Monday, February 25, 2008

Killer Sunset Coming Up!

Here's a heart-warming story for you ... It seems that the Earth is nearing it's inevitable demise sooner than we thought. That's right, you only have 7.6 Billion years to get your affairs in order!

Though scientists have long thought that the Earth would avoid falling into the Sun, there's a new view of how it's going down -- literally ...
Scientist have nailed down how and when the Earth will cease to exist.

The sun will slowly expand into a red giant, pushing the Earth further out into space, but not far enough.

Our home planet will be snagged by the sun's outer atmosphere, gradually plunging to its doom inside the fiery stellar furnace.

"The drag caused by this low-density gas is enough to cause the Earth to drift inwards, and finally to be captured and vaporized by the sun ..."
Though I'm sure the theory will change many times, this newest one sounded eerily familiar to me, so I went searching for where I might have heard it before:
2 Peter 3: ... 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
Funny how often these things seem to match up so well. Not-so-funny is the Naturalistic view of how we might avoid the apparent fate we've been headed for since we crawled up out of the "pre-biotic soup" over 3 billion years ago:
For those first three billion years, true, we were nothing but pond scum. Still, the new figures indicate the long story of life on our fair blue-green planet may be entering its last act.

Is there any way our future descendants can save themselves? Why, yes, explains Smith.

He cites a recent study emanating from the University of California, Santa Cruz. It proposes taming an asteroid to swing by the Earth every few thousand years, slowly nudging the Earth into higher solar orbit, enough to outpace the sun's own outward growth.

"This sounds like science fiction," says Smith. "But it seems that the energy requirements are just about possible and the technology could be developed over the next few centuries."
Yes, it does sound like science fiction -- and don't get me wrong, I like science fiction -- but following the eerily familiar quote above, I also found what seems to me to be a more trustworthy and eternally palatable view. Hopefully, you'll consider it as well ...
2 Peter 3: ... 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
... Please choose wisely.

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