Truly, the heavens declare the glory of God.
Every star we see is a burning mass of plasma, similar to the sun. Even so, our sun is not just any old star; 95 percent of all stars are less massive and smaller stars are found in abundance. That is a very important consideration.
If the sun were smaller, then the habitable zone for Earth would be much further inward, and that would induce synchronous rotation. The gravity from a small sun would cause one side of the earth to continually face the sun. In other words, there would be no day and night, only boiling temperatures on one side, and freezing temperatures on the other.
Earth is about 93 million miles from the sun, and is situated in a very narrow band that supports habitability. If the earth were only 5 percent closer to the sun, it would become like the planet Venus, boiling hot and uninhabitable. However, if we were just 20 percent farther away, our planet would resemble Mars, freezing and still uninhabitable.
If Earth was on a very elliptical orbit around the sun, then it would be alternately too close and too far away for life to be sustained. Instead, we find that Earth has a nearly circular orbit, perfect for life. There can be no doubt that the earth occupies a favored position – the only known position in which human life can be sustained. It was created with a very definite purpose.
Thus says the LORD who created the heavens, God Himself who formed the earth and made it: He has established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited. Not only that, but “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
[From an article by David Rives, published by THE CREATION CLUB]
NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Since you are part of “the world” in that well-known verse above, just take out those two words and insert your own name. The verse will now read, “God so loved (YOUR NAME) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” THAT is something to shout about!
As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by
NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis