God’s Glory Manifested
In just a few weeks, our church will host a conference on Apologetics called FEARLESS FAITH. One of the men that will be leading the seminar on how to defend our faith will be Frank Turek. Dr. Turek along with Norman Geisler wrote a book and the title is my testimony, “I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH TO BE AN ATHEIST”. The magnificent complexity of the creation of God is enough to cause men to want to ask, “Who did this?” Job cried out to God for 37 chapters. God answered from Job 38-41 and here is a part of the first questions that God asks Job. Interestingly, they are about Creation for Creation declares the glory of God……
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? 8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,
9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, 10 when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place, 11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt’? “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand. “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? 17 Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness? 18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this. (Job 38:4-11; 16-18).
The facts about our Creation are too numerous to list for every discipline of study is loaded with the vast marvels of what the LORD has made. Here are but a few “WOW” facts regarding the function of the earth….
Because nature is clouded by sin, it gives only an indistinct picture of God. Much of His great wisdom and marvelous design, however, can still be clearly traced. Creation truly does manifest His glory! That is so very evident in the many factors that have to work just right for life to exist on the earth.
For instance, the earth rotates on its axis at approximately 1000 miles per hour. If that had been 100 miles per hour, our days and nights would be 10 times longer, and our planet would alternately burn and freeze. Under such circumstances vegetation could not live!
If the earth were as small as the moon, the power of gravity would be too weak to retain sufficient atmosphere for man’s needs; but if it were as large as Jupiter, Saturn, or Uranus, extreme gravitation would make human movement almost impossible.
If we were as near to the Sun as Venus, the heat would be unbearable; if we were as far away as Mars, we would experience snow and ice every night, even in the warmest regions.
If the oceans were half their present dimensions, we would receive only one-fourth the rainfall we do now. If they were one-eighth larger, our annual precipitation would increase four fold, and this earth would become a vast, uninhabitable swamp!
Water solidifies at 32 degrees above zero. It would be disastrous if the oceans were subject to the law, however, for then the amount of thawing in the Polar Regions would not balance out, and ice would accumulate throughout the centuries! To prevent such a catastrophe, the Lord put salt in the sea to alter its freezing point. (copied). TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!