For many years, it has been a mystery to secular scientists why our solar system looks the way it does with four small rocky planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars that orbit close to the sun and four giant gas planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune that orbit far away from the sun. Astronomers are very puzzled that other recently discovered planetary systems look so different from ours.
First of all, our sun is quite different from the suns (stars) of other planetary systems that have been discovered. It is not too small (too cool or too dim) or too big (producing a roasting effect). Some stars are so intense and have violent activity. Compared to our sun which is remarkably even-tempered and well mannered. It does not flare or pulse like other stars. Even the solarflares it does produce is not so violent that they vaporize our oceans or even worse cook our planet to a cinder.
The arrangement of the planets is crucial in maintaining our solar system. Move any planet out of its orbit and it will throw our solar system out of kilter? Sounds like it was set up as a precision instrument that ticks like a watch with precise rhythm. Jacques Laskar, a French astrophysicist confirms the remarkable precision of our outer planets’s relationship to the Earth. He discovered that the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn keep the Earth’s orbit from becoming chaotic. Without the orbital stability produced by Jupiter and Saturn, the Earth’s orbit would make extreme changes causing instability in our climate and making the Earth uninhabitable.
Even Earth’s moon plays a role in keeping the Earth in check. Our moon is simply amazing. It is placed in a orbit around our earth that is quite close but far enough away as to not affect the orbit of the Earth. Earth and moon are like a double-planet system. Our moon is about 400 times smaller than our sun. Yet it is also just 1/400th of the distance between the earth and the sun. This makes the sun and the moon to appear to be the same size in the Earth’s sky making precise solar eclipses possible.
There is no question about our solar system. The answer to it is found in the opening pages of Genesis. Even though the only planet mentioned in Genesis is Earth. The other planets were created on the fourth day along with the sun, moon, and stars (other suns) (Genesis 1:14-19). These planets are also lights in the heavens. They do not produce it just reflect it. Our solar system was designed complete, intact, and perfectly balanced by the Creator the Lord Jesus Christ, for full benefit of His creatures during the creation week just thousands of years ago.
Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (King James Version)