Mercury’s Young Magnetic Field
In Psalm 19:1, we read, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” When we read this, we should be reminded of more than the witness of the beauty of the skies. The material creation bears witness to God’s glory in many different ways.
Take, for example, the claim made by modern evolutionists that the creation is billions of years old. Everyone realizes that a young creation has to be the work of a Creator. Yet, there are many ways in which the creation makes its own witness to its youth, and therefore to the glory of God.
In 1974 and 1975, the space probe Mariner 10 studied the magnetic field of the small planet Mercury. Scientists expected that since the solar system is supposed to be 4.5 billion years old, Mercury would have lost all its magnetic field long ago. Yet, scientists discovered that Mercury’s magnetic field was alive and well! Today, after more than 35 years, scientists have been unable to offer an explanation. But the explanation is very simple.
If Mercury is only about 6,000 years old, which is consistent with the Bible’s history of things, we can easily expect that if Mercury was created with a magnetic field, it should still have some magnetic field left. And so, tiny Mercury, which doesn’t seem to have much use otherwise, clearly declares the glory of our Creator God!