The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun. ―Psalm 19:1-4
Those of us who believe “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” are lampooned by those who reject God and wrap themselves in the flag of science. The Big Bang is described in Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything:
Time doesn’t exist. There is no past for it to emerge from.
And so, from nothing, our universe begins.
In a single blinding pulse, a moment of glory much too swift and expansive for any form of words, the singularity assumes heavenly dimensions, space beyond conception. In the first lively second (a second that many cosmologists will devote careers to shaving into ever-finer wafers) is produced gravity and the other forces that govern physics.
In less than a minute the universe is a million billion miles across and growing fast. There is a lot of heat now, ten billion degrees of it, enough to begin the nuclear reactions that create the lighter elements – principally hydrogen and helium, with a dash (about one atom in a hundred million) of lithium. In three minutes, 98 percent of all the matter there is or will ever be has been produced.
We have a universe. It is a place of the most wondrous and gratifying possibility, and beautiful, too. And it was all done in about the time it takes to make a sandwich. ―Bill Bryson
Notice that this account does not disagree with the Bible’s assertion “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” We just believe it was God who caused it to happen.
In the mid-1960s two young radio astronomers made an extraordinary and inadvertent discovery. Their names were Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson. In 1965 they were working with a large communications antenna in New Jersey owned by Bell Laboratories. But they were troubled by a persistent background noise – a steady, steamy hiss that made any experimental work impossible. The noise was unrelenting and unfocused.
It came from every point in the sky, day and night, through every season. For a year the young astronomers did everything they could think of to track down and eliminate the noise. They labored tirelessly. But nothing worked.
It turned out they were on to something big. As in the Big Bang. Unknown to them, just thirty miles away at Princeton, a team of scientists were pursuing the idea that if you looked deep enough in space you should find some cosmic background radiation left over from the Big Bang. By the time it reached the earth it would be in the form of microwaves.
The noise that Penzias and Wilson were hearing, was left over from the birth of the universe. They had found the edge of the universe – 90 billion trillion miles away. In 1978 they received the Nobel Prize in physics. One of these Nobel Laureates makes the following observation:
Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe which was created out of nothing and delicately balanced to provide exactly the conditions required to support life. In the absence of an absurdly – improbable accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, as one might say, supernatural plan. ―Arno Penzias
Notice that again: the discoverer of cosmic background radiation concludes that the universe seems to suggest an “underlying, supernatural plan.”
The overwhelming evidence for the Big Bang and its consistency with the biblical account in Genesis led Robert Jastrow to observe in an interview, “Astronomers now find they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of creation to which you can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth. And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover… That there are what I or anyone would call supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact.”
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