NASA scientist Dr. Joseph Nuth concluded that Planet Earth is overdue for a makeover of the “extinction-level” variety.
The Guardian reported:
Speaking at the annual meeting of American Geophysical Union, Nuth noted that large and potentially dangerous asteroids and comets are extremely rare, compared to the small objects that occasionally explode in Earth’s sky or strike its surface. “But on the other hand they are the extinction-level events, things like dinosaur killers, they’re 50 to 60 million years apart, essentially. You could say, of course, we’re due, but it’s a random course at that point.”
There you go. We’re due for it. The universe is just random enough that our existence here is totally by accident and unnoticed, and the end of it will be just as accidental and unnoticed.
And then there’s what physicist Dr. John Polkinghorne, who was a professor at Cambridge, said, as related by one of his former students, Ravi Zacharias.
In the earliest picoseconds of the universe, the fine tuning of things had to be so amazingly precise. If you consider just one variable of the many, the expansion-contraction ratio, it had to be so exact, that it would be like taking aim at a one-square-inch target at the other end of the universe, 20 billion light years away, and hitting it bulls-eye. And that is just one of the contingencies that had to be precisely so for the universe to come into existence.
I guess somebody must have noticed us, because we’re here, on the one planet in this solar system where water can exist in its liquid, ice, vapor, and gaseous forms, where solar radiation is deflected by the magnetic field created by its solid iron core, where our moon absorbs many of the so-called “extinction-level” objects headed for our planet.
We’re far enough away from the galactic core not to be consumed by a supermassive black hole, but positioned perfectly to see the universe in all its splendor. And nobody has come up with a testable theory of just how that first life appeared here.
There is so much we don’t know about our own planet, never mind the rest of the universe, that all our guesses about when some planet-immolating meteor will end humanity are just that–fantastic guesses sprung from imagination combined with mathematics.
We know far more about the history of a tiny town called Bethlehem, on a dusty road a few miles from the hills of Jerusalem, a mere 2,000 years ago. We know who ruled the Roman Empire, who was tetrarch of Judea, and how the shepherds of the field tended their flocks.
We have abundant source material of how a baby born in the humblest of circumstances attracted the attention of men from the East who studied the stars. These men followed a star to worship the King of the Jews.
Yet scientists tell us how we’re woefully unprepared for what the cold, random, Godless universe will throw at this planet (as if we really could do anything about it). We would be much better engaged in preparing for another event we’re due for. That would be the return of Him who through His Word, hit the bulls-eye from 20 billion light-years away.
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.