Updated: Jul 1
The early Christian Theophilus who wrote during the 2nd Century of our Lord spoke of how philosophers would come to believe that the things of the earth were made of the substance of heavenly bodies, in order to exclude God from having created the world:
“On the fourth day the luminaries were made; because God, who possesses foreknowledge, knew the follies of the vain philosophers, that they were going to say, that the things which grow on the earth are produced from the heavenly bodies, so as to exclude God. In order, therefore, that the truth might be obvious, the plants and seeds were produced prior to the heavenly bodies, for what is posterior cannot produce that which is prior.” — Theophilus, “To Autolycus,” Book II, Chapter 15 http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/02042.htm
This has indeed happened — not only in regard to plants, but even also in regard to the formation of our own bodies. Here is what Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist, who is also a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, has to say:
“The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust.
You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements — the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution — weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.” — Lawrence Krauss https://sciencebasedlife.wordpress.com/…/stars-died-so-tha…/
What utter blasphemy! The record of the Holy Scriptures is clear to the contrary:
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7 KJV
God is the one who sculpted us from the ground and breathed life into us. And indeed, Jesus /is/ the one who has died (and was buried and rose again) on our behalf — the stars have done no such thing!
But one day, before Jesus makes his grand appearance in these last of days, all of these stars will /fall/ from the sky — not to die on our behalf, but so that in concert with the sun and moon going dark, the “lights” will effectively be “turned out” before the glorious second coming of Jesus to earth:
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:29-30 KJV
It will be a truly “awesome” day. For some, it will be a day of salvation. For others, it will be a day of wrath.
As Jesus said, “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” (Revelation 22:12)
So dear friends, if you are in Jesus, these words are for you:
“My dear friends, we are now God’s children, but it is not yet clear what we shall become. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he really is. Everyone who has this hope in Christ keeps himself pure, just as Christ is pure.” 1 John 3:2-3 GNT
And if you, my friend, are not in union with the Lord Jesus, what is keeping you away from Him? Are the things of this world capturing your attention? The pleasures, the fun, the money, the stuff… All of these things will perish — this whole earth will be burned up.
But the Lord does not want you to burn up with the earth. He does not want you to perish. Turn away from the things of this world. Turn instead to God, through the means of His Son, Jesus. He is the one who has died for you — not the stars. He will change your life.