It is so wonderful to have a “close” indicator of God’s hand in the heavens. The moon, because of its orbital characteristics, is easy to see. As a matter of fact, it’s really hard to miss. It’s light fills the sky during at least a third of the moon cycle but higher magnification examination of smaller features (like J. Hershel’s crater rendering, below). Whether one is looking at the moon directly, seeing its effects on the tides of an ocean, or examining the large body of evidence on its composition, there is much to learn from this closest planetary body. It is inevitable, in groups we have been in, for the same question to arise: where did it come from? So let’s talk about it after a review of the Hershel crater observing sheet:
Institutions aligned with the faith-based belief that the universe is billions of years old and the earth/moon not far behind have some increasing problem with a really old moon in the face of really recent studies. I say these God-omitted theories are “faith-based” because they have to be: no one was there. So even the theories, in fact, are conjectures. Theories, by strict definition, have some evidential basis that has to be tested, but questions of origin are ancient history related, with no way to duplicate conditions, even if they were understood, which they are not. So let’s go back to the moon for a few examples:
1. The moon has been shown, because of examination of little scarps, to have recent geological activity. After billions of year? It should be “dead as a door nail.” There are several pieces of evidence like the scarps and some limited observations that suggest the mantle of the moon is still “alive.” Further, its features (like ghost craters and maria suggest a catastropic occurrence that was short-lived and reached to a very active interior.
2. There is evidence of water (not much and not like earth) near the poles. After billions of years, the moon should be “dry as a bone.” Of course, the Bible says that God started with water as a major foundation from which more happened quickly (read the first verses of Genesis), so it sure makes sense to a biblical view. Of course, the last few decades of huge amounts of data on the solar system show that water was present at one time in several locations. Again, makes sense since He started with a lot of water!
3. The moon’s orbit is not constant. Track back billions of years and there is a huge problem. God, on the other hand, says it was made quickly along with the sun and stars during the 4th day of creation. So the few centimeters per year change in orbit are just fine.
4. Collision, impact, condensation, and fission theories of origins that are commonly taught are fraught with issues that range from rare likelihood of occurrence to the unlikely perfect outcomes of catastrophic events that did not obviously destroy either earth or moon or both. All of these depend on a very long (deep) time frame.
Want to look at this further? Go to http://www.creation.com and use the search window to examine “origins” of the moon or evidence of a young solar system or earth. In general, the God-included origin of the moon makes sense and was delivered by a reliable witness: the Creator.
In the meantime, enjoy observing the moon and appreciate it perfect size, its primary purpose (part of God’s time piece and provider of light), and it’s host of subtle effects (like tidal behavior) that are beneficial. Better yet, believe what God has said in Genesis about the moon and the rest of creation. Yes, it is faith-based, but increasing evidence about the origin of the moon and the solar system are much better explained or make sense with His reliable words than a God-deleted explanation.