“For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.”
Many Christians are troubled by the idea of the Earth being unique. After all, the universe is vast, so surely God could have put life elsewhere, as well as on this planet.
Of course, many Christians still struggle with the idea of evolution. They assume that the world’s scientists cannot be so wrong about evolution. Surely God is big enough to have used evolution if He wished. They forget that what God could have done is not the issue. What matters is what God actually said that He did – and He said that He directly created all life rather than leaving it to a process of blind, random chance, which is not actually able to create anything.
Even those who have rejected evolution worry about being dogmatic that we are alone in the universe. Surely the Creation Week could have been achieved elsewhere also?
No, it could not. The Bible is clear that the Earth is unique. To emphasize that point, God made the Earth before He made all the other objects of the universe. There could be no comparison between the plant life that God made on Day Three, a whole day before He made other planets, stars, galaxies, etc.
It is the first chapter of the Bible that makes clear the uniqueness of the Earth and the fact that it was and is the special focus of God’s provision. It is why God reminded us through the prophet Isaiah that it was the Lord who formed the Earth and made it.