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.
Over the years as they have continued to examine and study Einstein’s theory of gravity further, physicists and mathematicians have been astonished to discover that the universe is expanding. This means that the galaxies outside our own galaxy are moving away from us. What is amazing is that the farther the galaxies are from us the faster they are moving away. Even if we happened to be in another galaxy, the neighboring galaxies would still be moving away from us. The concept of the expanding galaxies has been confirmed by the redshift in the light emanating from distant galaxies. Of all the galaxies ours, the Milky Way, is the only one where life is found and sustained. The Milky Way has multiple arms and tucked between two of its arms is a single-star solar system (our solar system), which contains planet earth and its tiny inhabitants. Compared to the other objects in the universe, the inhabitants of earth are of negligible stature, puny specs of animated dust. For example, the volume of our sun is so huge that about 1.3 million planet Earths could fit inside it, but our sun is just of medium size compared to other billions of stars in the galaxy. Yet a single human being is of greater value than any of these objects in the universe. They are inorganic. The Bible tells us that “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1, NKJV). Yet, daunting and gigantic as these objects are, none of them bear the Imago Dei, none of them are made in the image of God. Human beings have both extrinsic and intrinsic value. God has made unprecedented investment in them. “For You have made him [mankind] a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands…” (Psalm 8: 5,6).
Biologically, we are just as amazing: our hearts beat an average of 7O times per minute. That is 100,000 a day. and this adds to about 36 million times each year. In one life time of about 70 years the heart beats a total of approximately 2½ billion times. Each single day the heart pumps about 3,000 gallons of blood. Our skeletal system consists of 200 bones created to support the body and assist it in movement. In order to regulate the temperatures of our bodies the skin has 2 million sweat glands. This means that, on average, there are 3,000 sweat glands per square inch of the skin.
Spiritually, we are the only ones in our universe created with an innate desire to worship. As living souls, we have an inherent, insatiable desire to know our Maker. We have a spiritual instinct that has been endowed to us from the beginning of time. Blaise Pascal aptly observed that “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man (generic term) which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” Human life is magnificently sacred at all times. Learn more about the glory of mankind from: http://www.wmturls.com/pp
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… (Genesis 1:1).
Probably no other verse in the Bible has been exposed to as much incessant onslaught as Genesis Chapter 1 verse 1 as the key verse upon which the rest of Scripture and the history of mankind stands or falls. This verse postulates that the universe had a beginning; what cosmologists refer to as initial singularity. If the universe had a beginning then Someone outside of it must have been responsible for calling it into existence; someone whom Aristotle called an Unmoved Mover; a transcendent being whom we who believe call God. And if nothing existed prior to the initial singularity then we can infer that the universe came into existence ex nihilo-out of nothing and only God has the ability to bring into existence something out of nothing. This concept is corroborated by the Standard Model although the veracity of God’s Word does not necessarily need to be affirmed by any man-made models. But this demonstrates to us how the laws of physics reveal what God has already put in place. The Standard Model posits that with the passage of time, the distances that separate the galaxies of our universe have increased due to the constant expansion of the universe. The material content itself does not expand. What expands is the space itself; “just as the buttons glued to the surface of a balloon will recede from one another as the balloon inflates (Craig, 2008). Another amazing scientific observation is that “as the universe expands it becomes less and less dense.” This means that if you reverse this order of activity, that is, if the expansion of the galaxies are reversed back in time, the universe will become increasingly denser until we arrive “at a state of infinite density at some point in the finite past,” which is a state that represents what is known as the singularity. At this point “all matter and energy, space and time come into being at the initial cosmological singularity.” This is the point when space and time all began to exist-“nothing existed before the singularity.” Therefore, if the universe originated at such a singularity, ex nihilo, the creation account is most definitely accurate. Of course, other models have been developed to try and repudiate the Standard Model, but it has continued to withstand the onslaught of these alternative models.
If anyone is tempted to think that this argument is being belabored they have no idea about the intensity and magnitude of the frontal attack against biblical accounts that constantly pummel our children as some professors in institutions of higher learning endeavor to “prove that the Bible is nothing more than a book about fairy tales.” We as parents who are believers have a responsibility to be intellectually engaged with our faith in order to provide a strong scaffolding for our children, and to help them contend for their faith in any forum without sounding idiotic. And so, we echo the Bible proudly, “In the beginning God….”
William Lane Craig. “Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics.” 2008. Crossway. Wheaton, Illinois.