While searching for topics to write about, I saw a headline that caught my attention: Battered asteroid Lutetia a rare relic of Earth’s birth. The science in the article was quite interesting, but like so many other reports of scientific finds, the interpretation of the science revealed the authors personal religious belief system.
Asteroid Lutetia is the subject of the study. This particular asteroid is about 62 miles across. In July of 2010, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft flew near Lutetia, collecting as much data on it as possible. Additionally, three earth telescopes, NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility in Hawaii and the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the European Southern Observatory’s New Technology Telescope in Chile, were used to study the asteroid.
Pierre Vernazza and his team from Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille in France, studied the data collected. They were able to determine that Lutetia is composed of enstatite chondrites.
According to their evolutionary belief in origins, Vernazza concluded that Lutetia was part of the material found in the solar system some 4.5 billion years ago that eventually formed the planets Venus, Earth and Mars. As the planets coalesced and took form, a collision with another body sent the asteroid into the Asteroid Belt that lies in the vast area between Mars and Jupiter.
They believe that the composition of Lutetia identifies its place of origin as being in the inner solar system and that its current location in the realm between the inner and outer regions of the solar system is extraordinary.
It’s obvious from Vernazza’s conclusion that he does not believe the Bible and what it says about the origin of the universe. He believes that everything has a naturalistic origin and that it has evolved over several billion years of haphazard random chances that have no guidance or direction.
His interpretation of the asteroid tells me that he also believes that you and I are nothing more than some advanced ape that got lucky somewhere along the evolutionary road. We have no purpose in life except to breed and replace ourselves with another generation. It also tells me that he believes there is no God to whom we are all accountable to and that when we die, we cease to exist and our bodies just rot away as do anyone’s memory of us.
If anything, I pray you learn just how important our religious views influence how we look at the world and universe around us. It’s true for creationists and evolutionists alike. We all do it and anyone that denies doing is deceiving themselves.
As a Bible believing young-earth creationist, I believe that the material that formed the asteroid was created on Day 4, making its age just over 6000 years. As to how it got to its current location would be nothing more than a guess on my part, especially considering that I am not an astronomer. However, I do trust what I can know from the Bible over anything that man may conjecture and I pray you do also.
Battered asteroid Lutetia a rare relic of Earth’s birth, Space on MSNBC, Nov. 13, 2011.
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