Creation – the Big Flash*
In the first moment of time God extended His Energy by His amazing Word and Will and our entire universe burst forth from eternity into space and time…
Genesis 1:1-5 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
John 1:1-5 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
In 1927 physicist Georges Lemaître proposed an expanding model for the universe, which became known as the Big Bang Theory.
In this diagram, the first moment in measurable time is at the left with the universe expanding outwardly into space and toward the right in time.
“The picture of Earth’s place in the cosmos changed as much in the 20th century as it did in the 16th and 17th centuries following Copernicus’s then controversial suggestion that the Sun, not the Earth, was at the center of the known universe. In the 1920s a new telescope at the Mount Wilson Observatory outside Los Angeles revealed that many of the faint smudges of light scattered across the night sky are not nebulae within our own Milky Way galaxy. Rather, they are separate galaxies, each containing many billions of stars. By studying the light emitted by these stars, astrophysicists arrived at another remarkable conclusion: The galaxies are receding from each other in every direction, which implies that the universe is expanding.
“This observation led to the hypothesis first proposed by the Belgian astronomer and Roman Catholic priest Georges Lemaître that the universe originated in an event known as the “Big Bang.” According to this idea, all of the energy and matter in the universe initially were compressed into an infinitesimally small, infinitely dense, and infinitely hot object known as a singularity, about which scientists still know very little. The universe then began to expand. As it did, the universe cooled to the point that the elementary particles that today form the matter of the universe became stable.”
In 2019 Cosmologist James Peebles won a Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to theories of how our universe began and evolved. He described these ideas for the general public outlining clearly how the scientific community has validated the “Big Bang” theory in an article called “The Evolution of the Universe” which he co-wrote for Scientific American in 1994. Since then Peeble’s theory has been validated and refined in a many studies which have honed down his estimate of the age of the universe from “roughly 15” to a more precise 13.77 billion years.
*At least four questions present themselves:
1) Why do people say “Big Bang” as if a loud noise was made? Why not say “Big Flash” because light is primary and can radiate out into space, but sound is secondary and requires an atmosphere to carry it?
2) What or Who is this “singularity, about which scientists still know very little”?
3) What is a “day” in the sight of the God who created time itself? We say a day is one 24-hour rotation of the earth on its axis, but what was a “day” when the suns and planets and all the heavenly bodies were being created? His Word says that He called the light Day and the darkness he called Night. How much time is that? Click lightburst for fun!
4) What is within and beyond the time and space of our universe? Another way to ask this question is How can we describe the time and space in which our universe was created and currently exists? A straightforward answer is that it was created by and within the eternal time and infinite space of God Himself. He preexists it, designed and created it, contains it, suffuses every aspect of it, holds it all together, sustains it, and will exist when it expires. Truly our God is all-encompassing “to infinity and beyond!”
Creation. Before the creation of time and space, the revelation of light and darkness, and the appearance of matter and energy, God existed. When Moses inquired who God was, he was told to tell the people of Israel “I AM WHO I AM.” Our foundational belief is that our Creator God exists and, as the writer of Hebrews 11:3 confessed, “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”
“The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.” Psalm 103:19