The Shining Brightness of Stars (Science Museum Exhibition Road London)


KINGDOM ADVENTURES BY GILDA PINEDA DIONELA

The most visited science, technology, engineering and medicine museum in Europe is the Science Museum on Exhibition Road, London. One thing that is good about the museums in London is that they are open to the public for free.. The Science Museum has about 15,000 objects to see at any given time, and with more than 220,000 pieces in total. Every object is enough for one to write a whole article – to describe the ingenuity and intelligence of human beings since time began. For now, our area of focus is “Exploring the Space Gallery”. The planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, and several constellations of stars, can be seen through the naked eyes depending locations in the hemisphere. But Galileo Galelli’s telescope (a replica is in the museum) broke through in astronomical observations in many ways. One confirms the theory of Copernicus that the Earth orbits the Sun. The actual Apollo 10 spacecraft that carried the astronauts Thomas Stafford, Eugene Cernan and John Young to the moon and back in 1969 is in the museum too.

I have enjoyed stargazing since I was a kid. There was nothing to do in my remote village, and with no electricity, it was totally dark as soon as the sun sets. We just ate boiled peanuts, watermelon seeds and peanut brittle, among several organic snacks our grandmother served while we looked up and counted the stars beyond dark cloudless nights. This is the reason that my attention was drawn so much towards the Space Gallery. I failed at counting the stars, but the fact that God knows the number of the stars, and named each one of them, is enough to make every human being on Earth praise and worship Him. In one of the busiest, modern cities of the world like London, people hardly see any stars because of the lights in the buildings, neon lights and many other sources of artificial light. And, there are many different things to do after the sun sets. Without gazing at the sky, the museum displays the sun and planets with a brief information about each of them.

Here I share what I learned about the stars and their Creator:

Constellations of Stars and the Bible Astronomy is a natural science that studies physics, chemistry and the movements of celestial bodies such as planets, stars, galaxies, asteroids, suns and moons, among many other celestial bodies.. In contrast, Astrology is a belief system that the movement of the sun, moon and stars affects the character and lives of people. Astronomy is a tool to appreciate the vast creation of God, but Astrology (prophecy through sun, stars and moon) is an abomination to God. Even modern Astronomy confirms the inerrancy of the Bible. While visiting the museum, I noticed one display with the word “Pleiades”, which I had also read about in the Bible.

The book of Job was written around 2000 BC or about 4000 years ago. He acknowledged that God is the one who controls the seasons and star constellations such as Pleaides, Orion and Bear. It was the Lord Himself who challenged Job, asking him whether he could direct the movements of stars and constellations. It is the story of a good man suffering, not caused by God, but with God’s permission. It is as good as saying that God will not allow us to undergo suffering beyond our ability to overcome it. Because (when we put our faith in Him through His Son and Messiah) He is for us, with us and in us. In another book of the Bible, Amos arrived in Israel as a prophet, around 760-750 BC, when there was so much social injustice in the land. He was sent by God to be responsible for their apostasy and inhumanity, calling them to come back in repentance to God. It was a time when justice was twisted – making life difficult for the oppressed – and righteousness was treated as filth. Amos describes God as the one who created the stars and constellations such as Pleaides and Orion.

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul mentioned Castor and Pollux and in Acts 28:11, also known as “The twins” or “Gemini” constellations. Paul was not a fault finder. He didn’t mind the Gemini figurehead because he knew salvation is by grace through faith and had nothing to do with the images made of wood, especially if it is only an ornament and not worshipped.

Today these names are included in the official constellations of stars by the International Astronomy Union (IAU). “The Bear” or Arcturus is called Ursa Major; “Orion” is Orion, the hunter; “Pleaides” or Seven Sisters are included; “Gemini” is the Twins. The Bible was written even before the invention of the telescope, yet its description of the position of the stars is accurate. The sky is God’s canvass to deliver a message to man that even the stars obeys as He commands.

I am like everyone else in that there comes a time of sadness, loneliness and a point of doubt that the Bible is really the Word of God. It was 8th December, 2010, and I was on one of my adventures in London. It was snowing heavily, and the surroundings were so dark because of snow clouds. There was no transportation. Trains were severely delayed on the lines I usually took, in that instance the Overground Line. It was the moment that I relied too much that the Bible is the Word of God and was disappointed, but not because the train took ages to come. I was waiting for far more than the train. In my disappointment I decided not to read my Bible ever again. Since there was nothing else to do, grumpily I took my Bible and promised myself that it would be the last time I would read it. Then I read, “I will make you inhabited as in former times and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.” I had been believing this verse secretly for nearly six years at that time, but it just wasn’t happening. I was shocked and thought it was just one of those many coincidences.

I opened the Bible once again and the Holy Spirit took me to Daniel 12:3 (KJV), “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever”. My eyes were full of tears, and when I looked up into the sky, there was a single bright shining star amid thick snow cloud. I had been looking at the sky way too long for me to recognize whether it was a light from an airplane or a real star. I am sure it was a star. And my love for the Bible came back again. I am not deluded enough to think that the star appeared for my eyes only. I am sure if there was anyone next to me waiting for the train and looked up, they would have seen it too, but it may not have meant anything to them. In the same way, when God showed the sky to Abraham, He asked him to count the stars because that is how many his descendants would be. Other people in the same place could see the stars God showed Abraham but it didn’t mean anything to them because they did not have faith and a personal relationship with God, like Abraham.

The Bright Morning Star

Venus is known as the “morning star” because we can see it with our naked eye as the brightest star. But it is not a star. It is a planet. It seems not to twinkle but gives a steady silvery glow all throughout the night. It is 15 times brighter than the brightest star. It is also called “the morning and evening star”, because it is the first you see after sunset and the last star you see before sunrise. Jesus (Yeshua) is called “the Bright Morning Star”. In Revelation 22:16 (KJV) He says: “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the Bright and Morning Star.” Stars are some of the objects known about since the beginning of time that we can see for ourselves at the present time. Jesus is also called “the First and the Last”. The heavenly bodies are just one kind of the many evidences of the existence of God and His creation, as found in the Bible. The world might call those who believe in God, and who believe that He sent His begotten Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah) as the only Way, “brainless”, or “crazy”. In fact, it is the other way around. We might not have a star of fame in Hollywood, but God said we are wise and will shine bright like stars forever and ever, if we believe in Him. Jesus is the Light that shines brightest forever more and the One who brings light on the inside of us.



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