The big bang theory assumes that the universe is infinite in extent and that the earth is randomly located in space. In other words, there is nothing special about the earth or its location. In contrast to this philosophical viewpoint, the Bible clearly states that the universe was created to show God's glory and character to mankind and that mankind is the focus of God's attention. Thus, placing the earth near the center of the universe would seem quite logical.

Evidence of the earth's location within the universe comes from the observation that there are approximately the same number of galaxies in all directions from the earth. This is far too coincidental, unless the earth is actually located near the center. Even more significant are the concentric rings of galaxies at equal increments of distance from our galaxy, the Milky Way. In other words, during the formation of the universe, distinct bands of galaxies formed at uniform distances from the starting point like waves spreading out from a rock thrown into a pond. The Bible states that heavens were stretched out, and this is exactly what we observe if our galaxy is at the center of this expansion. We could only observe the spherical pattern of galaxies if the earth is near the center. If the earth were anywhere else, we could not observe these galaxies in this concentric pattern.

No explanation other than the earth being at the center of the universe accounts for these known observations. Unless God specifically placed the earth here, the odds of the earth being at this special location are less than a trillion to one.

From A Closer Look at the Evidence by Kleiss, March 28.

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