How did we get to where we are now? What or who created the universe? Two big questions that everyone has put thought into. When it comes to an answer there are two groups of people, those who consider themselves creationists and another group who believe in the big bang theory. Many times people who believe in the big bang may believe in a God, but don’t view Him as a Christian would, or they don’t believe in any god or gods. People who believe in Creationism may believe in a God creating everything but then believe He just left it to run like a clock, then there are Christians who believe that God created everything and desires to have a personal relationship with each person. Read my post What is the difference between Deism and Agnosticism for more insight.
Georges Lemaître was the first to create a model of the big bang in 1929. He believed that at one point the universe was as small as an atomic nucleus. Lemaître said that the universe came from “a day without a yesterday when the universe was infinitely small and infinitely curved, and all matter and energy were concentrated in a single point.” Fred Hoyle came up with the name Big Bang Theory and it has stuck since. The beginning of time started in a tiny very hot dense piece of matter and energy. Astronomers use three points of evidence to prove the Big Bang actually occurred;
- The universe is constantly expanding.
- Abundance of elements in space can be explained by fusion in the universe when it was young and dense.
- Space is filled with radiation from the early hot phases.
For more information on each point click here. Much of what scientists know regarding the Big Bang comes from theories and mathematical equations, because they can’t fully peer into the past. Scientists have a model explaining different phases of the universe expanding, and give estimates on how many years it may have taken for each phase. Overall making the universe to be about 13.2 years old. It’s called the Big Bang because the universe started at a point and jut continues to expand, but in all reality it is a slow bang.
Then on the other side of the argument are people who believe in creationism. Creationism is the idea that God created the universe, as it discusses in the bible. In Genesis 1 it says,
The Creation of the World
“1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse[a] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And God made[b] the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven.[c] And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth,[d] and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.“
Creationism is God declaring it and it becoming. But when we compare the Big Bang theory to creationism there are similarities. Creationists believe that science does not deny a God but actually points us to God all that much more. When comparing the Big Bang model to what is written in the bible we can see the similarities of what God declared and what science shows came first in the model. It was all dark at one point but God said let there be light and the light was then created. Just as the Big Bang shows a sequence, Genesis shows us a gradual creation of what the universe came to be. The bible says that God created the universe and everything in it, earth, humans, nature within the span of six days. The bible also says how God views time differently. A day to God could be 100 days more or less, we are not sure, but six days could mean longer then what we believe the span of six days to be. So if a God created the universe what was the point? God created the world to show His glory and too allow His people to experience His wonders. My post The Gospel, goes into more detail about this. To gain an even deeper understanding of God’s glory being shown through His creation read this article by John Piper who breaks it down.
Genesis is the only biblical information concerning the creation of the world and how it all began. Scientists have come up with the Big Bang model, but their evidence was created through theories and mathematical equations. Astronomers only know what 5% of the universe is filled with, while the other 95% is considered dark matter and energy(elements we are unaware of). At the end of the day, Creationists and Big Bang theorists only know so much, but one thing remains we all have an innate desire to know why and how.
This video just shows how small we are in this vast universe.