In recent years, there have been numerous scientists who have warned the public about the dangers of objects, such as asteroids, comets, and meteors, falling from the skies. In early times, they were treated as Chicken Little, but geological evidence of large impacts in the past has lent credence to their claims.
Several movies have been made the event, the aftermath of the event, or the attempts to prevent the event.
In the April 20, 2013, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Billy Graham attempts to allay the fears of one of his readers. The reader says, “I’ve heard a lot lately about the possibility that some day the earth (or at least human life) will be destroyed by a large meteor or asteroid. This worries me, because apparently it’s happened before and we don’t have any way to prevent it. Is this how the world is going to end, according to the Bible?” You can read all of Billy’s answer here.
Billy tells the reader not to worry about meteors causing the end of world that has been predicted thousands of times by Christian prophets. Spoiler alert: None of these predictions has come to pass.
Billy then tells the reader that meteors hit and burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere everyday.
Billy can’t resist giving his imaginary friend a pat on the back at this point. Billy says, “Incidentally, where would we be if God hadn’t provided the earth with its atmosphere as a protective shield?”
This is true. Without an atmosphere, the Earth’s surface would be subject to constant impacts of meteors. Of course, without an atmosphere, what does Billy think humans, animals, plants, and bacteria would BREATHE?
God can do anything, so God could have created the world with no atmosphere and created all living things so that they would not need to breathe.
God would have to think up a different way to bring Adam to life, as He could not have “breathed” life into him.
God would have to think of a different way to communicate with humans, as there would be no air to carry the sound of speech. God would have to have invented some other way for humans to sing His praises, as singing is impossible without an atmosphere.
Water boils at a lower temperature when the pressure on it is lowered. That’s why eggs take longer to boil in Denver, one mile above sea level, than in Los Angeles, at sea level. Boiling water in Denver is cooler than boiling water in LA so the eggs get less heat per minute in Denver than in LA.
If there were no atmosphere, the pressure on water would be zero and the water would boil, even at its freezing point. This means there would be no oceans, seas, lakes or rivers. (Peter could not have been a “fisher of men” as there would be no fish.)
There would be no clouds, no rainstorms, and no rainbows.
Most important, when God goes a little crazy in the time of Noah, He could not drown the world. He would have to think of some other way to kill people and animals that don’t breathe.
There is a deeper, theological problem that occurs if the Earth had no atmosphere. The original god of the people living in and around what is now Israel, an area called the Levant, was a sky-god called El. There are numerous references to El in the Bible such as when Jacob had his dream of the heavenly ladder near Bethel. Beth means house, so “Bethel” means “house of the god El”. Yahweh was a minor god mostly in charge of storms.
As with most old gods, El, living in the sky and not interacting with the people by way of such things as storms, faded and was replaced with Yahweh. If there were no atmosphere, there would be no storms, and no need of Yahweh.
The bottom line in this case is that Billy Graham should be very careful when he tries to give God credit for something that Billy doesn’t understand.
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