Origins of the Universe


In 2010, I started my “Refresh” project, inspired by an article in which the columnist challenged people, in the new year and the new decade, to look at a few things through fresh eyes. The writer listed 52 suggestions, one for every week of the year. I finished most of those but got derailed towards the end of the project. I have just a few more to go and want to see it through. So, this week’s topic is origins of the universe.

Hubble Deep Field, deepest-ever image of the Universe Credit:NASA

Everything I need to know about the origins of the universe is in the book of Genesis.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. — Genesis 1:1

Was there a Big Bang? I don’t know, but if there was God caused it. Did animals evolve? I don’t believe they did in the traditional sense of the evolution theory, but each day God’s creation of animals evolved into more and more complex creatures until the apex of creation — man.

Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.  — Genesis 2:7

Scripture does not say “and the LORD God caused monkeys or apes to become men.” It says He formed man from dust and breathed into his body and man became alive. That’s as far away from evolution as you can get, I think.

I find all the scientific knowledge we have now though very interesting, and time after time science proves Scripture.

In the book Dr. Space (review) is a quote by Werner von Braun from a presentation about the compatibility of science and faith:

“The universe revealed through scientific inquiry is the living witness that God has indeed been at work. Understanding the nature of the creation provides a substantive basis for the faith by which we attempt to know the nature of the Creator.”

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