The BigBang and the Bible
by Nymph Kellerman
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“If you think strongly enough, you will be forced by science to believe in God, which is the foundation of all religion”
Lord Kelvin, father of thermo-dynamics.
The Standard Model – the Big-Bang hypothesis - is 100% compatible to the Biblical narrative in the opening chapters of Genesis. Time dilation and time stretching make it possible for the 6-day creation period of Genesis to be the same as the eighteen billion year creation period of the Standard Model. God's perception of time is different to our perception of time. In Psalm 90:4 we read “A thousand years in Your eyes are as a day that passes” and from Einstein's General theory of Relativity (1916) we learn that gravity affects the space-time continuum, in other words the changes in gravity affect the rate at which time passes. Time is not absolute. Time is as flexible as the available differences in the force of gravity, and the speed of motion across a boundary that separates the observer from the observed. Relativistic time dilation, the difference in perceived time, makes the six-day creation period of Genesis compatible with the eighteen billion years creation period of Cosmology.
Our universe is expanding, it is finite and it deteriorates irretrievably, an aspect that surprised twentieth century cosmologists gravely. We have excessive difficulty in grasping the notion that space and time had a beginning, but according to physicists such as Einstein, Hawking and Penrose, time and space were activated by the commencement of creation. The Bible has been declaring these facts for more than 3,500 years now. Written over a period of 1,500 years by more than forty authors, the Bible declares that space, time and matter were created in a precise moment, sometime in the retired and secluded annals of the universe.
The Book of Psalms in the Old Testament, was written approximately ten centuries B.C. In Psalm 104 verse 2 we read “Who coverest Thyself with light as with a garment: Who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain”. (KJV) In 1991 cosmologists discovered a curtain of galaxies that stretches across the universe for hundreds of millions of light years.
In Job 26:7 we read “He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth over nothing” and in Isaiah 42:5 ”Thus saith God the Lord, He that created the heavens, and stretched them out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein” (KJV). The Bible is not a scientific text per se, yet within it, we find an astonishing number of categorical statements regarding creation. The Bible presents a universe which is expanding, a universe which originated from a finite moment in the history of time and space and matter, and articulates categorically that the same Creator that created the universe, allocated His breath and His spirit to the people who inhabit the earth.
“And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”.
God created man in His Image and after His Likeness, His sixth day creation when He chose to beget man – Genesis 1:26. Creating man in His Image and after His Likeness refers to the spiritual man who received God's breath according to Genesis 2:7. In this respect, the word breath is derived from the Hebrew word neshamah, which signifies the Spirit, the Wind, the Breath and the Mind of God. The universe is God's own gloriously eminent architecture, breathed into existence by the Word of God. When God created man He endowed him with His own bona fide Breath-of-life which is the difference between man alive and man dead. God thus entrusted man with a crumble of His own Breath, and man as a living being, naturalized as a bearer of the Breath that dwelled on the waters, prior to the creation of the universe. Man's existence therefore, preceded the existence of the universe through the neshamah.
In “Explore the Book”, J. Sidlow Baxter says that our final remarks about the six days of creation, should be to point out the process and the progress and the purpose which they exhibit. From the very first we find the earth swathed about by the Spirit of God, and at each stage of the reconstruction we read that 'God said' – thus we have the WILL of God, expressed by the WORD of God, and executed by the SPIRIT of God. This process expresses itself in an orderly six-fold progress which culminated in man. Man as the microcosm within the macrocosm.
Biblical commentators such as Onkelos (c.e. 150), Rashi (c.e. 1040-1105), Maimonides (c.e. 1135-1204) and Nahmanides (c.e. 1194-1270) unravelled the origin of the universe and the origin of breath a few thousand years ago by analyzing the roots of the Hebrew words in the Pentateuch . They came to the same conclusions as Science does in modern times. Namahnides, known for his “Commentary on Genesis” and Maimonides, known for his “Guide for the perplexed” were both of the opinion that all material things that were to exist eventually, were derived from what was created in the first instant of Creation. Schroeder says: “From that ethereal mass of pure energy and exquisitely thin substance, stones and galaxies and humans were to be formed. We are products of the Big Bang. We are, in fact, made of stardust”. Today we conceptualize that the material aspects of man are totally rooted in the universe. “The medieval theologian who gazed at the night sky through the eyes of Aristotle and saw angels moving the spheres in harmony has become the modern cosmologist who gazes at the same sky through the eyes of Einstein and sees the hand of God, not in angels, but in the constants of nature... When confronted with the order and beauty of the universe and the strange coincidences of nature, it is very tempting to take the leap of faith from science into religion. I am sure many physicists want to. I only wish they would admit it” says theoretical physicist Tony Rothman.
Religion and Physics are unconditionally the alter ego of each other, and there should not be any measure of alienation or antagonism between these fields. When God said “Let there be light”, the Big Bang happened. An illustrious aboriginal explosion that sired elementary elements which in turn fused into heavier elements within billions of stars, congregated in their billions of galaxies over billions of years. An explosion that constructed the eventual elements such as oxygen, carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, necessary for the sustenance of life on one distinct and bantam planet in one of uncountable galaxies.
All this was vital for the accommodation of life and finally man, as the anointed zenith of all creation.
ABOUT the author:
Nymph completed her L.T.C.L. in music and drama, and obtained a B.A. Psychology and Philosophy a few years later. She trained as formal singer under various renowned vocal advisers and performed in numerous concerts, recitals, and oratorios. After a car accident that lead to a few neuro surgeries, she began investigating the benefits of deep relaxation and wrote a few books and numerous articles on the subject.
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I really enjoyed this insightful and well written article. I will never again believe the theories of men, but God's Word is totally reliable I have learned to see that.