“Our universe may end the same way it was created: with a big, sudden bang.” This is the opening line of a recent article on Business Insider. This article highlighted research from a group of Harvard physicists who claim the universe might end with an “instantaneous bang” in 10139 years (that’s 10 million trillion trillion . . . with a lot more trillions of years after it).
Here’s their thinking: they believe the Higgs boson particle, a particle in quantum physics that gives other particles their mass, could become destabilized. This could lead to an explosion of energy “that would consume everything in the known universe and upend the laws of physics and chemistry.” Perhaps the destabilization could be caused by “curvature of space-time around a black hole” somewhere in the universe.
The universe didn’t start with a big bang.
Now, these physicists made a mistake by ignoring the history—and future—revealed to us in God’s Word. The universe didn’t start with a big bang. It started when God spoke things into existence. And it’s important to note that the Big Bang idea is based on naturalism and has the stars and sun coming before the earth—whereas the Bible states that God created the earth before the sun and stars.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
And the universe isn’t going to end with this so-called “second big bang” (and it’s not going to end with a “heat death,” another model of universe’s end). It’s going to end in a fiery judgment when God judges sin.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. (2 Peter 3:10)
Maybe we could call that God’s big bang that will end everything! But it’s a very different sort of big bang!
The universe isn’t going to last 10139 years—though we don’t know when Jesus will return, he said he would return “soon” (Revelation 22:12), which is not in trillions of years! The only reason he is delaying his return is because he is giving people time to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Our prayer is that if these physicists don’t know Christ, they will repent before he returns or before their life ends and they stand before him. Repent and believe the gospel today!
This item was discussed on Answers News today with regular cohost Dr. Georgia Purdom and guest AiG staff writer Avery Foley. Answers News is our twice-weekly news program filmed live before a studio audience here at the Creation Museum and broadcast on my Facebook page. They also discussed the following topics:
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