God gave man the planet earth as a temporary abode to live-in as His representative to rule over His creation with certain conditions. However, God did not give the man any licence to abuse or exploit His created things but blessed them to be fruitful and increase in number.
But today, man, violating all the pre-conditions that God made while placing man on the planet earth, is engaged in the exploration and discovery of new things. Moreover, the ambitious man, after making the planet earth unliveable for God’s creation, now is planning to subdue the other planets as well. The United States has already reached the planet Mars.
Man willfully forgets that he is on the planet earth for a short while and his abode in it is temporary. God did not give the man a permanent dwelling place on the earth but promised him a place in heaven to live eternally.
“Let not your heart be troubled… My Father’s house are many mansions, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself: that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:1-3)
The inherent tendency of man
Human beings have an inherent tendency to secure their life on this earth. If that dream doesn’t come true, they get disheartened, depressed and even feel unsecured. So people try to look for alternate measures by hook or by crook.
We are destined to work 24×7 intelligently, physically as well as spiritually. Every individual long for their own survival and hence try to excel in their efforts for a safe and secure space for dwelling.
Human activities have become a dominant force that affects the global climatic change, mercilessly harming the biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Loss of forests, exploitation of the oceans, greenhouse effects, degradation of the ozone layer, soil and water quality is irreparable.
Because of the ever-growing population and the struggle for mutual survival, the planet earth is facing destructive degeneration. Air pollution brings havoc to human life and even to nature.
National and international agencies try hard to make effective awareness and solution to these burning problems. Scientists and environmentalists join hands to formulate ambitious safeguards and strategies to assure safety for its inhabitants.
Apollo completes half century
Mission Apollo has completed half-century in its orbits. Sensing competition, millions have registered themselves in support of various space research projects.
Wikipedia and Google search gives us some of the findings made by their researchers. However, they are yet to find the probability of the existence of life on the Moon and now on Mars.
Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the only astronomical object known to harbour life. Our planet Earth consists of just 29% of the land while 71% is of water. The distance between the Sun and the Earth is 149.6 million kilometres, ageing about 4.543 billion years. On Earth, life merged prior to 3.7 billion years ago. At present, about 1 trillion species live on the Earth, but only 1.8 million species are documented. This is just one per cent of all species that have ever lived on Earth.
The Moon is Earth’s only proper natural satellite. It is one quarter the diameter of the Earth. Distance to the Earth is 3,84,400 kilometres and age about 4.53 billion years.
Perseverance Rover reaches Mars
On February 18, 2021, we all read a thrilling success story of the safe landing of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on Mars. Ending the suspense of the 7-minute terror of landing this rover, scientists were able to make it.
After 203 days of journey traversing 472 million kilometres, the satellite landed on the Red planet on February 18, 2021, at Jazero Crater. The successful touchdown was announced in Mission Centre at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California at 3.55 pm EST.
NASA had launched the Perseverance Rover Mars Mission on July 30, 2020, from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The fundamental part of its mission is astrobiology including the search for signs of ancient microbial life.
However, it will undergo several weeks of testing before begins its two year science investigation of Mars Jazero Crater.
The Mars 2020 Perseverance Mission embodies our nation’s spirit of persevering in the most challenging situation. This advancement of science and exploration has inspired the universe undoubtedly. The Perseverance Mission itself personifies the human ideal of persevering towards the future. It will help us prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.
Moon to Mars approach
Perseverance is part of NASA’s Moon to Mars approach aimed at human exploration of the Red Planet. More than 10.9 million people already have signed up to be a part of this mission. It is about what humans can achieve when they persevere, says John McNamee, Project Manager – Mars 2020.
But the Mars surface is not at all hospitable to humans, due to the radiation, greatly reduced air-pressure with only 0.16% oxygen in the atmosphere.
The Holy Bible says that God has given the Earth to man to inherit, dwell and rule. And it is the only safe dwelling place for all.
God created the universe, including the planets and all living beings. The Almighty laid the foundation of Earth and filled with all the possessions and gave the ordinances of heaven.
An authentic account of creation
Only the Bible, in Genesis chapter 1, gives us an authentic account of creation. It says, in the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth. God made the Sun, the Moon and the stars, all vegetation, and living creatures on the Earth and the sea. Then God created man and placed him on the Earth and blessed him. God gave him the inheritance to be fruitful and multiply and to subdue and have dominion over all the created things.
Because of human ambition, pride and haughtiness, man has sinned and falls short of God’s glory.
Even the angels in heaven wanted to reign over the universe and make their position above the throne of the living God.
But the sovereign God tells us that “Though you ascend as high as the eagle and though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down.” (Habakkuk.4) Remember that, even though we capture the universe as a whole, God gave us only this Earth to live in.
So let us show the strong foundation of faith and harmonious living on this planet Earth. Ensure perseverance by withstanding all difficulties and hold on to the blessed hope for a better world to live in.