All of Creation – The Greater and Lesser Lights

By on Dec 12, 2017 in Apologetics, Science, Theology

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14And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16And God made the two great lights–the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night–and the stars. 17And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the nights, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

-Genesis 1:14-18


The Sun is probably the second-most essential entity when considering life on Earth – the first being God Himself. As such, it really can’t be ignored when it comes to the argument of Creative Design vs. The Big Bang.


So here we go!


The sun is about 20 million degrees K/C/F; it doesn’t really matter because it just means that the Sun is really dang hot. There are 8 or 9 planets orbiting the sun, depending on how you define planets, and the Earth is the only one that we know has life on it. So that’s pretty astounding in and of itself because the Earth is seemingly just another planet. But it’s really not. The Earth is 93 million miles away from the Sun, which just so happens to be the perfect distance away to sustain life on Earth. Say the Earth was a few million miles closer or farther from the Sun, we wouldn’t even exist to have the conversation of whether or not there is a Creator. In my eyes, that amount of perfect measurement, from the temperature and size of the sun, to the distance and size of the Earth itself, are pretty good indicators that there’s something more than random chance that formed the universe.


Now, I know you’ll probably say that if the earth was even a million miles off it wouldn’t affect the temperature THAT much. But the point is that it’s not a million miles off. It just so happens that the earth is in the position where it can shift in its distance from the Sun a little bit and not be affected. Which is pretty darn cool.


But I hear you, the distance between one planet in relation to one star is not enough. There are who-knows-how-many stars out there, with who-knows-how-many planets surrounding those stars. Okay, well I don’t have an answer to that specifically because I don’t really know much about other solar systems in the universe, but let me just point to one more thing in relation to our little neighborhood of planets: Our Moon.


Good ol’ Moon Moon. 238,900 miles away, the big rock in the sky that you see at night time. Many people associate the Moon with the ocean tides. Which is true. But if you imagine that the Moon was, let’s say, 20 times closer to us than it is now, the tides would be affected by 400 percent. That means that the low tides would be a lot lower and the high tides would be a lot higher. Think of all those scenes where tsunamis are hitting the earth in apocalyptic movies – that would happen pretty often.


So the distance of the Sun and Moon in relation to the Earth is as perfect as it gets, but perhaps even that is not enough for you. Perhaps you would rather believe that the point of initial singularity expanded into the universe that we know and love, and random chance placed the Earth the perfect distance away from both the Sun and the Moon, and random chance placed us on said Earth, which is the only known planet to sustain advanced life.


But you see, I can’t believe that. The Bible lays out the way that God created everything, and just by looking at the things that I’ve described, can’t you get a sense that there was a purpose and plan for the way things worked out?


1The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.

-Psalms 19:1


I understand that it would be pretty hard if you grew up believing in the Big Bang to suddenly believe in a Creator, but please try to consider it at least. Think of the implications! To say that we’re simply space dust floating along in an ever-expanding universe is to say that we don’t have a purpose in life!


Perhaps you’re okay with that.


Well, my dear friend, stay the course.


There’s a whole universe out there, and all of it proclaims God’s name.

20For his invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

-Romans 1:20

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Caleb Lee

Genetically 100% Korean; culturally 50% Korean, 30% Redneck, 15% Mexican, 5% Bear (The variety comes from dad. Mom is 100% Korean). Currently a student at UC Berkeley; and studying Political Economy, planning to work in a company that pays me enough to pay rent and buy food. I love to create things, so I love to write, make music, cook, bake, and build things. I’ve always attended church, but some personal issues drove me to find healing in something that I knew was bigger than this life, which was God. Since then, even in the worst periods of my life, I’ve known God loves me. If God can love someone as terrible as me, I’m pretty sure He can love anybody, and I’m pretty sure that He wants to as well.

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