Origin of the Universe
Origin of the Universe
The origin of the universe is our topic for today. How did the universe begin? How was the universe formed? How was the universe created? The creation of the earth? The creation of man?
To comprehend these topics, to answer these questions; will help us understand the purpose of life, the meaning of life. Is not the most important question: What is the meaning of life?
The word "Genesis" means the coming into being; the origin; the beginning; the creation. The Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible was written by Moses about 1666 B.C. (Before Christ). It begins with the Genesis Creation story, which explains the origin of the universe, the creation of the earth, and the creation of man.
The Genesis Creation story is widely accepted worldwide among billions of orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Jews today. They believe that God revealed to Moses—for our benefit—the origin of the universe.
Doubt has been cast upon the Genesis Creation story in the past 100 years or so by the ideas of Charles Darwin and the followers of Darwinism.
In the Genesis Creation story of the Holy Bible, it says that God created the universe, and everything in it. God created the earth and the heavens; the sun, the moon, and the stars.
God focused His energies upon the earth. On earth God created water, land, plants, seasons, and then all of the living creatures on land and in the sea.
Finally, God created human beings, in His own Image, male and female—the crown of His Creation. God formed man from the dust of the earth, breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and man became a living soul.
God blessed man with the ability to mate and create new life—to reproduce himself. God instructed man to be fruitful and multiply. God gave man dominion over the earth.
God made human beings that they would have a relationship with Him, and relationships with each other. He made man a social being. God provides instructions as to how a man should live, but also gives man the free will to do as he pleases—during his lifespan on the earth.
Atheist View of the Origin of the Universe
There may have always been persons who did not believe in God. But it was the ideas of Charles Darwin that finally gave them an alternative cosmology to which they could confess. Cosmology means the nature and origin of the universe, and man's place in it. Darwin gave atheists a new man-made explanation of the existence and nature of reality—Creation without a Creator.
In this world view, the earth—teeming with over two million species of living organisms—is nothing more than a random, cosmic accident. There is no God. Life came from nonlife all by itself somehow. All species of life evolved from a common ancestor. Human beings are descended from apes; they are nothing more than mere animals; they have no ultimate meaning or purpose to their lives.
The Big Bang
Prior to the 1960s, atheist scientists, such as Carl Sagan, taught that the universe had no beginning; it is simply always was and always will be. This theory was beloved by atheists because it refuted the Genesis Creation story—that there was an origin to the universe.
Lo and behold, the Big Bang was discovered—which proves that the universe had a definite beginning. And that the universe will end.
Since the universe is expanding, the theory is, it was once just a little dot that suddenly exploded—and there is the origin of the universe.
The Big Bang idea was fought against for forty years by atheist scientists because it obviously confirms that the universe was created from virtually nothing at a single point in what we call time and space. Now, it is conceded by atheist scientists that the universe had a beginning—but it must have began all by itself.
Origin of the Cosmos
"Now we see how the astronomical evidence supports the biblical view of the origin of the world....the essential elements in the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis are the same. Consider the enormousness of the problem: Science has proved that the universe exploded into being at a certain moment. It asks: 'What cause produced this effect? Who or what put the matter or energy into the universe?' And science cannot answer these questions.
"For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries."
"There is a strange ring of feeling and emotion in these reactions of scientists to evidence that the universe had a sudden beginning. They come from the heart whereas you would expect the judgments to come from the brain. Why? I think part of the answer is that scientists cannot bear the thought of a natural phenomenon which cannot be explained, even with unlimited time and money. There is a kind of religion in science, it is the religion of a person who believes there is order and harmony in the universe, and that every effect must have its cause, but there is no first cause...
"This religious faith of the scientist is violated by the discovery that the world had a beginning under conditions in which the known laws of physics are not valid, and as a product of forces or circumstances we cannot discover. When that happens, the scientist has lost control..."
ASTRONOMER ROBERT JASTROW
Rare Earth Hypothesis
Atheism requires a belief that the Earth is a typical rocky planet in a typical planetary system, located in an unexceptional region of a common galaxy. Hence it is probable that the universe teems with complex life. But does science bear this out?
Our telescopes have searched 78,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles into the heavens in all directions, and yet we have found absolutely no other sign of life anywhere except on Earth. For complex life to exist, a rare habitat must first exist. The universe we see around Earth appears utterly hostile to life.
The entire universe is governed by laws. The laws of physics are balanced perfectly on a razor's edge for life to occur on Earth. There are thirty parameters for complex life to exist on Earth, and the space we inhabit meets them all.
To support complex life, the Earth must be precisely in the position it is, in our galaxy. The earth must be no closer nor farther than it is from the sun, which cannot be just any sun, mind you—only our particular sun will do. And only our particular moon will do too.
The Earth is the perfect size. If it was a bit smaller, we would not have the atmosphere and electromagnetic field necessary for life. If it was a bit larger, there would be too much air pressure, and land would likely disappear under water.
Complex life on earth requires a certain electromagnetism, temperature, and atmosphere. Oddly enough, Earth is perfect for living things. Atheists would say this is purely accidental.
The mathematical odds of complex life appearing on earth all by itself have been estimated at 1/1000th of one trillion trillion. I would say it requires a lot of faith to believe life is an accident. Faith in what? Faith in Charles Darwin—Darwinism.
If the power of gravity was weaker by one part in a trillion trillion trillion, we would have no planets or galaxies in the universe. If it were stronger by one part in a trillion trillion trillion, the universe would collapse.
For some reason, the Earth is in the perfect position for us to observe the heavens. No place else we have found in the universe has such a clear and unobstructed view of the universe itself.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
We find God in science. The universe was designed for discovery—as were our minds—by a transcendent reality beyond space and time. God the Creator of all that has been, is, and will be.