MAJESTIC MEDLEY IN THE HEAVENS
Dr. James J.S. Johnson
There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. (1st Corinthians 15:40-41)
The cosmos is filled with heavenly bodies that display wonderful variety.
What variety (sun, moon, stars, planets, comets, etc.) is in our universe? Variety in the heavens actually exists on an enormous scale.
God likes variety—more variety than we can fully appreciate, even if we had multiple lifetimes to investigate His creation!
Here are two proofs:
(1) Scripture shows that variety matches God’s divine nature (i.e., God is simultaneously plural and one, being triune: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit) and how He made mankind in His own image; and
(2) God’s physical non-human creation (including animals, plants, rocks, stars, bacteria, protozoa, etc.) shows that God supernaturally selected and favors variety.
Nature displays differences in details of diverse animals, plants, microörganisms, earth’s geophysical environment, and even the innumerable galaxies of outer space – including each and every star that is out there, regardless of whether any human ever sees it or not! So, how do the heavens show God’s love for variety?
There are at least 100 billion stars in the heavens (that’s 100,000,000,000 different stars!) – that we are of (and maybe there are many more!), yet Psalm 147:4 says that God not only can count exactly how many there are, He has even given a specific name to each of those many stars!
Also, 1st Corinthians 15:40-41 says that God gives a different “glory” to each star – and that should remind us that God gives a unique dignity to each human. In other words, each of us is valuable to God in a way that no one else is – what a wonderful fact! Since God treats each of the stars as unique, with its own name, that proves that God loves variety. In other words, God has demonstrated His love for variety in the many differences (including differences in “glories”) that He has designed into the heavenly bodies, including the uniqueness of the stars and of the planets. As humans we cannot actually count stars, one at a time, and know their individual names – to do so would take trillions of years – and during our earthly lives we cannot live that long.
Although heavenly bodies have individual uniqueness, they simultaneously have interactive relationships with one another on huge scales – for example, our solar system is a working system, within the Milky Way Galaxy (which is a working system), and there even exists groupings of galaxies.
God values variety, so the cosmos is filled with heavenly bodies that display wonderful variety. God has demonstrated His love for variety in the many differences (including differences in “glories”) that He has artistically designed variety into the heavenly bodies, including the uniqueness of the stars and of the planets. Consequently, stars, groups of stars, and other heavenly bodies show variety and artistic uniqueness. (See 1st Corinthians 15:40-41; Psalm 147:4; Job 26:13.)
For more information on this topic you might want to see these online articles:
Henry M. Morris: http://www.icr.org/article/9944
Henry M. Morris: http://www.icr.org/article/2292
Henry M. Morris: http://www.icr.org/article/1342
Henry M. Morris: http://www.icr.org/article/21014
Henry M. Morris: http://www.icr.org/article/20964