*by Wes Moore
Stars are awesome! Sometimes my kids and I sit out in the backyard on blankets and stare up at the stars. Because we live out in the country, there aren’t many city lights to block the clear light of the stars. It is amazing! The longer you stare, the more stars you see. According to astronomers, men and women who study the stars, on a clear night we can see as many as 3000 stars![i] And yet there are many thousands of times more than that in the universe.
Sometimes we’d even see falling stars, meteoroids that fall into the earth’s atmosphere and look like streaks of sparks from the ground.[ii] No matter what, we were always left with a sense of wonder when it was time to go in for the night.
Who made the stars?
Have you ever wondered how the stars got there? Some scientists who don’t believe the Bible believe stars evolved over very long periods of time. They believe stars started off as clouds of dust and gas. Over time these gas clouds pulled together, cooled off, and eventually formed stars.[iii] They believe stars are still being formed today in this way.
Is this true? No, it isn’t. There are several things to keep in mind when you hear someone talk about how the stars formed. First, because it is supposed to take many millions of years, nobody has ever actually seen a star form! What we see are different things in our universe (like gas clouds and different kinds of stars) and assume they show us how stars formed.[iv]
Another thing to remember is that in order for stars to form as these scientists suggest there must already be a star there to start things off! In other words, if they are right, it would take a star to make a star! But those same scientists cannot explain where that first star would have come from (because most of them reject the idea that there is a God who made the world).[v]
What does the Bible say?
Finally, the Bible, which is the book that tells us how our universe was made, including all of the stars, tells us that God made the stars himself. He didn’t make them millions of years ago and the process only took a single day, not millions of years.
Genesis chapter 1 verses 16 says, “God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.” This is the fourth day of the week in which God made the entire world. We call this creation week. The two great lights are our sun and moon. The stars are all the heavenly bodies other than our sun and moon. Creation week happened about 6000 years ago, not millions of years ago like some scientists tell us.
The important thing to remember about the Bible is that its words were given by someone who was actually there at the beginning and has seen every day of world history since then. That person is God. While no scientist was alive when stars were formed, God was, and he has given us a history book about our world that we can trust—the Bible.
Stars are amazing! They are fascinating to watch and to study. Some people believe they formed without God over millions of years. There are many problems with this idea, like the fact that no one has ever seen a star form from start to finish, and that it would take a star to make a star in the beginning.
God himself has told us that this idea is not true. He made the stars himself in one day, day four of creation week. He has told us the truth about stars, and everything else in our world, in his book, the Bible.
Whatever someone tells you about the world around you, make sure you check the Bible to see if they are right! Then you’ll know the truth—about the stars, and everything else!
[iii] Rob Bernitt, “Stellar evolution and the problem of the ‘first’ stars,” Internet, accessed 4/19/12, available at http://creation.com/stellar-evolution-and-the-problem-of-the-first-stars.
[v] Ibid. This entire paragraph from this source.
*Wes Moore is a conservative Christian author and speaker, and the founder of Evidence America, an apologetics and evangelism training ministry. Wes is the author of Forcefully Advancing, a book designed to equip the average Christian to engage the lost; The Maker, a futuristic apologetics novel; and The Spiritual Top 50, a non-fiction apologetics book designed to help Christians answer the questions their lost friends are asking. You can learn more about him at www.wesmoorenow.com and https://www.
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