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The Origin of all Things

The Origin of all Things

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat” (Ps. 19:1-6).

“And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the LORD your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage” (Deut. 4:19).

As we began to look at origin of the universe, we need to keep in mind that no one was there to observe the process, it cannot be tested without making a lot of assumptions and it cannot be repeated. God ask Job: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding” (Job 38:4). Did it just spontaneously happen or was it the work of an Intelligent Designer as the Bible says.

To the matter-first people, the universe was not created because God does not exist. To the mind-first people, the universe was created by God as stated in the Bible. Prior to the 20th century, most of the matter-first people believed that the universe was eternal — that it had always existed. This is called the static universe theory. The problem with this theory is that it violates the Cosmic Law of Cause & Effect. The law states that for every cause, there is an effect or for every effect, there must be a cause behind it. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. If the static universe has always existed then we have an effect but not a cause. How could it always exist? This is no longer a feasible theory as it contradicts the rules of empirical science. Blind faith is required to believe in this theory.

Based on later research, Scientist believed that the universe is expanding. If that is true then the static universe theory is not valid. They then came up with what is now called the “The Big Bang Theory”. This means that the universe began at some point in the finite past.

Now we understand that there are only two legitimate options for the origin of the universe: (1) Someone made the universe (Intelligent Design), or (2) The universe made itself (Random Chance).

In 1984, The National Academy of Science published a booklet “Science and Creationism” where they argued the teaching of creationism was not science but that evolution was. They argued that evolution had been proven beyond all doubt. In that booklet, they explained the origin of the universe as resulting from the “Big Bang”. The following is an excerpt.

“The processes by which new galaxies, stars, and our own planetary system are formed are sometimes referred to as the ‘evolution’ of the universe, the stars and the solar system. The word evolution in this context has a very different meaning than it does when applied to the evolution of organism. In both instances, there is an unfolding, but the processes involved are entirely different. The relevant sciences involved are also different—biological sciences in the evolution of organisms and the physical science in the evolution of the universe and its constituent domains.”

“Evidence that the evolution of the universe has taken place over at least several billion years is overwhelming. Among the most striking indication of this process are the receding velocities of distant galaxies. This general expansion of the universe was first noted in the late 1920s and early 1930s by the American astronomer Edwin Hubble form his studies of the changing wavelengths of light from distant stars and galaxies (Hubble, 1939, Hubble and Humason, 1931).”

“Extrapolating backwards, astronomers today estimate that the expansion probably began some 10 to 20 billion years ago. This concept of expansion from a more dense early state was dramatically confirmed in 1965, when faint radio static left over from the early universe was discovered by radio astronomers at the Bell Laboratories (Penzias and Wilson, 1965). The intensity of this static was just what would be expected to result from the expansion of the universe. Confirming earlier predictions, the discovery strongly reinforced the scientific theory that the universe evolved from an initially dense state at a starting temperature of approximately 100 billion degrees Celsius (Weinberg, 1977).”

“The invariant spontaneous decay of the radioactive isotopes of some elements, resulting in the formation of inert daughter isotopes of other element, provides further evidence that the universe is billions of years old. Analyses of the relative abundances of radioactive isotopes and their inert decay products in the earth, meteorites, and moon rocks all lead to the conclusion that these bodies are about 4.5 billion years old. This finding agrees with calculations of the age of the sun based on the theory of stellar evolution and is consistent with estimates of the time that would be required for the origin of life and the evolution of organisms. Another measure of age comes from the relative abundance of uranium isotopes. The relative rarity of the isotope uranium -235, whose half-file is roughly 0.7 billion years, tells us that the earth’s uranium is approximately 7 billion years old. We do not know how long after the beginning of the universe it took to form the uranium found on earth, but its presence and relative abundance require that the age of the universe be at least 7 billion years. Although our picture of the origin and evolution of the universe, the stars, and the earth is tentative, our reservations should not be confused with uncertainty about their great age.”

“Astrophysicists also have developed plausible hypotheses concerning the formation of galaxies, individual stars and planetary systems. The sun and planets in our solar system are believed to have been formed by condensations from an interstellar cloud of dust and gas like those now visible in parts of our galaxy. New evidence from the geochemical study of isotopes in the Allende meteoritic implies that the condensation resulting in our solar system was initiated by a nearby exploding star (or supernova) about 4.5 billion years ago. Many details are uncertain, but there is general agreement on the broader aspects of this process” (pp 11-13).

Any arguments for the Big Bang Theory requires a lot of assumptions. The first assumption is that all of the universe has been expanding at a constant rate from the source of the so-called explosion. The second assumption is that a tightly condensed mass of matter contained all the matter and energy of the universe. How dense was it? Is this argument reasonable? The big question is: how did the large condensed mass of matter get there in the first place? We are back to the question of beginnings with no answers. If this theory is true, then the law of cause and effect would again come into play—for every effect there is a cause.

Now consider that an intelligent designer created the universe. He could have created the universe during a period of expansion with the stars, planets, etc. in place but closer to their present positions that the evolutionist claim. He could also have created all the energy in place—including light. In other words, it would not take millions and billions of years for light to reach the earth. This would mean that the universe is much younger than matter-first people claim. Perhaps, it is not 10 to 20 billion years old.

The second assumption has to do the rate of decay of radioisotopes. The assumption is that none of the unstable elements had begun to decay before the explosion. Therefore, by using the rate of decay of radioisotopes, science has backed into the age of the universe. Suppose that the elements had already begun to decay before the explosion, then, in that case, the old age claimed for the universe would be incorrect. This also presents a major problem for carbon dating which is used so much today. This theory is based upon a large number of assumptions. If the assumptions are wrong, then the universe may not be 10 to 20 billion years old.

Now, let us again consider that an intelligent designer created the universe. He could have created the radioisotopes at any stage of decay. It does appear that the universe is continuing to expand. It also appears that some stars are dying and new ones are being reborn. This would indicate that the universe is alive and that the creation process is continuing.

Now let us go back to the Big Bang Theory. We would expect that such a huge explosion would scatter matter in a chaotic way all over the area. There would be no order to the process. Today, do we see stars randomly floating in the universe undirected? No, they move in an orderly pattern.

Now let us examine the molecular structure of the universe. We know that most of the chemical elements can be found within the universe. How did they acquire their unique atomic structure? We have all been taught that the universe is composed of matter and energy. We also know that matter can be and has been changed into energy. The whole process of changing matter into energy results from changing the atomic structure, as some atoms change into others atoms, thus, losing part of their mass and converting it into energy. Now, if the Big Bang theory is true, what is the origin of this molecular structure and when did it began releasing energy?

When we look at the order of the universe and it structure, there is strong evidence of intelligent design. “In effect, atheistic science must use ‘supernatural’ means to justify its atheistic presupposition.” There are basic laws of physics, which we must all observe. They are:

    • Gravitational Force
    • Electromagnet Force
    • Strong Nuclear Force
    • Weak Nuclear Force
    • Speed of light
    • Proton Mass
    • Electron Mass
    • Cosmological Constant
    • Planck’s Constant
    • Mass Density of the Universe
    • Carlson Energy Reasoning
    • Mathematical Precision of the Universe

The late astronomer, Allan Sandage, who charted the cosmos’s age and expansion, said, “The chain of events leading to man commenced suddenly and sharply at a definite moment in time in a flash of energy and light”. He also said, “We can’t understand the universe in any clear way without the supernatural”.

Consider the following quote from my web site posting on creation. “Underneath the physical beauty of this perfect creation is a brilliant structure which is equally overwhelming. Beginning with a building block that we call an atom, He constructed it all. The atoms, so small that they cannot be seen with the most powerful microscopes, contain a nucleus of protons and neutrons. Spinning electrons, one for each proton, revolve in high-speed orbits around the nucleus. The pattern of one body rotating on its axis and revolving in an orbit around a nucleus is repeated in the grand design of the universe. The whole scheme is held together by a balance between the pull of two forces – gravity in the nucleus and centrifugal force on the revolving body.”

“By changing the number of electrons and protons in atoms, God changed one element into another. By combining the atoms together in different formations, He created molecules and with molecules, He structured His mighty creation. By fusing four atoms of hydrogen into one atom of helium there is a combined loss of matter and this loss of matter is converted into energy with a mighty explosion. By using this method, He created mighty continuous nuclear explosions that have become the stars that span the universe.”

“He placed planets around some of the stars, and they follow the standard pattern of creation by rotating on their axis and revolving in orbits around the stars. This formation is called a solar system. Within our solar system, planet earth, which is home base for man, is approximately ninety-three million miles from our star, the sun. Our planet is not considered a large one, yet it is seventy-nine hundred miles in diameter, twenty-five thousand miles around the circumference and covers an area of almost fifty-eight million square miles. There are nine planets in our solar system and our most distant sister planet is Pluto, which is approximately three and one half billion miles from the sun. Our solar system ends where the sun’s gravity is no longer effective – perhaps fifty billion miles from the sun.”

“God created billions of stars, perhaps some of them with a system of planets. The approximate distance between our sun and its nearest neighbor star is twenty-five trillion miles. God grouped stars into clusters containing billions of stars, which together follow the same pattern of rotating and revolving. Our entire solar system spins on its axis, the sun, and also revolves in orbit around the center of our galaxy. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, has a diameter of about six hundred million, billion miles. Because our minds have difficulty grasping these numbers, distance in space is usually measured in light years. Still, God did not stop with the galaxies—He grouped many galaxies into the same pattern of rotation and revolution! We are told that the universe is still expanding.”

“What language did God use to communicate the mechanics of His creation? He used the language of mathematics. It is the universal language that is spoken around the world. This is the reason mathematics can be traced to the very beginning of civilization. It is the underlying basis of the laws of all the mechanics of the universal. We should keep in mind that numbers are scientific! It has been said that the ‘study of Astronomy is the oldest numerical science'”. We should keep in mind that mathematics was discovered – not created by man.

Is there evidence for intellect design in the universe? The answer is, without a doubt, yes. Yet, we are continually being indoctrinated by our educational systems, television, museums and our national parks that this precisely structured universe and earth are billions of years old and randomly happened without a structured plan.