â€œAnd 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.â€ (Genesis 1:16)
by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
On the fourth day of the creation week, God made the two lights for day and night, and thenâ€”almost like an afterthoughtâ€”â€œhe made the stars also.â€ Nothing, of course, is an afterthought with God, but this emphasizes the relative importance of these parts of His creation. Whether or not the earth is the geographical center of the universe, Earth is the center of Godâ€™s interest in the universe. This is where He created man and woman in His own image, and where He will reign over His creation in the ages to come.
The primary purpose of the stars, as well as the sun and moon, was â€œto divide the day from the night; and . . . be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And . . . to give light upon the earthâ€ (Genesis 1:14-15). They could not fulfill these functions, of course, if their light could not be seen on the earth, so we can be sure that these heavenly bodies and their light rays were createdâ€”like Adam and Eveâ€”â€œfull-grown,â€ in a state of functioning maturity.
All that can be known scientifically about the stars must be determined from their light intensity and spectra. (Their distances can be measured geometrically only to about 300 light-years.) Any other informationâ€”any greater distances, size, temperature, etc.â€”must be derived by inference, based on some theory of stellar evolution.
Although the stars all look alike (even through a telescope, they all appear as mere points of light), these calculations have shown that each one is unique, as revealed long ago in Scripture: â€œOne star differeth from another star in gloryâ€ (1 Corinthians 15:41). Those who believe can learn more about them in the ages to come, for â€œthey that be wise shall shine . . . as the stars for ever and everâ€ (Daniel 12:3). HMM