The Sun | A Conventional Essay with a Biblical Opinion

The following essay is written with the information taught as fact by the Ron Paul Curriculum. Whether or not the information is true is debatable, but since is a school assignment, I will write the essay as such.

“Of all the celestial objects with which we are acquainted, none make so strong and universal an impression upon our globe as does the Sun. He is that very light, ‘the greater light to rule the day,’ as stated in the first chapter of the book of Genesis; a vast and fiery orb, kindled by the Almighty on the morn of creation, to cheer the dark abyss, and to pour his radiance upon surrounding worlds. Compared with him, all the other solar bodies are of inconsiderable dimensions; and without him, they would be wrapped in the gloom of interminable night.”

~Hiram Mattison1

We are often amazed by the complexity of our planet: Earth. However, it would be impossible to perceive this complexity without yet one more amazing planet: The Sun.

The Sun provides the necessary light and heat required for humans, animals, insects, and plants. It is exponentially larger than all the planets in our Solar system. Let me put the Sun into perspective for you:

  1. It would take 300,30,000 Earth sized objects to equal the mass of the Sun
  2. Our Solar system is approximately 99% composed of the Sun.
  3. The diameter of the sun is 864, 059 miles1

The Sun isn’t just big, as everyone knows, it is incredibly hot as well. At its core, the sun is 15 million degrees Celsius or 28 million degrees Fahrenheit! To protect us from this super-hot light, we are (Earth is) positioned 93 million miles away from the Sun.3Many are aware how fast sound and light can travel (known as the speed of sound and the speed of light); but believe it or not, if there was a sound that could travel the necessary distance from the Sun to the Earth, it would take at least 14 years, and Sunlight coming to Earth at a rate of 186,262 miles per second takes over eight minutes to reach us!1

You might say, “If the sun is just a swirling mass of hot flaming gas, what is the Sun made of? How does it burn being that there is not oxygen in space? And if it does burn, how come it doesn’t burn up?”

Well, the sun is 98% composed of Hydrogen and Helium. To answer the second two questions, it is important to understand that the sun doesn’t really “burn.” It creates its light from a process called Nuclear Fusion which happens when protons collide and release energy (in the form of light) in the process.2

Here is a super cool illustration/explanation of how the sun operates:

“As for its energy production, it is believed that the sunlight we see every day is made of units of radiant energy called photons which originate in the inferno of the Sun’s core. They may take many years slowly wandering up to the surface, then in a little more than eight minutes they speed across the 93,000,000 miles of space to the Earth, if they happen to be headed our way. Depending upon the wavelength or amount of energy a photon has, it may be absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere, reflected back into space, or it may zip down to the Earth’s surface to warm a flea or a blade of grass for an instant.”

~ICR.org

You can see why the sun has to be so big for such a large consumption of photons every second (with such a small production rate) to be possible!

Important Note: The above information was from a view taught by the conventional educational facilities. It is not necessarily right. The following provides reason (for Bible believers) for doubt and question as to the validity of what we have been told.

Opinion:

Something that is important to remember is the sequence of creation as recorded in Genesis. Many may not realize that the first light God created (Genesis 1:3-5) was not the Sun. Actually, Genesis 1:16 shows that the creation of the Sun, Moon, and stars only happened on Day Four.

As you saw, I bolded “stars” for a reason. Genesis doesn’t say the Sun is a star, on the contrary, it says that the Moon (a light to rule the night) and the Sun (a light to rule the day) are lights – not planets or stars. This also implies that the moon does nor reflect the sun’s, but rather, gives its own light.

Sources:

  1. https://www.icr.org/article/392/344/
  2. https://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/questions/question36.html
  3. https://www.thesuntoday.org/the-sun/solar-structure/

6 thoughts on “The Sun | A Conventional Essay with a Biblical Opinion”

  1. This is an excellent essay! Thanks for sharing.
    I admire and appreciate how you include several quotes and biblical references to backup the information.
    Also, your suggestion on the moon emitting its own light (not just reflecting the sun’s) is rather eye-opening to me! I’ve never though about it in that way and will definitely be pondering over the notion.

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    1. Thanks Cora!
      Yes, it certainly is a different way of looking at things, isn’t it?
      One thing that I didn’t include in the essay (with regard to the Sun and other solar planets being created on Day 4 of creation) was to mention that the light God created on Day 1 might be the same light that powers this world today.
      Yes, the Sun “rules” the day, but if you’ve ever tried to look at where the source of light comes from (during a clear, blue sky type of day), you may have noticed that the whole sky is lit up, not just where the sun is. In fact, the whole sky is super clear and bright, but then there’s the sun – just a super bright orb in the sky – and it doesn’t appear to be giving any particular light to the sky.
      Idk, maybe I’m wrong, but I can only truly “know” that with which I have had intimate experience.

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      1. Oh my goodness, that’s true!
        I just re-read Genesis 1, and realized that God created general light (“Let there be light” in verse 3) on the very first day. Then, and only then, He created the two great lights (the sun and moon) on day 4.
        Which means, if I am interpreting it correctly, light (verse 3) and THE lights (verses 14-19) are totally separate things that were created on totally separate days. And that even if the sun was (theoretically) taken away during the day, there would still remain this prevailing light that illuminates daytime?
        I hope that makes sense, and doesn’t sound dumb or obvious 🙂

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      2. Exactly, it doesn’t.
        But some science and scientists have also told us that the entire universe came into existence by a “big bang,” which we obviously know isn’t true.
        It’s hard to determine what’s true!

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