The Big Bang Theory
By: David H.
CNN reporter, Leslie Wickman announced a remarkable discovery early 2014 of ripples in the space-time fabric of the universe. Her discovery rocked the world of science and religion alike. Leslie Wickman is director of The Center for Research in Science at Azusa Pacific University. Wickman has also been an engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, where she worked on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station programs.
Wickman stated…”As we observe the complexity of the cosmos, from subatomic particles to dark matter and dark energy, we quickly conclude that there must be a more satisfying explanation than random chance.”
Does the Big Bang breakthrough offer proof of God?
A discovery of traces of gravity waves affirms scientific concepts in the fields of cosmology, general relativity, and particle physics. The discovery also has significant implications for the Christian worldview, offering strong support for biblical beliefs. For example, The Prevalent Theory of cosmic origins was around before the Big Bang Theory, this theory argued that the universe has always existed, without a beginning that necessitated a cause. But, this new evidence strongly suggests that there was a beginning to our universe.
If in fact, the universe did have a beginning, by the simple logic of cause and effect, there had to be an agent separate and apart from the effect that caused it. That sounds a lot like Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.” This latest discovery is good news for debating. It adds scientific support to the idea that something or someone outside of it and not dependent on it caused or created the universe.
Fred Hoyle, an astronomer who coined the term “Big Bang,” said, “A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super intellect has monkeyed with physics.” Hoyle saw the Big Bang as not a chaotic explosion, but as an ordered event that could not have occurred by random chance.
This discovery depicts biblical perspective to have merit. However, this perspective was researched heavily through content, culture, time, genre, the authorship, and original audience to understand the intent. For instance, in Genesis, God Created a special place for humans to live and thrive and be in communion with him. God wants a relationship with us and makes provisions for us to have fellowship with him, even after we turn away from him. Genesis was never intended to be a detailed scientific handbook, describing how God created the universe. It imparts a theological, not scientific message. (Imagine how confusing messages about gravity waves and dark matter might be to ancient Hebrew readers.)
Wickman stated, “As a modern believer and a scientist, when I look up at the sky on a clear starry night, I am reminded that ‘the heavens declare the glory of God’ (Psalm 19:1). I am in awe of the complexity of the physical world, and how all of its pieces fit together so perfectly and synergistically.”
In the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, the writer tells us that God “established (his) covenant with day and night, and with the fixed laws of heaven and earth.” These physical laws established by God to govern interactions between matter and energy result in a finely tuned universe that provides the ideal conditions for life on our planet.
If God is truly the creator, then he will reveal himself through what he’s created, and science is a tool we can use to uncover those wonders.
For instance, Mary Douglas Leakey received recognition in her lifetime as one of the world’s most distinguished fossil hunters. Thanks to her many important discoveries, and her dedication to field research, she is considered a giant in the study of human origins. Mary rebelled against the constraints of the Catholic schools to which her mother sent her as a child, and in 1930, she began auditing university courses in Archaeology and Geology. She soon established herself as an authority on flint points and was recognized for her mastery of scientific illustration. After an introduction to Louis Leakey in 1933, Louis invited Mary to join him in Africa to draw the stone tools he had found. Three years later, they were married. They had three sons (Jonathan in 1940, Richard in 1944, and Philip in 1948).
Among her many scientific accomplishments, Mary discovered Proconsul Africanus in 1948, Zinjanthropus Boisei (now known as Australopithecus boisei) in 1959, Homo habilis in 1960, and an amazingly well – preserved 89 – foot long trail of early human footprints found at Laetoli in 1979. These footprints dated from a period 3.6 million years ago, and their discovery proved that our ancestors were at that time practicing bipedal locomotion. Mary and her team continued to find important hominid and prehistoric animal fossils until her retirement from active fieldwork in 1983.
Scientific proof that God is real has finally come forth. This topic has been on everyone’s mind for many years. During this holiday time, I thought this might spice up your table talk when the family is over.
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