was in a book by Fred Heeren called Show Me God: What The Message
From Space Is Telling Us About God - How it Shocked Einstein, and How You
Too Can Get a Bang Out of the Universe (1995, Searchlight Publications,
Wheeling, Illinois). The author granted
permission for the reproduction of the article.
What can we learn from this century's greatest
During a solar eclipse, Sir Arthur Eddington
observed the bending of starlight passing the sun, matching the effect
predicted by Einstein's general theory of relativity. If correct,
this theory of gravity means that the universe must be expanding.
Einstein eventually renounced his belief in an eternal universe and admitted
that the universe must have had a beginning. Astrophysicist George
Smoot says: "Until the late 1910s, humans were as ignorant of cosmic origins
as they had ever been. Those who didn’t take Genesis literally had
no reason to believe that there had been a beginning."
Astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered that
the galaxies are all retreating from us. The more distant galaxies
(which show us the more distant past) are retreating from us faster than
the nearer galaxies, just as one would expect if the universal expansion
is slowing down from an initial surge. Famed astronomer Robert Jastrow
says: "The Hubble Law is one of the great discoveries in science:
it is one of the main supports of the scientific story of Genesis."
Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson discovered
cosmic background radiation coming from every point in the sky, the remnant
predicted by early big bang theorists. Its precise matching with
a black body spectrum at all frequencies is difficult to reconcile with
anything other than a creation event involving the entire universe.
Astronomers observe that galaxies are distributed
more densely - and quasars become abundant - as they look farther into
space, indicating that the universe has changed with time. These
observations argue against an eternal cosmos and for a creation event.
NASA’s COBE satellite team discovered the
predicted ripples in the cosmic background radiation. George Smoot,
the team’s leader, called these seeds for future galaxy superclusters "fingerprints
from the Maker."
What does all this have to do with the Bible?
Among all the ancient peoples, only the Hebrews
got their cosmology right. While the rest of the world believed in
a magical, eternal universe that gave birth to the gods, only they believed
in an eternal, transcendent God who gave the universe its beginning.
Like every cause, the Cause of the universe
must be independent of its effect. Thus, the first cause must be
separate from the universe, not a part of it. From ancient times,
the Bible has clearly presented Gos as non-physical, a Spirit who cannot
be contained, even by the heavens. Unlike other ancient religious
writings, the Bible prohibited the making of images of God, making it a
point to teach that He is not a physical being.
The consensus of modern science is that the
universe—and time itself—had a beginning. Nothing that is confined
to time could have created the cosmos. God must not only be separate
from His creation, but He must exist outside of time. Again, from
ancient days, the Bible specifically defined God as the I AM, operating
outside of time and existing before the universe He created.
Perhaps the universe had a beginning, but how
do we know that it didn’t begin by chance?
Stephen Hawking wrote, "If the rate of expansion
one second after the big bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred
thousand million million, the universe would have re-collapsed before it
ever reached its present state." Slightly faster than the critical
rate and matter would have dispersed too rapidly to allow stars and galaxies
to form. George Smoot describes the creation event as "finely orchestrated".
Carl Sagan admits: "It is easy to see
that only a very restricted range of laws of nature are consistent with
galaxies and stars, planets, life and intelligence."
Hawking cites that critical ratio between
the masses of the proton and electron as one of the many fundamental numbers
in nature. He adds: "The remarkable fact is that the values
of these numbers seem to have been very finely adjusted to make possible
the development of life."
The calculations of Hawking’s associate,
Roger Penrose, show that the highly ordered (low entropy) initial state
of the universe is not something that could have occurred by even the wildest
When Fred Hoyle calculated the probability
that carbon would have precisely the required resonance by chance, he said
that his atheism was greatly shaken, adding: "A common sense interpretation
of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics."
Princeton Physicist Freeman Dyson writes,
"The more I examine the universe and the details of its architecture, the
more I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming."
NASA astronomer John O’Keefe says, "It is my view that these circumstances
indicate that the universe was created for man to live in."
But isn’t religion just a cultural phenomenon,
a form of superstition?
For many it is. But perhaps the ultimate
superstition is to believe that this physical universe is imbued with mystical
powers that enable it to bring itself into existence and then to finetune
In the matter of deciding who’s running the
universe, we all have just three choices: the universe itself, humankind,
or God. Because a cause must precede its effect, the first two options
violate logic, especially now that we know that the universe did not exist
in eternity past.
Atheism and pantheism are difficult to reconcile
with modern findings. But the Bible fits perfectly, telling us that
God is not just a force that’s one with the universe, but who is separate
from His creation. And like modern physics, the Bible points to a
Creator who is super-intelligent, a perfectionist who cares about us a
Then why would God let our world get into such
Indeed, the most important implication of a
perfectly designed universe is that a perfect Designer would do something
about the problem of evil in our world.
So what might a super-intelligent, caring
Creator do? Make creatures who have no wills of their own, so they
cannot bring evil into His perfect universe? Not if God desired to
have an eternal relationship with a people who would willingly return His
love. The very idea of a real will to love requires the real possibility
of a person’s will being used to reject.
So what might be God’s options, after His
race of free-willed creatures broke the harmony of His universe (as they
have obviously done in our case)? He could exterminate them.
He could simply overlook their injustices. He could leave them alone
to let them try to straighten out their own mess.
But none of these options show the forethought
of a perfect, super-intelligent, caring Creator. The Bible, the one
book that gave us a true picture of God since ancient times, gives us the
one solution that shows great care and forethought, though we might never
have thought of it ourselves. What did God do? He died for
us. He showed both perfect justice and unbounded mercy. And
by doing so, He gave those who wanted to be reconciled to Him the chance
to be forever changed, to be eventually made into fit company for Him throughout
eternity. This was His plan "before time began" (1 Corinthians 2:7).
But what about this Biblical idea of God becoming
man? What about the concept of sacrifice? Aren’t these primitive
If the Creator of the universe wanted to communicate
to us (moderns and ancients both) what He is like, how could He show us
more clearly than by becoming one of us? If He wanted to communicate
to us the seriousness of breaking His moral law, how could he show us more
forcefully than by demanding that the most valuable thing in the universe
be forfeited as a penalty? And if he wanted to tell us how much He
loves us, how could He do so more dramatically than by dying for us?
But He was pierced for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace
was upon Him,
and by His wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
but the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity
of us all.
But giving intellectual assent to the
historical idea that Jesus died on a Roman cross won’t change anyone’s
life. Biblical faith always implies personal trust, a personal relationship.
This relationship gives us the ability to talk to Him, not just about Him.
This relationship, after all, is the reason
He created us. It means our lives aren’t pointless; we don’t
live only to have all memory of us snuffed out in a few generations and
throughout eternity. Rather, we find access to eternity through the
One who exists outside of time. This is the one relationship that
can give our lives lasting value.
Information taken from
the book, Show Me God. This and other literature available
from: Searchlight Publications, 326 S. Wille Avenue, Wheeling, IL
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