The Psalmist said the heavens declare the glory of God, and that has never been more true than in the age of modern science. The evidence for God has never been greater, and the skepticism has never been deeper. If it weren’t for Bible prophecies such as Psalm 2 and 2 Peter 3, it would be an unfathomable situation. The age of space telescopes began in 1990 with NASA’s Hubble, which was placed in orbit by a U.S. space shuttle. NASA also launched the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory in 1991, the Chandra X-ray Observatory in 1999, and the Spitzer Space Telescope in 2003. These space telescopes were joined by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory and Planck Space Observatory in 2009. With no need to pierce the planet’s atmosphere, unprecedented telescopic power and multi-spectrum capabilities, space telescopes have captured never-before-seen images of the heavens. The most iconic is “Pillars of Creation,” composed of columns of interstellar gas and dust from the Eagle Nebula captured by Hubble in 1995. Knowing the willful skepticism that predominates within the American space program, it probably wasn’t named that in honor of the Creator, but it should have been. A more recent example is a new view of the Eagle Nebula created from combined multi-spectrum images from the ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory and x-ray readings from the XMM-Newton space probe. If men don’t want to believe in God, that is their business, but what a joy it is to know the Almighty Saviour God through Jesus Christ and to learn of Him by His incredible creation. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (Psalms 19:1-3).
(Friday Church News Notes, January 27, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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