“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”
So for our first little segment on Creation, I’d like to take a look at the beginning of it all: The Heavens and the Earth. More specifically, space: The Final Frontier.
The story begins: A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. Just kidding. Well it was a long time ago, but perhaps not in a galaxy far far away. Basically, the story begins with God. Nothing else. Literally, nothing else.
But you might be asking, “How does that even work? If there was nothing, how was there God?”
I don’t know. I wasn’t there.
So before we get into how I think that the heavens and the earth proclaim a designer and a maker, let’s just observe secular theory pertaining to the beginning of the universe. It goes something like this: Billions of years ago, about 13.8 billion years to be somewhat “exact,” there was Initial Singularity – a pretty scary term to be honest. What does that mean? Well basically, it means that before the Big Bang, there was a point in the universe that contained infinite density, which contained all the mass and space-time needed in the entire universe. Then, quantum fluctuations happened, and then BANG! Expansion and hooray! Eventually the world we live in comes and pops into existence.
Basically, think about it like this – There was nothing but infinity, then some movement in that infinity, and then the universe formed. Everything formed out of that one point of initial singularity. The universe, the planets, the stars, your next door neighbor, your college roommate, your parents, your siblings, all from that point.
Whew. That was actually kind of hard to understand, even while writing it. But you know, when you think about it, the Bible basically states one matter-of-fact, take-it-or-leave-it sentence to describe what happened. I guess I can see why the scientific theories regarding the Big Bang and all that is compelling because it’s kind of hard to believe that the universe started so simply.
Here’s why I’m skeptical of initial singularity: The definition of infinity. The term “infinite” is, first of all, really difficult to understand because the universe is not infinite. I say that cautiously because, yes, the universe is still expanding. This has been proven by current scientists. But even though it is expanding, that doesn’t mean that it is infinite. Perhaps we will never know the end of the universe. We definitely won’t explore the ends of the universe in the next 100 or even 1000 years probably, but the fact that even scientific theory talks about a beginning and an end to the universe means that the point of initial singularity could not exist. Well, why not? Because if initial singularity was a point of infinite density, then something finite could not replace it.
I know, I know. The universe expanding is a key fact in coming to terms with a point of infinite density, because that’s the only way to explain the fact that more universe is forming, even as we speak. But let me ask you this: The argument for the Big Bang says that space-time came from infinity, but how is that logical? How can you place something that was once infinite into finite parameters, something such as time?
Yet you could be asking, “But isn’t that what happened in Christianity?”
Well, not quite. The God of the Bible created this universe – but it didn’t replace Him. So He’s still an infinite being, outside of the parameters of time and space, while the world He created operates under His provision.
Where’s the proof?
Well, the proof is all around us. The laws that govern the universe are all the same, and we can observe that throughout the multitudes of galaxies that exist. Gravity, star formation, all that stuff. How is that proof? Because it’s all the same. If the universe was truly formed through random quantum fluctuations, then there should, in theory, be randomness found throughout the universe. Gravity shouldn’t exist in some places. Stars should be made of solid rock, but they still shine bright in the night sky. You get the point. Yet, even with the enormity of our universe, all the natural phenomena are still the same.
Okay. You could make the argument that the random fluctuations caused the universe to be made completely randomly, yet have similarities in the way that the universe was formed. Or you could even say that we don’t have proof that it even is all the same throughout the universe, which I guess is true to a certain extent.
But in my opinion, it just makes sense to believe that all of the universe came from one source—one all powerful being that created the world in the way that He saw fit. To believe that all things in the universe operate on the basis of random chance is difficult, to say the least.
I think, personally, I would rather believe in something that says that I was meant to be here than believing in something that says I have no purpose and am just lucky.
Yet even so, perhaps it isn’t enough for you. Well, my dear friend, stay the course.
There is a whole universe to explore, after all.
“Through Him all things were made; without Him, nothing was made that has not been made”