“For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.” Isaiah 45:18
Earth–unique, amazing…home! There is no planet like this jewel of the solar system. Earth is the only planet having oceans of liquid water, an atmosphere with free oxygen, and LIFE, for this is the planet God formed “to be inhabited.” Yet some people hope to leave this home on Earth and travel to Mars, dreaming of a future colony there. Dream on, if you will, but red dust, extreme cold, and an unliveable atmosphere are no draw to the sensible. Man was not meant to live there. Some evolutionary scientists are eager to find life on another planet that they might present evidence that blind chance happened somewhere else besides our planet earth, with all of its wonders and order. Yet, to this date, life has been found on no other planet. The Bible declares that God has given the earth to the children of men (Psalm 115:16). Our planet, and our planet only, was uniquely designed of God to accommodate human life.
Evolutionists would have us believe that Earth and the entire universe, mankind included, all came about by an as-yet-unexplained “big bang.” Edward Tryon, an evolutionary scientist, even went so far as to say, “Our universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time”! Okay, so all of the complexity and order in our cosmos just unexplainedly came out of nothing? Is not this a remarkable statement of “faith”–for it is surely not science! It is, in fact, preposterous and a statement of absolute folly; the lie some would rather adhere to than to acknowledge their Creator and God. To look upon all the wonders of the earth alone, let alone the entire universe, is more than enough evidence for any reasonable mind to believe in an Almighty Creator. Modern scientists only display their folly by declaring that all these wonders happened by an amazing chance coalition of dancing atoms, which came from they-know-notwhere. Evolutionary science has no foundation upon which to stand. Honest contemplation will make one stand in awe and declare that it is “the wondrous works of Him which is perfect in knowledge” (Job 37:16). Let us consider but a few points regarding how God has created the earth, as stated in Isaiah 45:18, as the planet designed for the habitation of man. Consider and believe.
Life: Earth abounds with life everywhere–from ocean depths, from pole to pole, and in the atmosphere. There is no evidence of life on any other planet.
“Scientists tell us that if the earth were just 10 percent bigger or 10 percent smaller, life as we know it could not survive.” Erwin Lutzer, Seven Reasons Why You Can Trust the Bible, p. 123
We have air to breathe. Our atmosphere is 21 percent oxygen. If much more, fires would erupt; if it were 15 percent, we would suffocate. Earth’s oxygen is in elemental form, meeting our specific needs.
“There is only one planet where gaseous oxygen is found: Earth! And the only reason that Earth has oxygen is because Earth has plants that do photosynthesis. There is no other natural process that we know of that will put significant amounts of oxygen into a planet’s atmosphere.” www.curious.astro.cornell.edu
The Ozone Layer is one layer of the stratosphere. It is a mass of protective gases that cling to our planet, shielding it by absorbing almost all of the intense radiation from the sun. If our atmosphere were much thinner, life would be harmed by radiation. Also, many of the millions of meteors that now are burned up would then reach the surface of the earth, causing destruction.
Air Currents: “The air close to the earth’s surface is heated by light energy from the sun, and after the air is warmed it becomes less dense and rises upward. The result is that the air near the earth’s surface maintains a temperature in which life can exist. If air contracted when heated and became denser, the temperature…would become unbearable…The temperature a few hundred feet above the surface, on the other hand, would be extremely cold, and most life could also not exist. The rising warm surface air creates air currents of wind which carry away carbon dioxide from areas that have too much, such as cities, and move oxygen to areas in need of it.” www.icr.org
Bodies of Water: About 71 percent of the earth’s surface is water covered. God uses this to stabilize temperatures that accommodate life. Enormous amounts of heat are absorbed by these waters during the day, which helps keep the earth cool. Then at night, this heat is released, helping to keep much of the earth from freezing
Earth’s orbit around the sun is slightly elliptical, having an eccentricity of about 2 percent, which means it is nearly circular. If the eccentricity of the earth’s orbit were near one, our oceans would boil when we were nearest the sun, and freeze at our farthest point.
Gravity: “Gravitation is responsible for keeping the earth and the other planets in their orbits around the sun and for keeping the moon in its orbit around the earth. ‘If the gravitational force were altered by 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000001 percent, our sun would not exist, and, therefore, neither would we.’” (Geisler and Nix, p. 102) www.ucg.org
“If the centrifugal force of planetary movement did not precisely balance the gravitational forces, nothing could be held in orbit around the sun.”
“If the thickness of the earth’s crust were greater, too much oxygen would be transferred to the crust to support life. If it were thinner, volcanic and tectonic activity would make life impossible.”
“If the rotation of the earth took longer than twenty-four hours, temperature differences would be too great between night and day. If the rotation period were shorter, atmospheric wind velocities would be too great.” I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, Geisler and Turek, p. 105.
Earth’s spin on its axis: “The earth rotates at just the right speed, making a complete revolution every twenty-four hours in its trip around the sun. The result is, the earth’s crust is evenly heated like a chicken on a turning spit.” Fred Meldau, Why We Believe in Creation, Not in Evolution, 1968.
None of the other planets in our solar system have the same speed of rotation.
God put Jupiter in its current orbit to act as a protector for the earth against space material. Its gravitational field attracts comets and asteroids that might otherwise strike the earth.
“The orbits of Jupiter and Saturn keep the earth’s orbit from becoming chaotic. Without the orbital stability produced by Jupiter and Saturn, the earth’s orbit would make extreme changes causing instability in our climate and making earth uninhabitable.” www.icr.org
The Moon: The earth’s carefully calibrated circular path, tilted at just the right angle on its axis, is also influenced by the moon. “The moon affects the earth through its gravitational attraction…the [earth’s] ocean tides pull on the moon… These tides also slow the earth’s rotation” Neil Comins, What If the Moon Didn’t Exist? 1993, p. 4.
The moon’s gravity causes the tides to continually circulate and freshen the oceans, without which life would not flourish as it does.
“Moonlight intensity and daylight/moonlight ratios, which vary with the season, regulate salmon migration, growth, and development. Even some plant chlorophyll activity depends in part on moonlight.”
“The moon’s monthly cycle regulates water in cultivated soil, triggering seed swelling, seed bursting, seed germination, leaf growth, root growth.” James Johnson, Acts&Facts, Sept. 2015.
This angle of spin is called obliquity. “The obliquity…of three of the four ‘terrestrial’ planets of our solar system–Mercury, Venus, and Mars has varied chaotically. Earth is the exception, but only because it has a large moon…Earth’s climactic stability is dependent to a large extent on the existence of the Moon” Ward and Brownlee, Rare Earth, p. 266.
“The relationship between the earth, sun, moon, and stars is so predictable that an eclipse can be pinpointed hundreds of years in advance.” Erwin Lutzer, Seven Reasons You Can Trust the Bible, p. 125.
We live on a very special planet, designed for us by a supremely powerful and all-wise God. And this same God is He who is “upholding all things by the word of his power.” Heb. 1:3.
It is said by scientists that the universe would collapse into a small ball of matter were it not for the continual electrostatic forces of gravity that keep electrons separated. Truly, the entire universe is sustained by His great mercy.
Albert Einstein, a scientist, confessed: “The scientist is possessed by the sense of universal causation…His religious feeling takes the form of rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection.”