Laws of Planet Motions

on May 1, 2017

In the early 1600s, Johannes Kepler discovered that the planets in our solar system revolve around the sun in an orderly way. He described three laws the planets obey: planets orbit in an ellipse (not a circle); planets speed up as they get closer to the sun in their orbit; and planets that are farther from the sun take longer to orbit the sun than planets that are closer.

Johannes Kepler believed the God of the Bible created everything in an orderly way and that His creation reflected His wisdom (Hebrews 1:1–4). Because of this, he looked for patterns in the motions of the planets and found them. Other people who didn’t believe in a creator God had given up searching for order in the heavens.

If there is no God who created all things for a reason, we would expect the universe to operate in a random, chaotic way. But this isn’t what we observe! According to Genesis 1, God created the stars and planets to mark seasons for those on earth. Because of this, they operate in an orderly way, which is what we see today!

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