I have enjoyed reading the astronomy articles that have appeared in your paper from time to time. They have been very informative. However, the article in the May 4 paper on “Theories of the origin of the Moon” begs for a Biblical explanation that is simple and forthright.
One solution stated that the Earth’s density is much greater than the Moon’s and therefor this fact alone eliminated the idea that the Earth and the Moon formed around the same time, out of the same material (double planet theory). God revealed to mankind in Genesis chapter one verse sixteen that on the fourth day of creation He made the sun and the moon and set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.
Verse sixteen says He made the stars also. He made them on the same day. The Hebrew word for day is “yom” which literally means twenty-four hours. The words “evening” and “morning” together (38) times always indicates an ordinary day. The context in Genesis makes it quite clear that it’s writer meant twenty-four hour periods. In Exodus 20:11 the scripture says, “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day.” The word “day” in this verse is “yom”, twenty-four hours.
I realize that many in the scientific community find this Biblical belief to be naive. However, for those of us who believe in God and the inerrant truth of His Word, His revelation of where the sun, moon, stars, plants, animals and man came from and how is breathtaking. Looking at the Moon does not give us a greater understanding of where we came from but looking into God’s Holy Word does.
I am reminded of two statements made, the first by Einstein and the second by the apostle Paul. Einstein once said when he lifted his head to look up into the skies, “We know nothing about it at all. Our knowledge is but the knowledge of school children. Do you think we shall ever probe the secret? Possibly, we shall know a little more than we do now. But the real nature of things – that we shall never know, never.”
Finally, the apostle Paul gives us the real answer when he said through inspiration in Hebrews 11 verse 3, “Through faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”