There’s been a lot of buzz in the scientific community this month surrounding the detection of gravitational waves, a concept which was predicted by Albert Einstein about 100 years ago and is the last piece of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity to be proven. I have been following the story because of the religious implications it has. For years scientists have been trying to decide if the universe had a beginning or not (which is weird to me because it’s pretty obvious that it did). Even Stephen Hawking has changed his position on that issue several times. Without getting into a bunch of scientific mumbo jumbo, the discovery of gravitational waves settles the issue. The universe did have a beginning and now scientists have proof.
Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
This one verse may contain the most understated fact in all the Bible. After stating that God created a greater light to rule the day (the Sun) and a lesser light to rule the night (the Moon), it states that God “made the stars also”. That is the first and only time stars are mentioned in the creation narrative. When one considers that mankind has attempted to count and catalog the stars down through history and at this point has numbered over 945,000,000 stars1, this statement seems to minimize the incredible magnitude of the accomplishment. Continue reading →