Most secular teaching claims that the universe came to be with a Big Bang; that there was a small infinitely hot and dense point billions of years ago which is called a singularity point. From this singularity, the teaching says, came all the matter and energy that evolved into all that exists today in our universe. Naturalists believe that the universe is infinite; that it has always existed. Different types of theories have continued to arise in an attempt to explain the origin of the universe including the steady-state theory espoused by Hermann Bondi, Thomas Gold, and Fred Hoyle, and many others that claim that the universe is infinite and that, in spite of entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics, new energy and matter continue to, somehow, be generated, replacing that which is used up with the passage of time. These are all attempts to repudiate what the Bible says about the beginning of the universe. But the Bible unequivocally insists that the universe had a miraculous beginning at a point when there was no time, no space or matter; a time when there were no laws of physics as we know them since these laws could not exist without the universe: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…Then God said, “Let there be light…”” (Genesis 1:1,3).
In 1963-1965 when Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, two engineers employed by Bell Laboratories, looked through a giant telescope of a Satellite Transmission System known as Echo, they saw a film of radiation enveloping the whole universe; the entire universe seemed to be bathed in a soft glow of light. This light became known as the Cosmic Microwave Radiation Background (CMRB).
Prior to this discovery, skeptics had contended that if the universe indeed had a beginning at a certain point in time with the explosion of light, then the vestiges of that light should still be present, somehow. Well, what do you know? Penzias and Wilson discovered the remainder of that light-a telltale sign of creation, as the Bible boldly proclaims… “Let there be light…”
Listen to Penzias’ comment following this discovery: “The best data we have are exactly what I would have predicted had I nothing to go on but the five books of Moses, the Psalms and the Bible as a whole.”1
Although the CMRB is invisible to the naked eye, it continues to shine in the microwave part of the electromagnetic spectrum all around the universe.
1 D. D’Souza (2007). “What’s So Special about Christianity?” A. Penzias quoted in M. Browne, “Clues to the Universe’s Origin Expected,” New York Times, March 12, 1978, pp. 124.
Here are some suggestions on how you can reduce holiday waste and waist:
1. Always begin your meals with a salad. That way you will fill up on nutritious foods first and will be very unlikely to overeat afterwards. This means consuming less calories and reducing food waste, and weight loss.
2. Always park farther away from the doorstep of your destination. The extra steps you take toward the entrance can have a positive impact on your health. The more you walk the more you save gas, enhance your health, and reduce your carbon footprint.
3. Drink as much water as you can. Add a few drops of lemon or mint to your water and enjoy the zing or burst of flavor.
4. Watch the buffet. Teach yourself to get small portions when invited to a buffet and do not feel like you need to taste everything. Choose a couple of your favorite dishes.
5. Avoid being sucked into cooking a plethora of holiday meals. Instead, cook fewer but nutritious meals. Also, remember that, it is safer to feel satisfied after a meal than to feel stuffed.
6. Give desert a new meaning. Instead of defining desert merely as constituting cookies, cakes, puddings and pies, how about defining it as fruit? Fruit can be attractive when artfully arranged with nuts and some chocolate.
Courtesy of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2015). The Nutrition Source.
In the 1920s, astronomer Edwin Hubble arrived at Mount Wilson Observatory where they had just completed manufacturing a reflecting telescope measuring one hundred inches. Hubble took numerous photos of spiral nebulae. The sheer vastness of our universe astonished him and prompted him to find out more about it. As he gazed into the telescope through the “red shift” of the numerous distant galaxies he noticed that planets, galaxies and their countless stars were expanding away from each other at an incredible speed. This expansion can be likened to what happens to two dots placed on a balloon that is being inflated. The space of the balloon is expanding and so is the distance between the dots. The bigger the balloon gets the farther apart the dots grow. Hubble and the scientific community realized for the first time that the idea that we live in a stagnant, motionless, and unchanging universe was fallacious. The expansion of the universe also repudiated the idea that the universe is infinite. On the contrary, a reversal of this process in time would inevitably lead to a common moment of origin or singularity for our universe (sounds familiar? “In the beginning God,” Genesis 1:1). What Hubble saw were galaxies and planets hurtling and racing away from each other as if they had been flung by a tremendously explosive, force. Astrophysicists hypothesize that the moment of singularity was a time of explosion when our universe came into existence. Steven Weinberg, an atheist physicist, commented that, “The universe was filled with light [which] formed a dominant constituent of the universe.” Weinberg did not know that his comment was consistent with the Genesis succinct account of creation when God called light into being and set the stage for His creative work. Hubble saw a roar of our God’s creative genius. D’ Souza claims that Hubble’s discovery is also consistent with the second Law of Thermodynamics which states that everything tends to increase in entropy; that left to themselves all things, all matter grows old and falls apart. This is what we see all around us every day. Buildings become dilapidated and collapse, our clothes wear away and tear, people grow old and die. For the believer, this is not a new concept. The Bible stated it over 3,000 years ago: “Lift up your eyes to the heavens, And look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, The earth will grow old like a garment, And those who dwell in it will die in like manner;” (Isa. 51:6 NKJV).
Dinesh D’Souza (2008). What’s So Great about Christianity? Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.