A universe that is eternal, infinite, and without beginning or end simply would have always existed everywhere in all directions. It certainly would not be expanding. He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion (Jeremiah 10:12).
- Our universe/cosmos is finite and has not always existed
- Our universe had a sudden and awesome genesis
- Our universe is stretching/expanding, and becoming increasingly less energetic
- Within our universe neither mass nor energy can be created or destroyed, only converted
Author, Germaine Charles Lockwood asks, "What is the origin of the energy-material universe?" He goes on to answer his question with this assertion: "It has not always been here... There must be a first cause that has existed forever, or there would be nothing in existence now. You cannot get something from nothing. There must then be a self-existent eternal first cause."
Dr. Hugh Ross, an eminent astrophysicist, Biblical scholar, and prolific author, eloquently addresses the philosophical aspects of Creation by asserting that, by definition, "Time is that dimension in which cause and effect phenomena take place...If time's beginning is concurrent with the beginning of the universe, as the space-time theorem says, then the cause of the universe must be some entity operating in a time dimension completely independent of, and preexistent to the time dimension of the cosmos. "This conclusion is powerfully important to our understanding of who God is and who or what God isn't. It tells us that the creator is transcendent, operating beyond the dimensional limits of the universe. It tells us that God is not the universe itself, nor is God contained within the universe." Note: Dr. Ross asserts that the Bible is the only scientifically accurate religious text when interpreted contextually.
Scientists from the University of Birmingham's School of Physics and Astronomy have discovered strong evidence that the early universe would have behaved like a hot liquid. In THE Beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1). And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2). And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters (Genesis 1:6). And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: And it was so (Genesis 1:7). And God called the firmament Heaven (Genesis 1:8).
The genesis of our space-time, energy-material, gravity-inertia world was not random, accidental, or haphazard by any means. Research in the field of Big Bang Nucleosynthesis (BBN) not only serves to support the validity of a self-existent first cause that is an entity operating in a time dimension completely independent of, and preexistent to, the time dimension of the cosmos. But it also illuminates a creation model that is stupefyingly immaculate in its precise sequencing regarding the manufacturing of the building blocks that are essential for the creation of this universe and, at least for one favored planet and its inhabitants, ripe for life. Studying BBN is enough to make one take Matthew 10:30 literally: But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: (Genesis 1:14)
See Is God Dead? Part 1
Coming soon in the Is God Dead Series: He Programs Life for the Times (Debunking Darwin)