SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
The Bible and Interplanetary Colonization
By Sally Plemons
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Dr. Morris' article "The Bounds of the Dominion Mandate" is written around and based upon biblical fact. God created the earth to be inhabited — to be dwelt upon — by all kinds of life forms, the highest of which, in God's order, is mankind, according to Isaiah 45:18: "For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I [am] the LORD; and [there is] none else." The stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies are part of His overall creation, but only the earth was created to be able to sustain human beings; God created everything in perfect order and harmony, stacking each day's creation — one upon the other — and crowning it all with man.
It is obvious, when studying the order in which all things were created, that they were systematically placed, day by day, in the proper order for designing the perfect environment in which human beings could thrive. Also, the fact that only human beings were hand formed (Genesis 2:7) by God personally gives an indication of the love and intimacy with which man was created. God declares that He gave the earth to man as a gift, as stated in Psalm 115:16: "The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's: but the earth hath He given to the children of men."
He created man to be the overseer of His property, so that it could be properly maintained, and He gave man authority in his capacity as landlord, as recorded in Genesis 1:26-28:
Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'Obviously, from the above quoted verses, and others throughout the Bible, God created the earth for man and man for the earth, and the word earth occurs 987 times in the King James Version. God not only created the earth for man's habitation, but also for his pleasure and enlightenment. For his habitation God created an atmosphere that is exactly the right mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide, and other gases to support life, and comprised the soil of exactly the right proportions of chemicals, minerals, and other elements, to support vegetation on earth alone. Everything that sustains life on the planet runs in perpetual motion, and works together to cause life to thrive, and only the earth has the perfect environment to support human beings.
For man's pleasure, God created Adam — the first man — as the original pattern for all subsequent human beings. Within the boundaries of the pattern, God allowed for variances — male and female — different in their characteristics, and attributes, but both within the framework designed specifically for human beings. Both male and female contain the human genome within their genetic make-up. This is the identifier that makes them the species (kind) of man, instead of any other kind (species). Though human beings differ in their physical appearance, and personalities, as well as other characteristics, they all are descended from one man — Adam — the pattern, just as declared in Acts 17:24-26: "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, . . . hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation." God placed the variances within the pattern, so that man could proliferate the species, as well as have fellowship and companionship with others of his own kind.
For man's enlightenment and eternal destiny, God inscribed His plan of salvation in the heavens. He literally wrote His gospel in the stars and planets that rotate above the earth, and only from the vantage point of earth is it possible to see the configurations, known as the constellations, as they revolve, in perfect order, each night, telling His story, as explained in Psalm 19:1-6:
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course. Its rising is from one end of the heavens, And its circuit to the other end of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.Truly, God created the earth with man in mind, as stated in Psalm 8:3-9:
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! 6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!
Image source: NASA
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