The creation of theories based on observation is the foundation of science.
Let’s talk about the Big Bang. How can we actually know what happened with certainty? Was a reporter from the National Geographic magazine there to actually witness this occurrence? Of course not! Is this claimed knowledge absolute? Can science truly be that arrogant in its assertion, especially as we look at the flawed thinking of past generations of scientists? This theory is based on conclusions made solely from man’s observations.
According to Cosmology, the study of the universe in its totality, the Big Bang theory states that all of the matter of the universe was condensed into an object the size of the nucleus of an atom (some say the size of a golf ball or so). This condensed matter is referred to as a singularity, and is at the center of a Black Hole. This infinitely dense and infinitely hot singularity simply sprang into existence when there was no time or space as we observe today.
Shortly after appearing out of nowhere, it began to expand rapidly, much like inflating a balloon, until it exploded. This rapid expansion has propelled matter outward from the epicenter ever since, slowly cooling as it travels through space.
Science maintains that there are no absolutes, however, the Big Bang, which many in science claim to be the beginning of the universe, seems to have been established as fact and taught in our schools as an absolute truth. Can we really say that today’s perspective is the truth and that we with certainty know these things about our origins and our universe? No!
Science accepts it based on educated guesses or theories derived from what can actually be observed. There just may have been a Big Bang, and this may actually be an accurate representation of what occurred after the beginning of creation. However, the argument that the Big Bang is the beginning is not valid, because the singularity existed before the Big Bang. Look at the Biblical account of creation that is described in Genesis 1:1-2.
1 In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
The Big Bang does not actually contradict the creation account in the Bible. It is feasible that a vast amount of time transpired between the verses of creation in Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 (see p. 80 of Ideolatry). God is the only one that was actually there and He had a complete view of the activities. The problem is that science has completely excluded God from the discussion.
The concept of God creating everything as it now stands seems repulsive to science. If science were to start with the assumption that God actually did create everything and then proceed to try to understand His creation, things would be quite different! However, for science, God is certainly an inconvenient truth. After all, no one in science even attempts to answer the question as to where that infinitely hot and infinitely dense singularity that initiated the Big Bang came from in the first place. If this theory is correct, then this is when creation actually began!
However, solely from the perspective of mankind, it really does require quite a lot of faith to claim to know what happened millions of years ago and to maintain such certainty about it. Perspective is the key issue here, perspective relative to man’s observations. To a great extent, our perspective defines our reality or at least our understanding of that reality.
However, if God and His perspective are denied, a complete lack of any absolutes ensues, and the door is left wide open for anyone’s opinion to be claimed as truth. Anyone with enough charisma, persuasion, plausibility, or rhetoric can attempt to take God’s place and fill the void in man. History is replete with such examples. All it takes is a convincing argument, and those arguments are based completely on the observations or perspectives of man.
The creation of theories based on observation is the foundation of science. Once a theory is accepted, it nearly becomes a doctrine or dogma and almost absolute. This is how evolution and the Big Bang have come to be taught as givens.
It is interesting that those who would stress the lack of absolutes and that relativity is the law of the land would then subscribe to a philosophy of evolution that requires as much faith as any religion does to believe!
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May the Lord bless you and keep you... Dr. Rich Masek
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