Both Genesis and the Enuma Elish describe the earth as being formed from out of chaos and into order. The giant impact hypothesis of 1975 states that the moon is a byproduct of a massive impact of the earth and another giant body called Theia. It’s a crazy idea, but there’s actually some supporting evidence. Now Frédéric Moynier, a planetary scientist at Washington University in St. Louis, claims he’s discovered further confirmation of this hypothesis. His support is summarized in this article in Science Daily.
It’s fascinating to me that the earth would have to go through this kind of cosmic struggle. Why a fiery planetary collision? Wouldn’t it be simpler if the earth were formed by a spoken word and seven days? That would be so neat and clean. But if you’re willing to listen to science, that doesn’t seem to be the way of God.
Think of what the name Israel represents. In Genesis 32:22-32, Jacob had to wrestle with God to get that name. It would have been sweet if Israel had appeared a fully formed nation obedient to the laws of God. That would have been so nice and tidy. Instead, they had to suffer in Egypt, wander through the wilderness, and battle for Canaan. Then they still couldn’t get it right.
Even in our present age with all our science and technology we face a crisis of faith. Religions battle to redefine what they believe. Wouldn’t it be better if the Bible just told us everything we need to know? I would personally like it to be delivered on golden tablets. That would make it so easy. Instead, we have to wrestle with God as Jacob did. And it’s all so messy.
Yes, the fiery travails of earth seem to be our struggle also.
Bruce Meyer writes about the relationship between the physical universe and the pursuit of spirituality.