It is said that the orbit of the earth has flown away 10 cm after the earthquake in Japan. This is being used as a proof by atheists that God does not exist. Will you please explain this?

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It is said that the orbit of the earth has flown away 10 cm after the earthquake in Japan. This is being used as a proof by atheists that God does not exist. Will you please explain this?
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Dear Brother / Sister,

Such a reasoning and giving a judgment according to this will never be true. Supposedly, this reasoning is based on this comment: If God existed, He would not let the orbit of the earth flow away. In fact, there is no need to wait for the earthquake of Japan in order to make such an absurd reasoning. Thousands of people die every day; their orbit of life flows away. They may also say; “If God existed, He would not let these men die…” or a murderer’s shooting a man with a bullet would cause the same result… If God existed, He should not have died even if he had received a hundred bullets…”

The scientific explanation of this is as follows: If God does not give permission, not a single leaf can fall down nor the earth can flow away from its orbit. It is an obvious proof of what we have said that the earth moves on in the same orbit for millions of years by day and night with a 23, 5 degree of inclination without flowing away even a centimeter.

It is well known that throughout the history there were greater earthquakes that had happened when compared with the earthquake of Japan. The flowing away of the earth’s orbit as a result of huge earthquakes but not flowing away as a result of little ones such as in Japan is not proof of God’s nonexistence (God forbid) but proof that He has a power of will through which He does whatever He wishes. If the claim about the earth’s flowing is a scientifically proved one, it can be said that by allowing the earth to flow away and creating a difference, God both shows His free will and gives a sign about the Doomsday which is also told in the Qur’an that “the system of the world and even all systems will flow away from their orbit”. Of course “a word to the wise is enough, and many words will not fill a bushel…”

In the verse, “It is Allah Who sustains the heavens and the earth, lest they cease (to function): and if they should fail, there is none not one can sustain them thereafter: verily, He is Most Forbearing, Oft-Forgiving.” (Fatir, 35/41), attention is attracted to the fact that all of the systems in the sky/skies, and the sun, stars and all of the celestial bodies there have been existent in their current places; this wonderful state of the earth and the skies is presented as proof for the existence of God.

Being stuck in the delusions of the imagination of unbelief is worse than being stuck in the medieval scholastic swamp although the facts like the existence of the world in the same place for billions of years, and its constant rotation in the same orbit, its moving away from the Milky Way galaxy, to which it belongs, with a spiral movement and heading toward Hercules or the Sun of the suns are visible.

It is not suitable to make long explanations here. We can show a lot of evidence for the existence of God. Besides, if a proper man looks at his own body, he will not doubt that he was created by a creator that has infinite knowledge, power and wisdom. As a matter of fact, it is clear that only the creator that created the eye could create the sun because the eye would have had no significance without the existence of the sun. Similarly, only the creator that created the ear could create the air because the ear would have had no significance without the existence of the air. The same being created the stomach and the food. It is not possible for a sane person to claim that the channels for the entrance and exit of the food to form coincidentally. Even animals will not accept such a foolish thought. God, who connected man to the oxygen tube in the atmosphere, wants to show His existence and oneness to sane people. Woe on those who do not accept the existence of God, who makes the lungs of man operate with oxygen tube in the atmosphere, as if they see Him!  

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