Big Bang or "Let there be light"?
Updated: Jul 24
Which is easier to believe?
All living organisms, natural laws, planets, and stars formed from a cosmic explosion 13.8 billion years ago OR all of creation was completed in six days
Human beings evolved from a common ancestor (primates) OR we were created in the image of an intelligent God
Continual, unproven hypotheses help us know our place in the universe OR absolute, unchanging truth reminds us we are here for a purpose
Creation or Evolution?
I consider myself pretty enlightened, but I cannot compete with scientists who've made incredible discoveries and put forth theories and predictions that will go unrivaled for decades to come. Still, for all their smarts, they're not automatically right about everything. We don't have to accept what highly educated people say just because they've specialized in a certain area. Experts are known to get things wrong, sometimes in very costly and embarrassing ways. Also, the average human being, with an interest beyond themselves, is capable of thinking critically and objectively about almost anything.
In the case of the Big Bang, why should we believe this theory when no scientist in the history of the world has ever observed a single atom leaping into existence literally from nothing? We know from experiments and observations that certain molecules, cells, etc., will reproduce when given the right environment, circumstances, and time. But are we supposed ignore the fact that physical matter has never sprung up without the manipulation of existing substances? Should we keep trusting experts who repeatedly fail?
After two centuries of propositions and speculations, details concerning the origin of the universe amount to little more than a sci-fi thriller. Thus, creation still stands as the strongest contender and explanation for how the physical world came to be. Contrasting basic scientific presumptions with Scripture quickly reveals the absurdity and instability of evolutionary theory.
Christianity or Pantheism?
I listen to different angles and take various opinions into consideration, but I'm not easily persuaded on eternal matters. I am firmly committed to maintaining a biblical worldview. This means I believe the Bible is the only infallible, authoritative, trustworthy source of truth known to mankind. I have an unwavering stance on morality, salvation, final judgment, and the afterlife. I know God is real by way of personal experience, as well as interactions with human beings, nature, and certain atmospheres. Yet, I cannot offer any tangible proof of His existence aside from how I live my life. There now, my position is as valid as any hypothesis.
Most Christians who follow the Bible closely will contend we aren't practicing a religion, we're in a relationship with the Lord. We also understand Christianity is technically a monotheistic theology since our doctrine dictates the worship of one God (specifically, the Creator of everything, Jesus Christ). Pantheism is the belief that God is manifest in the universe and all that exists is divine; it's a marriage between mysticism and materialism. For pantheists, nature is their religion and is one of many gods. Pantheism is also an alternative to acknowledging the existence of any universal or supreme deity.
Not all scientists are pantheists (or atheists for that matter), but very few profess belief in Christ or read the Bible. These people occupy positions of prestige, power, and influence, while having no conviction or tolerance for absolute truth. We've allowed their godless rhetoric to infiltrate our government, our school systems, and our daily lives. It's not enough to simply observe the universe and appreciate creation. No, the elites want us to continue sacrificing reality on the altar of ideas. This is madness. The stars did not give birth to us, the clouds cannot speak to us, and the ocean floor will not reveal our purpose in life.
Faith or science?
Faith and science don't disagree as much as evolutionists would have us believe. In fact, the two are not in competition at all. Scripture describes faith as the substance and evidence of unseen things (Heb. 11:1). Science, then, is the substance and evidence of things we can see. Faith dwells in a spiritual realm beyond calculation, microscopic magnification, or telescopic view. Science is bound by the physical realm, so it can't prove or disprove spiritual things. Science encompasses air, fire, and gravity. Faith consists of love, joy, and hope.
Describing faith in my own words, it is an inward muscle or ability to weigh or accept something as true without physical proof.
Everyone (including atheists) has this inward ability. Romans 12:3 says, God gave us all a measure of faith with the intention that we'd at least use it to soberly assess our inner life (thoughts, motives, intentions). Whether we choose to put faith in Christ or trust a scientific theory, we're exercising the same inward muscle. The difference is faith in Jesus leads to eternal life while unbelief (or faith in the universe, nature, "consciousness," etc.) results in endless cycles of skepticism.
Living with an insatiable curiosity is comforting to some people, but it's definitely more volatile than living in sustained truth. I've often thought of science as a religion for those who seek questions rather than answers - a world without absolutes is a world without limits. Many people trust science and reject spirituality because they know belief in God will inevitably form moral boundaries that lead to a conviction of sin. Yet, it's only when we accept truth for who He is that all striving will cease, and a purpose-filled life can begin (John 14:6).
If "seeing is believing," then you'll appreciate all the research that's been published by scholars and former skeptics such as Dr. Gary Habermas, John Lennox, and former atheist Lee Strobel, to name a few. Thanks to science, we now have physical evidence showing Jesus Christ was a real Person, who lived in the Middle East around 2,000 years ago, was executed in Rome, and His remains were never found. We can all believe in a historical Jesus, right? After all, He was a respectable Jewish Man, a lowly carpenter, teacher, and humanitarian. Accepting Jesus is God and that He was crucified for the sins of the whole world? Now, that is another level of faith altogether.
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