“Thou Lord, In the Beginning…”
“The heavens are telling of the glory of God... "

By Jon W. Quinn

Which weighs the most-four hundred million tons of feathers or four hundred million tons of bowling balls? The answer, of course, is that they both weigh the same. If you don't believe it, get out a scale and try it.

Four hundred million tons of anything is a lot. How long do you think our sun would last if 400 million tons of its mass was consumed every second? Would it last a day? A week? A year? Actually, the sun is so huge that it would last a very long time. In fact, that is exactly what it has been doing since the first dawn. In fact, every star you see in the night sky, along with billions of others throughout the galaxies, have been undergoing the same process to one extent or another. It is called entropy.

And, obviously, anything subject to entropy, and all physical things are, cannot continue to “use up” its mass indefinitely because it will one day run out. And science is not the only branch of knowledge that discusses this phenomena. The Bible speaks of it as well in several places. For example, the Hebrew writer mentions this “wearing down” process and contrasts it with God who is eternal. “Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the works of Thy hands; They will perish, but Thou remainest; and they all will become old as a garment, And as a mantle Thou wilt roll them up; As a garment they will also be changed. But Thou art the same, And Thy years will not come to an end." (Hebrews 1:10-12).

Yes, it is as the Scriptures stated long ago. The universe is wearing out. Now, you cannot tell it by looking at the sun and stars. Primitive man would not have known that the sun would “become old as a garment” and “perish”. But God revealed that it was so.

Now, for any mechanism to wear out, and all of them do, then there has to be a time when they began. They have to have a starting point because something cannot “run down” forever. Science refers to the end of the sun as “heat death” (this means the death of all heat-no heat at all coming from the sun). Actually, this applies to everything in the physical universe. If given enough time, everything will stop moving. The last moving molecule will end its movement and there will be nothing left to start things up again-al will be still and motionless, with the temperature of everything being “absolute zero”.

That is, unless an outside force intervenes. We believe that He will because He has said so. He will bring this universe to an end before “heat death” occurs.

All this means is that the universe had a beginning and the beginning had to be caused by something outside of the universe itself. Consider some theories about this.

The Nebular Theory
“For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night.” (Psalm 90:4).

This theory holds that the universe “began” as a swirling cloud of matter. Little whirlpools issued from the swirl and, over eons of time, formed the galaxies we now see.

But this is not really a theory that explains the origin of matter, just what happened after the matter was created. We still do not have a beginning, we simply have a universe with nothing in it and then a swirl of matter, that previously did not exist at all, takes up residence.

The Big Bang Theory
“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.” (Psalm 19:1).
This is probably the most popular theory. Here we have all the matter in our universe existing not in the form of a large swirl, but in the form of a tiny dot no larger than a period on this page. Everything fits into that tiny dot under tremendous gravitational pressure. Then, it explodes hurdling all this compacted matter outwards as it and, as it spreads out, over eons of time, forms the galaxies that we now see.

But this is not really a theory that explains the origin of matter either. It begins with the matter already existing in the form of a tiny dot. We still do not have a beginning, we simply have a universe with nothing in it and then a little dot, that previously did not exist at all. In a universe with nothing in it, from where did it come? And why? And how?

The Steady State Theory
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8).

The “Steady State Theory” suggests that the universe never had a beginning. Matter itself is eternal and just keeps on changing form forever.

Though this was once a popular theory among scientists who were looking elsewhere than God for an explanation of the universe's existence, it no longer is considered a viable theory. The weight of investigation and experimentation is against it. It violates the law of entropy and motion. Energy expended cannot be reclaimed or recreated, and there is a limited supply of it.

The Creation Theory
“By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3).

I am using “theory” here because this is something that though I accept it to be factual, I accept it by faith and not by sight. It holds that there is another segment of reality above nature that has intervened and created physical matter and the laws which govern it. When we use the term “supernatural” that suggests another realm above nature.

And that is the key. There has to be a sphere or plane of existence that is not subject to the natural laws of entropy and motion and such. There has to be something or Someone somewhere who is eternal. That is the solution!

God is our supernatural creator. He is not subject to natural laws because He is not made up of molecules and atoms. He created matter. Understand He did not merely take pre-existing materials and arrange them according to His liking, but He created the matter itself from nothing.

God Himself is timeless and always existing. "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." (Revelation 1:8). It is the temporary nature of the universe itself that speaks to us of God's existence and creative power. Someone started it!

”And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, "O Lord, it is Thou who didst make the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them…” (Acts 4:24).

From The Bradley Banner 6/29/2008
Published by the Bradley Church of Christ
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