The Lesser Light to Rule the Night
How the Universe came to be is a subject that evolutionists wax
eloquent on. Their stories of the past are quite imaginative as they
seek to seduce people into their religion of evolutionism. The problem
for them is that the facts contradict their imagination. Christians
need to know the evidence that God has given us in His Creation about
The Bible gives us but a brief description of Godís creative actions in the six days of Creation. His creation of the moon happened on the fourth day and the account uses only eight words to describe it. Yet the books written on the importance of the moon to the earth would literally fill a bookcase.
One obvious value of the moon to the earth is mentioned in Genesis, to be the lesser light at night. But that is only the smallest part of its value in making the earth a good place to live for people and animals.
The moon is 1/6 the diameter of the earth, the largest satellite relative to the planet it orbits in the Solar System. Its relatively large size is important for the two crucial roles it plays for the earth, creating tides and stabilizing the earthís orbit.
Tides are created by the moonís gravity lifting the ocean an average of 3 feet. This lifting of the water on one side of the earth causes the water on the other side of the earth to be lowered, causing daily high and low tides. Why the tides are important to us is simple, the tides keep the oceans clean. Without cleaning the oceans die, if the oceans die, we die.
Godís creative design is apparent in His placing the moon at just the right distance to produce the right tides. If the moon were too close to the earth the tides would be destructive to the coastal areas. Too far away, the tides would be inadequate to do a proper cleaning of the oceans.
The second great benefit of the moon is to stabilize the orbit of the earth. Without a moon of the size we have, the earthís rotation would wobble and the seasonís would become unpredictable.
One of the reasons the objects in space were created were to be signs for the seasons. The moon is not only a sign for the seasons; it helps to make those seasons predictable and livable.
For evolutionists the very existence of the moon is a headache. They have invented a number of stories about how the moon came to be. One is that a piece of the earth broke off and became the moon, but the moon is moving away from the earth at the rate of 2 inches per year. The moon is 240,000 miles from the earth; even at the current 2-inch recession rate per year it is much too close to the earth for it to fit within the evolutionists imagined age of 4.6 billion years for the Solar System.
So they invented another story that 2 or more asteroids collided in the vicinity of the earth at just the right speed and began orbiting the earth. But any collision powerful enough to create a moon would be too powerful to allow it to achieve a stable earth orbit.
None of the imagined stories of the evolutionists fit the reality of the moon. What the facts of the moon do fit perfectly is the description given us in Genesis.
And God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.