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God is the Creator (1 of 4)
Series: This I Believe
(We opened with a youtube video featuring David Attenborough reciting the words to the famous Louis Armstrong song: "It's a Wonderful World" for a BBC nature program commercial. It beautifully illustrates the splendor of God's creation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIEA5sX7W9Q).
We do indeed live in a wonderful world.
ILLUS: In 1968, an Apollo 8 astronaut named Bill Anders took pictures of the earth from his spacecraft that have since become widely published. Looking back on his trip into space, Anders said of our planet:
"It was the only color we could see in the universe"
And there's a reason for that.
Our world is remarkably designed for life.
ILLUS: Scientists have determined we're in the "goldilocks" region of our sun. We're not too far away, not too close… we're JUST RIGHT. (The "goldilocks" region)
If we were much closer the sun we would be cooked to death. If we were much farther away, we would be frozen solid.
More than that, IF - during its next orbit around the Sun - the Earth were to deviate by only a fraction of an inch every twenty miles or so we would either fry or freeze with a year. That's how unique and spectacularly privileged our orbit of the sun is. We are in the Goldilocks region of the sun.
In fact, our planet is tilted (with regard to sun) in very a "Goldilocks" kind of way. As the earth revolves around the sun, it does so at a constant 23 degrees on its axis. Because of that "tilt" our planet is able to support far more life than if we were perpendicular.
If the Earth wasn't tilted, the poles would be colder, the equator would be hotter … and less of the earth's surface would be livable.
Now, some night, look up at the moon.
Our moon seems to be a lifeless dust ball in the sky.
And that's because it is.
Even though the moon is roughly the same distance from the sun as we are, it's temperatures range from 214 degrees ...
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