Why is there SOMEthing and not NOthing?

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.

This is how the Bible begins, and this one verse is under as much attack as any other single verse in the Bible. Many have gone to great lengths to refute a created universe. It is a doctrine that is not just disdained or disliked but hated with a great passion by the secular world.


Where did all this stuff come from?

Modern science has been said to disprove a created universe through the acceptance of the “Big Bang” Theory of Cosmology.

At this [c.f. the beginning] point in the ancient past, there was no such thing as time or space. There was just a single hot, condensed point, a singularity, containing all matter in the universe. In addition, all four fundamental forces (the gravitational, electromagnetic, strong and weak forces) were unified as a single force. This unified period, called the Planck epoch, lasted 10-43 seconds. Then the universe expanded at a rate faster than the speed of light, growing from subatomic to golf-ball size almost instantaneously. Scientists call this the inflationary period. The universe then expanded outward in a flood of superheated subatomic particles. Three seconds after the big bang, space cooled enough for these particles to form elements. Some 300 million years later, stars and galaxies formed as well.

What is not clear from this explanation is where this “extremely hot and dense state” of the universe came from and why did it begin “expanding rapidly”? Even granting the time-scales proposed by the theory, these are fundamental questions that secular science cannot answer. In science there are “laws” or fundamental principles that have never been observed to be untrue. Let’s discuss a few of them.

1.  The principle of causality: Simply: In nature, everything that comes to pass or comes to be has a sufficient cause.

2. The first law of thermodynamics: In nature, energy can neither be created nor destroyed. This means that the total amount of energy in the universe remains constant.

3. The second law of thermodynamics: In an isolated system (here, the natural universe,) entropy (simply put: disorder) of an isolated system never decreases, because isolated systems spontaneously evolve toward thermodynamic equilibrium—the state of maximum entropy (also known as heat death). Another way of saying this is that in an isolated system, disorder increases while usable energy decreases. (If you’ve ever gone a few days without cleaning your kitchen you know exactly what I’m talking about.) Allowed to continue, entropy ensures that the universe will “die” at some point in the future.

Now, we return to our Big Bang Theory of Cosmology. According to The Law of Causality, a “Big Bang” requires a “Big Banger”. According to the principle of causality coupled with First Law of Thermodynamics, the “extremely hot dense state” of the early universe did not spontaneously generate itself, and according to the Second Law of Thermodynamics it did not exist eternally in the past; otherwise a state of thermodynamic equilibrium, (heat death) would have occurred before the “Big Bang” ever banged.

In addition, the Borde-Guth-Vilenkin theorem mathematically proves that any universe which has, on average, been expanding throughout its history as our has (a byproduct of the Big Bang), cannot be infinite in the past but must have a past space-time boundary (an absolute beginning).

So, according to the prevailing science of the day, the Big Bang is the beginning of the universe. Put another way, all energy (including matter), space and time began at the Big Bang. Now remember, these things had to have a sufficient cause. That cause had to exist outside of physical matter, space and time. By definition that would make the cause:

  • spaceless (because before the Big Bang space did not exist),
  • timeless (because our natural time began at the Big bang) ,
  • immaterial (because all matter and energy, i.e. material, came into existence at the big bang),
  • uncaused (because there was literally no existing physical thing to cause anything),
  • and unimaginably powerful (because the result of the primary effect, the Big Bang, was the entire universe).

Although I realize I have not yet made a case for the God of the Christian faith, the God of the Abrahamic Bible fits this description nicely. I hope to be able to give further evidence for the rationality behind the existence of the Christian God in future articles.

I’d love to discuss these things with you. Any questions and comments that are in line with this page’s Commenting Policy will be published and responded to (to the best of my ability).

For more information on how I keep my worldview informed please go to Cross Roads Church.

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