“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…. Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light…. Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will serve as signs for festivals and for days and years. They will be lights in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth.’ And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to have dominion over the day and the lesser light to have dominion over the night—as well as the stars. God placed them in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth, to dominate the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:1,3,14-18 CSB)
In our recent article about the expansion of the universe, we showed how some basic scientific facts about the universe point to the existence of God. Today, we will examine even more scientific concepts about the universe and see how they relate to the Creator.
Existence of Elements Essential for Life
When two helium nuclei collide, they fuse together and produce the fleeting, unstable beryllium. An additional collision with a single helium nucleus, and carbon is created.
“For the Lord is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. ‘I am the Lord,’ he says, ‘and there is no other.'” (Isaiah 45:18 NLT)
An article in USA Today entitled “Signal received from far reaches of early universe” reports:
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
For the first time, astronomers have detected a signal from stars emerging in the early universe some 14 billion years ago.
They may also have detected mysterious “dark matter” at work.
Using a radio antenna not much bigger than a refrigerator, astronomers discovered that primordial suns began to shine about 180 million years after the Big Bang, when the universe was created.
Less than 100 years ago, science discovered that the universe is expanding. However, the men who wrote the Bible spoke of this concept when it was written almost 3,000 years ago. But many people believe the Bible and science contradict one another. Is this really so? Let’s examine some basic scientific concepts about the universe and see how they compare to what the Bible says.
First Law of Thermodynamics – E = mc2
The first law of thermodynamics states that energy can be transformed from one form to another, but can be neither created nor destroyed. Matter and energy are interchangeable (E=mc2).
On Monday, June 21, 1999, the Tallahassee Democrat published a newspaper article entitled: “Universe is expanding rapidly, at ever increasing rate.” A scan of the article can be view below:
This discovery surprised scientists back in 1998. Being generally agnostic or atheistic, they don’t much like this. Why? Because as Stephen Hawking said, it has “religious overtones and implications.” Why? Because, as he said, the universe is confirmed to be “expanding at the critical rate.” That is, to continue expanding at an ever increasing rate, but exactly the precise rate to go on expanding forever. There is no way this could happen by accident, or without a guiding hand – in other words, a Creator.
On February 13, 2017, BBC published an article entitled “How the Universe can expand if there is no extra space.” The article can be viewed here.
We know much more today than Job did then, but our answer would also be: “not really.”
However, the Bible does enlighten us far beyond science, although we appreciate good science.
“Yahweh, my God, how great you are! … You stretch out the heaven like a tent.” (Ps 104:1-2 NJB)
There is a new MSN article that says that the universe is slowly dying as old stars fade faster than new ones are born. The article can be read here.
These discoveries serve to prove the Bible as being right when it says the universe had a beginning (Genesis 1:1). The obvious reason that stars are not being formed at the same rate as in the past is that the universe had to be kick-started from zero or nothing to a full-blown universe in a relatively short time – by the standards of the universe, that is.