Perfect Placement for Life – Creation Perspective

 

Creation Answer:

scripture-with-creationThe earth was created by God. God placed the earth at the right place in the Milky Way and at the right distance from the sun so that organisms, that He designed specifically, can thrive here.[i] God created man and animals for the earth and there is no indication in scripture that God put life on other planets. This is not a lonely idea, as God created mankind for fellowship with God and each other and the heavens are that big and that amazing to “declare the glory of God.” (Psalm 19:1, KJV) The Drake Equation states the extremely low probability of life arising in the universe, and thus, this is an evidence that the earth may have been created specially. The Biblical historical record is another evidence of God’s creation. In Genesis 1, the earth is mentioned twenty times specifically. God’s purpose is on Earth, so these perfect specifications were not random.

If the earth were either closer to or further from the sun, we would either burn or freeze to death.[ii] The sun is often considered an average star, but the observed consistency of the sun is very unique and necessary for life on earth.[iii] Billions of years is a long time to assume that the sun has been consistent enough to allow for life. The earth’s weather patterns and temperatures are related to the earth’s perfect tilt on its axis. God thought of all this specifically.[iv]

The perfection in the earth’s atmosphere and the correct mixture of chemical ingredients in the air show His omnipotence and knowledge. A slight change in chemical ingredients could kill all the organisms here.[v] Why does the earth have an atmosphere, but the moon does not if they were formed at the same time with nearly the same compositions after the giant collision? The fact that we even have an atmosphere is completely necessary for life, as it regulates the gases we need and even the temperature on the earth. The moon, which is basically the same distance from the sun yet with no atmosphere, can reach temperatures of 266°F in the sun and -292°F on the dark side of the moon.[vi]

Waves on the ShoreThe moon also shows God’s power and perfect plan in that its gravity affects the ocean tides in just the right way for temperature changes and currents.[vii] The oceans need that refreshing, recycling movement that the moon creates. Currently, the sun and moon appear the same size when looking from Earth, which is very rare and allows for amazing eclipses that have led to many scientific discoveries. But the moon drifts away from the earth every year and so the sizes of the sun and moon and other conditions will not always be perfect for making these discoveries like they are today.[viii] Since the moon was closer in the past, that would have made the tides very detrimental to biological evolution.

Also, from a limited time of research, the earth’s magnetic field is decreasing by about five percent every century, and the sun’s magnetic field is reversing about every eleven years! Considering these things, how could the earth be billions of years old?[ix]

From a long-age, naturalistic viewpoint, there are so many factors that one has to try to explain about the history of the universe, solar system, earth and the evolution of life. Naturalistic evolutionists have to make quite the extensive story from only what we currently know, and that means a lot of assumptions and a lot of faith. Whether you believe the Creation view or the Naturalistic view, it takes faith. Which would you put your faith in: amazingly lucky random chance or the perfect, loving, intelligent God who has a purpose for all in this life?

Here is a quote from the father of physics, Sir Isaac Newton, “Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system, I see the Earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance…This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent Being.”[x] Many may say that this is a “God of the gaps” argument, meaning that the Creationist view resorts to saying “God did it” rather than trying to understand it scientifically. Ultimately, because of probability, the naturalistic evolutionist needs more faith, because they have a weaker foundation when the say “the universe did it.”

The essentials for life include liquid water, enough time, an energy source, recycling processes and many other bonus features and scientists are still optimistic of finding life elsewhere in the universe.[xi] It is clear that most if not all humans desire a higher purpose or have a desire for something greater than ourselves out there, but yet many don’t want God. Notice the bleakness of the naturalistic worldview and the twisted understanding of God from a couple of our modern science spokesmen.

 

“Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark in our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”  -  Carl Sagan[xii]

 

“We are such insignificant creatures on a minor planet of a very average star in the outer suburbs of one of a hundred thousand million galaxies. So it is difficult to believe in a God that would care about us or even notice our existence.”  -  Stephen Hawking[xiii]

 

 

What the Bible Says: Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 45:12, 18 , Ps 33:6, 8-9 – heavens created, Is 40:26 – stars created, Is 55:8-9 – God’s ways better, Ps 147:5 – Great is our Lord, Is 44:23 – Creation sing forth, Ps 148:13, Ps 121:2 – Creator of Heaven, Ps 23:1-3 – our shepherd, John 3:16, Ps 8:3-4 stars and purpose of creation, Ps. 95:4-6, John 1:3 – Creator, Col 1:16 – Creator, Phil 2:7-8 – Jesus is our salvation,Hebrews 11:3

 

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[i] Jerry Bergman, Ph.D., The Earth: Unique in All the Universe (Updated), 2008, Acts & Facts. 37 (3), Institute for Creation Research, http://www.icr.org/article/earth-unique-all-universe-updated/, accessed June 23, 2014.

Danny Faulkner, Ph.D., Just Right for Life – Special Feature: There’s No Place Like Home, December 15, 2013, Answers in Genesis, https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/extrasolar-planets/just-right-for-life/, accessed June 23, 2014.

Mark Harwood, Created to be inhabited: Amazing design features in planet Earth, July 2013, Creation 35(3):38-40, Creation Ministries International, http://creation.com/created-to-be-inhabited, accessed June 23, 2014.

[ii] James Bowden, Planet Earth – In A Perfect Position To Support Life, last modified 2012, HubPages, http://jlbowden.hubpages.com/hub/Planet-Earth-Perfectly-Situated-Within-The-Milky-Way-Galaxy, accessed June 23, 2014.

[iii] Danny Faulkner, Ph.D., Not Just Another Star – Special Feature: There’s No Place Like Home, December 9, 2013, Answers in Genesis, https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/sun/not-just-another-star/, accessed June 23, 2014.

[iv] The Earth Was Uniquely Created, Institute for Creation Research, http://www.icr.org/earth-created/, accessed June 23, 2014.

[v] Stuart E. Nevins, M.S., Planet Earth: Plan or Accident?, 1974, Acts & Facts 3(5), Institute for Creation Research, http://www.icr.org/article/planet-earth-plan-or-accident/, accessed June 23, 2014.

[vi] Don DeYong and John Whitcomb, Our Created Moon: Earth’s Fascinating Neighbor, p 14, Master Books, Green Forest, AR, 2010.

[vii] Ricky Leon Murphy, Earth – Weather, last modified 2013, AstronomyOnline, http://astronomyonline.org/SolarSystem/EarthWeather.asp, accessed June 23, 2014.

[viii] Deborah Byrd, Coincidence that sun and moon seem same size?, last modified January 28, 2012, EarthSky, http://earthsky.org/space/coincidence-that-sun-and-moon-seem-same-size, accessed June 23, 2014.

[ix] Jonathan Sarfati, The earth’s magnetic field: evidence that the earth is young, March 1998, Creation 20(2):15-17, Creation Ministries International, http://creation.com/the-earths-magnetic-field-evidence-that-the-earth-is-young, accessed June 23, 2014.

Jack Phillips, Greenland Symposium Determines Earth’s Magnetic Field Disappearing, last modified June 18, 2007, AmericanFreePress, http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/magnetic_field_disappearing.html, accessed June 23, 2014.

[x] Scientists and God, Sir Isaac Newton, February 2012, DoesGodExist.org, http://www.doesgodexist.org/JanFeb12/Scientist-Sir-Isaac.Newton.html, accessed June 23, 2014.

[xi] What Makes Earth So Perfect For Life, December 13, 2012, Discovery News, http://news.discovery.com/human/life/life-on-earth-121019.htm, accessed June 23, 2014.

[xii] Sagan, Carl, Pale Blue Dot, 1997, New York: Ballantine Books, p. 7.

Dr. Jason Lisle, Creation Astronomy: Viewing the Universe Through Biblical Glasses, Answers in Genesis – USA, Creation Library, DVD, 2006.

[xiii] Stephen Hawking, as quoted in White, Michael, and Gribbin, John, 2002, Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science, New York: Joseph Henry Press.

Dr. Jason Lisle, Creation Astronomy: Viewing the Universe Through Biblical Glasses, Answers in Genesis – USA, Creation Library, DVD, 2006.

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