Astronomy and the Bible

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Imagine that the Earth is the size of a baseball and that it sits on the front steps of Mercer Hall at the center of Bryan College’s campus. 

The Moon would be a ping pong ball about 7 ½ feet away.  The Sun would be at Jacob Myer’s Restaurant.  It would be a ball about 30 feet wide (think of a pickup truck and a small trailer).  The dwarf planet Pluto would be about the size of your pinky’s fingernail.  It would be on the steps of the Soddy Daisy Police Station.  Our nearest star,  the red dwarf Proxima Centauri,  would be a 156,000 miles away (more than 6/10ths of the distance to the moon). 

In the actual universe,  it takes 4.3 years for light to travel from Proxima Centauri to Earth. 

The edge of the visible universe in any direction is about 13.7 billion light years away.

God stretched out our universe the same way you or I would pull a curtain (Isaiah 40:22).  He spoke that vast cosmos into existence (Genesis 1:1;  Hebrews 11:3),  holding all of its matter together by His powerful word (Hebrews 1:3;  1 Corinthians 8:6).

What an awesome God!

Astronomers estimate there are over 100 billion galaxies each with billions and billions of stars,  and God determined their number and knows each of those stars by name (Psalm 147:4). 

The Bible claims that the number of the stars is like the sand on the sea.  For years,  that seemed like a huge scientific mistake.  Ptolemy,  Al Sufi,  Tcyho Brahe and Kepler all listed the stars in the visible night sky at about a 1000.  The Hubble telescope helped us realize the magnitude of the error of our initial estimation.

The glory of God displayed in the heavens makes me say,  “When I look at Your heavens,  the work of Your fingers,  the moon and the stars,  which You have set in place,  what is man that You are mindful of him,  and the son of man that You care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4).

The God of the Bible offers everyone His care and protection.  He invites all for adoption into His family and graciously rules all who turn from their sins to faith in Christ.

God knows the moment of your birth and the moment of your death.  In fact,  He has written down the days of your life in a book,  before as yet there was one of them (Psalm 139:16).

He saw you being knit together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13).

He knows the number of the hairs of your head.

He knows your name,  and He loves you with a love beyond understanding.