"And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree."
Some Christians believe that God's words in Genesis 1:3, "Let there be light" are a biblical description of the Big Bang that some scientists say created the universe. But, perhaps, we Christians should be a little more careful about assuming that modern science knows very much about the origin of the universe.
Several years ago, astronomers announced that they had discovered the largest structure yet to be found in the universe. They described the structure as a great wall made up of high concentrations of galaxies. Just to get our perspective, the average galaxy contains over 1 billion stars. The great wall contains concentrated "clumps" of galaxies!
This discovery delivers two apparently fatal blows to the Big Bang theory. If the universe was the result of the Big Bang, scientists would expect to find stars evenly distributed in space – not "clumped" together and certainly not built into giant structures. Second, the clumps of galaxies they found are very precisely and evenly spaced – not the kind of order that results from an explosion. One of the researchers said, "It is safe to say that we understand less than zero about the early universe."
There is another good reason for Christians not to try to find the Big Bang in Genesis. According to the Bible, it is the end of the world and the universe, not its beginning, that could more accurately be described as a "big bang." Christ Himself has completed your preparations for that day. Are you ready?
Notes: "Galaxy clumps may shed light on cosmic creation." Minneapolis Star Tribune, Feb. 23, 1990.
Photo: Sloan Great Wall courtesy of Willem Schaap and licensed under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.
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