Posted: Wed May 06, 2009 9:23 pm Post subject: His Creation
“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” (Ps. 19:1). We stand on the mountaintops, and marvel at the breath-taking views around us. The rhythmic sounds, the beauty, and the vastness of the sea transform us as we walk along the shores. On a clear sparkling night, the brilliance of the heavens captivates us as we gaze into the reaches of the universe beyond the glow of our campfires. When we walk down a path in the woods by a clear bubbling stream, our thoughts are thoroughly renewed. We are awed by the magical beauty of the trees and flowers as we watch them change and go through their cycles of life. We may think of these deep-moving emotional responses as getting close to nature, but we are really coming under the influence of the mighty power of God.
Underneath the physical beauty of this perfect creation is a brilliant structure which is equally overwhelming. Beginning with a building block that we call an atom, He constructed it all. The atoms, so small that they cannot be seen with the most powerful microscopes, contain a nucleus of protons and neutrons. Spinning electrons, one for each proton, revolve in high-speed orbits around the nucleus. The pattern of one body rotating on its axis and revolving in an orbit around a nucleus is repeated in the grand design of the universe. The whole scheme is held together by a balance between the pull of two forces – gravity in the nucleus and centrifugal force on the revolving body.
By changing the number of electrons and protons in atoms, God changed one element into another. By combining the atoms together in different formations, He created molecules and with molecules, He structured His mighty creation. By fusing four atoms of hydrogen into one atom of helium there is a combined loss of matter, and this loss of matter is converted into energy with a mighty explosion.
By using this method, He created mighty continuous nuclear explosions that have become the stars that span the universe.
He placed planets around some of the stars, and they follow the standard pattern of creation by rotating on their axis and revolving in orbits around the stars. This formation is called a solar system. Within our solar system, planet earth, home base of man, is approximately ninety-three million miles from our star, the sun. Our planet is not considered a large one, yet it is seventy-nine hundred miles in diameter, twenty-five thousand miles around the circumference and covers an area of almost fifty-eight million square miles. There are nine planets in our solar system and our most distant sister planet is Pluto, which is approximately three and one half billion miles from the sun.
Our solar system ends where the sun's gravity is no longer effective – perhaps fifty billion miles from the sun.
God created billions of stars, perhaps some of them with a system of planets. The approximate distance between our sun and its nearest neighbor star is twenty-five trillion miles. God grouped stars into clusters containing billions of stars, which together follow the same pattern of rotating and revolving. Our entire solar system spins on its axis, the sun, and also revolves in orbit around the center of our galaxy. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, has a diameter of about six hundred million, billion miles. Because our minds have difficulty grasping these numbers, distance in space is usually measured in light years. Still, God did not stop with the galaxies – He grouped many galaxies into the same pattern of rotation and revolution! We are told that the universe is still expanding.
What language did God use to communicate the mechanics of His creation. He used the language of mathematics. It is the universal language that is spoken around the world. This is the reason mathematics can be traced to the very beginning of civilization. It is the underlying basis of the laws of all the mechanics of the universal. We should keep in mind that numbers are scientific! It has been said that the "study of Astronomy is the oldest numerical science".
The breadth and depth of the creation staggers our imagination, but we are just as overwhelmed when we look at details of His life support systems. God took some little atoms and combined them with others in a different way to form living molecules which we call cells, the basic element of life. The human body contains sixty trillion of these little cells – grouped together in many different ways to perform all of our life functions. They come in different shapes and sizes, but each and every one carries the complete blueprint to rebuild us. Each cell contains twenty-three pairs of chromosomes – twenty-three from each of our parents. These chromosomes contain the genes, the basic units of our inheritance. There are hundreds of genes in each of our chromosomes. They establish a blueprint for us with instructions as to the color of our eyes and hair, the texture and color of our skin, and the length of our arms, legs, fingers and toes. They determine thousands other details that we don't even know.
Remarkably, there are only two kinds of human cells that live without conforming to the twenty-three pair rule. There are only twenty-three individual chromosomes in our egg cells and sperm cells. When an egg is fertilized, the new offspring will receive a set of twenty-three chromosomes from each parent. The fertilized cell will divide again and again until there are over two trillion complete cells at the time the child is born. Each and every one of these cells contains the complete blueprint for the physical characteristics of the new person.
The process of creating from a single cell, the complex, interactive system of parts that make up a new person is truly a wonderful thing. As each stem cell divides, it is programmed to become part of a brain, a heart, a lung, a kidney, an arm, a foot or some other part that is necessary to the final product. All the members of our bodies are so well connected and coordinated that they provide life to the whole person, however taken separately they will soon die. The psalmist said, "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well" (Ps. 139:14).
We stand in awe as we grasp the details of His creation, however our finite minds cannot comprehend all of it. Medical science is still trying to understand the mysteries of our bodies. The human mind simply does not have the ability to comprehend the breadth and depth of His creation. Yet, there are some people who say it all fell into place by accident.
There is another surprise – who was it that created this vast universe? “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:1-3, NKJV). God, the Son, the second person of the Godhead, created the heaven and the earth. This is Jesus of Nazareth, the Lamb of God, who humbled Himself to become man so that He could die for our sins.
All this power and wisdom is at our disposal if we would only ask, for He has said: “call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jer. 33:3, NKJV). For in Him "… are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Col. 2:3). What a paradox – we choose to go our own way, and try to solve our own problems when we could have the wisdom and knowledge of God available to us if we would only ask.
How many among us can truly believe that all of this just happen by accident?
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