New moon discovered circling Neptune will be designated S/2004 N 1
One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all.
~ Richard Dawkins
There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.
The BBC News recently reported on how “Nasa’s Hubble telescope discovers new Neptune moon“. The new moon, designated S/2004 N 1, is only 12 miles across. It is small enough to have been missed by Voyager when it passed by Neptune.
How long have we been studying the universe? The galaxy? Our solar system? If we cannot answer how many moons circles a body in our own solar system, how can we definitely say things like, “There is no God”?
The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion on an intelligent and powerful Being.
It used to be that scientists studied the creation, not to prove or disprove the existence of God, but rather to study how God created. Rather than the ridiculous notion that a belief in God stunts scientific thought, it is what started it!
That does not mean that certain religious, although certainly not biblical, men didn’t take offense at how some interpreted the data they saw. Rather, they forced their ideas into the evidence and discarded any notion that did not fit the notion of a flat earth that sat at the center of the universe.
33 Do you know the laws of heaven?
Can you impose its authority on earth?
~ Job 38:33 (HCSB)
Notice what has authority over what. Heaven controls the earth. Earth does not control the universe. This is why the Bible should be our guide and men’s interpretations of it should always be somewhat suspect until proven by precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little and there a little (Isa 28:10).
It has been the opinions of men that claimed to get their authority from the Bible who persecuted people like Galileo and Copernicus.
The oddity is that is exactly what many atheists and agnostics do today in order to attempt to discredit the Bible! Wrapping up their arguments in scientific language doesn’t help, for that is exactly what Giovanni Maria Tolosani did to try to discredit Copernicus.
The vastness, greatness and power that resides within the universe should put us into awe and reflect upon God and His greatness. For, if He can do all this, what can He possibly not do?
Creation is often called “the first book of revelation”, for creation itself is proof of a god. This is why Psalm 19 is sometimes called the “Psalm of the Two Books”.
19 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
God reveals Himself though His creative efforts. He is the Creator.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 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:
Paul tells the Romans that there is no excuse for looking at creation and not be able to see God’s handiwork!
However, creation can only take us so far. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represented experiential knowledge. By choosing that tree, Adam and Eve chose to reject revealed knowledge! They would get to choose good and evil, but they would learn it by pain and suffering. The other tree, the Tree of Life, represented revealed knowledge. It involved a faith and trust that God means what He says. There is no other pathwy to eternal life without faith.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
~ Heb 11:6
During much of the Old Testament period, they had prophets and priests in order to speak the oracles of God. Now, we have a complete book outlining what is needed for salvation.
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Jesus left apostles to write down their experiences with Him and with the early Church to show us the way. It is the “second book” that God gave us to reveal Himself.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lordis pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
The universe is supposedly 15 billion light-years across. I’m not going to pretend to comprehend that. A billion lifetimes would not be sufficient to view it all and understand it. There still are discoveries being made on this planet! And, we are supposed to believe it all just appeared from random chance? It’s just not logical. How can we say with certainty that no one created all this?
We are given revealed knowledge, but that does not mean we simply read it cover to cover and then toss it into a corner. The Bible reflects that there are beings far superior in intellect and ability than we are. We must study it, mine it and compare Scripture to Scripture in order to truly get at the meaning. It’s a lifetime endeavor!