Big bang vs Christianity

Many young-earth creationist Christians claim that, at the fall of Adam, the following occurred...

  1. There was rapid, instantaneous evolution of all creatures (saber-tooth tigers grew fangs, mosquitoes began sucking blood)
  2. The natural laws of the physical universe changed significantly (before the fall: no need for animals to eat one another, no procreation, all living creatures lived forever, no pain or suffering, branches never fell on creatures, no tornadoes, no volcanoes, no disease)

I reject these ideas.

Modern Christian young-earth Creationism is fairly new, invented in response to evolution which requires long periods of time for life to arise. Geology had just previous to this demonstrated that the earth was, indeed, very old, but this contradicted biblical interpretation from even the early days of Christianity. Christians usually interpreted the first chapter of Genesis to mean that the world was created in six 24-hour days (but their justification for thinking this was very shallow in my opinion.)

Since then trustworthy scientific evidence has continued to accumulate indicating that the earth is, indeed, very old and that the universe began with the big bang. Young-earth creationists of course must reject and refute all this evidence. They teach the idea of the "appearance of age" — that the universe is young but God created it to look old.

This rejection by Christians of the facts of science has alienated scientists and the culture at large causing many to mock and reject Christianity. However, there are respected scientists who are Christians who believe that Biblical truth is harmonious with scientific truth.

The Creation-Science War

There was no such teaching as young-earth Creationism until after the time of Jesus; the Old Testament rabbis didn't teach it nor did the apostles teach it. The earliest form of the teaching of the earth as young began only about 100 years after Christ with the notion of 6,000 yearsof human history (by equating each day in the Genesis creation story with 1,000 years).

It is ironic that modern young-earth creationists who quote the Early Church Fathersas "proof" of their view reject this 6,000-year teaching even though that is clearly what these early writers believed. Young-earth Creationists claim to interpret the word "day" in Genesis 1 literally: but alas, they are not so literal after all.

Chronology of the Universe According to Science

13.8 billion years ago
  • Big Bang
  • Matter is slightly "clumpy". Under the influence of gravity it collects together causing galaxies and stars to form.
13 billion years ago
  • Stars (and galaxies) begin to form.
  • Heavy elements (iron, carbon, silicon, oxygen, phosphorus, etc.) are formed within certain stars.
  • Supernovae (exploding stars) eject heavy elements into space.
  • Matter collects from gravity to form galaxies, then stars within galaxies.
13 billion years ago
  • Milky Way galaxy originated.
  • After several revolutions around the Milky Way the sun collects enough heavy elements in orbit around it to form the planets.
4.54 billion years ago
  • Earth forms.
  • Heavy elements (iron, carbon, silicon, oxygen, phosphorus, etc.) condense under the force of gravity to form a solid planet.
  • The heaver elements sink to the center of the earth.
  • Once the continents solidify, plate tectonics begins and the mountains are formed. Sedimentary rock is created where conditions are favorable.
  • Later, fossils get trapped in the sedimentary rock.
3.5 — 3.9 billion years ago
  • First life on earth
  • New species appear at regular intervals until modern man appears.
  • Many species could only exist during the conditions on earth at the time they existed. In other words, many of the now extinct species could not exist on earth today.
  • Many species go extinct during this time period.
1.5 million years ago
  • Hominids appear. They are man-like but not yet true humans. The only species of true-humans is homo-sapiens.
  • They make tools, paint caves, and bury their dead.
200,000 years ago
  • The first humans. Homo-sapiens-sapiens, which is modern man.
  • There are no new species formed after this.
  • Neanderthal man existed between perhaps 300,000 and 30,000 B.C. They went extinct perhaps because of modern man.
10,000 B.C.

What well-known Scientists Say 

"We can't understand the universe in any clear way without the supernatural." (Allan Sandage)

"The values of these numbers [in the laws of science] seem to have been very finely adjusted to make possible the development of life." (Stephen Hawking)

Albert Einstein wrote of his desire "to know how God created the universe. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon. . . . I want to know His thought, the rest are details." (Albert Einstein)

"A superintellect has monkeyed with physics." (Sir Fred Hoyle)

"The laws [of physics] . . . seem themselves to be the product of exceedingly ingenious design." (Davis)

After Albert Einstein published his equations of general relativity he acknowledged "the necessity for a beginning" and "the presence of a superior reasoning power."

What the Bible Says

He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed. His ways are eternal. (Habakkuk 3:6)

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1) The big bang.

He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. (Job 26:7-8)

From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. (Psalm 33:13-15)

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