We discussed 2 Peter 3:5, ‘…and the earth was formed out of water, by water’ in three former blogs (see, Water is indispensable for this life and eternal life). The earth is the only planet in our solar system with plenty of water. In addition no other planet has, to date, been found with such an abundance of water.
As we know, water has two molecules of hydrogen and one of oxygen. It is interesting that hydrogen is found in large quantities in the universe, while oxygen is the major constituent of the rocks of the earth and moon. Then, in living organisms, both are indispensable.
# Hydrogen in the universe
- The sun is our nearest star. About three quarters of the Sun’s mass consists of hydrogen (~73%); the rest is mostly helium (~25%). The hydrogen in the sun fuses into helium and produces heat. We experience the sun’s energy on earth as heat and light. 1
- The sun is so hot that the huge amount of hydrogen undergoes a constant star-wide nuclear reaction, like in a hydrogen bomb.
- Not only our own sun, but also the trillions of other stars in the universe, fuse hydrogen into helium to produce energy. 2
- Basically, stars are big exploding balls of gas that consist mostly of hydrogen that is changed into helium. The huge reactions that take place in stars constantly release energy into the universe (called electromagnetic radiation). 3
# Oxygen on the earth and moon
- The most abundant element in the earth’s crust is oxygen. It makes up 46.6% of the earth’s mass.
- The moon also has oxygen. It composes 60% of the moon’s crust by weight. 4
# Hydrogen and oxygen in living organisms
- We cannot live without oxygen. Think about the miraculous process of photosynthesis where plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen and carbohydrates, because all living organisms need oxygen.
- God created living organisms with a variety of elements. The percentage of oxygen (included in the water also) in a human body is about 65% and hydrogen is 9,5%. 5
- Hydrogen bonds are very important in the chemistry of life. For example it forms various molecules with carbon. DNA and ATP both need it in their chemical composition.
- There is hydrogen and oxygen in the structure of many molecules. No life is possible without it. 6
- If one looks at the universe, our solar system, the earth, rocks, plants, living organisms and humans, one thing is clear. It was created. The complexity and exquisite engineering is too great to be the result of chance happenings.
- We conclude and agree with Scripture that God is the magnificent Creator. ‘By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding He set the heavens in place; by His knowledge the deeps were divided and the clouds let drop dew.’ 7
- With the same power, knowledge and understanding that God created the water molecule, He will create the new heavens and earth, our future eternal dwelling.