondoggled, brow-beaten, deceived, lied to and taken advantage of by any and all unsavory characters that lie in wait for us to come into contact with them and their anti-God message being taught and preached in Christian churches all around the world. Not much they expound upon however can be identified as the truth of God. What then is the answer to this dilemma? I suggest we all grow a back-bone of our own that doesn’t require a herd mentality, in following after others because “Everybody is doing it”. After all! We all will stand alone to account for ourselves before Jesus Christ at that future point in time. Let me give you an example of how thinking and reasoning for ourselves can and will pay great dividends, even if it does take us outside our comfort zones.

Out of work about fifty or sixty years ago, I applied for and got a job at a local factory in Kalkaska, Michigan. They hired me in and told me I was worth $1.35 an hour, which I gladly accepted, I had a wife and kids to feed, cloth, house, and take care of.

After leaving their place of employment as soon as I got ahead a little, I returned to the area a few years later after I had decided to keep more of the money I was working for, for myself and family. I more or less went to janitorial store, bought a mop and bucket and became a professional cleaning agent. I had invested around fifteen hundred dollars in machinery and supplies.

I approached the purchasing agent of the same factory I had worked for, for $1.35 an hour. I gave them a competitive bid on cleaning and maintaining their carpeting and hard surface floors throughout. I worked for them for over three hundred dollars an hour on an extended maintenance program for several years. It pays to begin thinking for ourselves my friends. I had, had a spiritual awakening at that time and thanks be to Almighty God of all heaven and earth; He had snatched me up and out of the filth and depravity of this world, and it has paid great dividends for myself and family. May God, bless you and yours going forward.

It is not easy and also quite scary to leave the comfort zone of being surrounded by the rest of the herd that has become our safety net. We begin to realize maybe for the first time, we’re alone, on our own now, we’ve lost and forsaken our comfort zone. Now the only thing we have left is to count on and become dependent upon God. Wait a minute! That’s a good thing isn’t it?, we should have been doing that all along. We learn a new lesson of life, after following along elbow to elbow with the docile sheep as we have been ourselves. Moving this way and that trying to keep up and follow in the footsteps of those around us. Never mind questioning anything that is coming into our hearts and minds. We anxiously await our time in the front row to add our amen to whatever it is that is being shoved down our gullets on this day.

Without even bothering to think about it, it is sort of automatic, it’s as if someone had staked us to the spot that we have always been in. It’s as if we had a giant anchor that has restricted any movement away from the other docile sheep also afraid to stray away from the comfort of togetherness. We are reluctant and scared to branch out and away from the docile but often deceived flock of humanity that causes us to feel a part of a bigger plan than ourselves. As the celebrating of Christmas and Easter and all other pagan times and seasons. Reasoning in our minds that everything is just hunkadorie, it’s all gonna turn out alright as long as the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has been stolen and attached to it, to salve over any guilt we may feel in celebrating it.

God had reached down in the muck and mire of what my life consisted of over fifty years ago, He rolled up His sleeves and reached right on down to the bottom. He knew like many others, that I had become a bottom feeder. He felt around until he finally felt a sluggish movement of some sort. He had come into contact with old Cunningham, right there in the thick of all the grunge, slime, slop and buildup of deception that had become my life. He caught me around the nape of my neck and pulled me up to the surface where daylight and fresh air existed. He began to strip the layers of years of anti-God behavior off my hide, that fit in well with our church society and all of those claiming to believe the truth of God, while being in denial of it in their thoughts and actions.

Most, actually following after the Babylon of confusion, otherwise known as counterfeit Christianity, involved in teaching some truth, while mostly teaching one hundred and eighty degrees opposite of the Word and way of our God and His Son Jesus Christ. Causing Christ to have this word to us in Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. And then again so we won’t miss it, in, Matthew 15:9. God has through the years continued to strip away layers of anti-God and Satan inspired gobbly-gook and deception from out of my mind, He has a way to go. He has replaced much of it with His own wonderful truth. I look continually forward to that day when we will all become just as He and His Son Jesus Christ now are, as immortal, spirit entities that cannot and will not ever die.

I have for the most part given up that old and ugly way of life that causes us so many problems during our lifetimes, as we go full bore and head-long after self-gratification to please our carnal senses. How sweet it is! I don’t come home any more after a night of self-medication and playing smash mouth in some honky tonk joint with some other red neck like myself. Then having to come home and meet eye to eye with Nancy, the love of my life. Then having to try and explain, the half ripped off ear and torn up clothing on my back, to my wide, sad eyed, and caring little innocent kids. Trying to teach them the positive and right things to do in life, while not knowing how to do it myself. It has taken a lot of being beaten over my back and around my ears by God; allowing and possibly causing it to happen in order to get my attention. OK God, I think I am beginning to get it, it’s OK if you let up just a tad now.

As being explained and pointed out in the beginning of this piece, we were able to understand the unmeasurable, majesty, greatness, power, might and scope of Jesus Christ whom created everything we see or ever will see within the universe in which we live. There simply are not enough words in our dictionary to describe the wondrous, magnificent and awesomeness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

There is nothing, absolutely nothing in existence with the exception of His Father God, that we can point to as even being significant compared to Himself. He will remain in control of everything as God has given Him to do as we see here in Matthew 28:18. Then Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Me. Until He puts down all rule in heaven and earth, at which time He will do as He claims He will do in, 1 Corinthians 15: 24-25 Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority, and power. For He mus  reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 

The last enemy to be destroyed is death. Once death has been destroyed, the only thing left is, life for all.

Jesus Christ having been given such unmeasurable power, might and majesty to have saved all of mankind, the universe and everything in it, imagine if you will how it must impact Their feelings to the core, at this time of year especially. As They look down from above to observe all that They have done for us and creation throughout all time and space. To observe how we honor and pay tribute to them by dragging trees into our homes and decorating them, as was the customs of the pagans that we have copied after.

But as God would say, even greater things than these have they done. As they drag out and dust off their little fragile and broken plastic baby Jesus, the idol of the heart that is supposed to represent the one to be worshipped. May the Almighty God of all, forgive our willing ignorance of His truth, and the way we continue to dishonor His Son during these pagan originated times and seasons.

Now let us talk turkey!

I have done the best that I know to do in explaining some different things about your future, my future and the future of all mankind and in fact and in truth, all of creation. If you the reader are a nominal Christian attending church for fun and fellowship, with a mindset of live and let live, that is a good thing. We are all going to end up in the kingdom of God (Not heaven) anyway. So why should anyone be vigilant and bother to change anything in their life?

For example, even if Christmas, Easter and other times and seasons are of pagan origin and an abomination to God for placing the name of His Son on them, there-by profaning and taking His name in vain while following after the old pagan practices of drunkenness, burning their live little children to death in fire to their sun god Saturn, wife swapping, child molestation, and all other lewd and rancorous activity. While also bringing trees into their home and sitting them up as the pagans were accustomed in doing, as seen here below.

Jeremiah 10:2-4 2Thus says the LORD, "Do not learn the way of the nations, And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens Although the nations are terrified by them; 3 For the customs of the peoples are delusion; Because it is woodcut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. 4 "They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter.…

Continuing on now in the telling of these filthy, anti-God, rotten to the core lies to their little impressionable children. Telling them about a big three-hundred-pound fat man in a red suit, that knows them while their sleeping and sees them when they-re awake. Lands on their roof top with a sled pulled by eight flying deer, the fat man that goes down their eight-inch chimney and back up and out without a spot of soot on his fat red suit. Making fun and laughing at the American Indians totem pole, happy hunting ground, and medicine man. Which in truth cannot hold a candle to the rot-gut lies we tell our children.

I urge you my friends, to step away for a moment, take a good look at the big picture, ask God to help you see with spiritual eyes, the amount of permanent damage we are involved in doing, when we take part in perpetuating the satanic Christmas and Easter lie that has been shoved down our throats by our deceived and Satan inspired  churches, claiming to be teaching the truth, while feeding their congregations from the table of demons all around the world. Again, I urge you to be reconciled to God now, that it may be well for you at His return as He selects His elect to rule and reign with Him for a thousand years.

Those who wait to do so, will have to wait for another thousand years to be resurrected at the great white throne judgment, also known as the 2nd resurrection. I ask God to open minds, eyes, and ears to be able to think with, hear with and to see the truth that God would have us all to understand and to be reconciled back to Him. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Written by: Leith Lyman Cunningham 1/1/2017, on new year’s day.