Did you know that today is the birthday of the universe? Well, I didn’t either until I was reading “On This Day in History.”
In the 17th century a German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, claimed that the universe was born on April 27th, 4977 B.C. Kepler is considered a founder of modern science. He’s best known for his theories explaining the motion of planets. He was also a contemporary of the Italian astronomer, Galileo.
While reading a little bit about his life and his claims, every source authoritatively assented “We know now that Kepler’s math was off by some 13.7 billion years — he can thank the Big Bang theory for usurping his claim.”
Possibly the reason Kepler’s view of a young earth is so casually dismissed today is because he was a man of faith and a believer in the Biblical account of creation. Kepler wrote that “The world of nature, the world of man, the world of God—all three fit together.’ He reasoned that the design and order of the universe demonstrates an intelligent Creator. Kepler acknowledged God as “the kind of Creator who brought forth nature out of nothing.”
While the Bible doesn’t give a date for creation, I would agree with Kepler’s scientific conclusions in Intelligent Design by a Creator. Personally, along with many Christians, I believe in a young earth. Admittedly, there is much we don’t know about origins. But here’s a summary of some things we do know.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:1-2)
God created the cosmos in six days. “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done” (Gen 2:1-2).
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27).
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Heb 11:2).
Furthermore, the Hebrew writer was correct when he succinctly wrote, “For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything” (Heb. 3:4).
Creation demonstrates the nature and character of the Creator. The apostle Paul affirmed this in Romans 1:20. “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.”
With the prophet Jeremiah, we stand in awe of our awesome Creator. “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you” (Jer 32:17).
Kepler is credited as the first scientist to state that, in his scientific research, he was merely “thinking God’s thoughts after Him,” a motto adopted by many believing scientists since his time. In one of his books he wrote, “Since we astronomers are priests of the highest God in regard to the book of nature, it befits us to be thoughtful, not of the glory of our minds, but rather, above all else, of the glory of God.”
While there are many specifics that are not revealed and many questions fuel our human curiosity, we can confidently exclaim with the Psalmist, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” (Ps 19:1).
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman