Topic 1.1
Bible and Big Bang
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Big Bang

God's instant creation of the universe
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Questions
Answered here from the Bible

🟩 Is there a transcendent Designer/Creator ... or did the universe come into existence by itself by chance from nothing?

🟩 Is the Big Bang in the Bible?

🟩 Does the Bible say that the earth is less than 10,000 years old?

🟩 Is there an inherent conflict between science and the Bible?

🟩 Does belief in an old earth have any effect on the New Testament gospel?

🟩 Why does the beginning even matter?

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This Discovery section searches the Bible for answers to the questions above and provides information for intelligent and persuasive conversations with doubters and unbelievers

Why this is important

With regard to the age of the earth, most Christians just shrug off the issue by saying, It doesn't matter to me whether the earth is young or old. It doesn't make any difference.

But this response misses the real issue: It's not about us! It's about them!

Bible credibility is the issue. If the Bible is wrong about the age of the earth, doubters and unbelievers can reasonably conclude that it is probably wrong about other matters, too, and that the Bible cannot be trusted as a book of truth.

Similarly, personal testimony is greatly diminished if others think Christians are uneducated, naive, or brain-washed.

It's important to get it right about the age of the earth to establish respect and influence.

Maybe the subject will never come up in open conversation, but every Christian should be ready if it does. Even if doubters don't raise the issue, they think about it! In some situations, a Christian should raise the issue just to flush out hidden misunderstandings and establish better rapport.

This section gives reasons for believing that God formed the earth over long periods of time ... and that science and the Bible are not enemies.

FIRST WORDS IN THE BIBLE

'In the beginning ... '

'IN THE BEGINNING God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the face of the deep, and the spirt of God was hovering over the waters.' – Genesis 1:1-2
RESTATED IN TODAY'S LANGUAGE: God created the universe instantly with a release of divine energy beyond human comprehension, the Big Bang. Everything was vaporized with heat so intense that even light could not penetrate it. Vapors eventually cooled to form the earth's core with a crust and a deep watery surface. God was getting ready to do something special here!

This is all the information the Bible provides about the creation of the universe. To say more would have created credibility issues for people in earlier times who didn't have the historical and scientific understanding we have today.


These first two verses of the Bible are just an introductory summary of God's creation. See Bible study here on how God brought life to earth in six stages called 'days,' in essentially the same sequence as modern science now explains it – written in the Bible more than 3,500 years ago!

BIBLE REPORTED BIG BANG FIRST

Science discovered it 3,500 years later

Old science was 'steady-state' (until 1960-1980)

Until the 1960s, scientists held to the steady-state theory that the universe had no beginning or end in time and that the earth has always existed in one form or another. They scoffed at the Bible for saying the earth had a beginning.

The first use of the term 'big bang' was by astronomer Fred Hoyle in a BBC broadcast in 1949 when he said that a new theory was being proposed by some radical astronomers 'based on the hypothesis that all matter in the universe was created in one big bang at a particular time in the remote past.' He argued against the theory and said it was 'irrational and outside science.'

However, as a result of better telescopes and computers, by the 1980s the 'Big Bang' had become the dominant explanation by astronomers and astrophysicists.

New science is 'Big Bang' (since 1980)

Today, the Big Bang is generally regarded as settled science.

The universe started with a 'singularity' (Christians say 'God'), then exploded, expanded and cooled over the next 13.8 billion years into the cosmos we know today – and it is still expanding!

NASA has calculated that In the first second after the universe began the surrounding temperature was more than10 billion degrees Fahrenheit.

Bible has been saying it for thousands of years

The Bible says that 'In the beginning' the earth was 'formless and empty.' Heat was so intense that everything was vaporized, just gasses.

There was 'darkness over the face of the deep.' Light cannot penetrate intense heat.

The 'spirit of God was hovering over the waters' (condensing steam and cooling crust): God was giving special attention to planet earth because He planned to do something very unique and special here, to create life.

The Big Bang is what scientists have been saying for less than 80 years but what the Bible has been saying for more than 3,500 years!

This gives us great confidence in the Bible because the writer of Genesis could not have known about the Big Bang that long ago except by special revelation from the Creator.

Churches silent about it

One would think that churches would be enthusiastically telling parishioners about this very significant change in scientific understanding, which greatly strengthens the credibility of the Bible.

Instead, churches have been silent about it. Most Christians are completely unaware that science has changed its basic thinking and now agrees with the Bible regarding the instant creation of the universe.

This is a sad commentary on the underlying hostility between church and science, so strong that most pastors don't even want to bring science into the conversation.

SCIENCE IS NOT AN ENEMY

Bible and science both seek the truth

Science and theology both seek the truth

There can be no difference between true science and true Christianity because both seek truthand there is only ONE TRUTH!

Science inquires into the physical, and Christianity inquires into the spiritual. They make different inquiries in different ways, but both are part of the same quest for truth.

Conflicts between science and the Bible have resulted from a lack of knowledge at particular times in history but are eventually resolved. For example:

World was flat. Christians fought the theory advanced by Pythagoras that the earth is round, not flat. They argued from four Bible verses that refer to 'the four corners of the earth.' The earth can't be round, they said, because the Bible says it has corners. And they argued from eight verses in the King James version about distance that say to 'the end of the earth.' The earth can't be round, they said, because it would then have no end. Christians once quibbled over 'corners' and 'ends' the way we quibble over 'days.'

World was stationary. Christians fought the theory advanced by Copernicus that the earth revolves around the sun. They believed that God made the earth the center of everything and argued from Psalm 104:5 ('He established the earth upon its foundations ...') and Psalm 93.2 ('... the earth is firmly established, it will not be moved'). They quibbled over 'established' and 'foundations' the way we quibble over 'days.'

Universe had no beginning. Similarly, on the other side, scientists fought the Bible's teaching that the universe had a beginning. They claimed for centuries that the universe has always existed (steady-state theory), and they scoffed at Christians for believing that God spoke it into existence.

Eventually, Christians accepted the fact that the world is not flat and stationary ... and scientists have now accepted the fact that the universe had a beginning.

Conflicts in wording and understanding are usually resolved over time as we get more facts. Still, in the meantime, there have been many unnecessary battles that have undermined confidence in the Bible.

Today, a good study of both the Bible and science will reconcile God's word with God's world. Properly understood, science is just our growing understanding of God's marvelous creation.

Science makes a case for God

Science and the Bible are not enemies.

In fact, science is making a case for belief in a single almighty Designer/Creator God – ONE GOD, not many Gods.

For most of human history, people believed in a pantheon of gods.

People believed that hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts, and diseases were the wrath of the angry gods who had to be appeased with offerings and rituals. Many early Christians were persecuted and even put to death because they did not honor the local gods and thus were blamed for bringing punishments upon the community.

Science has been a great help to Christianity by revealing a single master design plan, leaving no doubt that a pantheon of gods does NOT run the world and that natural disasters and illnesses are NOT caused by wrath of the gods but by natural laws emanating from an intelligent and predictable master plan for the universe.

For most people in the United States today, the choice is not which spiritual deity to worship, but whether or not to acknowledge and obey the ONE Designer/Creator God.

See Bible study here on one God only for this foundational Christian belief.

SCIENCE is discovery of God's physical design plan
THEOLOGY is discovery of God's spiritual design plan

GOD'S METHOD AND TIMING

above nature and very old

Universe began externally, not within nature

There are no natural explanations for either the existence or the purpose of the universe.

If the Big Bang is the beginning of nature, then some intelligence and power outside of nature and greater than nature had to trigger the Big Bang, to start everything out of nothing, and to establish the predetermined laws of nuclear energy, physics, and chemistry that enabled it to develop with orderly precision.

Christians believe that divine intelligence and power is the only reasonable explanation for an instant universe of such magnitude, majesty, and precision.

Scientists call this source the 'singularity;' Christians know it as 'God.'

The Big Bang does not push God out of creation. It just explains God's method and timing. Like everything else scientific, God lets us learn more and more over time about His creation and how it works.

God's timing

Genesis 1:1-2 says that, at first, the earth was formless, empty, and dark. Now it has form, content, and light. Therefore we know from the Bible that the earth was NOT created instantly in its present form. Enormous changes have occurred over time in the earth's structure and content.

The only question is: How much time?

The Bible does not specifically tell in years when the Big Bang occurred, but scientists are now in agreement that it was approximately 13.8 billion years ago.

Earth is very old

The earth (solid) is approximately 4.5 billion years old. Apparently, it took about 9.3 billion years – the time between Genesis 1:2 and Genesis 1:6 – for the gasses to cool and form a liquid core with solid crust covered mostly by water. Then God began shaping the earth and putting life on it.

See Bible study here on God's six stages of transformation.

The compiler/writer of Genesis could not have had this amazing scientific insight more than three thousand years ago without special revelation from the Designer/Creator.

 See Bible study here on why creation 'day' is more than 24-hours.

The earth is still cooling, a whirling glob of molten minerals, 8,000 miles in diameter, with a thin crust (typically 5-25 miles) that supports life. There is nothing like it anywhere else in the known universe.

And now spiritual life

The Bible and the scientific community are now in essential agreement about the beginning of our physical world.

But there's another part of our world that came later – the non-physical part, even more complex than any physical BODY the human SOUL (mind, will, and emotion) and human SPIRIT (connection to God).

Topic 2.4 (coming soon) will investigate from scripture how humans are made in the image of God: A human trinity (soul, body and spirit) which mirrors God's trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).

FIVE REASONS

for acknowledging Big Bang

✓ REASON 1. Bible said it first
Genesis 1:1-2 (quoted in yellow above), the first words of the Bible, describe the Big Bang. We could not deduce the full massive concept from those few words – and the concept would have been incomprehensible to ancient people – but now with help from modern science we see how everything began in an instant with the Big Bang, the moment when God spoke the universe into existence.
✓ REASON 2. Science now agrees
Until the mid to late 1900s, most scientists believed that the universe had always existed (steady-state) and rejected the idea that it had a beginning. Now, however, virtually all scientists agree that the universe had an instant beginning caused by a 'singularity' (Christians say 'God').
✓ REASON 3. Removes barrier to faith
Jesus gave Christians the commission to 'make disciples.' Christians often thwart the mission by erecting unnecessary barriers to faith. When doubters and unbelievers are told that the Bible says the universe is less than 10,000 years old – and they are convinced by modern knowledge that this is patently false – they assume that the Bible is wrong about other things, too.
✓ REASON 4. Enhances gospel
Accepting the Big Bang does not in any way alter Christology (birth, life, teaching, atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ). Instead, the gospel message is enhanced because it is not tarnished with concerns that the Bible has been proven wrong by science.
✓ REASON 5. Honors God
A universe that unfolds with majestic precision over billions of years is even more marvelous than a universe put together as-is in a week. It diminishes God's creation when people say His creation is less amazing than it really is.

LOVING GOD WITH OUR MIND

the first and greatest commandment from Jesus

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.'
– Jesus, Matthew 22:37

Nothing is more important than the mind

Jesus said that there is an important connection between your heart (feeling) and your mind (thinking) and that they are equally important in loving God.

Loving God with our mind

And yet, even though coming clearly and directly from the lips of Jesus, the command to love God with your mind seems like a strange statement to most Christians today.

Even though Jesus said that nothing is more important, most Christians do not regard thinking as a spiritual command and experience.

Over the centuries since Jesus, people have been taught to believe that deep thinking about God's word should be left to theologians and pastors ... that deep thinking about God's world should be left to scientists ... and that ordinary Christians should just strive for good feelings.

True Christianity is about faith. It is impossible to build a solid faith on fluctuating feelings. One person's feelings are different than another person's feelings ... here today, gone tomorrow ... all with shifting shades of meaning and intensity.

Strong and lasting faith requires facts and understanding, and that's where thinking comes in. Thinking builds the solid foundation. Later, feelings confirm the reality and give comfort and joy.

Loving God with our mind is hardly ever mentioned in churches these days because emphasis is on arousing feelings though music and preaching.

With emotion, it's easy to create a God modified by our imagination. The dangers of re-characterizing God is illustrated repeatedly on this site by showing common church doctrines that are not completely rooted in scriputure but have been stretched or added to the Bible by tradition. See examples of Bible stretches and add-ons in the panel at bottom of this page.

It's a lazy form of Christianity just to believe whatever spiritual leaders tell us, or what a casual reading of the Bible tells us through their lens, and then sit back and wait for the next wave of feelings.

It's hard work to study scripture (God's word) and science (God's world) to understand God's purposes and methods as best we can ... a form of worship and preparation for service, obeying Jesus' number-one command to 'love God with all your mind.'

'Big Bang' is powerful for the mind

There is probably no topic more awesome and inspiring than the Big Bang, God's instant creation of the universe and then the gradual unfolding of His master plan with majestic precision over billions of years.

It's exciting because God allows us to understand more of His plan and methods with each passing year, individually and collectively, at an accelerating pace.

It's pleasing to God when we obey the first and greatest commandment and investigate scripture (God's word) and science (God's world) for new facts to clarify and strengthen our faith ... and to prepare us for intelligent dialog with the secular world.

It's a sin when we don't care or lack enough interest to think about it.

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Summary
Big Bang

🟩  God did it!

Our finite minds could not comprehend the origin of the universe even if we were given the details. The key point is that God did it! The universe did not come into existence by itself from nothing. It bears ample evidence of transcendent intelligence and power.

🟩  Big Bang

Essentially, the Big Bang is not about science. It is about the moment when God spoke the universe into existence. Science is the gradual discovery of what God created.

🟩  God's method

There is ample evidence for believing that the universe is billions of years old and that the Big Bang was God's method and timing of His creation.

🟩  Science now agrees that there was a beginning

Within the past 60 years, the world's scientific community has completely changed its view about origin of the universe and now agrees with the Bible that there was a moment when the universe came into existence instantly. Christians say, 'God;' secular scientists grudgingly say, 'the singularity.'

🟩  Bible said it first

Genesis 1:1-2 is an amazing description of the Big Bang, written more than 3,500 years ago, but only now understood by our generation in light of modern science.

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Someone has never had a real encounter with God and does not know the assumptions he is making with the scientific evidence. Sad when you don't know either God or Science
I want to learn it all.
I have always thought this to be true but have never heard it said! Praise God!
Very informative. Keep up the good work. The world needs better understanding of God’s word.
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Pure sophistry for the purpose of setting aside the claims of God upon us.
O my how i wish i could find a friend would be willing to discuss the bible openly with me.
I am 75 years old. I was raised as a Roman Catholic. I have studied religions all of my life. I have so many problems with the Bible starting with Genesis. I agree with your assessment that Adam wasn't the first human on earth. The more that I learn, the less I believe in the bible and religion as a salvation. But I shall continue researching.
Very insightful
Interesting and thought provoking, following a line of thinking that has interested me for years. To question traditional interpretation doesn't detract from the validity and power of scripture but reinforces it. Jesus was rejected by the religious experts of His day because He didn't fit the traditional interpreting of scripture. We still have much to learn.
Will this material be made available in print form for purchase?
I now have Biblical support for my belief.
Just happened upon this site and wow! This is fabulous. I will be back. Thank you for putting this together and sharing it with us all. God bless you and your family.
Thank you for this summary. Very large and difficult task and worth the time taken. I am a believer in Jesus Christ, His eternal life, His death burial and resurrection. I believe the Bible is the Word of God.
This is the best information a believer can get. Where can I donate. Big Bang is consistent to the Bible, great news. Let’s ge smart about religion. Saying the Bible is wrong has helped millions become non believers. This news can reinforce the beliefs in those who strive to believe but need a more firm and also scientific reasoning for the existence of a God. Great web site!
I learned one key thing and that is to be very careful w/pastors speaking lots of stuff from their memory bank & not reading from the word of God to express truth. Recently, I heard a famous pastor out in Georgia saying that Adam was the 1st man and I automatically remembered how my friend asked then where did Cain's wife came from if it were only Adam & Eve plus their 2 sons, that provoked me to open up my bible and see for myself and went further to discover that Cain was even afraid that other people would kill him (key that other people existed).
My views on original sin have changed. Romans 5:12 says "all men die because all have sinned". What it doesn't say is "all men die because Adam sinned".
Some scientists are open to intelligent design, the problem is some scientists think they are trying to bring church into the classroom.If some scientists find out that some believe in intelligent design they will lose funding.
Beautifully done and very reasonable. I’ve been struggling with the contradictions in the Bible and science for years. I believe that there is a God but I wasn’t always sure if the Bible Was Gods word or man made. Thank you! Makes so much sense!
This is great, I am going to read more of your topics!
Adam was the first man created to have a living soul.
Very good explanation
Your site is great for discussions and other questions about the bible. I hope that it continues.
Wrong all wrong
False teaching. Repent
2nd law of thermodynamics disproves big bang & evolution.
very well done.!!
You guys are doing an incredible job of bringing science The Bible together as one truth thank you Please continue this valuable work to awaken the public that the Bible and science are truly God's truth not contradicting each other
Not sure what to think of this bible study. If nothing else it compels you to really dig deep and think,read and pray for understanding which I think is a good thing.
I will read this in its entirety. What I've read so far is right on according to my extensive studies over 27 years.
Loved it. Been saying it for years but nobody listened.
Fully embrace this information. By the Spirit I have been convinced before reading this. Any serious thinker who is honest and observant will become agnostic in trying to remain with the ultra conservative ideas of literal six day creation. What a beautiful creation was being made by a glorious intelligent designer!
Very interesting to read.
Just another Satanic attempt to change God's WORD. More likely made up of Liberal Kids that don't know any better.
Adam was perfect because it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that he had body aches and gray .
Thank you for this.It helps me understand my youngest grandchild(age 31). Also this affirms my teaching as a science teacher and pastor.
I agree there had to have been other people before Adam. The sons had children, with whom? Certainly not with their own mother or the gene pool would have died out.
This is wonderful. Would like to read more.
Adam was the first person on this earth bottom line
You should just go away. You are preaching heresy.
Death and suffering had not taken place until the original sin, so no one was before Adam.
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Your are wrong
Thank you
God bless.
Excellent reading
Very interesting. Verification of my own thoughts.
Fascinating to think about. Here is something also to absorb. Let Us make man in Our image. Who is Us? Why not let Me make man in my image. Sounds plural to me. Thank you for the compelling argument Adam is not the first man:)
Yes to have a intelligence conversation is of most importance.
I really enjoy your site.
Interesting topics. The bible is good for salvation but not for earth history
Very,very informative! Thank you
Thank you for the Bible verses about hell. This is a very difficult subject that many people that believe in Christ have adopted as truth. I have yet to understand why.
Thank you for the article! There are several nonbelievers in my life that I love deeply. My heart breaks for them. Every time I share my faith, I'm bombarded with science. Perhaps this will help. Thank you. God bless you.
These explanations make real sense.
Excellent
Yes there were people before Adam, the cave Men and the ice Age.
I do not believe in a Supreme Being who created us in his image and likeness as quoted in the bible
Wrong!!
I found this to be extremely informative. I'd always had doubts about the "original sin" and being punished for my ancestors sins, but this explained why "original sin" doesn't really exist in a way that resonated with me. Thank you. I will definitely check this site more often.
Does the bible really say humans will burn forever in hell or is it really more like thrown in the fire and destroyed? Ps I already know the answer!
The big bang is a theory. God is a fact.
You are very much on the right track.
Scientists lie to us. They lie about the age of the earth.
I can't wait to share this article with my grandson.
awesome info keep up this good work
Trying to reinterpret the Bible according to man’s interpretations that are based on unprovable assumptions destroys the authority of the Bible. God was there. Man was not.
Had to be people here before Adam, all the ancient buildings prove the civilizations were here. Many teens of thousands of years.
You have an interesting take on how to reconcile the time difference challenge between Bible time history & archeology . I don’t think it will matter about which time viewpoint ya right. What matters is faith & trust in Jesus for forgiveness of sin & gaining eternal life
No scripture to back up your words.
I don't think I believe this
So far you make a lot of sense, I do believe in God.
Are these lessons available in printed form that can be purchased or that can be downloaded on line in a condensed version?
Thank you I knew about these things but I did not understand
By observing ruins etc firsthand, my personal opinion is that man existed before Adam. Adam was the first God breathed His Spirit into.
praying Gods direction, provision, and anointing on this site and everyone, like me, blessed enough to have been led to it .
The reason the doctrine of original sin arose, was that Augustine couldn't read Greek and there was an inadequacy at certain points in the Latin translation, resulting in a misunderstanding.
Unbelievable. Was man there at the beginning to make this determination. No. The human race is so arrogant and ignorant.
When are you going to have more?
This is a fantastic article , thank you
Good points
God created everything that was created in six literal days.
You have developed material that is vitally needed for reaching the newer generations.
I don’t think Adam was the first human on earth. I am 72 in age. Most people my age and older do not have this perception. But from my bible study I believe this Genesis points to others.
awesome info keep up this good work
Only when ignorance, in the name of science, tries to be wiser than what scripture say, is when Gods Word is twisted, unto their own destruction
This is from the devil. The Bible says Satan is a liar and the creater of it. This is a lie created by Satan to deceive people. Adam was the first man and the first sinner. His sin is what started death.
Would like to keep you on my site for further study. You made me think.
This is heresy. I hope you repent and trust the Scriptures.
All bad things on the face of the earth are connected to sin , by one mans sin we were all condemned.
Do you offer a textbook?
With this pandemic going on, I have many of these conversations with myself.
The main reason people believe that Adam was the first man is that is what someone told them. It’s man following man and not man reading the Bible for the truths that are in it.
I like it! I always wondered about the dinosaurs, and whether other people lived before Adam. You see, the Bible says that Cain was worried about being slain by other people. So, what does that tell you? It's more to the Bible than some clergymen are letting on.
As much nonsense and stupidity as I have heard since big bang or evolution.
There are too many pastors and theologians who take the simplicity of God's Word and try to make it profound when they should be taking the profoundness of God's Word and making it simple.
This sounds interesting.
An extremely good read.Would like very much to hear more.
If for nothing else, this at least may cause someone to dig deeper.
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'God created the universe less than 10,000 years ago'
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'God created everything in six 24-hour days'
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'Earth was a perfect paradise before Adam sinned'
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