The Big Bang
In the USA, the 4th of July is the commemoration of the beginning or our nation of America. It marks the beginning of a new nation and a new form of government that was formed through the dedication of our founders and their faith in God. Traditionally, it is celebrated with spectacular fireworks that commemorate the victory. So in thinking about those big, explosive bangs in the night sky, let’s take a few moments to consider another beginning, one that science encapsulates in the Big Bang theory.
How can we actually know with certainty what happened at the beginning of the universe? Is knowledge that is claimed by science absolute? How can science truly be so confident and arrogant in its assertion? Was a reporter from the National Geographic magazine there to actually witness this occurrence? Of course not! What about the flawed thinking of past generations of scientists and their certainty that the earth was flat?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. 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.
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 derives its concepts based on educated guesses which are known as theories. The Big Bang concept is based on conclusions that result solely from the current observations of humans. These conclusions rest upon the Ideolatry of humans. 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 at the center of the Big Bang 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 theory 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 page 80 of Ideolatry).
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! The problem is that science completely excludes God from the discussion. The concept of God creating everything as it now stands seems repulsive to science, but God is the only one that was actually there at the beginning and He had a complete view of the activities. For science, God is certainly an inconvenient truth. 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 the Big Bang theory correctly describes a part of creation, then the formation of the singularity is when creation actually began!
Solely from a human perspective, it really does require quite a lot of faith to make the claim to know with certainty what happened millions of years ago and to maintain such confidence in that knowledge. Perspective is the key issue here, perspective relative to human 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 that exists in human knowledge and within the human spirit. History is replete with such examples. All it takes is a convincing argument, and those arguments are based completely on human observations or perspectives.
The formulation of theories based on observation is the foundation of science. However, once a theory is accepted, it becomes a doctrine that is taught to subsequent generations as absolute. This is how evolution and the Big Bang have come to be treated as unassailable givens. It is interesting to note that those who would stress that there are no absolutes because relativity is the foundational law of the universe, would then subscribe to philosophies of evolution and creation that requires as much faith as any religion does to believe!
You can believe science that is founded in human Ideolatry.
Or you can believe God.
Either way, it is a matter of faith!
May God richly bless you in all that you do! - Dr Rich Masek
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