My Atlas of the Universe Miracle

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 4:19) NKJV

Once upon a time we (that’s me and the Holy spirit) did an experiment: we put God to the test. If God is going to supply our every need, we figured, and we need a book on astronomy, then God needs to give us one.

In the years between 2001 and 2007 we (that’s me and the Holy spirit) were with Calvary Baptist Church in Carrboro, NC. It’s where we learned how to study the Bible systematically.

We were broke and this was before we went to the Internet for answers. We were making progress on several things, including the idea that gravity was created on the second day. We had to pray really hard when we realized that this meant committing to a geocentric model, knowing full well that anyone who heard us actually say that out loud was going to dismiss us out of hand.

One of the issues that we were trying to understand was the orbit of Mars. Me and the Holy Spirit figured it out together. He showed us how epicycles worked before we knew what one was. We plotted our own using paper and a compass and concluded that it had to include an epicycle. We knew that there was supposedly a difference between an epicycle and retrograde motion, but we didn’t know what the difference was. It vexed us.

Before we had been indoctrinated that the KJV is the only kind of Bible that you should own, we had collected Bible versions. This was back in the day when used books shops were common and we were a regular at several. Old Bibles were cheap and we were fascinated so we collected them. We had about a dozen different translations. We gathered up all of our non-KJV Bible versions to trade them in for a book on astronomy. However, this was going to be a test of God’s providence so we took the box of Bible versions to the salvage shed at the Eubanks Road landfill, Orange County, NC.

The Miracle

We set the book down on a prominent corner of a table in full view of anyone entering the shed, and then went off to dispose of our recyclables. We methodically disposed of cans, paper, plastic and motor oil. When we got back to the salvage shed the box of Bibles was gone and in its place was a copy the National Geographic Picture Atlas of the Universe.

Naturally we were thrilled but not surprised. After all, why wouldn’t God give us what we needed, when we needed it? The book had an explanation of retrograde motion which helped us to realize that epicycles and retrograde aren’t mutually exclusive, they’re the same phenomenon but observed from different frames of reference.

Predictive Testable Hypothesis 39

  • IF God is going to supply our every need,
    • AND we need a book on astronomy,*
      • or anything at all which is critical for us to level up.
  • THEN God was going to have to give us one.

The cover art for the National Geographic Picture Atlas of the Universe, one of the amazing miracles of our life.

John Berkley’s space art makes us nostalgic for a future that never was.


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