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Genesis, Creation, and Astronomy

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Creation studies have revealed many informative details about our planet earth. earth studies have indeed provided a rich treasure of creation evidence but this is just a small part of the entire study. More than 99 percent of the entire creation is in the skies above us. These heavens also declare the clear message of creation. Just as the earth does. "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork" (Psalm 19:1).

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), a creationist, astronomer, mathematician, who is considered one of the greatest scientists of the last 500 years. He clearly saw the im- plication of celestial mechanics and the intricately designed wonders in the sky. "The most beautiful system of the sun. planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being" (Issac Newton, in "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica", mathematical principles of natural philosophy).

Astronomy is perhaps the oldest branch of science. The sun, moon, and stars have always caught the interest and wonder of star gazers. Cosmology, the study of the origin and structure of the universe, remains one of the most active areas of scientific study today.

The creationist is not disqualified from scientific pursuit as sometimes claimed by critics. Instead he or she is actually in very good company. Most scientists from the past and also many at present firmly believe in creation. the present-day skeptics who ridicule creation have forgotten that our entire industrial-scientific base was established by scientists who were comfortable with creation such as Tycho Brahe, Nicholaus Copernicus, Galileo, Galilei, William Herschel, Johannes Kepler, just to name a few. These early astronomers wrote clearly about their motivation of searching out the secrets of the Creator.

The naturalistic view has no clear mechanism for the formation of a simple star, let alone the rest of space. but the "created" universe, in contrast, suddenly appeared. The earth came first; the sun, moon, and stars were later formed on the fourth day of creation week (Genesis 1:14-19). Over six unique days a vast quantity of directed energy was input to the universe from the Creator's infinite supply. Stars and galaxies suddenly existed in all their grand variety, much as we see them today. The miraculous formation completely defies physical laws and also human understanding. But there is a Scripture in Romans 1:20 tells us plainly that man is "without excuse" not to believe in creation.

"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse."