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BOOM.

That’s what happened, right?  The Big Bang-Boom-Pow?  The generally accepted account of the beginning of the universe is that around 14 or so billion years ago, all energy, matter, space, and time was released from a nearly infinitesimally small, hot, dense, point.  Everything in the universe came from some teeny tiny point?  And I thought those shirts that come in tiny bottles was cool.

Anyhoo, the common misconception is that this little bit of scientific fact disproves the Bible, and that Christians are just ignorant of all the scientific data.  Now the reason for this misconception:  misinterpreting the Bible.  Yes, it’s true that there are Christians out there who deny the Big Bang, “its un-Biblical,” blah blah blah.  What I’d like to show is that the only ignorance is on the part of those who don’t properly understand the Bible: some Christians and non-Christians alike.

So what does Big Bang cosmology say?  Well, in a nutshell (I’m no scientist) all of space, time, energy, and matter comes from a neatly infinitesimally small point at some finite time in the past.  After that, different elements formed, objects coalesced into stars/planets, etc as the universe continually expanded (which it still is) kind of like a balloon.  So the three main components are a finite universe, an expanding universe, and curved space.  But is this how people always thought of the universe?  Not at all.  In fact, up until recently the universes was understood very differently.  It was thought to be infinite, static (unchanging), and have natural laws that act differently depending on where you are or how you’re moving.  If you look at the Bible, however, it depicts the universe as having a beginning (Genesis 1:1), an expansion of the universe (Isaiah 44:24), and whose laws are constant (Jeremiah 33:25).

Then we made some discoveries:

1.  Theory of Relativity- Einstein’s famous theory of relativity gave us evidence that space is curved and that laws are the same everywhere in the universe (which is what allows us to make calculations for objects in space and galaxies lightyears away)

2. Hubble Telescope- Edwin Hubble, looking out to the stars, made the discovery that the universe was indeed expanding by looking at the velocity and distance of galaxies.

3. Cosmic Background Radiation- Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias unintentionally found cosmic background radiation when working on a new type of antenna.  CMB had been predicted but not yet detected, and its existence is one of the best evidences for Big Bang cosmology.  The COBE (COsmic Background Explorer) satellite was launched and by 1992 more evidence was found to support the Big Bang and a finite universe.

Does the Bible give us all the information we need to understand the physical universe?  Absolutely not.  But if God’s word is the word of God, then by golly it should not be in direct contrast with God’s creation.  Now our interpretations may contrast at times, but this only means we need to be more careful as to HOW we interpret nature and Scripture. 

Only our interpretations can be flawed, not God’s word.

Pretty cool, huh?  Biblical authors unknowingly speaking to scientific truths that we only understand in modern times?  This blog is only a glimpse and a simplification of a talk given by Dr. Jeff Zweerink, an astronomer from Reasons to Believe, which is an organization of scientists who seek to harmonize scientific truths with the Bible.  They’re good guys, I love their stuff, and the best part is they’re honest and open with their reasoning and science.

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For more info on the evidence Theory of General Relativity, click here
For more info on Hubble’s discovery, click here
For more info on CMB click here
Check out Reasons to Believe’s website, www.reasons.org

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