While writing my last post about how God is getting weaker, I noticed something in Genesis 1 that really stood out to me. Of course, Genesis 1 is the story of how God created the universe. In verse 1:16 it says, “And 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.”
It’s the last part of that verse that interests me the most: “He made the stars also.” Also? Also? Apparently making Earth took a whole day, but Earth is just one pale blue dot amid the billions of stars in the Milky Way. And the Milky Way is just one galaxy among billions of galaxies in the universe. It’s estimated that there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on this entire planet! So that line, “he made the stars also,” is a pretty freakin big deal. And yet it’s written as though it were an afterthought.
Early in 2014, Neil deGrasse Tyson was interviewed by Bill Moyers about the then-upcoming series, Cosmos, and the subject of faith versus reason came up. Neil deGrasse Tyson said, “You know, one of the signs that the second coming, is that the stars will fall out of the sky and land on Earth [Revelation 6:13]. To even write that means you don’t know what those things are. You have no concept of what the actual universe is.”
This is exactly what I’m talking about. To say, “he made the stars also” without going into a little more detail indicates the author of Genesis had no idea that most stars are actually larger than the sun, and that there are billions of trillions of them. In fact, it sounds like the author thought stars are just little lights in the sky that God put there for us to use as a calendar. But if Genesis is the infallible word of God, how can this be? I’ll let you draw your own conclusion.