The Earth – God’s Goldilocks Planet
We have all heard the story of Goldilocks and the three Bears. About how Goldilocks went into the Bears’ house and looked for things that were neither too hot or too cold nor too hard or too soft. When God created our Solar System He created it to be perfectly balanced, not too much or too little in its ability to support life on Earth.
There are seven major features in our Solar System and Earth that are so important and precisely designed that if even one of these features were significantly different than God designed them to be, life on Earth would be impossible.
- The Sun’s energy output is consistent – among many stars there is significant fluctuations in how much energy they produce.
- The Sun is singular – a great many stars are binary. That is a situation where two stars orbit around each other creating a situation in which there is a massive variation in energy output and gravitational force.
- The Earth’s orbit – although the Earth’s orbit is technically an ellipse, oval shaped, it is so close to a true circle that there is no significant difference in the amount of energy received from the Sun throughout the year.
- The Earth’s distance from the Sun – if the Earth were even a fraction of its orbit closer to or farther away from the Sun than it is, the temperature would be outside of that which is tolerable for life. Venus, the second planet from the Sun, has a surface temperature of 900 degrees, Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, has a surface temperature that is generally between 100 to 200 degrees below zero.
- The size of the Earth – the Earth has exactly the right amount of mass and gravity to hold a gaseous atmosphere. If the Earth were as small as Mars it would lose its atmosphere. If it were as large as Jupiter. its atmosphere would be too dense to be usable for life. Venus, the only other planet that is the same size as the Earth, is the only other planet with a similar type of gaseous atmosphere, although its atmosphere is poisonous.
- The amount of water on Earth – 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. If the Earth were mostly land there would be extreme temperature fluctuations between day and night as well as between the seasons.
- The Moon – the Moon has two separate but vitally important functions. Its gravity is the primary reason for the tides of the oceans, God’s provision for keeping the oceans clean. The orbit of the Moon around the Earth also has a gyroscopic effect on the Earth, keeping the Earth’s rotation from wobbling.
The Earth, God’s Goldilocks planet, is another example of the revelation of God’s design and in His Creation, as well as showing His provision those He created.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”