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What About the Big Bang?

on March 13, 2017

The most popular naturalistic explanation about the origin of the universe is the big bang hypothesis. At its simplest, this view suggests that the universe emerged rapidly from a hot, dense state several billion years ago. However, there are differing versions of the big bang idea, with disagreement among the versions. As one scientist has pointed out, there are many problems with this view:

Big bang cosmology is probably as widely believed as has been any theory of the universe in the history of Western civilization. It rests, however, on many untested, and in some cases untestable, assumptions. Indeed, big bang cosmology has become a bandwagon of thought that reflects faith as much as objective truth. (G. Burbidge, “Why only one big bang?” Scientific American 266:2, 1992, p. 96)

There are many biblical and scientific problems with the big bang hypothesis. A few examples follow.

  • The Beginning: The big bang teaches that the sun came first, and then the earth. However, the Bible teaches that God created the earth first, and then the sun (Genesis 1).
  • The End: The big bang teaches that in the distant future, in accord with the Second Law of Thermodynamics, all the energy in the universe will be evently distributed, and the temperature will be a fraction of a degree above absolute zero. However, the Bible teaches that the heavens will be destroyed by fire (2 Peter 3:10–12), and that God will create a new heavens and earth (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1). For more information, visit www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v25/i4/longage.asp.
  • Light travel-time problem: The big bang requires that opposite regions of the visible universe must have exchanged energy by radiation, since these regions of space look the same in Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) maps. But there has not been enough time for light to travel this distance. This remains a serious difficulty for big bang supporters, as evidenced by their many competing conjectures that attempt to solve it.

For more information, visit www.answersingenesis.org/big-bang/light-travel-time-a-problem-for-the-big-bang/.

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