October 7, 2019
According to the NASA website, the mission of NASA is “to conduct scientific exploration that is enabled by access to space, to project humankind’s vantage point into space with observatories in Earth orbit and deep space, spacecraft visiting the Moon and other planetary bodies, and robotic landers, rovers, and sample return missions. From space, in space, and about space, NASA’s science vision encompasses questions as practical as hurricane formation, as enticing as the prospect of lunar resources, and as profound as the origin of the Universe.” To ensure the success of the space program through generations to come, they have established simple, but compelling, long-term goals and a coherent, thoughtful plans to achieve them. Many of the accomplishments in the space program have directly changed life on earth for the better and are very impressive. But their accomplishments center only on man’s wisdom without the acknowledgment of Creator God.
In Isaiah 48:13 the Creator speaks, “Indeed My hand has laid the foundation of the earth, And My right hand has stretched out the heavens; When I call to them, They stand up together.” The Biblical record is very clear. “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then 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. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on 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, so the evening and the morning were the fourth day,” Genesis 1:14-15. “He counts the number of the stars and calls them by name,” Psalm 147:4.
As impressive as man’s accomplishments in space are, God counting and naming every star blows man’s greatest efforts totally away. Yes, I absolutely accept, by faith, the account of the placing of the stars in the universe, by Creator God as given in the Bible. While man looks through a telescope and estimates the number of stars in a tiny speck of the universe and programs those numbers along with unverifiable time data to come up with a best guess regarding their number and location, the Creator knows how many stars there are and has already named them. The astrophysicist who begins his research with the assumption that there is no Creator, must try to account for the vastness of the universe by an incredible amount of time. Since modern science has measured the speed of light at 186,000 miles per second and the powerful Hubble telescope is seeing deeper and deeper into space, their calculations equate into billions and billions of years. Since there were no scientist around “in the beginning,” for someone to accept the assumption that the universe is billions and billions of years old takes a remarkable amount of faith. The alternative for us placing our faith in NASA scientists, the data, and the information collected by human instruments like the Hubble telescope, is to place our trust in the Creator. After all, He was actually there when it happened.
Man’s problem in all of this is, and always has been, a sinful heart. A sinful heart results in man choosing to ignore the obvious work of the Creator. Those who look out into space and only see billions and billions of years, rather than the handiwork of the Creator, are actually seeking another explanation for something the Bible says is already evident to him. In Romans 3:10-12 it says, “No one is righteous, not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” But thankfully, the God of the Bible, the Creator, is also merciful. Romans 5:8-11, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” The Creation account in the Bible cannot be separated from God’s plan for the redemption of man. Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, was present and active at the Creation of the universe and all things on the earth. John 1:10-13, “He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn, not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” A person cannot believe in Creation for salvation, but anyone who by faith, places their trust in the Creator, is born into the family of God, who made the universe. Now that’s an impressive accomplishment!