Part 2: The Existence of a Creator God vs. Naturalism—Evidence from Cosmology’s Big Bang
This blog is part of a series. You can start the series by going back to the September 1, 2014 Introduction called A Case for Christianity: Why do we need one?
It is rationally inconceivable that the series of past events be infinite; there must have been a beginning of the universe and therefore a transcendent cause that brought it into being. -Dr. William Lane Craig summing up Stuart Hackett’s argument in “The Resurrection of Theism.”
As a high school science teacher I have been struck by how little is required in terms of hard evidence for the things that are taught in the textbooks, especially for how our world and the universe came to be. As I read through the books preparing lesson plans I often find theories being asserted as facts. For example, even though we do not have evidence for how life actually began, students are required to know as fact that “the first step in the origin of life (cellular organization) was the gathering of amino acids into macromolecules in a primordial fluid.” However, all attempts to create life in a lab situation based on early earth’s atmosphere, gasses, and liquids have failed yet students are required to know answers like this in order to pass the test. Another example is Darwin’s theory of evolution for the origin of complex life. There has never been observed in real time, or in the fossil record, a change of one major kind of species into another. Yet an evolutionary tree from bacteria to humans is in every classroom. And, when it comes to the universe scientist had previously assumed that the universe was static and uncreated, but that is not what the evidence shows.
An Atheist’s creed: The Cosmos is all there is, all that ever was and all that will ever be. -Made famous by Carl Sagan’s opening to his 1980 PBS show
In the last century science itself has uncovered evidence for a single point in time where there was a beginning to the universe and it can still be seen and heard in the cosmos today. In 1905 Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity proved that the universe was expanding. Then in 1920 Edwin Hubble and his studies confirmed that the movement of the galaxies was away from the earth based on the observed “red shift” and “background radiation noise” still reverberating from the initial point of a sudden explosive and immediate expansion of the universe.
If the universe is continually expanding, then at earlier points in history, it must have been smaller and smaller. This literally represents the origin of the universe from nothing. -Dr. William Lane Craig
That there are what I or anyone would call supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact. -Robert Jastrow, Founder of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies
This evidence resulted in what we know today as The Big Bang Theory. On April 24, 1992 ABC News Nightline reported on the implication of the Big Bang in support of a Biblical account of creation, but that reference is never found in the textbooks. Why?
Dr. William Lane Craig is one of the top Christian Apologists of all times and debates on the world stage in defense of God as the Creator of the universe. The simple yet strong argument he uses for the defense of this view comes from what is known as the Kalam Cosmological Argument: “Whatever begins to exist has a cause; the universe began to exist (as evidenced by the Big Bang Theory based on red shift, background radiation noise and that fact that there could not have been an infinite number of days before today otherwise we could not get to today); therefore, the universe has a cause.”
Over the next several blogs I am going to continue to present logical reasoning and sound scientific evidence not found in the public school textbooks.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4
This is what God the LORD says – he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spreads out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it… Isaiah 42:5
Let me know what you think: Does the Big Bang Theory point more strongly to a Creator than is does to a universe that just happened by chance?
Join us next time for: Is There Really Something Beyond Us? Part 3: The Existence of a Creator God vs. Naturalism—Evidence from the Universe’s fine tuning
Always be ready to give an answer for the hope that you have in Christ Jesus as Lord.
1 Peter 3:15