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Comets—Evidence of a Young Universe

by Avery Foley on May 11, 2015

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Psalm 19:1

We are told over and over again that the universe is billions of years old, but we know from the Bible that this is not true. The Bible teaches that the universe is only a few thousand years old. Since the Bible is God’s Word, we can trust it!

The existence of comets in the solar system is a big problem for those who believe in billions of years, but comets are no problem for those who believe what the Bible says about the age of the Earth. Comets are chunks of ice and dust that orbit around the sun. Each time a comet passes close by the sun, part of the comet evaporates, forming a beautiful tail. Every time they pass by the sun they get smaller and smaller until there is nothing left and they disintegrate. If the solar system were billions of years old, then there shouldn’t be any more comets left, but our solar system is full of them! This is a big problem for an old solar system. To solve this problem, some astronomers have imagined that new comets come from the Kuiper Belt or the Oort Cloud out in deep space. But these are imaginative solutions. There is no scientific evidence for the Oort cloud and many scientists doubt the Kuiper belt produces comets. For those who believe the Bible, we do not need to invent a Kuiper belt or Oort cloud. The universe is only a few thousand years old and the comets in the solar system were made by God to “declare the glory of God” and “show His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).