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Creation Devotional October 20 - Cosmology

Daily Devotional – October 20

Cosmology

 

Our Sun is remarkably unique. We do not have a run-of-the-mill star that lights our planet, but an exceptionally distinct star. The Sun is in the top 10% by mass as compared to other stars in the neighborhood of the Milky Way galaxy. This makes it perfect for sustaining life on Earth. If it were the size of super-giant Betelgeuse (in the constellation of Orion), it would engulf the inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars). If it were as bright as Rigel (25,000 times brighter than the sun), it would emit too much radiation. If it were smaller, it would not support life on our Earth. If our sun were in a multi-star system (small group of stars gravitationally bound to each other), it would cause the Earth to experience extreme temperature variations. Most observable stars are part of multi-star systems.

 

The Sun’s position in the Milky Way galaxy is also perfect. Our Sun is located on the outer edge of one of the spiral arms - far away from common inner galaxy star explosions (supernovae). Our Sun is an exceptionally stable star whereas other single stars of the same size, brightness, and composition have violent ejections called coronal mass ejections about once every 100 years. In 1989, the Sun experienced just one of these superflares - causing a huge disruption of the power grids in northern Quebec. Yet, this was a small superflare as compared to other stars; they produce superflares 100 million times more powerful than the ones that blacked out Quebec. If the Sun ejected such a superflare, the Earth’s ozone layer would be destroyed, and all life on Earth would be wiped out. Our Sun is remarkably unique! Praise the Lord! Because it is so stable, so ideally located, so ideally sized - it is the perfect sun, ideally made by God for us - the crown of His creation.

 

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.

~ Psalm 113:3

5
Sep

Creation Devotional September 7 - Cosmology

Daily Devotional – September 7

Cosmology

 

Why would God make galaxies? We live in the Milky Way galaxy, which contains over 100 billion stars. Our galaxy is disk-shaped with a bulge in the middle. The Earth is located on one of the arms of this spiral galaxy. About 30 of our closest galaxies are grouped into a cluster called “The Local Group.” Another cluster is called the “Virgo cluster,” which has about 2,000 galaxies. Between these clusters of galaxies are voids. It is estimated that there are 100 billion galaxies. But why aren’t stars just randomly dispersed across the universe?

 

Galaxies have a special purpose. Galaxies are visible from greater distances than a single star could ever be. It is much easier to see a group of stars in a galaxy than one lone star! Take a piece of paper, and draw one star on it. Take another paper, and draw many stars on it. Now walk to the other side of the room. Which is easier to see, one star or a large group of stars? Galaxies allow us to understand the enormous size of the universe and the power of God in a way that single stars evenly dispersed around the universe could not. The heavens do declare the glory of God, but we could never know the vastness and the quantity of the stars in the universe if they were not grouped into galaxies.

 

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

~ Isaiah 40:26

12
Aug

Creation Devotional August 6 - Cosmology

Daily Devotional – August 6

Cosmology

 

Step outside on a clear, dark night when there is no moon and see a sweeping band of white across the night sky; it’s the Milky Way galaxy. It looks like someone spilled a bottle of milk as the hazy white area glows, but in reality, it is the light from a vast number of stars.

 

The night sky is filled with hundreds of billions of galaxies, each with millions to trillions of stars with each star varying in color, size, temperature and brightness; we also find neutron stars, pulsars, and novas (star explosions) along with nebulae in all their splendor. The more we study the universe, the more we are amazed by its immensity, complexity, and beauty.

 

In the same way, the more we study the Creator God, the more amazing He becomes to us. His power and divine nature are displayed through the things He has made (Romans 1:20). And the things we can observe are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! (Job 26:14).

 

We should not be surprised at all the incredible things we find in the universe!

 

By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens….

~ Job 26:13a

31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 27 - Cosmology

Daily Devotional – July 27

Cosmology

 

A recent paper published in The Astronomical Journal looked at the characteristics of 2,000 “exoplanets” orbiting other stars in our galaxy. Then they extended these results mathematically to other stars in other galaxies throughout the universe. They looked at the habitability characteristics of exoplanet/star systems and ranked the planets in terms of their potential habitability. Then they extended their findings to the estimated 700 quintillion or so exoplanets that may exist in our enormous universe to estimate the odds of finding another life suitable, potentially inhabitable planet (such as Earth). So what was the conclusion of their statistical analysis? The Earth is totally unique and statistically the only planet in the entire universe capable of supporting life!

 

This conclusion was unexpected and totally destroyed evolutionary assumptions. The authors hedged their finding with all sorts of “apologies” for their conclusions. The paper noted that they may be in error because, “With these kinds of massive and highly hypothetical calculations, what might refine the predictions could be further discoveries about the composition and position of more exoplanets.” The researchers admit that their findings, “may need to be taken with a grain of salt.”

 

But here are the facts.

  1. Based on what we now know and observe, in the entire universe, the Earth is the only planet uniquely designed for, and capable of, supporting life.
  2. After SETI (the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelliegence) spent almost 50 years of searching through every wavelength of the electromagnetic spectrum coming to Earth from every direction in the universe, there is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any intelligent life outside of Earth.

 

With every scientific observation, God is making the truth about His existence increasingly apparent.

 

I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

~ Isaiah 45:12

8
Jul

Creation Devotional July 6 - Cosmology

Daily Devotional – July 6

Cosmology

 

Have you considered our solar system? It has a nice, neat organized structure. Our planets all have stable and relatively round orbits. This structure, prevents planets from colliding with each other. In fact, this design protects Earth from being hit by another large planet. As scientists examine outer space, they are now discovering other planets orbiting other suns. They are finding that many of these exoplanet orbits are so erratic that collisions with other planets are a real possibility. How did our solar system become so organized? Evolution is about chaos and random changes – not design, organization, or systems. Our solar system shows order.

 

Even the name we give it, the solar “system,” shows we know it is organized. We do not call it the “solar accident,” “solar non-system” or “solar disorder”…but the solar system. Even those who believe in evolutionary processes as the explanation for everything cannot help but use words that signify design and order. Order does not happen by accident and chance. Order means there must be someone who put this into an orderly system, and that orderly solar system-maker is God.

 

Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.

~ Isaiah 48:13

8
Jul

Creation Devotional June 30 - Cosmology

Daily Devotional – June 30

Cosmology

 

A planet that orbits around a star that is not our Sun is called an “exoplanet.” Since the 1990s, NASA has reported the existence of more than 1000 exoplanets. These planets come in a variety of sizes and distances from their suns. None have been found to be the perfect size and distance from its sun to allow life. Should Bible-believing Christians be afraid that finding other planets revolving around stars will prove life could pop up anywhere and God is irrelevant? One should not become confused with finding an earth-sized planet with an earth-like planet. Earth is unique in that it is the perfect distance from the Sun; and has the perfect gravitational pull, the perfect atmospheric gases, and copious amounts of liquid water resulting in the perfect “habitable zone” for life. Just because other planets exist outside our solar system does not mean life is there. Examine our own solar system with its Earth-like planets Venus and Mars. They are the right size and approximately the right distance from the Sun, yet they contain absolutely no life. Our Earth is special! It was designed to be a stable, safe place for people to inhabit. Isaiah 45:18 acknowledges this, “He formed it to be inhabited.” Exoplanets just show God’s power and creativity!

 

For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

~ Isaiah 45:18

 

“The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed.” – Patrick Henry (1739-1799), Virginia Governor, Declaration of Independence signer, American Founding Father

 

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

~ 2 Timothy 3:16, 17

8
Jul

Creation Devotional June 25 - Cosmology

Daily Devotional – June 25

Cosmology

 

Those familiar with astronomy and cosmology have likely heard of “dark matter.” Many astronomy books state as fact that 85% of all matter in the universe is dark matter – something which cannot be directly measured or observed. If it cannot be directly observed, why believe it exists?

 

The belief in dark matter stems from the fact that the laws of science directly contradict the belief in cosmic evolution and the Big Bang. The universal gas law (PV=nRT) shows that gas ALWAYS moves from high pressure to low pressure if left to itself. This means stars, galaxies, and galaxy clusters could never form themselves in the vacuum of outer space. Yet, they exist, so how do scientists explain the discrepancy?

 

Dark matter to the rescue! By inventing a massive, invisible substance to condense and compress the “regular matter” of the universe, believers in naturalism can mathematically rescue the Big Bang explanation of how the universe could have created itself.

 

Dark matter is also invoked to supposedly:

  1. Explain irregularities in Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation.
  2. Explain how outer stars in galaxies can orbit faster than inner ones.
  3. Explain how some of the most common elements in the universe - helium and deuterium (a hydrogen isotope) could have come into existence.
  4. Support the Big Bang theory. Without dark matter, the Big Bang model for our universe collapses - thus there is enormous pressure to find proof of the existence of this unobservable, undetectable stuff.

 

Recent papers claim to have proven the existence of dark matter because light from certain galaxies has been bent in a “gravitational lens” effect in the way that dark matter would supposedly bend light. Yet, this is speculation, not direct observation, and the same effect can be explained in multiple other ways. Russell Humphreys, John Hartnett, and Moshe Carmeli have all shown novel physics solutions that explain the formation of the universe without the need to invent an unobservable, mythical dark matter. All three brilliant physicists acknowledge that the only viable explanation for the origin of the matter and energy in the universe, including stars and galaxies, is a supernatural creation by God. It is the laws of science that lead to this conclusion.

 

Thus, modern man is faced with two choices as he struggles to explain the origin of the material universe. Either an enormous explosion (from nothing) created the universe of mostly unobservable matter and energy, or the universe exists because an infinitely intelligent and powerful Creator made it. Modern man, in his quest to escape accountability from that Creator, all too often chooses darkness as his god and creator.

 

If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

~ Matthew 6:23

10
Jun

Creation Devotional June 6 - Cosmology

Daily Devotional – June 6

Cosmology

 

From the beginning of time, the night sky has caused us to look up and wonder how many stars are there. How far away are they? Early astronomers thought they were just beyond our reach up in the sky and counted about 2000 stars.

 

Stars are so far away that we do not measure their distance from Earth in miles but in light years. The closest star to Earth is Proxima Centauri. If you could travel at the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second, it would take 4.3 years to get there. One light year is about 6 trillion miles. Proxima Centauri is 4.3 light years or 25,278,089,104,689 miles away. It is much easier to say 4.3 light years. Our Milky Way is about 70,000 light years across or about 411,503,776,122,852,541 miles. Many stars in the universe seem to be billions of light years away. Psalm 103:11 (NKJV) tells us, “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him.” The great distances to the stars help us understand God’s great mercy towards us. In our natural state, we are in rebellion against God and do not deserve forgiveness. Yet in God’s great mercy, He forgives the repentant sinner. How great is God’s mercy? Great enough that He was willing to die to bring us back into fellowship with Him. Just as the distance to the stars seems beyond comprehension, so there is no limit to His love for us. Step outside on a starry night and gaze at the vast distances of these stars; that is the magnitude of God’s mercy!

 

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

~ Psalm 103:11

10
Jun

Creation Devotional May 31 - Cosmology

Daily Devotional – May 31

Cosmology

 

The universe is filled with indications of great age, yet God’s Word tells us, “In six days the Lord made THE HEAVENS and the earth....” (Exodus 20:11 emphasis added). Star deterioration, supernovas, and colossal distances all seem to testify to an extremely old universe. So how could God have made the entire universe quite recently in only “six days”?

 

When the Bible states:  “In six days…”, we have to know at what location these “six days” of time occurred. Since the earth’s rotation is the measure of a “day”--and the earth is the central focus of the biblical account of history—it seems rather straightforward that six literal earth days, measured at the earth’s location within space, is the measure of time in which the universe was created. Yet, time moves at different rates depending on the location where the passage of time is occurring. It has been found that a clock at sea-level runs a tiny fraction of a percent slower than a clock on top of a mountain. A brilliant Bible-believing physicist, Dr. Russell Humphreys, has proven that millions of years could have passed further out in space while only six days were passing on the earth!

 

As the very fabric of space was being stretched out, time in some areas would have literally stopped. Meanwhile, millions and even billions of years could have been passing only slightly further out. Near the center of the universe, time essentially stood still in comparison to areas outside of an event boundary. Thus on “day four”, when the stars were made, there would have been a massive increase in the mass of the universe, and literally billions of years could have passed outside of our solar system (as the stars of the universe were being created and aging), while only a literal day was passing here on earth. This is called time dilation. This is not deceptive on the part of God – just the mathematical consequence of making and stretching out the universe.

 

We have to remember God’s Word is true; He created in six days about 6,000 years ago (according to the genealogical biblical records). How He did it is difficult to understand. God delights in showing us His power through the things He has made.

 

It is he... that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.

~ Isaiah 40:22

 

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you,”

~ John 15:18

 

“You have enemies? Good! That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

~ Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II

18
May

Creation Devotional May 6 - Cosmology

Daily Devotional – May 6

Cosmology

 

We do not have an ordinary sun. It is brighter than 85% of all stars and has more mass than 90% of all stars. Of all stars, 75% are red dwarfs, having less than 5% of the light output of the sun. If our sun were a red dwarf, earth would have to be closer to receive its warmth. If it were that close, it would become locked in position - causing one side of the planet to always be dark - resulting in no life. Red dwarfs also frequently have violent flares, so much so that red dwarfs are nicknamed “flare stars.” The remaining stars that aren’t red dwarfs are unstable and would expel too much radiation to support life on any planet orbiting close enough to support life. Our sun is a class G star. More than half of these are binary or multiple systems which would again not provide a stable climate for earth. Essentially, all of the stars we know the most about in the universe are smaller, cooler, dimmer, unstable, or part of a binary system.

 

Our sun is amazingly stable. For example, EV Larcertae is a red dwarf that has 1% of the sun’s light output, but it had a mega-flare 1,000 times brighter than the sun. If earth were near this red dwarf, our atmosphere would have been stripped off and everything fried because of these flares. Scientists are beginning to observe that super-flares on typical stars happen once every century. These scientists question why our sun hasn’t experienced super-flares in all of recorded history. Our sun is quiet, calm, and stable. One 30 year study found the sun’s energy varied only .06%. Our sun is no ordinary star but; it is perfectly designed to sustain life on earth. This is no accident.

 

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.

~ Psalm 113:3

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