Incredible Pictures from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition

“The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). So too do the accomplishments of mankind whom He created in His image, and made to reflect his glory. Even people who don’t recognize God build telescopes, explore the heavens and take magnificent photos such as these. Whether or not you acknowledge God, your creativity, ingenuity, eye for beauty and technical skills are all gifts from His hand.

If you believe in Christ, look at these photos and worship Him (thanks to my good friend Diane Meyer who, knowing my love for astronomy, sent me this link). If you don’t believe in Him, consider whether these testify to a world and a universe and people created by design, or randomly occurring and evolving over billions or millions of years. I once believed the latter, because that’s what I was taught. When I heard the gospel as a teenager, everything changed.

And after forty years of knowing Him, I would never go back to the hollowness of what I once believed.

Photo credit: European Southern Observatory

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries