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Are You Sure You Trust God’s Word?

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field, is an image of a ...

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. Genesis 1:14-19

This passage is one of the most mind-blowing of all the things God ever tells us. Every time we invent a better telescope, we find the universe is bigger and has more stuff in it than we could have dreamed!

Galaxies are so large that stars can be consid...

Galaxies are so large that stars can be considered particles next to them (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many people have found what God tells us here too hard to accept. How could such a huge space be filled in just one day? Surely it had to take billions of years since we can see billions of light years into space!

There are answers to this problem, but at some point it all comes down to one thing: are you going to trust people and what your eyes can see, or God? Will you choose to believe what we can imagine is the limit of what is possible? Or will you admit God is way bigger, smarter, and more powerful than you can picture?

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This week, the Bible Science Guy started a series about a 12 year old who was able to stump one of our up-and-coming Creation apologists (no, he doesn’t say “sorry” all the time; he explains why believing in God the Creator makes sense). One of the things you’ll notice right away is how much faith the young man puts in his own ability to think and understand.

After we have decided God is smarter than we are, then we can start to see all kinds of reasons why what He says makes sense. My favorite post of all shows you where God told us the basic way He made such a huge universe in a tiny bit of time. I’m working on a post telling what we really know about stars forming today. But none of this will convince someone who won’t let God be smarter than they are.

Today’s Creationists aren’t the only ones who know the size and age of the universe is one of the most important places to trust God. God himself uses it to remind people He is smarter than people are:

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

Happy Children Playing Kids

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And, kids, you are in a much better place than most grown ups on this. Most of you aren’t as full of yourself as the guy in the video; his father’s been carefully training him to be that proud since 2009!

So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 18:4

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The Accuracy of the Bible on Astronomy: Part 2

Isaac Newton's personal copy of the first edit...

Isaac Newton’s personal copy of the first edition of his Principia Mathematica

Continued from yesterday’s post:

He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. Job 26:7

This one doesn’t need any explanation as we all know this is the literal truth.  The only question is, how did Job know?  The rest of the world quickly forgot the truth.  Many people believed that a turtle held up the earth. I’ve also heard that there’s a Russian story of a whale holding up the earth. Continue reading

Gemini Galaxies NASA

Stretching the Heavens

Gemini Galaxies NASA

Which alone spreads out the heavens, and treads upon the waves of the sea. Job 9:8

A while back I mentioned that God made a big deal about how He is “stretching out the heavens.”  I find this whole idea fascinating, so I wanted to write an article just to discuss this.

Let’s see what the Bible has to say about what God did to outer space when He made them.

Ongoing time: Job 9:8; Psalm 104:2; Isaiah 40:22; Isaiah 42:5; Isaiah 44:24Isaiah 51:13; Zechariah 12:1

Past time: Isaiah 45:12; Jeremiah 10:12; Jeremiah 51:15

A Berber tent near Zagora, Morocco

The word used in all of these that we have translated as “stretched” is Naw-Taw. This is the same word used for pitching a tent in Genesis 33:19 and Exodus 33:7.  It can mean to bend away like a stream or runner changing course (Numbers 21:15; II Samuel 2:19), which is very much what modern tent poles do when you set them up!  It is also used when God or others stretch out their arm over something or someone (Exodus 15:12Joshua 8:26).

You will notice that I divided my list into “ongoing time” and “past time.”  That’s because the form of the word tells us this. The last 3 verses use the past tense and mean it happened before in a special event. The rest are in the continuing tense, which is easy in English, we just add “ing“!

Genesis chapter 1 only uses the ongoing verb form to talk about things that continued to happen after Creation Week.  For example fruit trees “yield” seed, living creatures “move”, and creeping things “creep”.  The ongoing form isn’t used to describe any of God’s creative, one-time-and-finished acts. But seven times in our list it is used to talk about God’s work of stretching the heavens out.  What does this tell us?  That we can expect to see this as an ongoing event unlike the past-only events of the 1st Week.

To my knowledge, before Einstein and his generation began taking their observations to logical conclusions, no one took the time to think through these verses and make scientific predictions.  I wish they had, because they would have been able to predict what we see happening in the universe.  As I pointed out, it was the observations improving telescopes were making that forced scientists to abandon their belief in a steady state universe.  What was it they were seeing that led them to this new way of thinking? The heavens being stretched out like a tent!

Source of light moving to the right

Source of light moving to the right

No other religion or even ‘Science’ can claim to have expected all of this.  The scientists of the early 20th Century fought hard to avoid having to face a changing universe.  But God had been telling us this for over 3,000 years!

Oh, yes!! This isn’t the end of the story.  Check out what God says He’s going to do with the heavens someday:

Of old you have laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of your hands. They shall perish, but you shall endure: yes, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as clothing shall you change them, and they shall be changed: Psalm 102:25,26 

And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falls off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. Isaiah 34:4

Let us praise the great, powerful, really smart, and holy God who made us and controls everything there is!!!

Ah Lord GOD! behold, you have made the heaven and the earth by your great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for you: You show lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompense the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name,  Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for your eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings: Jeremiah 32:17-19

To show you kids what this process could look like, try an Universal Balloon experiment.

And from Creation Scientists, check out these eye-crossers:

(My favorite) Answers Research Journal: Beyond Distant Starlight: Next Steps For Creationist Cosmology

ICR: A New Creationist Cosmology: In No Time at All Part 1 and Part 2