Big bang vs Christianity
Many young-earth creationist Christians claim that, at the fall of Adam, the following occurred...
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.
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.
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"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."
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)