On a clear night, an unaided observer can see somewhere around 2000 stars. With a telescope multitudes more become visible. How many are there in all? No one really knows, and yet the Bible records God’s promise to Abraham thousands of years ago: “In blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is upon the sea shore” (Gen. 22:17). Just as no man could ever count the grains of sand on the sea shore, none could count the stars. But the bible says that God not only numbers them, but calls them all by name.
Though the stars all look much alike to the human eye, scientific studies based on light analysis show that they differ from one another in size, composition, and distance. Scientists have grouped and categorized them according to their brightness and assumed surface temperature. These categories range from blue-white (bright, hot) to red (cool, dim). The categories are not distinct, however, and the dividing lines seem to be rather arbitrary. Even our estimates of distances which are frequently based upon star brightness are speculative since we can only measure directly out a very short way into the universe. We are only beginning to learn about our universe, but long before modern telescopes and other sophisticated instruments, the apostle Paul recognized the fact that stars differ from one another. In 1 Cor. 15:41 he wrote, “One star differs from another star in glory.”
Where did all these fantastic stars come from? Evolutionists have come up with a very elaborate story describing the evolution of stars – yet it is merely speculation and is based upon many assumptions. The Bible too has an explanation. In Genesis 1:16 it says, “He made the stars also.” That’s all, as if an after-thought. “Oh, yes. He made the stars too!” Isn’t that characteristic of our God? Myriads and myriads of stars, and just a simple statement of fact. Is anything too difficult for God? Then He goes on to describe in detail the object of His central concern – man. David said, “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy finger, the moon and the stars which Thou hast ordained; what is man that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man that Thou dost care for him?” (Ps. 8:3-4). To God, it is not the stars that give Him great pleasure – it is man. We are the recipients of His special love and concern. What a privilege!
(For more information see Henry Morris. 1984. The Biblical Basis of Modern Science)
By Dave Nutting
This was published as an article in the November/December 1988 Think and Believe.
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