The Bible and the “Big Bang”

If you’ve watched “What’s in the Bible?” #1, you probably noticed that I made a very brief, joking reference to the “big bang theory” when we talk about Creation.  I’ve had a few fans write to complain about the joke, because they believe the big bang theory is anti-Christian, and therefore shouldn’t be mentioned in any way in a Christian video.  At first I was surprised by the response, since the reference was just a humorous aside, but I’m thinking now I probably need to address it head-on before too many people get concerned at Phil making “un-Christian” jokes.  So let’s talk a bit about the big bang theory, because it actually isn’t un-Christian at all.  Actually, it’s quite the opposite.

Here’s what I mean:  The big bang theory states that the universe is expanding in all directions from one point (which is verifiably true), and therefore must have come into existence at one point in time and space.  In other words, the universe has a beginning.  This was a very radical thought at the time it was suggested because many scientists, especially atheist scientists, previously maintained that the universe was “eternal.”  It “always was.”  This was their best way of getting around a need for God.  “We don’t need an eternal God to explain the universe,” they would say, “because the universe itself never had a beginning.  The universe itself is eternal.”

When other scientists discovered the expanding universe and suggested that the universe DID in fact have a beginning (the “big bang” theory), many atheist scientists initially opposed the new idea because it sounded too much like the Genesis account of Creation.  If the universe had a beginning, once again we need to explain who or what made it start.  Who set off the “big bang” that flung the universe into existence?  Scientists who aren’t opposed to the idea of God of course said, “God!  He’s the force that created the universe!”  In fact, the astrophysicist who found the evidence proving the universe is expanding actually said it was like “seeing the footprints of God.”  He knew his discovery once again supported the idea that there was a Creator behind the universe.

A stickier issue is when to date the big bang.  When did it happen?  Some scientists, of course, would say “billions and billions of years ago,” whereas some Christians would say, “No, if Genesis 1 is literal, it couldn’t be more than 6000-7000 years ago.”  The big bang theory doesn’t speak to a date at all.  So either point of view could be true, and still work just fine with the big bang theory.  Which is why I felt comfortable making my reference in “What’s in the Bible?”

I hope that explanation helps.  Again, rather than feeling the big bang theory is “anti-biblical,” many scientists believe it actually supports the Bible.  The big bang theory cries out for a Creator.  That’s why I included it in my show.

As always, I hope any of you who have a concern about something you see in one of my films will drop me a note and ask about it.  I really do think these issues through, and I’m more than happy to explain my reasoning to the people I’m serving with my ministry!

Now I’m going to get back to trying to explain all the violence in the book of Joshua…

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