(See I & T Weekly for March 21, 2014):
"Scientists say they have extraordinary new evidence to support a Big
Bang Theory for the origin of the Universe. Researchers believe they
have found the signal left in the sky by the super-rapid expansion of
space that must have occurred just fractions of a second after
everything came into being. It takes the form of a distinctive twist in
the oldest light detectable with telescopes. The work will be
scrutinised carefully, but already there is talk of a Nobel prize.
The breakthrough was announced by a US team working on a project known
as BICEP2. This has been using a telescope at the South Pole to make
detailed observations of a small patch of sky. The aim has been to try
to find a residual marker for 'inflation' - the idea that the cosmos
experienced an exponential growth spurt in its first trillionth, of a
trillionth of a trillionth of a second. Theory holds that this would
have taken the infant Universe from something unimaginably small to
something about the size of a marble. Space has continued to expand for
the nearly 14 billion years since."
And, of course, the writers of the article point to the "Big Bang" as the genesis of this "first light."
Note the "unimaginably small" -- they are unwilling to say, "out of nothing," because that would imply a Presence that made things from nothing. In other words, a First Cause, preceding the "Big Bang." Since scientists almost universally resist (at least in public) even the threat of a First Cause, much less of an infinite/personal God, this is a necessary subterfuge.
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth..."
Why is it so difficult, since we now believe that the universe didn't exist at one point and then did suddenly and conclusively come into existence, to accept the obvious--there is God. HE made the universe (and the scientists among us deplore the word "believe," but that is what they are saying, since they cannot ever prove their assertion here). Somebody made it, and the "Somebody" was intelligent, capable of creating order that exists at the highest level and goes to the infinitesimal. "Somebody" could create life; "Somebody" could make things that we see now. Why not a God who is there, a God who is both infinite and personal?? A God who created you and me?
All the quibbling about timing (a few thousand years ago? 14 Billion years ago?) can now be set aside. It doesn't matter any more. The universe once did not exist. There was NOTHING. Then it did. If this does not presuppose the "hand of God," it's impossible to know what would. The Universe was created. From NOTHING. Get it?
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