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The earth IS significant!

There's no question that Earth does play a special part in God's creation. After all, it's mentioned specifically in Genesis 1:1 as a part of His creation. And if you do a word search in Scripture (there are many online programs that will allow you to do this), you will find more than 700 verses containing the word "earth," including...

"Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth" (Psalm 8:1).

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea" (Revelation 21:1).

So there's no question the earth is important to God. Now, whether it's the only planet in the universe where there is life is another question, and one that is open to endless debate.

What we do know from science is that the earth has been uniquely designed and equipped for life. There's no other planet in the known universe like it. Why is that? Why is earth so special?

Again, the answer seems to go to the heart of Genesis and God's creative act. The earth and its inhabitants are special because that's the way God made them.

It's good to question why we think we are so special. It's not because we're so great, but because our Creator is great. We probably need a good dose of humility, taking an attitude like David had:

"What I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him" (Psalm 8:3-4).

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he earliest dated Solar System material was formed 4. billion years ago, and by 4.54 billion years ago the Earth and the other planets in the Solar System had formed out of the solar nebula a disk-shaped mass of dust and gas left over from the formation of the Sun. - Arthur van der Vant