“Creation: Big Bang, or what?”
Creation according to God? Or according to science?
Scientists talk about the 'Big Bang' theory of the appearance
of the universe. How does the Big Bang compare with the Bible's description
'Big Bang', says Science...
scientific approach says that in the beginning, before the universe
appeared, there was nothing. And at some stage, there came the biggest
'Big Bang' ever: a tremendous explosion of energy, matter, and of course,
light. There never was such an enormous explosion of light, either before
or after this event.
In scientific terms, in the cosmology of Physics, the
Big Bang theory states that that the universe appeared from nowhere
as an extremely dense and hot state, about 13.7 billion years ago (±2%).
This is based on observations indicating the expansion of space, as
indicated by the Hubble red shift of distant galaxies, taken together
with principles of cosmology.
If we extrapolate these observations into the past, they
show that the universe exploded from a 'gravitational singularity' -
the tiniest pinpoint of the most extreme density and temperature (as
predicted by general relativity) which contained all the matter and
energy of the entire universe.
What scientists cannot explain is "Why?".
'Let there be Light', says the Bible
We can read this in the very beginning of the Jewish scriptures
and the Christian Bible, in a book called Genesis. Here are the words
from the New International Version, Genesis chapter 1, verses 1 to 5:
the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth
was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and
the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, "Let
there be light," and there was light. God
saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And
there was evening, and there was morning—the first day."
How should we interpret this?
The word Genesis in Hebrew: בראשית, in Greek:
Γένεσις, have the meanings of "birth", "creation", "cause", "beginning",
"source" and "origin". It is the first book of the Torah, the first
book of the Tanakh and also the first book of the Christian Old Testament.
Jewish tradition considers it to have been written by Moses, so it is
sometimes also called The First Book of Moses.
Bible scholars are generally in agreement that Moses wrote
Genesis, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, during the forty
years that the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness (1450 -
1410 BC). This society of semi-nomadic herdsmen, lived in that region
in a period that we would call the late bronze age, just entering the
iron age; this ties in with descriptions in the Old Testament that refer
to bronze, copper, iron, etc.
So, how would God describe the stages of His creation
to semi-nomadic herdsmen? How would you?
The concept of counting in 'hundreds' appears in Genesis 6; the concept
of 'thousands' does not appear until Genesis 20. So, how would you explain
to bronze-age man the concept of 13.7 billion years? (Can you even imagine
it yourself?) We would explain creation in stages, or phases; around
3,400 years ago, so that the listeners could understand, we would probably
call them 'days'.
And what is time, to God? In the New Testament, 2 Peter
3:8 says this, "But do not forget this one thing,
dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years are like a day.' "
A message for us here is, don't get hung up on God's timescales. Think
if it as: "God's day's are as long as He decides they
will be. He can have big days and little days." So we don't have to
think of creation as being seven, 24-hour days. Think of it as seven
of God's really big days, and you'll get the picture.
Bang: The First Day
So the first 'day', the first stage of creation was "Let
there be light". And there was the biggest blaze of light the
universe has ever seen, in the massive explosion of the Big Bang. What
a wonderful description; what a wonderful picture the Big Bang event
creates in the mind's eye!
Big Bang and Scientists
I am a scientist; I studied Physics, Electronics and Control
Engineering at four universities. And I have no problem with reconciling
the story of creation as read in the Bible, with the scientific Big
Bang theory. To me, they are the same thing.
Scenario: Suppose you are a scientist. How would you explain
the scientific story to semi-nomadic, uneducated, mostly illiterate
tribesmen in the semi-desert regions of Maasailand in Kenya today? Would
you not explain the Big Bang in pretty much the same way that God does
in the Bible?
Big Bang: something to think about
1: Science explains what happened - they call it
the Big Bang; but science cannot explain why creation came about,
nor where it all came from.
2: The Bible tells us that God decided to create;
and he did. It's the same story as science, but it explains the "why?"
and the "where from?". And so, here we are today.
“Science can only discover what God
has brought about”
Why? Think about it!
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