The Heavens Declare: Part 1 (The Origins of the Universe)
This week’s review is for the program, “The Heavens Declare: Part 1,” which is created and produced by Kyle Justice.
This series introduces the two competing worldviews; the biblical and a naturalistic worldviews. The experts address several scientific challenges to the Big Bang, but also focus on the naturalistic view as a philosophy rather than just data. Finally, the experts focus on the implications and human response to each worldview. A simple Gospel message is shared and viewers are encouraged to choose the Biblical worldview.
I have seen the Heavens Declare series before and am excited to go another round. There is so much information that a few times is the minimum for this series. Part 1 discusses the big questions: Where do we come from? When was the universe made? How was everything made? I really liked how they mentioned the early scientists like Galileo, Pascal and Newton who believed that God wanted them to discover His creation. They also discuss how man has rejected God’s desire for us to discover His creation, for His glory. One of the professors said that the Big Bang Theory was intellectually satisfying to non-believing astronomers, even though it doesn’t have any basis whatsoever.
Dr Jason Lisle, who wrote Taking Back Astronomy, which I have reviewed on True to the Word, says people who believe in the Big Bang can’t explain an orderly universe that has laws and rules. Something that just happened does not create the consistent order and detail we see in our universe. Lyle points out that the order in the universe and its governing laws only make sense if there is a designer, a creator.
Several quotes are taken from the Bible, such as:
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Part 1 contains the personal testimonies of several professors who were atheists that ignored the data pointing to a creator, because they did not want to admit God existed.
It is clear to see that Science and faith go together, when you understand that God wants to reveal His work to His creation. These professors are proof of that. It is so inspiring to see how they glorify God in their work. They look so excited to talk about their work because each discovery reveals the beauty of God. As Professor Lyle said, when you look up at the night sky, you understand that there must be a God! It is so impressive!
Psalm 19:1-6 and Romans 1:20 are also referenced,
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6 Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
These are such powerful words inspired by God. I know when I look up at the night sky, I am overjoyed, humbled and saddened. I can’t wait to spend an eternity in the Kingdom of God. He has created things beyond our present comprehension that we will have an eternity to discover.
I like how the professors make it a point to say that nature alone is not enough for salvation, because only the Bible explains why a beautiful creation has so much ugliness.
I like how they point out that life has meaning only because of God
Some verses from Psalm 8 are referenced, but I have included the entire Psalm here, it’s so beautiful!
O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have ordained strength,
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen—Even the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea
That pass through the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth!
Dr Danny Faulkner has a wonderful testimony about his relationship with God and how our worldview directly affects our future in eternity with our Creator.
There are some great points made about the acceptance or rejection of accountability, and how that relates to the authority of God and our future with Him, in eternity
Did the film encourage my faith?
Seeing parts of the universe in the detailed visuals showed really encouraged my faith and hope.
Unfortunately, the trinity doctrine was mentioned by one of the professors. I have spoken about the trinity doctrine in a couple of podcasts, on how it is not found in the Bible.
Apart from that, The Heavens Declare, Part 1, was a treat to watch again. I look forward to Part 2”
The Heavens Declare gives testimony how the definition of science should be the study of God's work. It inspires and reminds us to remember to look up and give credit to the amazing Creator we have - but it doesn’t stop there. Salvation has been given as a free given, through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Even though, a lot of ugliness has entered the world because of sin, The Heavens Declare, Part 1, is packed with wonderful visuals of God’s glorious handwork - that gives a small taste of the things to come for those who wants to spend an eternity with the all powerful God of Israel.
I watched The Heavens Declare on YouTube
Thank you for reading this review. Until next time - peace be with you.
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