GOD AND SCIENCE ARE NOT ENEMIES
I’ve just finished reading “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel – a great read about the scientific evidence that points towards God. For this and the next few posts I’m going to summarise some of the main points made in that book.
The theory that the universe had a beginning, as opposed to just an eternal existence, is now mainstream cosmology. Mathematical models in the 1920s, derived from Einstein’s theories, predicted an expanding universe. Then Edwin Hubble explained that the red shift of light coming to us from other galaxies was caused by those galaxies moving away from us. Then in the 1960s it was discovered that the background temperature of the universe was exactly that which would be explained by a “very early and very dense state of the universe, which was predicted by the Big Bang model.” No less a person than Stephen Hawking says “Almost everyone now believes that the universe, and time itself, had a beginning at the Big Bang.”
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1.
The Big Bang, this immense explosion of energy into matter, included photons – “Let there be light” – Shazam!
The fact that there was a beginning has significant repercussions, because of something called the Kalam Argument. This originated with a Christian philosopher and was then taken up by some Muslim scholars in North Africa at the beginning of the 12th century. The argument has three parts:
1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause.
2. The universe had a beginning.
3. And therefore, the universe had a cause.
The first part of the argument is not the kind of thing that can be proven one way or the other. However, in our observations of how the world works, the premise is constantly confirmed and never falsified, meaning that we have better reason to believe it is true, than to believe that it is false. As explained in the book, if we hear a loud bang and you ask me what made that noise, and I say “Nothing, it just happened,” you’d think I was a raving loony.
And with The Big Bang accepted by most cosmologists as the theory that best fit the evidence as it is known today, it would seem that a cause for the universe is a very plausible theory.
Of course, a cause by itself does not automatically lead to a personal Creator, although apparently the Kalam Argument does argue for one. In my next post, I’ll cover some stuff that does indicate the likelihood of intelligent design.
None of the above constitutes proof of the existence of God. I don’t believe we will ever receive proof in this life, and I don’t want us to. As noted in a previous post, I believe that certain knowledge of the existence of God would give us the same status as Satan – who knew God, still rebelled, and has no way back. As it is, our own rebellion is forgiven through our faith. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith.” Ephesians 2:8.
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