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Part 3 Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth

Let me begin our discussion where God begins:

I. In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1)

The Bible teaches the entire universe came into existence out of nothing.  The phrase ex nihilo is used because is means, “out of nothing.”  What this means is before the creation of the universe, nothing else existed except the Triune God.  God existed from all eternity as a Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and all 3 persons of the Trinity participated in creation ex nihilo (out of nothing).   Hebrews 11:3 (NASB) By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” God created everything material and immaterial out of nothing.

What does science say?  The vast majority of scientists believe the universe came into existence via the big bang.  Physicist Steven Weinberg in his book The First Three Minutes says, “In the beginning there was an explosion.”  The big bang theory teaches the universe began to exist with a great explosion from a state of infinite density about 14.6 billion years ago.  Four of the world’s most famous astronomers describe that event in these words: “The universe began from a state of infinite density…Space and time were created in that event and so was all the matter in the universe[1].”  Since the beginning event space and matter have been moving outward; the universe is constantly expanding.  And where did the matter come from?  Science has no idea.

Another interesting question is what was the cause of the big bang?  Author Bill Bryson writes in his book A Short History of Nearly Everything, “It seems impossible that you could get something from nothing,” he said, “but the fact that once there was nothing and now there is a universe is evident proof that you can.”  Are you kidding me?  A brilliant man saying the universe came into existence from nothing and was caused by nothing; as if nothing had the power to create the entire universe.  Aristotle defined nothing as what rocks dream about.  Nothing is no-thing and cannot create anything.  This just shows how far science has to go to avoid giving God the credit.  Over the years there have been alternate theories proposed (i.e. steady state, oscillating universe) but all of them have been soundly refuted.  Currently, scientists have no idea how the universe came into existence.

Whether or not you believe in the big bang theory, it is important to understand, the vast majority of scientists believe the universe came into existence at some point in time in the past.  The idea of an eternal universe is rejected almost universally by scientists.  Steven Hawking writes, “Almost everyone now believes that the universe, and time itself, had a beginning at the Big Bang[2].”  Bottom line the big bang needs a big banger.  Moses was correct thousands of years ago when he penned his words in Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

I was on a hike with my college age nephew Max from New Zealand.  He is normally very quiet except when he is with me; he loves to talk to me about spiritual issues.  On a hike in the Mammoth Lakes area, I asked him where he thought truth came from.  He said truth comes from science.  I said I believe we can learn a lot from science but ultimately all truth comes from God.  He couldn’t accept my answer because he didn’t believe God existed.  I then asked him how the universe came into existence and he told me he believes the universe never had a beginning; that it is eternal.  I said that goes against science; that science has rejected the idea of an eternal universe and almost all scientists believes in the big bang.  I then said, how can you say science has the truth but when science contradicts your beliefs you reject science?  He got very quiet.  I then said, Max science isn’t the center of truth, you are.

Max wanted to avoid the big bang; why? A big bang needs a big banger.  You have to understand scientists worldwide don’t want the big bang to be true.  It leads to the possibly God exists and they don’t want any supernatural answers to scientific questions.  They will do anything to avoid giving God the credit for the universe.  Paul writes in Romans 1:21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Ignorance is the result of a choice. People who do not “know” God are those who have made that choice. Understanding God requires a moral decision, not additional information. My nephew Max doesn’t need more evidence, he just needs to believe; God says he is without excuse.

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[1] J. Richard Gott, et al., “Will the Universe Expand Forever?” Scientific American (March 1976): 65.

[2] Stephen W. Hawking and Roger Penrose, The Nature of Space and Time (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1996), 20.

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  • Tom Wright May 30, 2010, 8:46 pm

    Is it possible that scientists can’t explain where matter came from AND, equally, can’t explain the existence of a God? I believe you’re saying that because they can’t explain the origin of the Big Bang or the origin of matter that the default must be God created universe. They simply can’t prove either.

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