February 26, 2012

He Who Made The Stars – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“seek him that maketh the Pleiades and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night; that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth. Jehovah is his name;” Amos 5:8 ASV

This powerful exhortation is inserted in the middle of a prophetic rebuke by God of His continually, unfaithful children. They seemed determined to follow the popular tide of idolatry that everybody who was anybody, “knew” was true. The prophet Amos was plaintively pleading, futilely, to call them back.

Almost 3,800 years ago the compelling argument of Amos fell on stubbornly stopped up, deaf ears. Nevertheless, his appeal is as appropriate today as it ever was.

Modern, pagan scientists have developed elaborate but absurdly impossible theories about the chance origin of the universe from nothing. Of course, they are above believing in the obvious necessity of a first cause, an eternal creator. The “intellectually elite” today, proudly proclaim that nothing created everything (with a straight face). Once they hurdle the impossible obstacle of believing that all the matter, energy and order in the universe was created by nothing from nothing, the evolution of stars and people from all that impossible stuff, is painlessly accomplished before breakfast.

You can witness an actual, real live example of this latest and greatest “insight” in the January issue of Nature, the world’s most respected science journal.1 Nature chose Caleb Scharf, an astrobiologist at Columbia University, to write in glowing terms about Lawrence Krauss’s new book, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing (Free Press, 2012). Don’t tell him there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Having already been worshiping at the Shrine of Nobody for years, they just realized that Nobody is necessarily wedded to Nothing. “Fantastic!” they think. “Even better.” Nobody and Nothing have already produced their first child: Nonsense. Nothin’ says bluffin’ like somethin’ out of Nothin,’ and Nobody says it best. (Our apologies to the Pillsbury Doughboy.)

Maria von Trap, of Sound of Music fame, had no doubt that “Nothing comes from nothing. Nothing ever could.” Likewise, Amos knew, and knew that Israel should have known, as should we, that the mighty cosmos and its galaxies of stars –the constellations such as Orion and Pleiades, – were made. All of these had to be made by an omniscient, omnipotent Creator, who certainly had a glorious purpose for it all.

In similar fashion, Amos points Israel to God’s power seen when He “calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth…” When we see billions of dead things (fossils) in rocks laid down by water all over the world, we see global evidence that waters once covered all the earth’s mountains, (i.e., marine fossils and water-laid sediments at their summits). These stubborn facts cannot possibly be explained (as evolutionary geologists try to do) by slow processes acting over eons of time. God, the Creator, had to call massive volumes of water from their original reservoirs (now residing in much deeper oceans) and pour them out on the earth in a catastrophic judgment on a proud, rebellious, willfully blind world.

Amos knew that these evidences shout their witness to the fact of a Creator who will judge, not to impotent “gods” personifying natural forces which nobody created from nothing. Men today, urgently need to see the true God of creation and salvation before  judgment falls again, for “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” Hebrews 10:31.

The proud elite are lost and groping in darkness. They need the infinite power of the Creator to whom Amos pointed lost Israel, who alone can turn “the shadow of death into the morning…”

1. Caleb Scharf, Cosmology: Plucked from the vacuum. Nature 481 (26 January 2012), p. 440. doi:10.1038/481440a.

Liberally adapted from a number of authors, including the late Henry Morris.




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