I have taken up stargazing recently, and am becoming very interested in Creation Astronomy (the biblically sound Young Earth Creation view which states that God created the Sun, Moon and stars on the fourth literal 24-hour day, about 6,000 years ago).
One of the questions that has occurred to me: what is the purpose of the stars? More specifically, why did God create so many stars?
Of course I should ask, who are we to question God’s actions and decisions? But as created beings with intelligence and an inquisitive mind, the question does occur to us.
A recently acquired Facebook Friend, Jay Ryan, points out that God created the Sun, Moon and stars for “signs and seasons”. Jay has devoted an entire book to explaining this in more detail. Jay Ryan explains how God created the Sun, Moon and stars for “signs and seasons”, as the following Bible verse says:
“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:” (Gen. 1:14)
The above verse forms the basis of what Jay describes as Classical Astronomy. In this article he explains Classical Astronomy in more detail, and points out the faults in modern day secular astronomy.
But this question still puzzles me: why did God create so many stars? And what about distant objects in space? Is it wrong for mankind to research deep space, as is the emphasis today in secular astronomy? And what is the purpose of deep space objects? (Another question I hope to deal with in another blog: why did God create such a vast universe, yet create life on just one planet?)
Here a few thoughts off the top of my head, as to why God created such a vast universe with so many stars. I am searching for Bible verses to back up these points. The points are in no specific order, and there is some overlap:
1) For mankind’s pleasure
2) To show God’s awesome power (omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence)
3) To show God’s grace and love for mankind
4) To humble mankind
5) To challenge mankind intellectually
At some point we have to sit back and say “my Lord and my God” and “we… just… don’t… know…” 99% of the answers. This one thing I know, our God is a truly awesome God. In the end we must admit, His creation of the Universe is truly beyond our comprehension.