God’s Love Seen in the
it was who searched the heavens with a telescope and found no
God would not have found the human mind if he had searched the
brain with a microscope.” George Santayana (1863 - 1952)
1992 William Keel and his associates discovered how important
it is that our solar system, with planet Earth, is situated between
the two spiral arms of our galaxy. Within each of the galaxy’s
spiral arms, the star densities are high enough to disrupt the
orbits of planets like Earth. Moreover, supergiant stars reside
inside the spiral arms – supergiants that would expose Earth-like
planets to radiation intense enough to prevent life. Providentially,
our sun is one of those rare stars that finds itself located between
the spiral arms and away from supergiants and high star densities.
position between the spiral arms is important for another reason.
The spiral arms are loaded with gas and dust. If planet Earth
were located within a spiral arm, such gas and dust would block
our view of anything but the nearby stars, gas and dust clouds.
our position between the spiral arms permits us to see the other
parts of our galaxy and also the other several hundred billion
galaxies in the universe. That is why the Psalmist David could
write, “The heavens declare the glory of God.”
have determined that the heavens’ message can only be read
if one is sitting on a uniquely clear-viewed cosmic window seat.
Earth’s inhabitants enjoy this unique window to our solar
system, our galaxy and the whole universe. In any other galaxy
or at any other location in our galaxy, the observableness of
the universe would be obscured. Our solar system is located in
the exact galactic locale that affords both a safe haven for life
and a clear window on the cosmos.
comparison, other suns in our galaxy orbit the galactic center
at a rate out of sync with the spiral arms’ orbit pattern.
Which means those suns and their planets – if they ever
do wander into the safe zone between spiral arms – won’t
stay there for very long.
is thrilling! God exclusively positioned the Earth between the
spiral arms so we can see and exclaim—“The heavens
declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.”
Psalm 19:1, 2
was Earth’s unique window view of the universe just discovered
in the 1990s? We are living in end-times. The signs of the “end
of the age” given by Jesus in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 are
all around us. Prophesying about our day, Daniel 12:1, 4 speaks
of an unprecedented increase of knowledge and travel, Israel’s
restoration and a “time of trouble such as never was since
there was a nation.”
Twin Towers and Pentagon terrorist attacks reminded us of this
time of unprecedented trouble. The run on duct tape, clear plastic,
flashlights and batteries brought the war on terrorism to a level
of personal fear. The globalization of terrorist weapons of mass
destruction (anthrax, small pox, radiation) brings home the grim
meaning of Jesus’ prediction in Luke 21:25, 26—“distress
of nations with perplexity” (Greek – no way out) and
“men’s hearts failing them for fear.”
of the US attacks on Iraq, many fear years of occupation that
will spark a fresh burst of anti-American rage. By factoring in
the economic, environmental and energy crises, the future could
the Lord only recently revealed His awesome power by Earth’s
unique position in the Milky Way to assure us of the power of
his loving concern for His people during these end-times. But
there is much more to the awesome creative power of our God.
The Focus of the Universe
centuries Earth and its inhabitants were believed to be the center
of the universe. In 1543 the Copernican system of astronomy disproved
the centrality of the planet earth and became the paradigm of
astronomy. Philosophically, the human race was downgraded. Evolutionists
latched on to this view. Search for life elsewhere in the universe
reached a crescendo of excitement in the 1950s. The noted astrophysicist,
Carl Sagan, boasted there were many thousands of planets in our
galaxy capable of sustaining life.
evidence began to accumulate that would challenge these arrogant
claims of evolutionists. By the 1980s the once atheistic physicist
Paul Davies was compelled to concede that the whole universe was
designed so that human life might exist on planet Earth.
describe his “ingenious design” concept, Davies originated
the term “anthropic principle.” Why? Research since
1961 forced many agnostic and atheistic cosmologists to exclaim—“Someone
has fine-tuned the universe for life on earth.” Many of
them became believers in God.
on Earth did not just happen. Most astronomers, atheists and theists,
now agree the universe evidences unique fine-tuning for life.
Scientists have identified over 150 parameters for life within
our solar system and 38 elsewhere in the universe. Each parameter
is so exacting that they could not have happened by chance.
example: the ratio of the gravitational force constant to the
electro magnetic force constant. If it differed from its value
by any more than one part in 1040, life on Earth could not be
possible. One part in 1040 has been illustrated as follows:
the entire North American continent with dimes stacked up to the
moon (230,000 miles). Make a million other piles of dimes of equal
size. Paint one dime red and hide it in the billion piles. The
odds that a blindfolded person would pick the red dime are one
in 1040. This is only one of the delicately balanced parameters
that are necessary to allow life on the planet Earth.
recent discoveries of the universe support Biblical creation.
Ironically, some of these discoveries were made by scientists
pursuing their atheistic quests to prove evolutionary life on
many of the other planets of the universe. Religion, to the scientists,
was the “opiate” of the superstitious and weak. Naturalistic
evolution was supposed to be the reality of the brave who dared
to charter the unknown.
a shocking disappointment they experienced! For example, the eminent
cosmologist, Fred Hoyle, aggressively opposed theism and Christianity.
But Hoyle discovered that an incredible fine-tuning of the nuclear
ground state energies for helium, beryllium, carbon and oxygen
were necessary for any kind of life to exist. If the ground state
energies of these elements proportioned to each other were just
four percent higher or lower, there would be insufficient oxygen
or carbon for life anywhere in the universe, including the planet
cosmologists spoke of this fine-tuning of the universe as they
also discovered parameters for life on earth. Just think God fine-tuned
the cosmic characteristics of the universe so that human life
flourishes on Earth. Humankind must be central to God’s
eternal purposes. Position-wise, Earth is not the center of the
universe. But from the standpoint of importance, Earth is center
wonder the Scriptures speak of each person being so precious to
God. Isaiah 13:12 What an indescribable premium on humanity! Yes,
there is a God and He cares for you! God has a wonderful purpose
for you, for me, and for the entire human race. This is why Jesus
“tasted death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9.
Hoyle in his journey of faith rejected the basic premise of evolution—that
the first living cell was formed by change in a swirling, boiling
pool of prebiotic soup (organic chemicals). The chances of life
coming from prebiotic soup, Hoyle says, have the same probability
of occurring that a “tornado sweeping through a junkyard
might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein.”