Q. Re: Rev. 21-22. In this commentary you mention the reversal of the axis and orbit and water canopy. I have to tell you, that is reaching. While I am a Bible believing Christian. There is no evidence for this “water canopy”. Also if we were not on the axis and orbit we are now, we wouldn’t even be here, it is one of the “fine-tuning” evidences FOR the existence of God and our special place in the universe not against it. While I am not here to criticize, I think it better that this kind of rhetoric be left out and we stick with what we have stated in god’s Word.
A. You write as if you’re certain of what you say. What is your understanding of Genesis 1:6-8 below?
“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which [were] under the firmament from the waters which [were] above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.”
The Hebrew word translated firmament means sky, or atmosphere. These verses say that at one time there was a “layer” of water above our atmosphere. It apparently collapsed during the flood (Genesis 7:11) since it hadn’t rained on Earth before then.
And the idea that God had to fine tune His creation, implying that He didn’t get it right the first time, conflicts with my understanding of His ability. The tilt of our axis changed the climate at the Earth’s extremities to make them uninhabitable and the lengthened orbit caused a change in all the world’s calendars that’s recorded in man’s history. If these were the “fine tuning” that made it possible for us to be here, how did man exist before then?