Reed Lucas A. - Astronomy and the Bible


Author : Reed Lucas A.
Title : Astronomy and the Bible The empire of creation seen in the dual light of science and the word
Year : 1919

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The writer of the following pages, throughout his active life, has been a close student of nature, and the starry universe all about us has had its full share of his attention. He has gathered a fine assemblage of most entertaining facts ; and the reader, whether a believer in the Bible or not, will be interested in observing that the astronomy of the Bible is far in advance of the time in which it was written, for only after some of the latest research with telescope, spectroscope, and camera, have seemingly obscure and meaningless passages of the Bible been understood. Dr. Reed has been a popular writer for magazines, as well as of books ; and one of his major themes has been the astronomy of the Bible. The popularity of his astronomy magazine articles, and the urgent demand that many of them be printed over and over again, has led to the preparation of this book. Vibrant in the pages that follow is the sentiment of the inspired poet that "the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language; their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath He set a tabernacle for the sun." Ps. 19:1-4. The invisible God, whose glory is too bright for sinful, weakened mortal eye, may be clearly seen through the things He has made ; for the apostle is bold to declare that "that which is known of God is manifest in them; for God manifested it unto them. For the invisible things of Him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even His everlasting power and divinity." Rom. 1 : 19, 20. The universe is not a mere jumble of suns and worlds, a freak of chance operating blindly through the undirected laws of nature ; neither are some of the suns and worlds about us "young" and growing toward the strength of manhood life and power, while others arc "old" and waxing to decay; but the omnipotent hand of God is behind all of His works, and His infinite intelligence is directing every star and world and all of the forces of nature in earth and sea and sky. The marshaling of the facts and of the scriptures which show that God is intelligently, actively, and lovingly at work through all of the operations of nature, will be found a constant delight, inspiration, and satisfaction to the reader. God so loves us that He seeks to touch us through many avenues. H He is not able to appeal to us through His written Word, He thea appeals through the forces of nature. He speaks to us by means of sun and moon and all the retinue of celestial orbs, so that He may lead us to touch and to know His invisible presence through His visible creation. One cannot fail to be impressed with the truth and the dependableness of the infinite Creator as he beholds His handiwork in the numberless stars and the orderly movement of all the stellar worlds. The joys and the soul rest that come through actually knowing God and being in touch with Him by a living experience are beyond our powers to describe, but nevertheless we may know them and find perfect rest under the ever pervading shadow of the Almighty. That those who do know God may have their appreciation of Him intensified, and that those who do not know Him may be introduced to Him through the pages that follow, is the earnest wish of The Publishers. ...

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