In all the stories describing the beginning of the earth there has not been such an emphasis put on the importance of the ATMOSPHERE as in Genesis.
It is only recently in history that we have come to realise just how important it is. One whole day of creation is devoted to Earth’s atmosphere, when God said:
Let there be an expanse between the waters, to separate water from water.’ So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse ‘sky’.” Genesis 1:6
The water above the expanse must mean the clouds. In Job 26:8 it says that God:
wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.”
Who would have thought that clouds have weight, they are light and fluffy, floating in the sky! But clouds float on air because the moist air in clouds is less dense than dry air. If you say a cloud has a density of about 0.5 gram per cubic meter, then 1 cubic kilometre (km3) of cloud contains 1 billion cubic meters. This equals about 500,000 kilograms or about 551 tons! [i]
That is a LOT of weight above our heads! Clever Job for knowing that.
Some scientists take this further and believe that the earth was covered by a thick cloud canopy early in the Earth’s life, which trapped the sun’s rays thus creating a semi-tropical climate in the whole earth.
Adolf Hitler’s warning: It would appear that God did draw a line in the sand and Hitler made a conscious decision to proceed with his plans. The facts come from a documentary “The Nazis: A Warning From History – Hitler’s Path To War”…
Can you imagine what the world would be like if there was a fickle God, one who was erratic in his behaviour? What would a relationship be like with Him? Where would you stand with Him? The Bible contains many, many promises, but if God was changeable, these promises would become useless…
Is God distant? A ‘Force’ for good? An old man with a grey beard? What is God like, well throughout the Bible God is spoken as: a real person, a King giving orders and a Master workman carrying out his designs and purposes…
When we ask the question; ‘What is God like?’ We immediately hit a problem. Why? Because God fills the universe, He’s in all places at any given moment. He is also outside of time. Everything from the beginning of eternity, to the end of eternity, is set out in front of Him. All knowledge and wisdom that is to know, He knows, and lots more besides that…
God may be closer than you think, but can God be known? The wonderful truth is yes. But to answer this fully, we have got some more questions which we will provide answers for…
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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16-18
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