Posted by: Rob Lester | September 3, 2010

Our Goldilocks moon (“just right”)

The moon is 240,000 miles away from Earth.  It is larger in size than other moons in comparison to their host planets.  This is good for us because its size gives it a strong gravitational pull upon the earth.  This pull is responsible for our ocean tides.  These tides cleanse the shorelines of debris and make our beaches prettier.  But, it also churns the oceans and helps keep the oxygen cycle going (fish aquariums require aerators).  It also brings up minerals from the ocean depths which are necessary for life to flourish above.  Ocean currents are vital to our evaporation cycle (rain) as well as our weather systems.  If the moon was any bigger the tides could be as high as 50 feet, threatening life near the delicate shorelines.  If any smaller, the gravitational pull would be too weak to affect the tides and the oceans would become stagnant and lifeless.  The moon is just the right size and just the right distance from earth to make life possible.  Are we just lucky, or does this sound more like the work of a Master Designer—the God of the Bible? 

 Thompson & Harrub Our Finely Tuned Universe  “Reason & Revelation” June 2003 Apologetics Press

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