by Terri Kammerzell
Truth of Genesis Ministry Partner
July 17, 2020, marks 126 years from the day Georges Lemaître was born. I know what you’re wondering: Who on earth was Georges Lemaître, and what does this have to do with our Fun Facts? Let me tell you: Georges Lemaître was a Belgian astronomer, mathematician, physicist, and—believe it or not—a Catholic priest. It might be hard for some of us to believe the last one because he is also the scientist credited with the formulation of the modern “big bang” philosophy of the origin of the universe.
Unfortunately, that isn’t such a leap for some Christians because there are some who actually believe God may have used evolution—and specifically the Big Bang—to execute His creative process. And that is what this week’s Fun Fact is about:
Is the Big Bang compatible with the Bible?
Not even remotely. . . . The Big Bang is the naturalistic explanation for how the universe came into existence over billions of years, whereas the Bible makes it clear that God specially created supernaturally over six days.
There is one similarity between the Genesis account of Creation and the big bang scenario: both models acknowledge the universe had a beginning, at which point nothing existed. Beyond that, there really is no comparison between the two. From a scientific viewpoint, I could present all sorts of reasons why the big bang conjecture—although taught in secular textbooks as fact—isn’t even a valid model. However, the naturalistic principle, “from nothing, comes nothing,” is proof enough. The big bang model is built on non-falsifiable, speculative hypotheses that cannot be tested, repeated, or observed. It cannot explain the origin of matter, galaxies, or stars. It cannot account for the lack of antimatter in the universe, and even many secular scientists and atheists are skeptical of the big bang model.
Instead, I want to consider three questions: One, what are some of the differences between the two models? Two, what would the theological implications be if the big bang model were true? Three, why do some Christians want to make the two models match?
First, what are some of the scientific differences between the big bang model and the Genesis account of Creation?
These are just a few examples of many inconsistencies between the big bang philosophy and the Bible’s record of the origin of the universe. On top of these, throughout the entire Bible, we have repeated confirmations that God created everything: Nehemiah 9:6; Isaiah 42:5; Jeremiah 32:17; John 1:3; Acts 4:24; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; and Revelation 4:11 are just some of the examples.
Indeed, the glaring differences of the naturalistic vs. supernatural beginning, the timescale, and the order of events display, scientifically, that the two models are not only incompatible, but in direct contrast to each other. But the most important things that would be out of order are death and sin. That brings us to the next question.
What would the theological implications be if the big bang model were true? In last week’s blog post, I wrote about the fact that God originally created everything perfect. We read six times in Genesis 1—at the end of each working day of Creation—that “God saw that it was good” or “very good.” I mentioned that Deuteronomy 32:4 tells us that God’s “work is perfect.” We know that status changed at the curse. Adam and Eve, who were given free will by their Maker, sinned. Romans 5:12 tells us, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned” (HCSB). God’s creation was perfect, but the first sin introduced death.
As a contrast, the big bang philosophy teaches a history of the universe that is full of decay and destruction. Generational cycles of death and evolution would have had to take place before humans ever came on the scene. Death would have come before sin, and this undermines the whole foundation of the gospel.
It was man’s sin, with death as its wages (Romans 6:23), that necessitated our redemption by Christ’s death on the cross. If death came before sin, that would totally negate Romans 5:12 and our need for salvation. Indeed, the consequence of subscribing to a big bang model is not only removing God as a Creator, but even as a Savior.
Finally, why do some Christians want to make the two models match? And that is an important question to answer, isn’t it? I think, for some Christians, they have been taught by public-school textbooks and teachers that evolution is true, and they haven’t stopped to recognize the implications. Some probably don’t understand what the big bang model actually says and what the inconsistencies are in believing it. Hopefully, if I have any readers who fit that category, you will be able to see now how contradictory the big bang conjecture is to the Bible.
Still, I think there are others who, at least when it comes to science, have not digested what John says in 1 John 3:13: “Do not be surprised, brothers, if the world hates you” (HCSB). Instead, they want to find a way to be friends with the world, to compromise the plain reading of Genesis in order to accommodate what “real scientists” speculate could have happened if there were no God. But here’s the secret: This is not a battle between science and the Bible because God gave us science as a tool, and the Bible as His Word. In fact, real science is the friend of the believer, and we can rest in His Word as our authority rather than changing it to match what fallible scientists see or think about nature. Scientific philosophies come and go, but God’s Word will never change. And that is the biggest contrast between a model that itself continues to evolve and a standard that has been provided by the only Eyewitness to the origin of the universe.
Don’t just take my word for it! Visit YouFormedMe.com/astronomy/bigBang.html to read, watch, and listen to supporting research and commentary from scientists, doctors, theologians, and more!
This blog is from a special series of “Creation Fun Facts” by Terri Kammerzell, starting from June 10, 2020. Read the introduction at TruthOfGenesis.com/blogs/building-a-biblical-defense-of-creation.