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Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Big Bang Theory VS. The Genesis

In 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.  (Genesis 1:1-3)

For centuries, scientists and astronomers alike have been pondering on how we came to be.  Most Christians believe that God snapped his fingers and the Heavens and Earth we know today came to be.  Scientists have chosen to believe that a massive explosion in space, dubbed the “Big Bang”, was how the sun, planets, and galaxies formed and that the entity known as God had nothing to do with it.

Has anyone considered the thought that when God snapped His fingers, He created the “Big Bang”?  There has been plenty of evidence supporting the scientists.  Yes, there was an explosion out of which our solar system was born.  And yes this phenomenon took several billion years to play out from the initial energy cluster to the time the first signs of life began to appear.  But to a God who created space, energy, and time, several billion years is the same as a few minutes to us.

Maybe God knew that we would go looking for answers and purposely created the universe in a way that we could comprehend and see as being logical.  The Bible states that God said, “Let there be light”.  Well wouldn’t an explosion of such power and magnitude make light?  The answer is yes and lots of it.  Our sun, like all the others stars in the universe, came from that explosion causing “the light”.  We’ve also learned, thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope, that space is full of light.  I honestly believe that if scientists and religious leaders would at least listen to each other, they might find out that they’re both on the right track.

There is no denying the fact that the “Big Bang” took place and that physically, this is how the universe was created.  So why is it so hard for some people to believe that it was because God had wanted it to be that way?  Every religion in the world, both modern and ancient, have creation stories.  Each claims that their chief god created everything from nothing.  Scientists have speculated that there wasn’t much going on in space before our celebrated “Big Bang” occurred.  It was just a vast expanse of darkness.

These same people expect the rest of the world to believe that we were all, at one time, nothing more than algae, floating across a primordial ocean, following the tides to the lands edge, to one day become upright, walking human beings.  Why is it that they can except this theory with such vigor and still claim that God had nothing to do with it?

I firmly believe that God created all that we see today.  He created the Heavens and the Earth.  He created all living things, current and extinct.  And, it was God who brought it all into existence.  In essence, God is the Genesis behind the “Big Bang”.

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