Can Christians add the big bang to the Bible?

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Published: 19 March 2019 (GMT+10)

Many Christians and others today see the big bang theory as a means of harmonizing what the Bible says about the origin of the universe with the current ‘pronouncements of science’.1 So we shall examine what the big bang theory involves, and compare this with what God actually says.

The current big bang theory

According to the current big bang theory,2 all the matter and energy in the universe, along with space and time, were once contained in a dimensionless point or singularity of infinite density and temperature. Some 13.8 billion years ago, this singularity briefly expanded due to a ‘quantum fluctuation’, and then underwent exponential growth at many times the speed of light.

Some of the energy in this expansion formed subatomic particles, which after ~380,000 years combined to form atoms, mostly hydrogen with some helium and traces of lithium and deuterium. After ~700 million years, these atoms coalesced through gravity to form the first stars, called Population III stars,3 and early galaxies emerged. More stars formed, including, after ~9 billion years, the sun from a cloud of gas and dust that gravity shrank and fused to give off light. Then clouds of gas and dust (called the solar nebula) that were rotating around the sun eventually developed into the planets of our solar system, including our Earth. Over further millions of years, our Earth gradually cooled to its present state and somehow obtained water.

6-days-creation

In the big bang theory, major points of contradiction to the Bible include:

  1. The sun is said to exist before the earth, contrary to Genesis 1, which says God created the earth on Day One, but the sun and the stars on Day Four of Creation Week. Also, when God first created the earth, it was cool and dark, while the big bang postulates that the beginning was enormously hot and bright.
  2. The big bang theory involves a gradual progressive formation of astronomical objects stretching over billions of years. This runs counter to one of the reasons for its appeal to Christians who have not thought it through carefully and so erroneously think of it as an abrupt one-time creation event. Such a gradual progression over vast ages is not an impression that scholarly minds of the past, prior to the popularity of the idea of vast ages (in geology first), ever once gleaned from the Bible (cf. Psalm 33:8–9). God may well have created the universe in an expanding state, but not over eons—we explain below why the Bible in fact specifically teaches against this long-age idea.

Why it matters

Problems in the present

If what God says in the Bible about creation is deemed to be wrong or to need modernizing, this opens the door for non-believers to regard as wrong or needing modernizing other things that God says in the Bible. For example, everyone’s need for forgiveness of sin (Acts 3:19), or the certainty of future judgment by God (Acts 17:31). Either the whole Bible truly is the Word of God or it is not; therefore it is not a mixture of bits that are not true alongside other bits of it that are true. For more on this, see The authority of Scripture.

Big-bang-believing Christians are identified either as

  1. progressive creationists’ (who reject biological evolution and accept a real Adam and Eve, but have no problem with astronomical or geological evolution), or as
  2. death-suffering-disease
    Millions of years puts death, suffering, and disease all before Adam sinned, contrary to what God says in His Word, the Bible.
  3. theistic evolutionists’ (who believe God not only used astronomical and geological evolution, but also biological evolution to create living things).

In each case, huge problems arise if one adds millions of years to the timeframe of the Bible.

Problems re the past

With regard to man’s appearance on Earth, millions of years puts death, suffering, and diseases like cancer, arthritis and abscesses (visible in the fossil bones) all before Adam sinned, instead of as the result of Adam’s sin, which led to that perfect original world becoming cursed (Genesis 3:17–19).

But the Apostle Paul wrote that death was the result of sin, and that sin came into the world through one man, namely Adam (Romans 5:12–14).

See The vital importance of the literal Adam and The Fall: a cosmic catastrophe.

Problems re the future

Another aspect for big-bang-believing Christians is what the Bible says about the future, namely that God will create “new heavens and a new earth” (2 Peter 3:13; cf. Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:1). So how long do long-agers allow for God to create the new heavens and the new Earth, if they maintain that it took Him billions of years to produce the present heavens and the present Earth?

See:

What the Bible clearly teaches

According to Genesis Chapter 1, God created everything by His word of command, over a period of six days that were chronological in order and 24 hours in duration, about 6,000 years ago,4

Timeline

Various strategies have been used to evade this obvious meaning. However, because Genesis means what it so obviously says, which is how the Lord Jesus and the NT writers obviously understood it, it is doubtful if any theological institution would raise these alternatives today if it were not for their desire to be ‘scientifically respectable’. For detailed refutations see the classic commentary The Genesis Account and/or use ‘search’ in creation.com.

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The big bang fails as objective science

ESA: Planck CollaborationPlanck-map
The chief ‘proof’, for the big bang theory is the unevennesses (of 1 part per 100,000) in the cosmic background radiation of the universe, as per this so-called 2013 Planck ‘map’ thereof. But this involves circular reasoning. The evidence is interpreted assuming the big bang theory to be factual, and then it is used to support the theory.

The big bang is one of the most non-scientific narratives ever propounded. It has evolved considerably over the last 30 years or so, not so much because of new evidence in support of it, but because more and more problems have needed to be answered.

For the history of the big bang theory see The mind of God and the ‘big bang’. For reasons why the ‘big bang universe’ could not have created itself see Is there a God?5

Here are some of the scientific problems of the big bang:

  • Energy can be converted into matter according to Einstein’s equation E=mc², but when this happens exactly equal amounts of matter and antimatter are produced. So where are the 200 billion galaxies of antimatter that had to form to balance the 200 billion galaxies of stars, for the big bang theory to ‘work’? See Missing antimatter challenges the ‘big bang’ theory.6
  • The big bang is supposed to have begun by means of a quantum fluctuation. But what was it that quantum fluctuated? And how could this have happened before there was any time or space for anything to quantum-fluctuate in? See In the beginning God created—or was it a quantum fluctuation?
  • The big bang depends on early inflation of the universe that lasted from 10-36 to between 10-33 and 10-32 seconds, at many times the speed of light, with no known mechanism either to cause this, or to uncause it once it began. See Does the new much-faster-speed-of-light-theory fix the big bang’s problems?
  • The big bang has a light-travel time problem, arising from the fact that the cosmic microwave background (CMB) has the same temperature over the entire sky, namely 2.726 ± 0.001 K (i.e. above absolute zero). However, there hasn’t been enough time for radiation to travel between widely separated regions of space at the speed of light, to produce the consistent CMB temperature over the whole sky. This is technically known as the big bang ‘horizon problem’. See Light-travel time: a problem for the big bang.
  • Big bang theory only produces an expanding cloud of gas. Expanding clouds of gas do not spontaneously reverse their expansion and condense into the objects we see in the real universe around us. See Stars.
  • Big bang theorists require the universe to be composed of ~27% ‘dark matter’ in order to supply the gravitational force needed to cause the outer edges of galaxies to rotate at the same rate as their centres. The word ‘dark’ means ‘unseen’, i.e. such dark matter is not in the form of stars or planets or indeed any particles that have ever been seen or that emit radiation. See Is ‘dark matter’ the ‘unknown god’?.
  • Another conundrum for big bang theorists is that they also need the universe to be composed of ~68% ‘dark energy’. This is an alleged form of anti-gravity that is supposedly supplying the force needed to cause the expansion of the universe to accelerate. This too has never been identified in any laboratory experiment. These dark entities are best described as ‘fudge factors’ conceived only because without them the big bang theory would not ‘work’. All this leaves only ~5% of the universe as identified matter! See Big bang beliefs: busted.
  • It may not be widely known that 33 scientists signed a letter published in New Scientist No. 2448, p. 20, 22 May 2004, itemizing these hypothetical, never observed ‘dark’ fudge factors on which the big bang depends, and saying: “Without them, there would be a fatal contradiction between observations made by astronomers and the predictions of the big bang theory. In no other field of physics would this continual recourse to new hypothetical objects be accepted as a way of bridging the gap between theory and observation.”7(Emphasis added.) See The revolt against Darwinism, which gives access to the full text, plus the names of many more signatories as of December 2014.

Of course, the big bang in its non-theistic form also contradicts the First Law of Thermodynamics, i.e. energy can neither be created nor destroyed, only changed from one form into another. So energy could not have been created by the big bang, as secularists maintain. To get around this, it has been proposed that the laws of science themselves have not always been the same—i.e. science itself may be jettisoned if necessary.

Satan’s strategy

On the matter of the importance of heeding what the Word of God actually says, the very first temptation of anybody by Satan was his suggestion to Eve to doubt what God had said: “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?’” (Genesis 3: 1). And Satan followed this sowing of the seed of doubt about what God had said by his outright denial of what God had said: “You will not surely die” (v. 4). This in turn led to Eve’s (and Adam’s) disregard for the imminent judgment of God.

Today Satan continues this strategy of initiating doubt and denial regarding the Word of God. People today not only do not believe in the judgment of God—they do not even believe in the existence of God, whose chief communication to us is through His Word, the Bible. Satan’s strategy, which worked with Eve, has proved to be no less effective with modern man. See The ‘Trojan Horse’ of deep time and Strategy of the devil.

Conclusion

Sadly, this reverence for the evolutionary paradigm (with its intrinsic denial of the historicity of Genesis) is now advocated by many theological colleges. This is despite the fact that in the Bible God repeatedly warns believers not to add to or change what He has said.8 The result is that today many theological college graduates who are now church pastors do not believe that what God says in Genesis is historical fact.

Surely God does not want ministers or missionaries to tell converts that God does not mean what He says in the early chapters of Genesis. Jesus warned that those who reject Moses’ writings eventually reject His words too (John 5:46–47). Christian organizations should have a question in their application papers asking what an applicant or prospective member believes about creation and Genesis. See Should missionary societies have a position on creation/evolution?9

So the answer to the question in the title of this article is No! Acceptance of the big bang (with or without accepting biological evolution) undermines biblical authority in crucial Gospel-related ways. It is thus a major reason for the increasing impotence of the church in Western culture. The remedy is self-evident.

Scientific evidence that the universe is young

Here are some of the strong arguments for a ‘young’ age of the earth and the cosmos, from Dr Jonathan Sarfati’s The Genesis Account, pp. 134–36.

  • Soft, still stretchy tissues, cells, and proteins are now found in dinosaur fossils that should, by physical laws, have decayed long ago if millions of years old.
  • Coal and diamond often contain carbon-14, but this decays so quickly that it would be undetectable in much less than a million years.
  • The earth’s magnetic field is decaying exponentially, as a giant resistance/inductive circuit.10 This decay has been accompanied by rapid field reversals, recorded in thin, quickly-hardening lava flows.11,12
  • Salt in the ocean is accumulating too rapidly.13,14
  • Comets lose so much mass every time they pass the sun (that’s why we see their tails) that they would have evaporated after a few hundred passes.15 This means they could not have been orbiting for millions of years. Proposed hypothetical replenishing sources, such as the Kuiper Belt and Oort cloud, have numerous problems.16
  • Polystrate fossils (which span multiple sedimentary layers), show that the layers they span must have been deposited quickly, before the organism had time to decay.
  • Flat gaps: smooth boundary lines between geological layers shows that there has been no time for significant erosion between such layers allegedly separated by millions of years.
  • Mutations in humans and other ‘higher’ creatures are accumulating so rapidly that they (and we) would have become extinct in well under 100,000 years.17

See also Dr Don Batten’s article Age of the earth: 101 evidences for a young age of the earth and the universe; a shorter version is titled Evidences for a young age of the universe. Also, there are scores of articles on our website about the big bang (out of ~12,000 articles there at the time of writing, added to daily). For further amplification of any of the above topics, readers are invited to explore creation.com.

References and notes

  1. E.g. the late Stephen Hawking wrote: “The Catholic Church seized on the big bang model and in 1951 officially pronounced it to be in accordance with the Bible.” He tells how he spoke at a conference on cosmology at the Vatican in 1981 and then had an audience with the pope, who said the big bang was “the moment of Creation and therefore the work of God”. Hawking wrote: “I was glad then that he did not know the subject of the talk I had just given at the conference—the possibility that space-time was finite but had no boundary, which means that it had no beginning, no moment of Creation.” From A Brief History of Time, Bantam Books, London, 1988, pp. 50 & 122. Return to text.
  2. The expression ‘big bang’ was first used by astronomer Fred Hoyle (1915–2001) as a term of derision in his 1950 BBC Radio Series. For more, see Big bang critic dies (Fred Hoyle). Return to text.
  3. Actually, no Population III stars have ever been found, so their existence is based on computer models and the theory of cosmic evolution. Return to text.
  4. Based on the unbroken chronologies from Adam to Noah given in Genesis 5, and then from the Flood to Abraham given in Genesis 11, and then on to the Exodus from Egypt, and to the Exile, as detailed in How does the Bible teach 6,000 years? and Biblical chronogenealogies, which also discusses texts and alleged gaps. Return to text.
  5. See also Is the big bang really scientific? Creation 41(1)48–50, 2019. Return to text.
  6. This problem is even more acute with recent particle measurements. They show that the proton and anti-proton are exactly equal and opposite down to 1.5 parts per billion, whereas the big bang demands some asymmetry. Hence one report was entitled, “The universe should not actually exist, CERN scientists discover” (Newsweek, 25 October 2017). See also Sarfati, J., Big bang universe should not actually exist: Antimatter still missing! Creation 40(2):55, 2018. Return to text.
  7. The original 33 scientists were not arguing for biblical creation, but complaining that the only funding was for big bang projects, with none available to investigate other secular possibilities; hence the appropriateness of that part of the quote in bold letters. Thus many secular scientists, too, reject the big bang as non-scientific. See also Wieland, C., Secular scientists blast the big bang: What now for naïve apologetics? Creation 27(2):23–25, 2005 Return to text.
  8. Cf. Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:8; 1 Corinthians 4:6; Galatians 1:8–9; Revelation 22:18–19. See also Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura) in Luther’s legacy. Return to text.
  9. This article is from Creation 12(3):42–45, June 1990, but is even more important today with the demise of older Bible-believing missionaries and the advent of younger missionaries shaky on the truth of Genesis—leaders of today’s missionary societies too. Return to text.
  10. Sarfati, J., The earth’s magnetic field: evidence that the earth is young, Creation 20(2):15–17, 1998. Return to text.
  11. Coe, R.S. and Prévot, M., Evidence suggesting extremely rapid field variation during a geomagnetic reversal, Earth and Planetary Science 92(3/4):292–298, April 1989. See also the reports by Ph.D. geologist Andrew Snelling, Creation 13(3):46–50, 13(4):44–48, 1991. Return to text.
  12. Coe, R.S., Prévot, M., and Camps, P., New evidence for extraordinarily rapid change of the geomagnetic field during a reversal, Nature 374(6564):687–692, 1995; see also Snelling, A.A., The ‘principle of least astonishment’, J. Creation 9(2):138–139, 1995. Return to text.
  13. Austin, S.A. and Humphreys, D.R., The sea’s missing salt: a dilemma for evolutionists, 2nd ICC 2:17–33, 1990. This paper should be consulted for more detail than is possible here. Return to text.
  14. Sarfati, J., Salty seas: evidence for a young earth, Creation 21(1):16–17, 1998. Return to text.
  15. Sarfati, J., Comets: Portents of doom or indicators of youth? Creation 25(3):36–40 2003. Return to text.
  16. Faulkner, D., Comets and the age of the solar system, J. Creation 11(3):264–273, 1997. Return to text.
  17. Scally, A., and Durbin, R., Revising the human mutation rate: implications for understanding human evolution; Nature Reviews Genetics 13:745–753, October 2012. (Erratum: Nature Reviews Genetics 13:824, November 2012). Return to text.

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Readers’ comments

William H.
This is a succinct and clear summary of the Big Bang hypothesis. Thank you, Russell, for a great article, a good analysis!
John C.
Always good to hear from you, Brother Grigg. Such detail is always expected and appreciated. Many thanks.
Charles T.
My latest RTB Newsletter announces a new confirmation of the Big Bang, thus of course leading to the inevitable bait-and-switch, “science again proves the Bible”. A simple running catalog of such announcements would be helpful. There must be hundreds. I see advocates of this school of thought are an established presence not just in traditional Christian schools but also in the homeschool movement and in the Classical Christian School field.
David R.
There are many professing Christians and church goers today who believe that Jesus Christ is a liar. Scary.
Jonathan Sarfati
All the same, there are some nuances to this, as discussed in the section Sense and Reference of the paper Loving God with all your mind: logic and creation.
Dale S.
Excellent article! Thank you Russell for this clear-cut analysis showing why the Big Bang hypothesis does not hold water. God gives us a clear picture of the Creation account through His Holy Word (The Bible). To believe in the Big Bang evolution theory undermines the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Churches who go with this false man-made doctrine have let theistic evolution into the very core of their belief. They are blinded by the god of this world (Satan) who has taken them captive. The Bible (Water of the Word) and the Big Bang (oil) can never be mixed together! Just like water and oil cannot be mixed together. God who was there “in the beginning” not man tells us clearly in six days He created all things some six thousand years ago and did not use evolution to do this incredible act of creation. “… let God be true, but every man a liar …” (Romans 3:4)
Sincerely in Christ,
Dale Stuckwish
Steve M.
We also have Proverbs 30:6, “Do not add to his words or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” And Revelation 22:18–19, “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.” And also clear warnings against adding to God's Word in Deuteronomy 4 and 12. It is not to be done!
Mike D.
This whole debate basically comes down to just one point. Is God/Jesus a Liar or Truth teller. Therefore, the Bible is inerrant or we as sinful fallible men get to pick and choose which parts we want to believe. Which ironically leads us to nowhere since each man’s ‘wisdom’ will pick and choose different parts.
So that leaves us at an ALL or NOTHING choice. Either GOD/JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT & BIBLE is GOD/JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT claims is INERRANT or we have NOTHING!

Since our Eternity is based on this.
ETERNITY IS TOO LONG TO BE WRONG!
We can’t afford a mistake.
I personally will plant my flag on the BIBLES INERRANCY and the words of GOD/JESUS and power of HOLY SPIRIT!

I won’t move my flag when asked a question I don’t know. I keep my flag planted on INERRANCY and then search for the answer. Matt 7:7–8 promises I’ll find it.

Sadly, today too many move their flag and then never even seek the answer and choose fallible mans ‘wisdom’ over Gods. Bad per Roms chapter 1.

The Holy Spirit will allow man to start off in error but not allow man to stay in error. He will try to lead man away from man’s error. Again as always free will choice comes in. If one chooses to stay in error and worse fight against Gods knowledge and take others down with them. Esp. children.

Beware of Jesus’ own warnings about the Lukewarm etc. Matt 7 and Rev 3. and damage to children.

I’d not want to be them on judgement day trying to defend their actions. Esp. when Jesus says I made it plainly obvious and yes I sent so many by to warn and save you!

I worry about their true salvation. Now they are a true enemy of God James 4:4.
Rob M.
To sum up the argument, it’s either “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” or “In the beginning was nothing, then it exploded.” Which seems more believable to you?
North N.
Does Amos 5:8 disprove the Bible? Isn't the Pleiades comprised of more than 7 stars? If so, why did God not correct Amos? Shouldn't God's word not have any flaws in it especially when science comes in hand?
Jonathan Sarfati
Of course it doesn't disprove the Bible. God inspired the Old Testament in Hebrew, and the word in question is כִּימָה (kimah), which just means a star cluster. In the context, it was specifying the cluster that is most obvious to Earth-dwellers, the Pleiades. Some translations into Early Modern English about four centuries ago translated כִּימָה as “seven stars”, because that the Pleiades were from antiquity called the “seven sisters”. This referred to the seven daughters of the titan Atlas and the sea-nymph Pleione in Greek mythology. The Hebrew doesn’t specify the number.

So there is a lesson here: inerrancy of the Bible applies to the original autographs, not to copies or translations. This has long been a standard position.
Lin B.
I used to tell my RE students that there was a big bang i.e. when God spoke and atoms came into existence and clumped together to form all matter at His command, there probably would have been a big bang. I also pointed out that explosions destroy things, not make them. Besides all the planets are spherical not jagged lumps of rock as one would expect from a violent explosion, and there is order in the universe not chaos.
Jonathan Sarfati
Well, I don’t know that atoms had to clump together, as opposed to being created in place along with the right chemical bonds. I am not aware of any sound when Jesus turned water into wine or fed the 5,000, for example.

A body with a large enough mass will tend to become spherical because of gravity. So actually they would expect spherical planets and stars as an outcome. A sphere is actually a very simple, low-information, regular shape. Both chaotic and regular shapes can be explained by natural laws (which are God's way of upholding His creation in a regular repeatable way). This contrasts with the specified complexity of life, which requires a miraculous beginning. Compare the discussion in Do pretty crystals prove that organization can arise spontaneously?
Jean P.
I think we should ask the question posed here more often. “If it took God so long to create it in the first place, how long will it take Him to create a new Heavens and a new Earth?” He also is going to give many millions of us a brand new body in a split second. That being the case, why insist He took billions of years to get it all started?
Judie S.
It does seem that people claim God couldn’t have created the whole universe within a day, then go on to believe, “a singularity briefly expanded … then underwent exponential growth at many times the speed of light.”
Doesn’t that sound even a little inconsistent to them?
David S.
Christian institutions that let the slow creep of human wisdom into their study of the word of God inevitably slide into apostasy and unbelief. Examples include once Christian universities, now bastions of liberal thought; Europe, once the hotbed of reformation, now just “dead mens’ bones”; nearly every mainline denomination, now full of liberal thinkers that no longer come close to preaching the gospel. Keep sounding the warning, if not to save those institutions, to save the many Christian families that are stuck in churches that teach compromise in Genesis. They, especially the children who are bombarded with evolutionary dogma, need to know there are super-smart Christians that still take God at His word, even at the expense of professional advancement and ridicule.
Jeff T.
I am a committed evangelical Christian and a physicist. I devote much time to sharing the Gospel especially in the University environment and drawing from science and the Bible to argue that the Universe is Created by God and therefore purposeful and demands our response.
I was gravely disappointed with this article which I can only say misrepresents the science behind the Big Bang (BB). I have prepared a comprehensive response to each point which is available to readers if they contact me at [Link deleted as per feedback rules].

The theology of the BB is very rich. You and I were just seeds of possibility in the first moments of the BB just as Jesus was a single cell in his mother’s womb. On this seed of possibility God’s eternal plan of salvation hung by a thread, given the risks of childbirth and infancy. Jesus didn’t suddenly appear out of the desert as a grown man but lived a normal life from fragile gestation. There are no short cuts in God’s economy. The universe likewise has developed from its fragile BB gestation but it has been in God’s sovereign hand throughout.

The same physical theory combined with the Standard model tell us that the current universe is unstable and it could roll up into oblivion (or a new heavens and earth) in an instant, just as the Bible describes. That physics is abrupt – the end of the ages. But the same physics requires a very long and slow genesis – much of which we now understand. It is a huge accomplishment of God-given minds to unravel the rich history of the universe and one that I will continue use to declare the power and glory of our creator God.
Auckland N.Z.
Jonathan Sarfati
We can confirm that Dr Jeff T. is a committed evangelical Christian, and that he is being unduly modest in his self-description as a “physicist” rather than as one of New Zealand’s most eminent scientists.

But we respectfully disagree with the above, as we will show:

The theology of the BB is very rich.

But our foundation should be the propositional revelation of Scripture, while science plays a ministerial rather than a magisterial role. After all, the Reformation rediscovered Sola Scriptura and the perspicuity of Scripture. Otherwise, it would entail that all Christian theologians had missed a hugely important theology of creation until the 20th century.

Jesus was a single cell in his mother’s womb.

Certainly. When God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, added human nature to His divine nature in the Incarnation, this human nature began as a virginally conceived single cell. We know this from the biblical revelation.

There are no short cuts in God’s economy.

OK, where is this deducible from Scripture? When we go to Scripture, one of the amazing things about God’s miracles is how fast they were It stands to reason that since God is the creator of time, He is not limited by time. (Like many apologists, CMI teaches that miracles are additions to laws of nature where God acts in an extraordinary way; the natural laws themselves are our description of God's normal upholding of His creation.)

This also means that Jesus’ miracles were likewise fast. His miracles included instant creation of matter, organization, and even life. So Jews of the day who believed the Bible would have seen a parallel with God's creative acts in Creation week. But this parallel works only if Genesis is interpreted straightforwardly, as the Hebrew grammar indicates it should be. The same author as this article wrote another one almost 30 years ago documenting this: Is Jesus Christ the Creator God?

While the connections of the Gospels’ revelation of Jesus to a straightforward Genesis are very robust, I must say, with genuine respect, the connections made to the big bang are tenuous in the extreme.

The same physical theory combined with the Standard model tell us that the current universe is unstable and it could roll up into oblivion (or a new heavens and earth) in an instant, just as the Bible describes.

Yes, now we are getting somewhere: “just as the Bible describes.” That’s the main point! Just as the future restoration and recreation will be instantaneous, this is because it reflects the straightforward Genesis creation! See for example The new earth: Christ’s victory over the Fall.

Conversely, if you are right:


  1. The initial creative process involved billions of years of death and suffering. You can’t escape this, and it must logically include ~300,000 years of Homo sapiens death and suffering, including by sinful means.

  2. We are promised a future restoration and recreation (we agree, I think).

  3. Restoration means going back to what we had before, and recreation means creating anew (we agree, I think).



But what follows logically from these three premises is:


  1. The future restoration and recreation likewise involve billions of years of death and suffering.



Anyway, I hope this explains our position a little further. We think that adding the big bang to the Bible (as per the title of the article) really means subtracting a great deal from it.
North N.
Thank you so much Dr. Sarfati. I felt a bit doubtful in the past few days, but you guys have successfully been clearing up my questions, and opening my mind back up to the Bible as I should have followed as 100% truth all along. The evidence offered here is so good, I wish I never went to sites like rational wiki thank you so much for the help and ever much support you guys offer.

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