“But really how did the Earth/Universe/Humans come into existence?”
There are many theories about the “beginning of time,” but in this post I will focus on two biggies: The Big Bang Theory (not the show) and that defined in Genesis – The Creation. First, what are they?
This theory is wholly materialistic in nature. “Scientism” directs this theory, stating that about 13.8 billion years ago everything came from a small particle – a singularity – that heated up to about 10 billion degrees and inflated into our present cosmos. This conclusion is backed by maps of background radiation and echoes that scientists can see, called the cosmic microwave background (CMB). The CMB is the leftovers of the Big Bang, or “early light.” At this time, protons, neutrons and electrons started to cool and combine. Yet this theory fails to identify where this particle comes from. It also includes numerous hypothetical entities that have not been observed, such as inflation, dark matter, and dark energy.
The Creation (Genesis 1:1 – 2:4)
The Creation story is not a theory to us Christians. It is a fact. We fully believe that the Bible is “God breathed” and perfect in nature (check out my previous posts proving the Bible’s legitimacy).
The Bible’s narrative in on creation is supernatural in nature. God created the universe in 6 days. Both mornings and evenings are mentioned, so let’s take this literally as 24 hours/day. God probably provided these details for a reason. See the image below as to the order of God’s creation (i.e. what happened each day).
Also, I just want to shout out to God for creating the 7th day of the week as a “special day.” Sometimes after a long week we just need some rest. Pretty cool how he knew what we needed before we existed.
So… which one is it?
I think science is awesome. It’s amazing how many diseases the human race is able to cure, and how we are now able to explore areas in space once unknown. Science and Christianity are not mutually exclusive. Although the Big Bang Theory has its flaws and contradictions that many scientists and Biblical scholars agree on, its general concepts support The Creation. The Bible does state the two most fundamental properties of the Big Bang Theory – a cosmic beginning a measurable time ago and continuous expansion of the universe:
“This is what the Lord says-He who created the heavens and stretched them out.” Isaiah 42:5
The biggest discrepancy between the Big Bang Theory and the Bible is the timing. Scientists theorize the Big Bang, and the creation of the universe, happened over billions of years. The Bible states creation happened in 6 days. Many claim these “days” in Genesis 1 were not literal days, or there were gaps between the days of God’s creation, or there were gaps between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 that explain the time it took the Earth to expand and develop. It is important to note that if we accept the Bible as God’s word for us, it is not flawed. We should not mold God’s Word to fit the evolutionary theories of imperfect humans. The Big Bang Theory is not a fact. Good science will fully support the Bible. We as Christians should not fear these theories, but challenge their weaknesses in order to prevent false/unfinished theories from creating doubts in Christianity.
We should be aware that the human race is only able to explain natural phenomena and the existing universe. Science cannot explain why laws like gravity exist in the first place. Luckily, God is not constrained by the universe’s characteristics of time, matter, and density. He is infinite. He is the why.
Out of nothing, nothing comes… unless God’s hands are at work.
P.S. If you would like to dive more into these theories or explore others, please post any questions/comments you have. There are many facts and hypotheses in regards to the beginning of time – quite interesting!