2017-40 Science and faith

Stars: How great is our God!

May 22, 2017 LOA Editorial Office

If you look into the sky on a cloudless night, what do you see? Thousands of tiny shining lights. Some of these lights are planets, nebulas, and even galaxies, but most of them are stars.

I mmanuel Kant wrote “Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.” As the Holy Scripture teaches us, the worlds as distant as the stars and the moral order in man are both the works of God. It is worthwhile to understand the universe in order to admire its extraordinary Creator (Wis. 13:5). Our guide on the pathway to the stars is Austin Sailsbury, the author of the album The Universe – the Splendor, Greatness and Beauty of God’s Creation, from which we will present fragments below.

What is a star made of?

When we gaze into the night sky, the stars look like thousands of tiny pinpoints of light on the dark background of space […]. Stars have always inspired poets, they have played roles in stories, and guided sailors. Besides, looking at them more closely, scientists have discovered that they are all fiery spheres of dust and gas. Even though they seem like they are located close to each other when we look at them in the constellations, they are in fact separated from each other, as they are from the earth, by many light years of distance. Within just the Milky Way, there are hundreds of billions of stars, endlessly varying from each other in shape, age, color, and size. If the sun were the size of a moderate melon, the relative sizes of other stars would fall somewhere between the size of blueberries to beyond that of a skyscraper.

Like everything else in creation, the existence of stars follows a certain order. They are born, they live, and – like supernovas and nebulas – they die. […] As the living stars remind us of God as a guide through the darkness, the death of great stars reminds us of His endless greatness and unlimited light.

“Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! (Ps 148:3)

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