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by Bronwyn Pearse, guest writer

These three monkeys see no evil, hear no evil, say no evil, but there are many words said and written about the origin of the universe.

Noted astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle is famous for several sayings including

“A common-sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intelligent has monkeyed with the physics as well as chemistry and biology. ‘

So with this in mind, astrophysicists were working on their understandings of how the universe came into being. From this, they put all their mathematical equations and astronomical observations together and wrote all this up in what is called ‘Space-Time Theorems.’ Here are two:

  1. “If mass exists and general relativity reliably predicts cosmic dynamics, then space and time must be created, implying a causal agent who transcends space and time.”(Hawking, Ellis, Penrose)
  2. “Any universe that expands on average, has a beginning implying a causal agent outside space and time that creates space time matter and energy.” (Borde, Velenkin, Guth,)

Borde and Velekin committed themselves to try to come up with a different set of conclusions but found themselves confronted by more evidence that dug them deeper and deeper into a cosmic dark hole.

Desperate to find an alternative to a space-time beginning they spent ten years crunching the numbers and concluded that ‘regardless of the energy conditions or what type of inflation event the universe experienced it must have a beginning.’

Vilenkin wrote in a subsequent book. “With the proof now in place, cosmologists can no longer hide behind a past eternal universe. There is no escape, they have to face the problem of a cosmic beginning. “

This problem is about two issues.

Namely that a beginning implies a beginner and that the evolutionary models’ foundations were now being exposed to humongous cracks (as it is based on an eternal universe, allowing the dice of chance infinite possibilities.)

As Sir Arthur Eddington puts it. “We (must) allow evolution an infinite time to get started.”

While studying evolution in year twelve, my highly experienced biology teacher was asked: “Do you believe in God?” To which he replied. “I don’t think God can be discounted.”

So where do we go for answers to these questions? The philosophers? the religious texts? Do they say anything about the universe or its properties? In poetry, prophesy or prose or simple recounts?

Let’s have a look…

It’s like ’Chalk and Cheese’ really.

When researching a topic like cosmology you would be surprised as to how much and how often these astronomers refer to theological references.

He was not a Christian but in his book Nature of the Universe, astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle states “There is a good deal of cosmology in the Bible it is a remarkable conception.”

Fred is correct, the Bible says a lot about the nature and characteristics of the universe. It says ten times as much as all the other holy books put together.

Remember it was written thousands of years before the recent discoveries of the last few centuries.

So keeping in mind the space-time theorems, what does the bible say about the beginning of the universe?

Well here are some of these references. Genesis 1. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Hebrews 11.3 The universe that we can detect did not come from that which we could detect.

John 1.3 Through him all things were made, without him nothing was made that has been made.

Col,1:15-17 For in him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, things visible and invisible, all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things and in him, all things hold together.

Gen 2.4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

Isiah 42.5 This is what God says, the God who created the heavens and stretched them out. Who spread out the earth and it’s producing.

John 17.12 You loved me before the creation of the world.

2nd Timothy 1.9 the grace of God we now experience was put into effect before the beginning of time.

Titus 1.2 in the hope of eternal life which God promises before the beginning of time.

The Bible does have a lot to say about the universe. One has to search and study to find the gems.

Conversely, the non-biblical religious texts of the world teach that God or Gods or cosmic forces create within space and time that eternally exists.

The Bible stands alone in saying God created space and time, that he creates independent of space and time and that space and time don’t exist until God creates it.

This distinguishes the God of the Bible from the gods of the non-biblical faiths who say space and time are eternal.

The Bible says space and time are temporal. They are as different as chalk and cheese.

The alternative to a creator is a universe created from nothing by chance with no purpose or design. Moreover, the evolutionist is left with the non-matter producing the matter and perhaps more challenging, the unconscious producing the conscious and the non-mind producing the mind.

In ’The Comic Blueprint’ Astrophysicist Paul Davies said:  “Why do we see such orderly progression in the universe from featureless origin to rich diversity”?

Regarding the fine-tuning of the universe, Davies writes in his book ‘Super force,’  “The laws of physics seem to be the product of exceedingly ingenious design.”

So like a detective on the hunt for more fingerprints let’s continue to look at the evidence.

Check out my next blog ‘Holmes and Watson.’ Go to the square icon above to navigate the pages

see reasons.org/explore/

Also: Dr Hugh Ross ‘Improbable Planet, & the Creator and the Cosmos, Dr Paul Davies ‘The Cosmic Blueprint’, Dr Steven Hawking’ A Brief History Of Time’. Freeman Dyson ’Disturbing the Universe’

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